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Haiti hospitals fill with earthquake victims as death toll rises

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Haiti’s hospitals have been filled by thousands of injured residents after a devastating earthquake hit the country

The quake which has killed at least 1,297 people has authorities racing to bring doctors to the worst-hit areas before another major storm hits as per forecast.

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti hit on Saturday and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings.

Haiti, a Caribbean nation, is still clawing its way back from another major quake 11 years ago and is reeling from the assassination of its president last month.

The updated figures released by Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection on Sunday (early Monday AEST) followed a previous count of 304 dead.

The office’s director, Jerry Chandler, said rescuers were continuing to search for possible survivors under the rubble.

The earthquake survival challenge facing Haiti has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Churches, hotels, hospitals and schools were badly damaged, some destroyed completely, while the walls of a prison were rent open by the violent shudders that convulsed Haiti.

Some 13,694 houses have so far been counted among those destroyed, the civil protection agency said, suggesting the toll could rise further.

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Russia abandons Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island

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Russia has departed the strategic Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island’ with many viewing this as a win for Ukraine

The abandonment of this outpost could loosen Russia’s grip over Ukrainian ports.

Russia says the withdrawal is a “gesture of goodwill” demonstrating it is not obstructing U.N. efforts to open a humanitarian corridor.

But Ukraine disputes this, saying its military forces have driven Russia away, following an artillery and missile assault.

The chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “KABOOM!”,confirming no Russian troops are on the Snake Island anymore.

This of course comes as Sweden and Finland join NATO, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noting the strategic alliance is ready for all eventualities.

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How much financial aid can the U.S. provide Ukraine?

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The U.S. and NATO will stick by Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’ continuing to aid the nation as it stands up to Putin’s war machine

As the historic summit wraps up, the military alliance has promised to deliver hundreds of thousands of additional troops to defend eastern Europe.

Joe Biden also announced a further $800 million in military aid for Ukraine.

When pressed about just how much financial aid the U.S. can provide, Biden remained firm in his support for the war-torn country.

The war is now in its fifth month, and not even the U-S President is game to predict how the conflict is going to end, but he is confident it won’t end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine.

Biden labeled the NATO summit ‘historic’ as the West reacts to ongoing Russian aggression and the ever-increasing global dominance of China.

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Richard Branson offers support to Kyiv on an historic visit

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Billionaire Richard Branson has visited Kyiv, where he met with President Zelensky

Richard Branson has toured some of the sites where Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine.

He says the sights are “appalling” and describes Russia’s military presence as “an invasion”.

“My main purpose in going to Kyiv was to meet and listen to Ukrainians, to understand their fears and concerns and also to learn what business, in partnership with civil society and governments, can do to support Ukraine most effectively.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The pair reportedly discussed assistance the billionaire can offer, and comes days after the Ukraine capital city was bombed for the first time in weeks.

Branson is the latest in a string of big names to visit the war-torn nation, and comes just a day after Sean Penn visited President Zelensky.

“In the eyes of the world and his own people, the President has emerged as a rare wartime leader who projects both unbreakable spirit and indefatigable determination to see this war through and repel the aggression.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The Virgin Chief Executive visited in Poland, where he met with business leaders.

“The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory,” he says.

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