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World leaders react to “the U.S is back”



US President Joe Biden has sent a clear message to allies in Europe that the United States is back.

World leaders discussed the security and economic challenges posed by China and Russia, ahead of Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.

A different US president, and a different energy for world leaders at the NATO summit.

While his predecessor pushed his way on the world stage, and disparaged NATO, Joe Biden brought a marked shift in tone from his predecessor.

Donald Trump once threatened to withdraw from the alliance. President Biden describes the pact as a sacred obligation.

Joe Biden met with the Turkish president and other Baltic state leaders.

NATO’S biggest security threat

NATO was created as an alliance to defend Europe from the Soviet Union. However, today, it’s Russia and China that NATO sees as the biggest threat to security.

The president is now preparing for the major event on his schedule, a one on one meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva.

Ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden has described the Russian leader as a worth adversary.

“He’s bright, he’s tough,” Biden said on Putin.

Russia has been in the crosshairs of European leaders due to its economic threats and cyber attacks on foreign countries.

The 30 nation Western alliance says China’s rising military presence around the world must be addressed.

The leaders also agree to update NATO’s strategic concept to factor in the new challenges of 2021. This includes cyberwarfare, artificial intelligence, disinformation, and new missile and warhead technologies.

Article 5 of the alliance’s founding treaty will also be updated to include threats to satellites in space and coordinated cyberattacks.

In the lead-up to Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, the US President says he told his NATO allies that although he’s not looking for conflict with Russia, his country will respond if necessary.

He’s accused China and Russia of trying to split the transatlantic alliance. Although, he wouldn’t commit to whether Ukraine will one day join NATO, a line in the sand for Moscow.

While NATO was formed as an alliance during the Cold War, the British Prime Minister is staring firmly at China.

NATO was an alliance that just years ago felt shaky. Now it has a clear message to China and Russia. We’re back, and we stand here together.


India’s ban on single-use plastics comes into effect



India is banning many single-use plastics in a bid to tackle pollution

India produces around four million tonnes of plastic waste each year. But authorities will begin cracking down on usage and production of single-use plastics from Friday.

India’s Government believes 60 per cent of plastic waste is recycled. But a survey by the Centre for Science and Environment found the figure was 12 per cent in 2019.

When plastic waste is not recycled correctly, it creates fire hazards and air pollution, which blankets India’s major cities. It can also enter local waterways, which poisons wildlife.

New Delhi is the world’s most polluted city.

Some plastic bags and multi-layered packaging are exempt from these latest changes.

Millions of people are employed in the country’s plastic industry, with many pushing the government to delay the ban.

Street vendors are also expressing concerns around the changes.

The nation’s capital, New Delhi is the world’s most polluted city.

The Air Quality Institute found 510 million people who live in northern India “on track” to lose 7.6 years off their lives if pollution levels remain as they are.

Local authorities are set to decide the penalties for people in breach of the single-use plastics ban.

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U.K. Government in crisis as Tory whip resigns over sexual assault allegations



Boris Johnson’s government is in crisis as the Tory whip resigned over allegations he groped two men while drunk

In his resignation letter, Chris Pincher admitted he “drank far too much” and embarrassed himself and other people.

“I think the right thing to do in the circumstances is for me to resign as Deputy Chief Whip. I owe it to you and the people I’ve caused upset to, to do this.”


According to sources from Downing Street, it is unlikely Pincher will face any further action, and he will remain as a Conservative MP.

The Sun newspaper first reported the resignation, saying he was drinking at the Carlton Club when he is accused of assaulting two other male guests.

Reports suggest several concerned Tory MPs contacted the Conservative whips’ office to complain about Pincher’s behaviour.

Prime Minister is yet to comment on the matters.

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Beijing issues a stark warning to Canberra



Beijing is warning Australia will “bear the consequences” if there are any military disputes in the South China Sea

China’s Defence Ministry says Australia is engaging in “risky” behaviour, as surveillance jets fly near the disputed Paracel Islands.

“What is the duty of a soldier? That is to defend the homeland,” says Colonel Tan Kefei.

The islands are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

It comes just weeks after an Australian Air Force was challenged by a Chinese J-16 fighter in the disputed territory.

A Chinese J-10 fighter, similar to the one involved in the incident.

Australia’s Defence Minister Richard Marles says some aluminium chaff was drawn into the engines of the P-8A Poseidon.

“The J-16 then accelerated and cut across the nose of the P-8 settling in front of the P-8 at a very close distance,” he said.

The aircraft made its way back to its base, and Marles said the crew responded “professionally”.

It’s believed the Chinese jet also fired flares and chaff as a countermeasure.

The Defence Minister said he had communicated his concerns to Chinese authorities over the incident.

But China’s defence spokesperson, Colonel Tan says “those who come uninvited shall bear the consequences.”

Canada has also been in the firing line, as they reportedly carry out U.N. missions near North Korea.

But Chinese authorities believe the jets were monitoring China “under the pretext of enforcing U.N. Security Council resolutions”.

“No matter what the name or excuse is, it is completely unreasonable to send military planes to the door of others to provoke and jeopardise the national security of other countries,” says Colonel Tan.

Australia’s Prime Minister met with Canada’s leader, Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Madrid this week.

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