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Putin holds Russian security council meeting



Russian President Vladimir Putin is convening his Security Council today to discuss the “neutralisation of threats to national security”.

The meeting comes as UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is on a hastily arranged visit to Washington to talk with his counterpart and White House officials about “shared security concerns” including Ukraine and Russia. The precise nature of the talks remain unclear.

As for Mr Putin’s virtual meeting with security officials, the Kremlin said, in typical Kremlin-speak: “It’s planned to consider issues related to the neutralisation of threats to national security in the migration area and the regulation of migration processes in the interests of the socio-economic development of the country and socio-political stability.”

Russian migration

Migration has been a hot-button issue in Russia for several years now. In 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev set a goal of attracting 20 million migrant workers to Russia by 2020 in order to offset the country’s declining population.

However, this goal was not met, due in part to xenophobic policies and rhetoric enacted by the Russian government. These policies have only intensified under President Putin, who has sought to clamp down on what he perceives as “illegal” immigration.

In recent years, there have been mass deportations of migrant workers from Russia, as well as raids on migrant communities living in squalid conditions. These actions have been widely condemned by human rights groups, who have accused the Russian government of xenophobia and racism. Mr Putin’s meeting today is likely to focus on how to further tighten restrictions on migration into Russia.

Given the rhetoric that has come out of the Kremlin in recent years, it is likely that we will see further crackdowns on migration into Russia. But it would only serve to further exacerbate the plight of migrants living in Russia.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat



A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.


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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman



An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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Violence erupts across China over lockdowns



There have been more protests on the streets of Shanghai, as frustrations rise over China’s strict Zero Covid policy.

Demonstrations are also spreading to other cities following a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country – with some linking the tragedy to the continued lockdowns.

Hundreds have taken to the streets in eight cities in China after the tragedy was blamed on Xi Jinping’s draconian zero-Covid lockdown.

From Beijing to Shanghai, the deaths have led to protests across China and police have descended onto the streets to keep order as tensions boil over.

Video on social media showed hundreds of workers marching on a road and confronted by riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits.

The protest turned violent — footage shared with AFP and captured by a factory worker showed one person lying inert on the ground next to a man in a blood-spattered jacket having his head bound in an apparent effort to staunch a wound.

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