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Talks between U.S. and Russia begin in Geneva amid Ukraine tensions

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High-level talks surrounding the fate of Ukraine have kicked off in Geneva as Russian officials downplay threats to Ukraine

This comes as reports suggest around 100,000 Russian troops have been deployed near the border with Ukraine… with many fearing an incursion.

Russia warns that the United States should not “underestimate the risks” that are involved when it comes to Moscow’s confrontation with the West.

Meanwhile, the US has pledged there will be sanctions if Russia were to attack Ukraine.

In a call with reporters after the initial talks… America’s Deputy Secretary of State said the meeting was “frank and forthright” and discussions over eight hours were aimed at understanding each side’s security concerns.

Sherman says Russia has denied plans to invade Ukraine… and labeled troop movements as “maneuvers and exercise”.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s Press Secretary John Kirby says “if the Russians are serious about deescalating, they can start by starting to remove some troops”.

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Sudan in chaos as troops move to avoid civil war

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Protests continue in the country after the military takeover

Following a military coup in Sudan, the coup general says his troops had to act swiftly to avoid a civil war in the country.

Sudan’s Prime Minister is also currently residing at the general’s home “for his own safety” and will be able to return to his residence soon.

Meanwhile, protests are continuing throughout the country’s capital… with roads, bridges and shops all forced to close.

There are also reports that at least 10 people have died as a result of the violence so far.

The general says “the dangers he witnessed last week could have led the country into civil war”.

He continued, adding “the prime minister was at his house but we feared that he will be harmed”.

The leader dissolved civilian rule, arrested several political leaders and has declared a state of emergency.

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Now Actually simplifying the new business employment framework

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Now Actually is an outsourced Human Resources company supporting businesses to manage the complex and ever changing employment framework in Australia.

Working across all industries, we provide practical, easy to understand information that allows our clients to focus on their business knowing that the people component is taken care of.

They work with clients to support their HR needs; this involves the employment lifecycle from hire to fire and everything in between. It involves reviewing the people structure, business processes and legislative compliance with a focus on strategic advice.

Now Actually understands that no two businesses are the same which is why we tailor the support to the business needs. Flexibility is a must, adaptability is key. Whether the business is just starting out or is established, the broad experience that Now Actually can offer means that clients get creative solutions tailored to them.

As an agile and adaptive business, they do not have a one solution fits all approach. Their support, advice and strategies are implemented with clients input and are tailored to their requirements at that particular time. They aim to understand the long term vision of the business and what that means from a people perspective.

Engaging in outsourced HR support will provide Management with confidence and assurance that compliance and best practice is delivered. Now Actually provide independent support that is needed in today’s modern workplace. They are professionals with practical advice. What works in one business, may not work in another business. They acknowledge this and adjust their approach accordingly. People are fickle in nature, and as such they are adaptable to the not only the business but the people within it. Flexibility is their greatest asset. They like to work collaboratively and inclusively but most of all, they want to work with people that want to work with them. They are lifelong learners who seek to grow not only as individuals but as a team.

For more information, head to their website.

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Beirut protest – at least six people dead

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Gunfire erupted into the crowd that was protesting against the judge leading the probe into the Beirut port blast

A protest in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has resulted in chaos.

Two Shia muslim groups were protesting against the judge investigating last year’s port blast.

Allegedly, gunfire broke out from Christian snipers of the Lebanese Forces, killing at least six people and injuring 32 others.

The inquiry into the explosion that killed 219 people has been a source of huge tension within the country.

The protestors believe the judge to be biased as no one has yet been held accountable for the 2020 disaster.

Lebanon President addressed the demonstrators, saying they “will not allow anyone to take the country hostage to their own interests”.

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