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Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov meet face-to-face

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In their first meeting since Russia’s invasion last year, Blinken demanded an end to the war in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, India.

The unannounced meeting lasted only 10 minutes and Marx the first time the two diplomats met face-to-face since Russia invaded Ukraine over one year ago.

Fighting on the ground in Ukraine continues—but half a world away foreign ministers from the United States and European allies urged the Group of 20 (G20) nations to keep up pressure on Moscow to end the conflict. 

Blinken called on the Kremlin to reverse its suspension of the New START nuclear treaty.

“Which places verifiable limits on the nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Russian Federation,” Blinken said.

“Mutual compliance is in the interest of both of our countries it’s also what people around the world expects from us as nuclear powers.”

Blinken also raised what he called the wrongful detention of former U.S. Marine Paul Wheelan who has been held in Russia since 2018.

“The United States has put forward a series of proposals—Moscow should accept it,” Blinken said.

“We’re determined to bring Paul and every other American citizen who is unjustly detained around the world home.”

Russia, which calls its actions a “special military operation,” hit back, accusing the West of causing the global, political, and economic crisis.

But Blinken urged Moscow to withdraw its forces as the conflict now enters its second year.

“I told the foreign minister what I end so many others said last week at the United Nations and what so many G20 foreign ministers today said today and end this war of aggression.”

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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