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Ukraine removes senior officials on corruption claims

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Several high-ranking officials in the Ukrainian government have been dismissed or resigned from their posts

President Zelensky’s administration is saying that the moves shows the leader is in tune with his citizen’s priorities.

More are expected in coming days.

Those leaving include the country’s deputy Defence minister, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, after a Ukrainian news outlet accused the defence ministry of inflating the price of food supplies for troops.

They include Oleksiy Symonenko, a deputy prosecutor general, after reportedly spending a 10-day New Year’s family vacation on the Spanish coast despite the conflict.

And a deputy head of the president’s office itself, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, who had been criticised for driving sports cars during the invasion.

He gave no reason for his exit, and has previously denied wrongdoing, saying the cars were rented.

Meanwhile, the Defence ministry denies the allegations of price inflations, but says their man’s removal will help retain trust in the agency.

And the prosecutor’s office says Symonenko left according to his own wishes.

President Zelensky says that, going forward, no government officials will be allowed to leave the country during wartime except on official business.

Five governors of battlefield provinces were also dismissed.

The war has largely frozen domestic politics, and political rivalries have been pushed to the side, to focus on the country’s survival.

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey

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A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

 
Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

 
Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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