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Ukraine’s President is set to address U.S. Congress on Wednesday

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Ukraine’s President is set to travel to the U.S. on Wednesday

In his first reported trip abroad since Russian troops entered his country, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will travel to the U.S. this week.

It is understood Mr Zelensky will address a joint session of U.S. Congress and spend time on Capitol Hill rallying support for his war-torn nation.

Ukraine has received military support from NATO allies including the U.S.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly urged members of Congress to attend the Wednesday night session.

“Please be present for a very special focus on democracy,” the letter reads.

Mr Zelensky has hosted a variety of leaders to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. However, he has not come face-to-face with President Joe Biden since the war began in February.

The U.S. has contributed over $18 billion worth of military aid and support for Ukraine. Other major donors include Germany, Britain and Poland.

However, Mr Zelensky has appealed for more funding as the monthly defence budget blows out to $5 billion.

Ukraine’s Presidential Office has not commented on any imminent trip to the U.S.

Russia maintains the war is a “special military operation” aimed to de-Nazify Ukraine.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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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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