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US says Russia was planning fake invasion

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US officials say Russia is planning to fabricate a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine

It’s believed Russia had a a fake video in the works showing an attack by Ukrainians on Russian territory.

One option is said to include staged graphic images of an explosion showing numerous casualties.

Officials would not release any direct evidence of the Russian plan or specify how they learned of it, saying to do so would compromise their sources and methods.

The US and Nato are concerned at the massing of Russian forces near Ukraine.

Russia denies planning to invade, saying the troops are there for drills.

They currently number about 100,000.

The European Union is responding to Russia’s request for security guarantees

A joint response is being written after many of the EU’s member countries received correspondence from Russia earlier this week.

European Commission president Ursula Von De Leyen says the EU is presenting a united front.

This comes as Russia has amassed around 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, denying any plans to invade.

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, whose country shares a border with Russia, raised concerns about the growing aggressiveness and called for peace.

Russia and France phone calls

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Macron have wrapped their third phone call for the week

In their phone call, the leaders discussed the crisis in Ukraine and Moscow’s security proposals to the West

Putin told Macron Kyiv’s actions are “provocative” and the chat focused on Russia’s “security guarantees” over Ukraine

The leaders have agreed to continue personal contact, keeping diplomatic lines open.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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Prince Charles accepted suitcase with 1 million euros

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Prince Charles is in hot water for accepting a suitcase with one million euros in cash from a former Qatari leader

The Sunday Times is reporting this was one of three cash donations from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

Clarence House says the donations were passed onto one of the Prince’s charities, and that all correct processes were followed.

Reports suggest the money was handed over in a duffle bag at Clarence House. While, carrier bags were also used on other occasions.

It’s understood the donations took place between 2011 and 2015.

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