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Western leaders accuse Russia of staging a ‘false flag operation’

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Western leaders slam Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ accusations and stand by Ukraine

Western leaders have accused Russia of using the threat of a so-called dirty bomb as an excuse to escalate the war in Ukraine even further.

Moscow says Kyiv is planning to use a weapon of mass destruction, as they evacuate civilians from a southern city in anticipation of a major battle.

But the foreign ministers of France, Britain and the United States have all rejected these allegations.

In a joint statement, they label the claims as ‘transparently false’.

Adding, ‘the world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation.’

It’s feared Russia may use these allegations as an excuse to use their own dirty bomb.

The war is at a critical stage, as Ukraine’s counteroffensive continues to advance in regions Moscow claims it is annexing.

U.S President Joe Biden advised to pursue diplomacy

This comes as more than two-dozen liberal House members call on U.S. President Joe Biden to pursue direct diplomacy with Russia, and bring the months-long war to an end.

In a letter, the group praises the president’s efforts to support Ukraine all while avoiding direct U.S. involvement on the ground.

But they also want to see a more forceful attempt to stop the conflict all together.

The letter reads, “given the destruction created by this war for Ukraine and the world, as well as the risk of catastrophic escalation, we also believe it is in the interests of Ukraine, the United States, and the world to avoid a prolonged conflict.”

“We urge you to pair the military and economic support the U.S. has provided with a proactive diplomatic push. Redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire.”

Strategic communications coordinator at the National Security Council, John Kirby said the White House had received the letter. But he believes there are no indications the Russian President is willing to engage in serious diplomacy.

“When you see and you listen to his rhetoric, and you see the other things, be they atrocities, the war crimes, the airstrikes against civilian infrastructure that the Russians are committing, it’s clear Mr. Putin is in no mood to negotiate,” Kirby said.

 

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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