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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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Eisman identifies infrastructure as key investment opportunity

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Famed investor Steve Eisman, has shifted his focus to infrastructure, citing three main reasons.

 

The pandemic-induced shift towards onshore investment, the rise of AI necessitating data centre expansion, and the global push towards greener energy.

Eisman believes these trends offer a decade-long opportunity for investors, with Australia presenting ample opportunities for market participation.

Notable companies to consider for exposure include BlueScope and James Hardie Industries for building materials, Macquarie Technology and Goodman Group for data centres, and Worley, AGL Energy, and Origin Energy for electricity grid upgrades and green infrastructure.

However, Eisman cautions investors to approach utility investments carefully, considering their capital expenditure budgets in renewable energy and grid upgrades.

 

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Civil War cinema brings in the box office dollars

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Alex Garland’s film “Civil War” has made a significant impact at the box office, surpassing expectations with a $25.7 million opening weekend in North America.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, and Cailee Spaeny, the film explores a near-future scenario where California and Texas unite against a president’s authoritarian regime. Despite fictional elements, “Civil War” has sparked widespread discussion, with its themes resonating in today’s political climate. The film’s performance, coupled with positive reviews, suggests a promising trajectory in the coming weeks, bolstered by a relatively quiet release schedule.

You can catch the trailer here

 

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Oil likely to see hike following Iran’s Israel attack

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Global oil markets are poised for potential disruption as tensions escalate in the Middle East following Iran’s recent attack on Israel.

The attack, which targeted key infrastructure, has raised concerns about the stability of oil supplies in the region.

Experts predict that the incident could lead to a spike in oil prices as investors react to the heightened geopolitical risk. #ticker today #featured

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