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Putin asserts control over Ukraine nuclear plant, Kyiv disagrees
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Putin asserts control over Ukraine nuclear plant, Kyiv disagrees

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government on Wednesday to take control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, as the U.N. nuclear watchdog warned that power supply to the site was “extremely fragile”. However, the boss of Ukraine’s state energy agency announced he was taking over the plant,...

After Russian retreat, Putin formally annexes 15% of Ukraine
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After Russian retreat, Putin formally annexes 15% of Ukraine

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin completed the formal annexation of more than 15% of Ukraine on Wednesday just as Russian forces battled to halt Ukrainian counter-offensives across swathes of the territory. In the biggest expansion of Russian territory in at least half a century, Putin signed laws admitting the Donetsk People’s Republic...

South Korea, U.S. fire missiles into the sea to protest ‘reckless’ North Korea test
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South Korea, U.S. fire missiles into the sea to protest ‘reckless’ North Korea test

SEOUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) – South Korea and the U.S. military conducted missile drills in response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, as Washington condemned Pyongyang’s longest-range test as “dangerous and reckless.” Nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) farther than ever before on Tuesday, sending it soaring over...

Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained
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Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin, who rules the world’s biggest nuclear power, has repeatedly cautioned the West that any attack on Russia could provoke a nuclear response. Will Putin use nuclear weapons, how many such weapons does he command and how might the United States and the U.S.-led NATO military alliance respond?...

Dip in demand from China, Italy may have hit India’s merchandise exports
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Dip in demand from China, Italy may have hit India’s merchandise exports

A decline in external demand from countries, such as China, Bangladesh, and Italy, is driving down India’s merchandise exports that could have led to exports contraction in September for the first time in 19 months. Disaggregated data available till August showed, among top 50 export destinations of India, shipments contracted to 19...

Ukraine celebrates recapturing key town, Putin ally raises nuclear jitters
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Ukraine celebrates recapturing key town, Putin ally raises nuclear jitters

Ukraine’s recapture of Lyman deals Moscow major setback Chechen leader suggests use of low-yield nuclear weapon Lyman is key logistics hub in eastern Donetsk region Donetsk is one of four regions Putin says are now Russian KYIV, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops said they had retaken the key bastion of Lyman in occupied eastern...

Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Netherlands
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Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Netherlands

Sept 30 (Reuters) – Nicaragua suspended diplomatic ties with the Netherlands on Friday, according to a statement published by the Central American country’s foreign ministry. The Nicaraguan government took the decision because the “interventionist and neo-colonial” European country had “offended and keeps offending Nicaraguan families,” the statement said. Earlier this week, Nicaraguan officials declared the...