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Russia thins out its embassy in Ukraine, a possible clue to Putin’s next move

On January 5, 18 people - mostly the children and wives of Russian diplomats - boarded buses and embarked on a 15-hour drive home to Moscow, according to a senior Ukrainian security official.

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Russia, at an impasse with the West, warns it is ready to abandon diplomacy

Sullivan said the Russian responses to the meetings in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna had been contradictory, noting that some officials have been “hopeful” and others sounded 'deeply pessimistic'.…

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Israel finds planes that could be key to a strike on Iran badly back-ordered

While US officials told Gantz that they would work to alleviate a production backlog, the timing of the delivery is a crucial issue

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Iran’s nuclear programme ignites new tension between US and Israel

The strains were evident all week as the Biden administration sought to bring the alliance with Israel into a united front about how to deal with Iran over the next year.

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China’s weapon test close to a ‘Sputnik moment,’ US general says

Two separate tests took place this summer, conducted in a fashion that Chinese officials knew would be highly visible to US satellites. But the United States said nothing about it.

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Hidden agenda behind deal France called a betrayal

Macron's decision was a stunning and unexpected escalation of the breach between Washington and Paris, on a day that the two countries had planned to celebrate an alliance that goes back to the…

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White House warns companies to act now on ransomware defenses

Neuberger’s letter noted that the Biden administration was working to develop “cohesive and consistent policies toward ransom payments” and to enable “rapid tracing and interdiction of virtual…

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Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’

China’s president, Xi, Biden said bluntly, was “a smart, smart guy” who shared with President Vladimir Putin of Russia a belief that “autocracy is the wave of the future and democracy can’t…

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Stay or go? Biden, long a critic of Afghan deployments, faces a deadline

The Pentagon, uncertain what the new commander in chief will do, is preparing variations on a plan to stay, a plan to leave and a plan to withdraw very, very slowly.

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