Morning brief: Biden's State of the Union address, World Bank announces $1bn aid for Afghanistan and more
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US President Joe Biden denounced Russia's invasion of Ukraine as "premeditated and unprovoked" in his State of the Union address. As Russia's attack on Ukraine continues for the sixth day, Biden emphasised the United States' solidarity with NATO allies, adding that Putin miscalculated the alliance's power.
In other news, the World Bank has announced a plan to use more than $1 billion from a frozen Afghanistan trust fund to finance education, agriculture, health, and family programmes in the country.
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In his State of the Union address, US President Joe Biden slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the "premeditated and unprovoked" invasion of Ukraine, as the US prepares to block its airspace to Russian planes.
The United States government has closed its airspace to Russian flights. This adds the US is to the host of nations, including Canada and Europe, that have shut down their airspace to Russian aircraft and other aircraft following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
A plan to use more than $1 billion from a frozen Afghanistan trust fund to finance education, agriculture, health, and family programs has been approved by the World Bank's executive board.
Amid the Ukraine-Russia chaos, a spokesperson for the US Mission to United Nations said that the United States is expelling a Russian "intelligence operative" who works at the United Nations.
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