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EU prepares to sanction Russian diamonds

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Charles Michel, President of the European Union (EU) Council, said in a statement before the G7 Leaders’ Summit that they would fill the gaps in the sanctions imposed on Russia and restrict the trade of Russian diamonds.

European Union (EU) Council President Charles Michel said that they will close the legal loopholes in the sanctions and restrict diamond trade with Russia.

Michel spoke to the press ahead of the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

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“We will continue to provide strong military, political, humanitarian and financial support to Ukraine,” said Michel, adding that the EU and its member states have provided over 70 billion Euros to Ukraine so far.

NEW MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN

Pointing out that the EU has taken comprehensive steps with sanctions packages to prevent Russia, Michel said, “We are now focused on closing the legal loopholes in the sanctions.”

Explaining that they continue to prevent Russia’s access to critical materials, Michel underlined that they will take new measures.

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“We will restrict the trade of Russian diamonds,” said Michel, adding that at the G7 summit they will make it clear why the sanctions against Russia are necessary and justified.

Pointing out that relations with China will also be discussed at the meeting, Michel said, “A stable and constructive relationship with China is in our mutual interest.”

“WE WANT TO REDUCE THE RISK”

Pointing out that the EU is determined to preserve its values and interests, Michel said, “We do not want to be separated, but we want to reduce our excessive dependencies and reduce the risk.”

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Michel added that they should also address China’s unfair practices and rebalance trade relations.

The summit, hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, is attended by the leaders of the USA, France, England, Germany, Canada and Italy.
Besides the G7 countries, the EU, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Australia and Vietnam are also invited to the summit.

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Explosion sound heard in the USA!

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F-16 warplanes caused panic in Washington, the capital of the USA. The sound of a huge explosion heard in Washington caused panic.

In the social media posts, it was stated that around 15:30 local time, a big noise similar to the sound of a sonic explosion was heard. While it was recorded that shaking was felt in the houses due to the explosion, some social media users commented that the explosion may be related to a possible military exercise.
It was recorded that the police asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about the incident after citizens called the emergency lines, and the US Department of Homeland Security tweeted, “We are aware of the explosion sound heard in the capital, there is no threat at the moment.” expression was used.

Later, on the social media account of the Annapolis Emergency Management Office, it was shared that the explosion was caused by an “authorized flight under the Ministry of Defense” and that the military plane exceeding the sound limit caused the sonic boom.
In a written statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, it was reported that the Cessna-type plane, which took off from Tennessee to Long Island, entered the no-fly zone over the capital, then crashed into a mountainous terrain in the southwest region of Virginia.

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A few hours after the plane crashed, the local police announced that the rescue team had reached the wreckage of the plane. In the statement, which stated that there were no survivors in the accident, according to the first determinations, it was noted that the investigations at the accident site were continuing.

In the US press, there was information that the plane in question did not respond to the radio warnings, and thereupon, the F-16s took off with the emergency response authority at supersonic speed, which caused the explosion of sound.

It was also stated that during the incident, military jets used flares that could be seen by the public in order to attract the attention of the pilot, and that the flares did not pose a danger to the people on the ground due to their rapid and completely extinguishing feature.
No information was shared about why the plane did not answer the calls, how many people were in it, and why it crashed.

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White House officials announced that US President Joe Biden, who was playing golf at the Maryland military base, was informed during the incident.

It was noted that the FAA is continuing its investigation into the incident and will relay the details later.

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Intense air strike from Russia on Kiev

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Ukraine announced that Russia carried out an air strike on Kiev, destroying more than 40 targets in the air.

It was reported that an air attack was carried out by the Russian army on the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and more than 40 targets were destroyed in the air by the Ukrainian air defense forces.

In a statement made by the Kyiv City Military Administration, it was stated that the Russian army carried out an air strike again on the capital, Kiev. It was stated in the statement that Russian forces launched missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) towards Kiev in the early hours of the morning, and that 15 airstrikes were carried out on the capital city in May alone.
In the statement, it was stated that more than 40 targets attacked on Kiev were detected by the Ukrainian air defense forces and destroyed in the air.

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Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klichko also announced on his social media account that some missile fragments destroyed in the air hit the civilian infrastructure in various districts and caused damage.

Klichko later stated that there were explosions in the city again. Noting that Ukrainian air defense systems are working in Kiev, Klichko informed that missile fragments hit the Desnyan, Podilsk and Obolonskyi districts of the capital and one person was injured. Klichko stated the reason for the attack and stated that the enemy targeted the central districts of Kiev.

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Justin Kluivert and his girlfriend were attacked in their own home

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His girlfriend and Justin Kluivert were attacked in their own home

Three robbers broke into the home of football player Justin Kluivert near Valencia on Wednesday night.

His girlfriend was slightly injured. The thieves took a loot worth about 160,000 Euros.
Kluivert was not at home at the time of the robbery. He was in Mallorca with his club Valencia to duel with RCD Mallorca on Thursday evening.

Two victims were allegedly threatened and slightly injured. Several watches and jewelry were stolen.

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There have been reports of more robberies in the homes of Valencia football players lately. Kluivert, 24, has been playing for Valencia since last summer and is on loan from AS Roma. He previously played for Ajax.

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Russia: Arms shipment will not deter us from our goals

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Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mariya Zakharova, said that arms shipments to Ukraine will not deter Russia from its “special military operation” objectives.

Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zakharova, made statements about current issues at the weekly press conference held in the capital Moscow.

Evaluating the possibility of supplying F-16 warplanes to Ukraine, Zakharova stated that the Western countries do not want the war in Ukraine to end and said, “This is another stage of escalation of conflicts and destabilization of the situation on the European continent. Any arms shipment to the Kiev regime will not detract from the targets set within the scope of the special military operation we have launched.” she used the phrase.

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“EXTENDING THE NUMBER OF PRODUCTS AND PORTS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE GRAIN AGREEMENT”

Asked about the number of ports used and the expansion of the exported product list within the scope of the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement, Zaharova said, “The Russian side repeatedly expressed to other interested parties that there is no question of expanding the product list and the number of ports during the expert meetings.” she replied.

Zaharova stated that there has been no progress in removing SWIFT sanctions on all Russian banks, including the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank).

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Regarding the entry of the Ukrainian sabotage group into the Belgorod region of her country at the beginning of the week, Zakharova said, “Terrorist acts like this will be strictly prevented in the future.” said.

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Russian mercenary army withdraws from Wagner Bahmut

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Wagner leader Prigozin announced that the fighters began to withdraw from Bahmut captured in Ukraine.

Yevgeny Prigozin, the leader of Russia’s mercenary force Wagner, announced that Wagner has begun withdrawing his troops from the Ukrainian city of Bahmut and transferring his positions there to regular Russian troops.

Prigozin said: “We are withdrawing troops from Bahmut. From five o’clock today to June 1, most of the troops will be withdrawn to the camps behind. We are handing over our positions to the army,” he said.

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Prigozin announced the capture of Bahmut on Saturday, after the longest and bloodiest battle of the war.
(source: Reuters)

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Dutch team assisting in Colombia’s Amazon rain forest search for children

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Dutch team assisting in Colombias Amazon rain forest search for children

The Colombian military is working with a Dutch team to look for four kids who might be lost in the Amazon rain forest.

According to RTL Nieuws, there are indications that the children survived the crash of their Cessna C206 on May 1.

They were traveling in a tiny plane with three adults to San Jose del Guaviare in central Colombia when their aircraft vanished from the radar. Lesly (13), Soleiny (9), Tien (4), and Cristin (11 months) were on board. The accident’s origin is still a mystery.

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The Colombian officials started looking right away. Only this week, on May 16, did they discover the plane and the bodies of the three adults. Three dogs and about 100 Colombian soldiers are looking for the kids. A plane flying over the neighborhood is equipped with a loudspeaker that is playing an audio message that the children’s grandmother recorded.

Since May 8, Anne van den Ouwelant, a Dutch woman, and her husband have actively participated in the search on behalf of the humanitarian group Rescue International. She works with a group that aids children who have experienced trauma. Additionally, her spouse Humberto is a data analysis specialist.

Rescue International was able to narrow the search by examining radar photos and other data, according to Van den Ouwelant, who spoke to RTL. “The plane could be found, in part because of this.” The Colombian army also discovered signs that the kids are still alive, such as a shelter, fruit that had been consumed, and a baby bottle.

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“Now that they’ve got the plane, it’s critical to examine lost people’s actions. So, what do people in this circumstance do? A person will travel to locations with water because they require it. In terms of creativity and endurance, it matters that they are with a 13-year-old. Of course, the fact that it includes minors is still a drawback. A 13-year-old is likely to know to search for water or mark their previous locations so they don’t walk in circles, for example.

Van den Ouwelant could also advise the ground searchers to follow the path of least resistance because people in distress have a tendency to do so. Therefore, people are more likely to take that option if there are hiking trails or animal-use trails nearby. And now there’s something else: individuals frequently try to hike up to a high spot to use their phone.

The Dutch mother is afraid to speculate on whether these kids, including a baby, might survive in the bush for more than two weeks. “However, there is hope. Always maintain that, please. These kids might still be around. For instance, the fact that they are indigenous means that they may have some familiarity with the terrain.

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World-famous singer Tina Turner dies

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Breaking news.. The legendary name of the music world, Tina Turner, passed away at the age of 83.

Nicknamed the Queen of Rock’n Roll, the musician left her mark on the 1980s with songs such as What’s Love Got to Do with It and Private Dancer.

In the last years of his life, Turner suffered from health problems such as cancer, stroke and kidney failure.

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Tina Turner first entered the music market with the band Ike & Tina Turner, which she founded with her husband Ike Turner in the 1960s. After 1976, Tina Turner continued her solo career and increased her fame even more.

During his solo career spanning more than 30 years, Turner has sold more than 180 million albums and won 8 Grammy Awards.

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Human rights education will be given in the house where Hitler was born

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Human rights education will be given in the house where Hitler was born

After the house where Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, was turned into a police station in line with the decision taken in 2019, it was announced that security forces would be trained in the field of human rights.

Historian Oliver Rathkolb, a member of the commission, which was created to prevent the building known as “Hitler’s house” or the house where the Nazi leader was born, from becoming a frequent destination for Nazi sympathizers and to ensure its reuse, made a statement to the press.

Rathkolb said that in the opinion polls on the fate of the house where Hitler was born, 53 percent of the public said that it should be turned into an anti-Nazi worldview institution, and 23 percent said that the building could not be demolished due to legal regulations.
Noting that the building, which will be used as a police station in 2026, will serve both ways, Rathkolb said, “The police in the Upper Austrian state will receive training in the field of human rights here in the future. At the same time, it will be open to service as a training center for all police forces in the country.” said.

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Decision to turn it into a police station

The house where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in the town of Braunau am Inn in the state of Upper Austria in 1889 caused serious controversy in the country.

In November 2019, it was decided to transform the house where Hitler was born into a police station, and within this framework, a project competition was held across Europe.
The Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, shared with the public the project of the police station to be built in the house where Hitler was born in June 2020.

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Critical decision expected for record penalty to Apple

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Critical decision expected for record penalty to Apple

The EU Commission argues that a legal error was made in the lower court decision that canceled Apple’s tax debt of more than 13 billion euros.

The appeal hearing of the court decision, which canceled the European Union (EU) Commission’s tax debt to Apple over 13 billion Euros, started at the European Court of Justice.
The European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, headquartered in Luxembourg, is today hearing the Commission’s appeal in the legal battle between the EU and Apple.

The EU Commission alleges legal errors were made in the lower court decision that canceled Apple’s over 13 billion euros in tax debt.

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As a result of the legal battle, it will become clear whether Apple is required to pay 13 billion euros in taxes to Ireland.

AB-APPLE CASE PROCESS
In 2016, the EU Commission completed its 3-year investigation into the taxation of companies established in Ireland for the European activities of Apple, headquartered in the USA.

Deciding that the tax practices the company used in Ireland were against EU rules, the EU Commission decided to collect 13 billion Euros and interest from Apple for the period 2003-2014.

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Apple accused the EU of acting unilaterally and changing the tax rules in Ireland retrospectively, and the Irish administration and Apple company initiated legal proceedings against the Commission’s decision.

The case was dealt with in the EU General Court, which is within the structure of the European Court of Justice.

This court reversed the EU Commission decision on taxation in Ireland in 2020 in favor of Apple.

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The General Court ruled that the EU Commission’s decision that Apple had provided economic benefits in Ireland was insufficiently substantiated and erroneous.

The EU Commission claimed that legal errors were made in the decision of the General Court, that the Commission did not sufficiently evaluate the reasons for the decision to impose fines and that it used contradictory logic and appealed the case.
Decisions of the EU General Court can be brought to the European Court of Justice, which is the upper court for legality review.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Novak: Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak stated that they continue to increase their energy shipments to China and said, “Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2023.”

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak stated that they continue to increase their energy shipments to China and said, “Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2023.”

Novak made evaluations at the meeting held in Shanghai and attended by officials from Russia and China.

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Noting that they are working with Chinese companies on the supply of technological equipment, Novak said, “We are working with our partners to supply the missing technological equipment.”

DUE TO SANCTIONS OF WESTERN COUNTRIES

Novak stated that they continue to develop cooperation with China in the field of energy, and said, “Energy is one of the main areas where we have developed our cooperation with China. Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2023.

While Russia is accelerating the search for alternative markets for its oil and natural gas due to the sanctions of Western countries, it is increasing its shipments to Asia, especially to China and India.

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