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Putin to Xi: We will discuss your plan to end the war in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has said he will discuss Xi Jinping’s 12-point plan to “settle the acute crisis in Ukraine”, during a highly anticipated visit to Moscow by the Chinese president. “We’re always open for a negotiation process,” Mr Putin said, as the leaders called each other “dear friend”. China released a …

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Can Australia curb its killer cats?

Eight-year-old ginger cat Juniper might look cute and fluffy, but appearances can be deceptive. “She was an efficient hunter,” says her owner, Hugh Fathers, a retiree living in rural Australia. “I don’t know how prolific – because I never saw all of her kills.” Australia has a cat problem. Its …

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Has Putin’s assault on Ukraine’s power grid failed?

The winter may be over, but Oleksii in Kharkiv believes the battle to save Ukraine’s power supply from Vladimir Putin’s missiles will continue as long as Russia has the ability to strike it. Every one of Ukraine’s thermal and hydroelectric power plants has been damaged since Russia launched its assault …

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Silicon Valley Bank share slump rocks financial stocks

Shares in Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a key lender to technology start-ups, plummeted on Thursday as investors moved to withdraw their deposits. The slide came a day after the bank announced a $2.25bn (£1.9bn) share sale to help shore up its finances. Shares in banks have fallen around the world …

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Deadly shooting at Hamburg Jehovah’s Witness hall

A number of people were killed and injured in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness meeting hall in Germany’s northern Hamburg city late on Thursday. Police say the gunman acted alone, and is thought to be dead. It is unclear if the attacker is among the six or seven fatalities …

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Fourteen people drown when Italy-bound boat sinks off Tunisia

At least 14 people from sub-Saharan African countries have drowned off Tunisia as they tried to reach Europe by boat in the latest tragedy on the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia’s coastguard said in a statement on Thursday that officers the previous night had intercepted “a group whose boat had sunk, rescuing …

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