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Ukraine's Zelenskyy: No talks with Russia's Putin if land annexed

Ukraine’s president warned Tuesday that Russia’s just concluded “sham referendums” and attempts to annex Ukrainian territory rule out any talks with Moscow as long as Vladimir Putin remains president, and called for Russia’s “complete isolation” and tough new global sanctions.
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Ukraine's former ambassador to Canada says Russia could use so-called referendums in his country to conscript Ukrainians.
"We believe the Russians will use it to conscript Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territories into the Russian army," Andriy Shevchenko told Evan Solomon on CTV News Channel's Power Play on Tuesday.
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Pro-Moscow officials say 3 occupied regions of Ukraine have voted to join Russia

Pro-Moscow officials said Tuesday that residents in three of the four occupied areas of Ukraine voted to join Russia in a Kremlin-orchestrated vote that has been dismissed by the U.S. and its Western allies as illegitimate.
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Huge Russia-based disinformation network about Ukraine war disabled

A sprawling disinformation network originating in Russia sought to use hundreds of fake social media accounts and dozens of sham news websites to spread Kremlin talking points about the invasion of Ukraine, Meta revealed Tuesday.
The company, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said it identified and disabled the operation before it was able to gain a large audience.
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Kremlin paves way to annexing 4 regions of Ukraine as it announces referendum results

Pro-Moscow officials said Tuesday that residents in three of the four occupied areas of Ukraine voted to join Russia in a Kremlin-orchestrated vote that has been dismissed by the U.S. and its Western allies as illegitimate.
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Ebola deaths in Uganda rise to 23 as outbreak grows

An outbreak of Ebola disease in Uganda is growing.
A total of 18 confirmed and 18 probable cases have been reported, including 23 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
The agency noted this is the first Ebola disease outbreak caused by Sudan virus in Uganda since 2012.
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Jan. 6 sedition trial underway for Oath Keepers leader

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy, one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan.
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Iranian riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in dozens of cities on Tuesday, state media and social media said, amid continuing protests over the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody.
Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish city of Saqez, was arrested earlier this month in Tehran for "unsuitable attire" by the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic's strict dress code.
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New lawsuit attempts to block Biden's student loan forgiveness plan

In one of the first significant legal challenges to President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan, a public interest lawyer filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that the policy is an abuse of executive power.
Plaintiff Frank Garrison claims that because of the forthcoming student loan forgiveness, he will be forced to pay state taxes on the amount canceled -- an expense he would otherwise avoid.
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Clashes, global protests flare over death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini

Iranian riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in dozens of cities on Tuesday, state media and social media said, amid continuing protests over the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody.
Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish city of Saqez, was arrested earlier this month in Tehran for "unsuitable attire" by the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic's strict dress code.
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Father testifies of pain inflicted by Sandy Hook deniers

Ian Hockley testified Tuesday that he was ridiculed online as a “party boy” and an actor after posting a video of the memorial service for his 6-year-old son, who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.
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The chaos at Russia's borders is intensifying as hundreds of thousands of men try to get out of the country and avoid being dragged into fighting Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.
Some reports from border crossings with Georgia, Finland and other areas indicate Russian authorities moved Tuesday to stop — and then enlist — some of those trying to escape.
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China's Xi reappears on state TV amid rumours over absence

Chinese President Xi Jinping reappeared on state television Tuesday after a several-day absence from public view that sparked rumours about the 69-year-old leader's political fortunes.
Xi was shown visiting a display at the Beijing Exhibition Hall on the theme of "Forging Ahead into the New Era.
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