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War on the grapevine? Russia ups control on Georgian wine imports

It was a case of new wine into old bottles, as the Kremlin returned to past practice in its response to growing tensions with Georgia. Moscow would be stepping up scrutiny of Georgian alcohol products, the Russian trading standards body said on Monday. The change was supposedly based on public safety grounds. But the timing of the sudden announcement – ...

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Hong Kong government stays invisible to avoid more extradition bill chaos ahead of G20 summit

Hong Kong’s embattled government is lying low again this week to avoid rocking the boat in the face of continuing opposition to the now-suspended extradition bill, with the city’s leader cancelling Tuesday’s weekly cabinet meeting.No explanation was given on Monday for the cancellation, while young protesters barged into government buildings again, attempting to disrupt public services and pile pressure on ...

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China’s leading scientists advised to keep a low profile in their work as US steps …

The top economic aide to China’s President Xi Jinping has told researchers at the country’s leading scientific institution to keep a “low profile”and stay down to earth.The comments by Vice-Premier Liu He were published on the website of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Monday but Friday’s visit was not reported in state media.His visit came amid a deepening ...

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UN’s Bachelet: Denying Fair Trials Leads to Radicalization

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says all individuals suspected of crimes, even former Islamic State fighters, are entitled to due process guarantees. She warns failure to guarantee such risks further radicalization and violence. Bachelet reports more than 55,000 suspected Islamic State fighters and their families are detained in Syria and Iraq following the collapse of the militant ...

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