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Russia has demanded that more than a dozen foreign technology companies, most of them American, open offices in the country by the end of this year or face sanctions and potential bans. The country’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor issued the demand on Monday and listed Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok among the companies being targeted.
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France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been convicted for his involvement in the attempted blackmail of a former international team mate over a sex tape. The footballer was sentenced to a one-year suspended jail term and fined 75,000 euros (£62,967) over his role in the episode. The 33-year-old’s lawyer said the player would appeal against
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Fully vaccinated travellers will finally be able to enter New Zealand from 30 April 2022, easing border restrictions that have been in place since March last year. Meanwhile, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and residence visa holders in neighbouring Australia will be able to enter the country from 16 January. Fully vaccinated residents and visa holders
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Brazil’s foreign minister has said he is “surprised” that deforestation in the Amazon has increased, following last week’s news it had jumped 22%. The destruction of the rainforest has soared under President Jair Bolsonaro, who has encouraged agriculture and mining and emboldened loggers. Brazil‘s foreign minister, Carlos Franca, said in a briefing yesterday that the
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