Latest Live News Updates: G7 summit to announce measures increasing ‘pressure on Russia’, says US official

Leaders at the upcoming G7 summit in Germany will announce new measures aimed at pressing Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official said Wednesday. “We will roll out a concrete set of proposals to increase pressure on Russia,” the official said. US President Joe Biden flies Saturday to join the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan at the summit in Bavaria. The club of wealthy democracies is at the heart of a fierce economic and diplomatic campaign to punish Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February and continues to wage battles across the pro-Western country’s eastern region, as well as occupying swaths of the south. After attending the G7 summit from Sunday to Tuesday, Biden will fly to Madrid for a summit of the NATO military alliance next week. Ukraine and Russia will feature heavily in both diplomatic gatherings as allies ponder how to weather the secondary impact from sanctions against Russia on their own economies — particularly in stoking high fuel prices.

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UP Lok Sabha by-polls

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US expresses grief over tragic earthquake in Afghanistan

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G7, NATO leaders to ratchet up pressure on Russia, keeping an eye on China, says US officials

Leaders from the Group of Seven rich nations and the NATO alliance will seek to increase pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine at meetings next week, while making clear that they remain concerned about China, senior US administration officials said on Wednesday. NATO would announce new commitments to shore up European security, the officials said, while the participation of leaders from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand would show that the war in Ukraine had not detracted from focus on China.

Al-Qaida militants attack military checkpoint in Yemen’s oil-rich Shabwa

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Passenger jet catches fire while landing at Miami airport

Officials arrived in Miami Wednesday to investigate a passenger jet that caught fire as it touched down at the US city’s international airport, forcing more than 100 people to flee the burning and mangled aircraft. Three people were hospitalized after the crash of Red Air Flight 203 late Tuesday, according to Miami-Dade fire officials, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported among those on board.

UK lawmakers toughen post-Brexit scrutiny of financial rules

Britain’s parliament has created a panel of lawmakers to shape or even recommend scrapping rules proposed by financial watchdogs to ensure the benefits of reform outweigh extra costs for industry, a report by a committee of MPs said on Thursday.

Long COVID in infected children can last at least two months, says Lancet study

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Delhi LG suspends Babus

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has ordered the suspension of SDMs Harshit Jain & Devender Sharma, along with CMO’s Deputy Secretary Prakash Chand Thakur, in the matter of procedural lapses indicating corruption.

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