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US Accuses China of Arming Russia as Beijing Promotes Peace for Ukraine

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China’s President Xi Jinping will offer a “peace address” on the anniversary of Ukraine’s invasion, advocating peace while avoiding censure of its partner Russia. The EU has urged Beijing to use its ability to encourage Moscow to cease the war while maintaining Ukraine’s independence.

Chinese foreign affairs Minister Wang Yi said that Xi would give a peace address on the anniversary of Ukraine’s invasion. Last February 24, Russia attacked Ukraine. The war has killed hundreds of thousands on both sides, displaced millions in Ukraine, wreaked havoc on the global economy, and reignited Cold War-era hostility.

Minister Wang Yi, stated that China’s position on the Ukraine situation has been constant and clear. He said China has maintained an objective and unbiased stance on the Ukraine crisis and is dedicated to encouraging peace talks.

President Xi Jinping of China has advocated for a diplomatic solution to Russia’s war in Ukraine, stating that “resolving the Ukrainian problem through political means is in the best interests of Europe and the common interest of all nations in Eurasia.”

“Given the current circumstances, we must fight for peace rather than aggravation and growth of the problem.” As a permanent member of the Security Council, China’s influence can assist in “stopping Russia’s horrific destruction and occupation” of Ukraine.

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US President Biden stated that “there is only one way for this war to stop,” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces “from Ukraine.” He also stated that he is “willing to speak with Mr. Putin,” but the Kremlin has yet to express an interest in dialogue.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of giving “non-lethal help” to Russia – and new intelligence revealed Beijing could supply “lethal support”.

He cautioned that escalation would have “severe ramifications” for China. China has dismissed allegations that it has requested military supplies from Moscow.

He stated that while President Xi Jinping is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has failed to denounce Russia’s invasion, he has endeavored to remain impartial in the crisis and has advocated for peace.

China’s foreign ministry stated that it would not accept “finger-pointing” and “coercion” from the United States over its relations with Russia.

On Saturday, Mr. Blinken met China’s senior diplomat, Wang Yi, at the Munich Security Conference. During the discussion, he conveyed “grave concerns” about the “possibility of China providing lethal material support to Russia,” he said.

“To date, Chinese enterprises have provided non-lethal assistance to Russia for use in Ukraine. Our current fear stems from reports that they are considering offering lethal support, “He stated.

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He did not go into detail regarding the intelligence the US had received concerning China’s possible plans. When asked what the US expected China to offer Russia, he responded it would be mostly weapons and ammunition.

According to Mr. Blinken, supplying Russia with weapons would be a “major problem for us and our relationship.” Washington-Beijing relations were strained after the US shot down an alleged Chinese spy balloon in early February.

Both parties exchanged harsh words but appeared ashamed by the encounter and eager to move on. Yet, if China delivers weaponry to Russian soldiers in Ukraine, US-Chinese ties would deteriorate even further.

Mr. Blinken’s warning appears to be aimed squarely at discouraging China from doing so. Indicating that the US was concerned about China assisting Russia in evading Western sanctions aimed at crippling Moscow’s economy.

China’s commerce with Russia is expanding, and it is one of Russia’s largest markets for oil, gas, and coal.

NATO allies, including the United States, supply tanks, other weaponry, ammunition, and equipment to Ukraine. They have refrained from providing fighter jets, and Mr. Blinken would not comment on whether the US might assist other countries in supplying jets.

“We’ve been clear that we should not fixate or focus on any certain weapons system,” he stated.

However, he suggested that the West must ensure Ukraine had everything it needed for a future counter-assault against Russia “in the months ahead”. Russia is currently attempting to expand in eastern Ukraine, where some of the war’s toughest combat has occurred.

The remarks by the senior US diplomat come before Mr. Wang’s scheduled to travel to Moscow as part of the Chinese foreign policy chief’s trip to Europe.

According to the BBC, Mr. Wang said in Munich on Saturday that China has “neither stood by silently nor thrown fuel on the fire” for the Ukraine war. Presidents Xi’s speech will appeal for peace without blaming Russia.


Dianne Feinstein: ‘Pioneering’ Senator Dies Aged 90

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Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

Feinstein was the eldest senator in the United States, and she voted on Thursday.

The veteran Democrat was questioned about alleged memory and cognitive issues for months.

After a “minor fall” at home in April, she was admitted to the hospital, the latest in a series of health concerns.

The office of Ms. Feinstein stated in a statement that she died overnight at her residence in Washington, DC.

The statement continued, “Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who had an enormous impact on our country and her home state.” She left an incontestable and extraordinary legacy.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California must now appoint her replacement. He had previously promised to nominate a black woman to serve the remainder of her term, which ends in 2025.

Ms. Feinstein, born in 1933 and grew up in San Francisco, attended Stanford University and was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1969.

This election marked the beginning of a long career in public service that led her to become the first female mayor of San Francisco and, in 1992, a senator.

She had previously proclaimed her intention to retire at the end of the following year, but she resisted mounting pressure. Several prominent Democrats, including Representatives Adam Schiff and Katie Porter, have previously declared their intentions to run for her Senate seat.


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

In a statement issued after her passing, US President Joe Biden said that Ms. Feinstein “made history in so many ways, and generations to come will benefit from her legacy.”

Due to a case of shingles, she was absent from Capitol Hill for nearly three months earlier this year. Upon her return, she assumed fewer responsibilities and used a wheelchair to navigate the US Capitol. She occasionally appeared perplexed in interviews, committee hearings, and floor votes.

Ms. Feinstein was well-known for her ardent support of gun control measures and the 1994 assault weapons prohibition signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

After the murders of her predecessor, George Moscone, and city councilman Harvey Milk, she became mayor of San Francisco in 1978.

She stated that the experience of racing to Mayor Moscone’s office and discovering a bullet wound while searching for his pulse had left an indelible mark on her.

As a senator, Ms. Feinstein was the first woman to chair the influential Senate Intelligence Committee, overseeing a multi-year evaluation of the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of foreign terrorists following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The evaluation ultimately resulted in legislation prohibiting “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, such as waterboarding.


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

Ms. Feinstein was the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first woman to lead the Senate Rules Committee.

Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, described Dianne Feinstein as a “pioneering woman leader” in a statement.

“Dianne’s extraordinary career will inspire countless women and girls to pursue careers in public service for generations to come,” she said.

On the Senate floor, Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell praised “her dogged advocacy and diligent service”.

In recent years, concerns about her deteriorating health and cognitive abilities have prompted calls for her retirement and brought attention to the aging of America’s legislators.

During a committee vote, individuals around her could be heard in a widely circulated video telling her to “just say yes.”

Despite mounting family tensions, she is succeeded by a daughter, Katherine, who reportedly held power of attorney over her mother’s legal affairs. Richard Blum, her investment banker spouse, passed away last year.


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New York City: State Of Emergency Declared Over Flash Flooding

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In New York City, a state of emergency has been declared as violent storms deliver flash flooding.

Many of the city’s subways, streets, and highways have been inundated, and LaGuardia Airport closed at least one terminal on Friday.

According to New York Governor Kathy Hochul, some areas received up to five inches (12.7cm) of rain overnight, and up to seven more inches (17.8cm) are expected.

“This is a dangerous, life-threatening storm,” she continued.

She announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she was proclaiming a state of emergency in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the region’s extreme rainfall.

She urged individuals to take precautions and to “never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”

As a result of the declaration of a state of emergency, New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a call for “heightened alertness and extreme caution.”

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In New York City, a state of emergency has been declared as violent storms deliver flash flooding.

“Some of our subways are flooded, and it is extremely difficult to move around the city,” he said at a press conference.

Due to intense rainfall, people were pictured and captured on video wading through knee-deep water in the streets and subways.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advised individuals who did not need to travel to remain at home.

Terminal A at La Guardia Airport is presently closed due to flooding, according to airport authorities.

Before traveling, passengers were instructed to verify with their airline.

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The New York City Police Department also announced multiple road closures and the deployment of the National Guard.

Elsewhere, traffic stopped along a section of the FDR Drive, a significant thoroughfare on the east side of Manhattan, as the water rose above the tires of automobiles.

In addition, employees attempted to unclog a drain in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while cardboard and other debris floated by.

According to municipal officials, there were no storm-related fatalities or serious injuries as of midday (1600 GMT).

The weather service has issued flood warnings and advisories for approximately 18 million people in the New York metropolitan area and other major East Coast cities.


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Disney Plus Announces Crackdown On Password Sharing In Canada In 2023

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NEW YORK — Today, password-sharing crackdowns are becoming increasingly prevalent in the streaming industry. In addition, Disney Plus follows suit.

In an email sent to Canadian users this week, Disney announced restrictions on the “ability to share your account or credentials outside of the household.”

The updated Canadian Subscriber Agreement for Disney Plus stipulates that users may only share a subscription within their domicile if permitted by their account tier and that violations may result in Disney Plus limiting or terminating service. According to the streamer’s help center, “Household” refers to the collection of devices associated with a subscriber’s principal residence and used by the residents.

These password-sharing restrictions are part of multiple revisions to the Disney Plus Subscriber Agreement that will go into effect on November 1 for most Canadian users. According to this week’s email, annual subscribers in Quebec may see the changes a bit later, depending on their billing cycle, while users who alter their plan before November 1 will see the changes take effect immediately.

As previously disclosed in August, Disney Plus will launch its ad-supported tier offerings in Canada and select European markets on November 1. The ad-supported tier of Disney Plus has been available in the U.S. since December 2022.

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Disney Plus Announces Crackdown On Password Sharing In Canada

When contacted by The Associated Press, a Disney Plus spokesperson declined to comment on whether similar domestic restrictions could be anticipated in countries other than Canada.

In a recent earnings call, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger pledged to make the company’s streaming services profitable, notably through an October price increase on its ad-free Disney+ and Hulu plans in the U.S. and a restriction on password sharing that is expected to last through 2019.

At the time, Iger did not elaborate on the password-sharing crackdown beyond stating that Disney could reap some benefits in 2024, although he added that the work “might not be completed” by then and that Disney could not predict how many password-sharing users would switch to paid subscriptions.

New restrictions on streaming extend far beyond Disney. Netflix, for instance, made headlines when it began clamping down on password sharing. Freeloading viewers are now required to open their accounts in the United States unless a subscriber with a standard or premium plan agrees to pay a $8 monthly surcharge to enable more people from different households to watch.


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