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UK accuses Kremlin of plot to install pro-Russian leader in Ukraine. Moscow calls it ‘disinformation’

Britain alleged that it had information that Moscow was plotting to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine grow.Tensions have soared in recent weeks as tens of thousands of Russian troops mass on Ukraine’s border, along with an arsenal of tanks, fighting vehicles, artillery and missiles.London said it had seen evidence that several former Ukrainian politicians had maintained links with Russian intelligence services, and that former MP Yevgen Murayev was… …

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Decentralized and traditional finance tried to destroy each other but failed

Crypto to prevail over the traditional financial system, instead, competing industries started to adopt each other’s technologies and cooperate. The year 2022 is here, and banks and the traditional banking system remain alive despite decades of threatening predictions made by crypto enthusiasts. The only endgame that happened— a new Ethereum 2.0 roadmap that Vitalik Buterin posted at the end of last year. Even though with this roadmap the crypto industry would change for the better, 2021 showed us that crypto didn’t destroy or damage the central banks just like traditional banking didn’t kill crypto. Why? To be fair, the fight…

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Omicron forces New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to scrap wedding plans

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was Sunday forced to call off her own wedding as she tightened Covid-19 restrictions in the face of an outbreak of the Omicron variant.“My wedding will not be going ahead,” she confirmed after detailing new restrictions; including a limit of 100 fully vaccinated people at events.“I just joined many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic and to anyone who is caught up in that scenario I am so sorry.”The… …

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Coronavirus: after two years of battling pandemic, will Hong Kong ever open up? Push vaccination rate above 90 per cent before thinking of ‘living with virus’, experts say

In the second of a two-part series marking the second year of Hong Kong’s battle with the Covid-19 pandemic, we look at the shift in the zero-Covid policy and when the city will have its best chance of reopening its borders. Part one can be found here.Just weeks before Omicron upended plans for celebrations to mark 2022, Hong Kong was busy hammering out details of a mainland border reopening and even launching an exposure-notification app to fit in with China’s requirements.All such hopes were… …

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Hong Kong’s Sandbox VR was nearly killed by Covid, but it now has global ambitions amid surging demand

Hong Kong-Based virtual reality start-up Sandbox VR plans to expand to 40 locations around the globe, more than tripling the 12 shops it already has, in a rebound after Covid-19 pushed it into bankruptcy, company founder and CEO Steve Zhao said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.The expansion is a dramatic turnaround from 17 months ago, when the start-up was forced to shut down its VR arcades during the pandemic, said Zhao, who created the firm on the 16th floor of a back-alley… …

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As PLA threat grows, Taiwan’s bid to boost defence ‘may lead to conflict’

Taiwan is boosting defence in the face of growing pressure from Beijing, a move mainland Chinese analysts say could worsen tensions across the strait.The self-ruled island lives with the threat of invasion by Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be taken back – by force if necessary.It has stepped up military intimidation of Taiwan, sending a record number of Chinese fighter jets and bombers into the island’s air defence zone last year – and doing so on an almost daily basis… …

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Why is anti-Korean racism in Japan on the rise again?

Nearly 20 years ago, after Pyongyang admitted that its agents had abducted Japanese nationals, someone smeared on the walls of Chung Hyon-suk’s Tokyo home: “North Koreans live here. Be careful.”The sense of danger she felt that day has returned.“Japan’s relationship with the two Koreas has always been complicated due to Tokyo’s colonial rule of the peninsula, but things changed for North Korean residents of Japan after they confirmed the abductions,” she said.“Politicians and the Japanese media… …

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