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Conflict & Justice

Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine started more than seven years ago when Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula. Now, the two countries are at war in eastern Ukraine. The so-called “frozen conflict” has heated up again. Fighting is escalating in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, and there have been reports of military buildup in Crimea and on the Russian side of the border. Host Carol Hills speaks with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe until 2017.

COVID-19

France announces new virus restrictions in Paris region

The French government backed off Thursday from ordering a tough lockdown for Paris and several other regions despite an increasingly alarming situation at hospitals with a rise in the numbers of COVID-19 patients. Instead, the prime minister announced a patchwork of new restrictions while reducing the national curfew by one hour.

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A tense start to US-China talks in Alaska

Top of The World: After a tense day of high-level meetings between the US and China taking place in Alaska top officials are expected to resume talks on Friday. And, the EMA said Thursday that the AstraZeneca jab is safe to use after several countries halted the vaccine over concerns of blood clotting. Also, France has ordered a new month-long lockdown for Paris, and several regions in the north starting midnight on Friday, impacting as many as 21 million people.

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More countries halt use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Top of The World: Germany has joined France, Italy and Spain in suspending its use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine over concerns of blood clots in some recipients. And, with a rise in the number of migrants getting apprehended at the US-Mexico border, US President Joe Biden — once critical of Trump-era deterrence policies — is now facing criticism from all sides.

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ISIS claims killing of 3 women media workers in Afghanistan

Top of The World: Three women who worked for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province were gunned down Tuesday. And, Myanmar’s deadly crackdown on demonstrators protesting a military coup continued Wednesday. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Wednesday prominent Algerian nationalist Ali Boumendjel was murdered and tortured

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