12/02/2022, 10.09
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Myanmar, anti-coup opposition: at least 2,000 of our fighters dead

Today's headlines: China lashes out at British MPs' visit to Taiwan; USA, South Korea and Japan impose new sanctions on Pyongyang; Unemployment in India rises to 8%; The Iranian president visits the Kurdish province; Possible NATO base in Moldova; Almost 200 shopping centres in Russia are on the brink of bankruptcy.

MYANMAR

At least 2,000 fighters died in clashes with the military of the JUNTA. This was revealed by Duwa Lashi La, president pro tempore of the 'shadow' government (Nug) that opposes the generals in power in the country.

CHINA-TAIWAN

Beijing condemned the RECENT visit of British parliamentarians to Taipei  as 'blatant interference'. Alicia Kearns, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, pointed out that the delegation also discussed military cooperation with the Taiwanese authorities.

NORTH KOREA

The US, Japan and South Korea adopted new economic and financial sanctions against Pyongyang in response to the latest missile tests by Kim Jong-un's regime. A number of officials and state entities linked to the national military programme were affected.

INDIA

In November, the unemployment rate in the country rose to 8% from 7.7% in October, the highest figure in three months. The jobless in urban areas were close to 9%; in the countryside the unemployed dropped to 7.6% (last month they were 8%).

IRAN

Ebrahim Raisi paid a visit today to the country's Kurdish-majority province, epicentre of the anti-government protests that broke out after the killing of the young Mahsa Amini by the morality police. The president called on the local population to 'neutralise the enemy'.

MOLDOVA

A meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO countries was held in Bucharest, to which representatives of Moldova were also invited to discuss support for their military defence capability. An agreement is expected for the defence of Chişinău with the readiness to install an Atlantic Alliance operational base in Moldova, close to the pro-Russian territory of Transnistria.

RUSSIA

Almost 200 shopping centres in the country are on the verge of bankruptcy, as revealed by the director of the Russian Council of Shopping Centres (Rstz) Oleg Vojtsekhovskij. 'Nearly one in two centres', as competition provided for two parallel facilities in every major customer location, and now they are forced to cannibalise due to a shortage of owner firms.

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