First thing: Kremlin says talk of Biden-Putin summit is ‘premature’ |
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “premature” to talk about specific plans for a summit between Putin and Joe Biden, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that his Russian counterparts and American had agreed on the principle. attend talks aimed at defusing the Ukrainian crisis.
The Elysee Palace had issued a statement after Macron’s last-minute diplomatic efforts to try to dissuade Russia from invading Ukraine amid fresh US warnings that war was imminent.
The White House confirmed Biden’s willingness to hold a summit, but made it clear that it was suspicious of the sincerity of the offer.
What did Peskov say? He said Putin and Biden could meet if they deemed it necessary, but stressed that it was “premature to talk about specific plans for a summit” and that no concrete plans were in place.
Is the threat of a Russian attack still foreseen? Yes. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “Everything we are seeing suggests this is extremely serious, that we are on the verge of an invasion.”
Credit Suisse leak exposes criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politicians
A massive leak from one of the world’s largest private banks has exposed the hidden wealth of clients involved in torture, drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption and other serious crimes.
Account details linked to 30,000 Credit Suisse clients are contained in the leak, which unmasks beneficiaries of more than 100bn Swiss francs (£80bn) held at one of Switzerland’s best-known financial institutions .
The leak indicates widespread lapses in due diligence by the bank, despite repeated promises over decades to weed out dodgy customers and illicit funds. The Guardian is part of a media consortium that has been granted exclusive access to the data.
My colleagues can reveal how Credit Suisse has repeatedly opened or maintained bank accounts for a panoramic array of high-risk clients around the world.
Which the bank said about the revelations? “Credit Suisse strongly rejects the allegations and inferences regarding the bank’s alleged business practices,” it said in a statement.
‘This should terrify the nation’: Trump ally seeks to organize Arizona election
Last September, Donald Trump released a statement on his Save America website. “It is a great honor for me to support a true warrior,” he said, “a patriot who fought for our country, who was willing to say what few others had the courage to to say, which has my complete and total approval”.
Former U.S. presidents typically reserve their most enthusiastic praise — replete with capital letters — for global allies or people they promote for high office, writes Ed Pilkington. A candidate for the US Senate, perhaps, or someone vying to become governor of one of the biggest states.
Trump, on the other hand, was applauding an individual running for elected office that most people had never heard of, let alone cared about, a year ago, endorsing an offer from Mark Finchem, a Republican lawmaker. of Tucson, to become Secretary of State for Arizona.
Why should this be so worrying? The incumbent is the Chief Electoral Officer, with the power to certify election results, verify the legal status of candidates, and approve infrastructure such as voting machines. In short, they are responsible for driving and counting the vote.
Meanwhile, Trump’s new social media venture, Truth Social, has launched on the Apple App Store. Read about it here.
In other news…
Republicans in several states have launched efforts to ban books relating to race and LGBTQ+ issues from classrooms while some legislatures are pushing to introduce laws prohibiting teachers from discussing homosexuality. But it’s a crackdown that few parents have asked for.
US immigration courts are struggling to function at the most basic level, with judges who are already severely understaffed and often undertrained now overwhelmed by a growing backlog of more than 1.6 million cases, industry leaders have warned.
The three-week occupation on Covid rules and the Trudeau government ends with 76 vehicles towed and 191 arrests. Canadian police secured downtown Ottawa with fencing on Sunday as city workers cleaned up trash and snow plows cleared the streets after two days of tense clashes.
When is a classical music composition not really classical? It’s the enigma at the heart of a heated dispute over the songs shortlisted for the Grammysthe annual awards that will be presented in a few weeks to recognize outstanding contributions to music.
Don’t Miss This: How Dr. Becky Kennedy Became Instagram’s Favorite ‘Parent Whisperer’
What started as helpful social media advice has transformed the American psychologist and mom of three into a parenting phenomenon and the voice of reason for a generation of young moms and dads. In terms of translating deep insights into social media nuggets for time-poor parents to consume in their spare time, Dr. Becky Kennedy seems to have led the market. But is it possible to come away with significant changes from such short extracts?
Climate check: the new trend to become “coral” when it dies
The desire to return to the ocean dates back millennia, with evidence of sea burials in ancient Egypt and Rome. Today, the idea of a burial in the ocean corresponds to the search for ecological alternatives to traditional burial and cremation. While the reef model still requires cremation, the idea is that the structures will help restore marine habitats by mimicking certain characteristics of a coral reef. But do underwater cremation memorials help people regenerate marine habitats in death, or are they a “greenwashing” trick?
Last thing: Finnish cross-country skier suffers from frozen penis at the Winter Olympics
The men’s 50km mass start race at the Beijing Games was shortened to 30km, but that didn’t help Finland’s Remi Lindholm, who needed a heat pack at the end of the race to thaw part of it particularly sensitive body. Lindholm spent just under an hour and 16 minutes traversing the course in howling, freezing winds, which caused his penis to freeze for the second time in a cross-country race, after a similar incident at Ruka , in Finland, last year.
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