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Top European Leader Pushes Xi Jinping To Use His Influence On Putin

European Council Chief Charles Michel used much of his face-to-face meeting Thursday in Beijing with Xi Jinping to urge the Chinese President to use his sway over Russian President Vladimir Putin “to end the war and to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine.”

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Michel’s visit was the first official trip to Beijing by a top EU leader since the pandemic. The three-hour sit down (considered quite long for Xi) also included discussion of human rights, Taiwan, trade relations and climate change.

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Massive New 600 Billion Euro Estimate Of War Damage, EU Says Russia Will Pay

The European Union is committed to setting up a special court with the backing of the UN to investigate and prosecute Russian war crimes in Ukraine, and force Russia and its oligarchs to pay the growing pricetag for the destruction of the country.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised in a video statement that “Russia’s horrific crimes will not go unpunished.” She said that it was estimated so far that 20,000 Ukrainian civilians and 100,000 Ukrainian military officers had been killed so far.

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Germany's 25-Hour Work Week Proposal Is An Insult To Work

Germany’s ruling Social Democratic Party recently called for the introduction of a 25-hour work week, arguing that it's the only way to end "self-exploitation." What a strange understanding of work, argues one German expert in labor law.

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BERLIN — “In order to create a working environment that gives employees a good quality of life and self-determination, we are calling for a working week of 25 hours in the medium term," is the new stance on labor taken by Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD).

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Kyiv In The Dark, China’s COVID Record, Stuttgart Christmas Market

👋 Goedemorgen!*

Welcome to Thursday, where 25% of Kyiv remains without power after heavy Russian air strikes on energy infrastructure, China sees record COVID cases, and sorry Thanksgiving, t’is the season for German Christmas markets. Meanwhile, Portuguese news website Mensagem reports from the city of Sintra, in western Portugal, where single parents have banded together to create a new model of joint child care.

[*Flemish]

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Cameron Manley, Bertrand Hauger and Emma Albright

After Iran, North Korea Accused Of Secretly Supplying Russia With Arms

Moscow has been forced to turn to rogue regimes for military supplies for its stalled invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. officials have accused North Korea of secretly supplying shipments of ammunition to Russia. According to newly declassified intelligence, quoted by CNN, the regime in Pyongyang was trying to hide the shipments by making it appear as though the ammunition was being sent to the Middle East or North Africa.

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U.S. intelligence had earlier reported that Russia was purchasing rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to use in Ukraine.

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Sophia Constantino, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Laure Gautherin and Renate Mattar

Putin Accelerates Arms Output, Iran Blacklists, Indian Eclipse

👋 Ki kati!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Putin is cutting red tape to speed up weapons production, Iran bans EU officials and media for “inciting terrorism,” and turtles are louder than we thought. Meanwhile, ahead of Brazil’s election on Sunday, Lisbon-based news website Mensagem reports on those from the Brazilian LGBTQ+ community who fled to Portugal when Bolsonaro was first elected four years ago.

[*Chi kati - Luganda, Uganda]

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Anna Akage, Bertrand Hauger and Alexander Hurst

Zelensky Rejects Calls In West To Negotiate “With A Gun To My Head”

Talking to an Italian daily, the Ukrainian president says only Russia has the power to stop the war. Meanwhile, 30 progressives from the U.S. Congress are calling on President Biden to demand negotiations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pushed back against a growing call in the West calling on him to seek a negotiated exit to the war with Russia. In an interview Tuesday with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Zelensky dismissed what he called the “new narrative” that it was somehow Ukraine standing in the way of a negotiated settlement.

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“I've always wanted to talk, but not with a gun to my head,” he said. “But from the start, it was never a dialogue, rather a long series of ultimatums imposed by force by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

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Anne-Sophie Goninet, Laure Gautherin and Bertrand Hauger

Sunak Eyes 10 Downing, Battle For Kherson, Cheating Hats

👋 Salaam alaykum!*

Welcome to Monday, where Boris Johnson pulls out of the race to replace Liz Truss, China’s leader Xi Jinping gets reelected for a third time, and the fight against cheating at exams gets creative in the Philippines. Meanwhile, London-based, Persian-language daily Kayhan spoke with a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who is undermining the regime’s crackdown of the month-long protest movement.

[*Somali]

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Renate Mattar, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Laure Gautherin and Bertrand Hauger

Russia Declares Martial Law, Anarchy In The UK, HD Pillars Of Creation

👋 Kia ora!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Putin declares martial law in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss clings to power and the James Webb telescope keeps wowing space enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Benjamin Quénelle reports for French daily Les Echos from the small Russian town of Ust-Labinsk, where support for Putin’s war remains strong.

[*Māori]

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Jacques Schuster

How To Welcome Russians Fleeing Conscription? Europe Should Be Careful

Europe should welcome the exodus of conscientious objectors from Russia. But the conditions vary across the continent, and there needs to be some security precautions.

-Analysis-

BERLIN — Russia's President Vladimir Putin is currently suffering his greatest defeat in the battle for terrain, but also public opinion.

The Kremlin may spread as much propaganda as it likes, but the pictures of kilometer-long lines of cars at the borders and thousands of young men fleeing abroad to avoid the draft with hastily packed bags show clearly what the Russian population thinks of Moscow's war of aggression.

In this sense, one can only hope that the stream will continue to flow for a long time.

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But how should European governments deal with the mass of fleeing conscientious objectors?

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Anna Akage, Chloé Touchard, Sophia Constantino, and Emma Albright

How Referendums To Annex Territory Could Trigger Russia's Mass Mobilization

Occupation authorities of three Ukrainian regions have officially demanded referendums on becoming part of Russia.

The Russian authorities of the Luhansk and Donetsk republics and the deputy head of the Kherson administration simultaneously demanded that referendums be held immediately, Russian news agency RIA Novosti has reported.

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Cameron Manley, Irene Caselli, Bertrand Hauger, Lila Paulou, Chloe Touchard and Emma Albright

Mass Burial Site Discovered After Liberation Of Izium, 440 Feared Killed

Andriy Yermak, the Head of the Office of the Ukrainian President, said on Twitter that a mass burial of soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces had been discovered near the liberated town of Izyum, in the Kharkiv region.

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According to reports, as many as 440 bodies are thought to have been buried at the site.

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