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Top 10 global news: China blames social media for protests, Ukraine says Russia will attack again, and more

In response to a question about the ongoing protests in China, during a regular press briefing on the disaster, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said: “On social media, there are forces with ulterior motives that link this fire to the local response to Covid-19.” Separately, Ukraine said on Monday that Russia was preparing for a new series of missile attacks against the country’s energy infrastructure. Similar attacks earlier had plunged swaths of Ukraine into darkness amid the winter cold.

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In response to a question about the ongoing protests in China, during a regular press briefing on the disaster, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said: “On social media, there are forces with ulterior motives that link this fire to the local response to Covid-19.”

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Ukraine said on Monday that Russia was preparing for a new series of missile attacks against the country’s energy infrastructure. Similar attacks earlier had plunged swaths of Ukraine into darkness amid the winter cold.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to rename Monkeypox to mpox in English to avoid the stigma existing with the current name. Over the past year, the name has generated a lot of controversy for the alleged racial undertone and its use as a slur in various parts of the world.

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Following reports that the phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users are for sale on the Dark Web, the company has denied that any of its data has been leaked. “The claim written on Cybernews is based on unsubstantiated screenshots. There is no evidence of a ‘data leak’ from WhatsApp,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told WION.

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Europol announced on Monday that police in Dubai had succeeded in dismantling a massive “super-cartel” believed to be responsible for around a third of Europe’s cocaine trade.

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At least seven people, including a three-week-old baby and a pair of young siblings, have been killed after a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia caused by heavy rains that devastated a small town, a an official said on Sunday.

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The Australian government has said a no-confidence motion will be tabled this week against former Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The move follows the findings of an investigation that Morrison’s secret appointment to several ministries undermined trust in the government.

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The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with small, inexpensive precision bombs mounted on plentifully available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand more weapons.

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India’s Labor Ministry is set to launch an investigation into alleged mass quits in the Indian Amazon, according to a report by the Hindustan Times. It comes after reports emerged earlier this month that the retail giant could lay off at least 10,000 employees from its workforce across the world.

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