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Top 10 global news today: Austin meets Fenghe, Russia on captured Britons, and more

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chinese Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe held talks on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit. Amid tensions over the death sentences of two Britons and a Moroccan by a separatist court in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the duo had committed crimes in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe meet for the first time

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Seeking to avoid misunderstandings, the first in-person talks since the start of President Joe Biden’s administration come as Washington seeks to refocus its foreign policy on the region after the war in Ukraine.

Captured Brits, Moroccans committed crimes in Donetsk, Russia says

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The Donetsk People’s Republic is a self-declared independent state which was recognized by Russian President Vladimir Putin days before the war with Ukraine. The territory is universally recognized as part of Ukraine.

Ivanka Trump challenges her father’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged

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Casting doubt on claims by her father, Donald Trump, that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, former White House adviser Ivanka told a congressional hearing on the US Capitol riot that she did not believe his claim that the polls had been rigged.

Musharraf steady and off a fan; family says “impossible recovery”

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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is ill and is believed to be critical, his close aide and former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday (June 10). “Musharraf is critical as he is on a ventilator,” Chaudhry told PTI.

Teenage Girl’s Parents Sue Meta After Alleging She Has Eating Disorder Due To Instagram Addiction

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Alleging their daughter developed an Instagram addiction that led to an eating disorder and other mental health issues, the parents of a teenager living in New York City have sued Meta.

UK: Rishi Sunak accused of wasting $14 billion in debt interest payments

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Rishi Sunak, Britain’s chancellor, has been accused of wasting £11 billion ($14 billion) of taxpayers’ money by paying too much interest on government debt.

Germany eases visa restrictions for Putin critics classified as ‘undesirable’ in Russia

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Visa requirements for Russian critics of Vladimir Putin’s government will be relaxed to allow them to live and work in Germany, a spokesman for the German Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Thailand offers one million marijuana plants for cash crop

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A day after decriminalizing the cultivation of marijuana for commercial purposes, Thailand plans to give away 1 million free cannabis plants on Friday, but has discouraged people from getting high because it is still against the law.

After more crashes, US regulator upgrades Tesla Autopilot safety investigation

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A probe in 830,000 Tesla vehicles with Autopilot advanced driver assistance system has been upgraded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

South African President Ramaphosa suspends lawyer Mkhwebane from public protector’s office

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has, pursuant to Section 194(3)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, suspended Barrister Busisiwe Mkhwebane from his duties as Public Protector with immediate effect.

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