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NATO will significantly increase the number of forces on high alert to over 300,000 from 40,000 as part of the biggest overhaul of the alliance’s defences since the Cold War. With Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine changing the security environment across Europe, the head of the alliance also confirmed that allies will expand troop deployments
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A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The European Union’s best shot at replacing Russian gas imports this year is likely to miss the mark, analysts predict, exerting further pressure on the region’s economy. The EU plans to replace two-thirds of Russian gas imports by the end
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The investigation into whether Boris Johnson deliberately misled parliament over the partygate scandal has begun with a call for evidence – and individuals will be allowed to contribute to the inquiry anonymously. Labour veteran Harriet Harman, currently the longest-serving female MP, has been selected to chair the probe which will be conducted by the Commons
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US President Joe Biden’s efforts to enforce environmental regulation in the world’s second-most polluting country have been dealt a major blow by a Supreme Court ruling on air pollution. The decision from the currently right-leaning court rules in favour of challengers seeking to curb the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate pollution
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NATO has confirmed that Sweden and Finland will be formally invited to join the military alliance as it vowed to “significantly strengthen” its “deterrence and defence” in a “new strategic concept”. It also warned Russia that it must “immediately” withdraw from Ukraine, condemning the conflict in the “strongest possible terms”. It added that Moscow’s invasion
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