- Vladimir Putin has put soldiers in the far east of Russia on a war footing by ordering surprise inspections of military units and government agencies, as the west and EU prepare new sanctions against Russia
- South Korea is failing to cast off its reputation as the “Republic of Plagiarism“, with experts warning the widespread stealing of academic ideas and texts bodes ill for the country
- Europe should spend a fresh €700bn over the next five years to avoid prolonging the continent’s economic decline, Poland’s finance minister Mateusz Szczurek has told the Financial Times
- A group of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji held captive for two weeks by Islamist militants in Syria have been freed, according to reports
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