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EU parliament demands end to ‘golden passports’ for Russians

The European Parliament is demanding an end to the practice of countries selling EU citizenship.

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British website The Telegraph is reporting that Russia is using mobile crematoriums in Ukraine in bid to hide its losses. But the accompanying video footage of a crematorium actually dates from 2013. It was posted by a Russian incinerator construction company and is not footage from the ground. The use of mobile crematoriums by Russians during the current war in Ukraine is yet to be verified. We tell you more in this edition.
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13 Mar
The European Parliament is demanding an end to the practice of countries selling EU citizenship.