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Mark Kelly won re-election to the Senate from Arizona, leaving the Democratic Party one victory away from retaining control of the upper house of Congress.

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Germany: Rise of respiratory infections in infants baffles hospitals – News

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The Association for Intensive Care Medicine (DIVI in German acronym) has indicated that the seasonal rise in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the shortage of nurses are causing a “catastrophic situation” in hospitals.

RSV is a common and highly contagious virus that affects almost all babies and children under two years of age, and some of them can become seriously ill.

Experts say easing restrictions put in place to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to more babies and children with RSV, whose immune systems are not ready to fight the virus.

According to the same source, hospital doctors are currently facing very difficult decisions about which sick children to hospitalize due to a lack of available beds.

In some cases, patients with RSV and other serious illnesses are being transferred to hospitals in regions of Germany where there are even fewer resources for intensive care.

The association warned that a recent study identified fewer than a hundred pediatric beds across the country and the situation could get worse.

Sebastian Brenner, head of pediatric intensive care at Dresden University Hospital, told German TV channel N-Tv that the situation could worsen in the coming weeks: “We are seeing this in Switzerland and France,” he added. about the risks of available treatments become even more scarce.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announced today that the government will loosen some rules to ease the transfer of nurses and will allocate another 600 million euros to pediatric hospitals over the next two years.

In November, the European Commission approved the world’s first single-dose drug for the treatment of RSV.

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Lavrov accused the US and NATO of direct participation in the conflict

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Lavrov stressed that the increase in Russian missile strikes is aimed at “destroying power plants,” infrastructures that “allow them to continue to send deadly weapons to Ukraine to destroy the Russians.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this Thursday accused the West, especially the United States and NATO, of being directly involved in conflict in Ukraine by providing weapons and training Ukrainian soldiers.

Lavrov stressed that Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian power plants and other key infrastructure, which left millions of people without electricity, heat and water, were aimed at “weakening the military potential” of Ukraine and “making it impossible to send Western weapons.”

“It cannot be said that the US and NATO [Organização do Tratado do Atlântico Norte] do not participate in this war. They are directly involved in this,” Lavrov told reporters at a video press conference.

“And they not only supply weapons, but also train soldiers. They do it in the UK, Germany, Italy and other countries,” he added.

Lavrov stressed that the increase in Russian missile strikes is aimed at “destroying power plants,” infrastructures that “allow them to continue to send deadly weapons to Ukraine to destroy the Russians.”

“The infrastructure targeted by the attacks is used to ensure the combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and nationalist battalions,” Lavrov said.

Ukraine and the West have accused Moscow of attacking vital civilian infrastructure in order to “humiliate morale and force Ukraine to negotiate peace on Russia’s terms.”

Lavrov insisted that Moscow remain open to negotiations to end the conflict.

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“We have never asked for negotiations, but we have always said that we are ready to listen to those who are interested in concluding an agreement,” Lavrov said.

The Kremlin has called on Ukraine to recognize Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, as part of Russia, as well as other gains made since the entry of troops into eastern Ukraine on February 24 this year to combat the “militarization” and “Nazization” of the region.

When asked about the possibility of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States Joe Biden, the head of Russian diplomacy replied that Moscow “has always been available” for such a meeting, adding, however, that “no serious thought has yet been voiced.

Lavrov said that US counterpart Anthony Blinken raised the issue of US citizens trapped in Russia in a telephone conversation, but noted that Putin and Biden agreed to set up a separate communication channel to discuss the issue during their meeting in Geneva. in June 2021.

“It works, and I hope that some results will be achieved,” he said.

For months, the Biden administration tried to negotiate the release of North American basketball star Britney Greener and Paul Whelan, a corporate security chief from Michigan, for which it proposed a prisoner exchange format with Moscow.

Commenting on Russia’s decision to postpone a round of talks with the United States on nuclear arms control, scheduled for this week, Lavrov said that “it is impossible to discuss strategic stability today if everything that happens in Ukraine is ignored.”

“The goal has been declared and it is to defeat Russia on the battlefield or even destroy Russia. How can the goal of defeating Russia be irrelevant to strategic stability if they want to destroy a key actor of strategic stability?” Lavrov replied.

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During a press video conference that lasted about two and a half hours, Lavrov also criticized the United States and its NATO allies, accusing them of “trampling international law by trying to isolate and destroy Russia.”

Lavrov concluded by also accusing Washington of encouraging other countries, including India, to cut off relations with Russia.

“These attempts failed,” he concluded.

Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.8 million to European countries – according to the latest figures from the UN, which classifies the refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II ( 1939-1945).

The Russian invasion, justified by President Vladimir Putin as the need to “denazify” and “demilitarize” Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Kyiv and imposing sanctions. Moscow authorities.

Until Wednesday, the UN had presented 6,655 civilian deaths and 10,368 injured civilians as confirmed since the start of the war, emphasizing that these numbers are much lower than the real ones.

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Suspicion of the sixth letter with explosives at the US Embassy in Madrid

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An envelope believed to contain explosives was intercepted at the US Embassy in Madrid this Thursday, bringing the number of such letters identified in Spain to six, according to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.

The envelope was found around 12:30 pm local time (11:30 am in Lisbon) and the appropriate security protocol was activated and a police device was sent to the area of ​​the US embassy building, the same source said.

This morning, the Secretary of State for Security of the Government of Spain confirmed the identification of five envelopes containing explosives from the last week, which were sent to the Prime Minister, the Ukrainian Embassy, ​​the Minister of Defense, the satellite center and the arms company.

“Both the characteristics of the envelopes and the contents,” the materials and substances commonly used in pyrotechnics, “are the same in five cases,” Secretary of State Rafael Perez said at a press conference in Madrid.

The envelope sent to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was intercepted last week on November 24, and the rest were identified on Wednesday and today.

On Wednesday, at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, a man was not seriously injured due to an explosion of an artifact inside an envelope.

In other cases, the explosive was defused or controlled detonation.

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The Secretary of State said that it is necessary to wait for analyzes and studies of “various nature” carried out by police experts, as well as for forensic investigations to become known and reveal more details.

Rafael Pérez insisted on a “message of calm” to the population and guaranteed the training and professionalism of the Spanish security forces to deal with such cases.

In addition, he reiterated that the security measures and security of all public buildings and diplomatic missions in Spain have been strengthened, and said that there is no reason yet to “convene a group to assess the level of anti-terrorist readiness.”

The secretary also declined to say whether the Spanish authorities were aware of similar cases in other European countries “that helped Ukraine.”

Instalaza, in the city of Zaragoza, Aragon region (northeast Spain), the recipient of one of the envelopes with explosives, manufactures military equipment that was sent by Spain to Ukraine to support the Ukrainian armed forces, shortly after the start of the Russian attack on February 24.

Ukraine has been under military attack by Russia since February, which is an aggression condemned by the international community as a whole.

Russia today condemned “any terrorist threat or act” following the sending of these explosive letters to Spain.

“Any threat or act of terrorism, especially directed against a diplomatic mission, is completely condemned,” the Russian Embassy in Madrid said in a statement released today.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Spain Serhiy Pogoreltsev said today that the embassy is improving its security systems and supported declaring Russia a “terrorist state.”

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