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The farmers’ protests in the Netherlands continue. Thousands of Dutch farmers have been taking to the streets for weeks. They block roads and paralyze access roads and distribution centers. In short: they are fighting for their survival – against expropriation. The reason for the protests is the Dutch government’s plans to massively reduce nitrogen emissions by up to 95 percent. That would mean the end for about 30 percent of the farmers.

While Italians prepare for their fourth Covid “vaccine” injections, the count of sudden deaths continues to rise inexorably – 11 under 60 years old in just the last hours.

South Korea and Poland are reportedly close to finalising a $14.5 billion arms deal, which alongside the sale of 48 F-50 lightweight fighter jets will include transfers of around 850 tanks and artillery pieces. These will include approximately 670 K9 Thunder self propelled guns, and 180 modernised variants of the K2 Black Panther tank.

US troops stationed in Romania and the Romanian army will hold a joint demonstration exercise and an exhibition of military equipment at a location 125 miles south of the Ukrainian border on July 30, the Romanian defense ministry said on Tuesday.

“Members of the 2nd brigade of the combat group of the 101st US Airborne Division, stationed in Romania in accordance with the decisions of the Madrid Summit, will conduct demonstration exercises together with the soldiers of the 9th mechanized brigade ‘Marasesti,'” the ministry’s statement read.

The European Union needs a new strategy on the war in Ukraine as punitive sanctions against Moscow have not worked, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said.

“A new strategy is needed which should focus peace talks and drafting a good peace proposal … instead of winning the war,” Orban said in a speech in Romania on Saturday.

The European Union cannot afford abandoning Russian gas supplies, Russian envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said on the air with the Rossiya-24 TV Channel.

"It would be overestimating to call this package of sanctions "the seventh one," the envoy said. "If we talk seriously about the seventh package of sanctions, this can only be the gas package. However, the EU is obviously not ready to drop Russian gas," the diplomat said.

Natural gas supply via Nord Stream 1 will reportedly be reduced to 20% capacity

Russian energy major Gazprom will stop the operation of second Siemens turbine, the company announced on Monday. As a result supply through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will not exceed 33 million cubic meters per day from July 27, business daily Kommersant has reported, corresponding to 20% of the pipeline's capacity.

Gazprom says the decision to switch off the turbine was made based on its technical condition and the fact that it’s due for an overhaul.

A man was hospitalised with a rare disease that kills nearly a third of those who catch it - and can cause sufferers to bleed from the eyes.

The middle-aged patient was bitten by a tick before being diagnosed with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and taken to hospital in Castile and Leon, Spain.

He was then airlifted to another hospital by the Spanish Ministry of Defence on Thursday.