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Past articles by Tom:

Xi personally warned Putin against launching a nuclear strike in Ukraine, report says, drawing a red line for Russia

The Chinese president appears to have spelt out the limits of his support for Russia's Vladimir Putin: The use of nuclear weapons. → Read More

A Saudi woman was given 30 years in prison for criticizing the Neom megacity project on Twitter

Saudi Arabia has sought to brutally repress opposition to its trillion dollar futuristic megacity project, Neom, say activists. → Read More

Xi faces being humiliated by his 'no limits' friendship with Putin. But he can't back out of it now.

China's president has placed huge faith in the stability of Vladimir Putin's regime, but that faith may've been misplaced. → Read More

Russian security services threatened the families of Wagner forces to get them to back down, report says

Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin's forces seized control of parts of Russia on Saturday before the mutiny fizzled out. → Read More

A Russian far-right party made an AI chatbot of its dead leader which makes predictions about the Ukraine war

A neural network based on the image and speeches of Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky was unveiled in St Petersburg. → Read More

Putin has a secret plan to squeeze Western companies as they leave Russia by seizing their assets at bargain prices, report says

Many Western companies have left Russia in protest at the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, but the Kremlin plans on cashing in. → Read More

Putin is setting up excuses to protect himself in case his war in Ukraine fails, says ex-CIA officer

Russian President Vladimir Putin has in recent days claimed Russian forces are fighting with inferior weapons in a rare admission of fault. → Read More

Putin hinted that Russia may launch another attack on Kyiv in an interview with war bloggers

"Should we come back there or not? Only I could give an answer," the Russian president said of a potential attack on Ukraine's capital. → Read More

The US is sending depleted-uranium ammo to Ukraine capable of piercing Russian tank armour, report says

The weapon could provide Ukraine with a significant advantage as it pushes to retake territory seized by Russia, but its use is controversial. → Read More

Putin is scared of punishing Prigozhin in case the Wagner chief turns against him, says ex-Kremlin official

The commander of the Wagner Group mercenary outfit has made a series of increasingly brazen criticisms of Russia's military leadership. → Read More

Putin admits the Russian military needs more modern weapons to win the war in Ukraine — a rare admission of fault

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously boasted of the modernity of the Russian military's weapons, but has changed his tone amid Ukraine's counteroffensive. → Read More

Saudi's crown prince promised pain for the US if it retaliated against oil cuts, report says. His threat seems to have paid off.

The Saudi Arabian crown prince has used strong arm tactics as he seeks to assert his position on the global stage. → Read More

Putin has postponed his annual marathon phone-in as Ukraine starts re-taking territory in its counteroffensive: report

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a "Direct Line" dial-in session for Russian citizens to fire questions at him each year since 2001, only missing it twice. → Read More

China and Xi are making a backup plan in case Putin dies or gets deposed, analyst says

Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping have declared a "no limits" friendship. But Xi appears to have doubts Putin will last. → Read More

Many in Russia's elite no longer believe Putin can win the Ukraine war, report says: 'The best they hope for is that Russia will lose without humiliation'

A mood of gloom about the war in Ukraine hangs over Russia's business and political elites, according to Bloomberg, and faith in Putin is shaken. → Read More

How a coup to force Putin from power could go down if he loses in Ukraine, according to former intel officers

The faltering invasion of Ukraine has prompted criticism of the Russian president and triggered rumors of a coup. Here's how it could unfold. → Read More

Saudi's crown prince and Putin are teaming up to keep oil prices high in a geopolitical gambit likely to annoy the US

Saudi Arabia announced that it is cutting oil production by billions of barrels a day in what it claimed was a bid to stabilize prices. → Read More

Putin's family owns lavish mansions in Moscow and France and has spent millions refurbishing them, leaks say

The Russian president has sought to keep his wealth and family's identities secret, but reports say his daugthers an ex-wife own lavish mansions. → Read More

Ron DeSantis weirdly refused to say how to pronounce his name, after being called out for flip-flopping between different ways

"It's ridiculous. These stupid things. Listen, the way to pronounce my last name – winner," DeSantis snapped when asked by a reporter about his name. → Read More

Putin is terrified of being assassinated and is refusing to travel abroad after a drone attack near his luxury residence: reports

Drone strikes targeting Moscow on Tuesday struck near the Russian president's home, a report claims. Experts said this has caused Putin to become increasingly paranoid. → Read More