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Big Tech must deal with disinformation or face fines, says EU

Deepfakes are videos using a person’s likeness to portray them doing something they never did.
New EU regulation, supported by the Digital Services Act (DSA), will demand tech firms deal with these forms of disinformation on their platforms.

EU cracks widen over Ukraine as Italy, Hungary urge truce

Italy and Hungary have urged the EU to call explicitly for a ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks with Russia, putting themselves at odds with other member states determined to take a hard line with Moscow ahead of a summit next week.

China Tells EU To Break Away From The US On Russian Sanctions, Will It Work?

Beijing has tried to create a rift between the EU and the U.S. by telling Brussels to pursue an “independent” policy toward the Russian-Ukraine war.

The Global Times, an English-language Chinese publication, noted how Beijing is encouraging EU leaders to take a “primary role for Ukrainian resolution.”

Vladimir Putin’s 20-Year March to War in Ukraine—and How the West Mishandled It

In early November, months before the war began, CIA Director William Burns visited Moscow to deliver a warning: The U.S. believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was preparing to invade Ukraine. If he went ahead, he would face crippling sanctions from a united West.

The American spy chief was connected on a secure Kremlin phone with Mr. Putin, who was in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, isolated from all but a few confidants. The Russian leader made no effort to deny Mr. Burns’ charge. Instead, he calmly recited a list of grievances about how the U.S. had for years ignored Russian security concerns.

Russia threatens to stop supplying gas if not paid in roubles

Western companies and governments have rejected Russia’s demands to pay for gas in roubles as a breach of existing contracts, which are set in euros or US dollars.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Western nations have issued economic and trading sanctions on Russia, but the European Union has not placed bans on oil or gas, unlike the US and Canada, as its member nations rely heavily on it.

The EU gets about 40% of its gas and 30% of its oil from Russia, and has no easy substitutes if supplies are disrupted.