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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed Monday on the necessity for the Ukrainian authorities to grant the eastern rebel region of Donbass special status, the Kremlin said.

During a phone conversation, Putin and Macron noted that "it is necessary for Kiev to fulfil its obligations concerning political aspects of the intra-Ukrainian settlement process, first of all, the adoption of the law on the special status of Donbass," according to a Kremlin statement. (Russia-Ukraine-Donbass-Normandy Format)

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LONDON -- Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming said Monday that the Chinese government remains determined in its opposition to any external forces' interference in Hong Kong affairs, urging those external forces to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Chinese embassy in London, Liu noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping made clear the Chinese government's solemn position on the situation in Hong Kong recently during the 11th BRICS summit in Brazil. (UK-HK-Violence)

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SYDNEY -- Australian researchers have discovered a crucial "missing link" between the parts of the brain that control breathing and those that control the cardiovascular system, publishing the breakthrough on Tuesday.

Scientists from Macquarie University along with colleagues from the University of New South Wales identified a busy group of brain cells tasked with synchronising the cardiovascular system and throat muscles with breathing. (Australia -Research-Neural Link)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Months-long political protests and unrest are aggravating the food insecurity in Haiti, with 3.7 million people already at crisis level, a United Nations spokesman said on Monday.

"Most businesses and schools in the country have been closed since mid-September, due to ongoing protests and unrest," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "Food insecurity is on the rise." (UN-Haiti-Food Insecurity) Enditem

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