The Daily Populous

Sunday April 16th, 2023 night edition

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Russian crude oil exports are back above levels seen before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, despite the ratcheting up of Western sanctions, new data shows.

India and China now account for 90 per cent of Russia’s seaborne crude oil exports, according to figures shared with The Independent by commodities tracking firm Kpler.

After India and China, the two largest buyers of Russian crude are now Turkey and Bulgaria.

Kpler said India is on track to be purchasing Russian oil at a record rate of 1.9 million bpd for the month of March.

While volumes of Russian oil exports have risen, the heavily discounted rates Moscow is offering to India and China mean revenues are significantly down year-on-year.

Another round of EU sanctions on Russian refined products took effect in February, expanding the measures beyond simply crude oil.

“If this approach is properly implemented, the large volume of imports of Russian oil to China and India would not be a problem,” he said. »

Thousands of Outraged Christians Demand Tennessee Republican's Resignation

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Thousands of Christians are now demanding his resignation in an online petition.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order strengthening Tennessee gun laws this week, urging lawmakers to work together.

Thousands of Christians have signed an online petition by Faithful America demanding Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton's resignation. »

Sudan paramilitaries clash with army in apparent coup bid

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) -Sudan's main paramilitary group said it had seized the presidential palace, the army chief's residence and Khartoum international airport on Saturday in an apparent coup attempt, but the military said it was fighting back.

The army said it was fighting the RSF at sites the paramilitaries said they had taken.

The army also said it had taken some RSF bases and denied that the RSF had taken Merowe airport. »

US police shoot man dead after responding to wrong address

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Key points: Authorities release body camera footage of police officers opening fire and killing a home owner after arriving at the wrong address in response to domestic violence call.

Authorities have said the man's wife returned fire from the doorway, not knowing who was outside, prompting the officers to fire again.

A police officer knocks on the door of the wrong address in response to a domestic violence call in Farmington, New Mexico. »