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1. G-7 countries end talks at Schloss Elmau

2. Russia denies default

3. Is Germany slowing down when it comes to combustion engines?

4. Habeck warns against gas rationing in winter

5. Ghislaine Maxwell faces decades in prison

6. Abortion as a fundamental right?

7. Zhadan is awarded, Dangarembga is intimidated

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1. G-7 countries end talks at Schloss Elmau

The G-7 summit in Bavaria ends today, after which the heads of government travel directly to the NATO summit in Madrid.

A Russian missile hits a shopping center in Ukraine, killing numerous people.


: The leading democratic economic powers ended the G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria today with talks about the new world order after the Ukraine war.

Concrete financial commitments are expected in the fight against famine, which is threatened by the Russian blockade of important Ukrainian ports, especially in East Africa.

The final declaration will be held by the host, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).


Scholz, US President Joe Biden and other heads of government will then travel directly to the NATO summit in Madrid.

Before the meeting, which begins on Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that he would increase the number of soldiers on high operational readiness from the current figure of around 40,000 to “well over 300,000”.

Today he invited the leaders of Turkey, Finland and Sweden to a meeting in Madrid to clear the way for the two Nordic countries to join the alliance.

Attack on

a shopping center: A shopping center in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk was hit by a Russian missile on Monday.

More than a thousand people were in the building at the time of the explosion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram on Monday.

According to the authorities, at least 16 people were killed and around 40 injured.

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2. Russia denies default

Russia can't transfer interest on bonds - and blames it on the West.

Deadline expired:

If a state has debts, interest is due on them - and if a state cannot pay them, it is considered insolvent.

A grace period expired on Sunday, during which Russia should have transferred the interest of $100 million to creditors in Taiwan.

There is disagreement as to what that means.


The United States announced on the sidelines of the G-7 summit that the default shows how strong the measures taken by the United States and its allies are.

The Russian government blames the West for the situation.

Russia has made the bond payments due in May, said Presidential Office spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The fact that they were blocked by the clearing house Euroclear because of Western sanctions is "not our problem".