Vladimir Putin’s forces have rehearsed using tactical nuclear weapons at an early stage of conflict with a major world power and Emmanuel Macron, president of France, has refused to rule out sending troops to Ukraine. Plus, profits for the biggest US oil and gas producers have almost tripled under President Joe Biden, even as the industry berates his administration’s 'hostile' policies.

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Leaked Russian military files reveal criteria for nuclear strike

Macron says sending western troops to Ukraine cannot be ruled out

Germany rebuffs Emmanuel Macron on troops in Ukraine and tells Paris to ‘supply more weapons’

Oil and gas profits triple under Joe Biden even as industry decries him

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