Wren Eleanor, is a blonde, blue-eyed girl, who has over 17.4 millions followers and over 570 million likes on TikTok. Her videos are nothing extraordinary. She dances, sings, tries different cloth on and plays. What is noteworthy about Eleanor is that she is 3 years old and her account is managed by her mom Jacquelyn. She is a toddler and does ordinary toddler stuff, considered sweet by most adults.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (L) and European Commission vice-president in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell (R) hold a press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on September 28, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Russia will hold a signing ceremony on Friday to incorporate the annexed four occupied regions of Ukraine at Kremlin, Moscow's President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Tomorrow in the Georgian Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace at 15:00 [1200 GMT] a signing ceremony will take place on the incorporation of the new territories into Russia," spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, as quoted by Al Jazeera.

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This handout photo taken on September 28, 2022 from an aircraft of the Swedish Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen) shows the release of gas emanating from a leak on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic Sea.

Russia has requested the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency meeting over the acts of sabotage on Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.

Taking to Twitter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said, "#Zakharova: Russia has requested that the UN Security Council hold an emergency meeting on the provocations against #NordStream1 and #NordStream2 pipelines, to be held tomorrow, on Friday. We will push for an honest investigation."

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen holds a press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on September 28, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

European Commission on Wednesday proposed a new package of sanctions against Russia which includes "new listing of individuals and entities as well as new trade bans on Russian products depriving the country's economy of 7 billion euros in revenues."

The announcement of fresh sanctions was done at a press conference by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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The crisis on the gas markets is having a severe impact on the German economy. Soaring gas prices are drastically increasing energy costs, leading to a massive reduction of the purchasing power. Despite a decline in the second half of the year, gross domestic product is expected to expand by 1.4 percent this year. For the coming year, the institutes expect a contraction by 0.4 percent, followed by an increase of 1.9 percent in 2024.

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International tourism continued to show strong signs of recovery, with arrivals reaching 57% of pre-pandemic levels in the first seven months of 2022.

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals almost tripled in January to July 2022 (+172%) compared to the same period of 2021.

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Typical farm in Ukraine being harvested by hand.

Predictions show that the crop production interruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine might result in a rise in carbon emissions and food costs globally, without easing food insecurity.

New research published this week by Jerome Dumortier, associate professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, and his co-authors use economic simulation models to predict the short-term and long-term effects of the war on climate change, crop prices and food shortages.

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Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Minna Kivimäki will participate in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Los Angeles on 18–22 September 2022.

The ITS World Congress is the largest single event in the field, bringing together world leaders, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and private industry representatives. The theme of this year’s congress is “Transformation by Transportation”.

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The amount of time full-time employees work from home in Germany has leveled off at an average of 1.4 days per week since the pandemic – compared to 1.3 days in neighboring France, 1.6 days in the US, and 1.1 days in Japan. This means that Covid-19 has had a severe and lasting effect on working conditions. That is the finding of a comparative study of 27 countries conducted by the ifo Institute. “Never before has any kind of event reshaped work so profoundly in such a short time,” says Mathias Dolls, one of the study’s authors.

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World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Wednesday said that the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 last week plunged to its lowest since March 2020 and added that the end of the pandemic is now in sight.

"We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic", the WHO chief told media personnel during his regular weekly press conference.

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