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Eurovision: Russia banned from competing at 2022 Song Contest

The EBU, which produces the event, said Russia's inclusion could bring the competition into disrepute "in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine".

Russia launched an attack on its neighbour Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday.

Western governments have ramped up international sanctions in response.

Countries' protests

Last week, the contest had said Russia would be allowed to compete, so this is a rapid change in stance for the EBU.

PNG artists invited to enter UN Women song contest

UN Women Country Representative Dr. Jeff Buchanan said the competition is a fantastic opportunity for seasoned and up-and-coming artists in PNG to promote gender equality and empower women in the country.

“The video clip should feature your campaign message to end violence against women and girls, and whenever possible, any campaign activities that you and your community have engaged in,” he said. “Artists are welcome to use the song as is or to sing a cover version of the song in English or in your own language.”