Thursday , September 28 2023



Russia claims Ukraine is going on offense, but Kyiv says Moscow staging misinformation campaign

A Russian-installed official in eastern Ukraine is claiming that “a battle is underway” against Kyiv’s forces trying break through Russia’s defensive lines, but Ukrainian officials say reports of such assaults are just part of Moscow’s misinformation campaign.  Vladimir Rogov, an official in the Russia-backed administration of Ukraine’s partly-occupied Zaporizhzhia province, …

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10 arrested in North Macedonian migrant-smuggling raid

Authorities in North Macedonia said Monday that 10 men were arrested as suspected members of an international people smuggling ring following an investigation that lasted nearly two years. 4 ARRESTED IN NORTH MACEDONIA AFTER COCAINE BUST IN GREECE In a statement Monday, police described the group as a sophisticated criminal …

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France’s historic Mont-Saint-Michel turns 1,000

1,000 years have passed since construction began on France’s iconic Mont-Saint-Michel. The millennium-old abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of France’s top tourist attractions outside Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron visited the site Monday, noting its symbolism of his country’s “resilience” and “resistance.” France’s beloved abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel …

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Russian minister rips Washington nuclear arms treaty ‘ultimatums,’ demands US halt ‘hostile’ policy on Moscow

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reportedly said Saturday that Moscow’s move to suspend its nuclear arms treaty with Washington was “unshakable” and could only be reversed if the U.S. abandons its “hostile” policy toward Russia.  “Our decision to suspend the START Treaty is unshakable,” Ryabkov said, according to Russian …

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Japan’s birth rate hits record low

Japan’s birth rate declined for a seventh consecutive year in 2022 to a record low of 1.26, the Health Ministry said Friday, adding to a sense of urgency in a country where the government is seen as too slow to take measures to address its rapidly shrinking and aging population. …

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Ukraine is ready to launch long-awaited counteroffensive, Zelenskyy says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that his forces stand ready to launch their long-promised counteroffensive to reclaim Russian-occupied territory.  “We strongly believe that we will succeed,” Zelenskyy told The Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know how long it will take.” “To be honest, it can go a variety of ways, …

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