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Russian troops step up attacks on cities

Russian troops have focused the fury of their bombardments on the eastern city of Lysychansk while also targeting Kyiv and other areas around Ukraine after capturing Sievierodonetsk over the weekend, Ukrainian officials said Sunday.Lysyschansk is the last city in the Luhansk Oblast to remain under the control of Ukraine forces. Russia already controls about half of the Donetsk Oblast – the two provinces make up the Donbas region that has been the target of Russian forces since an early, failed effort to storm through Kyiv.A spokesman for the separatist forces, Andrei Marochko, said Russian troops and separatist fighters had entered Lysychansk and that fighting was taking place in the heart of the city. Regional governor Serhiy Haidai wrote on Facebook that the Russian military is stic...
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The G7 will invest 600,000 million in infrastructure to stand up to China in developing countries

Rosalia SanchezCONTINUECorrespondent in Berlin Updated:06/26/2022 6:00 p.m. Save Related newsThe family photo at the start of the G-7 summit gave many jokes on Saturday. Boris Johnson suggested lightening clothes for photographers. With or without shirts? We have to show that we are tougher than Putin», he said, referring to the propaganda images of the Russian president in which he poses bare-chested, «let's show our pectorals!». Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed up on the joke, proposing "a bare-chested horseback display" for his part. "Horse riding is a good option," settled the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who avoided commenting on the clothing issue. But the fact is that inside the halls o...
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Anger as protests continue across US after supreme court overturns Roe | Roe v. Wade

Protests over a US supreme court decision that overturned abortion rights continued across the country this weekend. In New York, thousands marched to voice their anger at the ruling that came at the end of a dizzying week around not just reproductive rights but also gun carry laws and the US Capitol attack.“Not your uterus, not your choice,” many shouted as the demonstrations progressed in Washington DC., New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta and Austin.In Providence, Rhode Island, tempers flared so much that an off-duty police officer was accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest. Jennifer Rourke, a state senate candidate, told the Providence Journal she was punched in the face by Jeann Lugo, who had been running for the GOP nomination for a Rhode Island sta...
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Oslo shootings won’t stop fight against hate, says Norway’s prime minister | Norway

Fatal shootings at a gay bar in Oslo would not stop the fight against “discrimination, prejudice and hate”, Norway's prime minister has said, as the country paid tribute to the victims of the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning.The altar and aisles of the Norwegian capital's cathedral were draped with rainbow flags for a special memorial service on Sunday attended by mourners, government ministers, church leaders and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.Jonas Gahr Støre, dressed in black, said in an address at the memorial that thousands of people had spontaneously paraded through the streets of Oslo with rainbow flags and laid flowers at the scene despite the cancellation of the city's planned Pride events.“During the day, the city was full of people who wanted to speak out, about sorr...
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Concerns grow that India is ‘back door’ into Europe for Russian oil | Oil

The huge blue and red hull of the SCF Primorye came into port at Vadinar, western Gujarat, India, earlier this month. The 84,000-tonne oil tanker, built in 2009 and sailing under the Liberian flag, had arrived from the port at Ust-Luga, a settlement in Russia near the border with Estonia.Until 2017, the Vadinar oil refinery was controlled by Essar – the Indian owner of the Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port. Since then a consortium including the sanctioned Russian state-owned oil firm Rosneft and the commodities trader Trafigura, which holds a 24.5% stake, have owned Nayara Energy, which runs the refinery.The tanker's arrival came as India ramped up imports of Russian oil. The Asian nation's willingness to snap up Russian crude at discounts of up to 30% has undermined efforts from th...
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Calls for investigation over deaths in Moroccan-Spanish border crossing | Spain

Human rights campaigners in Spain and Morocco have called for investigations to be launched in both countries after a mass attempt to scale the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla left at least 23 people dead.Spanish officials said about 2,000 Africans made their way to the iron fence at dawn on Friday, with more than 500 managing to slip into a border control area after cutting an opening with shears.Moroccan officials initially said five people had died in what they described as a “stampede”. Late on Saturday, Moroccan state TV said the death toll had climbed to 23 people.NGOs on the ground said the number of deaths could be higher. “We've confirmed 37 deaths in the Melilla tragedy,” said Helena Maleno Garzón, whose organization, Walking Borders, is in co...
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US to ban Russian gold imports

President Joe Biden announced Sunday that the US will ban new imports of Russian gold as it tries to choke off Russian resources used to continue the war in Ukraine.Biden is in Germany to meet with the leaders of France, Germany, Canada, the UK, Italy and Japan, which form the economic alliance known as the Group of Seven. Other G-7 nations are expected to join the US in banning Russian gold. The White House says gold is second only to energy among Russian exports – almost $19 billion in 2020. About 90% of Russia's gold exports are to G-7 nations, the vast majority of it to Britain."The United States has imposed unprecedented costs on Putin to deny him the revenue he needs to fund his war against Ukraine," Biden said in a tweet on Sunday. "Together, the G7 will announce that we will ...
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Ten years that changed the face of women’s football | Women’s Euro 2022

YoIt was a landmark moment for women's football. Under the arch of Wembley stadium, to the soundtrack of Beyoncé's feminist anthem Run the World (Girls), more than 70,000 fans streamed in to watch Team GB take on Brazil in the London Olympics to result in what was then Britain's biggest ever women's football match .Team GB won 1-0 but that was almost (sort of) beside the point. The atmosphere was electric. In the crowd, where I was covering the match for the Evening Standard, the moment was a revelation. I couldn't believe there were so many women and girls. Not because they didn't belong – of course they did – but after a lifetime of hearing that women were rubbish at football and being made to feel that our views on the subject were unwelcome it felt completely wild.Scorer of the...
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A classicist at Glastonbury: ‘Headbanging in raincoats? It’s as English as Gardeners’ Question Time’ | Glastonbury 2022

Yot's a cliche you overhear people saying to their first-timer friends as they enter the site: Glastonbury festival is a city, in which 200,000 people live for just less than a week and which has no purpose other than pleasure. It is, indeed, the sort of impossible city that you can imagine Jorge Luis Borges writing a story about.But until you have climbed the hill to what they call the Crow's Nest, by the embers of the giant bonfire lit to mark the festival's opening, it is difficult to absorb the grandeur and absurdity of the fact that, almost as far as the eye can see, this broad valley is covered in tents and pavilions and stages and waves and eddies of innumerable people. There is a bit in Homer's Iliad where we are told that the campfires burning in the Greeks' camp at Troy are ...
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Felix Auger-Aliassime: ‘I’ve shown great things. I’m closer and closer to my goal’ | Wimbledon 2022

EITHEROnly a few weeks ago, in the final days of May, Félix Auger-Aliassime put himself within touching distance of history. For four grueling hours, I have faced Rafael Nadal in his temple, Court Philippe Chatrier, and matched him all the way. Unafraid at the beginning then unmoved as he trailed by two sets to one, Auger-Aliassime became only the third man ever to force Nadal to a fifth set at Roland Garros.But he could not finish it. Nadal did what he always does there, elevating his level of him precisely when he most needed to. It was an immense effort from the challenger, but afterwards, he says, he was emotional. He felt so close to victory. It had also come four months after losing to Daniil Medvedev in five sets at the Australian Open quarter-final, which he had accepted w...