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Controversy as Ukraine considers granting hero status to suspected war criminals

A controversial issue has landed in front of politicians in the Ukrainian parliament and is receiving international attention. Seventy-eight Ukrainian lawmakers from all sides of parliament have proposed giving the title 'Hero of Ukraine' to controversial figures such as Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych.Some Ukrainians see them as war heroes who fought for Ukraine's independence in the 1930s and 1940s. For others, they are anti-Semitic war criminals who participated in the mass killings of up to 100,000 Jews and Poles during World War II in Volinia and eastern Galicia.The proposal also calls on the Ukrainian Parliament and the country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to commemorate the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, UPA, which operates from the 1940s to the 1950s, on its 80th anniversar...
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The raid that wiped out Belarus’ last independent media platform

It was May 21, 2021, when the police broke into the editorial office of Belsat TV in the center of Minsk, the capital of Belarus.Following the forced closure of the Tut.by web channel on May 18 and the arrest of more than 500 journalists since August 2020, Belsat TV was the last independent platform left in the country governed by President Alexander Lukashenko.The raid is symptomatic of a broader crackdown on dissent in Belarus since Lukashenko's disputed re-election last August sparked large protests.Headquartered in Ulitsa Ihnacienki, inside an anonymous gray building whose façade was whimsically highlighted by the 'badminton courts' sign, the Belsat TV office consisted of three or four rooms, two large ash-covered tables and empty cigarette packs, and a small television studio."We a...
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Today at the Olympics: Dutch teammates tie for cycling record

Harrie Lavreysen and her Dutch teammate Jeffrey Hoogland tied for the Olympic record in qualifying for the men's sprint at the Izu Velodrome, setting the same time of 9.215 to one thousandth of a second.In qualifying rounds, riders get what is called a quick start before more than 200 meters are timed.That means the two Dutch drivers averaged 48.55 mph during their qualifying lap.Hoogland will be seeded first and Lavreysen second for the knockout rounds. That's when the riders face each other in a game of cat and mouse for three laps and the fastest at the finish line advances to the next round.From karate to skateboarding, here's a rundown of what's happening in Tokyo today.KarateA Russian athlete competing in karate has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for ...
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Asphalt Princess: Hijackers Left Ship Off UAE Coast, British Navy Group Says

Hijackers who seized a ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman abandoned the target ship on Wednesday, the British navy reported, without giving further details. The British Army's UK Maritime Trade Operations reported that the incident, which it had described as a "potential hijacking" the night before, was now "complete". He did not provide further details."The ship is safe," the group said, without identifying the ship. The shipping authority Lloyd's List and the maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global identified the hijacked vessel as the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess asphalt tanker. The owner of the ship, listed as Glory International, based in the UAE free zone, could not immediately be reached for comment.Satellite tracking data for the Asphalt Pr...
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Parents of 3-year-old Beirut blast victim are still seeking justice a year later

Little did Paul and Tracy Naggear know that their beautiful apartment overlooking the Beirut harbor would witness the death of their three-year-old daughter, Alexandra, or Lexou, as they like to call her.The explosion on August 4, 2020, killed more than 200 people, injured 6,500 others and caused billions of dollars in damage.Now, a year after the massive explosion, the couple have become the most prominent face of the "families of the victims" who courageously turn their pain into political action.For them, the fight against the ruling class, which they accuse of being incompetent to face the crisis, has only just begun."We cannot live in a country where these criminals are still in power, it was part of our thinking, we need the truth, we need justice, we need accountability ... but w...
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Officer dead, suspect killed in violence outside Pentagon

An officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during an outbreak of violence at a transit station outside the Pentagon, law enforcement officials said. A suspect in the incident was shot by police and died at the scene, authorities said. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Armed Forces, was temporarily put under lockdown after shots were fired Tuesday morning near the building's entrance.A Pentagon police officer who was stabbed was later killed, according to officials who were not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The Arlington County Fire Department reported there were "multiple patients," but it was not immediately clear if they had been shot and the extent of their injuries was unknown.The circumstances remai...
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Locals in Turkey fight to fight the fire surrounding their village

These were the dramatic scenes in which the locals of southern Turkey rushed to fight a forest fire that had surrounded their village. The villagers of Cokertme ran to get a water hose long enough to reach the flames. Others tried to get their farm animals out of harm's way. A local resident said: "I feel very tired and helpless. We cannot do anything. Our houses are burning, our forests are burning and there is nothing we can do."Another said, "My house is on fire! My house is on fire! God please!"For a week now, Turkish firefighters have been fighting to control the flames sweeping through the forests near Turkey's beach destinations. Fueled by strong winds and scorching temperatures, the fires that started last Wednesday have killed eight.As residents lost homes and livestock, anger...
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How doubts about vaccines have slowed Serbia’s rapid deployment

Just six months ago Serbia was patting itself on the back for its rapid release of vaccines, which in February was the second fastest in Europe.Fueled by abundant supplies of the vaccines Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Russian Sputnik and Chinese Shinopharm, it got ahead of the EU countries. In fact, Serbia was in such a strong position He even started offering blows to people crossing the border. in Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.But now doubts about vaccines are holding back Serbia's progress.From January 23 to February 23, Serbia launched more than 1.1 million hits on the weapons. In the month to July 22, 400,000 vaccines were administered.Serbia's per capita vaccination rate was second only to that of the UK at the beginning of the year. Now mos...
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This nanoscopic tool could help doctors detect cancer in a routine urine test

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a nanoparticle diagnostic tool that can detect cancer cells in urine.The tool, invisible to the naked eye at less than 100 nanometers wide, could also be modified to function as an imaging agent to highlight the location of a scan-confirmed cancerous tumor.According to the researchers, the nanoparticle tool, once approved for human use, could be incorporated into routine medical urine tests to detect traces of cancer cells.If cancer is found, the patient could be given the nanoparticle to swallow before undergoing a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to find the source of the disease.Tracking the spread of the diseaseHere, the tool would work in combination with a radioactive 'tracer' compound called copper...
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Today at the Olympics: Norway hurdler breaks his own world record

Norway's Karsten Warholm set his own world record by winning the gold medal in the 400m hurdles on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics.The two-time world champion ran 45.94 seconds to win a final where six of the first seven finalists set national or area records.It is the second time in just over a month that Warholm has lowered the record. It set the previous mark of 46.70 in Oslo on July 1.Runner-up Rai Benjamin of the United States finished in 46.17, also improving on the record of 46.7 that Warholm set last month."Sometimes in practice my coaches keep telling me that this could be possible with the perfect run," Warholm said of the possibility of breaking 46 seconds. "But it was hard to imagine because it's a huge barrier and it's something you don't even dream of."From kayaking to box...