LYMAN, Ukraine - The Ukrainian soldiers waved, hooted and raised their fists in triumph as they drove out of the strategic eastern city of Lyman on Monday, riding M113 armored personnel vehicles provided by Western countries. They passed eight corpses of enemy Russian soldiers who died trying to run from a Ukrainian counteroffensive that swept through the area and is still going, putting the lie to President Vladimir Putin's annexation claims. The bodies were bloated, and some had open mouths, as if still wearing an expression of shock. At the moment the Ukrainian troops were driving by, the dead Russians were being unceremoniously placed into black bags. Sitting atop a tank several yards away, Leonid, a soldier with Ukraine's National Guard, pondered Russia's plans to send more than 300,000 more men to Ukraine. "They're going to need a bigger grave," Leonid said. Just two days after Ukrainian troops claimed victory in Lyman, a city of 22,000 that the Russians had used as a … [Read more...] about Refuting annexation, Ukrainian forces push on from Lyman toward Luhansk
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 In comic books, Galactus is known as the devourer of worlds. When it comes to action figures, Galactus is now the destroyer of wallets. Hasbro decided that its newest figure depicting the giant planet eater from Marvel's Fantastic Four wouldn't be the typical six-inch toy that retails in the $20 to $30 range and decorates work desks and bookshelves. This Galactus, with a design based on the art of famed Marvel writer-artist John Byrne, would be a towering 32-inch-tall monstrosity of plastic articulation. The figure, scheduled for release some time this fall, is the biggest toy Hasbro has ever built for its Marvel line, which is fitting, given Galactus's gigantic stature. The price for such oversize ambition? $399.99. How do you know whether a fan base will step up to luxury-level action-figure pricing? Hasbro's answer is to crowdfund in advance to gauge interest, as part of the … [Read more...] about Would you buy a $400 Marvel action figure? Thousands of people can’t wait.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s new junta leader Capt. Ibrahim Traore said the West African nation would still aim to hold elections by 2024 or even earlier, as regional mediators headed to the country after its second coup this year. The power grab is the latest setback for the regional bloc known as ECOWAS, which has tried to steer three of its 15 countries back toward democracy after a spate of coups in West Africa over the last two years. Burkina Faso's coup, announced Friday on state television, has raised fears that the country's political chaos could deepen the region's Islamic extremist violence, diverting the military's attention from the crisis. ECOWAS had reached an agreement with ousted leader Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba to hold a new vote by July 2024. Damiba, who himself had seized power in a … [Read more...] about Burkina Faso coup leader says vote still expected by 2024
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Israel on Monday held high-level talks for the first time in a decade, with the Europeans pressing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid about how to put a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians into place. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the recent support from Lapid — who took part in Monday’s talks by videoconference — for an end to the conflict based on an Israeli and Palestinian state living peacefully side by side. “This is also what we want to push for. We want the resumption of a political process that can lead to a two-state solution and a comprehensive regional peace,” Borrell said. “We have to explore how we can put this into practice.” “It’s better to sit and discuss frankly, than to avoid any contact. Certainly we disagree. Certainly we express … [Read more...] about EU, Israel hold high-level talks for first time in a decade
If the FIA and Liberty set out to ‘make everybody a little unhappy’ with their package of Technical, Sporting and Financial Regulations for the 2021 F1 season , they certainly seem to have succeeded. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free For while the team bosses spoken to by RaceFans after Wednesday’s F1 summit in Paris expressed relief that – as one of their number put it – “at last we have a definitive direction of travel”, another remarked they had “reservations about the exact route ahead”. A delay to 2022 was suggested by a minority of teams, but fell on deaf ears, not least because of the commercial and political implications. For starters, a delay would hit Liberty right in the NASDAQ share price through perceptions it had lost its way, while also complicating F1 chairman/CEO Chase Carey’s employment contract: he is said to be keen on stepping aside from his CEO role (but remaining chairman). Equally, FIA president Jean Todt’s third (and, he insists, … [Read more...] about Have the ‘big three’ teams finally accepted F1’s 2021 rules revolution? · RaceFans
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 'Tis the season to be jolly, and I'm not talking about Christmas. It's Fat Bear Week, a pure and wonderful treat for people who need a break from the harsh realities of life. The competition champions the brown bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve as they complete their transformations from scrawny to elephantine for hibernation. With the internet watching via live Bear Cams, the contestants go beast mode on the millions of sockeye salmon that run from Bristol Bay down the Brooks River. Then it's up to voters to interpret the "fattest." "There's no real set criteria that you're supposed to vote on," said Mike Fitz, a resident naturalist with Explore.org who started the competition in 2014. "You could vote on just simply the largest bear, or look at relative fatness or consider the extenuating circumstances of each bear's life like the challenges of raising offspring." For … [Read more...] about What is Fat Bear Week? Everything to know about the big, beefy event.
BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary, Austria and Serbia met Monday in Budapest to find solutions on how to stem the increasing number of migrants arriving in Europe, among them many young men from India. The three leaders agreed to take joint action to control the new arrivals along the migration route that leads through Serbia. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer told reporters after the meeting that the joint action plan would include increased police cooperation along the borders as well as supporting Serbia when it comes to deporting migrants back to their home countries. "We will directly support Serbia to carry out repatriations and not only support technical know-how, but also do everything possible that is necessary, and financially support them,” Nehammer said. The Austrian chancellor lauded Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's announcement that by the end of the year Serbia would align its visa policies with the European Union — Serbia is an EU candidate country but … [Read more...] about Hungary, Austria and Serbia work together to stem migration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government imposed sanctions Monday on the head of Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation and others, acting less than a week after it levied sanctions on a state prosecutor accused of being complicit in corruption and undermining democratic processes in the Western Balkans. The Treasury Department said its Office of Foreign Assets Control designated sanctions Monday against Prime Minister Fadil Novalic, saying he misused pensioner data acquired through his official position in the week before the 2018 elections. Novalic allegedly used pensioner data to send out letters listing his accomplishments and promised increased pensions. The new sanctions come after state prosecutor Diana Kajmakovic, whom Treasury called a “ brazenly corrupt state prosecutor with links to criminal organizations," was designated for sanctions last week. Additionally, Bosnian tycoon Slobodan Stankovic and his engineering firm, Integral Inzenjering A.D. Laktasi, were … [Read more...] about US sanctions Bosnian minister in anti-corruption effort
HARTFORD — The third-ranking majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives told state Democrats on Sunday night that the current Congress has accomplished some of the most important legislation in seven decades, thanks to Connecticut's congressional delegation. But in a 32-minute cheerleading speech before 600 people in the Connecticut Convention Center, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina stressed the importance of next month's election at a time when democracy is being threatened and Republicans have plans to defund major social-spending programs including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. "You go through the production of this Congress and you go back and look at every previous Congress, you will go back to 1965 before you see a Congress that has been productive as this Congress," Clyburn said. "You look at Franklin Roosevelt, well, you say he gave us the New Deal. Yep. Harry Truman gave us the Fair Deal. Yep. Lyndon Johnson gave us the Great … [Read more...] about U.S. House leader praises CT delegation, stresses importance of next month’s election