The agreement to open the checkpoints was reached between Ukrainian and Russian representatives along with mediators from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in late October. An AFP correspondent saw eight people, including children, wearing masks and having their temperature taken while waiting to enter separatist territory at one of the new checkpoints near Shasta in the Luhansk region.
Ukraine opened two new crossings into separatist-held territory in the east on Tuesday, but passage for civilians was blocked by authorities in the breakaway regions, officials said. The agreement to open the checkpoints was reached between Ukrainian and Russian representatives along with mediators from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in late October.
An AFP correspondent saw eight people, including children, wearing masks and having their temperature taken while waiting to enter separatist territory at one of the new checkpoints near Shasta in the Luhansk region. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call Tuesday that Kiev had fully complied with the agreements and blamed the separatists for not upholding them.
Local businessmen and celebrities made the offer after three people were injured and at least 41 buildings damaged when an RV exploded in the city’s downtown around 6.40am on Friday. A president can obstruct special counsels’ investigations of his wrongdoing, push foreign officials to dig up dirt on political rivals, fire inspectors general who find corruption, order the entire executive branch to refuse congressional subpoenas, flood the Internet with fake information about his opponents, refuse to release his tax returns, accuse the press of being “fake media” and “enemies of the people”, and make money off his presidency. And he can get away with it.
The giant windows he’s broken are invitations to a future president to break even more. Nothing will correct this unless or until an overwhelming majority of Americans recognize and condemn what has occurred. Deputies responded to a call around 5 p.m. Friday and found the five people dead in a home in Atkins, a city about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones said in a statement.
China is on course to overtake the United States as the world's biggest economy by 2028, the Center for Economics and Business Research predicted in a report released Saturday. The report also anticipates China will become a “high-income economy” by 2023, though living standards are expected to remain much lower than in the U.S. China is not an outlier in its region when it comes to future economic growth.
“One lesson for western policymakers, who have performed relatively badly during the pandemic, is that they need to pay much more attention to what is happening in Asia rather than simply looking at each other.” Read more at The Guardian and Bloomberg. More stories from theweek.com 7 scathing cartoons about Russia's massive cyberattack Joe Biden's anti-revolution takes shape Wonder Woman 1984 is shockingly regressive.
George Blake, who died in Russia on Saturday at the age of 98, was the last in a line of British spies whose secret work for the Soviet Union humiliated the intelligence establishment when it was discovered at the height of the Cold War. Passengers from the Royal Caribbean ship Ovation of the Seas took a trip to White Island, a popular tourist site, last December, when a volcano suddenly erupted, killing 27 visitors and injuring 25 more.
Peter Gordon, a lawyer for the Britt family, told the Australian Broadcasting Company that Royal Caribbean should have known that the volcano could erupt before allowing its passengers to visit White Island. Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh, who said he has a history of allergies, reported tingling sensations, an elevated heart rate, and low blood pressure shortly after his inoculation.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal and CNN. More stories from theweek.com 7 scathing cartoons about Russia's massive cyberattack Joe Biden's anti-revolution takes shape Wonder Woman 1984 is shockingly regressive. The United Kingdom will leave the EU's Common Fisheries Policy on Dec. 31, but under the trade deal agreed on Christmas Eve the current rules will remain largely in place during a 5-1/2-year transition period.
A team of French investigators will come to Beirut next month to participate in interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghost, a Lebanese justice ministry official said Saturday. Former auto executive Ghost, who is a Lebanese, Brazilian and French national, fled Japan in a dramatic escape that drew headlines last year, arriving in Lebanon on Dec. 30, 2019.
In addition to his trial in Japan, the 66-year-old businessman is facing a number of legal challenges in France, including tax evasion and alleged money laundering, fraud and misuse of company assets while at the helm of the Renault-Nissan alliance. A meeting led by the capital's Communist party boss, CAI QI, urged all districts in Beijing to enter an “emergency” mode, sealing off residential compounds and villages where infections are found.
The judge said the Justice Department broke the law when it rescheduled convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery’s execution date to January 12th. But the judge on Thursday sided with Montgomery's lawyers, who argued that federal regulations bar the Bureau from rescheduling an execution during a stay period.
Israel was reported to have launched air strikes against military targets in Syria last night, after warplanes flew low over Lebanon, terrifying local residents. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a military source blaming Israeli “aggression” for launching a “barrage of missiles” from the north of the Lebanese city of Tripoli towards Maya, in Syria’s Ham province.
The Israeli military said it would not comment on reports in foreign media, but it has allegedly launched dozens of attacks against Iranian militias and other targets in Syria in recent years, with jets regularly crossing over Lebanese airspace. Witnesses said that the Christmas Eve flights were louder than usual, however, frightening residents of Beirut who are still traumatized by the August 4 explosion at the city’s port that killed more than 200 people.
Tamara Malawi, a CNN producer based in the Lebanese capital, shared a video apparently showing “illegal overflights” of four Israeli jets. Chills down people’s spines.” Quoting “reliable sources”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the “Israeli strikes targeted military posts of regime forces and Iranian militias”.
Syrian activists observed ambulances rushing to the scene of the explosions and the dead were all foreign paramilitaries loyal to President Assad, it added. One attack also targeted the research center, where ground-attack missiles are developed and stored, and which has been hit several times by Israeli strikes in recent years, the Observatory said.
Migrants at the Lisa camp in northwest Bosnia wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to protect against the biting winds in the region, which borders European Union member Croatia. A fire earlier this week destroyed much of the camp near the town of Bihar that already was harshly criticized by international officials and aid groups as being inadequate for housing refugees and migrants.
The front lines in Europe’s only war have barely shifted for years, but a new ceasefire agreement signed by Ukraine and Russia in early October is a sign that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to deliver on his campaign promise to bring an end to five years of fighting. The town of Polite is at the center of the peace accords agreed on by representatives from Ukraine, Russia and peace-keeping forces at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
In October Zelensky officially agreed to what’s called the Seamier formula which calls for both sides to move forces and hardware at least a mile and a half apart, to stop shooting and most controversially for the organization of local elections in the region. It was the first time in years that representatives from both sides put to paper and agreed on a formula for a ceasefire.
However, despite what was agreed on, shelling has continued in the frontline, violating the fresh agreement and stalling the withdrawal of troops. After a series of sham referendums in 2014, two regions in Donas declared independence with the intent of joining Russia in the wake of its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
At the Carbonic coal mine several residents wait for trucks to deliver cash to the ATMs. Long lines at checkpoints and poor road conditions keep people who still live in towns like Polite isolated from life elsewhere in Ukraine.
People here are also in the crosshairs of another war zone: an information war contested in cyberspace and over the airwaves. TV and radio towers were some of the first assets seized by pro-Russian forces, ensuring that even those living on Ukrainian-held territory in Polite and along the border zone today find themselves awash in separatist propaganda beamed out from the other side of the frontline.
Via satellite, Ukrainians in the border region can also watch broadcasting from the capital Kyiv, where much of the news takes on strong editorial lines conforming to the political agenda of whichever oligarch controls the channel. And the battle to control the narrative of the war carries on, deepening the divides and distrust in a town already cut in two.