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“Unprecedented” mystery leaks detected in Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Europe
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“Unprecedented” mystery leaks detected in Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Europe

Warsaw, Poland — The Danish prime minister said Tuesday that she "cannot rule out" sabotage after three leaks were detected on Russian natural gas pipelines running under the Baltic Sea to Europe. Premier Mette Frederiksen spoke after simultaneous problems were reported with the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that were not bringing gas to Germany amid an energy standoff caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but were still filled with the fuel. She spoke at the inauguration of a new pipeline with Norwegian gas meant to help wean Poland and Europe off Russian supplies. Officials said the leaks did not pose any threat to energy supplies and experts said the environmental impact would be limited. Danish authorities announced Monday that a leak was detected in the Nord Stream 2 pipelin...
Russian police arrest hundreds in protests over Putin’s military mobilization order
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Russian police arrest hundreds in protests over Putin’s military mobilization order

Russian police moved quickly Saturday to disperse peaceful protests against President Vladimir Putin's military mobilization order, arresting hundreds, including some children, in several cities across the vast country.Police detained more than 700 people, including over 300 in Moscow and nearly 150 in St. Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an independent website that monitors political arrests in Russia. Some of the arrested individuals were minors, OVD-Info said.The demonstrations followed protests that erupted within hours Wednesday after Putin, in a move to beef up his volunteer forces fighting in Ukraine, announced a call-up of experienced and skilled army reservists. Police officers detain a man in Moscow on Sept. 24, 2022, following calls to protest against ...
Ukraine war, threatening nuclear disaster and highlighting U.N.’s divisions, taking center stage at General Assembly
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Ukraine war, threatening nuclear disaster and highlighting U.N.’s divisions, taking center stage at General Assembly

United Nations — United Nations officials had hoped that this year's General Assembly in New York — the first annual gathering held by the nearly 200 nations of the global body since the coronavirus pandemic struck — would take a broad focus on the many crises facing humanity right now. But with the war in Ukraine threatening to add a nuclear disaster to that long list, it's hard to imagine the UNGA having much attention to spare on the other burning issues.After two years of video and hybrid meetings, the World Series of diplomacy returns to New York this week: Representatives from 193 governments gathered in the iconic General Assembly Hall, including more heads of state than ever before, according to the White House.  This year they meet as the ongoing war in Ukraine presents Eu...
Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant partly goes offline amid fighting
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Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant partly goes offline amid fighting

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Saturday that the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine was disconnected to its last external power line but was still able to run electricity through a reserve line amid sustained shelling in the area.International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi said in a statement that the agency's experts, who arrived at Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, were told by senior Ukrainian staff that the fourth and last operational line was down. The three others were lost earlier during the conflict.But the IAEA experts learned that the reserve line linking the facility to a nearby thermal power plant was delivering the electricity the plant generates to the external grid, the statement said. The same reserve line can also pro...
22 killed in Independence Day attack in Ukraine, Zelenskyy says
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22 killed in Independence Day attack in Ukraine, Zelenskyy says

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces launched a rocket attack on a Ukrainian train station on Wednesday, the embattled country's Independence Day, killing 22 people. Zelenskyy had warned for days that Moscow might attempt "something particularly cruel" this week. The lethal attack took place in Chaplyne, a town of about 3,500 people in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukrainian news agencies quoted Zelenskyy as telling the U.N. Security Council via video. The president's office also reported that an 11-year-old child was killed by rocket fire earlier in the day in the settlement. "Chaplyne is our pain today," Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation. At one point, Zelenskyy put the number of wounded at about 50. The deputy head of Zelenskyy's office ...
Car explosion kills Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian nationalist known as “Putin’s brain”
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Car explosion kills Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian nationalist known as “Putin’s brain”

Moscow — The daughter of an influential Russian political theorist who is often referred to as "Putin's brain" was killed in a car bombing on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday.The Moscow branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said preliminary information indicated a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina, 29, exploded Saturday night and killed the TV commentator who was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a nationalist philosopher and writer.Dugin is a prominent proponent of the "Russian world" concept, a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, restoration of Russia's power and the unity of all ethnic Russians throughout the world. He also is a vehement supporter of Russia sending troops into Ukraine. ...
Could Russia’s Vladimir Putin face a Nuremberg-style tribunal over the Ukraine war?
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Could Russia’s Vladimir Putin face a Nuremberg-style tribunal over the Ukraine war?

London — As prosecutors gather evidence of thousands of war crimes allegedly committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, a number of prominent figures have joined the Ukrainian government to call for a new Nuremberg-style tribunal to hold Russia's leaders to account for one specific crime they say is falling through the cracks: the crime of aggression.Ukraine is working with various international bodies to prosecute war crimes, and it's already charging people within its own criminal justice system. But prosecution for the crime of aggression, advocates for a special tribunal say, may be the best way to see Russian President Vladimir Putin himself face justice for the war."When bombs fall on your cities, when soldiers rape women in the occupied cities… it's difficult, of course, to spe...
Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death”?
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Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death”?

Speculation is growing that the U.S. could release Viktor Bout, a convicted arms dealer nicknamed the "Merchant of Death," to secure the freedom of women's basketball star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who are both imprisoned in Russia. Russian state media has speculated for months that Griner, who was detained at a Moscow airport in February on drug charges, and Whelan, sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on espionage charges that he called a setup, could be swapped for Bout, whose freedom has long been sought by the Kremlin. But the Biden administration remained quiet about the possibility. Then on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, offered the first public glimpse at efforts to bring Griner and Whelan home, saying the U.S. has put forward a...
The pandemic in Russia and the bankruptcy of national-chauvinist politics
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The pandemic in Russia and the bankruptcy of national-chauvinist politics

The pandemic continues to exact a terrible toll in Russia. Since the invasion of Ukraine, efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been abandoned. This essay has been submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by the Young Guard of Bolshevik Leninists, an organization of Trotskyist youth in Russia.On Tuesday, July 19, the Rospotrebnadzor press service reported the detection of the new Omicron BA.2.75 subvariant in five people in Russia. The press service wrote, “The material was sampled in July. The material was collected in the city of Moscow. The disease had a mild form in all the patients. There are no hospitalized patients.”Previously, this heavily mutated Omicron subvariant has been found in India, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. ...
At ESPYS, Rapinoe, Curry, others urge fellow athletes to do more to get Brittney Griner freed
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At ESPYS, Rapinoe, Curry, others urge fellow athletes to do more to get Brittney Griner freed

Los Angeles — Soccer player Megan Rapinoe admonished her fellow athletes for not doing enough to speak out and encouraged them to support detained WNBA star Brittney Griner at The ESPYs on Wednesday night.Griner was arrested in Russia in February after customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of transporting drugs. "For me, the most striking thing is that BG's not here. BG deserves to be free, she's being held as a political prisoner, obviously," Rapinoe said while accepting a trophy for best play at the show honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports. "Like what are we doing here dressed up like we are when our sister is ...