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БМПТ “Терминатор” испытала в зоне СВО снаряды с управляемым подрывом


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Боевая машина поддержки танков “Терминатор” в ходе госиспытаний применила в зоне СВО снаряды с управляемым подрывом. Об этом ТАСС сообщил директор комплекса обычных вооружений, боеприпасов и спецхимии ГК “Ростех” Бекхан Оздоев.


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Donald Trump’s rough week


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Donald Trump had a rough week. He got stung by two different judges-Aileen Cannon denied his motion to dismiss based on top secret papers being his personal property. Shortly before that ruling was issued, Scott McAfee denied Trump’s motion to dismiss in the Georgia case based on first amendment rights. If these are the best defenses Trump can produce, he might as well hang it up. Of course, Judge Cannon won’t give up trying to help. She still hasn’t set a trial date in that case.

Judge McAfee explained that Trump wasn’t indicted for his speech; he was indicted for using that speech in furtherance of a criminal enterprise. Like anyone else, Trump can talk all he wants; however, he cannot make up lies to use in a criminal endeavor. Judge McAfee ruled that Trump’s speech is a jury question, and he will leave it to them. DA Fani Willis still expects this trial to begin in August. There have not been as many delays in this case as the federal courts, so we’ll hopefully see it begin as Willis would like.

Even as Trump is battling the documents case and the election interference case in Georgia, he has successfully held the federal election interference trial at bay for now, with some help from the Supreme Court, but there’s one criminal trial he won’t be able to delay-Judge Juan Merchan’s hush money trial. Last week Judge Merchan rejected Trump’s latest delay tactic in that case. He had the nerve to try to use the immunity defense, when he wasn’t even the president until after the Stormy Daniels’ payoff, so it’s hard to imagine that defense going anywhere in that case. Merchan didn’t, however, rule on the issue at all. He ruled that Trump waited to late to raise it. Whatever it takes, Trump going to trial on any of his myriad charges is a good thing. This trial is set to begin on April 15.

The one good piece of news Trump received came via the New York Court of Appeals, which lowered his bond from the full judgment levied against him to $175 million. The bad news is he still doesn’t have it yet. According to Newsweek, Letitia James raised the question of whether Knight Insurance Group-which is based in California-could or should be authorized to provide bonds in New York. On top of everything else, Newsweek reported that shares in Trump Media & Technology Group took a dive last week by 21%. Of course, the major asset in that company is Trump’s Truth Social, and that speaks for itself with respect to dropping rates. Who wants stock in that nonsense company? The loss suffered by TMTG decreased Trump’s worth by more than $2 billion.


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As if all his legal and financial troubles weren’t enough, last week showed President Biden making a strong comeback in recent polling, including a 10-point lead in Pennsylvania. No one wants to be in Donald Trump’s shoes, even more so now.

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Hamas attack survivor tries ‘to fix the things broken inside’


(NewsNation) —  It was supposed to be a concert to celebrate peace and goodwill. But that festival in an Israeli desert on October 7, 2023, turned into a nightmare when Hamas militants attacked.

Dor Kapah was among those who escaped – at least escape the violence of that day. The days since then are something else.

“Every day is like you’re born again. You’re trying to manage yourself … your temper and also your emotions about it after you lost so many friends.”

He tells “NewsNation Prime” it was akin to an apocalypse, but he managed to avoid the panicked traffic jams and escape via the open field where so many others were killed.

Not only the roads, but the mobile phone channels were jammed, he says, making it impossible to reach help. He says there was no time to think in the moment, just try to escape.

Kapah says some of his friends remain hostages, but “a lot of my friends didn’t come back that day.”

As for dealing with what he felt and saw: “We just want to run … find a quiet place to fix the things broken inside me.”


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Cartel feud at Mexico’s southern border placing migrants and civilians in jeopardy


EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Two recent mass-casualty events illustrate the year-old feud between two Mexican drug cartels for control of the Guatemalan border that continues to claim lives and endanger migrants on their way to the U.S.

On Sunday, members of a group calling itself Cartel de Chiapas y Guatemala (CCYG) tore into a farming community near the town of La Concordia. Mexico’s Ministry of Public Safety on Wednesday said five people were shot dead and 21 vehicles torched.

Hours later, the gunmen fired at Mexican National Guard troops at a second site near the town. The shootout left five gunmen dead and resulted in the arrest of 13 Guatemalan nationals, the ministry said. Twenty-one AK-47-style rifles were seized.

A day earlier, the neighboring Oaxaca Attorney General’s Office confirmed the drowning of eight Chinese nationals who placed their lives in the hands of smugglers to avoid apprehension in Chiapas. The bodies of seven women and one man washed up on a beach called Playa Vicente.

Scott Stewart, vice president of intelligence for TorchStone, a global security firm, said two major drug cartels are at war for control of drug routes, migrant smuggling, extortion, and other illicit activities at Mexico’s “other border.”

“It’s been going on for well over a year. Los Chapitos faction of the Sinaloa cartel is basically at war with Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Chiapas guys – which I think are CJNG, just with a different branding,” Stewart told Border Report. “It’s key terrain because of its proximity to Guatemala for trafficking of narcotics and also people.”

This war has intensified in part due to the massive flow of migrants coming into Mexico. “It’s not just South Americans and Central Americas. We are seeing Chinese, we are seeing Central Asians, we are seeing Africans – everybody is coming through now,” he said.

Once the cartel arrives, nobody is safe. The criminals begin extorting not just the migrants but also local businesspeople and threatening extreme violence.

“If somebody is not playing ball with them, they’ll exact a harsh revenge. If it’s a migrant smuggler, they may take (your migrants), they may kill your people to put you out of business,” Stewart said. “It puts the business owners and farmers in a bad position. If one cartel comes in and makes extortion demands, they’ll attack you if you don’t pay, but if you pay you might be attacked by the other cartel because you’re supporting their rival.”

The cartel war also places the Mexican government and local authorities in a difficult position: If they don’t act, they’re said to be getting paid off; if they do, they’re accused of human rights abuses.

“Twenty-five people were murdered in La Concordia, according to testimonies, in a fight between a criminal group and the National Guard. Civilians who were waiting for a ferry to get across a reservoir were caught in the crossfire,” the Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center said in a statement appearing to accuse the government of hiding civilian deaths.

The president of Mexico earlier this week stood by the official account.

These are rifles, ammunition and vehicles seized from alleged drug traffickers after a firefight with the Mexican National Guard recently.

“That group is talking about 20, 25. That’s not true. It was five in one event and five in another. I don’t know where they are coming up with that number,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.

In a video released on social media, the CCYG accused Mexican officials of being on their rivals’ payroll and disavowed any ties with the Jalisco cartel.

Stewart said it’s hard to expect truthful statements from cartel members. Last October, for instance, Los Chapitos faction of the Sinaloa cartel (CDS) hung banners stating they had renounced trafficking fentanyl into the U.S. and threatened to kill any gang member that trafficked in fentanyl. Today, not only fentanyl but, according to Stewart, also the more potent and deadly carfentanyl continues to flow north through Tijuana, a CDS zone of influence.

Those drugs contributed to the record number of overdose deaths in the U.S. last year. As for the cartels’ involvement in migrant trafficking, Stewart said only the criminal groups know what percentage of their income is now derived from people smuggling and extortion of foreign nationals in transit through Mexico.

“With the flows we see and with people forced to camp (in Mexico) for longer periods, it gives the criminals a longer period to victimize them. It seems it has increased their capability to kidnap them, shake them down and hold on to them,” the international security expert said.


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Motorcycle bomb kills 2 people and wounds 5 in Pakistan’s southwest


QUETTA, Pakistan — A motorcycle bomb killed two people and wounded five in Pakistan’s southwest, a police official said Sunday.

It’s the latest unrest to hit Baluchistan province, where militants have tried to target a naval facility and a government building in recent weeks.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday’s blast in Khuzdar, which is on the main highway connecting the provincial capital Quetta with the port city of Karachi in neighboring Sindh province.

Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Arif Zarkon said a woman and two police officers were among the wounded.

For years, Baluchistan has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by groups demanding independence from the central government in Islamabad. Although the government says it has quelled the insurgency, violence in the province has persisted.

Last Saturday, an improvised explosive device killed one person and wounded 14, including three soldiers.


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Report: Paramilitary attack on Sudan village kills 28


Red Sea State, Sudan — Sudanese paramilitary forces have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a village south of the capital Khartoum, a local doctors’ committee said Sunday.

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) carried out a “massacre” in “the village of Um Adam” 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of the city Saturday, the Sudan Doctors Committee said in a statement.

Sudan’s war between the military, under army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, commanded by his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, began last April 15.

Many thousands of people have been killed, including up to 15,000 in a single town in the war-ravaged Darfur region, according to United Nations experts.

The war has also displaced more than 8.5 million people, practically destroyed Sudan’s already fragile infrastructure and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

Saturday’s attack “resulted in the killing (of) at least 28 innocent villagers and more than 240 people wounded,” the committee said.

It added that “there are a number of dead and wounded in the village that we were not able to count” due to the fighting and difficulty in reaching health facilities.

A local activists’ committee had given a toll of 25 earlier in the day.

A medical source at the Manaqil hospital, 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) away, confirmed to AFP that they had “received 200 wounded, some of whom arrived too late.”

“We’re facing a shortage of blood, and we don’t have enough medical personnel,” he added.

More than 70 percent of Sudan’s health facilities are out of service, according to the U.N., while those remaining receive many times their capacity and have meager resources.

Both sides in the conflict have been accused of war crimes, including targeting civilians, indiscriminate shelling of residential areas and looting and obstructing aid.

Since taking over Al-Jazira state just south of Khartoum in December, the RSF has laid siege to and attacked entire villages such as Um Adam.

By March, at least 108 villages and settlements across the country had been set on fire and “partially or completely destroyed,” the U.K.-based Center for Information Resilience has found.


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Медведев назвал Украину реальным заказчиком теракта в “Крокусе”


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Заместитель председателя Совета безопасности России Дмитрий Медведев уверен, что за терактом в подмосковном “Крокус Сити Холле” стоит Украина. А лидеры западных стран являются соучастниками этого преступления. Об этом он написал на своей странице в соцсети X.


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“Известия”: Банки Казахстана стали медленней обрабатывать переводы из России


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Банки Казахстана стали дольше обрабатывать поступающие из России платежи даже в национальных валютах. Эксперты говорят о двух-трех неделях и называют причину такого положения дел: кредитные учреждения не хотят попасть под вторичные санкции США.


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Минобороны РФ запустило работу мобильных офисов для оформления карт «СВОи»


Оформить и получить электронное удостоверение можно как внутри специально оборудованного салона, так и в помещениях госпиталя.

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President Joe Biden will unveil his new plan to give student loan relief to many new borrowers


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will announce his latest effort to broaden student loan relief next week for new categories of borrowers, according to three people familiar with the plans, nearly a year after the Supreme Court foiled his administration’s first attempt to cancel debt for millions who attended college.

Biden will detail the plan Monday in Madison, Wisconsin, where the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin is located. The actual federal regulations — outlining who would qualify to get their student loan debt reduced or eliminated — are not expected to be released then, said the people, who were granted anonymity to detail a proposal not yet made public.

Much of the specifics that Biden will discuss Monday have long been telegraphed through a negotiated rulemaking process at the Department of Education, which has worked for months to hash out the new categories of borrowers. The president announced immediately after the Supreme Court decision that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona would undertake the process because he would have the power under the Higher Education Act to waive or compromise student loan debt in specific cases.

Still, the effort seeks to make good on Biden’s promise after the Supreme Court struck down his initial plan in June, a $400 billion proposal to cancel or reduce federal student loan debt that a majority of justices said required congressional approval. Biden called that decision a “mistake” and “wrong.”

And the fresh announcement on student loan relief, a vital issue for younger voters, could help energize parts of Biden’s political coalition who have become disillusioned over his job performance — people whose support the president will need to defeat presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this year.

The plan that Biden will detail is set to expand federal student loan relief to new yet-targeted categories of borrowers through the Higher Education Act, which administration officials believe puts it on a stronger legal footing than the sweeping proposal that was killed by a 6-3 court majority last year. The planned announcement from Biden was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

“This new path is legally sound,” Biden said in June. “It’s going to take longer, but, in my view, it’s the best path that remains to providing for as many borrowers as possible with debt relief.”

Biden’s latest attempt at cancellation is expected to be smaller and more targeted than his original plan, which would have canceled up to $20,000 in loans for more than 40 million borrowers. Details of the new plan have come into focus in recent months as the Education Department brought its ideas to a panel of outside negotiators with an interest in higher education, ranging from students to loan servicers.

“President Biden’s expected additional executive action will greatly reduce the burden of student loans for millions of Americans,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday. “There is always more work to be done to alleviate the burden of student loan debt. And we will not stop until crippling student loan debt is a thing of the past.”

Through that process, the agency laid out five categories of borrowers who would be eligible to get some or all of their federal loans canceled. The plan is focused on helping those with the greatest need for relief, including many who might otherwise never repay their loans.

Among those targeted for help are individuals whose unpaid interest has snowballed beyond the size of the original loan. The proposal would reset their balances back to the initial balance by erasing up to $10,000 or $20,000 in interest, depending on a borrower’s income.

Borrowers paying down their student loans for decades would get all remaining debt erased under the department’s plan. Loans used for a borrower’s undergraduate education would be canceled if they had been in repayment for at least 20 years. For other types of federal loans, it’s 25 years.

The plan would automatically cancel loans for those who went to for-profit college programs deemed “low-value.” Borrowers would be eligible for cancellation if, while they attended the program, the average federal student loan payment among graduates was too high compared to their average salary.

Those who are eligible for other types of cancellation but haven’t applied would automatically get relief. It would apply to Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Borrower Defense to Repayment, programs that have been around for years but require infamously difficult paperwork.

Under pressure from advocates, the department also added a category for those facing “hardship.” It would offer cancellation to borrowers considered highly likely to be in default within two years. Additional borrowers would be eligible for relief under a wide-ranging definition of financial hardship.

A series of hearings to craft the rule wrapped up in February, and the draft is now under review. Before it can be finalized, the Education Department will need to issue a formal proposal and open it to a public comment period.

The latest attempt at cancellation joins other targeted initiatives, including those aimed at public service workers and low-income borrowers. Through those efforts, the Biden administration says it has canceled $144 billion in student loans for almost 4 million Americans.