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Несколько частных домов подтопило в Ингушетии на фоне сильного дождя


Пострадало селение Верхние Ачалуки.

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Чжан Юся: Китай не собирается воевать с другими странами


При этом Пекин не потерпит нарушений его суверенитета.

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Штурмовики РФ вдвоём захватили укреплённые позиции ВСУ у Волновахи



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Взорвавший машину Прозорова украинский агент некоторое время гостил в Орске


Владимир Головченко приезжал в Орск, где проживает его дед, в 2021 году.

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Экс-советник администрации Обамы обвинен в сексуальных преступлениях


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Бывший старший политический советник администрации Обамы предстал перед судом в Британии по обвинению в сексуальных преступлениях против детей.


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Ukraine soldiers’ morale boosted by U.S. aid


Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelming passed a 95 billion foreign aid bill. At least five rockets were launched from Iraq’s town of Zummar toward a U.S. military base in northeastern Syria on Sunday. Palestinians on Sunday recovered bodies found under rubble and dirt at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The trial of former President Donald Trump enters a new stage Monday when opening remarks begin. And on this Earth Day scuba diving groups and marine organizations in Thailand have been working to remove abandoned fishing gear.

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Nice try, Donald Trump


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You don’t BELIEVE that garbage about bad weather forcing Donald Trump to cancel his North Carolina rally, do you? I’ve no doubt there WAS lousy weather. I just don’t think that was the reason for the cancellation.

It feels, to this writer, that we’ve been WAITING for something like this to happen, like we’ve been WAITING for the Trump team to make an excuse to cancel SOMETHING. Look, let’s examine the facts together. Donald Trump fell asleep in court this week and not just once.

He fell asleep twice, then thrice then… over and over he nodded off. Reports are coming fast and furious ,that the Trump campaign team is worried about how Donnie will hold up through the trial, which won’t take long, but in Trump-world, it’ll be an eternity.

Trump’s mind issues are also doing back flips as he continues to regularly make a fool of himself with words and phrases that make no sense. Do YOU believe this excuse? And then we arrive in North Carolina. Trump was supposed to speak in this tar-heel state. Then, there was an unexpected cancellation.

THUNDER! And LIGHTNING! The skies undoubtedly did open that wet, sodden night in Carolina. However, this type of thing has happened before. Lousy weather has usually not been a factor in Trump’s rallies.

The United States weather bureau didn’t think the weather would be all that bad, giving a 50% chance of rain. Do you see where I’m going? Everybody speculates that a worn-out Trump used this AS AN EXCUSE to cancel the rally. In reality, Trump perhaps did not feel like having it. But a hasty cancellation because of some rain?


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DON’T BELIEVE IT. There is something more at play here. I know this. You know this. We know this. I’d like to know what event he’ll cancel next.

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Bon voyage Mike Johnson!


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Defying the loudest and most obnoxious members of his party, Mike Johnson helped pass funding to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. According to Axios, once Johnson learned more about intelligence, he changed his stance on what Axios called “the most vital foreign policy legislation in years.” Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, and Hakeem Jeffries all helped to convince Johnson. This is how Congress is supposed to work. The New York Times reported that Johnson attended a meeting with top national security officials in the Oval Office to discuss intelligence and met repeatedly with Republicans in swing and red districts so that he could consider voters’ feelings about funding Ukraine. He also considered his son, who will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall. All that came together to lead Johnson to the right decision. Of course, his speakership is likely now in jeopardy, but what good is leadership if you can’t use it to do the right thing? According to NYT, Johnson said: “I want to be on the right side of history.” In this instance, he will find himself there.

The real turning point for Johnson was his meetings with the intelligence community. Knowing that he would have to work with Democrats to get the bill passed didn’t deter Johnson after he heard the intelligence, resulting in a stark turnaround. He told reporters: “History judges us for what we do. This is a critical time right now. I could make a selfish decision and do something that’s different. But I’m doing here what I believe to be the right thing. I think providing vital aid to Ukraine right now is critically important.” Johnson’s “about face” certainly earned him the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle. In direct contrast to the MAGA contingent, Johnson trusted the intelligence shared with him, saying: “I really do believe the intel. I think that Vladimir Putin would continue to march through Europe if he were allowed.” Unfortunately for Johnson, he will have to deal with the fallout of doing the right thing.


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CNN reported that Marjorie Taylor Greene called on Johnson to resign. She claims that he “betrayed” Republican voters by helping to pass the aid bill, and if he doesn’t resign, he will be removed. That might not be as easy this time around. Many Republicans have grown tired of Greene’s antics, and some Democrats have indicated that they will vote against removal of Johnson. Moderate Republicans are also happy with Johnson following the vote, and senior Republicans believe they can count on Democratic support to save his position. Given the very low “majority” of Republicans, Johnson’s removal will likely not happen. As for Johnson, when asked about a possible ouster, he said: “I have to do my job. …I’ve done here what I believe to be the right thing to allow the House to work its will. And as I’ve said, you do the right thing, and you let the chips fall where they may.” Hopefully, he has learned a lesson in the importance of everyone working together for the good of the country.

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Philippines, US launch annual joint military drills


Manila, Philippines — Thousands of Filipino and American troops will kick off joint military exercises in the Philippines on Monday, as Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the region raises fears of a conflict. 

The annual drills — dubbed Balikatan, or “shoulder to shoulder” in Tagalog — will be concentrated in the northern and western parts of the archipelago nation, near the potential flashpoints of the South China Sea and Taiwan. 

China claims almost the entire waterway, a key route for international trade, and also considers self-ruled Taiwan to be part of its territory. 

In response to China’s growing influence, the United States has been bolstering alliances with countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Philippines. 

Washington and Manila are treaty allies and have deepened their defense cooperation since Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos took office in 2022. 

While the Philippines is poorly armed, its proximity to the South China Sea and Taiwan would make it a key partner for the United States in the event of a conflict with China. 

“The purpose of armed forces, why we exist, is really to prepare for war,” Philippine Colonel Michael Logico told reporters ahead of the drills. “There’s no sugarcoating it … for us not to prepare, that’s a disservice to the country.” 

The Philippine coast guard will join Balikatan for the first time, following several confrontations between its vessels and the China coast guard, which patrols reefs off the Philippines’ coast. 

The joint drills involve a simulation of an armed recapture of an island in Palawan province, the nearest major Philippine landmass to the hotly disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. 

The same exercise will be held in the northern provinces of Cagayan and Batanes, both less than 300 km (180 miles) from Taiwan.  

Like last year, there will be a sinking of a vessel off the northern province of Ilocos Norte. 

Other training will concern information warfare, maritime security, and integrated air and missile defense. 

The United States has deployed its Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) guided missiles to the Philippines for Balikatan, but Logico said the weapons would not be used in the drills. 

China’s foreign ministry has accused the United States of “stoking military confrontation,” and warned the Philippines to “stop sliding down the wrong path.” 

‘It matters for regional stability’ 

The exercises, which will run until May 10, will involve around 11,000 American and 5,000 Filipino troops, as well as Australian and French military personnel.  

France will also deploy a warship that will take part in a joint exercise with Philippine and U.S. vessels. 

Fourteen countries in Asia and Europe will join as observers. 

For the first time, the drills will go beyond the Philippines’ territorial waters, which extend about 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) from its coastline, Logico said. 

“Balikatan is more than an exercise; it’s a tangible demonstration of our shared commitment to each other,” Lieutenant General William Jurney, commander of U.S .Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, said in a statement.  

“It matters for regional peace,” he said. “It matters for regional stability.”