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Майор нацгвардии Таран: в одиночку Украина «победит» Россию лишь за 100 лет

Победа украинской стороны зависит от западных союзников.

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Зенитчики РФ уничтожили над Херсонской областью ударный дрон Warmate

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Yle: глава МИД Финляндии Валтонен обвинила Россию в сбоях в работе GPS

Сбои в работе системы участились после начала российский спецоперации на Украине.

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CBS: переговоры Израиля и ХАМАС о прекращении огня не принесли результата

Переговоры проходят в Каире.

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Trump running mate hopefuls gather at Mar-a-Lago

(NewsNation) —  Nearly all the people mentioned as possible running mates for former President Donald Trump gathered at his Palm Beach, Florida club for a donor retreat Saturday.

It was officially an event for about 400 mega-donors, but the VP hopefuls got their chances to pitch themselves. One big name not there: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Among the notables believed to be on Trump’s shortlist is South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, whose chances have dimmed since her revelation that she killed a young dog decades ago when living on the family farm.

“It freaks a lot of people out,” said Princeton University politics lecturer Dr. Lauren Wright. “Killing a puppy is not one of those decisions that people see … as part of working farm life,” Wright told “NewsNation Prime.”

“The fact that she wrote it and she thought it would be a positive with the base, I think, was a giant misread.”

Wright also discounts Noem’s chances because she wouldn’t add any notable voting bloc to the ticket. “I don’t think she was a serious contender because I don’t think she brings anyone extra. Anyone who likes Kristi Noem was already going to vote for Trump.”

Noem’s book contains one other notable error: her statement that she had met North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. Her spokesperson has said the editor is updating the book’s reference to that. “No Going Back,” is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

As for who may become Trump’s running mate: “I just hope that if someone’s going to be supporting of the president … of the agenda … have his back, help us win,” said Florida Rep. Byron Donalds.

Who would help Trump? Former Trump attorney May Mailman likes South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. She believes Scott would be seen by voters as presidential, but not someone who would upstage Trump.

“He ran for president. It wasn’t a successful run, but he didn’t fall on his face,” Mail man said.

Trump is not expected to name a running mate anytime soon, which is no problem for Mailman. “Maye the person is not on this list. We’ve still got a while before the RNC … and as long as he’s got the pick in before then, that’s really all that matters.”

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin July 15 in Milwaukee.

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Dead Oklahoma teen’s sister: ‘Something happened at the party’

(NewsNation) — The sister of a 19-year-old Oklahoma teen found dead along a highway believes people are withholding information about what occurred at a party in the hours before his death last year.

Madison Rawlings told “NewsNation Prime” in a Saturday interview, that she thinks “something happened at the party that (her brother Noah Presgrove) was attending the night before. And I just think that people know and they need to speak up.”

Presgrove’s body was discovered wearing nothing but shoes, along a rural stretch of US 81 in Jefferson County, Oklahoma, on Labor Day in 2023. His family says he was last seen alive at a party he attended with a group of friends.

The teen had a caved-in skull, road rash on his hip, a gravel rash on his shoulder, multiple bruises and scattered teeth.

While the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it is not investigating Presgrove’s death as a murder, Rawlings issued a plea to anyone present at the party who may have witnessed something or has photos or videos.

“I just hope that they can find it in their hearts to just do the right thing,” she said. “And if you’re doing the right thing, then that’s all that we can ask of you.”

Presgrove had spent the evening drinking at the house party with friends. At some point, he was involved in an ATV accident, got into a fight with his girlfriend and then left, never to be seen alive again.

Though Rawlings said she doesn’t want to accuse anyone, she believes there are people withholding information about what transpired at the gathering. “I just want to know … how he died,” she said.

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Ukraine war briefing: Three Ukrainian regions attacked as Zelenskiy says Russian Su-25 bomber shot down

Russian strikes on Kharkiv and Dnipro provinces kill at least two while three injured in Odesa; Zelenskiy says jet downed over Donetsk region. What we know on day 802

Russian attacks on Ukraine’s Kharkiv and Dnipro regions and the Black Sea port city of Odesa killed at least two civilians, injured others and damaged critical infrastructure, homes and commercial buildings, regional officials said on Saturday. Oleh Synehubov, governor of Kharkiv region, said Russian shelling killed a 49-year-old man on the street near his home in Slobozhanske village. An 82-year-old woman was killed and two men injured in overnight shelling in Kharkiv city, he said on Telegram. A Russian missile attack started a fire at a civilian enterprise in an industrial district of Kharkiv city, injuring six employees, he added. In the south, three people were injured in Odesa city by a missile strike, said the regional governor, Oleh Kiper.

The reports of Russian attacks came after the Ukrainian air force said overnight that Russia had launched 13 Shahed drones towards the Kharkiv and Dnipro regions. All were downed by air defences, the air force commander said. However, falling debris injured four people and sparked a fire in an office building, Oleh Synehubov said. A 13-year-old child and a woman were being treated in hospital, he said.

Ukrainian forces shot down a Russian Su-25 fighter-bomber over the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, while providing no further details. “It is important to be very focused these days,” the Ukrainian president said in his nightly video address.

In the industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk, shelling injured a 57-year-old woman and damaged infrastructure in Nikopol, near the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the regional governor said. Serhiy Lysak also said two people were wounded in another attack overnight that damaged critical infrastructure and houses.

The Ukrainian village of Ocheretyne in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has been battered by fighting, drone footage obtained by the Associated Press shows. Russian troops have been advancing in the area, pounding Kyiv’s depleted, ammunition-deprived forces with artillery, drones and bombs. Ukraine’s military has acknowledged that Russia has gained a “foothold” in Ocheretyne, which had a population of about 3,000 before the war, but says the fighting there is continuing.

Residents have scrambled to flee the village, among them a 98-year-old woman who walked almost 10km (six miles) alone last week, wearing a pair of slippers and supported by a cane, until she reached the Ukrainian frontline.

Russia has opened a criminal case against Volodymyr Zelenskiy and put him on a wanted list, the state news agency Tass reported on Saturday – an announcement Ukraine dismissed as evidence of Moscow’s “desperation”. Tass reported that the Russian interior ministry database showed the Ukrainian president was on a wanted list but gave no further details. Ukraine’s foreign ministry noted Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, was subject to arrest under an international criminal court warrant.

China’s president, Xi Jinping, heads to Paris on Sunday for a rare visit, with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, set to press him to reduce trade imbalances and try to convince him to use his influence on Russia over the war in Ukraine. Xi’s two-day stay in France – his first trip to Europe in five years – comes at a time of growing trade tensions between Europe and China.

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How Warren Buffett, set to turn 94 this year, is thinking about his age and his business

Warren Buffett in a golf cartBerkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett attends the Berkshire Hathaway Inc annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  • Warren Buffett made several jokes about his age during Saturday’s annual shareholder meeting.
  • Buffett will be turning 94 this year and has already made plans for a successor.
  • “I shouldn’t be taking on any four-year employment contracts,” Buffett joked, per CNBC.

Warren Buffett is very aware that he won’t be at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway forever.

The 93-year-old Berkshire Hathaway Chairman took the stage on Saturday at the company’s annual shareholder meeting to reflect on how the company should operate when he no longer calls the shots.

Buffett, who took over the investment company in 1965, has long expressed the desire to keep making decisions at Berkshire Hathaway for as long as he can — he said during the meeting that “anybody that wants to retire at 65 would be disqualified from being CEO of Berkshire.”

But the multi-billionaire acknowledged, humorously at times, that he does have his limits.

Buffett expressed thoughts about how the company will move forward without him — though the nonagenarian said he felt “fine” at his age.

“I know a little bit about actuarial tables and I would say this: I shouldn’t be taking on any four-year employment contracts like several people are doing in this world,” Buffett said, per CNBC.

Buffett said that Greg Abel, his hand-picked successor and former CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, would take control of investing decisions when he passed.

“I would leave the capital allocation to Greg and he understands businesses extremely well,” Buffett said during the meeting’s Q&A portion, per CNBC. “If you understand businesses, you’ll understand common stocks.”

Beyond his own mortality, Buffett also reflected on the death of his longtime business partner and friend, Charlie Munger, who died in November of last year. During Saturday’s presentation, the chairman accidentally referred to Abel, his new right-hand man, as Munger.

Abel took it in stride, calling it a “great honor” to be mistaken for Munger.

Buffett also discussed his decision to slash the company’s stake in Apple, aired his concerns about AI and deepfakes, and articulated his hope to keep going long enough for next year’s shareholders meeting.

“I not only hope you come next year, but I hope I come next year,” Buffett said in his sign-off.

Representatives for Buffett did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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Japan, India reject Biden’s comments describing countries as ‘xenophobic’

tokyo — Japan and India on Saturday decried remarks by U.S. President Joe Biden describing them as “xenophobic” countries that do not welcome immigrants, which the president said during a campaign fundraising event earlier in the week. 

Japan said Biden’s judgment was not based on an accurate understanding of its policy, while India rebutted the comment, defending itself as the world’s most open society. 

Biden grouped Japan and India as “xenophobic” countries, along with Russia and China as he tried to explain their struggling economies, contrasting the four with the strength of the U.S. as a nation of immigrants. 

Japan is a key U.S. ally, and both Japan and India are part of the Quad, a U.S.-led informal partnership that also includes Australia in countering increasingly assertive China in the Indo-Pacific. 

Just weeks ago, Biden hosted Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on an official visit, as the two leaders restated their “unbreakable alliance” and agreed to reinforce their security ties in the face of China’s threat in the Indo-Pacific. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made a state visit to Washington last year, when he was welcomed by business and political leaders. 

The White House said Biden meant no offense and was merely stressing that the U.S. was a nation of immigrants, saying he had no intention of undermining the relationship with Japan. 

Japan is aware of Biden’s remark as well as the subsequent clarification, a Japanese government official said Saturday, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. 

The official said it was unfortunate that part of Biden’s speech was not based on an accurate understanding of Japanese policies, and that Japan understands that Biden made the remark to emphasize the presence of immigrants as America’s strength. 

Japan-U.S. relations are “stronger than ever” as Prime Minister Kishida showed during his visit to the U.S. in April, the official said. 

In New Delhi, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Saturday also rebutted Biden’s comment, saying India was the most open society in the world. 

“I haven’t seen such an open, pluralistic, and diverse society anywhere in the world. We are actually not just not xenophobic, we are the most open, most pluralistic and in many ways the most understanding society in the world,” Jaishankar said at a roundtable organized by the Economic Times newspaper. 

Jaishankar also noted that India’s annual GDP growth is 7% and said, “You check some other countries’ growth rate, you will find an answer.” The U.S. economy grew by 2.5% in 2023, according to government figures. 

At a hotel fundraiser Wednesday, where the donor audience was largely Asian American, Biden said the upcoming U.S. election was about “freedom, America and democracy” and that the nation’s economy was thriving “because of you and many others.” 

“Why? Because we welcome immigrants,” Biden said. “Look, think about it. Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they’re xenophobic. They don’t want immigrants.” 

Japan has been known for a strict stance on immigration. But in recent years, it has eased its policies to make it easier for foreign workers to come and stay in Japan to mitigate its declining births and rapidly shrinking population. The number of babies born in Japan last year fell to a record low since Japan started compiling the statistics in 1899. 

India, which has the world’s largest population, enacted a new citizenship law earlier this year by setting religious criteria that allows fast-tracking naturalization for Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who fled to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, while excluding Muslims.