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Kan: переговоры Израиля и ХАМАС о прекращении огня в Газе приостановлены


У сторон есть расхождения по поводу термина «конец войны».

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Российские военные отразили десять контратак ВСУ в Харьковской области


Бойцы ВС РФ ликвидировали до 190 военнослужащих ВСУ.

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Политолог Виноградов оценил «тревожные ожидания» от нового правительства РФ


Эксперт призвал «не спешить с прогнозами» относительно работы нового состава кабмина.

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Минобороны РФ сообщило о поражении опорных пунктов и техники ВСУ


Российские артиллеристы оказали огневую поддержку наступающей пехоте.

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Сложный тест: хорошо ли вы помните культовый советский фильм “Курьер”?


В 1982 году в молодежном журнале “Юность” была опубликована повесть режиссера Карена Шахназарова “Курьер”. Повесть вызвала большой интерес у читателей, однако на киностудии имени Горького ее сочли “несоциалистической” и отказались экранизировать.

Однако через несколько лет, в 1986 году, Шахназарову все же удалось получить разрешение на экранизацию своей повести. В стране начались перемены, и вместе с ними возникла потребность в новом герое, который мог бы отразить настроения молодого поколения.


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Give us 5 minutes, and we’ll give you the world. Around the clock, Voice of America keeps you in touch with the latest news. We bring you reports from our correspondents and interviews with newsmakers from across the world.

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Mexican, Guatemalan presidents meet at border to discuss immigration


TAPACHULA, Mexico — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Guatemala President Bernardo Arévalo were meeting Friday in this Mexican border city to tackle issues of shared interest, foremost among them immigration.

Arévalo, who took office earlier this year, noted that they were meeting in the same city where his father Juan José Arévalo, a former president of Guatemala, had met with his Mexican counterpart, Manuel Ávila Camacho, in 1946.

“We want a border that unites, a border that unites our people, the Mexican people and the Guatemalan people, a border that allows us to develop and grow together, with reciprocal benefit, trust, enthusiasm and collaboration,” Arévalo said.

But both countries are under pressure from the United States to increase control of their shared border to help control the flow of migrants north. The border also carries security concerns, as so many do.

Before their meeting — the first for the two leaders — López Obrador said he was worried about security in the border area. Two Mexican cartels have been battling for control in the area, causing death and displacement in remote, rural areas as they try to assert control of the drug, migrant and weapons flows through the area. He said Guatemala was concerned too and the leaders would discuss how to address it.

The encounter also comes at a time of intense diplomatic activity between the United States and Mexico and with other countries in the region as the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden tries to get a handle before the November election on migration to the U.S.-Mexico border that reached record levels in late 2023.

Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Alicia Bárcena said Tuesday that Mexico, the United States and Guatemala are in agreement that they will direct more resources to the Mexico-Guatemala border, accelerate development programs, commerce and job creation. She also said Mexico would discuss issuing more temporary work visas to bring Guatemalan labor to Mexico.

Perhaps to that end, López Obrador announced Friday that Mexico plans to extend a cargo train line that spans a narrow isthmus in the south to the Guatemalan border. He also repeated his interest in eventually extending his Maya Train legacy project to Guatemala’s Peten jungle, something Arévalo’s predecessor declined.

For migrants headed north, the critical points in their journey tend to be the Darien Gap on the border of Colombia and Panama where 500,000 migrants — mostly Venezuelans — crossed last year and then again at the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Panama’s President-elect José Raúl Mulino has promised to shut down traffic through the Darien. To what extent he can remains to be seen.

On Friday, Panama’s outgoing immigration chief said the country was incapable of carrying out mass deportations.

“We can’t make it massive because of the high cost and the coordination you have to do with the other countries,” Samira Gozaine, director general of immigration said. “If we could deport all of those who enter we would do it.”

Bárcena, Mexico’s foreign minister, said the shared Mexico-Guatemala-Belize border is also important. But it is similarly challenging to police.

The border is long, mountainous and remote, filled with blind crossings for migrants and their smugglers. Those are many of the same routes currently being disputed by the Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels.

“We want to make that border space an exemplary space … no walls,” Bárcena said. “The people should feel they entered a country that is pleasant, that can offer them opportunities.”

Migrants have typically found traversing Mexico anything but pleasant. They are repeatedly robbed and kidnapped by organized crime and systematically extorted by Mexican authorities, who in recent years have either tried to contain them in the south or return them there time and again until they exhaust their resources.

The same day Bárcena spoke, Carlos Campos, a Venezuelan travelling with his wife, sister, and nieces and nephews, was flown from Mexico City back to Tapachula after trying to hop a train north.

“They sent us back and we’re (north) again,” he said as they made their way out of Tapachula. 


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NYC deputy mayor charges Washington Post with antisemitism


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(New York Jewish Week) – A deputy of Mayor Eric Adams has charged the Washington Post with antisemitism for publishing a story about wealthy Jews organizing an advocacy campaign for Israel and pressing the mayor to take action against anti-Israel protests at Columbia University.

The Washington Post article published on Thursday centers on a group chat on the WhatsApp messaging platform. In the chat, Jewish billionaires and prominent business figures discussed advocacy for Israel, including by facilitating showings of an Israeli government compilation of footage of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Last month, after pro-Palestinian students set up an encampment on Columbia’s campus, the article says members of the chat strategized about how to persuade Adams to call in the NYPD and shut it down. They discussed donating to Adams’ reelection campaign, urging Columbia’s trustees to take action and hiring private investigators. 

On April 26, according to the piece, some members of the chat group held a Zoom call with Adams. The following week, Columbia asked the NYPD to clear protesters from a campus building they had occupied. 

“Overall, the messages offer a window into how some prominent individuals have wielded their money and power in an effort to shape American views of the Gaza war, as well as the actions of academic, business and political leaders — including New York’s mayor,” the article says. 

Fabien Levy, Adams’ deputy mayor for communications, wrote on Thursday that he was “shocked” when the Washington Post contacted the mayor’s office for the story.

“The insinuation that Jewish donors secretly plotted to influence government operations is an all too familiar antisemitic trope,” Levy said in a post on X.

Levy, who is Jewish, wrote that police had only gone onto the campus following “specific written requests” from Columbia’s administration. Suggesting that there were other factors in the decision-making process was “completely false,” he added. 

The NYPD had cleared a Columbia University protest encampment on April 18 and the occupied building on April 30, arresting dozens during both incidents. The university’s administration requested police action against the protesters both times. Ahead of the arrests, the NYPD and mayor’s office said repeatedly that the university was private property, so police could only go onto campus if called in by the administration.

The Washington Post and other outlets “can make editorial decisions to disagree with the decisions by universities to ask the NYPD to clear unlawful encampments on campuses,” wrote Levy. “But saying Jews ‘wielded their money & power in an effort to shape American views’ is offensive on so many levels.”

The Post has not commented publicly on the accusations, but a source at the newspaper said the Post routinely covers how those with power and wealth try to influence public affairs. Last year, for example, the newspaper published a story about a conservative Catholic group that spent millions of dollars buying data that identified priests who used gay dating apps.

Thursday’s article describes a “group of billionaires and business titans working to shape U.S. public opinion of the war in Gaza.” Their WhatsApp chat, called “Israel Current Events,” was set up shortly after Oct. 7, had around 100 members and shut down earlier this month. 

The group was set up by a staffer for the Jewish real estate investor Barry Sternlicht, who participated through the staffer but did not join the group directly. Sternlicht’s staffer said the goal of the group was to “win the war” of U.S. public opinion, the report said.

Members of the group who were on the call with Adams included the hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb; billionaire Len Blavatnik; and real estate tycoon Joseph Sitt. All are Jewish, although their Jewish heritage is not specified in the article. Some members of the WhatsApp group discussed making donations to Adams, and Blavatnik donated the maximum $2,100 to the mayor, the report said.

The group also included the hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has been an outspoken critic of universities’ Israel stances since Oct. 7. Other members were American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch; Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks; the founder and CEO of Dell, Michael Dell; and Joshua Kushner, an investor and brother of Jared Kushner. 

The group also held briefings with Israeli leaders, including former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett; war cabinet member Benny Gantz, the former defense minister; and Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog, the report said.

This article originally appeared on JTA.org.

The post NYC deputy mayor charges Washington Post with antisemitism appeared first on The Forward.


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North Korea confirms missile launch, vows bolstered nuclear force, its news agency says


seoul — North Korea on Saturday confirmed that it had test-fired a tactical ballistic missile, the government news agency KCNA reported, with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to boost the country’s nuclear force. 

Kim oversaw the Friday test-launch into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, on a mission to evaluate the “accuracy and reliability” of a new autonomous navigation system, the KCNA report said. 

Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over the test. 

The South Korean government reported the launch Friday, saying the North had fired multiple suspected short-range ballistic missiles. 

Seoul described the event as “several flying objects presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles” from North Korea’s eastern Wonsan area into waters off its coast. 

The missiles traveled around 300 kilometers (186 miles), the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said, adding that the military had “strengthened vigilance and surveillance in preparation for additional launches” and was sharing information with allies Washington and Tokyo. 

The launch was the latest in a string of ever more sophisticated tests by North Korea, which has fired off cruise missiles, tactical rockets and hypersonic weapons in recent months, in what the nuclear-armed country says is a drive to upgrade its defenses. 

Seoul and Washington have accused North Korea of sending arms to Russia, which would violate rafts of U.N. sanctions on both countries. Experts have said the recent spate of testing may be of weapons destined for use on battlefields in Ukraine. 

The launches came hours after Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, accused Seoul and Washington of “misleading the public opinion” on the issue with their repeated accusations that Pyongyang is sending weapons to Moscow for use in Ukraine. 

The same day, Kim Jong Un visited a military production facility and called for “more rapidly bolstering the nuclear force… without halt and hesitation,” the KCNA report said Saturday.  

“The enemies would be afraid of and dare not to play with fire only when they witness the nuclear combat posture of our state,” KCNA reported Kim Jong Un as saying. 


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