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Israel, Hezbollah fighters trade drone strikes as border fire intensifies


BEIRUT — The militant Hezbollah group said it shot down an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon and fired rockets at an Israeli military base on Saturday, hours after Israeli drone strikes killed at least one person and wounded several others.

Hezbollah said in a statement that its fighters struck the Hermes 900 Kochav drone, saying such aircraft have been targeting militants and civilian homes. The exchange of fire along the Lebanon-Israel border has been intensifying over the past weeks with Israel’s military push on Gaza’s southern city of Rafah.

The Israeli military said a surface-to-air missile was fired toward a drone operating in Lebanese airspace, adding that it was hit and fell in Lebanese territory.

“The incident is under review,” the military said.

The Hermes 900 Kochav is a medium altitude, long-endurance drone that can carry four anti-tank guided missiles.

Hezbollah said Saturday that its fighters also attacked an Israeli army base in the border town of Kiryat Shmona with Burkan rockets “scoring direct hits, igniting a fire and destroying part of it.” Burkan rockets can carry a warhead that weighs between 300 kilograms and 500 kilograms.

The Israeli army confirmed a rocket hit a military base in Kiryat Shmona, without giving details.

Israeli media reported the rocket attack on Kiryat Shmona and released images showing significant damage to infrastructure. No casualties were reported.

Earlier Saturday, an Israeli drone strike on a motorcycle near the southern Lebanese village of Khirbet Selm wounded two people, state-run National News Agency said. The agency reported another drone strike Saturday afternoon in a village near the southern city of Nabatiyeh.

An Israeli airstrike on a house in the coastal village of Adloun killed one woman and wounded several others on Friday evening, the agency reported.

Late Saturday night, Israel’s warplanes attacked areas west of the northeastern city of Baalbek, slightly wounding two people and causing material damage, the agency said.

Such strikes deep inside Lebanon and far away from the Israeli border have been rare since the latest round of fighting began nearly eight months ago. The Saturday night strike was about 100 kilometers from the Israeli border.

Hezbollah began attacking Israeli military posts along the Lebanon-Israel border a day after the Israel-Hamas war broke out after the Hamas attack on October 7. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been displaced on both sides of the border.

Over the past seven months, more than 400 people have been killed in Lebanon most of them fighters, but they also include more than 70 civilians and noncombatants. In Israel, 15 soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed since October.

Since Hamas launched a terror attack October 7 on Israel, killing about 1,200 people and taking roughly 250 hostages, Israel has embarked on an offensive to eliminate Hamas from Gaza. In recent weeks, Israel says its forces have killed 30,000 people, the majority of them combatants. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says nearly 36,300 people have died, most of them women and children, but does not estimate how many of the dead were combatants.


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В Белгороде прозвучала серия взрывов


Ранее глава Белгородской области Вячеслав Гладков заявлял, что в результате взрыва дрона ВСУ загорелась кровля магазина в поселке Ивня.

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London’s Chinatown: East Asian diversity with British twist


London’s Chinatown is at the beating heart of the capital’s entertainment district – with unique flavors that link back to Britain’s colonial history, as Henry Ridgwell reports

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No need to go soft now


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I woke up a bit late on Friday to fully take in the way that the media is treating Thursday’s last-minute verdict on the former guy. There’s still a lot of celebrating going on, and that’ll probably be further realized on Friday night, with an affirmative answer to the question of whether or not there’s accountability for Donald Trump committing crimes. However, the media’s own reception of what happened has been somewhat muted. This isn’t quite unexpected, as it’s difficult to really say what a Trump conviction means for how much the media can uplift his disastrous 2024 campaign the same way they did over the last nine years. (Yes, it’s really been that long.)

The usual huffing from conservatives was always going to be there, but then you have the sideline “moderates” who are trying to make a case of “Sure, the trial was sound, but should this have been the right thing to convict Trump over?” (As though the media wasn’t making noise about Stormy Daniels bringing Trump down way back in 2018.) This is actually a quiet way of trying to whitewash the considerable damage Donald Trump has done to the country.


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This conviction proves that election interference is wrong and should be – as you shouldn’t be allowed to have fixers in the media cover up a potentially damaging story – and this is exactly what happened to Donald Trump. While we’re celebrating, we shouldn’t feel the need to go soft on our own position – it’s positions like this that we need to push back against as hard as we can. It’s yet another reason to keep Donald Trump from ever returning to power.

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China probe successfully lands on far side of moon


Beijing — China’s Chang’e-6 lunar probe successfully landed on the far side of the moon to collect samples, state news agency Xinhua reported Sunday, the latest leap for Beijing’s decades-old space program.

The Chang’e-6 set down in the immense South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the largest known impact craters in the solar system, Xinhua said, citing the China National Space Administration.

It marks the first time that samples will be collected from the rarely explored area of the moon, according to the agency.

The Chang’e-6 is on a technically complex 53-day mission that began on May 3.

Now that the probe has landed, it will attempt to scoop up lunar soil and rocks and carry out experiments in the landing zone.

That process should be complete within two days, Xinhua said. The probe will use two methods of collection: a drill to collect samples under the surface and a robotic arm to grab specimens from the surface.

Then it must attempt an unprecedented launch from the side of the moon that always faces away from Earth.

Scientists say the moon’s dark side, so-called because it is invisible from Earth, not because it never catches the sun’s rays, holds great promise for research because its craters are less covered by ancient lava flows than the near side.

Material collected from the dark side may shed more light on how the moon formed in the first place.

Plans for China’s “space dream” have been put into overdrive under President Xi Jinping.

Beijing has poured huge resources into its space program over the past decade, targeting a string of ambitious undertakings in an effort to close the gap with the two traditional space powers: the United States and Russia.

It has notched several notable achievements, including building a space station called Tiangong, or “heavenly palace.”

Beijing has landed robotic rovers on Mars and the moon, and China is only the third country to independently put humans in orbit.

But Washington has warned that China’s space program is being used to mask military objectives and an effort to establish dominance in space.

China aims to send a crewed mission to the moon by 2030 and plans to build a base on the lunar surface.

The United States is also planning to put astronauts back on the moon by 2026 with its Artemis 3 mission. 


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Donald Trump suffers triple polling blow in 48 hours after guilty verdict


Former President Donald Trump has suffered losses in three separate polls in the 48 hours since his guilty verdict in his Manhattan criminal trial.

A New York jury on Thursday found Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records relating to a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels by Trump’s then-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels alleges she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, which he denies. Trump has maintained his innocence, claiming the case is politically motivated, and his lawyers plan to fight the verdict and appeal the case if necessary.

In a YouGov snap poll conducted just hours after the verdict was announced, 50 percent of the 3,040 U.S. adults who were polled said they believed Trump was guilty, while 30 percent said they believed he was not guilty. Another 19 percent said they were not sure. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percent.

When broken down into party lines, 15 percent of Republicans think he is guilty while 64 percent do not, 48 percent of independents think Trump is guilty while 25 percent do not, and 86 percent of Democrats believe he is guilty while 5 percent do not. A total of 831 Republicans, 1,114 independents, and 1,113 Democrats were surveyed. The margin of error of the subgroups are unclear.

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Former President Donald Trump arrives to Trump Tower on Thursday in New York City. Trump has suffered losses in three separate polls in the 48 hours since his guilty verdict in his Manhattan criminal trial.
Former President Donald Trump arrives to Trump Tower on Thursday in New York City. Trump has suffered losses in three separate polls in the 48 hours since his guilty verdict in his Manhattan criminal trial.
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A Morning Consult poll conducted on Friday found 54 percent of registered voters approve of the jury’s verdict while 39 percent disapprove. Across party lines, 18 percent of Republicans approve of the verdict while 74 percent disapprove, 52 percent of independents approve while 33 disapprove and 88 percent of Democrats approve while 8 percent disapprove. The poll surveyed 2,220 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. The sizes and margins of error of the subsamples are also unclear.

Of the 2,220 registered voters, 51 percent said Trump should end his presidential campaign, while 43 percent said he should not. The majority of Republicans surveyed in the poll (79 percent) believe Trump should not drop out, however, 15 percent said he should. Meanwhile, 87 percent of Trump supporters don’t want him to end his campaign while 8 percent do. The margin of error for the Republican subsample is unclear.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted between Thursday and Friday found that 5 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of independents said they are much less likely to vote for Trump because of the jury’s ruling. Meanwhile, 30 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of independents said the verdict made them much more likely to vote for Trump. However, the majority of Republicans (55 percent), independents (58 percent), and Democrats (58 percent) said the verdict didn’t change their minds on whether or not to vote for the former president.

The subsample of Republicans was 828 U.S. adults (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent), independents was 708 (with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percent), and Democrats was 774 (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent).

Meanwhile, Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign communications director, told Newsweek via email on Saturday, “President Trump has seen an outpouring support, which has led to polling increases and record-shattering fundraising numbers that include close to $53 million in just 24 hours, 30% of those who are new donors.”

He also mentioned a snap Daily Mail/J.L. Partners poll taken after Thursday’s verdict, which found that Trump’s approval rating was up by 6 percentage points compared to those who disapproved.

A total of 22 percent of likely voters had a more positive view of Trump after his guilty verdict while 16 percent had a more negative view. Meanwhile, 32 percent of likely voters who already had a negative view of Trump had no change of opinion while 27 percent of likely voters who already had a positive view of Trump had no change. The poll surveyed 403 likely voters from Thursday to Friday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

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@mikenov: Check out this video from @PBS: PBS NewsHour, News Wrap: Netanyahu clashes with Biden over Gaza cease-fire watch.montanapbs.org/video/news-wra…


Check out this video from @PBS: PBS NewsHour, News Wrap: Netanyahu clashes with Biden over Gaza cease-fire https://t.co/JPY7qSOUES

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@dw_russian: RT by @mikenov: ДнепроГЭС в критическом состоянии, заявил глава Запорожской ОВА. По словам Ивана Федорова, о производстве станцией электроэнергии речи даже не идет. Полностью перекрыто движение по плотине с левого берега на правый, специалисты изучают состояние плотины, добавил он. За последние…


ДнепроГЭС в критическом состоянии, заявил глава Запорожской ОВА. По словам Ивана Федорова, о производстве станцией электроэнергии речи даже не идет. Полностью перекрыто движение по плотине с левого берега на правый, специалисты изучают состояние плотины, добавил он.

За последние… pic.twitter.com/szIAWGsrHL

— DW на русском (@dw_russian) June 1, 2024


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Президент Чили Борич: Сантьяго присоединится к иску ЮАР против Израиля


Чили не может перестать выражать возмущение действиям Тегерана в отношении невинных гражданских лиц.