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      Assad officials face landmark Paris trial over killing of student and father

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 04:00


    Prosecution of three high-ranking Syrian officials to be tried in absentia could pave way for president’s case

    At midnight on 3 November 2013, five Syrian officials dragged arts and humanities student Patrick Dabbagh from his home in the Mezzeh district of Damascus.

    The following day, at the same hour, the same men, including a representative of the Syrian air force’s intelligence unit, returned with a dozen soldiers to arrest the 20-year-old’s father Mazzen.

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      Ukraine war briefing: Kyiv accuses Russia of targeting civilians in Kharkiv region

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 01:09 · 2 minutes

    Ukrainian prosecutors investigating possible war crimes in Kharkiv and Vovchansk as Zelenskiy says his troops are fighting back: What we know on day 816

    Ukraine says Russian shelling targeted civilians in two cities in the north-eastern region of Kharkiv on Saturday. Ukrainian prosecutors said they were investigating as a potential war crime a Russian airstrike on a residential area of the regional capital Kharkiv in which six civilians were wounded, including a 13-year-old girl, 16-year-old male and an eight-year-old. Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians but thousands have been killed and injured since its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

    In Vovchansk, a city just 5 km from the Russian border and about 70 km to the north-east of Kharkiv, Ukrainian prosecutors said Russian shelling killed a 60-year-old woman and injured three other civilian s. Two civilians – aged 70 and 83 – were killed when trying to leave Vovchansk by car, the Kharkiv regional prosecutor said. “The battle in the area of Vovchansk is ongoing,” Ukraine’s armed defences said. Only 100 residents remain in the town at the centre of Moscow’s grinding push that’s now largely in ruins.

    Across the border in Russia’s Belgorod region, Moscow’s defence ministry said its forces shot down a Tochka-U missile fired by Ukraine . A similar missile caused a Belgorod apartment building to collapse last week, killing at least 15 people, Russia said. Late on Saturday, Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said a Ukrainian drone attack injured a woman and a man in the village of Petrovka. They were treated for shrapnel injuries in Belgorod, he wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

    President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reported successes by troops fighting a renewed Russian assault in the Kharkiv region . He said in his nightly video address that Ukrainian forces were on surer footing . “The occupier is losing its infantry and equipment, a tangible loss, even though, just as in 2022, it was counting on a quick advance on our land,” Zelenskiy said, referring to Russia’s initial invasion of Ukraine in February of that year. His remarks come a day after he warned Kyiv has only a quarter of the air defences it needs to hold the frontline.

    A divisive mobilisation law in Ukraine came into force on Saturday, as Kyiv struggles to boost troop numbers. The legislation, which was watered down from its original draft, will make it easier to identify every conscript in the country. It also provides incentives to soldiers, such as cash bonuses or money toward buying a house or car. Zelenskiy also signed two other laws Friday, allowing prisoners to join the army and increasing fines for draft dodgers fivefold.

    Russia’s defence ministry said its forces captured the village of Starytsia in the Kharkiv region on Saturday , eight days after the new Russian push in the area began.

    Zelenskiy said his forces repelled an assault further south in the eastern Donetsk region around Chasiv Yar , a city seen as a key target in Russia’s campaign. “Our soldiers destroyed more than 20 units of the occupier’s armoured vehicles,” he said.

    In the village of Stanislav in the southern region of Kherson, governor Oleksandr Prokudin said a Russian drone strike killed a man about 40 years old and injured a woman. The battlefield accounts could not be immediately verified.

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      The Balconettes review – neighbours finding trouble in invitation to hot guy’s flat

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 00:15 · 1 minute

    Cannes film festival
    Noémie Merlant’s first film as a director is relentlessly silly, self-indulgent and unsuited to its themes of misogyny and sexual violence

    Here to prove that “actor project” movies are always the ones with the dodgiest acting is the otherwise estimable French star Noémie Merlant who presents her writing-directing debut in Cannes, with herself in a leading role and Céline Sciamma on board as producer and credited as script collaborator. It’s got some funny moments and there’s a great scene in a gynaecologist’s treatment room whose calm, straightforward candour completely annihilates all those other coyly shot gynaecologist scenes you’ve ever seen in any movie or TV drama. And the opening sequence is very dramatic, centring on a woman whose story is sadly neglected for the rest of the film in favour of the younger, prettier people.

    But I have to say that the film is relentlessly silly, self-indulgent and self-admiring with a certain tiring kind of performer narcissism, always tending towards a jangling tone of celebratory affirmation which can’t absorb or do justice to the themes of misogyny and sexual violence that this film winds up being about. The cod-thriller scenes of corpse disposal do not convince on a realist level (though given that these corpses keep coming back as unfunny ghosts, a realist level is not needed) and do not work as comedy either.

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      Disappearing ink, fake polls and voter fraud: EU fears as Russian propaganda ads target Euro elections

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 12:00

    Researcher uncovers vast Facebook campaign and accuses Meta of ‘lack of willingness’ to counter it

    The stories are doom-laden, laced with vitriolic sneers about Emmanuel Macron, Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Ursula von der Leyen. Ukrainians are “ready to depose” their leader, Macron is breaking French “rules” with aid to Ukraine, an “uncontrolled influx” from the east is “seriously harming the Germans”.

    According to new research, these are just a few examples of a vast pro-Russian propaganda campaign washing over Facebook accounts of French and German citizens, before the European parliament elections next month.

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      Eight climate activists arrested in Germany over airport protest

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 11:42


    About 60 flights cancelled after members of Letzte Generation glue themselves to ground at Munich

    Eight climate activists have been arrested after causing Munich airport to close, leading to about 60 flight cancellations.

    Six activists broke through a security fence and glued themselves to access routes leading to runways, officials and local media reported.

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      Zelenskiy says situation in Kharkiv under control but he fears second Russian attack

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 10:00

    Ukraine’s president says air defences must quadruple to halt Russian advance as morale falls among troops

    The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said he expects Russia to step up its offensive in the north-east and warned Kyiv only has a quarter of the air defences it needs to hold the front line.

    Russian forces, which had made only moderate advances in recent months, launched a surprise assault in Kharkiv region on 10 May that has resulted in their biggest territorial gains in a year-and-a-half.

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      ‘Once you take choice away, there’s nothing left’: assisted dying edges closer in Jersey, but can they protect against a ‘duty to die’?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 10:00

    Hospice patient Lynne Cottignies welcomes proposals to make it legal to help eligible people end their lives. Many others have serious concerns

    Lynne Cottignies has been planning her funeral. A wicker coffin and a church service with Ave Maria and All Things Bright and Beautiful, followed by a wake at the Royal Jersey golf club where she was lady captain a few years ago. Later, close friends and family will scatter her ashes on a beach near her Jersey home, a spot where they have enjoyed happy sunset barbecues.

    Between now and then, Cottignies, 71, faces the prospect of increasing and potentially unbearable pain as the cancer that started in her breast spreads. “I’ve had a lot of different chemo treatments, and just about every side-effect possible. But now time’s up. I’m too weak for anything else.”

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      Political violence could benefit far right parties in the EU elections – if we let it

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 06:00

    The attempted assassination of a leader sympathetic to Putin has Europe on edge. But exaggerating the fascist threat is also dangerous

    The shooting of the Slovakian prime minister, Robert Fico, has dramatised the increasingly angry and polarised landscape of European politics. With just weeks to go before the European parliament elections , it is time to step back from the brink.

    This eruption of violence in the midst of the campaign is so shocking that it may, at best, have a chastening effect, softening the venomous tone of political discourse by reminding democracies old and new of what they stand to lose.

    Paul Taylor is a senior visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre

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      ‘Nothing to go back to’: residents of Vovchansk relive the nightmare of a hasty evacuation

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 06:00

    Rescue operations become ever more dangerous in the town at the centre of Russia’s recent offensive in the Kharkiv region

    Evacuating the last remaining residents of Vovchansk, the town at the centre of Russia’s recent offensive in Kharkiv region , becomes more dangerous with every passing day.

    As fierce street battles between Russian and Ukrainian forces continue in the northern part of the town, a band of local police and volunteers have been journeying in daily to evacuate the last, terrified residents out of a place which was once home to 18,000 people.

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