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Lukashenka’s gift to Putin on his 70th birthday

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is celebrating his 70th birthday this Friday, received an unusual gift – a tractor from his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

On the sidelines of a meeting of the leaders of several post-Soviet states gathered in the Tsar’s Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg, Belarusian Alexander Lukashenko handed Putin a “voucher” for a car.

Tractors have been the pride of the Belarusian industry since Soviet times.

Lukashenko, the autocratic leader who ruled the former Soviet country with an iron fist for almost three decades, is keen to cultivate an image of a man of the people.

The Belarusian leader told reporters that he had chosen a model similar to the one in his garden as a gift to Putin.

“It is called Belarus. He’s the best. It was collected privately,” said Lukashenko, who ran an agricultural cooperative in the 1980s before starting his political career.

It is not yet clear how the head of the Russian state reacted to the gift, which was announced by Lukashenka’s office.

In Serbia today appeared electronic displays with a photo of Putin and the message: “Happy birthday to the President of the Serbian brothers Vladimir Putin!”

The message is signed by a pro-Russian right-wing group and the Russian head of state remains popular in Serbia despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as many Serbs believe the Russian president was provoked by the West.

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Four years ago, the Belarusian president gave Putin four sacks of potatoes from his garden for the New Year and Christmas holidays.

In 2019, then Moldovan President Igor Dodon presented Putin with four barrels of his homemade wine.

That same year, then-President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov presented the Russian leader with the Russian trotting horse Orlov and the Kyrgyz greyhound, also known as the taigan.

As Prime Minister of Russia (2008-2012), Putin once received an Amur tiger on the occasion of his birthday.

Vladimir Putin did not mention Lukashenka’s gift in his televised address at the beginning of the meeting, when he spoke of the need to discuss ways to resolve conflicts between post-Soviet states.

The Russian ruler also stressed the need to exchange information to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and other crimes.

Leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a fragile alliance of former Soviet republics, will join next week’s meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.

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Zelensky says Russia is avenging military defeats with hundreds of terrorist attacks

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“In just one week, the enemy bombed 258 times 30 settlements in our Kherson region,” in the south of the country, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his usual evening message, which was broadcast on television.

“They are not capable of anything, only destruction. This is what they leave behind. What they are doing now against Ukraine is an attempt at revenge. Revenge for the fact that the Ukrainians defended themselves several times against them,” he said.

According to the official news agency Ukrinform, Russia has attacked Kherson 21 times over the past 24 hours, hitting residential buildings and civilian infrastructure with its missiles.

As in previous days, air raid sirens sounded again over Ukraine, but without a massive attack.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said flights by Russian strategic bombers had been recorded, but “threats of attack by ground-launched missiles” had also been recorded.

According to the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russian troops are preparing to launch another wave of missile strikes on Ukraine next week.

“But most likely, these preparations are aimed at maintaining the pace of recent attacks, and not increasing them due to the limited Russian missile arsenal,” ISW said.

On Monday, Zelenskiy warned of a possible new massive attack later this week.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.8 million – to European countries – according to the latest UN figures. which classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

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The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing them on Russia. political and economic sanctions.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,655 civilian deaths and 10,368 wounded since the start of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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DNA, Genealogy Solve Two Brutal 1983 Canadian Murders – Newsroom

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Erin Gilmour, a 22-year-old student, and Susan Theis, a mother of 45, were stabbed to death at their Toronto homes four months apart after being sexually assaulted.

Nearly four decades later, “scientific advances” have allowed the Toronto police to detain Joseph George Sutherland, Inspector Steve Smith told a news conference.

By linking two murders in 2000 with a suspect’s DNA collected at the scene, authorities used genetic genealogy “to identify the family” and thus “reduce the number of suspects,” Smith said.

This investigative method consists of comparing the suspect’s DNA with the family tree of a distant relative.

“If we hadn’t used this technology, we would never have known his name,” Smith explained, adding that Sutherland was never suspected.

“This is the day our family has been looking forward to for most of our lives,” said Sean McCowan, brother of Erin Gilmore.

“In a way, it’s a relief that someone has been arrested. But it also brings back so many memories of Erin and her brutal and senseless murder,” he added.

Aspiring fashion designer Gilmour was the daughter of David Gilmour, co-founder of Barrick Gold, one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.

She had no ties to the second victim, Susan Tice, a family therapist and mother of four, according to police.

Joseph George Sutherland, now 61, will appear in court in early December on charges of first-degree murder.

It may also be linked to other open cases, authorities said, who are continuing to investigate.

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The Pope agreed with Russia on the release of Ukrainian prisoners

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“When I received lists of prisoners, both civilian and military, I sent them to the Russian government, and the response was always very positive,” Pope Francis said today in an interview published by the North American Jesuit newspaper America.

Francis, who has been criticized in the past for alleged ambiguity in Russia’s conflict with Ukraine for not naming Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that when he talks about Ukraine, he is talking about “martyrs, martyr people.”

“If there are people who are martyrs, there is someone who tortures them. When I talk about Ukraine, I talk about cruelty, because I have a lot of information about the arriving troops,” said the head of the Catholic Church.

“Of course, the occupier is the Russian state. It is clear. Sometimes I try not to specify, so as not to offend or condemn in general terms, although it is clear who I am judging. First and last name is not required. Why didn’t I nominate Putin? Because it was not necessary, it was already known. Everyone knows what my position is, with Putin and without Putin, without naming him,” Papa added.

Francis recalled that on the second day of the invasion, he went to the Russian embassy, ​​which was an unusual gesture for a pope, and claims that at the time he told the ambassador to tell Putin that he was ready to go, on the condition that he left him “a small window for negotiations.”

In an interview, he explained that he spoke on the phone three times with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and that he had made the decision that if he did go, he would go to Moscow and Kyiv, denying that he ever gave the impression that he was “covering up.” aggression,” adding that they received delegates from the Ukrainian government several times.

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However, he reiterated that “the position of the Holy See is to seek peace and understanding” and that “the diplomacy of the Holy See is moving in that direction and is obviously always available for mediation”.

The Pope also touched on the internal issues of the Catholic Church, such as the opening of the priesthood to women, stating that it was a “theological matter”, that an opening for women was not foreseen, but that it could not be seen as a “deprivation”.

“The theology of woman has not yet been developed, there is only the possibility of an administrative principle,” the pope said, emphasizing the role of women.

“Women are mothers and better than us men see the sacrament of the Church. That’s why women’s advice is so important. And the female solution is better. When a woman goes into politics or government, she usually does well. And it is women, there are many economists who are constructively renewing the economy,” he said.

When asked about racism in the American Catholic Church, the Pope called it “an unbearable sin”, as well as sexual abuse of minors, which he called “monstrous”.

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