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22:25 World
Airstrikes kill 70 people and knock out internet in Yemen

At least 70 people were killed and more than 130 injured when an airstrike hit a detention center in Yemen on Friday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said, as the Saudi-led coalition continued to ramp up its deadly offensive on rebels in the war-torn nation. Another airstrike early Friday hit a telecommunications building in the strategic port city of Hodeidah, causing a nationwide internet blackout, according to NetBlocks, an organization that tracks network disruptions. At least three children were killed in that attack, Save the Children said.

Source: cnn.com

18:00 World
Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year

Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: reuters.com

17:20 World
117-year-old Polish Roman Catholic church closing this month

The first Polish Roman Catholic church in New Bedford is set to close this month after 117 years, following years of declining membership and the death of its pastor. Less than 30 people attended a recent Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, said John Kearns, spokesperson for the Diocese of Fall River. A retired priest has been filling in until the church’s doors close permanently on Jan. 30, after Rev. Conrad Salach passed away in October, The Standard-Times reported Thursday.

Source: apnews.com

16:35 World
Suspected ISIL fighters kill 11 Iraqi soldiers ‘in their sleep’

Suspected ISIL (ISIS) gunmen have attacked an Iraqi army barracks in Diyala province, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, according to reports citing Iraqi security officials. The sources said the attack took place early on Friday in the al-Azim district, a mountainous area more than 120km north of the capital, Baghdad.

Источник: aljazeera.com

15:51 World
Naomi Osaka: Two-time winner knocked out of Australian Open by American Amanda Anisimova

Defending champion Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the Australian Open by unseeded American Amanda Anisimova. Osaka, a two time Australian Open champion, had gone a set up in the high quality match on Friday but failed to close it out, with the 20-year-old Anisimova completing her comeback in a third set tie-break to win 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-5).

Source: cnn.com

14:42 World
UK bans ad showing girl eating cheese while hanging upside down

Britain's advertising regulator has banned a TV ad that showed a girl eating cheese while hanging upside down, saying it could promote behaviour that could lead to choking. The ad for Dairylea cheese, a brand of U.S. snacks giant Mondelez, had been shown on British video-on-demand services in August last year. It featured two girls, aged six and eight, hanging upside down from a soccer goalpost, discussing where food went when you hang upside down. One of the girls then ate a piece of Dairylea cheese.

Source: reuters.com

13:50 World
'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dead at 74

US singer and actor Meat Loaf, famous for his "Bat Out of Hell" rock anthem, has died aged 74, according to a statement on Friday. "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," read a statement on his Facebook page. "Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours." No cause of death was given in the statement.

Source: france24.com

 

12:51 World
Elon Musk’s brain implant company is inching toward human trials

Neuralink is now hiring a clinical trial director, an indication that the company’s longstanding goal of implanting chips in human brains is coming closer. The trial director position would oversee the startup’s long-promised human trials of its medical device, according to the listing. Neuralink’s brain implant — which Musk has said already allows monkeys to play video games with their thoughts alone — is intended to help treat a variety of neurological disorders, such as paralysis.

Source: bloomberg.com

12:31 World
Tearful Adele postpones entire Las Vegas residency

Adele has postponed her entire Las Vegas residency, just 24 hours before the opening night. "I'm so sorry, but my show ain't ready," the star told fans in a tearful update on Instagram. "Half my team have Covid and it's been impossible to finish the show," she said, adding that "delivery delays" had also played havoc with her plans. She was due to play the first of 24 concerts at the Caesars Palace's Colosseum on Friday.

Source: bbc.com

11:30 World
Nestle withdraws Hindu KitKat range in India over accusations of disrespect

The limited range of the well-known chocolate bar had been launched as part of the global “KitKat travel breaks” range, where photos of artwork by local artisans were printed on the wrappers. But the Indian version of the range, which was designed to celebrate the crafts of the Indian state of Odisha, provoked an online backlash as they featured images of Hindu deities Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Mata Subhadra. Many expressed outrage that the wrappers might end up in “dustbins, drains, gutters” or trodden underfoot, which would be disrespectful of the gods and the Hindu faith.

Source: theguardian.com

10:46 World
Canada’s Prince Andrew high school announces plan to change name

A Canadian high school named after the Duke of York has announced plans to rename itself, in an attempt to distance itself from the growing controversy surrounding the Queen’s second son. The principal of Prince Andrew high school in the province of Nova Scotia told families on Wednesday to expect the change as the school looks for a name that “upholds our values as a safe and inclusive” space.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Aubameyang 'completely healthy' after heart scare

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is "absolutely fine" after the Gabon star was forced to leave the Africa Cup of Nations following a heart scare. Aubameyang was sent back to Arsenal this week after his national team's medical staff said he had "cardiac lesions". The 32-year-old did not feature in either of Gabon's first two games at the tournament, missing a win over Comoros with the coronavirus before being sidelined for a draw against Ghana due to the heart issue.

Source: france24.com

21:41 World
US jobless claims rise as Omicron weighs on labour market

The number of people in the United States filing claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, signalling that the fast-spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 is negatively impacting the jobs market recovery. Some 286,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Thursday.

Source: aljazeera.com

18:00 World
Ousmane Dembele: Barcelona tell France forward he must leave club this month

because he is "not committed to the project". Dembele is a free agent at the end of the season and has repeatedly turned down the offer of a new deal. He joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a deal worth up to £135.5m but will be able to leave for nothing when his contract expires.

Source: bbc.com

17:22 World
Scientists discover one of world’s largest coral reefs in waters off Tahiti

Scientists have discovered a vast reef of "pristine" rose-shaped corals apparently unharmed by climate change in deep water off the coast of Tahiti, UNESCO announced Thursday. Mapping approximately three kilometres long and up to 65 metres wide, UNESCO said it was "one of the most extensive healthy coral reefs on record".

Source: france24.com

16:32 World
19-year-old woman sets record for solo global flight

The 19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, touching her small airplane down in western Belgium on Thursday — 155 days after she departed. Rutherford will find herself in the Guinness World Records book after setting the mark that had been held by 30-year-old American aviator Shaesta Waiz since 2017.

Source: apnews.com

16:03 World
Pakistan: Deadly bomb blast targets Lahore’s shopping district

At least two people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an explosion in a busy shopping district in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police say. The explosion took place in the Lohari Gate area, a densely packed neighbourhood consisting of small shops packed into narrow criss-crossing streets, on Thursday afternoon, police spokesperson Nayab Haider told Al Jazeera.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:22 World
China, Russia and Iran to launch joint naval drill on Friday

China, Russia and Iran will hold a maritime joint exercise on Friday, a public relations official from Iran’s armed forces told the semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday. The wargame will take place in the northern Indian Ocean, Mostafa Tajoldin said, and is the third joint naval drill between the three countries, with the previous one taking place last February.

Source: timesofisrael.com

14:07 World
North Korea threatens to restart nuclear and long-range missile tests to counter America's 'hostile moves'

North Korea has threatened to resume its nuclear and long-range missile tests as it prepares for 'confrontation' with the US. Kim Jong Un has not tested inter-continental ballistic missiles or nukes since 2017 after putting launches on hold, but fears are growing the tests will restart after the US crossed a 'danger line'. A state report said Pyongyang should consider resuming the weapons tests.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:12 World
Tonga: First foreign aid plane from New Zealand arrives

The first foreign aid plane has arrived in Tonga, carrying much-needed water and supplies for the Pacific nation. New Zealand said its military plane landed at Tonga's main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway. Other planes and ships sent by New Zealand and Australia are on the way. Saturday's eruption of an undersea volcano and tsunami wave saw volcanic ash blanketing the islands, posing a serious health risk. The ash and sea water have contaminated water supplies.

Source: bbc.com

12:35 World
French champagne houses toast record sales

French champagne sales rebounded last year to reach a record 5.5 billion euros ($6.2 billion) as demand soared despite the lingering impact of Covid restrictions that weighed on restaurants and bars, producers said Wednesday. Around 322 million bottles were sold in 2021, up 32 percent from the previous year, when shipments slumped 20 percent during Covid lockdowns worldwide, the Comite Champagne federation said in its preliminary estimates.

Source: france24.com

11:58 World
Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Comedian Jon Stewart, whose irreverent brand of political and media satire made him a beloved figure on television, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April, becoming the 23rd recipient of the prize.

Source: reuters.com

11:16 World
Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

Novak Djokovic is the controlling shareholder in a Danish biotech firm aiming to develop a treatment for Covid-19 that does not involve vaccination, it has emerged. The world No 1, who was deported from Australia this week after the government cancelled his visa in a dispute over a medical exemption relating to his unvaccinated status, bought an 80% stake in QuantBioRes in 2020.

Source: theguardian.com

10:35 World
In the name of God go, David Davis tells Boris Johnson

Former cabinet minister David Davis has joined calls for Boris Johnson to stand down, telling the prime minister: "In the name of God, go." He said the PM had failed to take responsibility for his actions over lockdown parties in Downing Street. Mr Davis's remarks came after backbench Tory MP Christian Wakeford defected to Labour, minutes before Prime Minister's Questions began. The PM batted away repeated calls to quit during the stormy Commons session.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Early works by French master Monet could sell for $50 million in auction

Several early works by one of the world's most renowned Impressionist painters, Claude Monet, are to be put up for sale by the British auction house Sotheby's, with a combined estimate of $50 million. The five paintings, which together chart the French master's shift to Abstract Expressionism over a fifteen-year period, will be offered for auction in London in March, Sotheby's said.

Source: cnn.com

19:22 World
Villagers worship a cow born with a third eye on its forehead because they believe it is the incarnation of Hindu God Shiva

A baby cow has been born in India with three eyes and two sets of nostrils. Some locals are claiming the animal is an incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva. People have made special trips to the farm to see the animal and leave it gifts. It's believed the extra facial features have been caused by a hormonal disorder.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

19:00 World
French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies aged 37 after skiing accident

French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who became world-known for playing Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic, died on Wednesday at the age of 37 from injuries from a skiing accident, his family said in a statement sent to AFP by his agent.

Source: france24.com

18:08 World
Germany tops 100,000 daily COVID-19 cases for first time

Germany reported a record 112,323 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after the health minister said the peak had not been reached yet and compulsory vaccination should be introduced by May. Germany also recorded 239 deaths in the space of 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 116,081, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious disease said.

Source: reuters.com

16:47 World
Queen launching a royal brown sauce to rival HP for £6.99 a bottle

The “Royal Estate” condiments are produced at the Queen’s place in Sandringham, Norfolk. Sandringham’s Tomato Sauce has dates, apple juice and spices, and is “ideal for breakfast or any time of the day”. It will set you back an eye-watering £6.99 for a 295g bottle. Sandringham’s Brown Sauce is “packed with vinegar and spices”.

Source: thesun.co.uk

16:16 World
Qatar 2022 World Cup tickets go on sale with Final tickets reaching $1,600

In a little over 10 months, the world's best football players will descend on Qatar for the World Cup and tickets have now been made available to the general public. Prices vary depending on the game and what category seat you opt for, with tickets for the Final match ranging from $604 to as much as $1,600. That may seem steep but, in comparison, some official tickets for this year's Super Bowl are starting at $5,950.

Source: cnn.com

14:51 World
Prehistoric fertility symbol that looks like curvy Kim Kardashian sells for staggering £114k

Experts say the 25,000-year-old stone carving has an exaggerated bust and bottom to depict a voluptuous Venus-type figure. A British family, who have owned it for more than 60 years, saw it sell in London’s Mayfair for £114,000 — smashing the pre-sale estimate of between £4,000 and £6,000.

Source: thesun.co.uk

13:44 World
Nursing home fire kills 6 in eastern Spain

Six residents of a nursing home in eastern Spain perished after a fire broke out in the night, authorities said Wednesday. Valencia’s regional head, Ximo Puig, said that 17 more residents were hospitalized, with three in serious condition. Firefighters said that they rescued 25 residents out of a total of 70 that were evacuated from the nursing home in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia.

Source: apnews.com

13:05 World
92-year-old Malawian music legend finds fame on TikTok

At 92, Giddes Chalamanda has no idea what TikTok is. He doesn't even own a smartphone. And yet the Malawian music legend has become a social media star, with his song "Linny Hoo" garnering over 80 million views on the video-sharing platform and spawning mashups and remixes from South Africa to the Philippines.

Source: france24.com

12:16 World
Grammy Awards pushed to April due to coronavirus

Music awards ceremony is rescheduled to April 3 in Las Vegas amid rising COVID-19 infections linked to Omicron variant.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:05 Region
Explosion in Turkey shuts down key Iraq oil pipeline

An explosion has shut down a pipeline in southeastern Turkey that carries oil from Iraq to world markets, officials and news reports said. The blast late Tuesday near the town of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras province caused a huge fire that forced authorities to also shut down a highway, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. No one was hurt in the explosion. The pipeline carries oil from the Kirkuk oil fields in northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Source: apnews.com

11:03 World
12th century prayer room found under mosque in Iraq's Mosul

The foundations of a prayer hall from the 12th century have been discovered under the Al-Nuri mosque -- where the Islamic State group once proclaimed their "caliphate" -- in Iraq's Mosul, site managers said Tuesday. The prayer room was found during excavation underneath the mosque, according to Khaireddine Nasser, director of the department of antiquities and heritage in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital. Four additional rooms for the performance of ablutions were also discovered under the prayer room, Nasser said.

Source: france24.com

10:42 World
Is historic Rome villa the world's most valuable property?

A historic Rome valued at €471m ($535m) has failed to sell at auction, with a new sale set for later this year. The property is home to the only known ceiling mural by Italian baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Snow falls in the Sahara

Snow fell in the Saharan town of Ain Sefra in Algeria for the fifth time in 42 years as temperatures dropped. Locals battled freezing overnight temperatures of -2C (28F) in a desert that has seen highs of 136.4F (58C). Ain Sefra, known as The Gateway to the Desert, is 3,000ft above sea level and surrounded by Atlas Mountains.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

20:25 World
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez had secret Mexican daughter

For decades renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez kept the public from knowing about an intimate aspect of his life: He had a daughter with a Mexican writer, with whom he had an extramarital affair in the early 1990s. The closely guarded secret was published by Colombian newspaper El Universal on Sunday and confirmed to the Associated Press by two relatives of the Nobel Prize-winning author, who is famous for novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

18:00 World
'I'm 60 and sexy': Jim Carrey celebrates milestone birthday

Jim Carrey celebrated his 60th birthday on Monday and took to social media to remind us of the goofball humor that's made him one of comedy's most enduring stars over the last 30 years. The "Dumb and Dumber" actor posted a short clip on his Twitter page to say he was feeling "60 and sexy". He called himself "old but gold" and jokingly saying he'd spend the evening eating creamed corn and strained peaches.

Source: cnn.com

17:35 World
Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. The pet shop employee tested positive for the delta variant on Monday, and several hamsters imported from the Netherlands at the store tested positive as well.

Source: apnews.com

16:37 World
Indonesia names new capital Nusantara, replacing sinking Jakarta

Indonesia plans to name its new capital Nusantara, which translates as “archipelago”, when government offices are relocated to the province of East Kalimantan from Jakarta, on the island of Java. The move has been delayed due to the pandemic, but could go ahead in 2024. The government hopes it will reduce the burden on Jakarta, a city of 10 million, which is notoriously congested, suffers regular flooding, and is one of the fastest sinking cities in the world due to the over extraction of groundwater.

Source: theguardian.com

16:02 World
US airlines warn of impending 5G flight disruption

The 10 biggest US airlines have warned that the impending switch-on of 5G mobile phone services will cause "major disruption" to flights. They said the start of Verizon and AT&T 5G mobile phone services, planned for Wednesday, would cause a "completely avoidable economic calamity". Airlines fear C-band 5G signals will disrupt planes' navigation systems, particularly those used in bad weather.

Source: bbc.com

14:44 World
Real Madrid legend and 6-time European Cup winner Gento dies

Paco Gento, the only footballer to win six European Cups, has died aged 88, his former club Real Madrid announced on Tuesday.

Source: france24.com

13:32 World
Rescue workers search for survivors after deadly Afghan quake

At least 26 people have been killed and hundreds of houses damaged after a magnitude 5.3 quake jolted Badghis province.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:50 World
An amateur metal detectorist found one of England's earliest gold coins in a field. It'll sell for a pretty penny

The "Henry III gold penny," which was unearthed on farmland in Devon, in the country's southwest, was minted in about 1257 and depicts the former English king sitting on an ornate throne, holding an orb and scepter. It is one of only eight such coins known to exist, many of which are in museums. The rare coin could see a windfall as much as £400,000 ($546,000), according to a pre-sale estimate by British auctioneer Spink & Son in London, where it is going under the hammer on Sunday.

Source: cnn.com

11:55 World
Out of this world: 555.55-carat black diamond lands in Dubai

Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that’s literally from out of this world. Sotheby’s calls the 555.55-carat black diamond — believed to have come from outer space — “The Enigma.” The rare gem was shown off on Monday to journalists as part of a tour in Dubai and Los Angeles before it is due to be auctioned off in February in London. Sotheby’s expects the diamond to be sold for at least 5 million British pounds ($6.8 million). The auction house plans to accept cryptocurrency as a possible payment as well.

Source: apnews.com

11:09 World
More than a dozen dead in coalition strikes on Yemen's Sanaa

An air strike killed about 14 people in a building in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, residents said on Tuesday, during strikes across the city launched by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group. The alliance strikes on Houthi-held Sanaa followed an attack claimed by the Iran-aligned Houthis on Monday on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi, in which three people were killed.

Source: reuters.com

10:38 World
Latest test involved tactical guided missiles: North Korea

North Korea has confirmed it carried out its fourth weapons test this month on Monday, firing two tactical guided missiles – the latest in a series of weapons tests despite a United Nations ban. Leader Kim Jong Un has said ‘military muscle’ necessary for self-defence, but repeated weapons tests draw international concern.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Mexico president says he's beaten Covid for second time

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that he had recovered from a second bout of Covid-19, as he resumed his public activities. Lopez Obrador said that he was no longer infected and his symptoms had been milder -- and his recovery quicker -- than with his first coronavirus infection last year.

Source: france24.com

21:09 World
At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake: district official

At least 12 people were killed after an earthquake hit western Afghanistan on Monday, an official said. The victims died when roofs of their residential houses collapsed in Qadis district in the western province of Badghis, district governor Mohammad Saleh Purdel told AFP.

Source: france24.com

20:42 World
Winter Olympics 2022: Organisers will not sell tickets to general public

Organisers of this year's Winter Olympics in Beijing have cancelled plans to sell tickets to the general public as part of strict Covid-19 restrictions in the Chinese capital. The Games organisers previously said there would be no international spectators but had promised to allow domestic audiences. But tickets will now be distributed to invited "groups of spectators" only.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
North Korea fires two suspected ballistic missiles in fourth test this year

North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles from an airport in its capital city of Pyongyang on Monday, South Korea’s military reported, in the fourth test this month. Japan’s government also reported the launch, with chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno condemning them as a threat to the region’s peace and security.

Source: france24.com

16:45 World
Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi causes fire, kills three

At least three people have been killed and six others wounded when three oil tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi in a suspected drone attack, according to Emirati authorities, as Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they had launched an operation “deep” in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi police said on Monday three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area, near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC, and that a fire had also broken out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:22 World
China’s birth rate drops to record low

Mainland China’s birth rate dropped to a record low of 7.52 per 1,000 people in 2021, National Bureau of Statistics data showed on Monday, accelerating a downward trend that led Beijing last year to begin allowing couples to have up to three children. The birth rate was the lowest since 1949 when the statistics bureau began collating the data.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:17 World
Karim Benzema 'threatens to leave Real Madrid if they sign Erling Haaland next summer'

Karim Benzema has threatened to leave Real Madrid next summer if the club signs Erling Haaland, according to reports, with the prolific striker said to be unhappy over Florentino Perez's attempts to bring in a new forward. The 34-year-old has scored 24 goals in just 27 appearances this season, but Madrid are widely expected to be at the front of the queue in the race to snap up Haaland, when he leaves Borussia Dortmund over the summer.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:01 World
Celine Dion cancels remaining shows of Courage World Tour due to ongoing health issues

Celine Dion has announced the cancellation of the remaining 16 shows of her world tour, due to ongoing health issues. The Canadian singer said she was recovering from "severe and persistent muscle spasms," that were hindering her ability to perform, according to a post published from her verified Instagram account on Saturday.

Source: cnn.com

12:04 World
Japanese club plans crowdfunded Iniesta statue

Japan's richest football club Vissel Kobe want to build a bronze statue of World Cup-winning star player Andres Iniesta -- and are launching a crowdfunding project to pay for it. Former Barcelona maestro Iniesta joined Kobe in 2018 in a deal worth a reported $30 million a year, and signed a two-year contract extension last spring. Now Kobe are looking to raise 15 million yen ($130,000) to pay tribute to the 37-year-old midfielder with a statue outside their stadium.

Source: france24.com

11:22 World
Tonga calls for ‘immediate aid’ after volcanic eruption, tsunami

Tonga is calling for “immediate aid”, with an urgent need for fresh water and food, as it assesses the damage caused by Saturday’s eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai. The volcano exploded in a massive eruption on Saturday – said to be the biggest since Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 – triggering a tsunami and blanketing the Pacific island nation in volcanic ash.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:53 World
Ex-leader Poroshenko to go to Ukraine to face charges

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is returning to Ukraine to fight treason charges — even though he views them as politically motivated — because he believes that fighting them is part of his defense of national unity. Poroshenko spoke Sunday at a news conference in Warsaw hours before he is to fly Monday from the Polish capital to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he is to face the allegations in court.

Source: apnews.com

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