Ten more sentences over refusal to serve in Russian army passed in occupied Crimea

In December, the highest number of the passed sentences and initiated criminal cases over “evasion of call-up to military service in the Russian Armed Forces” has been recorded in the occupied Crimea. “In December 2020, the Crimean Human Rights Group has recorded 16 new criminal cases initiated against Crimean residents under Article 328 of the […]

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The US sends B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf amid growing tensions with Iran

The United States has reportedly flown two B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf in the third such show of force in recent months, presumably meant to deter Iran from attacking U.S. or allied targets in the region. The U.S. bombers carried out a round-trip, 30-hour mission from Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, to […]

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Lithuanian company fined for illegal employment of Ukrainians

The Lithuanian State Labor Inspectorate has imposed a EUR 17,360 fine on a construction company in Vilnius for the illegal employment of Ukrainian citizens, according to a report posted on the website of the Lithuanian national public broadcaster LRT. According to the inspectorate, 20 Ukrainians were allegedly employed by Polish companies and sent on business trips […]

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The threat of termination of the truce in the Nagorny Karabakh conflict

Russia-backed Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh violated ceasefire and martyred an Azerbaijani soldier. Six Armenian soldiers attacked a unit of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Aghdam in the Khojavand region. The Azerbaijani military say as a result of the actions taken, all six members of the Armenian armed group were annihilated. It is […]

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Americans most admired Donald Trump and Michelle Obama in 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump and Michelle Obama topped the list of most admired man and woman in the U.S. in 2020. This is the result of a poll conducted annually by the polling service Gallup.Trump came out on top for the first time in the ranking, which for 12 years was headed by former President […]

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Trump pardon of Blackwater Iraq contractors violates international law – UN

U.S. President Donald Trump’s pardon of four American men convicted of killing Iraqi civilians while working as contractors in 2007 violated U.S. obligations under international law, U.N. human rights experts said on Wednesday. Nicholas Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder, while Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were convicted of voluntary and attempted manslaughter, […]

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Putin signs law to block YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, says the country needs an alternative to YouTube, the U.S. online video-sharing platform that it struggles to censor. “Due to the absence of a direct competitor in Russia, YouTube is still irreplaceable,” Roskomnadzor said in a statement on December 29. The regulator added that there was a need for a “popular […]

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U.S. Vice President-elect vaccinated against COVID-19

U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Today I got the COVID-19 vaccine. I am incredibly grateful to our frontline health care workers, scientists, and researchers who made this moment possible,” Kamala Harris wrote. She also urged Americans to get vaccinated. “When you’re able to take the vaccine, get it. This […]

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Four Ukrainian track and field athletes recognized as best in the world in 2020

Ukrainian athletes are included in the list of the best athletes in the world in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic didn’t prevent the Ukrainian athletes to win the prestigious competitions. Immediately after the resumption of the competitions the Ukrainians swarmed the podium. Such achievements could not avoid the American athletics magazine Track & Field, which compiled […]

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