Ukrainian special forces have successfully seized off-shore drilling rigs previously under Russian control, as part of Ukraine’s efforts to degrade Russian forces in the Black Sea region and regain control of Crimea. The captured drilling rigs deprive Russia of their military use and provide Ukraine with access to valuable oil and gas resources. This operation marks a significant step for Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia, with potential implications for the broader geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe.
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Gas workers in Peru have uncovered a burial site believed to be up to 1,000 years old, containing eight bundles of funeral belongings, mostly belonging to children, including bones, ceramics, and wooden tools, suggesting it may have been a burial site for children from the pre-Inca Ychsma culture in Lima’s Carabayllo district, providing an opportunity for archaeologists to uncover hidden history and gain insights into burial practices and the lives of people from that era, adding to the growing body of archaeological evidence in Lima and shedding light on the region’s rich and diverse history, which has seen other significant discoveries such as a 1,000-year-old mummy with well-preserved brown hair and a 3,000-year-old mummy found earlier this year.
Former Israeli military officer, Nir Cohen, has refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in protest of proposed legal reforms by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, potentially sparking a wave of reservists following suit, although the impact on the IDF’s operational capabilities and immediate security concerns remains uncertain.
The death of Chile’s renowned poet, Pablo Neruda, fifty years ago continues to be a subject of investigation, with allegations of murder persisting.
The U.S. Treasury Department has established two new working groups, led by Secretary Yellen and Vice Premier He Lifeng, to facilitate discussions on China-U.S. economic and financial issues. These groups aim to promote healthy economic competition, a level playing field for American workers and businesses, and cooperation on global challenges. The establishment of these working groups signifies improved communication channels between the two countries, following recent high-level visits. Despite remaining challenges, the U.S. emphasizes the importance of dialogue and constructive engagement to address differences and foster cooperation.
A beef wellington meal laced with suspected poisonous mushrooms has resulted in the death of three individuals, with one person surviving.
Iran has enacted a new law that significantly increases penalties for women who do not comply with the mandatory Islamic dress code, drawing international criticism and raising concerns about women’s rights and freedom of expression in the country.
Concerns have been raised about the health and capacity of aging lawmakers in the United States in recent months.
Lampedusa’s Hotspot, a migrant holding center, is reportedly overwhelmed beyond its capacity.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has lost its US government funding due to conducting hazardous experiments that amplified the potency of coronaviruses.