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Putin accuses the west of trying to ‘destroy’ Russia

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President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial military mobilisation of his nation’s armed forces

In a televised address, President Vladimir Putin has called on Russia’s armed reserves and forces to join the war in Ukraine.

Mr Putin described the decision as a “necessary” step to “protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

The president said a decree on partial mobilisation has already been signed, and preparations are underway.

“Only those citizens who are in the reserve and, above all, those who served in the armed forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience, will be subject to conscription.”

VLADIMIR PUTIN, PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA

The decision follows Russian lawmakers approving a suite of tough measures as the war in Ukraine ticks over six months of conflict.

Mr Putin said citizens who are in the nation’s reserves and have previously served in the armed forces are subject to the orders.

The Russian leader maintains the war is a special military operation, which is designed to de-Nazify Ukraine.

But NATO allies, the United Nations and humanitarian groups have called out Moscow for alleged war crimes.

The war has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. Mass grave sites have also been discovered with over 400 Ukrainians buried in the Izium region.

What does this mean?

  • Mr Putin said people who are living in the occupied regions do not want to be under the “yoke of neo-Nazis”.
  • He said Kyiv is refusing a peaceful solution to the crisis.
  • The Russian leader added Ukraine has nuclear weapons and his nation is acting in response to these claims.
  • Moscow is planning to hold so-called referendums in the occupied parts of Ukraine later this week.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Mr Putin may be seeking an end to the war, and that a “significant step” will be made in the coming days.

The Turkish leader believes things are “quite problematic” for Russia at the moment, and he has gained the impression Moscow wants a speedy end to the war.

How has the west responded?

The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink has described the upcoming referenda as a “sham”.

Ms Brink said the U.S. will never recognise Russia’s annexed regions in Ukraine, and will continue to stand with Kyiv for as long as it takes.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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How a ransomware attack would disrupt the food supply chain

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Massive financial gains continue to be one of the top motivating factors behind cyberattacks.

The Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) has been tracking ransomware incidents and trends since 2021.

Despite government and law enforcement efforts to take down malicious infrastructure, new ransomware strains continue to emerge.

The company just released its analysis of the 2023 ransomware landscape report and insights for 2024.

Jonathan Braley, Director of the Food and Ag-ISAC joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #ransomware #ransomwareattacks #foodsupplychain

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