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Russia launches new hypersonic missiles in latest attack



Russia claims the barrage was payback for a cross-border raid

Russia has launched a huge wave of missile strikes across Ukraine while people slept killing at least six civilians, knocking out electricity, and forcing a nuclear power plant off the grid.

The majority of those fatalities – five – were in western Lviv, where drone footage showed a flattened home surrounded by badly damaged buildings.

Another civilian was reported killed by the missiles in the central Dnipro region.

The first big volley of missile strikes since mid-February shattered the longest period of comparative calm since Moscow began a campaign to attack Ukraine’s civil infrastructure five months ago.

Moscow says its campaign of targeting Ukraine’s infrastructure far from the front is intended to reduce its ability to fight.

Russia’s defence ministry said the “massive retaliatory strike” on Ukrainian infrastructure was payback for a cross-border raid last week on a Russian village.

Kyiv said the air strikes have no military purpose and aim to harm and intimidate civilians, a war crime.

The strike knocked out the power supply to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, severing it from the Ukrainian grid.

“Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is running on emergency diesels,” The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief, Rafael Grossi, said. “The last, the last line of defence.”

“This is the sixth time. Let me say it again. This is the sixth time that the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has lost all offsite power and has had to operate in this emergency mode.

“Let me remind you, this is the largest nuclear power station in Europe, operating for the sixth time under emergency diesel generators. What are we doing?”

Ukraine says an unprecedented six of Russia’s small arsenal of kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles were used – one of Moscow’s most valuable weapons.

Ukraine has no way of shooting them down.

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Big tech caught in political drama



Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.


The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture



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?



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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