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U.S. announces $625m security package for Ukraine

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As the Ukraine war lingers on, Ukraine’s military advances are the main focus.

Putin’s inability to align his desired political outcomes with the capacity of his military on the frontline in Ukraine, is more obvious than ever.

Russia no longer has control of any of the provinces it claimed to have “annexed” recently.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive is now making advances in the east, pushing into the Luhansk region.

Forces are also reportedly breaking into the southern area of Kherson.

It comes as a key advisor to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says they plan on liberating all of their territory.

Ukraine advisor speaking on cnn

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The U.S. has announced an additional $625 million in security assistance for Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says it will help to boost Ukraine’s military might.

It follows a phone call between President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky.

After the call, Biden Tweeted:

“Today I spoke with President Zelenskyy to underscore that the U.S. will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory.

“I reaffirmed my commitment to continue supporting Ukraine, including through today’s new $625 million security assistance package”

A top Russian diplomat was quick to hit back at the additional funding, saying

“The US continues to pump more weapons into Ukraine, facilitating the direct participation of its fighters in the conflict,”

Adding “it brings the situation closer to a dangerous line of a direct military clash between Russia and NATO.”

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How much does it cost to raise a Kardashian-West child?

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Kanye West’s hit song comes to fruition as Kim Kardashian receives a jaw dropping amount in child support

Many are surprised by exactly how much it costs to raise a Kardashian-West child. For some, it far exceeds what they would earn in an entire year, but Kanye West coughs up $200,000 per month in child support.

Child support is to ensure the children’s lives are not disrupted by separation. Perhaps, this figure is to keep up with their lavish lifestyles. The amount was finalised as part of Kardashian and West’s divorce settlement.

It’s also been confirmed both West and Kardashian will have equal access to their four children. In addition to this costly monthly pay, West is responsible for paying 50% of the children’s educational and security expenses.

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Wife killer Chris Dawson receives 24 years behind bars

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Chris Dawson will serve 24 years behind bars for murdering his wife nearly 40 years ago

Former school teacher, Chris Dawson has maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bars for the 1982 murder of his then-wife Lynette.

The 74-year-old was found guilty of murdering Dawson to continue a relationship with his high school babysitter.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice Ian Harrison says Lynette Dawson was “faultless” and “undeserving of her fate”.

Harrison described the murder as an “objectively very serious crime”.

Meanwhile, her family has previously the court Dawson is a “conniving monster”.

Dawson will be eligible for parole after 18 years when he will be 92.

His legal team argued there was an explanation for her disappearance, after she learned of his actions with the family’s teenage babysitter, JC, who he married.

The former rugby league player did not give evidence.

He claimed his wife called him after failing to arrive for a meeting in January 1982.

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Police given power to use killer robots

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San Francisco officials have voted in favour of rolling out potentially lethal robots in some situations

Police robots could be hitting San Francisco streets after lawmakers approved the use of robots, which could “incapacitate or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect[s]”.

The two-hour debate finished with an 8-3 ruling to deploy the robots, which are equipped with explosive charges in some cases.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson, Allison Maxie said the robots will be used when lives are at stake.

“Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives.”

Officials expressed concern over civil liberties and the scope for police oversight when these robots are deployed.

Supervisor Connie Chan said “it’s definitely not an easy discussion.”

Ms Chan is a member of the committee, who pushed the proposal to the board for debate.

SFPD said it is not planning to arm the robots with guns. However, the robots will be able to kill “when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics.”

The proposal was changed to clarify officers could only use the robots after other strategies and de-escalation tactics had be tried.

San Francisco law enforcement agencies use a range of robots to detect bombs and help authorities in situations with low visibility.

The nearby Oakland Police Department has parted ways with a similar policy after widespread public backlash.

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