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Two Britons captured by Russian forces sentenced to death

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Two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death on Thursday by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of Russia’s proxies in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported

STORY: Russian state television on Thursday broadcast footage of two Brits and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine being sentenced to death by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of Russia’s proxies in eastern Ukraine.

Video released by the DPR Supreme Court on Wednesday showed Brits Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun pleading guilty.

Their lawyer said they will appeal the decision.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Thursday tweeted her condemnation of the sentence.

She wrote, “they are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgement with absolutely no legitimacy.”

Aslin and Pinner were captured in April while fighting on the Ukrainian side.

After they were taken prisoner, Russian TV showed a clip of Aslin appealing to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to trade the captured Brits for Viktor Medvedchuk, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin detained by Ukrainian authorities.

“If Boris Johnson really does care like he says he does about British citizens, then he would help pressure Zelenskiy to do the right thing and return Viktor to his family, and return us to our families.”

“This is the most egregious breach of international law, and these individuals need to be released immediately and returned to their families.”

In an appearance on the BBC, British Conservative Party lawmaker Robert Jenrick called the sentence the result of a “Soviet-era show trial.”

“You cannot treat British citizens in this manner and get away with it.”

The sentence comes after a Ukrainian court last month sentenced two captured Russian soldiers to eleven-and-a-half years in jail after they pleaded guilty to firing artillery at civilian targets. Another Russian soldier was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilting to shooting dead an unarmed civilian.

Both sides have taken prisoners since Russian troops invaded Ukraine at the end of February in what Moscow calls a “special military operation” and Ukraine and Western nations condemned as an unprovoked war of aggression.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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