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U.S. lashes back at Putin’s Victory Day speech

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The US has officially responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech, shutting down any suggestions the war in Ukraine was a result of increasing Western aggression

Millions around the world watched on closely as Russians celebrated the day the nation defeated Nazi Germany.

There were fears Putin would use his address in Moscow’s Red Square to order a national mobilisation, but the leader remained tight lipped about any future plans.

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As we know, this comes as Russia’s Vladimir Putin tries to defend the war in Ukraine in his Victory Day speech.

Veronica Dudo has the latest from New York.

In Ukraine, Russia’s attacks continue with no mercy, with the southern port of Odesa hit by missile strikes.

There had been growing speculation Putin was pushing his armed forces to take enough control of the neighbouring country so that he could declare victory on May 9, but Russia has struggled to make any significant tactical gains.

Ticker News spoke with Idrees Ali who is a foreign policy correspondent covering the Pentagon, he says Russia’s justifications for the war in Ukraine are illogical.

Ali says President Biden is also focused on ensuring Vladimir Putin doesn’t resort to the use of chemical weapons.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also delivered his own speech, promising his nationals they will triumph.

In Washington, there are reports Democratic lawmakers have agreed on a new $40 billion aid proposal, including a massive weapons package for the war-torn ally.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called Putin’s speech a ‘revisionist history’.

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‘Magic and perfection’ – French Baguette receives heritage status

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The French Baguette has been awarded heritage status by UNESCO

In the words of Emmanuel Macron, the French Baguette is “250 grams of magic and perfection.”

Soft in the centre with a crusty and crunchy exterior, there’s no wonder they’re adored by millions every year.

And now there’s a new reason to celebrate the culinary delight after UNESCO gave French Baguettes heritage status.

The UN agency granted “intangible cultural heritage status” to the tradition of making the bread stick and the lifestyle surrounding them.

Over six billion are baked annually, but the industry is currently suffering through a challenging time.

France has been losing around 400 artisanal bakeries per year since 1970, from 55,000 to 35,000 today.

The decline is due to a combination of factors including the increase of industrial bakeries and supermarkets in rural areas.

It’s hoped this new heritage status will help breathe life back into the bakers’ delight.

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Epstein estate to pay $155m for Virgin Islands sex-trafficking base

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A nine-figure settlement deal has been reached between Jeffrey Epstein’s estate and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeffrey Epstein’s estate will pay a $155m settlement to the U.S. Virgin Islands for using the territory for sex-trafficking.

The convicted sex offender used the region as a base for his sex-trafficking operation.

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The settlement will be paid in cash but lawyers say this is not an admission of liability.

The estate’s executors are also denying wrongdoing.

Another fund for victims of Epstein will receive over $100m in compensation.

It follows the territory’s attorney general saying Epstein bought the island to stop people from monitoring him, and from his victims escaping.

The 66-year-old died in August 2019 while awaiting his trial on sex trafficking charges.

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Is there enough protection against racism at Buckingham Palace?

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An activist has suggested there’s a lack of racism protection at Buckingham Palace after falling victim to offensive remarks

Domestic abuse activist Ngozi Fulani was attending a royal function when she was harassed by Prince William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey.

Ms Fulani said Hussey moved her aside and began interrogating her about her heritage. Hussey insinuated that Fulani wasn’t British, despite Fulani explaining her ethnic background.

Lady Hussey has been forced to quit the royal post, following the racist remarks against Fulani.

‘Racism has no place’

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She is one of King Charles III’s top officials, but Buckingham Palace have been quick to condemn the comments.

“We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details…

Unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made.”

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Fulani was attending the event organised by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. The domestic abuse activist was invited on behalf of an organisation that provides support for women of African and Caribbean background.

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