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Mystery Crash: Was Wagner Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin Targeted?
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the notorious leader of the Wagner group, is presumed dead after his private plane crashed in the northeast of Moscow. The cause remains unclear, but fingers are pointing at the Russian state due to Prigozhin's public feuds and armed uprising in June. Wagner forces played a key role in capturing Ukrainian cities post Russia's 2022 invasion and Prigozhin was vocal in his criticism of Russian military leadership. The Biden administration reacted cautiously to the reports of the crash, with White House press secretary stating, “If confirmed, no one should be surprised”.
Trump Chooses Interview Over GOP Debate
In a move seen as a slight to Fox News and the GOP field, former President Donald Trump chose to skip the recent Republican primary debate, instead opting for a 46-minute interview with Tucker Carlson. Released just minutes before the debate began, Trump's absence was conspicuous as he took the opportunity to lash out at several debate participants. This strategic choice by Trump to bypass the debate in Milwaukee and engage in an unfiltered dialogue with Carlson has sent ripples through the political landscape, highlighting his continued controversial approach to the politics. Despite his multiple personal and legal issues, Trump is still the clear leader in the race for the Republican nomination, and it is unclear if or how any of the other candidates can put a dent in his popularity.
Japan Begins Releasing Fukushima Wastewater into the Pacific Ocean
Japan initiated the release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. Critics, led by China and local fishermen, described the action as "selfish and irresponsible." While Japan assures the treatment process renders the water safe, many experts caution that even low-level radioactive contamination could have long-term ecological impacts. This discharge threatens not only the marine environment but also the livelihood of those dependent on regional fisheries.
India Achieves Historic Lunar Landing Just Days After Russia's Moon Mission Failure
Just days after Russia's Luna 25 mission ended in failure, colliding with the Moon's surface and marking the failure of the country’s first lunar landing attempt in 47 years, India made history. India's Chandrayaan-3 mission achieved a monumental success, becoming the first to successfully land near the Moon's south pole. The mission’s six-wheeled rover is set to explore the lunar surface, gathering images and data, contrasting sharply with Russia's setback in space exploration.
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