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Zelenskyy to visit Berlin on May 13 to visit Chancellor and receive Charlemagne Prize

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian leader will visit the German capital at the invitation of the German Chancellor. He will also be awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen during his visit.

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Zelenskyy will be officially received with military honors by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 14, before traveling by helicopter to Aachen, where he will be awarded the Charlemagne Prize.

Zelenskyy will then return to Ukraine.

Read also: Zelenskyy reveals to journalist why he stayed in Kyiv after start of full-scale war

President Zelenskyy arrived in Finland on May 3 at the invitation of the Finnish government. He will take part in the summit of Nordic leaders.

This is Zelenskyy’s fifth visit abroad since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion. He has previously visited the United States, Belgium, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

Read also: Zelenskyy presents Ukrainian pilot helmet to UK parliament – video report

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Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian deputy defense ministers’ meeting expected Friday in Istanbul


KAYSERI, Türkiye

The deputy defense ministers of Türkiye, Russia, and Ukraine are expected to hold a meeting in Istanbul on Friday to discuss the extension of the Black Sea grain deal, set to expire later this month, the Turkish defense chief said.

“We discussed the grain initiative in our meetings. In this context, as a result of the acceptance of our proposal by both parties, it is planned for the deputy defense ministers of Türkiye, Ukraine, and Russia to meet in Istanbul on Friday, May 5,” National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters in the province of Kayseri in central Türkiye.

Various issues, particularly the Black Sea grain deal, will be discussed during the meeting, he added. The deal is set to expire on May 18.

“It is our hope that the grain deal will continue undisturbed because this agreement is very important for regional peace and stability, as well as for countries in need.

“In this context, we can say that the parties are willing to extend the deadline. It is our wish that this initiative be extended without any problems,” Akar said.

Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a deal in Istanbul last July to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February 2022.

A Joint Coordination Center with officials from the three countries and the UN was set up in Istanbul to oversee the shipments.

*Writing by Diyar Guldogan in Ankara

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Putin spokeswoman hits back at UK minister’s jibe he has ‘small man syndrome’


Russia’s most prominent diplomat, Maria Zakharova, has gone to war with Britain’s defence secretary Ben Wallace, asking if he wants to be “seen by the entire world as a complete liar”

Boris Johnson responds to Putin’s ‘topless’ jibe

Vladimir Putin’s top female diplomat has hit back at Britain’s defence secretary Ben Wallace after he called the pair “lunatics” and said the tyrant has “small man syndrome”.

The Tory minister claimed that Russian’s Maria Zakharova – who some see as a future Russian foreign minister- is “like a comedy turn”, adding: “She does her statement every week, threatening to nuke everyone or doing something or another.”

Wallace cast doubt on Boris Johnson’s theory yesterday that a woman was was less likely to embark “on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence”, adding that Putin was “a perfect example of toxic masculinity”.

Instead, the defence secretary added fuel to the fire, saying Zakharova, 46, is, “definitely a woman …

“She’s a lunatic like [Putin] is, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Maria Zakharova has hit back hard at Wallace, asking if he wants to be ‘seen by the entire world as a complete liar’

Zakharova, a keen advocate of Putin’s war in Ukraine replied furiously, asking: “What’s up with the British government?

“What turns them on so much today about the subject of gender and sex?”

In a longer rant on her Telegram channel, she told her 415,000 followers: “Following his PM, the British Minister of Defence Wallace …. said ‘MARIA ZAKHAROVA, WHILE CLEARLY BEING A WOMAN, WEEKLY THREATENS TO BOMBARD EVERYONE WITH NUCLEAR BOMBS’.

“Next he went on about the subjects of sleepwalking, comedy and machismo…

Russia’s Maria Zakharova is seen as a future Russian foreign minister

“British minister Wallace: unless you want to be seen by the entire world as a complete liar, give us an example of how I ‘weekly threaten to bombard everyone with nuclear bombs’.

“And given you won’t be able to find a single quote, I accuse you of slander and spreading fakes.

“But the key thing was that Mr Wallace recognised an important fact: Russian women for him are still women, not ‘persons with ….’.”

Wallace cast doubt on Boris Johnson’s theory yesterday Putin was “a perfect example of toxic masculinity”

“I take this opportunity to say ‘Hi’ to J.K. Rowling,” she said, after the Harry Potter author was accused of transphobia after mocking the phrase ‘people who menstruate’.

“She isn’t allowed to be a woman while I am – Minister of Defence Wallace himself permitted it,” Zakharova added.

This comes following a warning that Putin still wants most of Ukraine, according to a U.S. intelligence chief.

Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, said Wednesday that the four-month war will continue grind on, “for an extended period of time.”

“In short, the picture remains pretty grim and Russia’s attitude toward the West is hardening,” Haines told a Commerce Department conference.

“We think he [Putin] has effectively the same political goals that we had previously, which is to say that he wants to take most of Ukraine,” she added.

Maria Zakharova took to her Telegram channel to rant about the British minister
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After the invasion in February, Conservative MP Julian Lewis said Putin was “firmly in the grip of small man syndrome” in the House of Commons.

He also said that Putin had a “Napoleon complex”.

Lewis said that this could be the reason why Putin ordered his troops to take to the streets of Ukraine.

And then former Labour leader Brown, who served as the UK’s Chancellor from 1997 to 2007 under then-PM Tony Blair, has shed some light on the realities of this rumour.

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Active shooter incidents decreased in 2022, but number of people shot increased: FBI


  • Six people are dead and dozens more injured after a massive pileup Monday in Illinois caused by a sudden dust storm, officials said. More than 30 people were injured and transported to the hospital, including multiple people with life-threatening injuries, Illinois State Police Maj. Ryan Starrick said during an afternoon press conference. The crash took place at about 11 a.m. local time on Interstate 55 in Montgomery County, officials said.

  • Rihanna arrived in style at the 2023 Met Gala Monday night. Rihanna’s dress boasted large, structural white flowers that draped around her head like a hooded cape. A$AP Rocky donned a black dress coat with a red tartan kilt, which included a train, and embellished jeans underneath.

  • Jessica Chastain has gone platinum blonde. The Academy Award-winning actress showed off her new ‘do on Instagram Monday, ahead of the 2023 Met Gala, the theme for which was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” in honor of the longtime Chanel creative director. Chastain, who wore a black strapless gown, was almost unrecognizable on the carpet as she walked the Met Gala steps later.

  • Serena Williams is pregnant with her second child! The tennis legend shared the news on Instagram before hitting the carpet at the 2023 Met Gala Monday night. “Was so excited when Anna Wintour invited the 3 of us to the Met Gala,” Williams wrote in the caption of the Instagram post, which included a photo of her and husband Alexis Ohanian, both of whom were dressed in Gucci.

  • Four people were killed in a mass shooting in a remote part of California Sunday night, and police are searching for answers about the incident. All were shot in the head, a public information officer for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office are “rapidly” pursuing leads, but do not have a suspect or motive for the incident.

  • Seven bodies were found in Henryetta, Oklahoma, on Monday amid a search for two teenage girls who were reported missing over the weekend, according to the sheriff’s office. While the medical examiner is still waiting to identify the seven bodies, investigators “are no longer looking” for the two teens, Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice told reporters outside the crime scene later in the afternoon Monday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had issued an endangered missing person advisory on behalf of the sheriff’s office for 14-year-old Ivy Webster and 16-year-old Brittany Brewer.

  • The U.S. risks being unable to pay its debts — for the first time in history — “as early as June 1,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wrote in a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other top lawmakers on Monday in which she urged Congress to “act as soon as possible.” Yellen’s update further underlined both the stalemate between legislators and the White House, and the potential financial and political risks should the stalemate not be broken in the coming weeks. “We have learned from past debt limit impasses that waiting until the last minute to suspend or increase the debt limit can cause serious harm to business and consumer confidence, raise short-term borrowing costs for taxpayers, and negatively impact the credit rating of the United States,” she wrote.

  • A woman was stung more than 75 times by a swarm of bees while participating in a family photo shoot in Arizona on Sunday, fire department officials said. Arizona Fire & Medical Authority said crew members responded to calls in the Buckeye Valley area of bees attacking a mother and her two kids. The mother saved her children by placing them in her car, resulting in her taking the brunt of the stings, fire officials wrote on Facebook.

  • Princess Charlotte is turning 8! Charlotte, the middle child of Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales, marked her eighth birthday on Tuesday, May 2, and a new photo of the young princess taken by her mother was released to celebrate the special day. The photo shows the princess smiling in a white floral dress while seated in a white wicker chair — and she’s missing a few teeth.

  • After Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott faced backlash for what critics called an effort to “dehumanize” the victims of a mass shooting in his home state over the weekend, a spokesperson appeared to walk back Abbott’s remark in a statement to ABC News on Monday afternoon. The spokesperson claimed federal authorities had told “the state of Texas” that the shooting suspect and victims “were in the country illegally” but that they have since learned at least one of the victims “may have been in the United States legally” — and that they “regret” if the information was an incorrect distraction. Following the horrific shooting on Friday night, federal officials provided the state of Texas information on the criminal and the victims, including that they were in the country illegally.

  • Hospitals in Missouri and Kansas violated federal law last summer when they refused to provide an emergency abortion to a woman who went into premature labor at nearly 18 weeks and risked developing a life-threatening infection, according to initial findings in a government investigation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Abortion rights advocates say there’s no clear standard on when a health condition is serious enough to intervene and that doctors are often unclear on how to treat medical complications in a way that won’t violate anti-abortion statutes. In the case of Mylissa Farmer of Joplin, Missouri, she was told she risked developing an infection and other serious complications if she remained pregnant after her water broke, investigators found, but at least two hospitals denied providing her with an abortion because of concerns it could violate state abortion laws.

  • Former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll, testifying Monday in her civil defamation and battery case against former President Donald Trump, told the jury she didn’t report the alleged attack to police because she felt it was “shameful” to do so. Carroll, who brought the lawsuit in November, alleges that Trump defamed her in a 2022 Truth Social post by calling her allegations “a Hoax and a lie” and saying “This woman is not my type!” when he denied her claim that Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in the 1990s. Trump has denied all allegations that he raped Carroll or defamed her.

  • A golf cart carrying four people was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver Friday night near Charleston, South Carolina, killing a woman who had just celebrated her wedding earlier in the day. Chief Andrew Gilreath of the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety identified the victim as 34-year-old Samantha Miller. The three others in the golf cart, who were not named, were all injured, with two in serious condition and one in stable condition.

  • Montana state legislator Zooey Zephyr is suing the state, House Speaker Matt Regier and Sergeant at Arms for the Montana House of Representatives Bradley Murfitt after being censured by House Republicans. “The recent actions violate my 1st amendment rights, as well as the rights of my 11,000 constituents to representation,” Zephyr said in a tweet Monday.

  • Outgoing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and New York City Mayor Eric Adams are criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for resuming the “inhumane and dangerous” busing of migrants to major cities. In a letter written Sunday, Lightfoot cited concerns about Chicago’s ability to accommodate more migrants, writing, “We simply have no more shelters, spaces, or resources.”

  • Federal, state and local officials are searching for two inmates who escaped from a Virginia jail, including a man who’s suspected of being involved in the murder of a North Carolina deputy, according to authorities. Alder Marin-Sotelo, 26, and Bruce Callahan, 44, escaped “sometime” over the weekend from the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, which is about 70 miles west of Richmond, according to the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Department. Callahan is convicted of multiple federal drug charges and Marin-Sotelo is convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, the sheriff’s department said.

  • Francisco Oropesa, the man on the run after allegedly killing five Texas family members, is a Mexican national who was previously deported four times, a source familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Oropesa, 38, was deported on March 17, 2009, after an immigration judge ordered his removal, the source said. Oropesa had also been convicted in Montgomery County, Texas, in January 2012 of driving while intoxicated and served time in jail, the source said.

  • Carrie Underwood has a green thumb — and it seems to run in the family. The country music superstar shared a series of photos to Instagram on Sunday showing an epic “garden haul” of veggies she grew with the help of her youngest son, Jacob, 4. “Today’s garden haul…beets, carrots, snap peas, radishes, yellow squash and kale,” she wrote in the caption, before listing all the ways she uses every part of the beet so that there’s “nothing wasted.”

  • More than 100 structures have been damaged by a confirmed and rare EF3 tornado in Virginia Beach, according to officials. The tornado struck the Great Neck portion of Virginia Beach just before 6 p.m. on Sunday as severe storms moved through much of the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service. The twister touched down near River Road and North Great Neck Road, according to the City of Virginia Beach.

  • The collapse of First Republic Bank on Monday left it under control of the U.S. government, which quickly sold the bank to JPMorgan Chase. The move aimed to shore up the financial system after a cascade of major bank failures. JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, retained the majority of First Republic’s assets and all of its deposits, JPMorgan Chase said on Monday.

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At least 2 Brooklyn buildings sustain partial collapses due to weekend rainfall


As roads in Brooklyn dry up from this weekend’s rainfall, some places are cleaning up.

In Park Slope, a preschool building at 298 Sixth Ave. partially collapsed due to the rain over the weekend. One person was injured as a result.

A building at 755 Belmont Ave. in Brownsville partially collapsed. No injuries were reported, as it was believed to be vacant.

News 12’s Jericho Tran is reporting minimal impact on the roads in the Bay Ridge area from the rain, but drivers should still take it slow to avoid any puddles or slick conditions. 

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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Russian freight train derails after hitting ‘explosive device’


MoA Russian freight train derailed Monday in the western region of Bryansk bordering Ukraine after an “explosive device” detonated on the rail tracks, the local governor said.

On the same day, officials said power lines had been blown up in northern Russia, which the FSB security service called an “act of sabotage.”

The apparent attacks came a day after a Ukrainian strike killed four people in a Russian village in the Bryansk region and as Kyiv prepared for a widely expected counter-offensive.

“An unidentified explosive device went off, as a result of which a locomotive of a freight train derailed,” Bryansk governor Alexander Bogomaz said on Telegram.

There were no casualties, he added. He said emergency services were working at the scene and that rail traffic in the area had been suspended. There have been reports of sabotage acts on railroads in Russia and its ally Belarus throughout Moscow’s more than year-long Ukraine offensive. But this is the first time Russian officials confirm an attack of that scale. Footage on social media showed the front of the train and several cargo carriages on fire and lying on the grass next to the tracks.

Russian Railways said the incident took place on Monday at 10:17 am local time (0717 GMT) between the town of Unecha and the village of Rassukha in the south-western corner of region — some 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the Ukrainian border.

It said the front locomotive and seven wagons derailed “after the intervention of unauthorised persons in the work of railway transport.” “As a result of the incident, the locomotive caught fire,” it said in a statement. The state operator said fire fighters were working at the scene and that there could be delays on passenger trains from the area to Moscow.

Earlier on Monday, the governor of the northern Leningrad region, Alexander Drozdenko, said local power lines had been blown up by an “explosive device.”

The official said the lines were damaged near the village of Susanino, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg and posted images of the lines lying on the ground in a forest. Drozdenko later said the FSB security service had opened a criminal case on “sabotage”.

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US Intelligence Surveillance of Americans Drops Sharply



U.S. intelligence agencies pushing lawmakers to reauthorize a controversial set of surveillance tools are hoping to get a boost from a new report showing fewer U.S. citizens and residents are getting swept up in the agencies’ collection efforts.

The just-released report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that even as U.S. intelligence agencies are making greater use of collection authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the number of U.S. persons — citizens or legal residents — being targeted has declined steadily.

Friday’s transparency report said there were only 49 court-approved surveillance or search orders for U.S. persons in 2022, down from 67 in 2021 and from 102 in 2020.

Additionally, the number of U.S. persons subject to law enforcement queries after they were swept up in foreign electronic surveillance, under what is known as FISA Section 702, also saw a “significant decline,” according to the report, despite an overall increase in the use of the authorities.

FBI abused access, say some

FISA Section 702 allows for the National Security Agency and the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance and data collection of non-Americans. But such efforts sometimes pick up information on U.S. persons, and that has been a point of contention for some lawmakers and civil liberties groups who argue the FBI has abused its access to the data.

According to the report, the number of non-Americans targeted under FISA Section 702 jumped to 246,000 in 2022, an increase of more than 13,600 from the previous year.

However, the ODNI’s records indicated the FBI searches of the data for information on U.S. persons dropped by almost 96%.

“This reduction occurred following a number of changes FBI made to its systems, processes and training relating to U.S. person queries,” the report said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has similarly touted internal reforms, telling lawmakers last month that the bureau’s own data showed searches for U.S. citizens or their information under Section 702 had dropped 93% from 2021 to 2022.

“We are absolutely committed to making sure that we show you, the rest of the members of Congress and the American people that we’re worthy of these incredibly valuable authorities,” he said at the time.

Yet the FBI’s assurances, and the new report from ODNI, have done little to assuage lawmakers charged with reauthorizing the FISA Section 702 authorities before they expire at the end of the year.

“We need to pass substantive and meaningful reforms to help deter abusive behavior by the FBI in the FISA process,” Representative Mike Turner, House Intelligence Committee chairman, and Representative Darin LaHood, both Republicans, said in a statement Friday.

“We must protect the American people’s privacy and civil liberties,” they said. “Without additional safeguards, a clean reauthorization of 702 is a nonstarter.”

LaHood, who said last month that the FBI searched for his name in foreign data multiple times under FISA Section 702, has been leading a bipartisan working group charged with proposing meaningful reforms.

Lawmakers have also been joined by human rights groups, who argue the latest data show problems remain.

“While the new statistics show a decline, the total number of searches is huge even now, and the intrusion on Americans’ privacy is undeniable,” Patrick Toomey, deputy director with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, said in a statement.

“FBI agents are sitting at their computers and subjecting Americans to warrantless ‘backdoor searches’ hundreds of times per day,” Toomey said. “After years of FBI surveillance abuses, it’s time for Congress to step in and require the constitutional gold standard: a warrant.”

‘A vital source of intelligence’

Despite such concerns, U.S. intelligence officials have repeatedly urged lawmakers to renew the collection authorities, arguing they are critical to protecting Americans at home and U.S. interests abroad.

NSA Cybersecurity Director Rob Joyce earlier this month called FISA Section 702 “a vital source of intelligence.”

“I can’t do cybersecurity at the scope and scale we do it today without that authority,” he told an audience in Washington.

A day later, CIA Director William Burns told an audience at Rice University in Texas that FISA Section 702 has become an indispensable tool in combating drug cartels sending fentanyl into the U.S.

U.S. intelligence officials have previously credited FISA Section 702 warrantless surveillance authorities with providing information crucial in launching the strike that killed al-Qaida terror leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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Special counsel subpoenas research firm hired by Trump campaign


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Washington — A Rhode Island software company commissioned by Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign to investigate claims of election fraud was subpoenaed by special counsel Jack Smith earlier this year, according to the firm’s founder.

Ken Block — a software engineer and politician who once ran for governor of the state  — confirmed that his company, Simpatico Software Systems, was hired by the Trump campaign and found over a dozen claims of election fraud presented to him by the campaign were false.

The existence of the subpoena and Block’s firm’s election findings were first reported by The Washington Post.

The data were shared with the special counsel, who is investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Block said.

Block says he founded Simpatico, a software engineering firm, 20 years ago. It designs computers for big corporations across the country and has also been hired to conduct public research on registered voter lists to determine if deceased people are still listed on voter rolls and whether ballots were cast in their names.

The day after the 2020 presidential election, a Trump campaign lawyer hired Simpatico to both “attempt to validate some pretty wild claims of voter fraud” and analyze voter data from across the country collected by the Republican National Committee, Block said.

He declined to provide any further details about his work with the Trump campaign or about his interaction with federal investigators because of the ongoing special counsel probe. However, speaking broadly, he said, “The claims that I deal with are the claims that have some basis in data. None of those claims have yielded anything close to fraud that could change an election.”

“I don’t believe I’ve seen any credible report of massive voter fraud ever,” Block said Friday in an interview with CBS News, explaining the data he examined have not turned up any substantive evidence of fraud that could have changed the outcome of an election.

And as for the more than a dozen instances of voter fraud alleged by the campaign, Block said, “Every fraud claim I was asked to investigate was false.”

When approached by federal investigators earlier this year who asked to speak with an attorney for Simpatico, the Rhode Islander said he responded, “I am accounts-receivable, janitorial, and legal. How can I help you?” and soon after fully complied with the subpoena from Smith’s office.

During an interview with the House Select Committee that investigated the Jan. 6 Capitol riot last year, a Trump campaign attorney confirmed that Simpatico was hired to try to “to verify some of the information that came in about categories of election fraud,” according to a transcript of the interview released by the committee.

“It’s very difficult within the timeframes of an election to be able to confirm to a level that would withstand judicial scrutiny whether or not someone voted twice or whether or not someone was deceased when they voted. There are issues with the data, and it’s hard to say with a high degree of certainty that certain things are verifiable,” the attorney, Alex Cannon, testified.

When pressed by committee staff about Simpatico’s findings, Cannon told investigators such information was privileged, the publicly released transcript revealed.

Block is a registered Republican who, after first founding the Moderate Party in Rhode Island, ran in the state’s GOP primary for governor in 2014. During the gubernatorial campaign, he was criticized for revealing that he had previously voted for Barack Obama and as a result, wouldn’t disclose who he voted for in the 2020 presidential election.

“It’s private information,” he said Friday.

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment, but told the Washington Post in its initial report, “This is nothing more than a targeted, politically motivated witch hunt against President Trump concocted to try and prevent the American people from returning him to the White House.”

Smith and his team of investigators have convened numerous grand juries in recent months, tasked with investigating efforts to subvert the Biden presidency. On Thursday, former Vice President Mike Pence testified for approximately seven hours, after an appeals court rejected Trump’s attempts to assert executive privilege over his testimony.

Other Trump aides and allies, including former national security adviser Robert O’Brien and White House advisor Stephen Miller, were spotted in recent months at the Washington, D.C. federal courthouse where the grand juries meet each week.

And last year, the special counsel subpoenaed election officials in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin for communications with Trump, his campaign and several lawyers and allies associated with his 2020 presidential campaign, state officials confirmed.

Beyond the special counsel’s investigation, Block hopes his election data analysis will lead to “meaningful change that is not partisan.” He is now working to highlight inconsistencies in state laws concerning votes lawfully cast by individuals via mail who then die before Election Day.

“The experience of the voter is dramatically different depending on where they live,” Block said. “The voter experience should be largely the same and it’s not.”

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One dead, 23 wounded in Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s Mykolaiv


KYIV, April 27 (Reuters) – One person was killed and 23 people, including a child, were wounded in a Russian missile strike on an apartment block and houses in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv in the early hours of Thursday, officials said.

“At night, Russia bombarded Mykolaiv with four Kalibr missiles launched from the Black Sea,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on the Telegram app.

“The high-precision weapons were aimed at private houses, a historic building, and a high-rise building. For now, we know about one dead and 23 wounded, including a child.”

[1/6] Firefighters work at a site of a building damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Mykolaiv, Ukraine April 27, 2023. Press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Mykolaiv region/Handout via REUTERS

A video posted by Zelenskiy showed badly damaged buildings with smashed windows and smoke rising above the roofs.

Regional governor Vitaliy Kim said the emergency services put out several fires caused by the missile debris and that they were clearing the rubble.

Russia denies deliberately targeting civilians in its full-scale invasion that has killed thousands of people, uprooted millions and destroyed towns.

Mykolaiv, a shipbuilding centre and port, had a population of about 470,000 people before the war. The city has suffered heavy Russian bombardments throughout the war.

Reporting by Olena Harmash, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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