Russia ramps up attacks on civilian areas
Officially, Russian troops have stopped taking Ukrainian territory.But the last few days Intensified random attacks on civilian areas, with fighter jets, artillery and missiles. Residents and Ukrainian soldiers alike were terrified, maimed and killed by the attack.
Ukrainian officials said yesterday that at least eight civilians had been killed in Russian airstrikes in the previous 24 hours. In eastern Donetsk province, at least 10 towns were attacked and two people were killed, bringing the civilian death toll in the province to nearly 600 since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Although its forces have been severely depleted, Russia’s attack on Ukraine is far from over. Ukrainians and Western analysts believe that soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin will order a new offensive to conquer Ukraine’s remaining territory in Donetsk.
Available to quote: Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky ridiculed the idea that the Russian attack had waned. “Many people spoke of the so-called ‘pause of operations’ in the occupiers’ operations in Donbass and other parts of Ukraine,” he said. “Russian planes have carried out 34 airstrikes in the past day, and this is the answer to all those who asked for this ‘pause’.”
deeper: After each attack on a civilian target, Russia has denied or passed the buck. The Times examines some of the deadliest strikes and Russia’s explanation for them.
Race to replace Boris Johnson’s rivals
The candidates vying to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister reflect the country’s rich diversity, with six with recent ancestors from outside Europe. 4 out of 11 were women.
However, in terms of policy recommendations, they are more uniform: Almost all have promised tax cuts, most are in favour of legislation that goes against the deal with the EU on Northern Ireland trade, and many will continue to deport some migrants to Rwanda.
Under the new rules passed yesterday, lawmakers will shrink the list of contenders in successive rounds of voting, starting tomorrow with two candidates by the end of next week, with the support of the 20 lawmakers needed for the first campaign. list. A candidate will win from a vote of Conservative Party members in early September.
The unanimously right-leaning nature of the candidate’s proposal reflects Conservative voters. The party’s centre of gravity has tilted to the right amid the bitter battle over Brexit. Johnson has purged more centrist MPs, such as former cabinet minister Rory Stewart.
Available to quote: “All of them have a weird disconnect from reality,” said Jonathan Portes, professor of economics and public policy at King’s College London. “They’re just in this fantasy land, talking about tax cuts.”
How Elon Musk disrupted Twitter
When Elon Musk tried to pull out of a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, he Ruthlessly making social media companies worse Than when he said to buy. He’s undermined trust in Twitter, hit employee morale, spooked potential advertisers, highlighted the company’s financial struggles and spread misinformation about how it operates.
The precarious situation underscores why Twitter will sue Musk this week to force a deal. Court battles can be protracted and massive, involving months of expensive litigation and high-stakes negotiations by elite lawyers. Twitter might win, but if it loses, Musk can leave by paying a breakup fee.
In a letter to Musk’s lawyers on Sunday, Twitter’s lawyers said his move to terminate the deal was “void and wrong” and that Musk “willfully, intentionally, intentionally and materially violated” his acquisition of the deal. company agreement. The letter added that Twitter will continue to provide Musk with information and work to close the deal.
Ascent and descent: Shares of Twitter tumbled more than 11% yesterday to one of their lowest levels since 2020 as investors anticipated a looming legal battle.Twitter’s stock has fallen by more than a third since it accepted Musk’s takeover offer on April 25 As investors are increasingly skeptical that the deal will go through on agreed terms.
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Bookstore business is booming
Call it a plot twist: More than 300 independent bookstores have opened in the U.S. over the past few years, a “welcome revival after an early pandemic recession,” Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth Harris in The Times. Many of the shop owners are people of color, which has made the book business more diverse, which was originally dominated by white people.
The rapid growth of brick-and-mortar bookstores is especially surprising at a time when they face stiff competition from Amazon and other online retailers. Many bookstore owners are also facing new uncertainty over a bleak overall economic outlook.
“People are really looking for a neighborhood where they get real testimonials from real people,” said Nyshell Lawrence, a bookseller in Lansing, Michigan, who visited a local store and discovered black people She decided to open a bookstore after having few titles for women. “We’re not just based on algorithms.”
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PS Francis X. Clines, Times reporter, covering New York City politics, the collapse of the Soviet Union and troubles in Northern Ireland, among many other topics, Died Sunday at 84.
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