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Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Although the Russian military initially made broad advances into the country beginning on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces, backed by Western support, resisted fiercely, forcing Russia to pull back into eastern and southern Ukraine. Soon, front lines hundreds of miles long were established, and the war evolved into a long and punishing battle of artillery, drones, and close combat across trenches, shattered forests, and ruined villages. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict. As Russia continues to launch missiles into all parts of Ukraine and presses forward with ground attacks across the front line, Ukrainian forces face intensifying shortages of manpower and ammunition. Gathered below are images from recent months, showing a region reshaped by two years of war. Source link

International community confronts Israel over occupation of Palestinian lands

International community confronts Israel over occupation of Palestinian lands

You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday. In a first-of-its-kind case, the U.N.’s top court is weighing the nature of Israel’s control over the occupied Palestinian territories. Public hearings began Monday at the International Court of Justice in The Hague as the tribunal seeks to put forward its opinion on the legality of Israeli policies in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and occupied East Jerusalem since 1967 after Israeli forces captured these areas in the aftermath of a war with its Arab neighbors. The deliberations are the result of a 2022 resolution passed in the U.N. General Assembly seeking the court’s intervention on the matter. More than 50 countries are participating in the proceedings, which will run through this week. On Tuesday, 10 countries were in the docket with their presentations — and all, including the Netherlands and Belgium, largely condemned the underlying policies of Israeli …

Mickey 17 Movie Release Date Set for January 2025

Mickey 17 Movie Release Date Set for January 2025

Mickey 17 is back on the theatrical calendar. The feature from Oscar winning Parasite director Bong Joon Ho will now open on Jan. 31, 2025, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. Last month, Warners removed it from its previous date of March 29, 2024. The film was delayed due to production shifts caused by the strikes. At the time of the announcement, the delay was not a surprise, as no trailer had been released as its date inched closer and closer, leading to speculation it would move. Robert Pattinson stars in the adaptation of the 2022 novel Mickey 7, from author Edward Ashton. In the novel, Mickey 7 is a space colonist known as an expendable. (In fact, he is the seventh iteration of a man named Mickey Barnes.) Each colony features an expendable, a crewmember who takes deadly jobs but who are then restored via clone bodies when they die. Ashton published the sequel, Antimatter Blues, last year. Director Bong is expected to put his own trademark spin on the source material, with the film also …

Martin Scorsese Receives Honorary Golden Bear Award from Wim Wenders

Martin Scorsese Receives Honorary Golden Bear Award from Wim Wenders

Martin Scorsese was greeted by loud cheers as he alighted from his car at the Berlinale Palast on Tuesday night, and set about signing autographs for the crowd gathered on this cold Berlin night. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is the recipient of an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the 74th Berlinale. “Marty!! Marty!!” the crowd chanted, as Scorsese posed for photographers before fielding press questions and greeting festival brass, protected from the sharp weather only by his dapper black suit. Once inside the auditorium, the 81-year-old finally sat down some 25 minutes after arriving, following a long-standing ovation.  Live music from the soundtrack of Killers of the Flowers Moon was accompanied by clips playing on the screen. The fest’s exec director, Marietta Rissenbeek,  and artistic director, Carlo Chatrian, offered a few words in recognition of the great director, making Scorsese laugh and seem to all but cry with his daughter Francesca by his side.  German director Wim Wenders took to the stage and gave an overview of his career, rolling off scores of titles …

After Making Oscar History, Sandra Hüller Already Sees Her Life Changing

After Making Oscar History, Sandra Hüller Already Sees Her Life Changing

It’s rare for any actor to lead two films that go on to garner best-picture nominations at the Oscars—and it’s fully unprecedented for both of those films to be non-English-language. Sandra Hüller can claim that groundbreaking first, as the star of The Zone of Interest and Anatomy of a Fall, both of which are widely expected to win at least one Oscar come March 10. And Hüller herself is in the hunt for best actress, having received her first nomination for her tremendous work in Anatomy of a Fall. It’s been a remarkable journey for the German star and her top movies for nearly a year now—going back to their world premieres at Cannes last spring, where they won the festival’s top two prizes. Hüller and I first spoke before both films made their North American bows in Telluride—that is, before the unofficial kickoff to their Oscar campaigns—and have caught up periodically since then. She joined me this week for Little Gold Men (listen or read below) for a reflection on the whirlwind of the …

Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

The winning entries in this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest have just been announced, and Alex Dawson was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 for his image of a whale skeleton on the seafloor, beneath the ice, in Greenland. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, and more. Contest organizers were once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers. Source link

Argentina’s anti-government protests offer a lesson for the international struggle against the rise of the far right

Argentina’s anti-government protests offer a lesson for the international struggle against the rise of the far right

In the first 24 hours of his reign, the new president of Argentina, Javier Milei, halved the number of previously existing government ministries in a manner resembling a dystopian science fiction novel. Milei amalgamated education, culture, labour and social welfare into a “Ministry of Human Capital” led by his friend and former television producer, Sandra Pettovello. Milei is a far-right populist leader who labels himself an “anarcho-capitalist libertarian”. In his presidential campaign, he used social media expertly, attracting many young men and those who feel left out of the political class and want something different. More than 40% of Argentina’s population is very poor. These people, who sometimes do not know where their next meal is coming from, voted for the “complete reset” promised by Milei in viral memes and videos where he brandished a chainsaw or hoisted a huge US$100 bill with his face on it. Milei admires western versions of cutthroat capitalism. His legislation mimics the Washington Consensus fiscal policy “discipline” of the 1990s, and makes explicit attacks on human and workers’ rights, …

Notorious cybercrime gang Lockbit disrupted by NCA, FBI and international coalition | UK News

Notorious cybercrime gang Lockbit disrupted by NCA, FBI and international coalition | UK News

An infamous cybercrime gang that holds victims’ data to ransom has been disrupted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and a coalition of international police agencies.  A post on Lockbit’s extortion website on Monday said: “This site is now under the control of the National Crime Agency of the UK, working in close cooperation with the FBI and the international law enforcement task force, ‘Operation Cronos’.” Europol and other international police organisations from France, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Germany all aided in the rare law enforcement operation. An NCA spokesperson confirmed that the agency had disrupted the gang and said the operation was “ongoing and developing”. A representative for Lockbit posted messages on an encrypted messaging app saying it had backup servers not affected by the law enforcement action. Lockbit is one of the most prolific and dominant ransomware operators in what is a highly competitive underground market. The group and its affiliates have hacked some of the world’s largest organisations in recent months. The gang makes money by stealing …

When Costa-Gavras’ ‘Z’ Ventured Into New Oscar Territory

When Costa-Gavras’ ‘Z’ Ventured Into New Oscar Territory

“Any resemblance to real events and dead or living people is not a coincidence. It is INTENTIONAL.” So reads a title card at the beginning of Costa-Gavras’ Z, set in an unnamed Mediterranean country that could stand in for any number of police states torn between Russian and American influence at the height of the Cold War. The 1969 Franco-Algerian production was fittingly international: While the dialogue (by Spanish writer Jorge Semprún) is in French, the plot itself, based on a book by Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos, adheres to events in Greece following the 1963 assassination of a popular pacifist candidate (whose counterpart is played by Yves Montand) who’d dared to oppose the ruling junta. The titular letter, painted across the street in a climactic scene, was a protest slogan that meant “He lives.” “Here is the new Hitchcock we have been awaiting,” crowed THR about the Greek director. “Whatever the political commitments of its makers, Z is a slick, knockout of a political thriller, the fictional anonymity of its real life setting and characters …

Andrew Scott Asked About Barry Keoghan in BAFTAs Red Carpet Interview

Andrew Scott Asked About Barry Keoghan in BAFTAs Red Carpet Interview

Andrew Scott stepped away from a red carpet interview with BBC News at the BAFTAs after he was asked inappropriate questions about Saltburn star and BAFTA nominee Barry Keoghan.  Scott, who was in attendance alongside his All of Us Strangers co-star Paul Mescal because the movie was nominated for six awards, including outstanding British film, was asked to chat by veteran BBC entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson.  This is frankly disgusting. Andrew Scott is there to support his multiple nominated film and THIS is what you ask? Then when he looks visibly uncomfortable the guy carried on. Truly horrid. #BAFTAs pic.twitter.com/42VEoBXRQi — Alex Gilston ???? GFF 2024 (@PresenterAlex) February 18, 2024 Instead of asking about the critically acclaimed queer drama, Paterson opted to focus on asking Scott his thoughts on Keoghan’s penis. In the now-viral clip, the correspondent said, “Do you know Barry well?” Scott, who seemingly didn’t know the direction that the conversation was heading in, beamed, “Yes! I know Barry, yeah!”  Paterson then asked, “OK, your reaction when you first saw the naked dance …