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France honors foreign Resistance fighters as WWII hero Manouchian is inducted into the Panthéon

France honors foreign Resistance fighters as WWII hero Manouchian is inducted into the Panthéon

PARIS (AP) — While France hosts grandiose ceremonies commemorating D-Day, Missak Manouchian and his Resistance fighters’ heroic role in World War II are often overlooked. French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to change that by inducting Manouchian into the Panthéon national monument on Wednesday. A poet who took refuge in France after surviving the Armenian genocide, Manouchian was executed in 1944 for leading the resistance to Nazi occupation. Macron is to lead a Paris ceremony in homage to Manouchian at the Panthéon, the resting place of France’s most revered figures, in the presence of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The tribute will also include members of his Resistance group. “With them, it’s all foreign Resistance fighters who enter into the Panthéon,” said historian Denis Peschanski, who led efforts to honor Manouchian’s memory. The move comes as France gets ready to celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day this year in the presence of heads of states and World War II veterans. Manouchian’s coffin, covered with the French flag, will be carried in the street in front …

Zelensky warns Russia ‘massing reserves’

Zelensky warns Russia ‘massing reserves’

Listen to Ukraine: the Latest, The Telegraph’s daily podcast, using the audio player at the top of this article or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast app. War in Ukraine is reshaping our world. Every weekday The Telegraph’s top journalists analyse the invasion from all angles – military, humanitarian, political, economic, historical – and tell you what you need to know to stay updated. With over 70 million listens, our Ukraine: The Latest podcast is your go-to source for all the latest analysis, live reaction and correspondents reporting on the ground. We have been broadcasting ever since the full-scale invasion began. Ukraine: The Latest’s regular contributors are: David Knowles David is Head of Audio Development at The Telegraph, where he has worked for nearly three years. He has reported from across Ukraine during the full-scale invasion.  Dominic Nicholls Dom is Associate Editor (Defence) at The Telegraph, having joined in 2018. He previously served for 23 years in the British Army, in tank and helicopter units. He had operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and …

Kremlin rejects Navalny widow’s charges he was killed by Putin as ‘insolent’

Kremlin rejects Navalny widow’s charges he was killed by Putin as ‘insolent’

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appealed Tuesday to President Vladimir Putin to intervene and turn her son’s body over to her so she can bury him with dignity. Lyudmila Navalnaya, who has been trying to get his body since Saturday, appeared in a video outside the Arctic penal colony where Navalny died on Friday. “For the fifth day, I have been unable to see him. They wouldn’t release his body to me. And they’re not even telling me where he is,” a black-clad Navalnaya said in the video, with the barbed wire of Penal Colony No. 3 in Kharp, about 1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow. “I’m reaching out to you, Vladimir Putin. The resolution of this matter depends solely on you. Let me finally see my son. I demand that Alexei’s body is released immediately, so that I can bury him like a human being,” she said in the video, which was posted to social media by Navalny’s team. Russian authorities have said the cause of Navalny’s death is still …

Israel orders new evacuations in northern Gaza

Israel orders new evacuations in northern Gaza

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The World Food Program said Tuesday it has paused deliveries of food to isolated northern Gaza because of increasing chaos across the territory, hiking fears of potential starvation. A study by the U.N. children’s agency warned that one in six children in the north are acutely malnourished. Entry of aid trucks into the besieged territory has sharply declined by more than half the past two weeks, according to U.N. figures. Overwhelmed U.N. and relief workers said intake of trucks and distribution have been crippled by Israeli failure to ensure convoys’ safety amid its bombardment and ground offensive and by a breakdown in security, with hungry Palestinians frequently overwhelming trucks to take food. The weakening of the aid operation threatens to deepen misery across the territory, where Israel’s air and ground offensive, launched in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, has killed over 29,000 Palestinians, obliterated entire neighborhoods and displaced more than 80% of the population of 2.3 million. Heavy fighting and airstrikes have flared in the past two days in …

Wall Street Starts Holiday-Shortened Week on a Down Note

Wall Street Starts Holiday-Shortened Week on a Down Note

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell on Wall Street in morning trading on Tuesday to kick off a holiday-shortened week. The S&P 500 slipped 0.6% and is coming off only its second losing week in the last 16. The benchmark index is sitting below the record high it reached last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 30 points, or 0.1%, as of 10:05 a.m. Eastern time. The Nasdaq composite fell 1.2%. Markets were closed in the U.S. on Monday for Presidents Day. Technology stocks were among the biggest weights on the market. Chipmaker Nvidia slumped 5% and Microsoft fell 1%. Photos You Should See Big retailers reported mixed earnings. Walmart rose 5.4% after reporting stronger-than-expected results for its latest quarter and issuing sales forecasts that came in ahead of what Wall Street was expecting. Outside of earnings, credit card company Capital One Financial slipped 1% as it moves ahead with a $35 billion buyout of Discover Financial Services. Discover soared 12%. Markets are coming off of a heavy week of economic reports that hinted …

The Vatican’s problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

The Vatican’s problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. In the main reception room of the Vatican hotel where he lives, Francis met for more than an hour with a Spaniard who as a young seminarian was molested by his spiritual director. The former seminarian was desperate. He had lodged a complaint with the Toledo, Spain Archdiocese in 2009, and visited Vatican offices multiple times to deposit damning documents and demand action be taken against his abuser and the bishops who allegedly covered for him. But for 15 years, he had received no justice from the church. While Francis’ decision to hear his story was laudable and pastorally sensitive, it was also evidence that the church’s in-house system to deal with abuse isn’t working — from the laws available to punish abusers to its policies for helping survivors. For every victim who has enough well-connected …

Putin gifts Kim Jong-un a Russian-made car

Putin gifts Kim Jong-un a Russian-made car

Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a Russian-made car, Pyongyang’s state media said on Tuesday, as the two countries bolster ties in areas from tourism to defence. Kim was “presented with a car made in Russia for his personal use by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation”, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency reported. Kim’s powerful sister, Yo Jong, said the “gift serves as a clear demonstration of the special personal relations between the top leaders” of the two countries, KCNA added. The report did not specify the vehicle’s model. Since Kim visited Putin last year, Pyongyang has been drawing ever closer to Moscow, with a group of Russian tourists arriving earlier this month for a four-day trip – the first known foreign tour group since before pandemic-linked border closures in 2020. After September’s Kim-Putin summit in Russia’s Far East, the United States and South Korea have repeatedly claimed the North has shipped weapons to Moscow for use in its war with Ukraine, in exchange for Russian help …

Russian Pilot Who Defected to Ukraine Shot Dead in Spain -Reports

Russian Pilot Who Defected to Ukraine Shot Dead in Spain -Reports

KYIV/MADRID (Reuters) – A Russian pilot who defected to Ukraine with his helicopter last year was found dead in an underground garage in Spain last week, his body riddled with bullets, Ukrainian and Spanish media reported on Monday. Spain’s state news agency EFE reported that a body found on Feb 13 in the town of Villajoyosa, near Alicante in southern Spain, belonged to pilot Maxim Kuzminov, who had landed in Ukraine with his Mi-8 helicopter last August. He had been living in Spain with a Ukrainian passport under a different name, it said. A spokesperson for Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence confirmed to Reuters that Kuzminov had died in Spain, but did not specify the cause of death. Ukraine’s Ukrainska Pravda newspaper also reported that he had been found shot dead. Spanish police have confirmed that a body was found of a gunshot victim in the town, but have not disclosed the victim’s identity. A source at Spain’s Guardia Civil police force told Reuters that the victim could have been living under a fake identity. The …

Russia takes control in Avdiivka

Russia takes control in Avdiivka

Listen to Ukraine: the Latest, The Telegraph’s daily podcast, using the audio player at the top of this article or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast app. War in Ukraine is reshaping our world. Every weekday The Telegraph’s top journalists analyse the invasion from all angles – military, humanitarian, political, economic, historical – and tell you what you need to know to stay updated. With over 70 million listens, our Ukraine: The Latest podcast is your go-to source for all the latest analysis, live reaction and correspondents reporting on the ground. We have been broadcasting ever since the full-scale invasion began. Ukraine: The Latest’s regular contributors are: David Knowles David is Head of Audio Development at The Telegraph, where he has worked for nearly three years. He has reported from across Ukraine during the full-scale invasion.  Dominic Nicholls Dom is Associate Editor (Defence) at The Telegraph, having joined in 2018. He previously served for 23 years in the British Army, in tank and helicopter units. He had operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and …