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Putin Plans Concert Bash to Celebrate Annexation of 15% of Ukraine

The Russian government under strongman Vladimir Putin is planning a concert in Moscow’s Red Square on Friday evening to welcome the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” – that represent about 15 percent of Ukrainian territory.

TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the seventh anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2021. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Google Silences Women: YouTube Removes Giorgia Meloni’s Viral 2019 Speech

Google-owned YouTube removed the video of a 2019 speech from incoming Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni which had been going viral across numerous platforms. The internet giant claims the video “breached” its community guidelines, a transgession that apparently took several years and a successful election for it to notice.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai smiles ( Justin Sullivan /Getty)

China Fears Giorgia Meloni May Cut Italy Out of Belt and Road Debt Trap

China’s Global Times state newspaper warned likely Italian Prime Minister-to-be Giorgia Meloni, the right-wing leader whose party won Sunday’s national legislative elections, in an article on Tuesday not to adhere to promises to try to distance Italy from China’s influence or undo deals under the banner of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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