Rugby-Ireland to play Maori All Blacks in mid-week clashes

– Ireland will play the Maori All Blacks in two mid-week matches during their three-test tour, New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. Ireland will meet the representative team in Hamilton on June 29, three days before they kick off their regular All Blacks series at Eden Park. The second Maori All Blacks clash will be in Wellington on July 12. “The Maori All Blacks will provide a stern test of our squad strength and depth,”…

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Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

KYIV/NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine – Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands…

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U.N. warns of ‘catastrophic’ child malnutrition due to price hikes, Ukraine war

LONDON – The cost of life-saving treatment for the most severely malnourished children is set to jump by up to 16% due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and pandemic disruptions, according to the United Nations’ children’s agency. The raw ingredients of the ready-to-eat-therapeutic food have leapt in price amid the global food crisis sparked by the war and pandemic, UNICEF said. Without further funding in the next six months, 600,000 more children may miss out…

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‘Rust’ producer says movie will be completed – Hollywood Reporter

– A producer of the movie “Rust,” whose set saw the fatal accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year, said the movie will be completed, the Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday. Hutchins was killed in October when a revolver that actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with during filming in New Mexico fired a live round that hit her and movie director Joel Souza. Souza was wounded but survived. “We’re confident we’ll be able to…

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Russia gives Credit Bank of Moscow licence to export gold

– Credit Bank of Moscow (MKB), one of Russia’s largest private lenders, has obtained a gold export licence from the government, it said on Monday, becoming the latest Russian bank to turn to precious metals trade to offset the impact of sanctions. The main operators of the gold market in Russia and its largest lenders – Sberbank and VTB – have been hit by harsh Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after it sent tens of…

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra feted on return home after Eurovision win

KRAKOVETS, Ukraine – Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra returned to their homeland on Monday after an emotional Eurovision Song Contest victory, greeted at the border with Poland by servicemen and women whose cause the band had championed in Turin. Frontman Oleh Psiuk was presented with a bouquet of yellow and blue flowers – the colours of Ukraine’s flag – and reunited with his girlfriend before he and his band launched into an impromptu version of “Stefania”, their…

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Cannes Film Festival kicks into full swing for 75th anniversary

CANNES, France – The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winners – a splashy return even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over festivities. “I honestly think this is one of the best Cannes line-ups in years,” said Scott Roxborough, European bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter. The festival runs from May 17-28, resuming its traditional…

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Russia says it will evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Azovstal

LONDON – Russia said on Monday that it had agreed to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the bunkers below the besieged Azovstal steel works in Mariupol to a medical facility in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk. “An agreement has been reached on the removal of the wounded,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement. “A humanitarian corridor has been opened through which wounded Ukrainian servicemen are being taken to a medical facility in Novoazovsk.”…

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Return of the Moskvich: Russia to revive ‘legendary’ Soviet-era car after Renault exit

(Corrected to say $1 billion not $1 million in the ninth paragraph.) -A Soviet-era car brand the “Moskvich” could make a surprise comeback in Russia, as Moscow takes over assets belonging to Renault following the French carmaker’s exit from the country. Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he would nationalise Renault’s car factory in the city, after the Western carmaker said it was selling its local business following the start of the conflict in Ukraine. The…

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EU, U.S. raise cooperation to counter Ukraine war disruption

PARIS – The European Union and the United States agreed on Monday to cooperate more closely to counter disrupted supply of industrial commodities and food caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to combat disinformation from Moscow. Senior EU and U.S. officials convened in Paris for the second Trade and Technology Council, a forum initially seen as a transatlantic counterweight to China, but now with a clear focus also on Russia. In a joint statement,…

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