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The death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last president of the Soviet Union, has prompted renewed reflection on a key period in contemporary world history.As chairman of the waning USSR, Gorbachev was seen by the West as a peacemaker for his role in ending the Cold War – for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.The reforms he initiated, designed to modernize the country and bring it closer to the rest…

Ukraine launches attack on Russian base near nuclear power plantUkraine said Friday it had hit a Russian base in Energodar, the city where the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is located, which is occupied by Russian troops. “In the towns of Kherson and Energodar, precise attacks by our troops destroyed three enemy artillery systems, as well as an ammunition depot,” killing many Russian soldiers, the Ukrainian army said in a statement. The strike comes the day…

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi likened being at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant to viewing the situation as “night and day” from a distance. Speaking on his return to Vienna after visiting the site with a team of inspectors, Grossi admitted that although they were aware of the conditions prior to the broadcast, being on site was an eye-opener experience.”My concern will be the physical integrity, the power supply and of course the…

Petr – a popular travel vlogger – is not shy about new EU visa restrictions for Russian tourists. “This is completely unfair. The people who are for Putin don’t care – they have no money or have never been abroad,” said the 41-year-old YouTuber. “The EU makes life as difficult as possible for those who try to fight the regime,” Petr added. He is one of millions of Russians who will be affected by stricter…

Residents of the Japanese city of Hamamatsu have been called to evacuate on Friday after torrential rains caused the Magome River to overflow.The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued heavy rain warnings for Shizuoka Prefecture, where Hamamatsu is located.At 1300 local time (0400 GMT), the agency recorded 118 millimeters (4.6 inches) of rain in the Hamakita area of ​​Hamamatsu.Footage from Japanese TV showed streets under water. The city authorities urged residents to take action to protect…

Harry Potter enthusiasts returned to the Back to Hogwarts event, after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemicIn the new year, students can test their magic with a special wand training workshop conducted by wand choreographer Paul Harris, who worked on the Harry Potter films.Potterheads traded their regular uniforms for their favorite Hogwarts robes and characters. A special version of the Hogwarts Express went aboard, only platforms nine and three quarters were off limits…

Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev and flight engineer Denis Matveev, both from Roscosmos, began a spacewalk early Friday to further equip the European robotic arm at the Nauka laboratory of the International Space Station.The duo moves an external arm control panel from one area to another. They are also testing a mechanism on the arm that will be used to grip loads.

Russian gas giant Gazprom will completely shut down the Nord Stream pipeline until a turbine is repaired – even though services are expected to resume on Saturday after a maintenance overhaul. In a statement, Gazprom said it had discovered “oil leaks” in the turbine during maintenance work and that “until repairs (…) the transport of gas via Nord Stream has been completely suspended”. Gazprom said it discovered the new problems during a technical inspection with…