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Ukraine - including one who was helping a woman and two children flee shelling. Dylan Healy, 22, and Andrew Hill, 35, face trial in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), a pro-Putin rogue state in eastern Ukraine recognised only by Russia and Syria.

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'Apocalyptic' dust storm that will stop you breathing could hit the UK in two weeks
apocalyptic dust cloud, so thick it can choke you, has taken over parts of the Middle East – and it could hit the UK next week.Parts of Syria, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are currently caked in a deep orange dust cloud.The Gulf states have been experiencing the weather system since April, which even saw the sand-filled winds hit UK shores.The Saharan dust cloud created a “blood rain” effect in London, and left UK streets covered in dust but this time, it appears to be much worse.Hospitals in Syria have been treating numerous patients who are unable to breathe due to inhaling the dust, while most Gulf states declared a state of emergency two weeks ago.And Muge Akpinar-Elci, dean of the school of public health at the University of Nevada told The Guardian: “It is very concerning.“Dust storms do not just impact one country or specific location in the world and can have far-reaching consequences globally.”According to weather service Accuweather, the UK will experience level eight UV rays on the UV index from Saturday, June 18 – which is rated as “unhealthy”.It is set to last for three days, until Monday, June 20.This is the same rating London had when the “blood rain” hit the country last month – and could be a sign that the deadly dust clouds are coming our way.Syria's healthy ministry spokesman, Seif al-Bard confirmed that three people had died from the dust in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, and he issued an ominous warning to the rest of the world.He said: “The impact of dust storms exceeds regional and continental boundaries.“So this is not somebody else’s problem, this is everyone’s problem.”In May, a Met Office spokesman said: “Each year on several occasions the UK will see rain
Pilot detained in Dubai facing years in jail for sending rude WhatsApps to ex-lover
Dubai, and is facing a long stint in jail for calling his ex a “b***h” on Whatsapp.Due to strange cybercrime laws in Dubai, anyone there faces arrest for sending messages deemed “offensive or abusive”.And now 28-year-old Achraf Arjaouy could be sent to prison after being accused of such crimes by an unnamed Syrian woman.According to Detained in Dubai the pair met at a shopping centre while on holiday and hit it off.They began seeing each other but Achraf had been splurging on staycations and being generous towards her requests to support her family.Eventually, he felt he was being used as the requests seemed “never ending”, so he let his feelings be known.Whatsapp message show that he called her a “gold digger”, “b***h” and a “thief”.Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai who has represented a number of defendants in the past said: “Under the UAE’s strict cybercrime laws, any messages deemed offensive or abusive by the recipient can be reported to authorities.“We have seen a British national charged for a private message on Facebook effectively referring to someone as a horse.“We’ve seen a woman charged for swearing at her flat mate in a private WhatsApp message and more.“What is legal, common and private in the West can mean jail time in Dubai.
Fears Putin is gearing up for 'bloody barrel bomb campaign' in Ukraine after Syria deal
Vladimir Putin will soon unleash a bloody barrel bomb campaign in Ukraine after he brought in troops linked to the brutal Syrian army.The under-pressure Russian president has taken on 50 lethal weapons specialists to work alongside his own officials as they prepare to begin a new stage in the conflict, according to European intelligence officers speaking to the Guardian.Barrel bombs, containers packed with explosives and projectiles that are dropped from helicopters, killed more than 11,000 civilians in Syria after the outbreak of civil war in 2012 — including 1,821 children.Human rights groups have since accused airborne forces from Bashar al-Assad's government of using the weapon indiscriminately to unleash fear and terror upon entire populations.Now it is being claimed that the Russian army is planning to bring in men from its Middle Eastern allies to revive the flailing war effort in Ukraine, though some experts believe significant differences between the two conflicts may doom them to failure.Asserting that the western-backed and air-equipped Ukrainian army would be a much more difficult foe than the rebel groups in Syria, one European official told The Guardian: “This is probably why we haven’t seen them cross the border”“We know the capacity is there, but if they use it, they lose; we will know who’s done it, and they will likely be killed anyway.”Intelligence sources claim around 800 and 1,000 Syrian troops have volunteered to fight for the Russian army.Those wishing to travel to Europe to serve are said to have been promised salaries of $1,500 - $4,000 (£1200 - £3200) when they join the frontline, which is around ten times more than they would earn in their own country amid a prolonged economic crisis.Back on
Eurovision's tragedies - fatal plane crash, Covid complications and sudden death
Eurovision, the world’s biggest singing competition, is usually a happy affair and a chance to unify Europe with song and dance.However, after 66 years some of the show’s most iconic participants have passed and their legacy lives on.From the Alexandrov Ensemble Choir who led the halftime show to Michael Julien who paved the way to victory in 1969, some of Eurovision’s most recognisable faces still continue to make an impact on the show’s legacy to this day.Daily Star has trawled through the archives to bring you everything you need to know about the competition's tragedies.One of the biggest tragedies involved in Eurovision was the loss of 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble Choir.In the early hours of Christmas Day 2016, a Russian Defence Ministry plane went down whilst flying to Syria.Off the coast of Sochi, the crash had no survivors and 93 people were lost whilst travelling for a Christmas celebration with troops at a military base.The group, who sadly lost their lives on 25 December, had performed Not Gonna Get Us with t.A.T.u during the song contest’s interval in 2009 when the event was hosted in Moscow.The choir is the official choir of the Russian armed forces and one of just two choir groups that have the title of Red Army Choir.Örs Siklósi, the lead singer of AWS, performed with the band for Hungary during the show’s 2018 run.He died aged just 29 years old after a battle with leukaemia and his fellow bandmates released a statement upon his premature death.They said that their loss was “indescribable'' and explained: “In June, Örs was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Poet Hanif Abdurraquib on curating at Brooklyn Academy of Music: “We’re building a world around the vastness of Black performance”
NME about curating Brooklyn Academy of Music’s spring 2022 music series to “build a world around the vastness of Black performance”.Through multiple books, including Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes on A Tribe Called Quests and A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, the National Book Award finalist and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient has built a career focused on extending the “understanding of the multitudinous and global nature of Black performance.”With the intention of highlighting Black musicianship, celebrating the return of in-person communal experiences, and “expanding my imagining of what a live music concert can be”, the essayist and critic organised America’s oldest performing arts centre’s first foray into live music since the start of the COVID pandemic.The intimate and creative shows, which kicked off on February 25 and run until May 21, have featured Abdurraquib’s hand-picked selection of artists, including Moses Sumney, Bartees Strange, Devonté Hynes, and L’Rain, with performances from Mavis Staples and the premiere of Omar Offendum’s hip-hop musical, Little Syria set for next month.“It’s interesting to be in a position where you can do anything, because my initial response was, ‘Well I don’t wanna do anything’,” Abdurraquib told NME.