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Ukraine Says Russians Shell Evacuation Convoy, Killing 20

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By JON GAMBRELL and ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior Ukrainian official says Russian forces on Saturday shelled a civilian evacuation convoy within the nation’s northeast, killing 20 folks. Bombardments have intensified as Moscow illegally annexed a swath of Ukrainian territory in a pointy escalation of the warfare.

Kharkiv area Gov. Oleh (*20*) stated the convoy was struck within the Kupiansy district, calling the assault on individuals who have been attempting to flee the realm to keep away from being shelled “сruelty that may’t be justified.”

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Russian forces haven’t acknowledged or commented on the assault, apparently the second in two days to hit a humanitarian convoy. Russian troops have retreated from a lot of the Kharkiv area after a profitable Ukrainian counteroffensive final month however continued to shell the realm.

The assault comes at a pivotal second in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warfare. Facing a Ukrainian counteroffensive, Putin this week heightened threats of nuclear drive and used his most aggressive, anti-Western rhetoric thus far.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his army vowed to maintain preventing to liberate the annexed areas and different Russian-occupied areas.

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Ukrainian officers stated Saturday that their forces had surrounded hundreds of Russian forces holding the strategic japanese metropolis of Lyman, which is positioned in one of many 4 integrated areas. Zelenskyy formally utilized Friday for Ukraine to affix NATO, growing stress on Western allies to assist defend the nation.

Also Saturday Ukraine’s nuclear energy supplier stated that Russian forces blindfolded and detained the top of Europe’s largest nuclear plant. It gave the impression to be an try and safe Moscow’s maintain on the newly annexed territory.

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Russian forces seized the director-general of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Ihor Murashov, round 4 p.m. Friday, Ukrainian state nuclear firm Energoatom stated. That was simply hours after Putin signed treaties to soak up Moscow-controlled Ukrainian territory into Russia, together with the realm across the nuclear plant.

Energoatom stated Russian troops stopped Murashov’s automobile, blindfolded him after which took him to an undisclosed location.

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Russia didn’t instantly acknowledge seizing the plant director. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has workers on the plant, stated it was conscious of the reviews of Murashov’s seize, and had contacted Russian authorities for clarification on what occurred.

“His detention by (Russia) jeopardizes the protection of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant,” stated Energoatom President Petro Kotin stated, demanding the director’s fast launch.

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The energy plant repeatedly has been caught within the crossfire of the warfare in Ukraine. Ukrainian technicians continued running it after Russian troops seized the facility station, and its final reactor was shut down in September as a precautionary measure amid ongoing shelling close by.

Amid rising worldwide sanctions and condemnation of Russia, a Ukrainian counteroffensive that has embarrassed the Kremlin appeared on the verge of retaking extra floor.

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A Ukrainian official stated Saturday that the Russian-occupied metropolis of Lyman was surrounded, with some 5,000 Russian forces trapped there. Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai claimed that every one routes to resupply Russian forces in Lyman have been blocked.

“The occupiers requested their management for the chance to go away, which they refused,” Haidai stated in a tv interview. “Now they’ve three choices: to attempt to break by means of, to give up or to die collectively.”

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His claims couldn’t instantly be verified. Russia has not confirmed its forces have been minimize off, and Russian analysts had stated Moscow was sending extra troops to the realm.

The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based suppose tank, stated Ukraine seemingly will retake Lyman within the coming days.

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Citing Russian reviews, the institute stated it appeared Russian forces have been retreating from Lyman, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis. That corresponds to online movies purportedly exhibiting some Russian forces falling again as a Ukrainian soldier stated they’d reached Lyman’s outskirts.

It stated Ukraine additionally was making “incremental” positive factors round Kupiansk and the japanese financial institution of the Oskil River, which grew to become a key entrance line because the Ukrainian counteroffensive regained management of the Kharkiv area in September.

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The Russian military struck the southern Ukrainian metropolis of Mykolaiv twice in a single day, as soon as with drones and the second time with missiles, in keeping with regional Gov. Vitaliy Kim. The first assault was performed with Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones and the second with S-300 missiles, he stated on Telegram.

One of the rockets hit a five-story residence constructing within the metropolis middle, whereas home windows of the encompassing homes have been blown out. In one other a part of town, a personal home and a two-story residential constructing suffered in depth harm. Five folks have been injured, together with a 3-month-old child, Kim stated.

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In its heaviest barrage in weeks, Russia’s army on Friday pounded Ukrainian cities with missiles, rockets and suicide drones, with one strike within the Zaporizhzhia area’s capital killing 30 and wounding 88.

In a day by day intelligence briefing Saturday, the British Defense Ministry stated the Russians “nearly actually” struck a humanitarian convoy there with S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. Russia is more and more utilizing anti-aircraft missiles to conduct assaults on the bottom seemingly attributable to an absence of munitions, the British army stated.

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“Russia is expending strategically worthwhile army property in makes an attempt to attain tactical benefit and within the course of is killing civilians it now claims are its personal residents,” it stated.

The assault got here whereas Putin was getting ready to signal the annexation treaties, which included the Zaporizhzhia area. Russian-installed officers in Zaporizhzhia blamed Ukrainian forces, however gave no proof.

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Russia now claims sovereignty over 15% of Ukraine, in what NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg referred to as “the biggest tried annexation of European territory by drive because the Second World War.” The NATO chief was assembly Saturday with Denmark’s prime minister amid investigations into explosions on Russian pipelines within the Baltic Sea.

Follow AP’s protection of the warfare in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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Warriors 0-6 on Road, Fall to Pelicans With 4 Starters Out

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By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The defending champion Golden State Warriors fell to 0-6 on the street, shedding 114-105 to Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night time with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins sidelined.

Ingram scored 26 factors in his return from a four-game absence due to a concussion and reserve Larry Nance Jr. scored 20 factors for the Pelicans, together with a number of fourth-quarter dunks that saved Golden State at bay. CJ McCollum scored 20 factors and Zion Williamson added 16 for New Orleans.

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Jordan Poole had 20 factors and 9 assists for the Warriors. Kevon Looney was the one common starter in uniform for Golden State’s second sport in two nights on the finish of a winless five-game journey.

The Warriors are 3-7 total. Among Western Conference groups, solely Houston (1-8) has extra losses.

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Curry, Thompson, Green and Wiggins all had been scratched after taking part in the earlier night time in a loss at Orlando.

The Warriors will not be taking part in Thompson on back-to-back nights due to his anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles tendon accidents in 2019 and 2020. Green is beneath related limitations due to a again damage final season. Curry was being rested due to elbow soreness and Wiggins due to a sore left foot.

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A beginning lineup that as an alternative included Poole and fellow guard Moses Moody, together with forwards Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Kuminga, made the sport aggressive into the fourth quarter.

Ty Jerome, who scored 18 factors, hit a 3 to pull the Warriors inside 99-96 earlier than the Pelicans steadily pulled away through the closing six minutes.

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Trey Murphy III’s 3-pointer capped a 7-0 Pelicans spurt that started with Nance’s dunk and layup and made it 111-101 with two minutes to go. Ingram, who additionally had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and two blocks, obtained a standing ovation when he checked out of the sport within the closing minute.

New Orleans led by as many as 11 within the second quarter when Jose Alvarado intercepted Poole’s go and located Williamson for a breakaway, windmill dunk.

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But the Warriors chipped away and trailed 50-49 on James Wiseman’s putback dunk.

Nance scored the ultimate 4 factors of the quarter on a finger roll and dunk, placing the Pelicans up 61-54 at halftime.

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Warriors: Kuminga completed with 18 factors, whereas Lamb scored 16 and Moody had 14. … Went 12 of 32 from 3-point vary. … In addition to the 4 starters who sat, G/F Andre Iguodala (hip) and G Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) remained inactive. Iguodala has but to play this season, whereas DiVicenzo hasn’t performed since Oct. 23.

Pelicans: Alvarado and Murphy every scored 10 factors and every hit three 3s to assist New Orleans go 12 of 29 from lengthy vary … Shot 50.6% total (41 of 81) and outrebounded Golden State 51-36.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated he appreciates that followers paid “good money” to see gamers on his staff who sat out with the objective of preserving their long-term well being.

“Ultimately the gamers’ well being is the No. 1 consider our staff’s success and even our followers’ satisfaction in the long term,” Kerr stated.

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He added that whereas some absences are unpredictable, “it will be smart” for followers to research schedules of groups they need to see and handle expectations when these groups are taking part in on consecutive nights on the finish of a visit, because the Warriors had been.

“Especially once you get a staff with gamers who’ve previous accidents like we do, or guys who’re superior age-wise,” Kerr stated. “I apologize to any followers on the market who had been hoping to see these guys.”

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Warriors: Host Sacramento on Monday.

Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.

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Twitter Slashes Its Staff as Musk Era Takes Hold on Platform

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MATT O’BRIEN, AP Technology Writers

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Twitter started widespread layoffs Friday as new proprietor Elon Musk overhauls the corporate, elevating grave issues about chaos enveloping the social media platform and its capacity to struggle disinformation simply days forward of the U.S. midterm elections.

The pace and size of the cuts additionally opened Musk and Twitter to lawsuits. At least one was filed alleging Twitter violated federal regulation by not offering fired workers the required discover.

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The San Francisco-based firm informed staff by e mail Thursday that they’d study Friday if they’d been laid off. About half of the corporate’s employees of seven,500 was let go, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security & integrity, confirmed in a tweet.

Musk tweeted late Friday that there was no alternative however to chop the jobs “when the corporate is dropping over $4M/day.” He didn’t present particulars on the each day losses on the firm and mentioned workers who misplaced their jobs have been supplied three months’ pay as a severance.

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No different social media platform comes near Twitter as a spot the place public businesses and different important service suppliers — election boards, police departments, utilities, faculties and news retailers — preserve individuals reliably knowledgeable. Many worry Musk’s layoffs will intestine it and render it lawless.

Roth mentioned the corporate’s front-line moderation employees was the group the least impacted by the job cuts.

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He added that Twitter’s “efforts on election integrity — together with dangerous misinformation that may suppress the vote and combatting state-backed info operations — stay a prime precedence.”

Musk, in the meantime, tweeted that “Twitter’s sturdy dedication to content material moderation stays completely unchanged.”

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But a Twitter worker who spoke with The Associated Press Friday mentioned it is going to be so much more durable to get that work executed beginning subsequent week after dropping so many colleagues.

“This will influence our capacity to offer help for elections, positively,” mentioned the worker who spoke on the situation of anonymity out of issues for job safety.

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The worker mentioned there’s no “concrete sense of route” aside from what Musk says publicly on Twitter.

“I comply with his tweets they usually have an effect on how we prioritize our work,” mentioned the worker. “It’s a really wholesome indicator of what to prioritize.”

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Several workers who tweeted about dropping their jobs mentioned Twitter eradicated their complete groups, together with one centered on human rights and world conflicts, one other checking Twitter’s algorithms for bias in how tweets get amplified, and an engineering crew devoted to creating the social platform extra accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Eddie Perez, a Twitter civic integrity crew supervisor who give up in September, mentioned he fears the layoffs so near the midterms may permit disinformation to “unfold like wildfire” in the course of the post-election vote-counting interval specifically.

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“I’ve a tough time believing that it doesn’t have a cloth influence on their capacity to handle the quantity of disinformation on the market,” he mentioned, including that there merely might not be sufficient workers to beat it again.

President Joe Biden, at a marketing campaign occasion in Illinois Friday night time, mentioned: “Now what are all of us anxious about? Elon Musk, who goes out and buys an outfit that sends and spews lies all the world over. … How can we count on children to have the ability to perceive what’s at stake?”

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Twitter’s workers have been anticipating layoffs since Musk took the helm. He fired prime executives, together with CEO Parag Agrawal, and eliminated the corporate’s board of administrators on his first day as proprietor.

As the emailed notices went out, many Twitter workers took to the platform to specific help for one another — typically merely tweeting blue coronary heart emojis to indicate its blue chicken brand — and salute emojis in replies to one another.

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A Twitter supervisor mentioned many workers discovered they’d been laid off after they may now not log into the corporate’s methods. The supervisor mentioned the way in which the layoffs have been carried out confirmed a “lack of care and thoughtfulness.” The supervisor, who spoke to the AP on the situation of anonymity out of issues for job safety, mentioned managers weren’t given any discover about who can be getting laid off.

“For me as a supervisor, it’s been excruciating as a result of I needed to discover out about what my crew was going to seem like by tweets and thru texting and calling individuals,” the worker mentioned. “That’s a very arduous approach to care in your individuals. And managers at Twitter care so much about their individuals.”

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A coalition of civil rights teams escalated their calls Friday for manufacturers to pause promoting buys on the platform. The layoffs are significantly harmful forward of the elections, the teams warned, and for transgender customers and different teams dealing with violence impressed by hate speech that proliferates online.

In a tweet Friday, Musk blamed activists for what he described as a “huge drop in income” since he took over Twitter late final week.

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Insider Intelligence analyst Jasmine Enberg mentioned there may be “little Musk can say to appease advertisers when he’s maintaining the corporate in a continuing state of uncertainty and turmoil, and seems detached to Twitter workers and the regulation.”

“Musk wants advertisers greater than they want him,” she mentioned. “Pulling advertisements from Twitter is a fast and painless resolution for many manufacturers.”

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A lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court docket in San Francisco on behalf of 1 worker who was laid off and three others who have been locked out of their work accounts. It alleges Twitter violated the regulation by not offering the required discover.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification statute requires employers with not less than 100 staff to reveal layoffs involving 500 or extra workers, no matter whether or not an organization is publicly traded or privately held, as Twitter is now.

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The layoffs affected Twitter’s workplaces all over the world. In the United Kingdom, it could be required by regulation to offer workers discover, mentioned Emma Bartlett, a accomplice specializing in employment and partnership regulation at CM Murray LLP.

The pace of the layoffs may additionally open Musk and Twitter as much as discrimination claims if it seems, for example, that they disproportionally affected ladies, individuals of shade or older staff.

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AP Business Writers Mae Anderson, Alexandra Olson and Ken Sweet in New York, James Pollard in Columbia, S.C., Frank Bajak in Boston and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this story.

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Settlement Reached in Suits Over FBI Posing as AP Reporter

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will get a $145,000 settlement following a pair of lawsuits filed after an FBI agent posed as a reporter for The Associated Press and created a faux story.

The long-running Freedom of Information Act instances led to appeals court docket selections that may assist bolster entry to public information, stated Adam Marshall, an lawyer for the group. The instances additionally make clear FBI brokers posing as members of the media, a tactic that free press advocates say undermines media credibility and blurs strains between legislation enforcement and the press.

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The company did not comply with its personal guidelines over such undercover operations when an agent posed as an AP reporter and despatched a link to a faux story in an investigation in Washington state in 2007, in keeping with paperwork uncovered in the lawsuit filed together with The Associated Press.

Then-FBI Director James Comey known as the approach “correct and acceptable” below FBI pointers on the time, although he stated it might require higher-level approvals when the incident got here to gentle seven years later, in 2014. No precise story was revealed and it led to an arrest, he maintained.

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The agent posing as an AP reporter despatched a link to the faux article to a 15-year-old suspected of creating bomb threats at a highschool. When the teenager clicked the link, a monitoring instrument revealed his pc’s location and helped brokers affirm his id.

The FBI declined to remark Friday.

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Kathleen Carroll, then government editor of the AP, stated in 2014 that the FBI’s “unacceptable techniques undermine AP and the important distinction between the federal government and the press.” A letter signed by two dozen news organizations known as the revelations “inexcusable” and the Reporter’s Committee particularly known as out using the AP’s title as “cowl for delivery of digital surveillance software program.”

Lauren Easton, an Associated Press spokeswoman, declined extra remark Friday.

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The lawsuits had been filed as a part of an effort to get information about FBI news-media impersonations, and finally resulted in vital court docket selections about how far businesses should go in looking for requested paperwork and the requirements they need to meet in order to withhold paperwork, Marshall stated. The settlement will cowl lawyer’s charges and prices.

“This has proven that there are important, regarding and ongoing points with respect to federal legislation enforcement impersonation of the press in the United States,” Marshall stated. The instances have additionally “proven that the Reporters Committee and The Associated Press had been dedicated to discovering out as a lot as we might about what occurred right here for the general public to know.”

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