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    Oleg Orlov: A tenacious dissident since Soviet times

    Veteran Russian dissident Oleg Orlov, who was sentenced on Tuesday to two and a half years in prison, has been a campaigner since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.Perseverance was the trademark of the dissident who has denounced the authoritarian drift of his country ever since Soviet troops were sent to Afghanistan more than four decades ago.

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    Russian court jails veteran activist Orlov for 2.5 years

    A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced top human rights campaigner Oleg Orlov to two and a half years in jail for denouncing Russia's assault on Ukraine."The court has determined Orlov's guilt and orders a sentence of two years and six months... in a general regime penal colony," the judge said.

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    Volkswagen Group's Skoda eyes larger pie in India with new small SUV

    Volkswagen Group-owned Skoda's Indian unit on Tuesday said it will launch a small sport utility vehicle (SUV) by the second half of 2025 as it looks to take on larger rivals Tata Motors and Hyundai in the country's fastest-growing segment. The new SUV, slated to be Skoda's entry-level offering in India, will be aimed at cost-conscious city and small town buyers and is a part of the company's plan to reach total annual sales of 100,000 in the country by 2026. It took Skoda two years to sell rou

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    Nearly 500 rhinos killed as poaching increases in S.Africa

    Almost 500 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa last year, up 11 percent on 2022, despite government efforts to tackle the illicit trade in horns, ministers said Tuesday.This has resulted in lower losses there -- 78 rhinos were killed in 2023, 37 percent fewer than in 2022.

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    Lebanese escape Israel-Hezbollah war fears to ski slopes

    Days ago, Tala Assaad could hear Israeli strikes near south Lebanon's coastal city of Sidon.On the Israeli side, 10 soldiers and six civilians have been killed, according to the army, while tens of thousands have been displaced.

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    S. Korea empowers nurses as doctors' strike continues

    South Korea granted nurses new powers and legal protections Tuesday, and launched an investigation into a patient's death, as hospital chaos caused by striking trainee doctors entered a second week."Although it is claimed that legal protection is provided, I do not find it specific enough to feel safe," said Lee Hye-ok, a nurse at one of the five biggest hospitals in South Korea. 

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    The Indians hired for Russia's Ukraine war

    An apple farmer, an airline caterer and an out-of-work graduate are among the Indian nationals hired by Moscow, with the help of recruiters around the world, for the Russian army in Ukraine."I can be called over to fight anytime," said the 27-year-old from Gulbarg in the southern state of Karnataka, who used to work at an airline catering company.

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