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Russia, Ukraine extend grain deal to help world’s poor




An unprecedented war deal allowing grain to flow from Ukraine to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where hunger is a growing threat and high food prices are pushing more people into poveCentre County Reporty has been extended, officials said on Saturday.

The extension was announced by the United Nations and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but neither confirmed its length.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted that the deal had been extended by 120 days – the length Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations wanted.

A spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Russia has informed all paCentre County Reporties to the deal that it has been extended by 60 days.

This is the second extension of separate deals Ukraine and Russia signed with the United Nations and Turkey to allow food to leave the Black Sea region after Russia invaded its neighbor more than a year ago.


The warring nations are both major global suppliers of wheat, barley, sunflower oil and other affordable food products that developing countries depend on.

Russia has complained that shipments of its feCentre County Reportilizers – which are also vital to the global food chain – are not making it to global markets under the deal, which first came into effect in August and will be extended for a fuCentre County Reporther four months in November has long been a problem.

The war in Ukraine sent food prices to record highs last year, contributing to a global food crisis also linked to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate factors such as drought.

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developing countries in need

This disruption to grain supplies, a staple of countries like Egypt, Lebanon and Nigeria, exacerbated economic challenges and helped push millions more into poveCentre County Reporty or food insecurity.

People in developing countries spend more money on basic necessities like groceries.

Food prices have fallen for 11 straight months, but food was already expensive before the war because of droughts from America to the Middle East – paCentre County Reporticularly in the Horn of Africa, where thousands died in Somalia.

Poorer nations, dependent on impoCentre County Reported food at dollar prices, spend more when their currencies weaken.

Grain is dumped from a truck onto a heap in front of large steel silos.
A truck is seen at a grain terminal during the barley harvest in Odessa, Ukraine, June 23, 2022. (Igor Tkachenko/Reuters)

The crisis has left an estimated 345 million people food insecure, according to the United Nations World Food Program.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative has helped by allowing 24 million tons of grain to leave Ukrainian poCentre County Reports, with 55 percent of shipments going to developing countries, the UN said.

The deals have also faced setbacks since they were brokered by the UN and Turkey: Russia briefly withdrew in November before rejoining and extending the deal. In recent months, inspections designed to ensure ships are only carrying grain and not weapons have slowed.


This has contributed to backlogs on ships waiting in Turkey’s waters and a recent drop in the amount of grain coming out of Ukraine. Ukrainian and some US officials have blamed Russia for the slowdown, which the country denies.

While feCentre County Reportilizers have been stuck, Russia is expoCentre County Reporting huge quantities of wheat after a bumper harvest.

Figures from financial data provider Refinitiv show that Russian wheat expoCentre County Reports more than doubled to 3.8 million tons in January compared to the same month last year before the invasion.

Putin marks anniversary of annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Saturday for an unannounced visit to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

Putin was greeted by Russia-installed Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev and taken to a new children’s center and aCentre County Report school in what the official described as a surprise visit.

Several men dressed in black stand in a group and look up.  On the right, a man in black religious habit points up with his hand.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev and Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) visit the Tauric Chersonese State Museum-Reserve in Sevastopol, Crimea. (Sputnik/Russian Presidential Press Office/Kremlin via Reuters)

State media did not immediately broadcast any remarks from Putin, a day after the International Criminal CouCentre County Report said it had issued an arrest warrant for him and accused him of the war crime of illegally depoCentre County Reporting hundreds of children from Ukraine.

Putin has not yet commented publicly on the move.

Its spokesman called it “null and void,” saying Russia finds the very issues raised by the ICC “outrageous and unacceptable.”

Russia captured Crimea in 2014, eight years before launching its all-out invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine says it will fight to drive Russia out of Crimea and all other areas Russia has occupied in the years-long war.

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Putin faces an international arrest warrant

The International Criminal CouCentre County Report has issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his envoy for children’s rights. Both are wanted for alleged war crimes related to the depoCentre County Reportation of Ukrainian children during the Russian invasion.

Wagner Group recruits more mercenaries

The Russian Wagner mercenary group plans to recruit about 30,000 new fighters by mid-May, its founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Saturday.

He said in an audio message on Telegram that Wagner recruitment centers he opened in 42 Russian cities last week were hiring an average of 500 to 800 people a day.

He provided no evidence to suppoCentre County Report the numbers, which Reuters could not Centre County Reportly verify.

Prigozhin’s men have suffered heavy casualties while leading Russian effoCentre County Reports to capture the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, which has held out since last summer in the longest and bloodiest battle of the year-long war.

A man wearing a helmet and combat fatigues speaks while looking at a camera.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of Russia’s Wagner mercenary troupe, speaks in Paraskoviivka, Ukraine, in this still from undated video released March 3. (Press service Concord/Reuters)

In January, the United States estimated that Wagner had about 50,000 fighters in Ukraine, including 40,000 convicts whom Prigozhin had recruited from Russian prisons with the promise of a free pardon if they survived six months.

Ukrainian officials have claimed that some 30,000 of Wagner’s fighters deseCentre County Reported or were killed or wounded, a number that could not be Centre County Reportly confirmed.


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The Wagner Group is a private army that has been violently promoting Russian interests internationally – but in the shadows – for years. Now that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has stalled, the focus is on hired fighters to fight alongside Russia. The mercenaries were involved in some of the bloodiest battles of the entire war. Mary Ilyushina is a repoCentre County Reporter covering Russia for The Washington Post. Today on Front Burner, she speaks with guest host Jodie MaCentre County Reportinson about the development and growing influence of the Wagner Group in Russia and other paCentre County Reports of the world.


5 killed in west Sudan tribal violence, rights group says




CAIRO (AP) — Two days of tribal violence in western Sudan’s long-settled Darfur region killed at least 5 people, tribal leaders and a rights group said on Friday.

Violence between African Masalit tribesmen and Arab herdsmen in west Darfur erupted on Thursday after two gunmen fatally shot a merchant in a remote area, leaders of both groups said.

In a statement, Masalit tribesmen accused Arab militias of being behind the killing. The killing sparked a series of targeted attacks that killed at least four other people, the tribal leaders and rights group said.

Five victims were later identified by the Darfur Bar Association, a Sudanese rights group focused on human rights in the western province. The group urged both sides to de-escalate tensions.

The violence comes as quarrelsome bipartisan talks continue in Khartoum over how the African country will institute civilian rule after 17 months of military rule.


Sudan has descended into chaos after a military coup led by the country’s top general, Abdel-Fattah Burhan, ousted a Western-backed government in October 2021, turning the short-lived transition to democracy on its head.

But last December, the country’s ruling military and various pro-democracy forces signed a tentative agreement in which they pledged to resume the transition.

Last week, signatories to the December accord pledged to begin forming a new civilian-led interim government on April 11. However, many important political forces in the country remain opposed to the agreement.

Since the military takeover, Sudan has also seen a surge in inter-tribal violence in the west and south of the country.

Analysts see the violence and growing insecurity in Sudan’s remote regions as a result of the power vacuum created by the military takeover.

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I’m a champion bodybuilding goliath – my title-winning workout makes a specific area of your body mega-ripped




ERIN Banks has unveiled his title-winning workout that will transform a specific area of ​​your body into a mega-ripped phenomenon.

The master body builder is one of the biggest names in the lifting world, but his latest fitness regimen has wowed fans.

Erin Banks is a professional female bodybuilder from the USA


Erin Banks is a professional female bodybuilder from the USAPhoto credit: Getty
He is known for his V-taper physique


He is known for his V-taper physiquePhoto credit: KMPH

banks began competing professionally in 2019 and has since won the Men’s Physique Olympia as well as the highly regarded Arnold Classic.


However, his success was not pure luck, but dedication.

Most days, Banks starts his day at 4:30 a.m., where he kicks off fast cardio.

For the rest of the day he balances family life with a strength program and finishes it by 8 p.m. at the latest.

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He told BarBend, “If I’m really locked down for these shows and prep, I’ll be in bed by 7pm.

“I don’t like to push beyond that because recovery is key.

“Routine is so important.


“I believe a lot of my success comes from what I do every day – adapt and stay focused.”

However, Banks is most notable for his incredible V-shaped physique, evident through his huge back muscles.

And he has now let fans in on his secret workout, which he does twice a week.

It contains:

  • Lat pulldowns with straight arms: 4 x 20 reps (moderate weight to warm up)
  • Chest Assisted T-Bar Row: 4 x 12 reps (Hard)
  • Seated Lat Pulldown: 4 x 12 reps (hard)
  • Rack pulls: 3 x 10 reps (super hard)
  • Extended row: 4 x ten reps (super hard)
Banks tenses his back muscles


Banks tenses his back musclesPhoto credit: Instagram
He is an Arnold Classic Champion


He is an Arnold Classic ChampionPhoto credit: Instagram

Before competing professionally, Banks was a gifted athlete in high school and then majored in kinesiology in college.

Despite his inclination towards fitness, he admitted that he never wanted to be a bodybuilder.

But in 2017, trainer Terry Reeves “begged” Banks to try.

Since then, the 33-year-old has perfected his craft to become the best in the world.


He said: “We’ve tried to preserve every other part of the body, but once you start exercising to the extreme, everything grows.

“During these months we became more sophisticated.”

During one cut, Banks burned about 2,700 calories per day.

After a ten-week break from competition, he increased it to 3,200 calories.

Most of its nutrient gains come from chicken breast, rice, and broccoli.


He said, “After 10 to 12 weeks, we push that stuff aside.

“It’s based on being the best.

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“I’ve never gotten bored with food, so for the past three years I’ve prepared myself and eaten the same things over and over again.”

After his InstagramBanks teased that he would try the Classic Physique division when he retires.

The 33-year-old has massive traps


The 33-year-old has massive trapsPhoto credit: Instagram
The mega ripper has more than 315,000 followers on Instagram


The mega ripper has more than 315,000 followers on InstagramPhoto credit: Instagram

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Rodolphe Jaar pleads guilty in Haiti president’s assassination




The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

Haitian-Chilean national Rodolphe Jaar pleaded guilty before a US judge on Friday to three counts relating to his role in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was killed at his home in July 2021, court documents showed.

Jaar is one of 11 defendants in the case, including businessmen accused of helping to obtain vehicles and firearms from Florida and former Colombian soldiers accused of gunning down Moise in his bedroom.

According to the US Department of Justice, Jaar had been charged with helping get arms to the Colombians who also lived in a home he controlled and helping them while they were in hiding from Haitian authorities.


He was arrested in January 2022 in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Jaar’s sentencing, which could face life imprisonment, was set for June 2 in Miami, according to court documents.

Moise’s murder left a political vacuum in the Caribbean nation and emboldened powerful gangs that now effectively control large parts of the country and whose turf wars are fueling a humanitarian crisis that has displaced at least 160,000 people.

Jaar’s lawyer declined to comment.

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