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Elon Musk has stated that he refused Kyiv’s request for access to his Starlink communications network over Crimea to avoid being complicit in what he viewed as a significant act of war. Kyiv had urgently requested to activate Starlink in Sevastopol, a major Russian naval port. This decision came to light following claims in a biography by Walter Isaacson that Musk had deactivated Starlink to thwart a drone attack on Russian ships, which a senior Ukrainian official argued allowed Russian attacks on civilians.

According to the official, Musk’s refusal to allow Ukrainian drones to use Starlink led to Russian naval vessels launching Kalibr missiles at Ukrainian cities. The official questioned why some people were defending Musk’s actions, which he deemed as promoting evil and assisting war criminals.

The controversy emerged alongside the release of Walter Isaacson’s biography, which suggested that Musk had deactivated Starlink in Ukraine due to concerns that an ambush of Russia’s naval fleet in Crimea could trigger a nuclear response from Russia. Ukrainian forces had reportedly targeted Russian ships in Sevastopol with submarine drones carrying explosives, but they lost connection to Starlink, resulting in the drones washing ashore harmlessly. Starlink terminals connect to SpaceX satellites and have played a crucial role in maintaining internet connectivity in Ukraine amid the conflict.

Musk countered the book’s claims by stating that SpaceX had not deactivated anything, as Starlink had not been activated in those regions to begin with. He explained that there was an emergency request from government authorities to activate Starlink all the way to Sevastopol, with the clear intention of sinking most of the Russian fleet at anchor. Musk believed that complying with this request would make SpaceX explicitly complicit in a major act of war and conflict escalation.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former prime minister, supported Musk’s stance, suggesting that Musk was the last reasonable mind in North America if Isaacson’s account was accurate.

In the past, Musk had emphasized that Starlink was not intended for use in wars and had been primarily designed to provide internet access for peaceful purposes, such as education and entertainment. He called for a truce, expressing his belief that Ukrainians and Russians were sacrificing their lives for small pieces of land, which he considered not worth the cost of human lives.

Musk had previously generated controversy by proposing a plan to end the conflict, which included recognizing Crimea as part of Russia and allowing residents of seized regions to vote on their preferred country. This proposal received criticism from figures like Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, who called it morally flawed.

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Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a law that bans gender reassignment surgery and prevents individuals from changing their genders on state documents. The bill, which also needs approval from the upper house and President Vladimir Putin, was justified by the Speaker of the Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, as a means to protect citizens and children and preserve traditional values.

The legislation includes additional amendments such as prohibiting individuals who have undergone gender changes from adopting children and annulling marriages where one party has undergone gender reassignment. LGBT rights groups have criticized the law, stating that it will negatively impact the health and rights of transgender individuals.

Critics view the law as an infringement on basic human rights and an attempt to further discriminate against an already marginalized group. This law follows previous legislation passed last year that banned the public expression of LGBT culture and propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations. President Putin has expressed opposition to LGBT lifestyles, aligning with the Orthodox Church’s conservative social views.

Additionally, a transgender rights activist was recently arrested on charges of treason for supporting Ukraine, further raising concerns about human rights in the country.

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Leading specialists warn that mosquitoes that spread diseases like dengue and chikungunya have entered new regions of Europe.

According to European experts, the circumstances for the insects have improved due to more frequent heatwaves, floods, and longer, warmer summers.

They are requesting improved mosquito prevention and control tactics.

They assert that in the absence of these, mosquito-borne illnesses will probably cause more sickness and fatalities.

The study, published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), monitors the spread of several mosquito species that are capable of transmitting a wide range of viruses to people.

These include dengue and Zika, which in the worst instances may leave individuals critically unwell and produce a variety of symptoms including fevers and muscular pains.

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The ECDC research claims that this year, compared to eight European nations a decade ago, the Aedes albopictus mosquito—known to transmit dengue and chikungunya—has “established” itself in 13 countries in Europe. This means it has grown a self-sustaining population and is reproducing.

Aedes aegypti, which can transmit illnesses including yellow fever, Zika, and West Nile virus, established itself in Cyprus last year, and scientists fear it may continue to spread to neighbouring nations.

“In recent years, we have observed a geographical spread of invasive mosquito species to previously unaffected areas in the EU/EEA,” said Andrea Ammon, head of the ECDC.

“If this keeps up, we may anticipate more instances and perhaps even fatalities from illnesses like dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile fever.

“Efforts need to concentrate on ways to control mosquito populations, improving surveillance and enforcing personal protective measures,” the report stated.

Healthcare professionals and the general public need to be more aware of the many diseases spread by mosquitoes, according to the ECDC.

Dengue, which is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes, can result in a fever, excruciating headache, pain behind the eyes, aching muscles and joints, and a blotchy rash.

Globally, the number of instances has increased in recent decades. It is endemic in more than 100 nations in the Western Pacific, South and South-East Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Most West Nile virus infections go unnoticed, but when it does, symptoms might include headaches, extreme fatigue, muscular pains, vomiting, rashes, and eye discomfort.

An sickness that affects the brain and can be deadly is more likely to impact older persons and those with compromised immune systems.

Along with headaches, muscular discomfort, and rashes, fever and joint pain are the chikungunya virus’ most typical symptoms.

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The European country of Germany – which is one of the most advanced countries in the continent especially in terms of its health care capability – has marked a huge achievement in its fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

It has successfully brought the virus outbreak – which reached the continent from the continent of Asia particularly from the Asian country of China where it originated – under control.

Since 12th April, in the country, the number of recovered patients is far higher than the number of new infections.

It seems that the European country has made a huge achievement in the task of bringing the virus outbreak under control.

It seems that the country has made an edge over all other European countries in this matter.

The commitment shown by the German healthcare workers is worth appreciable. The achievement the country have made is the natural outcome of the dedication shown by this country’s healthcare workers.

As per a latest report, the infection rate has dropped to around 0.7 – that means the rate has fallen below the rates of its counterparts in the continent.

In Germany, so far, more than 3,868 have died due to the Covid-19 outbreak – though lower than Italy and Spain, it is still a big number. The virus has by now infected around 1,34,000 people in the country.

It seems that Germany has long distance to go before sit and relax.

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After taking on the role of a terminally ill woman, Susan Sarandon, the American actress and activist has given her support for assisted dying.

Sarandon’s new movie named ‘Blackbird’, directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood sees her play a mother named Lily who gathers her family to tell them of her wish to die.

At the Toronto Film Festival, Sarandon commented about the movie as, “”It’s an individual choice”.

“Everybody has the right to make a decision without your family members being charged with homicide. You should be able to be surrounded by those people”, added the actress.

In US, eight states have legalised the medically assisted suicide. After the legalisation of a new law, Maine is also expected to follow the suit.

Though this issue is slightly controversial, this is being thoroughly discussed in light of the country’s changing demographics.

Sarandon said, “There’s so many baby boomers now, this is something that’s being discussed more in the United States”.

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Germany and Netherlands are on toxic caterpillar infestations, whose tiny toxic hairs that spreads through wind causes severe allergic reactions and skin irritations in humans and pets.

This year’s mild winter and warm spring provided a good environment for the caterpillars to increase enormously in number. Firefighters, with flame torches and special vacuum cleaners, are trying to destroy nests of the invasive species, across Germany.

Late in July, these caterpillars are expected to turn into pupae and then the threat will be decreased.

The return of the Oak processionary moth caterpillars made the restaurants, swimming pools and schools across Germany to close.

The Western Ruhr region of Germany is a densely populated area and is severely affected by these caterpillars.

These caterpillars, of about 2-3cm (about one inch) are moving towards and spreading on the trees at night time. Specialists said that there will be around 700,000 hairs in a mature caterpillar, which will be spreading severely through winds. These contains an irritating toxin that causes itchy, blistering rashes, which may last for weeks.

Reports said that six people in the western city of Munster had to undergo eye operations to remove the caterpillar hair that got stuck on their corneas.

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The German inventors have developed a bracelet for reducing the terrible practice of drink spiking. The drink spiking, which intents in assaulting, robbery or sexual assault have always been a fear of many clubbers.

This bracelet needs just one drop of liquid to be applied on it to identify the presence of “date rape drugs”. The band is available at German healthcare shop dm-drogerie markt. It is white in color and resembles the ribbon used to enter many clubs.

There are two green circles in the band which turns blue if the result is positive for the drugs. The bracelet also intends to deter potential offenders when they see someone wearing it as well as serving as a reminder to the wearer to be mindful of the crime.

Drink spiking is illegal and is banned in the UK, with punishment of maximum 10 years in prison. If an assault, rape or robbery has also taken place, the sentence will be higher.

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‘Three-person’ baby boy was born in Greece on Tuesday. The baby boy had a born weight of 2.9kg (6lbs). Doctors said that the mother and baby are in good health condition.

This magical birth was actually an experimental result, carried out in order to overcome a woman’s infertility, by the fertility doctors in Greece and Spain. The doctors said that the baby was born from three people! They are referring this as “making medical history” which could help infertile couples around the world. The procedure is reportedly known as ‘mitochondrial replacement therapy’.

Some experts in UK are not supporting this as it raises ethical questions and they are saying that this should not have taken place. As per doctors, this is an experimental form of IVF treatment that uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father, and another egg from a donor woman.

Severe mitochondrial diseases, that could have been transferred from mother to baby can be solved by this procedure. The patient here was a women of age 32, who had undergone about four unsuccessful IVF cycles.

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France becomes the first country to ban a type of breast implant that has been linked to a rare form of cancer. The implants produced by six manufacturers are being banned. The ban includes different models of the implants (macro-textured and polyurethane implants), with a textured surface.

It is reported that these implants are linked to a rare cancer which affects the immune system. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration in US have conducted public hearings on breast implants. The meeting said that a decision will be announced “in the coming weeks”.

In a statement, the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) said that the ban was a “precautionary measure” taken in light of the “rare but serious danger” posed by the implants.

As France had taken decisions to ban theses implants, several other nations like Canada and the Netherlands are reportedly announcing similar plans that halts the production and usage of these textured breast implants.

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Food Health


  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar


Thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves in a large bowl. Cover and cool in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray.

Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

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