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Val Kilmer shares ‘special throwback’ picture with members of the original ‘Top Gun’ cast

Val Kilmer took to Twitter on Friday night to share a “special throwback” picture featuring members of the original “Top Gun” cast.
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В России за сутки госпитализирован 1 971 человек с коронавирусом
Число госпитализаций из-за коронавируса в России за сутки составило 1 971. Такие данные озвучили в федеральном оперативном по борьбе с инфекцией. Всего за сутки выявлено 5 034 новых случая заражения COVID-19
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Today's Wordle Word of the Day: #336 Answer and Hints for Saturday, May 21
Newsweek offers four clues for those who need their daily fix of the word game.
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Во Владикавказе на директора рынка завели дело после пожара
Во Владикавказе на директора рынка завели дело после пожара
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Russia claims 'complete liberation' over Ukraine's Mariupol
A senior Russian official has told Russia President Vladimir Putin his army completed seized control over Mariupol, following the surrender of the last remaining Ukrainian forces in the Azovstal steel plant.
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'I Met The Love of My Life, 3 Years Later We Made a Heartbreaking Discovery'
Brian and I met online in 2016. From our first date it was clear this relationship was different.
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Jung Welt: США и НАТО развязали конфликт на Украине, проигнорировав интересы России
Jung Welt: США и НАТО развязали конфликт на Украине, проигнорировав интересы России
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Hurricanes’ Antti Raanta using Henrik Lundqvist lessons to stifle Rangers
The lessons Antti Raanta learned from Henrik Lundqvist are paying off, unfortunately for the Rangers.
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Days-long roadblocks, missiles and 'lots of blood.' Civilians recall terrifying attempts to escape Ukraine's cities as Russian forces tighten grip
As thousands of Ukrainians continue to flee Russian-occupied parts of southern Ukraine, they run a gauntlet of harassment by Russian troops, sometimes coming under fire.
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Alabama corrections officer busted for smuggling porn into prison to sell to inmates
An Alabama corrections officer was arrested for smuggling in pornography to sell to inmates, law enforcement said.
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Минобороны РФ показало боевую работу расчетов РСЗО "Град"
Минобороны РФ показало боевую работу расчетов РСЗО "Град"
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Red Sox great Jonny Gomes snags Trevor Story’s grand slam from Monster seats, signs ball
Trevor Story hit a grand slam over the Monster, and into the hands of a ex-Red Sox player Jonny Gomes, leading Boston to a 7-3 win over the Mariners.
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Сериал "Нулевой пациент" на Кинопоиске стал событием сезона
На Кинопоиске вышел сериал "Нулевой пациент", который сам онлайн-кинотеатр позиционирует, как главное событие сезона. Обозреватель "РГ" объяснила, почему этот сериал действительно явление
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YLE: Жители Финляндии начали воровать бензин из-за роста цен
YLE: Жители Финляндии начали воровать бензин из-за роста цен
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В Казахстане в районе роддома произошел взрыв
В Казахстане в районе роддома произошел взрыв
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Biden to coordinate with South Korea on responding to North Korea's nuclear threat
President Joe Biden and South Korea's leader are consulting on how to check a nuclear threat from North Korea.
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How Patrick Mouratoglou helped Simona Halep rekindle her love for tennis
This time last year, Simona Halep was on the brink of retirement. The former women's world No. 1 had announced her withdrawal from the 2021 edition of French Open due to a calf injury. Later that season, she also deferred from Wimbledon, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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Володин: Госдума рассмотрит проект в целях стабилизации цен
Госдума рассмотрит поправки, направленные на стабилизацию цен, поддержку предпринимателей и защиту граждан. Предлагается упростить торговлю товарами из списка параллельного импорта, отметил председатель ГД Вячеслав Володин
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From alternative fuels to rationing trips: A guide to more sustainable flying
Making your vacation sustainable isn't just about not flying. Here, experts give us their eco-friendly tips to make your trip greener, from start to finish.
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Michigan governor declares state of emergency after powerful tornado rips through town, killing 1 person and injuring more than 40
A powerful tornado killed one person Friday as it ripped roofs off buildings and flipped cars in a northern Michigan town, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency for the area.
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How Serena Williams' former coach brought Simona Halep back from the brink of tennis retirement
Two-time grand slam winner Simona Halep and Serena Williams' long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou joined forces in April in a bid to resurrect the Romanian's career after an injury hit 2021 took the 30-year-old to the brink of retirement. CNN has been speaking exclusively to the duo on how Halep's love for the game has been rekindled.
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Knicks hire ex-Nike executive Vince Baldwin as talent evaluator
Knicks' Leon Rose made an out-of-the-box addition in Vince Baldwin — a Nike talent scout who has many contacts in the high school and college ranks.
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Fried foods and 'revenge travel': Indulgence is back
This week in travel: an upside-down train, the meaning of "revenge travel" and the world's greatest fried foods.
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Ученые назвали главную загадку вспышки оспы обезьян
Ученые назвали главную загадку вспышки оспы обезьян
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Why stores always put candy and soda near the cash register
Shoppers spent $6 billion in the checkout area at stores last year.
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How Emboldened Far-Right Is Changing French Politics
Only once has France had a far-right government -- in the dark days of Nazi occupation during World War II. That lingering association with a period of national calamity confined extreme conservative groups to the margins of politics for the rest of the 20th century. Now they’re making a comeback, exploiting economic insecurity to peddle a narrative of a proud nation in decline, besieged by alien cultures. In an April presidential election, far-right figures secured the most votes since the foun
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On Yellowstone's 150th anniversary, 150 fascinating facts about America's first national park
Check out these 150 fun facts in celebration of Yellowstone National Park's 150th anniversary this year of 2022.
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Болгария в 2,5 раза урежет финансирование принимающих украинских беженцев отелей
Болгария в 2,5 раза урежет финансирование принимающих украинских беженцев отелей
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Шестеркин не спас "Рейнджерс" от второго поражения в серии с "Каролиной"
Шестеркин не спас "Рейнджерс" от второго поражения в серии с "Каролиной"
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Президент Ближневосточного форума призвал исключить Турцию из НАТО
Президент Ближневосточного форума призвал исключить Турцию из НАТО
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Oilers come up big in third to even series at game apiece
CALGARY, Alberta — Zach Hyman scored the go-ahead short-handed goal midway through the third period and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Friday night, evening the second-round series at one game apiece. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, becoming the fastest active player to reach 20...
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Фестиваль "Рыбная неделя в Москве" приглашает на SUP-регату
Фестиваль "Рыбная неделя в Москве" приглашает на SUP-регату
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Judge Approves N.Y. House Map, Cementing Chaos for Democrats
The new district lines, approved late Friday night, will create pickup opportunities for Republicans and force Democratic incumbents to run against each other.
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Fox News: США приближается к статусу тирании
Fox News: США приближается к статусу тирании
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На Сахалине в рамках акции "Сад памяти" высадили три тысячи елочек
На Сахалине в рамках акции "Сад памяти" высадили три тысячи елочек
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Владимир Ефимов: НКО в Москве передано почти 620 тысяч "квадратов" помещений
Владимир Ефимов: НКО в Москве передано почти 620 тысяч "квадратов" помещений
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Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Caleb Kennedy sprung from jail after fatal DUI crash
A judge ordered Caleb Kennedy under house arrest at his South Carolina home, where he was required to receive mental health treatment.
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Heat will be turned up on favorite Epicenter in Preakess Stakes
BALTIMORE — Epicenter lost the Kentucky Derby because of a hot pace. Now he will face hot temperatures in the Preakness. Two weeks after getting passed by 80-1 long shot Rich Strike just before the finish line at the Derby, Epicenter goes into Saturday’s Preakness as the favorite and clearly the class of the nine-horse...
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"Газпром" сообщил о полной остановке поставок газа финской Gasum
"Газпром" полностью остановил поставки газа финской Gasum из-за неуплаты по новой схеме. Российская компания пояснила, что платежи за газ должны проходить в рублях с использованием новых реквизитов, о чем финская сторона была своевременно проинформирована
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Плененный комбриг "Волына" рассказал об иностранцах на "Азовстали"
Плененный комбриг "Волына" рассказал об иностранцах на "Азовстали"
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Biden, South Korean leader to consult on how to check North Korea
President Joe Biden is devoting his Saturday to cementing ties with South Korea and its new leader Yoon Suk Yeol as the two sides consult on how best to check the nuclear threat from North Korea at a time when there’s little hope of real diplomacy on the matter.
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Australian Democracy Comes With a Side of Grilled Onions
In a beloved tradition, every Election Day sausages are sold near polling stations as fund-raisers for local schools, churches and community groups.
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Rangers’ once-lethal power play suddenly getting outworked
The power play is the source of the Rangers’ offensive identity. That is so in the good times and that is true in the bad times. 
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Customs officers in Detroit seize a ton of marijuana labeled as 'pool toys'
These are not your average pool toys.
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‘40s star Carole Landis, seemingly forgotten today, ‘embodied a real sense of unity’ during WWII, author says
The "One Million B.C." actress, whose life was tragically cut short, is featured in Christian Blauvelt's book with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), "Hollywood Victory."
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Четыре века женского портрета представили на выставке в Серпухове
Серпуховский историко-художественный музей продолжает выпускать громкие проекты. Закончилась выставка малых голландцев "Образ и смысл", а началась "Незабываемые" - о женском образе в искусстве четырех веков
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"Фанерон. Город мечты" начинает строить цифровую вселенную и открывает портал в мир комиксов и игр для всех желающих
"Фанерон. Город мечты" начинает строить цифровую вселенную и открывает портал в мир комиксов и игр для всех желающих
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Inside Raven Rock Mountain Complex, Biden's Bunker in Face of Nuclear War
There was speculation in 2019 that Raven Rock could be a potential target for Russian strikes on the U.S.
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The Volunteer Movement Enraging China
In early March, Han Yang, a 50-year-old Sydney resident, was invited by a friend to join a WeChat group with other members of Australia’s Chinese diaspora that focused on Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Yang found that the others began posting a stream of offensive material—stories filled with vitriol toward Ukrainians, Russian-state disinformation, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories—accompanied by user comments cheering on Moscow’s violence.When one user asked where in Sydney they could find a store selling Russian food, which they planned to purchase to show support for Moscow, Yang had enough. “That triggered me,” he told me. “It is so outlandish.” He remembers thinking: “You live in Sydney and you want to pay the Russians some money and buy their food just to show your support for their invasion of another country?”He turned to Twitter to vent and pass along what he was seeing to a different audience, screenshotting and translating the stories and comments from the group chat into English, careful to block out the names and photos of the posters. The thread, which eventually stretched to dozens of posts, read like a snarky play-by-play from a cutting sports announcer, only occasionally interrupted by updates on Yang’s daily routine, such as when he had to walk his dog or wash the dishes. It caught the attention of China watchers, creating enough of a stir to be noticed by state-backed media and Chinese media personalities, both of which quickly singled out Yang for a raft of criticism.Yang is part of a larger informal, online network called the Great Translation Movement that has sprung up since Russia’s invasion, translating Chinese-language news items, popular social-media comments, speeches, and statements from academics and pundits into English, and posting them to Western platforms, primarily Twitter. Most translations are focused on the war, though the Chinese government’s coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai, which has dragged on for weeks, has recently become another topic of interest. An anonymous Twitter account has taken on the moniker The Great Translation Movement and picked up more than 150,000 followers since it launched in March, making it the center of this diffuse and ad hoc effort that has used the platform as a battleground to push back on Chinese-state-dominated narratives that have proliferated on the site despite it being blocked within China.Though all these volunteers have done is simply translate posts that have already cleared China’s internet-censorship regime, they have nevertheless managed to enrage Beijing. China’s Great Firewall strives to keep those behind it from seeing an online world free from censorship, barring major Western news outlets (including The Atlantic) and social media, while heavily curtailing what can and cannot be said online by domestic users. It does not, however, throw up similar barriers for those interested in peeking in. In fact, one of the only significant hurdles to accessing the Chinese internet is language skills. Those involved in the Great Translation Movement, such as Yang, hope to show an audience unfamiliar with the Chinese language some of the narratives that are officially sanctioned or gaining popular support.Many of these narratives are very much at odds with the diplomatically projected neutrality regarding the war that comes from Beijing’s more staid official statements and speeches. After seemingly struggling to explain its position early on, China now largely focuses its narrative—pushed by state-backed outlets, pundits, and officials—on blaming the war on the United States as well as apparent efforts by NATO to encircle Russia. Additionally, translations posted by volunteers show that a belief has emerged that as Ukrainians suffer, American companies and business tycoons profit handsomely off the war at a safe distance. The longer and more drawn-out the conflict, the logic goes, the better for them.The translation efforts have clearly perturbed Beijing. Numerous articles in state media have targeted the Great Translation Movement Twitter account, Yang, and others for attacking China by allegedly choosing the most extreme sentiments for translation. Maria Repnikova, an associate global-communications professor at Georgia State University who studies censorship and propaganda in China and Russia, told me it was notable how much attention the effort had attracted, among both casual internet users and Chinese officials. “It’s as if this group has triggered the most sensitive spots for different participants in the conversation about China and especially about China in relation to the Ukraine war,” Repnikova said. “For some Western observers, these translated statements reinforce their preexisting opinions about China’s stance. For Chinese nationalistic media, it reasserts the idea that the ‘West’ is out to get China.”Yang’s original thread, despite his relatively low follower count on Twitter, were quickly noticed, for example. The Global Times, a jingoistic state-backed newspaper, called him out by name in a late-March report about the Great Translation Movement. The article called his posts a “smear campaign” that cherry-picked examples, and it linked the movement to racist incidents against Asians living in the United States. (Despite one expert dismissing the movement as “just a farce,” the GT article was more than 1,500 words long.) A few days later, the newspaper again slammed the efforts. Less than a month later, it ran another lengthy—albeit more nuanced—commentary entitled “How China Can Counter Translation Bias,” written by Tang Jingtai, a journalism professor at Fudan University, in Shanghai. (Tang declined to comment.)Tang’s article was in turn quoted in yet another GT story, a broader one accusing The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and Google Translate of intentionally mistranslating Chinese into English. “Behind these superficial mistranslation incidents, however, lurk the long-term hostility and prejudice of the West toward China, remarked Chinese scholars,” the newspaper said. People’s Daily and other Chinese state media have also weighed in. Late last month, Cong Peiying, an assistant professor at China Youth University of Political Studies, in Beijing, compared the movement to a virus that was mutating and needed to be halted. The expansion from blaming individual actors to pointing the finger at Western media writ large made sense, Repnikova said, because it “taps into the larger narrative in state media about Western discourse hegemony and deliberate effort to curtail China’s discourse power. It also fits into the larger narrative about the West ‘misunderstanding’ China.”Beijing’s unhappiness over perceived bias in translation—whether or not it is merited—is not at all new, James St. André, an assistant translation professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told me. “The issue with China feeling it is misrepresented in English is something that goes back to the Opium Wars and issues in the 19th century with the early contact with Western nations,” he said. Over the decades, the Chinese government has “deliberately nursed a grievance in this area.” The idea of a truly neutral translation is, St. André said, a “polite myth.” Translators are always drawn into their work and that, in turn, colors the outcome. In short, he told me, “there is no Switzerland” in the world of translation, and those who are now upset “are complaining about something that they themselves are doing as well.”Indeed, the volunteers who compose the broader movement are open about the fact that they are not analyzing a random selection of commentary in Chinese. Instead, the individuals running the Great Translation Movement Twitter account told me they were trying to rectify a major misunderstanding about China that they believe is pervasive in the West. Two competing visions of China are pushed by Beijing, they say, and one of them might not be visible to people who do not read Chinese. “The image that the Chinese government tries to cultivate overseas is that of a big, cuddly panda bear who spreads traditional Chinese culture in a friendly way and takes the initiative to befriend the whole world,” they told me. (The account is run by a group of volunteers who wished to remain anonymous to protect themselves from possible retaliation.) “Conversely, the discourse promoted within China is increasingly nationalistic,” they said, citing pro-Russian sentiments, saber-rattling about the reunification of Taiwan, and co-opting of the anti-Asian-hate movement—what they called “the real face of China.”The account began as a Reddit page and migrated to Twitter after the subreddit was closed over issues with doxxing. The Twitter account’s administrator told me that they and others in the Great Translation Movement had read and been influenced by Bending Spines: The Propagandas of Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic, a 2004 book by the Calvin University professor Randall Bytwerk whose contents were “terrifyingly familiar.” Still, although the Twitter account and others like it are open about the apparent bias they are attempting to correct, the administrator dismissed complaints that the account selects comments from the fringes of the Chinese internet. The group chooses content to translate that is from state media, and thus approved by the government, and other articles that garner huge support, enough to argue, the administrator said, that they represent “popular views that many in Chinese society strongly believe in.”There is little doubt about the official veracity of the speeches and papers translated by Tuvia Gering, a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, a think tank. Gering has focused his translation efforts on a range of Chinese academics, pundits, and policy makers, posting threads to Twitter showing the official embrace of conspiracy theories and the movement of disinformation from Russian state media to China. During our conversation, Gering mentioned a new Russian falsehood he had noticed about bioweapons labs being run by Americans in Mongolia. He told me he was almost certain that the theory would at some point be picked up in China. A few hours after we spoke, my phone buzzed with a message from Gering. “Called it!” he wrote, with a link to his latest Twitter thread showing the lie being parroted by Chinese officials.Gering told me he started posting translations from the Chinese internet to Twitter more than a year ago. As the war in Ukraine has unfolded, there has been increased interest in his work. In every country, he acknowledged, “you are going to have bigots and racists and people saying terrible things.” There were two main differences with China. “The information space in China is highly regulated—that’s one,” he said. “Second, the people I document saying these horrible, terrible things are tenured professors; they are party members; some of them are policy makers; some of them are top strategists.”The WeChat group that Yang had originally begun posting about dissolved in April. By then, Yang was translating new material, sometimes sending dozens of tweets a day. He told me he spent three years working at the Chinese consulate in Sydney in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and that some of his former colleagues had blocked him on Twitter. He has taken the criticism in stride. “I wear it as a badge of honor,” he told me. Claims from Chinese media that he might be trying to overthrow the Chinese government or foment a revolution made Yang laugh. “This is extremely flattering,” he said. “I’m just a nobody in Sydney, Australia, typing on my phone.”
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