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Russia-Ukraine war

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has thwarted another major offensive by Ukrainian forces in the eastern region of Donetsk. The ministry said its forces have destroyed nearly 140 tanks and armored vehicles overall. Those include eight main battle Leopard tanks supplied to Ukraine by its Western allies. The ministry also said the total Ukrainian losses now amount to 1,500 troops. On Monday, Russia said Ukrainian forces had begun a major offensive in Donetsk, but did not achieve their goals. Ukrainian officials have dismissed the Russian claims. They say, however, that their forces are making advances near the flashpoint city of Bakhmut in northern part of Donetsk. It’s not yet clear if the latest developments on the ground are part of the long-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake lost territory.

Palestinian prisoners plight

Palestinians held by Israel under the so-called administrative detention are set to launch an open-ended hunger strike. The announcement was made by the Administrative Detainees' Committee after the failure of its talks with the Israeli Prison Service. Palestinians from various political factions will join the action on June 18 to protest against their indefinite detention without charge or trial. The detainees will also continue to boycott Israeli courts. They seek to draw attention to Israel’s violation of their rights and end the regime's inhumane administrative detention policy. Nearly 5,000 Palestinians are currently in Israeli jails, including more than a thousand held under the so-called administrative detention.

US journalists walkout

Hundreds of journalists employed by America’s largest newspaper chain have gone on strike in protest at their working conditions. The walkout was the biggest labor action in Gannett’s century-old history. Staffers from two dozen newsrooms from California to New York walked off the job, demanding livable wages. They accused the company’s leadership of decimating its workforce, which has been almost halved since November 2019. Gannett owns USA Today and more than 200 other daily papers. It has reported over a billion dollars in outstanding debt, while struggling with declining revenue. Some newspapers have forsaken coverage of local sports or business, as readers turn to digital news and advertising revenues plummet. According to a recent report, newsroom employment in the US fell from 114,000 to 85,000 journalists between 2008 and 2020.

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