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Srebrenica award to Bosnian Serb leader angers victims' families

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Srebrenica award to Bosnian Serb leader angers victims' familiesAuthorities in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica angered relatives of the 1995 massacre there by handing its top municipal award on Sunday to the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, local media reported. The town’s city hall under its Serb mayor Mladen Grujicic awarded the distinction, the Golden Plaque of Srebrenica, to Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb entity of Bosnia, Republika Srpska, the N1 television channel said. Dodik declines to describe the Srebrenica massacre as genocide.

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Black Filmmakers Make History At The Box Office This Weekend

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Black Filmmakers Make History At The Box Office This WeekendThis weekend marks the first time when two movies directed by black filmmakers, with budgets over $100 million, hold the number one and two spots at the box office. The Ryan Coogler-helmed “Black Panther” continues its fourth week of domination, bringing in another $41.1 million. “A Wrinkle In Time” opens this weekend in second place with $33.3 million.

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Russia leaps ahead of rivals to showcase 'hypersonic' Kinzhal missile

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Russia leaps ahead of rivals to showcase 'hypersonic' Kinzhal missileRussia has published a video showing the launch of a new missile in its latest move in a high-tech arms race to develop and field guided weapons capable of hypersonic speeds. In a follow-up to President Vladimir Putin's unveiling of several new nuclear super weapons last week, he Russian Defense Ministry unveiled a video clip showing a jet launching the "Kinzhal". Russia is racing against China and the United States to develop hypersonic – highly supersonic – missiles. The majority of these efforts focus on a technique known as boost-glide weapons that use intercontinental ballistic missiles to propel gliders to hypersonic speeds. China and the United States were previously thought to lead Russia in this area. But Kinzhal, or Dagger, appears to skip the line and claim early leadership in the hypersonic race. The missile appears to be a heavily modified version of Russia's Iskander short-range ballistic missiles, which are nuclear-capable. It is launched from the air by a MiG-31 fighter jet. Designed by the Soviets to intercept American bombers, the MiG-31 is both extremely fast and high-flying — making it an ideal launcher for Kinzhal. When the weapon is dropped from the plane, it is already in thin air and traveling at high speeds. After separating from the plane, Kinzha's engine ignites to propel it to 10 times the speed of sound. The video shows one of the missiles mounted below an MiG-31 as it takes flight. Close shots of the missile’s engines were blurred out. The final seconds of the video show the large missile dropped from below the plane. After falling for several seconds, the engine erupts and the weapon arcs away. Russia claims the weapon is already operational, unlike some of the other, more fantastical, weapons announced by Putin last week — such as a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The video appears to back up those claims, or at least suggests the weapon is significantly far along in its development. Russia claims the missile’s warhead is capable of maneuvering at extreme speeds to confuse enemy missile defenses. Though Russia’s current weapons have the ability to best missile defenses, the issue is being used to justify new defense spending. Kinzhal gives Russia early hypersonic strike abilities while it pursues boost-glide weapons to match those under development in China and the United States. Putin announced the development of such a system, known as Avangard, in his speech last week. Other weapons included massive nuclear torpedoes and underwater drone submarines. 

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Trump To Visit Ground Zero Of The Anti-Trump Resistance: California

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Trump To Visit Ground Zero Of The Anti-Trump Resistance: CaliforniaTrump’s fraught relationship with California, where he has some of his lowest approval ratings, is sure to cast a shadow on the visit. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said this week he considers the state at war with Trump’s government, and has fiercely denounced the president on climate change, marijuana policy, offshore drilling and, lately, immigration. Trump’s administration on Tuesday  filed a lawsuit against California over its so-called sanctuary laws meant to protect undocumented immigrants.

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Syria army cuts off main rebel town in Ghouta as death toll tops 1,000

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Syria army cuts off main rebel town in Ghouta as death toll tops 1,000Syrian regime forces continued their offensive against Eastern Ghouta Sunday, a day after they cut off the rebel-held enclave’s largest town, pressing on with a 20-day assault that has left more than 1,000 civilians dead. Government troops and allied militia launched their military campaign for Eastern Ghouta on February 18 and have since overrun more than half of the area, defying global calls for a halt to the violence. The assault has followed a divide-and-conquer strategy, eating away at rebel-held territory, and government forces on Saturday successfully isolated Ghouta’s main town of Douma in a blow for the beleaguered rebels.

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