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Extra! Litvinenko Inquiry Begins, Putin's Involvement 'Exposed'

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The Times, Jan. 28, 2015

A photo of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was allegedly used by Russian special forces for target practice, says The Times on Wednesday's front page. An inquiry into the dissident's death began in London Tuesday, with claims made by Ben Emmerson QC — the lawyer acting on behalf of Litvinenko's widow — that Litvinenko was assassinated on the orders of the Kremlin, to stop him from exposing Vladimir Putin's links to Russian organized crime at a trial in Spain.

Litvinenko died in 2006 after two Russian hitmen laced his tea with a lethal dose of polonium-210 at a London hotel.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register and became The Times on Jan. 1 1788.

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Eyes On U.S. — California, The World Is Worried About You

As an Italian bestseller explores why people are fleeing the Golden State, the international press also takes stock of unprecedented Silicon Valley layoffs. It may be a warning for the rest of the world.

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Are you OK, Meta?

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For as long as we can remember, the world has seen California as the embodiment of the American Dream.

Today, this dream may be fading — and the world is taking notice.

A peek at the Italian list of non-fiction best-sellers in 2022 includes California by Francesco Costa, a book that looks to explain why 340,000 people moved out of the state last year, causing a drop in its population for the first time ever.

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Why are all these people leaving a state that on paper looks like the best place in the world to live? Why are stickers with the phrase “Don't California my Texas” attached to the back of so many pick-up trucks?

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