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NEW YORK A U.S. intelligence official has leaked a cache of secret slides that reveal details of the American military's use of drones to assassinate suspected terrorists.

The documents include suspicion that innocent people are regularly killed in the operations and that sometimes vague criteria are used to decide whom to target.

The so-called "Drone Papers," which also outline the internal views of special operations forces on the shortcomings and flaws of the drone program, were provided to the investigative news website The Intercept by an official who worked on such operations, which he grew to deeply oppose.

The introduction to the multi-part series concludes: "There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state's power over life and death."

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President Vladimir Putin will sign an agreement on the annexation of 18% of Ukrainian territories

Cameron Manley, Chloe Touchard, Sophia Constantino, and Emma Albright

Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign the annexation Friday of four occupied regions of Ukraine to become part of Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced this morning.

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The Kremlin will host a ceremony on Friday where agreements will be signed on the annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Peskov said the ceremony would take place on Friday at 3 p.m. local time. Taken together the regions in the east and south make up 18% of Ukraine’s territory. The move follows the 2014 annexation of Crimea, which many consider the less violent pre-cursor to Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine.

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