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Mourning Has Broken

Back in the 1960s, many Greek widows, like these two in the northern Pindus mountains, still chose to dress in black for the rest of their lives after the death of their husbands. Nowadays the mourning period tends to be somewhat shorter, although traditionally not less than 40 days.

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War In Ukraine, Day 155: Belarus Fires Barrage Of Missiles At Ukraine In Most Sustained Attack To Date

More than 20 missiles were fired in just over an hour, leaving at least 15 injuries, and may be a sign that Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko is ready to join the invasion as an active participant.

Servicemen take part in the Allied Resolve 2022 joint military drills held by Belarusian and Russian troops

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In a 70-minute span early Thursday, Ukraine was the target of multiple missile attacks from Belarus in what is believed to be by far the most sustained attack from within that country since the Russian invasion began.

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Between 5:20 and 6:30 a.m., between 20 and 25 missiles were launched from the territory of Belarus across the border into Ukraine. There are reports of at least 15 casualties.

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