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UCI (Switzerland), LE FIGARO (France)

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GENEVA - The International Cycling Union (UCI) said it will recognize the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)"s sanctions against Lance Armstrong, thus stripping the former champion of his seven Tour de France titles and banning him from cycling for life.

International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid revealed Monday that the UCI had received USADA's 200-page report last week, and had chosen not to take the case to the Court of Arbitration, thereby backing the life ban and revoking the Tour de France titles that had been the centerpiece achievement of Armstrong's career.

McQuaid: "Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten from cycling."

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 22, 2012

Le Figaro notes that UCI has not yet reached a decision concerning the other cyclists involved in the doping scandal. The French daily notes that Christian Prudhomme, the race director the Tour de France, said the seven victories would not be given to the runners-up because so many of them were also involved in doping. McQuaid said this question still needed further debate, and that a decision would be made on Friday.

Armstrong was charged in June with using forbidden performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions, as well as encouraging doping among his teammates.

The president of the cycling union declared that Armstrong “has no place in cycling.”

Last week, virtually all of Armstrong's major sponsors broke ties with the Texan, who has also stepped down as chairman from the Livestrong foundation he'd founded to help fight cancer, a disease he was cured from earlier in his career.

In a Nike commercial in 2001, Armstrong joked “Everybody wants to know what I am on. What am I on? I’m on my bike, busting my ass, six hours a day. What are you on?”

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KYIV — The war in Ukraine has reached a turning point. Vladimir Putin's army has suffered its worst setback since the beginning of the invasion. The Russian army has experienced a counter-offensive that many experts consider masterful, so it must retreat and cede vast territories to its opponent.

The lightning victory that the head of the Kremlin had dreamed of never took place. The losses are considerable — Ukrainian troops on the battlefield now outnumber the Russians.

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On April 5, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky predicted that at the end of the conflict, Ukraine would become a "big Israel". In an interview with Ukrainian media, he said then, "In all the institutions, supermarkets, cinemas, there will be people with weapons."

The problem of national security will be the country's most important one in the next decade. An "absolutely liberal, and European" society would therefore no longer be on the agenda, according to the Ukrainian president.

Having long since swapped his suit and tie for a jacket or a khaki T-shirt during his public appearances, Zelensky has undeniably become one of the symbols of this growing militarization of Ukrainian society. However, the president claimed that Ukraine would not become an "authoritarian" regime: "An authoritarian state would lose to Russia. Ukrainians know what they are fighting for."

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