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Hit It! Lana Del Rey, Alfred Hui And More On Global Music Charts

Hit It! Lana Del Rey, Alfred Hui And More On Global Music Charts

Below are some of the songs currently topping charts around the world. But first ...

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To the great delight of neo-psychedelic rockers worldwide, the Texas-based band Black Angels confirmed this week the release of their new album Clear Lake Forest, on July 21. On Record Store Day (April 19), the authors of last year's Indigo Meadow and the amazing 2010 Phosphene Dream had released a ten-inch vinyl limited edition of their new work.

The full release features seven brand new tracks filled with their trademark fuzzy reverb. Black Angels' guitarist Christian Bland described their sixth studio album: "After roaming through the Indigo Meadow, the time has come to journey to the Clear Lake Forest, where seven tales of diamonds, executioners, and other strange occurrences await underneath the crystal waves lapping in the lake."

The opening song of the album, "Sunday Evening", is online:

Cover Photo: Black Angels' frontman Alex Maas in March 2014 — Gina Pina

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Paris-Berlin, Warsaw-Kyiv: Europe's Balance Of Power Will Never Be The Same

A new future is unfolding in real time, one that leaders in France, Germany and beyond could not have envisioned even a year ago.

Photo of Bundeswehr soldiers in Lest, Slovakia, with a training anti-tank missile and a G22 sniper rifle.

Bundeswehr soldiers in Lest, Slovakia, with a training anti-tank missile and a G22 sniper rifle.

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Pierre Haski

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PARIS — Quick question: do you know which country is on its way to having the largest army in Europe? The obvious answer would be France, the Continent's only nuclear power since the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and a military that has been tested in multiple foreign operations in recent years.

But the answer is about to change: if we put aside the nuclear factor, Europe's leading military will soon be that of Poland.

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This is one more direct consequence Russia's invasion of Ukraine: a close neighbor of the conflict zone, Poland is investing massively in its defense. Last year, it concluded a huge arms purchase contract with South Korea: heavy combat tanks (four times more than France), artillery, fighter jets, for 15 billion euros.

Warsaw also signed a contract last month to purchase two observation satellites from France for 500 million euros.

This former country of the Warsaw Pact, today a leading NATO member, intends to be ever more consequential in European affairs. The investments in defense are one way of doing that. Yet this is not the only impact of the war in Ukraine.

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