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Hit It! Shakira, Axel, More On World Music Charts

Hit It! Shakira, Axel, More On World Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts around the world.

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Former Blur frontman Damon Albarn has released a new video and track, “Lonely Press Play,” from his upcoming album Everyday Robots. Shot by Albarn himself using just a tablet, the clip shows brief images of his travels around the world, from Tokyo to Dallas and even North Korea. Everyday Robots, his second and much-awaited solo album, will be released April 28.

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

Photo of a sunset over the USS Nimitz with a man guiding fighter jets ready for takeoff

U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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