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Hit It! Taeyang, Ariana Grande And More On Global Music Charts

Hit It! Taeyang, Ariana Grande And More On Global Music Charts

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

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This week, one of the most misunderstood songs of all time turned 30 years old. Bruce Springteen's "Born in the U.S.A." was released with its eponymous album on June 4, 1984, before becoming one of the Boss's most popular songs.

With such a chorus and an album cover, the song was bound to be misinterpreted as an American patriotic hymn by some, including expand=1] then President Ronald Reagan. But "Born in the U.S.A." is in fact a song about Vietnam War veterans returning to a country where the working-class is abandonned and isolated.

The track was a global hit and peaked in several different charts. An acoustic version was also recorded for the 1998 box set Tracks.

Cover Photo: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on April 19, 2014 — Jeff Siner/MCT/ZUMA

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Wagner's MIA Convicts: Where Do Deserting Russian Mercenaries Go?

Tens of thousands of Russian prisoners who've been recruited by the Wagner Group mercenary outfit have escaped from the frontlines after volunteering in exchange for freedom. Some appear to be seeking political asylum in Europe thanks to a "cleared" criminal record.

Picture of a soldier wearing the Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Soldier wearing the paramilitary Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

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Anna Akage

Of the about 50,000 Russian convicts who signed up to fight in Ukraine with the Wagner Group, just 10,000 are reportedly still at the front. An unknown number have been killed in action — but among those would-be casualties are also a certain number of coffins that are actually empty.

To hide the number of soldiers who have deserted or defected to Ukraine, Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is reportedly adding them to the lists of the dead and missing.

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Some Wagner fighters have surrendered through the Ukrainian government's "I Want To Live" hotline, says Olga Romanova, director and founder of the Russia Behind Bars foundation.

"Relatives of the convicts enlisted in the Wagner Group are not allowed to open the coffins," explains Romanova.

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