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Michele Obama's 'Black-geoisie' Fashion? France's Elle Magazine Accused Of Racism

A blog post on the French site of Elle magazine declared that black fashion has finally become "chic" thanks to the high style of Michele and Barack Obama. The article has come under sharp criticism from several prominent black leaders a

It's rare that black women feature on the cover of French magazine Elle.
It's rare that black women feature on the cover of French magazine Elle.

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PARIS - The French online edition of Elle magazine is facing accusations of bad taste, if not outright racism, after a blog post cited Michele Obama's fashion flair as having finally helped move black style from "street" to "chic."

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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