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With 84 players from outside the U.S. competing in the NBA this season, the American league broke its record of foreign players. It's not a big surprise then to see nine of them on the American Airlines Arena court tonight, as the San Antonio Spurs face the Miami Heat in the decisive Game 7 of the NBA finals.

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Since the 1992 Olympic gold won by Michael Jordan and the Dream Team, the American basketball league has become a 5 billion dollars annual industry and has developped into a global competition, as you can see on our NBA world map.


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War In Ukraine, Day 159: Was Ukrainian Grain Tycoon Assassinated?

Russia's use of international food supplies as a weapon of war may be far from over.

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Ukrainian grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadatursky was afraid for his life when French daily Le Monde met up with him a few weeks ago in his hometown of Mykolaiv. On Sunday, he and his wife Raisa, were killed in the southern city during an intense shelling attack.

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The deaths, which Ukraine officials say were targeted attacks, stand in sharp contrast to the other top news Monday that a ship carrying grain exports had left from the port of Odessa for the first time since the war began. Russian President Vladimir Putin again appears to be playing a double game when it comes to allowing food supplies to travel freely in the face of global hunger risks.

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