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Detroit, The Day After: Front Pages For A City Gone Bankrupt

DETROIT NEWS, NYT (USA), LE MONDE (France), O GLOBO (Brazil)

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DETROIT - From Kalamazoo, Michigan to Paris, France, news of Detroit's bankruptcy -- the largest municipal financial default filing in American history -- was making headlines far and wide and close to home on Friday.

"Detroit, the cradle of America’s automobile industry and once the nation’s fourth-most-populous city, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, the largest American city ever to take such a course," wrote the New York Times.

The leading local dailies in and around Detroit mixed resignation with a search for hope -- and a "fresh start."

Meanwhile, leading French daily Le Monde, like other news outlets around the world, was giving the story ample coverage, focusing on what it says about the automobile industry, the overall health of the U.S. economy and the ever deepening gap between rich and poor.

The bankruptcy filing, Le Monde writes, is "the last act in the slow agony of the Motor City." Here are some front pages...

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Western Tanks To Ukraine Trigger Russian Threats — But Also Fears Of Major Counterattack

Germany and the U.S. overcame months of reluctance in the past 24 hours to commit to sending heavy combat tanks to Ukraine. Russia responded with official bluster, but others in Moscow fear that the tanks delivery could be a gamechanger on the battlefield.

Picture of recently mobilized Russian troops

Recently mobilized Russian troops getting ready to depart for service

Cameron Manley

A week of growing expectations of a coming Russian offensive was turned on its head Wednesday as Germany and the U.S. announced their intention to send heavy combat tanks to Ukraine.

The sudden show of resolve on supplying tanks — after months of reluctance, particularly from Germany — has prompted some Russians to fear that Ukraine will now be equipped for a major counterattack. That would be significant reversal after speculation had been growing this month about a Russian spring offensive.

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government confirmed Wednesday morning that Berlin plans to send at least 14 German-built Leopard 2 tanks to the frontline. U.S. media also reported that Joe Biden’s administration is expected to officially announce Washington's commitment, with at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks expected to be sent.

The timeline remains unclear as to when the vehicles would make it into combat. Still, both sides on the war acknowledged that it is a significant development with the potential to change the math on the battlefield.

Official Russian response was loaded with typical incendiary rhetoric. Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian president Vladimir Putin, said the new tanks would "burn like all the rest, only these ones are expensive.”

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