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UKRAINE PARLIAMENT DEBATES AMNESTY FOR PROTESTERS
The Ukrainian Parliament is expected to debate an amnesty for pro-EU protesters who are being detained after the recent clashes in Kiev and other cities around the country, German news agency DPA reports. According to the capital’s Deputy Mayor Anatoly Golubchenko, the property damage from the ongoing protests in the city center of Kiev exceeds $2.5 million.

DEADLY CLASHES WITH ISLAMISTS IN PHILIPPINES
At least 40 fighters from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have been killed in an assault launched by the Philippine army, Xinhua quotes a military official as saying. The rebels involved in the fighting want an independent Islamic state and have carried out deadly attacks over the last few years to thwart the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Read more from Philippine daily, The Inquirer.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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