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KERRY AND LAVROV EXCHANGE BLAME
In a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow to "tone down escalatory rhetoric," criticizing Russia for failing “to de-escalate” the crisis, The Guardian reports. During the conversation, Lavrov replied that Ukrainian ultranationalists were responsible for the collapse of the deal reached in Geneva last week, after they killed pro-Russian protesters on Sunday in the eastern town of Sloviansk.

- The Russian Foreign Minister went further in an interview with RT, saying that in his view, “There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show” in reference to Kiev’s decision to resume its “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in the capital for a two-day visit. Lavrov also said that Russia would “respond in accordance with international law” if its “legitimate interests” were attacked.

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Yes, Her Too: A Feminist Reading Of The Depp Vs. Heard Case

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation suit has become a Hollywood media (sh*t) storm, but there are troubling real consequences in the way domestic violence is being portrayed, when the victim is less-than-perfect.

Fans welcome Johnny Depp with "Justice For Johnny" signs at the defamation trial against Amber Heard.

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First the background: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2012. They started a relationship when Depp was still with Vanessa Paradis, and eventually married in 2015. Fifteen months later, Heard filed for divorce, accusing Depp of domestic violence and asking for a restraining order.

In the lawsuit, Heard said, ”I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.” They then made a million-dollar settlement, and soon after, Heard asked for the restraining order to be dropped.

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