Putin to formally annex Russian-occupied Ukraine in hawkish speech lashing out at West

To formally annex those territories the Russian parliament and Russia’s Constitutional Court, which over recent years turned into rubber-stamp bodies, have to ratify and approve the treaties, something that is expected next week. The developments mirror Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 when President Putin gathered several Crimean politicians to formalise the land-grab of the … Read more

First trans US army officer ‘plotted to leak medical records to Russians’

She told an undercover agent that “she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia… even if it meant being fired or going to jail” during a meeting at a Baltimore hotel last month, the indictment stated. She volunteered to bring her husband into the scheme, saying he had “more helpful information”, including about prior military training … Read more

Giorgia Meloni ‘had no contact’ with drug-smuggling father for decades

The businessman told the court that he had agreed to transport the cannabis for a payment in pesetas equivalent to 300,000 euros or £268,000 GBP. Mr Meloni died of leukaemia  Three other people were arrested in the drugs bust, including two of his stepchildren. They were sentenced to four years in jail, despite his claims … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more

Storm batters Florida causing ‘worst flooding’ in state’s history

Sheriff Bull Prummell of Charlotte County, just north of Fort Myers, announced a curfew between 9pm and 6am on Wednesday night “for life-saving purposes”, saying violators may face prosecution. Emergency services have fielded dozens of calls, but in some areas the conditions were still too treacherous to go out and respond. There have not yet been … Read more

Lesbian polar bears fine by me, says partner of Italy’s new hardline leader

Their daughter is their only child and they are not married, despite Ms Meloni’s promotion of traditional families. Asked whether he would live in Palazzo Chigi, the official premier’s residence overlooking a piazza and an ancient Roman obelisk in the capital, he said: “I really don’t think so. Do you think we could really bring … Read more

Russian forces on brink of encirclement in Donetsk town

Russian forces in the Donetsk region town of Lyman are on the brink of encirclement following Ukrainian gains to their north and east, pro-Russian military bloggers have said. The claims could not be immediately verified, but the reported Ukrainian gains appeared to match images and videos released on social media by Ukrainian soldiers. The fall … Read more

UK economy is ‘strong’ and heading for ‘radical change’

She is also expected to say that the UK-US trading relationship must act as a counter to protectionism and authoritarian regimes. “The UK-US economic partnership is the clearest possible example of why free trade and free markets are not just integral to our growth but to the freedoms we share,” she is expected to say. … Read more

Putin’s own propagandists turn on draft sending ‘hairdressers and teachers’ to Ukrainian front

Olga Skabeyeva, one of the most prominent state TV hosts, on Tuesday also lashed out at the mobilisation drive, urging criminal prosecution for those who abuse their powers in drafting men. Even Russia’s most blood-thirsty war reporters from state TV have expressed dismay over what appears to be a completely random choice of conscripts. Alexander … Read more

EU splashes taxpayer cash ‘on lipstick lessons and lacy lingerie for men’

The European Union spent almost €1 million funding drag queen shows and other diversity projects aimed at “blurring” traditional gender roles, The Telegraph can disclose. The bloc’s taxpayers’ stumped up some €892,050 to help finance the schemes, which promised to tackle issues such as “toxic masculinity” and to establish LGBT-friendly schools across the Continent. The … Read more