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Sunday November 14th, 2021 morning edition

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a news briefing following the Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv, Ukraine October 12, 2021.

KYIV, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said there are nearly 100,000 Russian soldiers near Ukraine's border and that Western countries had shared information about active Russian troop movements with Kyiv.

"I hope the whole world can now clearly see who really wants peace and who is concentrating nearly 100,000 soldiers at our border," he said in a video of a speech on Wednesday carried on his website.

The Russian troop movements near the Ukrainian border have spurred fears of a possible attack.

Moscow has dismissed such suggestions as inflammatory and complained about increasing activity in the region by the NATO transatlantic alliance.

On Nov. 3, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry put the number of Russian troops near Ukraine's border at 90,000.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Potter and Andrew Cawthorne. »

A Florida restaurant chain says boosting pay and offering better benefits helped it end its labor shortage

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Florida chain Pollo Tropical says boosting pay and benefits helped it get to normal staffing levels in the labor shortage.

The Caribbean-food chain is raising prices by up to 6% in December to fund higher labor costs.

Pollo Tropical, a Caribbean-food chain with 169 restaurants in Florida, says it's almost back to normal staffing levels after boosting pay, improving benefits, and giving sign-on bonuses to new staff. »

Pete Buttigieg Says Paid Family Leave Isn't Just Time Off: 'It's Time to Do Important Work'

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Speaking at the White House on Monday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pushed back on paid family leave being considered just "time off" from employment.

Biden's latest framework excluded paid family leave from the plan, after he originally proposed as much as 12 weeks off for parents.

Buttigieg said the president's Build Back Better plan will be beneficial for families, even if it doesn't include paid family leave. »

Brass Against Apologize For Singer Urinating On Fan’s Face During Festival Set: “Sophia Got Carried Away”

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And on Thursday night, their lead singer peed directly onto a fan’s face in the middle of their set at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida.

You can watch graphic video footage of the incident — Brass Against’s pee tape, if you will — below, if that’s what you’re into.

Sophia actually cleaned it up after we left stage — Brass Against (@BrassAgainst) November 13, 2021. »