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Sunday February 19th, 2023 morning edition

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It's been a long road, but we're finally just months away from the long-awaited release of Diablo 4.

And as revealed today at IGN FanFest, we're getting a taste of gameplay even sooner.

Diablo 4 is getting an open beta next month, with pre-order early access buyers getting to play early on March 17 through 19, and the general public getting access March 24 through 26.

We learned this at IGN FanFest in an interview with game director Joe Shely, who also showed us the opening cinematic for Diablo 4, which you can watch below.

Custom characters will feature in Diablo 4's cinematics, of which there are apparently multiple in the beta alone to check out and even more across Diablo 4's 30+ hours of campaign and sidequests.

For early access pre-order owners, progress in the beta will transfer between the two beta weekends - so if you start on the 17th, you can play on that same file again March 24 through 26.

Diablo 4's full release is June 6, and it's coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and PC. »

Over 30,000 Wagner Group fighters killed or injured in Ukraine, U.S. says

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The latest: Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues as Russian forces make minor gains in their attempt to encircle the city of Bakhmut.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked Western allies for fighter jets as Russia mounts a spring offensive.

Western allies agreed to a new wave of elaborate weapons, including Leopard tanks, hoping it may change the balance on the battlefield. »

Plane spends 16 hours in the air, ends up back at same New Zealand airport

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Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Passengers on a flight from New Zealand to New York spent 16 hours in the air just to end up at the same airport where their journey began.

The airline said the decision was made for the plane to turn around and return to Auckland, where it landed about 16 hours after departing.

The airline apologized to passengers and said those aboard the flight would be booked on the next available flights to New York. »

Florida couple unable to get abortion will see baby die after delivery

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But, they have said, the doctors could not perform an abortion because of their interpretation of a Florida law that took effect after the supreme court overturned Roe v Wade.

The syndrome is a result of abnormal kidney growth and function, which affects how much amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus during pregnancy.

Additionally, the absence of amniotic fluid in a womb causes a baby to be born without the ability to breathe. »