The Daily Populous

Saturday June 24th, 2023 evening edition

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Belarus says it brokered deal in return for safety of rebels.

Wagner forces had taken control of Rostov.

ROSTOV-ON-DON/VORONEZH, Russia, June 24 (Reuters) - Mutinous Russian mercenary fighters who surged most of the way to Moscow have agreed to turn back to avoid bloodshed, their leader said on Saturday, in a de-escalation of what had become a major challenge to President Vladimir Putin's grip on power.

In an audio message, Prigozhin said the fighters would return to base because of the risk of blood being spilled.

Earlier, Prigozhin said his men were on a "march for justice" to remove corrupt and incompetent Russian commanders he blames for botching the war in Ukraine.

Putin later signed a law tightening rules for breaking martial law in places where it has been imposed, the RIA news agency said.

Reporting by Reuters journalists Writing by Andrew Osborn, Kevin Liffey, Peter Graff and Frank Jack Daniel Editing by Giles Elgood and Frances Kerry. »

Maury Povich Lauches At-Home Paternity Test Company Called 'The Results Are In'

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Maury Povich is releasing a new at-home paternity test company called "The Results Are In.".

During those often explosive segments of the show, Povich would utter his famous catchphrase, "The results are in," before revealing a child's paternity.

Former daytime talk show host Maury Povich is releasing a new at-home paternity test called "The Results Are In." »

Russia Slides Into Civil War

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His message was clear: The Russian military launched a pointless war, ran it incompetently, and killed tens of thousands of Russian soldiers unnecessarily.

Maybe Prigozhin is collaborating with the Ukrainians, and this is all an elaborate plot to end the war.

In a slow, unfocused sort of way, Russia is sliding into what can only be described as a civil war. »

Russia mutiny: Rebel mercenary convoy turns back to avoid 'blood being spilled'

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Russian mercenary group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin has told his troops advancing on Moscow to turn back, saying he wants to avoid "blood being spilled".

In an audio message, Prigozhin said his fighters - part of the private mercenary Wagner Group - would return to their bases.

Reuters reported the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko had brokered an agreement between Prigozhin and Vladimir Putin. »

US officials 'caught off guard' by Wagner mutiny

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Pentagon and White House officials gathered for emergency discussions on Friday night when details of the chaos emerged, CNN reported.

A White House National Security Council spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation and will be consulting with allies and partners on these developments.”.

A US official told CNN this crisis was “real” but the Pentagon and White House were waiting to see how it developed. »