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Friday July 28th, 2023 night edition

image for African Union calls on Russia to reinstate Ukrainian grain deal

Wheat harvesting on a field near Novosofiivka, in the Ukrainian region of Mykolaiv | Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images.

The African Union called today to urgently reinstate a United Nations-brokered deal allowing Ukraine to export millions of tons of grain that was terminated at Russia's behest.

"The problem of grains and fertilizers concerns everyone," Comoros President Azali Assoumani, who heads the 55-nation African Union, told Russian state newswire RIA Novosti.

He was speaking in St. Petersburg, where Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting a summit with African leaders.

Putin last week pulled out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative that had allowed Ukraine — one of the world's breadbaskets — to export grains and oilseeds through three Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea: Odesa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny/Pivdenny.

"We will talk about this in St. Petersburg, we will discuss it with Putin to see how we can restart this agreement," Assoumani added.

Putin is meeting with 17 African leaders on Thursday and Friday, as the increasingly isolated Russian leader attempts to maintain relations with a continent with close historical ties to Moscow. »

Tesla’s secret team to suppress thousands of driving range complaints

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He expected to get something close to the electric sport sedan’s advertised driving range: 353 miles on a fully charged battery.

Rather, Tesla created the groundswell of complaints another way – by hyping the range of its futuristic electric vehicles, or EVs, raising consumer expectations beyond what the cars can deliver.

The directive to present the optimistic range estimates came from Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, this person said. »

Ukrainian troops 'break through Russian defences' to capture village of Staromaiorske

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A Ukrainian official tweeted a video of troops holding a flag in the settlement, located about halfway between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhia in the country's southeast.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy had hinted at a significant win on the frontline last night.

The Western officials said it was an opportune moment given recent operations to clear Russian defensive positions, Russian command changes and continued Ukrainian artillery strikes. »

Workers at companies that tested out a 4-day workweek are happier and more efficient — and firms made more money. One lawmaker says it's 'here to stay.'

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Workers were happier and more efficient, and their firms ended up bringing in more in revenue.

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"This is very promising for the sustainability of this model, and we look forward to tracking companies' experiences well into the future. »

One family pocketed $7.6 million by taking cans and bottles from Arizona and recycling them in California. That's fraud, prosecutors say.

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Prosecutors say a family that made $7.6 million from recycling defrauded the state of California.

The family, based in Southern California, is accused of recycling materials purchased in Arizona.

The recycling operation earned the family $7.6 million, according to a statement from the office of California's Attorney General, Rob Bonta. »