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Wednesday August 30th, 2023 evening edition

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Russia's conviction rate for AWOL soldiers soared to 100 a week, UK officials said.

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Almost 100 Russian soldiers are convicted every week for refusing to fight in Ukraine, UK intelligence said Wednesday, part of a broader manpower crisis in the Russian military.

The UK Ministry of Defence said "the high rate of convictions demonstrates the poor state of morale in the Russian Army and the reluctance of some elements to fight.".

After mobilizing 300,000 soldiers in the autumn of 2022, Moscow set a goal of recruiting 400,000 more by December 2023.

In addition to low morale, the respected Institute for the Study of War think tank stated last week that the Russian military is suffering from infighting and shortages.

Russia's military has suffered 120,000 deaths since the start of the war, US officials told The New York Times. »

Russia has 'right to war' with 'each and every' NATO country - Medvedev

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Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia has the right to go to war with NATO.

It is a refined casus belli, and for Russia, it is an opportunity to act within the jus ad bellum framework against each and every NATO country.".

Medvedev, who served as Russian PM between 2000 - 2004, has emerged as a virulent anti-West, pro-war voice within the Kremlin. »

Allen family of four found dead in apparent murder-suicide, police say

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Allen police say a family that lost their 4-year-old daughter in a drowning earlier this month was found dead after an apparent murder-suicide on Monday.

Police found the bodies of the four family members inside their home on Aberdeen Drive in Allen on Monday morning.

Police also confirmed the family lost their 4-year-old daughter Lyian Sherwani to a drowning earlier this month. »