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Biden Pays Tribute to Nation’s War Dead on Memorial Day Weekend

U.S. President Joe Biden paid tribute Sunday to the nation’s war dead on the eve of his first Memorial Day as the country’s commander-in-chief.“We must remember the price that was paid for our liberties,” Biden said at the War Memorial Plaza near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. “We must remember the debt we owe those who have paid it, and the families left behind. My heart is torn in half by the grief.”  Biden delivered remarks on the sixth anniversary of the death of his son Beau, who served as a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, including a tour of duty with U.S. forces in Iraq before dying of cancer in 2015.   “I know how much the loss hurts,” Biden said. “I know the black hole it leaves in the middle of your chest; it feels like you may get sucked into it and not come out.”   “If [Beau] were here, he would be here as well, paying his respects to all those who gave so much for our country,” Biden said.  “And I promise you the day will come when the mention of the name of your son or daughter, husband, wife — they will, in fact, bring not a tear to your eye, but a smile to your lips,” Biden said. “And I hope that day comes sooner than later.”Ahead of Memorial Day, members of the U.S. armed forces place flags in front of more than 260,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, May 27, 2021.“Folks, you know, despite all the pain, I know the pride you feel in the loved one and — that you lost and those who are still serving — the pride and the bravery in the service to our great American experiment.” he said.   “The American creed is the connective tissue that binds us,” Biden said. “It’s a long chain of patriots that come before us and those who will follow us in turn. That creed holds that the ideals that inspire people to service and that us — fill us with pride when we see our loved ones put on that uniform.”“And our progress toward that creed together, as one nation united and preserved through their sacrifices, is the best and strongest memorial to their lives,” he said.“And so, I hope — I hope that the nation comes together,” he concluded. “We’re not Democrats or Republicans today. We’re Americans. We’re Americans who have given their lives.”The United States has commemorated Memorial Day to honor its war dead at the end of May since 1868 after the Civil War. The national holiday is now held on the last Monday in May of each year.  Outside Washington, to coincide with the holiday, flags are placed by the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery and at many of the other national cemeteries across the country, where many who served in the U.S. military are buried.The holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer and what traditionally has been a busy travel season in the United States.   

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From Uzbekistan to Inspecting American Bridges: An Engineer’s Story

About 40% of the more than 617,000 bridges in the U.S. are at least 50 years old, and of that number more than 46,000 are in dangerously poor condition. The job of bridge inspectors is to locate and identify their structural deficiencies. Svitlana Prestynska met with one such inspector and filed this report from Denver, Colorado, narrated by Anna Rice.

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У Києві затримали чоловіка, який втік з-під варти Ірпінського міського суду – поліція

На території Києва та області була введена спеціальна поліцейська операція

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Правозахисники: білоруського журналіста Протасевича перевели в СІЗО КДБ

23 травня Білорусь примусово, з застосуванням винищувача, посадила в аеропорті Мінська пасажирський літак авіакомпанії Ryanair з опозиційним блогером на борту

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Georgia Opposition Ends Parliamentary Boycott

Georgia’s main opposition party on Sunday announced the end of a months-long parliamentary boycott that has plunged the Caucasus nation into a spiraling political crisis, following disputed elections last year.Georgia’s opposition parties have denounced massive fraud in the October 31 parliamentary elections, which were won narrowly by the ruling Georgian Dream party.In the months since, they have staged numerous mass protests, demanding snap polls and refused to assume their seats in the newly elected parliament.The boycott that has left around 40 seats vacant in the 150-seat legislature weighed heavily on Georgian Dream’s political legitimacy.On Sunday, Georgia’s main opposition force — the United National Movement (UNM) founded by exiled ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili — said it had taken the decision to end the boycott.”We will enter parliament to liberate the Georgian state captured by oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili,” UNM chairman Nika Melia told journalists.He was referring to the billionaire founder of the ruling party, who is widely believed to be the man in charge in Georgia, despite having no official political role.The post-electoral stalemate worsened in February after police arrested Melia in a violent raid on his party headquarters, leading to the prime minister’s resignation and prompting swift condemnation from the West.Melia was released from pre-trial detention in May, on bail posted by the European Union.The move was part of an agreement Georgian Dream and the opposition signed in April under the European Council President Charles Michel’s mediation.The deal commits opposition parties to enter parliament, while Georgian Dream has promised sweeping political, electoral and judicial reforms.In power since 2012, Georgian Dream and its founder Ivanishvili — Georgia’s richest man — have faced mounting criticism from the West over the country’s worsening democratic record.Critics accuse Ivanishvili of persecuting political opponents and creating a corrupt system where private interests permeate politics.
 

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ООС: бойовики відкривали вогонь з мінометів 30 травня

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В Одесі відкрили центр вакцинації від COVID-19