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Putin sworn in as Russian president for fifth term

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been sworn into office at a lavish Kremlin ceremony for a record-breaking fifth term.

Putin, 71, who has ruled Russia since the turn of the century, got a fresh six-year mandate in March after winning presidential elections.

He had no opposition.

In his remarks at the event, Putin said, “We are a united and great people. Together we will overcome all obstacles, we will bring all our plans to fruition, and together we will win.”

“We will pass through this difficult, decisive period with dignity and become even stronger,” Putin said at his inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin, attended by an AFP journalist.

“We are a united and great nation,” Putin said in an upbeat speech, to applause from an audience of around 2,500 people including officials and military top brass.

“Together we will overcome all obstacles, achieve everything we have planned, and together we will win,” he said.

He said after being sworn into office that he viewed the presidency as a “huge honour, responsibility and sacred duty”.

The Russian leader vowed to ensure “sustained and stable development, unity and independence of the country”.

Putin thanked soldiers taking part in what Russia calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, more than two years after it began on February 24, 2022, at a ceremony attended by some of those fighting.

“We are looking forward confidently,” Putin stressed in his speech, which was aired on national television.

Evoking the country’s “thousand-year history” as he spoke in the Kremlin’s gilded St Andrew’s Hall, the president said that present-day Russians owed a debt to previous generations who achieved “such triumphs that inspire us today”.

He said Russians shared a “firm conviction that we ourselves alone will determine the fate of Russia for the sake of present and future generations”.

Russia is “not refusing dialogue with western states” and is ready to talk about “questions of security and strategic stability”, Putin said, “but only on equal terms, respecting the interests of each other”.

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Burkina Faso extends military rule by five years

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The military junta in Burkina Faso says it will extend its rule by another five years.

BBC reports the state-owned broadcaster as stating that Ibrahim Traoré, a captain and the country’s military ruler, will be eligible to contest the next presidential election.

Burkina Faso is one of the three countries in West Africa being ruled by juntas.

Traoré seized power on September 30, 2022.

The coup leaders had said their putsch would help fix the country’s political instability.

However, there has been an attempt to wrest power from the junta at least twice.

The decision to return to democratic rule after five years followed a national consultation meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city.

A 60-month transition period will begin on July 2 this year, according to an amended charter.

“The elections marking the end of the transition may be organised before this deadline if the security situation so permits,” the charter reads.

Traoré said he took over power because Paul-Henri Damiba, his predecessor, could not address the insurgency confronting the country.

Damiba had seized power from President Roch Kaboré.

Since 2015, jihadist rebels affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, have waged an insurgency against the West African nation that has led to the deaths of thousands and displacement of millions.

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10 travel routes where air passengers experience most turbulence

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Turbulence is most felt at the front and rear of the plane.

Whether you’re afraid of flying or not, turbulence can be a stressful flight experience.

One minute you’re flying smoothly, the next you see the seat belt sign light up and things start to get a little hectic.

And while turbulence is nothing to worry about in most cases, there are certain routes on which travellers experience more of it than others.

To start with, it’s worth understanding exactly what turbulence is and why it happens.

What is turbulence and is it safe?
Turbulence in aviation is the turbulent movement of air masses that causes the aircraft to vibrate. They arise from the contact of air currents of different directions and speeds, as well as from sudden changes in wind direction and speed.

An interesting fact is that turbulence is most felt at the front and rear of the plane, so if someone is afraid of violent vibrations, they should choose places closer to the center of the plane.

Although they may cause discomfort to passengers, turbulence does not pose a threat to flight safety. Modern aviation technology allows you to effectively avoid places of turbulence, and the principle of fastening seat belts throughout the flight additionally increases the safety of passengers in the event of the so-called clear sky turbulence difficult to predict.

The most “troubled” flight routes in the world in 2023

Analysis of approximately 150 thousand air routes conducted by the Turbli portal revealed the most turbulent flight routes in 2023.

The routes were ranked according to the “vortex dissipation coefficient,” which measures the intensity of turbulence in a given location.

The most turbulent air route in the world in 2023 was between Santiago and Santa Cruz, an approximately 1,900 km journey between Chile and Bolivia. The next place was taken by an approximately 250-kilometer route connecting the Kazakh city of Almaty with Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Two of the 10 routes were in Europe, and six were domestic routes in Japan and China.

  1. Santiago (SCL) – Santa Cruz (VVI)
  2. Almaty (ALA) — Bishkek (FRU)
  3. Lanzhou (LHW) — Chengdu (CTU)
  4. Centrair (NGO) – Sendai (SDJ)
  5. Milan (MXP) – Geneva (GVA)
  6. Lanzhou (LHW) — Xianyang (XIY)
  7. Osaka (KIX) – Sendai (SDJ)
  8. Xianyang (XIY) — Chengdu (CTU)
  9. Xianyang (XIY) — Chongqing (CKG)
  10. Milan (MXP) – Zurich (ZRH)

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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Three Americans among suspects arrested for coup attempt in DR Congo

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Three Americans have been reportedly listed among suspects responsible for Sunday’s coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Sylvain Ekenge, DRC army spokesperson, said the attempt involved “foreigners and Congolese”.

“These foreigners and Congolese have been put out of action, including their leader,” Ekenge said, adding that several suspects were detained and that the situation is now under control.

The army spokesperson did not provide further information concerning the incident.

Lucy Tamyln, US ambassador to the DRC, said she was shocked and very concerned to receive reports of American citizens being involved.

Pictures of two men with their hands clasped were published in local media, alongside pictures of a passport that indicated one was a 36-year-old US citizen born in Maryland.

“Please be assured that we will cooperate with the DRC authorities to the fullest extent as they investigate these criminal acts and hold accountable any U.S. citizen involved in criminal acts,” Tamlyn tweeted.

The army’s announcement of successfully thwarting a coup attempt came hours after armed men attacked the house of Vital Kamerhe, former chief of staff and close ally of President Felix Tshisekedi.

Kamerhe’s residence is about two kilometres from the presidential palace.
Michel Muhima, Kamerhe’s spokesperson, had said the gunmen clad in military uniform engaged the politician’s guards in a shootout, leaving three people dead.

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