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Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine are turning to Soviet World War II posters to spread their message of fighting against Ukrainian “fascists” in a part of the world that was flattened by Nazi troops.
“The Motherland Calls!” read one billboard accompanied by a vintage print of a stern-looking Soviet woman against a background of bayonets — jarring next to garish adverts for phone operators, vacuum cleaners and bikinis.
Dozens of posters have sprung up on the main roads in and around Donetsk, a rebel-held industrial city and commercial hub for eastern Ukraine.
“We have put up about 100 of them,” said Yelena Nikitina, the minister of information of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic government.
“We Will Win!” read another poster featuring a picture of a mediaeval Russian knight, the Russian general Alexander Suvorov who fought against Napoleon and a Bolshevik fighter from the 1917-1922 Russian Civil War.
Some of the images have been adapted to fit with modern-day circumstances.
One shows a mother and child cowering as a bloody bayonet is thrust towards them and the slogan reads: “Russian Army, Save Us” — a small but significant alteration from the original Soviet version: “Red Army, Save Us.”
Another depicts a Soviet Red Guard fighter in the Civil War with the date 1918, followed by an image of a Red Army soldier with the date 1941, then a modern-day rebel fighter with a surface-to-air missile and the date — 2014.
“They reflect people’s inner convictions.
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The enduring popularity of “little tiger” as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban.
At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved and burned to remove all fur before being cut up and fried with garlic.
“A lot of people eat cat meat.
Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a terrifying 54.5-mile ride down a busy Australian freeway clinging to the bottom of a car.
The 4-year-old male, who survived with nothing more than a torn nail, was struck by the vehicle near Maryborough in Queensland state on Friday.
The Australia Zoo wildlife hospital said it latched onto the bottom of the car as it sped away, with the family inside not knowing they had a marsupial on board.
It was only when they stopped in Gympie after a high-speed freeway drive that they noticed it, and called the hospital for help.
The maximum speed on the freeway is about 68 miles per hour.
Australia Zoo vet Claude Lacasse said it was amazing the koala, named Timberwolf by the rescuers who brought him in, was in such great health.
“It is absolutely amazing that he has such minor injuries and he survived,” Lacasse said.
A man suspected of opening fire in a Philadelphia-area hospital and shooting dead a case worker before exchanging gunshots with a doctor has been charged with murder, prosecutors said on Sunday.
Richard Plotts, 49, was arraigned late on Saturday in his hospital room and charged with first and third degree murder, attempted murder, assault and other charges in connection with the incident, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Emily Harris said.
Plotts walked into the office of psychiatrist Lee Silverman, inside the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center in Darby, for a scheduled appointment on Thursday and pulled a .32-caliber revolver from his waistband.
After arguing about signs banning guns at the facility, he fired two shots, killing social worker Theresa Hunt at point-blank range and grazing Silverman’s head, authorities said.
Silverman, himself armed with a .32-caliber semi-automatic weapon, fired six or seven shots in return, hitting Plotts in the abdomen and critically wounding him, authorities said.
Plotts was carrying more than three dozen bullets in his pocket and was trying to reload when two hospital employees wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.
Authorities with a search warrant on Friday found two additional handguns in Plotts’ Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, home, prosecutors said.
Plotts has a long criminal history involving firearms.
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