Ukraine Military Routed As Russia Talks Tough
Ukraine Military Routed As Russia Talks Tough
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Admits to Having a Minor Relapse
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The Ukrainian solders were an easy target as they launched a desperate run to safety. Pounded by a gauntlet of rocket shells, blown up in their vehicles, they died by the dozens. In fields around the eastern Ukrainian village of Novokaterynivka, more than thirty army vehicles lay charred and pulverized into twisted piles of metal Tuesday — the result of a devastating weekend ambush by separatist forces. The rout marked a major intensification in the separatists' offensive in eastern Ukraine — one that the government in Kiev, NATO and the United States say has been sustained by Russia's direct military support. Moscow's aggressive stance toward Ukraine has come in both words and deeds of late, fueled by attacks like those in Novokaterynivka as well as a leaked report that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Vladimir Putin told him that Russia could take over Kiev "in two weeks" if it wished. The separatists, after having a month of setbacks in which government troops regained territory, have been inordinately successful in the last 10 days just as columns of Russian tanks and armored vehicles have been seen crossing the border.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers wants to clear the air. Earlier this month, the actor was photographed taking pulls from a vodka bottle and stumbling through the streets in London. Fans grew increasingly concerned when he didn't show up to promote his movie, Damascus Cover, during the Cannes Film Festival last week. The 37-year-old actor, who has been to rehab three times, addressed his latest incident via his fiancée Mara Lane's Instagram Tuesday.
Now that Luke Bryan has his own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, fans can learn more about what helped shape his status as the face of today's country. Some of his first instruments and even the first song he ever wrote are included in Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, but the tiny placards placed next to each item only reveal a fraction of what makes them special. To hear the story behind them, you've got to ask Bryan himself.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is holding his kickoff rally in Vermont Tuesday, hoping to capture the support of progressives seeking an alternative to Hillary Clinton. But he doesn't have the backing of a group close to home -- his own state's congressional delegation. Pat Leahy endorsed Hillary Clinton back in April on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." Peter Shumlin endorsed Clinton last week. According to NBC's endorsement count, 29 of out the 44 sitting Democratic senators have already endorsed Clinton in some form or fashion.
Research involving over 21,000 employees found that a lack of sleep was the biggest productivity killer, causing ‘presenteeism’ — a state of being at work but not getting the job done to the best of one’s ability. It was discovered that those who slept for six hours or less were much less productive than their well rested cohorts. Unsurprisingly, workers who felt under undue levels of pressure or had financial concerns or mental health problems also proved less able to work. But the most surprising takeaway from the data? Those who drank alcohol the night before showed no discernible ill effects at work. The researchers were surprised -- probably pleasantly -- by this discovery, but still warned that a heavy drinking lifestyle could have long-term effects on productivity. The study also relied on self-reporting and subjects may have been slightly dishonest about their productivity or what they really got up to the night before. Personally, I will forget that part of the study while having drinks tonight.
Acting legend Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as Doctor Zhivago in the Oscar-winning film, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, The 83-year-old Sharif, whose films also include "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Funny Girl" opposite Barbra Streisand, is being cared for by his son. "Omar is suffering from Alzheimer's. I don't know much else," said Steven Kenis, the actor's agent. "He's living in Egypt these days and he is being looked after by his son Tarek and others." Kenis said he had not spoken to Sharif recently but is in contact with his son.
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