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Source: New York Times

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military

Wednesday 01:33 GMT

Nearly four years into a grinding war against rebels armed by Russia, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry proudly announced last month that it had improved its previously meager medical services for its wounded troops with the purchase and delivery of 100 new military ambulances.

“It serves no purpose for Ukraine to fight for its body in Donbas if it loses its soul to corruption,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned last year, referring to regions of eastern Ukraine seized by Russian-backed separatists after the ouster of Mr. Yanukovych.

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Source: NBC News

A fund helps Puerto Rico's independent musicians after hurricane's devastation

Today 05:12 GMT

Approximately 40 Puerto Rican musicians have received micro grants of 500 dollars, which the recipients have used for Hurricane Maria related expenses, all through the work of the Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists (PRIMA) Fund.

Making a living as an independent musician is tough enough, but add to that surviving a major hurricane that damaged equipment and property and upended scheduled gigs and concerts.

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Source: BBC

Why Ruth Wilson is having an identity crisis

Today 05:13 GMT

Wilson says she chooses her films for artistic merit rather than their action-packed bums-on-seats credentials - which means they're mostly small independents.

Wilson experienced the realities of rural life for herself - the six-week location shoot followed three weeks living with a farming family. We see the physical and mental strength Alice exerts - to eat, she has to kill, skin and gut her catch (a skill Wilson learned on YouTube).

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