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1. Ukraine war: Heavy losses reported as battle for Bakhmut rages
- Ukraine and Russia have reported inflicting heavy losses as the battle for Bakhmut rages on.
- Moscow has been trying to take the eastern Ukrainian city for months in a grinding war of attrition.
- Russia said it had killed more than 220 Ukrainian service members over the past 24 hours.

2. Willow oil: US government approves Alaska oil and gas drilling project
- US President Joe Biden has approved a major oil and gas drilling project in Alaska that faced strong opposition from environmental activists.
- The company behind the Willow project says it will create thousands of jobs and revenue for locals.
- Some Alaska lawmakers have defended it too as a source of jobs that will contribute to US energy independence.
- But opponents of the proposal fear its climate and wildlife impact.

3. Israeli teacher's racist WhatsApp chat caught by pupils
- Israel's education minister has apologised to Ethiopian Israeli schoolgirls whose teachers mocked them in a WhatsApp group on a school trip.
- The girls spotted the teachers messaging each other in a chat group they created called Black School Trip.
- One of the girls filmed the chat over a teacher's shoulder, then shared it on social media, calling the teachers "a disgrace".
- The teachers involved were suspended and the incident is being investigated.

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