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    The UK-based training program comes after Sweden renounced centuries of neutrality by applying to join NATO

    Swedish instructors will train Ukrainian civilians in the UK to prepare them for service in Kiev’s military, the Nordic nation’s Ministry of Defense said on Sunday. With the British hoping to prepare 10,000 Ukrainians for combat, the announcement suggests that Kiev’s conventional forces are depleted.

    The Swedish Armed Forces will send up to 120 instructors to the UK between August 12 and December 31, Stockholm said. The instructors will “conduct basic military training for Ukrainian citizens, divided into several training courses,” the statement continued.

    The training program was announced by Britain last month. While Downing Street said that the courses would “train and drill the Armed Forces of Ukraine using battle-proven British Army experience,” those being trained are all fresh recruits.

    “These guys are all civvies,” Sgt. Dan Hayes, a British instructor, told The Times..

    Yair Lapid apparently announced the wind-down of Israel’s offensive on Gaza as ceasefire talks continue

    Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid told municipal leaders that the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) military operation in Gaza has achieved its objectives and would be wound down, local media reported. As Lapid spoke, Egyptian-brokered ceasefire talks between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad continued.

    The prime minister told the group of local officials from Israel’s southern regions that Operation Breaking Dawn has achieved its goals over three days of aerial bombardment of Gaza, media reported, citing a source present at the talks. Lapid reportedly said that there was no benefit to continuing the mission.

    Beginning on Friday with an airstrike on the home of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander Taysir al-Jabari, the operation resulted in the destruction of PIJ rocket sites, warehouses, and observation posts, as well as the deaths of several of its operatives, including ..

    After the second negative Covid test in a row, the US president is returning to “public engagement and presidential travel”

    US President Joe Biden has been cleared to return to ‘business as usual’ following the second consecutive negative Covid-19 test, White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said on Sunday.

    On Saturday, despite receiving a negative test, Biden remained in isolation as a precaution pending confirmation that he had beaten his “rebound” infection. According to O’Connor’s Sunday update, the president’s test was negative again.

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    “He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,” O’Connor wrote. When leaving the White House, Biden removed his mask and told reporters that he felt good and was “clear” to go.

    The president initially tested positive for Covid-19 on July 21, despite being fully vaccinated and receiving two booster shots. He worked in isolation for five days, while..

    Both sides confirmed the death of the militant group’s southern commander

    The leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) Southern Gaza division, Khaled Mansour, was killed last night, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Sunday. This comes two days the militant group’s northern division’s head, Taysir al-Jabari, was taken out. According to the Israeli military, the death of Mansour completes the neutralization of the whole PIJ leadership.

    In a Twitter post, the Israeli military said that Mansour, who was “responsible for dozens of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers,” was targeted and killed by IDF aircraft.

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    Israel agrees to Gaza truce – media

    Mansour’s death was later confirmed by the Islamic Jihad, which said in a statement quoted by the media that it mourns a fighter who “was martyred as a result of an Israeli air strike yesterday.”

    On Saturday night, the head of the IDF Operations Directorate, Major General Oded Basiuk, told the pres..