This Afghan student escaped the Taliban regime to study in Montreal

Arzou Lashkari, 19, now studies at Concordia University in Montreal after fleeing from the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. (Source: Arzou Lashkari) Arzou Lashkari, 19, now studies at Concordia University in Montreal after fleeing from the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. (Source: Arzou Lashkari)

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Kremlin stages votes in Ukraine, sees protests in Russia

Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in occupied regions to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow, while hundreds of people were arrested in Russia for protesting a military mobilization order aimed at beefing up the country's troops in Ukraine.