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The mangoes were not as good as they usually were. One of my favorite varieties, the Alfons — a cousin of the Indian Alphonso — was bitter and inedible, while the reddish Naoumi carried a muted sweetness that left me craving a phantom taste. The Fas variety — the father of Egypt’s mango — was stained by sunburn. Something was wrong.
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In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov has begun positioning his sons not just as skilled fighters but as future politicians, and even trained soldiers, in an attempt to cement his dynastic lineage.
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Chechnya’s pro-Putin leader Ramzan Kadyrov is weaponizing combat sports to remake Chechen society – and build himself loyal soldiers.