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Momčilo Đujić (1907–1999) was a Serbian Orthodox priest and warlord who led a force of Chetniks within the Independent State of Croatia, a fascist and Axis puppet state in Yugoslavia during World War II. Đujić was ordained as a priest in 1933 and was active in promoting workers' rights. After Axis forces invaded Yugoslavia in April 1941, he led a group of Chetniks in defending local Serbs from the ruling Ustaše. He then collaborated with the Italians, subverting Communist-led Partisan units, and attacking them alongside the Italians. He formed the Chetnik Dinara Division in early 1942. On 1 October 1942, Chetniks under Đujić's command massacred nearly 100 Croats in the village of Gata. After the war Đujić was tried and convicted in absentia of multiple war crimes by the new Yugoslav communist government, and was accused of being responsible for 1,500 deaths. He emigrated to the United States, where he died aged 92. (Full article...)
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- Russia announces the annexation of the partially occupied Ukrainian oblasts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson after widely condemned referendums.
- Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba and the United States (damage pictured), resulting in at least 23 deaths and leaving millions without power.
- NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft deliberately collides with the asteroid Dimorphos in a demonstration of asteroid deflection.
- Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets a new world record at the Berlin Marathon.
- The centre-right coalition wins a majority of seats in the Italian general election.
On this day
- 1386 – The Wonderful Parliament met in Westminster Abbey to address King Richard II's need for money, but soon changed focus to the reform of his administration.
- 1832 – The first political gathering of colonists (president pictured) in Mexican Texas convened to seek reforms from the Mexican government in the hopes of quelling the widespread belief that Texan settlers wished to secede from Mexico.
- 1994 – A tribunal was established to consider matters relating to the constitution of Singapore upon referral by the president.
- 2003 – A levy was imposed on the hiring of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, which numbered in the hundreds of thousands.
- 2018 – The International Court of Justice ruled that Chile was under no obligation to restore Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean, which it had lost in the 19th century.
Today's featured picture
Kourion is an ancient city-state on the southwestern coast of the island of Cyprus, located near modern Limassol, that existed from antiquity until the Middle Ages. Built in the 12th century BC by Mycenaeans who took part in the Trojan War, Kourion was later controlled by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. The settlement was placed on a 70-metre-high (230 ft) cliff to ensure the safety of its citizens. The modern archaeological site is managed by the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and includes the ruins of the stadium and the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. This photograph depicts the ruins of Kourion's agora, a central public space in the city-state.
Photograph credit: Alexander Savin