5 Tempat Makan Ini Punya Harga Terlalu Mahal, Sempat Viral di Medsos

Jakarta – Setiap tempat makan dan restoran sejatinya punya patokan harganya masing-masing. Kawasan tempat wisata saat momen liburan, rest area, hingga banda biasanya yang mematok harga yang cenderung mahal.
Namun, ada beberapa tempat yang menawarkan makanan dengan harga yang sangat tinggi. Sebagian orang yang mengeluh tempat tersebut punya harga makanan yang terlalu manal, yang bisa menguras kantong lho.

Saking mahalnya tak jarang orang ada yang protes dan membagikannya ke sosial media. Tak heran, beberapa tempat makan sempat viral karena masalah harga.

Lokasi yang Makanannya Punya Harga Terlalu Mahal
Dari catatan detikFood, berikut adalah tempat yang disebut punya harga makanan yang terlalu mahal:

1. Makan di Kawasan Wisata
Seorang pria menceritakan pengalamannya makan di sebuah restoran di kawasan wisata Situ Cileunca, Pangalengan, Jawa Barat.

Melalui video di YouTube, pria bernama Rudiman dan kawannya memesan 11 porsi ayam bakar dan goreng. Ketika ditotal, dirinya mendapatkan tagihan Rp 440.000.

Mereka juga memesan menu lain, seperti karedok, jengkol, ikan asin lengkap dengan minuman. Menu-menu sederhana tersebut totalnya mencapai Rp 915.000. Melihat totalan tersebut, dirinya pun merasa restoran tersebut menggetok harga.

Momen tersebut juga dibagikan channel YouTube Mang Dragon TV pada (09/01/2021). Videonya viral dan ramai ditanggapi netizen, setelah dibagikan ulang oleh akun Instagram @wisatapangalengan (10/01/2021).

Klasifikasi Pihak Restoran
Pemilik restoran juga telah memberikan klasifikasinya, melalui unggahan di Facebook Abahnazeni yang dibagikan di Grup Pangalengan Lembur Kuring.

Menurut pihak restoran, kemungkinan Rudiman memesannya lewat jasa calo dan tidak langsung ke restoran sehingga harganya mahal.

“Kang Arip ini beli dari penjual jasa/calo. Kita buka ya hara standar jajanan warung nasi yang ada di Situ Cileunca. Untuk harga makanan Rp 25.000 per porsi,” katanya.

Pemilik restoran tersebut juga mengatakan, pihaknya telah menghubungi wisatawan untuk memberi klarifikasi secara langsung.

“Dari pihak pembeli makanan yang bernama Arif gak mau datang ke sini, dan kita mau datangi pun dia gak mau kasih alamat,” ungkapnya ketika Dihubungi detikcom (11/01/21) lalu.

Karena kasus ini, Abahnazeni memutuskan mengambil jalur hukum untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini. Menurutnya, masalah ini bukan salah dari warung makan, melainkan si wisatawan yang memesan makanan lewat calo.

“Saya sudah ngadain pengacara, untuk kesalah pahaman ini dan dari pihak wisata mau bawa ini ke jalur hukum,” tutup Abahnazeni.

2. Makan di Rest Area
Seorang wanita bernama Nila Latarissa membagikan pengalamannya di akun TikTok. Dalam video, ia membagikan sebuah foto struk makanan dari salah satu restoran di rest area pada 05/07/2022.

Dalam video, ia membagikan sebuah foto struk makanan dari salah satu restoran di rest area. Kala itu, Nila dan lima orang lainnya makan di rest area Tol Jagorawi Km 10 yang ada di daerah Cipayung, Jakarta Timur.

Mereka memesan beberapa porsi makanan, seperti nasi gulai kikil, ayam goreng, soto daging,nasi ikan kembung, dan soto Kudus.

Harga makanan yang dipesannya dibanderol mulai dari Rp 10.000 – Rp 45.000 per porsinya. Jika, ditotal makan di restoran rest area itu Nilai perlu membayar Rp 495.000.

Menurutnya restoran tersebut melakukan getok harga, karena harga tersebut dianggapnya terlalu tinggi.

3. Nasi Padang di Bandara
Harga nasi Padang yang dianggap mahal juga ditemukan di Singapura. Salah satu netizen bernama Udaya kecewa, membagikan pengalamannya memakan nasi Padang di Jewel Changi Airport, Singapura.

Dari struk yang dibagikan, diketahui dirinya mengunjungi ke gerai Padang Lezat di food court di Bandara Jewel Changi pada 28/04/2023 lalu.
Ia memilih nasi putih dengan ayam goreng, ikan bilis, sayur tumis pare dan kacang panjang. Ketika ia melihat struk dia pun kaget, karena untuk seporsi nasi Padang itu ia harus membayar SGD 13 atau sekitar Rp 156 ribu (kurs 12.000 per 11/07/2024).

Dari ceritanya, dirinya hanya diarahkan untuk memesan dan memilih lauknya. Ia mengaku kalau pegawai di gerai di sana tidak memberikan informasi harga sama sekali.

4. Nasi Padang di Taman Safari
Taman Safari Indonesia yang berlokasi Cisarua, Bogor, memang dikenal jadi destinasi wisata keluarga saat liburan. Tak hanya untuk melihat dan berinteraksi dengan para satwa, di sana juga banyak penjual makanan.

Namun, salah satu pengunjung terkejut karena ada nasi Padang di sana yang harganya mencapai Rp 120.000. Alasan seporsi nasi Padang tersebut punya harga selangit, adalah karena setiap lauk dan komponennya dihitung satuan.

Misal, tambahan sayur singkong dan sambal cabe ijo masing-masing dibanderol Rp 8.000. Ada juga sayur nangka yang dihargai Rp 15.000 per sendoknya. Kalau dilihat, porsi yang diberikan memang biasa saja.

Sayangnya, tidak diketahui dengan pasti siapa yang memposting dan kapan foto kejadian tersebut terjadi.

5. Makan Mie Instan di Kafe
Pengguna Facebook bernama Derrel Surbakti, juga sempat membagikan bon tagihan setelah ia makan di sebuah kafe. Kala itu, dirinya makan di kafe bernama Poesaka Boenda, Siosa, Sumatra Utara pada 06/07/2023.

Lewat akun Facebooknya, ia menyebut memesan 3 gelas kopi susus aren, 2 es jeruk, 4 nasi goreng dan 1 mie instan goreng telur dengan harga Rp 25.000.

Setelah ditotal dengan PPN dan service charge, dirinya mendapat tagihan Rp 419.210. Unggahan Derrel pun langsung viral dan ramai ditanggapi netizen.

Banyak netizen yang setuju, kalau untuk menu-menu sederhana seperti itu harga yang dipatok terlalu mahal.

“Service charge itu menambah beban banget menurut saya. Sudah bayar service charge belum tentu pelayanannya excellent, kadang malah dijutekin,” tulis salah satu netizen.

Sementara itu, ada juga yang menganggap bahwa harga tersebut standar yang ditawarkan kafe-kafe kekinian. Terlebih, kafe itu menawarkan pemandangan perbukitan yang indah.

“Wajah aja sih, kalau gue cek emang kafenya bagus kayak nawarin pemandangan bagus juga. Tapi emang rata-rata harga makanan kafe ya segitu,” ujar netizen lainnya di kolom komentar.

Ngomongin kuliner, harga makanan seringnya jadi pertimbangan utama. Jadi, sebaiknya sebelum memesan makanan kalian bisa lihat menu atau tanya dulu ke pelayan berapa harganya ya.

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Pegi Setiawan Bebas dari Tahanan Polda Jabar, Lempar Senyum-Lambaikan Tangan

Pegi Setiawan resmi bebas usai praperadilan dikabulkan. (Rifat Alhamidi/detikcom)


Jakarta – Praperadilan Pegi Setiawan yang dikabulkan Pengadilan Negeri (PN) Bandung menggugurkan status tersangkanya dalam kasus pembunuhan Vina Cirebon. Pegi Setiawan resmi bebas dari Mapolda Jabar.
Dilansir detikJabar, Pegi keluar dari ruang tahanan Direktorat Perawatan Tahanan dan Barang Bukti (Dittahti) Polda Jabar, Senin (8/7/2024) sekitar pukul 21.39 WIB. Kebebasan Pegi sudah disambut keluarga hingga kuasa hukumnya yang datang ke Polda Jabar.

Setelah resmi bebas, Pegi yang mengenakan kaus kuning terlihat berulang kali melemparkan senyum. Pegi mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua pihak yang telah mendukungnya hingga bisa bebas dari kasus Vina Cirebon.


“Saya mengucapkan terima kasih banyak terhadap masyarakat Indonesia. Terima kasih banyak kepada Bapak Presiden Joko Widodo, kepada Presiden terpilih Bapak Prabowo Subianto dan tim lainnya,” kata Pegi di Mapolda Jabar.

“Dan saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada netizen Indonesia yang telah mendukung saya dan mau mendoakan saya. Terima kasih juga kepada tim kuasa hukum yang selama ini sudah membela saya,” ucap Pegi menambahkan.


Setelah resmi bebas, Pegi mengaku dalam kondisi sehat. “Sehat, alhamdulillah. Di sini seperti biasa, sehari-hari paling tidur, makan, tidur, makan,” ungkapnya.

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Hasil Timnas U16 vs Vietnam Skor 5-0: Gholy 2 Gol, Juara 3 AFF!

Hasil Timnas U16 Indonesia vs Vietnam skor akhir 5-0, Gholy 2 gol, Mierza 2 asssit. Timnas U16 juara 3 AFF U16 2024.

Hasil Timnas U16 vs Vietnam Skor 5-0: Gholy 2 Gol, Juara 3 AFF!
Pesepak bola Timnas Indonesia Josh Holong Junior (kanan) berselebrasi bersama rekannya usai berhasil mencetak gol ke gawang Laos pada pertandingan penyisihan grup A Piala AFF U-16 di Stadion Manahan, Solo, Jawa Tengah, Kamis (27/6/2024). Timnas Indonesia menang atas Laos dengan skor 6-1. ANTARA FOTO/Mohammad Ayudha/foc.

Hasil Timnas U16 Indonesia vs Vietnam dalam perebutan juara 3 Piala AFF U16 2024 ditutup dengan skor 5-0. Gol kemenangan Garuda Muda dalam laga Rabu (3/7/2024) di Stadion Manahan, Solo ini dibukukan oleh Zahaby Gholy (2 gol), Daniel Alfrido (2 gol), dan Dafa Zaidan.

Hasil Timnas U16 vs Vietnam ini memang tidak membuat Garuda berhak atas medali emas AFF U16 2024. Namun, setidaknya Garuda Muda dapat melanjutkan tradisi tidak pernah finis di bawah 3 besar dalam 4 edisi beruntun sejak 2018.

Sebaliknya, bagi Vietnam, lagi-lagi upaya mereka di Piala AFF U16 selalu dihentikan Indonesia dalam 3 edisi pemungkas. Pada 2019, The Golden Star Warriors kalah dari Garuda Muda di perebutan juara 3. Berselang 3 tahun, Vietnam lagi-lagi digagalkan Indonesia, kali ini dalam babak final. Kini, sekali lagi, The Golden Star Warriors roboh oleh Garuda.

Hasil Timnas U16 Indonesia vs Vietnam Juara 3 AFF Berapa Skor Akhir?

Awal babak pertama, Timnas U16 Indonesia berupaya untuk langsung mencecar Vietnam. Gebrakan Garuda Muda langsung terasa. Belum genap 2 menit, Andi Faith mengirim tembakan yang masih bisa diamankan oleh kiper Xoa Huan Tin.

Namun, Vietnam juga tidak mau menyerah. Tim yang kalah di semifinal lewat gol injury time Thailand tersebut mampu mengimbangi Garuda. The Golden Star Warriors bisa memaksakan 2 tendangan sudut beruntun.

Timnas U16 kembali mengancam ketika lemparan ke dalam Fabio Azkairawan disambut dengan tandukan Andi Faith (25′). Bola mengarah ke mulut gawang Vietnam. Hanya, sekali lagi Huan Tin cekatan menghalau.

Keasyikan menyerang, Garuda dibuat terkejut oleh gempuran mendadak Vietnam dari serangan balik. Bui Duy Dang (26′) membuka ruang di sisi kiri pertahanan Garuda sebelum menguji kiper Dafa Al Gasemi. Garuda harus menerima 3 tembakan bertubi, namun semuanya mentah.

Permainan Vietnam yang keras cenderung kasar berbuah beberapa kesempatan bola mati untuk Indonesia. Momentum datang lagi menit 37. Zahaby Gholy mengeksekusi tendangan bebas dari sudut sempit di sisi kiri pertahanan Vietnam. Tembakan lengkungnya dihalau Xuan Tin.

Tekanan Garuda yang tiada henti akhirnya berbuah juga. Umpan terobosan datar Fandi Ahmad membelah dua bek lawan. Zahaby Gholy menyambutnya, melewati Xuan Tin, dan mencetak gol pertama Indonesia di laga ini pada menit 45. Skor 1-0.

Pada injury time babak pertama, kerjasama apik Indonesia berbuah apik. Bermula dari keberhasilan Garuda merebut bola di wilayah tengah, Gholy membuka ruang. Para pemain Timnas U16 tidak egois dengan terus mengumpan ke sisi yang tidak ditutup Vietnam.

Dafa Zaidan yang jadi ujung serangan, mengirim tembakan datar yang menembus gawang Xuan Tin. 2-0 sebelum turun minum.

Tertinggal 2 gol, Vietnam lebih aktif di paruh kedua. Menit 56, The Golden Star Warriors mendapatkan hadiah tendangan bebas usai pelanggaran Tristan Raissa. Namun, tembakan Nguyen Thai Hoa terlalu mudah dibaca Dafa Al Gasemi.

Vietnam melanjutkan permainan kasar mereka. Indonesia kemudian melakukan pergantian dengan masuknya Mierza Firjatullah dan Matthew Baker. Garuda Muda tidak membiarkan Vietnam berkembang. Nyaris saja gol ketiga lahir ketika Evandra Florasta mendapatkan bola bagus. Namun, tekel pemain belakang Vietnam lebih cepat.

Momentum datang lagi pada menit 75. Lewat serangan kilat Garuda Muda nyaris mendapatkan gol via Evandra. Namun, bola disapu pemain Vietnam. Ketika The Golden Star Warriors mengira gawang mereka sudah aman, Garuda merebut bola lagi. Ketenangan Daniel Alfrido di kotak penalti menghasilkan gol ketiga Indonesia.

Garuda belum selesai. Menit 79, Mierza Firjatullah merangsek di sisi kiri pertahanan Vietnam. Ia membuat bek lawan kocar-kacir. Cut back Mierza dituntaskan Gholy untuk jadi gol keempat Indonesia.

Mierza benar-benar menjadi teror bagi Vietnam. Ketika Garuda menjebak lawan dalam serangan kilat, sang nomor 9 dapat melihat posisi Daniel Alfrido yang lowong. Daniel mencetak gol keduanya di laga ini, sekaligus semakin menghancurkan The Golden Star Warriors.

Skor akhir 5-0 untuk Timnas Indonesia. Garuda Muda menjadi juara 3 Piala AFF U16 2024 dengan akhir yang spektakuler. Laga berikutnya adalah Kualifikasi Piala Asia U17 2025.

Pencetak Gol: Zahaby Gholy 45′ dan 79′, Dafa Zaidan 45+3′, Daniel Alfrido 75′ dan 82′

Timnas U16 Indonesia (4-3-3): Dafa Al Gasemi; Dafa Zaidan, Ida Bagus Putu Cahya, Putu Panji, Andi Faith; Lucas Lee, Tristan Raissa, Fabio Azkairawan; M Zahaby Gholy, Fandi Ahmad, Josh Holong Jr.

Vietnam U16: Hoa Xuan Tin; Nguyen Hong Quang, Nguyen Manh Cuong, Le Tan Dung, Pham Duy Long, Tran Dong Thuc; Nguyen Luc Chu Ngoc, Nguyen Thai Hoa, Bui Duy Dang; Tran Thanh Bhinh, Nguyen Thai Hieu

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Israeli tanks reach central Rafah as strikes continue

Rushdi Abu Alouf,David GrittenShare

Reuters A man and a young boy walk among ruins in Rafah

Israeli forces have reportedly reached the centre of the southern Gaza city of Rafah and seized a strategically important hill overlooking the nearby border with Egypt.

Witnesses and local journalists said tanks were stationed at al-Awda roundabout, which is considered a key landmark.

They also said tanks were on Zoroub Hill, effectively giving Israel control of the Philadelphi Corridor – a narrow strip of land running along the border to the sea.

The Israeli military said its troops were continuing activities against “terror targets” in Rafah, three weeks after it launched the ground operation there.

Western areas of the city also came under intense bombardment overnight, residents said, despite international condemnation of an Israeli air strike and a resulting fire on Sunday that killed dozens of Palestinians at a tented camp for displaced people.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the possibility that the fire was caused by the explosion of weapons stored by Hamas in the vicinity.

It also denied reports from local health and emergency services officials on Tuesday afternoon that tank shells had hit another camp in al-Mawasi, on the coast west of Rafah, killing at least 21 people.

Reuters news agency cited local health officials as saying the blast occurred after Israeli tank shells hit a cluster of tents in al-Mawasi on Tuesday. An official in the Hamas-run civil defence force also told AFP there had been a deadly Israeli strike on tents.

Videos posted to social media and analysed by BBC Verify showed multiple people with serious injuries, some lying motionless on the ground, near tents and other temporary structures.

There was no clear sign of a blast zone or crater, making it impossible to ascertain the cause of the incident. The location – verified through reference to surrounding buildings – is between Rafah and al-Mawasi, and lies south of the IDF’s designated humanitarian zone.

The IDF said in a statement: “Contrary to the reports from the last few hours, the IDF did not strike in the humanitarian area in al-Mawasi.”

Israel has insisted that victory in its seven-month war with Hamas in Gaza is impossible without taking Rafah and rejected warnings that it could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

The UN says around a million people have now fled the fighting in Rafah, but several hundred thousand more could still be sheltering there.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began what they called “targeted” ground operations against Hamas fighters and infrastructure in the east of Rafah on 6 May.

Since then, tanks and troops have gradually pushed into built-up eastern and central areas while also moving northwards along the 13km (8-mile) border with Egypt.

On Tuesday, they reportedly reached the city centre for the first time.

The al-Awda roundabout, which is only 800m (2,600 ft) from the border, is the location of major banks, government institutions, businesses, and shops.

One witness said they saw soldiers position themselves at the top of a building overlooking the roundabout and then begin to shoot at anyone who was moving.

Video posted online meanwhile showed tank track marks on a road about 3km west of al-Awda roundabout and 300m from the Indonesian field hospital, which was damaged overnight.

Reuters A Palestinian girl sits on top of possessions being transported by a cart in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip (28 May 2024)
The UN says around a million people have fled Rafah since the start of the Israeli ground operation in the city

Earlier, residents told the BBC that tanks seized Zoroub Hill, about 2.5km north-west of al-Awda roundabout, after gun battles with Hamas-led fighters.

The hill is highest point along the Egyptian border and its seizure means the entire Gazan side of the border is now effectively under Israeli control.

Zoroub Hill also overlooks western Rafah, where residents said there had been the heaviest air and artillery strikes overnight since the start of the Israeli operation.

A local journalist said the bombardment forced hundreds of families to seek temporary shelter in the courtyard of a hospital, while ambulances struggled to reach casualties in the affected areas.

At dawn, thousands of people were seen heading north, crammed into cars and lorries and onto carts pulled by donkeys and horses.

“The explosions are rattling our tent, my children are frightened, and my sick father makes it impossible for us to escape the darkness,” resident Khaled Mahmoud told the BBC.

“We are supposed to be in a safe zone according to the Israeli army, yet we have not received evacuation orders like those in the eastern [Rafah] region,” he added. “We fear for our lives if no-one steps in to protect us.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not comment on the various reports but put out a statement saying that “overnight troops operated on the Philadelphi Corridor while conducting precise operational activity based on intelligence indicating the presence of terror targets in the area”.

“The activity is being conducted as efforts are continuing to be made in order to prevent harm to uninvolved civilians in the area,” it added.

“The troops are engaging with terrorists in close-quarters combat and locating terror tunnel shafts, weapons, and additional terrorist infrastructure in the area.”

The IDF has told civilians in eastern Rafah to evacuate for their own safety to an “expanded humanitarian area” stretching from al-Mawasi, a coastal area just north of Rafah, to the central town of Deir al-Balah.

EPA A Palestinian woman reacts next to tents destroyed by a fire triggered by an Israeli air strike in western Rafah on Sunday, in the southern Gaza Strip (28 May 2024)
Israel’s prime minister said the killing of civilians in an air strike and resulting fire in Rafah on Sunday was a “tragedy”

On Sunday night, at least 45 people – more than half of them children, women and the elderly – were killed when an Israeli air strike triggered a huge fire in a camp for displaced people near a UN logistics base in the Tal al-Sultan area, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Hundreds more were treated for severe burns, fractures and shrapnel wounds.

The IDF said it was targeting two senior Hamas officials in the attack, which happened hours after Hamas fighters in south-eastern Rafah launched rockets towards the Israeli city of Tel Aviv for the first time in months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a “tragic incident” had occurred “despite our immense efforts to avoid harming non-combatants” and promised a thorough investigation.

IDF chief spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said on Tuesday that the strike had targeted a structure used by the Hamas commanders which was away from any tents, using “two munitions with small warheads”.

“Following this strike, a large fire ignited for reasons that are still being investigated. Our munitions alone could not have ignited a fire of this size,” he said.

Rear Adm Hagari added that investigators were looking into the possibility that the fire was caused by the explosion of weapons or ammunition stored in a nearby structure, and played what he said was an intercepted telephone conversation between two Gazans suggesting that. The audio recording could not immediately be verified.

Sam Rose of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, told the BBC from western Rafah that the killing of so many civilians could not be dismissed as an accident.

“Gaza was already one of the most overcrowded places on the planet. It is absolutely impossible to prosecute a military campaign involving large-scale munitions, strikes from the sky, the sea, the tanks, without exacting large-scale civilian casualties,” he said.

“It seems like we are plumbing new depths of horror, bloodshed and brutality with every single day. And if this isn’t a wake-up call, then it’s hard to see what will be.”

Last week, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group’s cross-border attack on southern Israel on 7 October, during which about 1,200 people were killed and 252 others were taken hostage.

At least 36,090 people have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

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Russian plot to kill Zelensky foiled, Kyiv says

Telegram/SBU Footage shows a man being arrested
Ukraine said it arrested two Ukrainian officials who worked with the Russian security services

The Ukrainian security service (SBU) says it has foiled a Russian plot to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelensky and other high-ranking Ukrainian officials.

Two Ukrainian government protection unit colonels have been arrested.

The SBU said they were part of a network of agents belonging to the Russian state security service (FSB).

They had reportedly been searching for willing “executors” among Mr Zelensky’s bodyguards to kidnap and kill him.

Ever since Russian paratroopers attempted to land in Kyiv and assassinate President Zelensky in the early hours and days of the full-scale invasion, plots to assassinate him have been commonplace.

The Ukrainian leader said at the start of the invasion he was Russia’s “number one target”.

But this alleged plot stands out from the rest. It involves serving colonels, whose job it was to keep officials and institutions safe, allegedly hired as moles.

Other targets included military intelligence head Kyrylo Budanov and SBU chief Vasyl Malyuk, the agency added.

The group had reportedly planned to kill Mr Budanov before Orthodox Easter, which this year fell on 5 May.

According to the SBU, the plotters had aimed to use a mole to get information about his location, which they would then have attacked with rockets, drones and anti-tank grenades.

One of the officers who was later arrested had already bought drones and anti-personnel mines, the SBU said.

Telegram/SBU An anti-tank grenade
The SBU said it found various ordnance, including an anti-tank grenade, on the plotters

SBU head Vasyl Malyuk said the attack was supposed to be “a gift to Putin before the inauguration” – referring to Russia’s Vladimir Putin who was sworn in for a fifth term as president at the Kremlin on Tuesday.

The operation turned into a failure of the Russian special services, Mr Malyuk said.

“But we must not forget – the enemy is strong and experienced, he cannot be underestimated,” he added.

The two Ukrainian officials are being held on suspicion of treason and of preparing a terrorist act.

The SBU said three FSB employees oversaw the organisation and the attack.

One of them, named as Dmytro Perlin, had been recruiting “moles” since before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Another FSB employee, Oleksiy Kornev, reportedly held “conspiratorial” meetings “in neighbouring European states” before the invasion with one of the Ukrainian colonels arrested.

In a released interrogation with one of the suspects, they can be heard describing how they were paid thousands of dollars directly by parcels or indirectly through their relatives. It is not clear whether he was speaking under duress or not.

Investigators insist they monitored the men throughout. We are unlikely to know how close they came to carrying out their alleged plan.

The plot may read like a thriller but it is also a reminder of the risks Ukraine’s wartime leader faces.

Last month, a Polish man was arrested and charged with planning to co-operate with Russian intelligence services to aid a possible assassination of Mr Zelensky.

At the weekend Ukraine’s president appeared on the Russian interior ministry’s wanted list on unspecified charges.

The foreign ministry in Kyiv condemned the move as showing “the desperation of the Russian state machine and propaganda”, and pointed out that the International Criminal Court had issued a warrant for Vladimir Putin’s arrest.

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China bubble tea chain plunges in Hong Kong debut

Getty Images Woman drinking bubble tea.Getty ImagesChabaidao means 100 varieties of tea

Shares in Chinese bubble tea chain Sichuan Baicha Baidao, which is also known as Chabaidao, have fallen by more than 26% in their first day of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Chabaidao’s market debut was the Asian financial hub’s largest initial public offering (IPO) so far this year.

The poor performance underscores the difficulties the city is facing in attracting investment.

Chabaidao, which means 100 varieties of tea, is China’s third-biggest fresh tea drinks chain by retail sales.

The Chengdu-based company raised about $330m (£267m) in the IPO even as the offering was met with tepid interest from investors.

The firm said it plans to use about half the money to upgrade its operations and strengthen its supply chain.

Rival bubble tea firms Mixue, Guming and Auntea Jenny have also said they are planning to sell shares in Hong Kong.

However, Chabaidao’s weak debut highlights the challenges faced by authorities as they attempt to revive confidence in the city’s stock market.

Investors are concerned about Hong Kong’s recovery from the pandemic and its national security legislation as well as slowing economic growth in China.

Last year, the amount of money raised by IPOs in Hong Kong slumped to the lowest level in two decades.

The city’s benchmark Hang Seng share index has lost over 16% of its value in the last year.

Last week, China’s securities regulator said it will support share offerings in Hong Kong.

The watchdog also plans to relax regulations rules on stock trading links between the city and the mainland as it tries to boost Hong Kong’s position as an international financial hub.

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Judge to consider arguments that Trump could keep any document he wanted

This photo from the US Department of Justice shows classified intelligence material found during search of Mar-a-Lago.

This photo from the US Department of Justice shows classified intelligence material found during search of Mar-a-Lago. US Department of JusticeCNN — 

On Thursday, Donald Trump and special counsel Jack Smith will have the chance to debate in court Trump’s most-cited legal argument in the classified documents case against him: whether as president, he was allowed to keep any documents he wanted.

Trump’s legal team have argued in several court filings that charges against the former president should be dismissed because, they claim, Trump had unfettered authority as president to decide what documents from his time in the White House he could keep as his personal records.

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee presides in court during a hearing in Atlanta on Friday.

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Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the case, has set apart an entire day to hear arguments on whether the prosecution should be thrown out on the basis of Trump’s claims about his presidential classification powers.

The hearing comes at a major inflection in the case. In the coming days and weeks, Cannon could rule on several big issues, including setting a new trial date – and whether it comes before the November election – as well as if Trump will get an evidentiary hearing over additional discovery he wants in the case from President Joe Biden’s White House, the FBI and beyond.

Trump is facing dozens of charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents, and for obstructing the Justice Department’s investigation. He has pleaded not guilty.

The question of presidential authority on classified documents is one of several that Trump’s team has raised in their motions to dismiss the case against him.

As president, defense attorneys argue, Trump was the chief classification officer and could mark any documents as “personal” and legally take those documents with him when he left office.

Their arguments cite the Presidential Records Act, the federal law that governs how documents from an outgoing presidential administration are handled. The PRA says the moment a president leaves office, the National Archives and Records Administration gets custody and control of all presidential records from their administration.

Personal records are described in the PRA as things like personal notes, materials relating to private political associations or materials relating exclusively to the president’s own election to the White House.

On the campaign trail, Trump frequently makes the argument that he was allowed to take documents with him after leaving the Oval Office – claiming repeatedly that he did not break the law because he could handle his records from his presidency however he deemed fit.

Trump has claimed that he was “covered and protected by the Presidential Records Act,” and that he was “supposed to negotiate, I’m supposed to deal” with the National Archives over which documents needed to be returned.

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Several legal experts, however, say that Trump was misconstruing the law.

The special counsel’s office has argued the PRA does not provide a president the ability to change classification designations merely by moving the documents.

“His claim that obviously presidential records — highly sensitive government documents bearing classification markings that were presented to Trump during https://gorenganpedas.com his term in office — can be transformed into ‘personal’ records by the alchemy of removing them from the White House is false,” the special counsel’s office wrote in a court filing.

Russia blamed after Navalny’s former chief of staff attacked with hammer in Lithuania

Leonid Volkov, Alexey Navalny's former chief of staff, speaks during an interview in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2022.

Leonid Volkov, Alexey Navalny’s former chief of staff, speaks during an interview in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2022. Janis Laizans/Reuters/FileCNN — 

Alexey Navalny’s chief of staff was attacked in Lithuania Tuesday, the Kremlin critic’s team said, as Lithuania’s intelligence agency pinned the blame on Russia as the “likely” force behind the assault.

“Leonid Volkov has just been attacked outside his house. Someone broke a car window and sprayed tear gas in his eyes, after which the attacker started hitting Leonid with a hammer,” Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said in a social media post.

Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), said that Volkov was attacked “near the house” in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and “they hit his legs with a hammer and hit his arms.”

Images shared by Zhdanov showed Volkov with a swollen face and a bloodied leg. Shattered glass and blood are seen next to a car in another picture. Volkov has since been taken to hospital, Zhdanov said in a social media post.

He added that “it is obvious that after the murder of Navalny, they will now fully go after those who left the Russian Federation.” CNN is unable to independently verify Zhdanov’s claims.

Lithuania’s intelligence agency announced Wednesday that it believes the attack on Volkov was likely “Russian organized.”

Leonid Volkov's injuries are seen after he was attacked with a hammer outside his home.

Leonid Volkov’s injuries are seen after he was attacked with a hammer outside his home. N/A/Ivan Zhdanov/Telegram

“The attack against a FBK member Leonid VOLKOV, carried out on 12 March 2024 in Vilnius, is likely an operation organized and implemented by Russia. The aim of the operation was likely to curb Russian opposition activities related to the upcoming undemocratic Russian presidential elections,” the intelligence agency said in a statement.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said there is “no doubt” the attack was “planned.”

“There is no doubt that such things are planned. Look at the recent increase in desecration of the Lithuanian flag, incidents with monuments,” he said, referring to a string of desecrations of Lithuanian national flags carried out last week.

Authorities in the Baltic country will “assess, investigate and hopefully find the guilty persons,” Gitanas said before going on to make a direct address to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

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“And I can only say one thing to Putin – nobody is afraid of you here.”

The attack comes days before Russia’s presidential election, seen as a constitutional box-ticking exercise where President Vladimir Putin is all but certain to win a fifth term.

Volkov, who had served as chairman of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation until 2023, dismissed the elections in February as a “circus,” saying on social media they were meant to signal Putin’s overwhelming mass support.

“You need to understand what the March ‘elections’ mean for Putin. They are a propaganda effort to spread hopelessness” among the electorate, Volkov said.

Leonid Volkov's injuries after he was attacked with a hammer outside his home.

Leonid Volkov’s injuries after he was attacked with a hammer outside his home. N/A/Ivan Zhdanov/elegram

The opposition figure has lived outside Russia for several years due to safety reasons. He faces multiple politically motivated charges in Russia.

Navalny, who was the most prominent anti-Putin voice in Russia, died last month in a Russian prison, sparking condemnation from world leaders and accusations from his aides that he had been murdered. The Kremlin has denied any involvement in his death.

Navalny’s team and numerous other Russian activists have fled https://makanapasaja.com the country in recent years as Moscow’s increasingly repressive regime cracked down on any opposition. In 2021, a Moscow court said the Anti-Corruption Foundation was an “extremist” group in a ruling that was widely condemned by the international community.

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Alabama ruled frozen embryos are children. Here’s what it could mean for embryos frozen across the state

In this October 2018 photo, a container with frozen embryos and sperm being stored in liquid nitrogen is shown at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In this October 2018 photo, a container with frozen embryos and sperm being stored in liquid nitrogen is shown at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Lynne Sladky/APCNN — 

When Kristia Rumbley, a mother of four living in the Birmingham area, first heard about the Alabama Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on frozen embryos, her first thought was of her own.

Rumbley, 44, says she has three embryos frozen at a local fertility clinic. When she faced secondary infertility after the birth of her first child, she and her husband turned to in vitro fertilization to expand their family. They welcomed twins from the procedure in 2016 and another child in 2021.

The process left three frozen embryos unused. Rumbley and her husband are done expanding their family, so they’ve been storing the embryos until they can decide exactly what to do with them.

The process of artificial insemination of an egg in an IVF clinic. Reproductive medicine, in vitro fertilization

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While it’s unclear exactly how many frozen embryos are in Alabama, it’s estimated there are over a million frozen eggs and embryos across the United States, according to TMRW Life Sciences, a biotech company that provides management of frozen eggs and embryos.

But the state Supreme Court’s ruling has thrown the future of those embryos and IVF into chaos. While some lawmakers work to safeguard IVF, clinics in the state have shut down services and patients, including Rumbley, are scrambling to ship their frozen embryos to other states.

Here’s what we know so far about the possible future of the frozen embryos currently stored in Alabama.

Kristia Rumbley poses in her bedroom, in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 23.

Kristia Rumbley poses in her bedroom, in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 23. Dustin Chambers/Reuters

Why and how IVF produces frozen embryos

Since it was developed in the 1970s, IVF has become a popular solution for parents struggling to conceive and those using surrogacy to have children.

“For a sizeable portion of our infertility population, IVF is a patient’s best and often only option,” Andrew Harper, medical director of Huntsville Reproductive Medicine in Madison, Alabama, told CNN. Around 2% of babies in the United States are born through IVF, CNN previously reported.

During the procedure, an egg is removed from the patient’s body and combined with sperm in a laboratory. The resulting embryos get transferred into a person’s uterus in hopes of leading to pregnancy. But only some of the eggs exposed to sperm will be fertilized, and of those, only a small fraction will develop into a mature embryo.

Because of this inefficiency, doctors often try to fertilize more eggs than needed. “The science behind IVF really shows that one single fertilized egg is not enough,” Eve Feinberg, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, previously told CNN.

If her patients say they want two or three children, Feinberg encourages them to have between two to four embryos frozen for each, she said.

In some instances, patients may choose to freeze embryos instead of implanting them right away. Freezing embryos allows medical staff to perform genetic testing – which is especially crucial for patients who chose to pursue IVF because they have a family history of certain genetic conditions.

Cancer patients who risk losing their fertility during treatment might also preemptively freeze eggs or embryos before undergoing treatment. And parents may choose to freeze embryos after IVF to delay pregnancy for a number of reasons, Feinberg previously told CNN.

Rumbley only underwent one round of IVF in 2015. A total of six healthy embryos were produced that resulted in the birth of three children.

Doctor Katarzyna Koziol injects sperm directly into an egg during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) at Novum clinic in Warsaw October 26, 2010. Bishops of Poland's influential Roman Catholic Church have branded in-vitro fertilization (IVF) "the younger sister of eugenics" in a letter aimed at swaying lawmakers ahead of a parliamentary debate. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: HEALTH RELIGION)

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But keeping embryos frozen indefinitely can quickly become expensive: Patients must pay a yearly storage cost, which can range from $500 to $1,000, according to Connecticut-based Illume Fertility. The embryos can be donated to other families who are unable to conceive naturally or donated for scientific research, according to Harvard Medical School. They can also be destroyed.

Ruling leaves frozen embryos in ‘cryogenic limbo’

When Alabama’s top court ruled frozen embryos are legally children and people can be held liable for their destruction, it complicated the options available to families.

At least three Alabama clinics have paused certain IVF operations for the time being due to legal concerns. Democrats in the Alabama state House, meanwhile, introduced a bill Thursday that would declare “any fertilized human egg or human embryo that exists outside of a human uterus is not considered an unborn child or human being for any purposes under state law.”

Rumbley says the choice is highly personal -– and it’s one she and her husband aren’t ready to make yet. “I would be devastated if they were taken away from me and given to another family,” she said. “I know I won’t have them, but I think I need to be completely ready before I decide what to do.”

File photo dated 11/08/08 of embryos being placed onto a CryoLeaf ready for instant freezing using a vitrification process for IVF.

In this 2008 photo, embryos are placed into a CryoLeaf ready for instant freezing using a vitrification process for IVF. Ben Birchall/PA Wire/AP

“If they have the same rights as a child who’s born, then that would mean that the government has the same right to take a child away from me if they feel like they’re neglecting or abusing them,” she went on. “And I don’t know what their definition of neglect or abuse when it comes to an embryo would be – maybe being frozen for seven years is neglect in their eyes.”

Seema Mohapatra, a law professor at SMU Dedman School of Law who specializes in health law and reproductive rights, told CNN “typically, embryos are regarded as property,” she said. “The owner of that personal property can do what they want with it.” But now, in Alabama, those embryos are “akin to children.”

The unprecedented ruling also leaves open the question of who will pay for the long-term storage of frozen embryos, Mohapatra said.

Rumbley is hoping to move her embryos to Massachusetts, but says she hasn’t been able to contact the hospital where her embryos are currently stored to find out if she can ship them using a third-party company or transport them herself.

“We don’t know, if we move them, if something happens, are we criminally negligent?” she said. “But I do know that I don’t want them left in a state where they could potentially not be in my control.”

Lauren Bowerman, a Birmingham-based writer and editor who has had one daughter born through IVF and has five embryos frozen at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s clinic, told CNN while she is “hopeful” IVF will continue to be possible in the state, “if it comes down to it, we would move our embryos out of state in order to move forward.”

“We fully intend to use every one of our frozen embryos, so we will do whatever it takes so that we can have them,” she said. “For us (and I know for many IVF couples) it is not just the emotional impact of a delay like this; there are also many timeline considerations to growing our family, so a delay and legal battle like this can feel particularly scary and frustrating.”

At least two cryostorage companies – Seattle Sperm Bank and CryoFuture – told CNN via email they have offered to transfer frozen embryos from Alabama at a reduced cost in the wake of the ruling.

An embryologist is seen at work at the Virginia Center for Reproductive Medicine, in Reston, Virginia on June 12, 2019 - Freezing your eggs, getting pregnant after the age of 50, choosing the baby's sex: when it comes to in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction procedures in the United States, would-be parents are spoilt for choice. This isn't the case in many other countries, including France, which is hoping to pass legislation that would let single women and lesbian couples benefit from these technologies for the first time. (Photo by Ivan Couronne / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ivan COURONNE, "In US, relaxed IVF laws help would-be parents realize dreams" (Photo by IVAN COURONNE/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Medical Association of the State of Alabama, which weighed in before the court’s decision, has warned the ruling will create an “enormous potential for civil liability” for fertility specialists because embryos can be damaged or become unsuitable for pregnancy at any time during IVF. The association also noted it could mean people are unable to discard embryos, even if one or both parents die.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office has said it has no intention of using the ruling to prosecute IVF providers or patients.

Still, Harper, the medical director in Madison, told CNN his facility is currently continuing IVF procedures but has paused the destruction of embryos.

His facility will also transition to storing embryos at a Minnesota cryostorage company instead of onsite. The facility still has “50 to 70 cohorts of embryos” that have been “abandoned” for as long as 15 years, he added.

“The consent says clearly if the embryos have been abandoned for five years, that the practice reserves the right to discard them,” he explained. But the court ruling has left those frozen embryos in “cryogenic limbo.”

“It’s gonna be someone’s https://makanapasaja.com problem long after I’m gone,” he said.

For Bowerman, the decision and resulting delay in her own embryo transfer has left her “deeply frustrated and grieved.”

“It’s scary to think that this process might not have been possible for us and that our daughter would likely not be here if legislation like this was enacted at the time,” she added.

House Republicans seek to downplay FBI informant charges that undermine Biden impeachment inquiry

Reps. Jason Smith, James Comer and Jim Jordan speak to reporters after the House voted to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on December 13, 2023.

Reps. Jason Smith, James Comer and Jim Jordan speak to reporters after the House voted to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on December 13, 2023. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesCNN — 

House Republicans leading the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden tried to downplay the importance of an FBI informant whose claims they once championed after he was charged with fabricating foreign bribery allegations involving the president and his son.

Special counsel David Weiss charged the FBI informant, Alexander Smirnov, with lying to the FBI and creating false records. According to the indictment, Smirnov “fabricated” a story about a Ukrainian oligarch paying millions of dollars in bribes to the Bidens – allegations that Republicans have made central to their impeachment inquiry into Biden.

The informant’s uncorroborated – and now fully discredited – claims were memorialized in an internal FBI memo that Republicans fought for months to obtain from the FBI and eventually made public in July over the bureau’s objections.

The downplaying of the bombshell charges undermine how Republicans have previously championed the discredited allegations as part of their investigation struggling to uncover wrongdoing by the president.

While a spokesman for House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan told CNN “nothing has changed” in the wake of the charges, Jordan said on Fox last month “the most corroborating evidence we have is that 1023 form from this highly credible confidential human source.”

House Oversight Chair James Comer said his work is “not reliant” on the now-debunked allegations and pointed to a “large record of evidence,” but when Republicans were fighting to publicize the document that memorialized these claims, Comer said on Fox in May 2023 “this is a very crucial piece of our investigation.”

And House Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith, who is leading the inquiry with Jordan and Comer, said the allegations were a “smoking gun.”

The “fabrications” and “false derogatory information” the informant is charged with further chip away at the broader Republican narrative that as vice president, Joe Biden corruptly abused his powers to pressure Ukraine to fire a top prosecutor who was investigating Ukrainian energy company Burisma as a way to protect his son Hunter, who served on the firm’s board at the time.

Even though those charges are largely based on already debunked claims about Biden’s dealings in Ukraine that emerged during Donald Trump’s first impeachment, Jordan has said this is “the key thing” to their impeachment inquiry.

The indictment is just the latest setback to House Republicans who are struggling to build momentum to impeach the president. A growing number of Republicans have said it is unlikely their monthslong investigation will ultimately lead to impeachment, given not enough are convinced there is sufficient evidence to do so.

In their razor-thin majority, Republicans narrowly squeaked by their effort to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by one vote after failing to do so the first time, and sources say there are approximately 20 House Republicans who at this point would not vote to impeach the president.

In the wake of the charges, President Joe Biden called out the informant for lying and said Republicans should end their impeachment inquiry.

“He is lying, and it should be dropped. And it’s just been an outrageous effort from the beginning,” the president said.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said this in the wake of the charges: “I formally call on Speaker Johnson, Chairman Comer, and House Republicans to stop promoting this nonsense and end their doomed impeachment inquiry.”

Republicans leading the inquiry, however, say they have a mountain of evidence, including witness testimony and bank records, to withstand the recent indictment and criticisms about their investigation.

The House Judiciary Committee released the transcript of their interview with former US Attorney Scott Brady on Friday, which had occurred in October. CNN previously reported Brady vetted the unverified claims from Smirnov and testified that he found some of the material credible enough to pass the tip along to the prosecutor leading the Hunter Biden criminal probe.

“This was a CHS (confidential human source) that was known to the FBI, was credible, had been used – had provided information that was used in other investigations,” Brady said of Smirnov in the interview.

Comer’s committee separately released the transcript of the interview with Hunter Biden’s business associate Tony Bobulinski the day after the announcement of the charges against the FBI informant.

In the wake of the charges, Republicans have seized on the idea that Smirnov was initially presented as a credible witness.

“When asked by the committee about their confidence in the confidential human source, the FBI told the committee the confidential human source was credible and trusted, had worked with the FBI for over a decade, and had been paid six figures. The FBI’s actions in this matter are very concerning,” Comer said Thursday.

In the indictment, the FBI said they had used Smirnov “in various criminal investigations” dating back as early as 2010. When fighting to keep the FBI document memorializing Smirnov’s claims private last year, the FBI wrote to Congress that confidential human sources like Smirnov were “valuable.”

The FBI told lawmakers during closed-door briefings that Smirnov, then an anonymous confidential human source, was credible. Raskin said after a briefing with the FBI last year, “There is a confidential human source that the FBI works with who is proven to be very credible who reported a conversation with someone else.” 

And looking forward, top Republicans point to a pair of high-stakes depositions later this month with Hunter Biden and the president’s brother, James, as a key next step of their probe and say they are not expected to make an official decision on whether to pursue impeachment articles until those are complete.

But even before the charges were announced, lawmakers have been raising questions about the rest of the evidence produced by the investigation. 

In a recent meeting Republican committee staff leading the impeachment inquiry had with a group of GOP lawmakers, two GOP lawmakers told CNN they did not think investigators presented evidence that amounted to a smoking gun or a specific law that had been broken by the president. Instead, the lawmakers said, the investigators presented various scenarios they believed could lead to criminal wrongdoing.

An Oversight Committee spokesperson pushed back: “The purpose of these updates is not to advise members on criminal laws.”

And another GOP source countered https://makanapasaja.com the lawmakers’ characterization and said staff presented evidence of bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction.

The committee is expected to issue a final report that will address criminal violations at the end of their investigation, the Oversight Committee spokesperson added.