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Leningrad during the blockade in the winter of 1941 or 1942. Photo: Berliner Verlag/Archiv/picture alliance via Getty Images

The German government has agreed to extend compensation to Holocaust survivors who survived the Leningrad Siege in World War II and survivors from two other groups that had never previously received pensions.

State of play: The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered at the hands of Nazis, said around 6,500 survivors in Israel, North America, the former Soviet Union and Western Europe will be eligible for a monthly pension of $443 starting July.

By the numbers: The pensions will go to approximately 4,500 Jewish people who survived the Leningrad Siege, 800 who hid in France during World War II and 1,200 survivors from Romania, AP reports.

What they're saying: "These accomplishments are deeply important symbols of Germany’s recognition of suffering, and for many of these survivors the funds will also relieve crushing poverty, which requires survivors to choose between food, medicine or rent," Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the conference, said.

  • "At a time when Holocaust survivors globally are facing insurmountable challenges due to COVID and their fragility, we are proud to be able to offer some hope in that roughly $767 million in compensation programs will be dispersed to survivors around the world," he added.

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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

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