June 6, 2022


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UKRAINE | Today is day 103 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are your updates:

  • Russian airstrikes targeted depots of Western-supplied armaments in Kyiv over the weekend -- the first attacks on the Ukrainian capital in over a month. [more]
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned yesterday that his forces will hit unspecified new targets if Western nations follow through with plans to supply Ukraine with long-range rocket systems. [more]
  • Reports say Russian forces are slowly advancing again in their assault on the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after a counterattack by Ukrainian forces retook portions of the city over the weekend. [more]
  • Russian Major General Roman Kutuzov has been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine, according to Russia state media -- the latest of multiple high-ranking military casualties suffered by Russian forces. [more]

U.S. GUN VIOLENCE | There have been at least 246 mass shootings in the US in 2022, according to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.

  • Three people were killed and 14 others wounded early Sunday when gunfire broke out at a nightclub in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of the fatalities was caused by the victim being struck by a car fleeing the scene. [more]
  • Three people were killed and at least 12 others wounded when gunfire broke out Saturday night in Philadelphia's South Street entertainment district. [more]
  • One person was killed and eight others wounded at a high school graduation party Saturday in Clarendon County, South Carolina, in what officials have called a suspected drive-by shooting. [more]

BANGLADESH | At least 49 people were killed and up to 100 others injured Saturday when a fire caused explosions at a container storage facility near Bangladesh's Chittagong Seaport. Efforts to contain the fire, thought to be caused by containers of hazardous chemicals, are ongoing. [more]

NIGERIA | Officials in Nigeria say at least 50 people were killed yesterday when gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives at a Catholic church in the southwestern Nigerian state of Ondo. [more]

NATO | Prospective NATO members Finland and Sweden took part in U.S.-led NATO naval exercises on the Baltic Sea over the weekend. The annual BALTOPS naval exercises have been held since 1972. [more]

INDIA | India's governing Hindu nationalist party is facing widespread condemnation from Muslim-majority countries after two spokesmen made comments seen as derogatory to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. [more]

EUROPEAN ECONOMY | The European Central Bank is widely expected to announce plans to increase interest rates when its policymakers meet in Amsterdam on Thursday. [more]

SOUTH KOREA | U.S. and South Korean forces fired eight ballistic missiles into the sea off the eastern shore of South Korea today in a move seen as a show of force in response to similar recent launches by North Korea. [more]

U.S. POLITICS | Primary elections to choose candidates for the November general elections will be held in seven states tomorrow: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. [more]

U.K. POLITICS | Reports say Britain's governing Conservative Party is expected to call for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Boris Johnson as early as today. [more]

BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE | Production at an Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan linked to shortages of baby formula in the U.S. was restarted over the weekend. The company says it will take about three weeks for new formula from the plant to make its way to store shelves. [more]

VEHICLE RECALL | Mercedes-Benz has announced the recall of almost one million vehicles due to potential braking system problems. The recall covers some ML and GL series SUVs and R-Class minivans made between 2004 and 2015. [more]

TENNIS | Rafael Nadal defeated Casper Ruud yesterday to win the 2022 French Open men's title. On Saturday, Iga Swiatek defeated Coco Gauff to win the women's title. [more]

GOLF | Minjee Lee won the U.S. Women’s Open yesterday, earning a women's golf record-setting payout of $1.8 million. [more]

BASKETBALL | The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics, 107-88, last night to win game two of the 2022 NBA Finals. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. [more]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE | "Top Gun: Maverick" led North American box office returns with $86 million in ticket sales, followed by "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" and "The Bob’s Burgers Movie." [more]

R.I.P. | Alec John Such, a founding member and bass player for the rock band Bon Jovi died over the weekend at the age of 70, according to a statement from the band. [more]

ENTERTAINMENT | Jennifer Lopez received the Generation Award for career achievement at last night's 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards. [complete list of awardees] [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | An Allied armada of ships, planes, and landing craft and some 156,000 troops began the invasion of northern France from England on this date in 1944—the famous “D-Day” of World War II. [more history]

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