May 30, 2023


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UKRAINE | Today is day 460 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are your updates:

  • Ukrainian officials say Kyiv was the target of the largest Russian drone attack since the beginning of the invasion on Saturday and that at least one person was killed in the attack, while more than 40 drones were shot down. [more]
  • Russian military officials say at least eight Ukrainian drones targeting Moscow were shot down or disabled overnight and that wreckage from the drones caused “insignificant damage” to several buildings in a residential area of the city. [more]

U.S. GUN VIOLENCE | Police in Hollywood, Florida, say nine people — six adults and three children — were injured yesterday evening when gunmen opened fire along a beachside pedestrian area. Reports say the incident began as a conflict between two groups and that one person is in custody while several other suspects are being sought. [more]

U.S. DEBT | White House and Congressional negotiators reached a preliminary deal to increase the federal debt limit over the weekend. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to vote today on sending the spending plan to the full House, where a vote is expected as early as tomorrow. Various provisions of the deal are facing criticism from both sides of the political aisle ahead of a potential federal debt default, which Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen now says could take place as early as June 5. Among other provisions, the two-year appropriations agreement keeps 2024 federal spending relatively flat, increases 2025 spending by 1%, reclaims some $30 billion in unspent pandemic-related funding, and imposes stricter work requirements on some recipients of federal aid. [full legislative text] [more]

PENNSYLVANIA | The federal trial of Robert Bowers, who is accused of carrying out the October 2018 antisemetic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in which 11 people were killed, is scheduled to begin today. [more]

IOWA | Officials in Davenport, Iowa, say at least eight people were injured when a downtown building containing 84 apartments and businesses partially collapsed Sunday. The cause of the collapse is under investigation and reports indicate that the building will likely be demolished. [more]

KOSOVO | Reports say at least 30 member of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo, as well as 54 ethnic Serbs, were injured in clashes between the two groups over the weekend in the northern Kosovo region of Zvecan. The clashes were sparked when ethnic Serb activists attempted to prevent recently elected Albanian officials from entering their offices. [more]

TURKEY | Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Sunday’s runoff election in Turkey with approximately 52% of the vote. The election victory extends Erdogan's time in power into its third decade. [more]

CANADA | Officials in the eastern Canada province of Nova Scotia say an estimated 14,000 residents in the Halifax area have been ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in the area. Reports say as many as 200 homes have been damaged by the fires. [more]

NORTH KOREA | Military officials in North Korea say their forces will launch the country’s first spy satellite into orbit in June, with the aim of being able to monitor U.S. and South Korean military exercises and operations. [more]

EL SALVADOR | Former El Salvador President Mauricio Funes was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday after being convicted of illicit association and failure to perform his duties in connection with his having negotiated a truce with powerful street gangs in 2012. [more]

INDIA | At least 10 people were killed, and 55 others were injured, today when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to a shrine in India-controlled Kashmir fell into a gorge near the city of Jammu, according to local officials. The cause of the incident is under investigation. [more]

UGANDA | In a move condemned by rights activists, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed his country’s new anti-gay legislation into law yesterday. The law does not criminalize those who identify as LGBTQ+, but prescribes prison terms for people found to have engaged in same-sex sexual acts and imposes the death penalty for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality,” which it defines as those involving children, other vulnerable people, or those with AIDS. [more]

SPAIN | After his Socialist Party suffered unexpected losses in Sunday’s local and regional elections, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said yesterday that he intends to dissolve parliament and call for early national elections to be held on July 23. [more]

PHILIPPINES | Thousands of people have been evacuated, schools are closed, and the government imposed a no-sail ban in the Philippines’ northern provinces today as Typhoon Mawar approaches the area. [more]

SPACE | Officials with China’s space agency say a new three-person crew for the country’s Tiangong space station was launched from the Jiuquan launch center this morning. The new crew is scheduled to remain aboard the space station for five months, during which they will conduct routine maintenance and perform scientific experiments. [more]

TECH VALUATION | Reports say Nvidia Corp. is on track to become the first U.S. chipmaker to reach a valuation of $1 trillion today, with shares in the company rising 3.5% today to $402.91 in premarket trading. [more]

SOCIAL MEDIA | European Commissioner Thierry Breton said Friday that social media company Twitter has pulled out of the European Union’s voluntary “code of practice” agreement to combat online disinformation. [more]

BASKETBALL | The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics, 103-84, last night to advance to their second NBA Finals appearance in four seasons. The Heat will face the Denver Nuggets in the Finals, with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday night. [more]

HOCKEY | The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Dallas Stars, 6-0, last night to win the NHL’s Western Conference Final and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they will face the Florida Panthers. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals is scheduled for Saturday, June 3. [more]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE | "The Little Mermaid" topped the North American box office over the long holiday weekend with an estimated $117.5 million in receipts, followed by "Fast X" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | On this date in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial—honoring Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, and “the virtues of tolerance, honesty, and constancy in the human spirit”—was dedicated in Washington, D.C.  [more history]

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