June 10, 2024


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ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR | Updates from day 248 of the conflict:

  • Four Israeli hostages held in Gaza by Hamas since the October 7 attacks on Israel were freed this weekend in a military operation that, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, also killed at least 274 Palestinians. [more]
  • Reports say both Israel and Hamas will be on this year's annual U.N. list of states and groups that are violating children’s rights and leaving them exposed to danger, which Secretary-General António Guterres will provide to the Security Council this week. [more]
  • The U.N. World Food Program announced yesterday that is has “paused” its distribution of humanitarian aid via the U.S.-built pier on the Gaza coastline due to concerns over security and the safety of its personnel. [more]

UKRAINE | Today is day 837 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are your updates:

  • Ukraine says its military inflicted “significant losses” on Russian air defenses in occupied Crimea after targeting surface-to-air defense systems in three locations on the peninsula overnight. [more]
  • Ahead of a June 15-17 Ukraine peace summit in Lucerne, Switzerland, Swiss officials said today that investigators have registered an increase in cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns aimed at disrupting the summit. [more]

U.S. ECONOMY | According to Labor Department data released Friday, U.S. employers added a stronger-than-expected 272,000 jobs in May. Unemployment rose slightly for the month to 4% – up from 3.9% in April and ending a 27-month span of unemployment below 4%. [full report] [more]

WYOMING | Gov. Mark Gordon has signed an executive order declaring an emergency following the weekend collapse of a large section of Wyoming’s Teton Pass road, an important commuter link between eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, including the popular tourist destination of Jackson. [more]

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS | Provisional results indicate that far-right and nationalist parties made significant gains across the E.U. in the European Parliament elections, which ended yesterday, with particularly high far-right gains made in France, Germany, and Italy. Despite lower support, the E.U.’s center-right European People’s Party is expected to retain the largest number of seats in the 27-nation bloc’s parliament. [provisional results] [more]

FRANCE | President Emmanuel Macron dissolved France’s lower house of parliament yesterday following European elections that saw his pro-European centrist party lose significant ground to Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party. The country’s two-round legislative elections have been scheduled for June 30 and July 7. [more]

INDIA | At least nine people were killed, and 33 others were injured, yesterday in a suspected Islamic militant attack on a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims in India-controlled Kashmir. Media outlet India Today reports that the Resistance Front group has claimed responsibility for the attack, citing a statement released by the Pakistan-based militant organization. [more]

MORE INDIA | Narendra Modi, relying on the National Democratic Alliance coalition after his nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party failed to win an outright majority in the country’s recent election, was sworn in today for a rare third consecutive term as India’s prime minister. [more]

CONGO | Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province say at least 80 people have been killed in the region’s villages in attacks by suspected Islamist rebels over the past week. [more]

MALAYSIA | Diesel prices rose 56% in Malaysia today as the government ended blanket subsidies on the fuel. A similar subsidy restructuring is expected for gasoline, but no timeline for that change has yet been announced. [more]

GLOBAL FISHING | According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report, the total global volume of fish and other aquatic animals harvested by farming exceeded that of animals fished in the wild for the first time ever in 2022 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). [press release] [full report] [more]

KOREA | Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned of unspecified retaliations yesterday if renewed loudspeaker broadcasts and propaganda leaflet balloon flights from the South continue. [more]

TECH INDUSTRY | Apple is expected to unveil multiple AI-related plans and technologies later today as it holds its annual World Wide Developers Conference. [more]

BASKETBALL | The Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks, 105-98, last night to take a 2-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-seven NBA Finals series. Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas. [more]

GOLF | Scottie Scheffler shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 yesterday to win the PGA’s Memorial tournament, finishing one stroke ahead of Collin Morikawa. In LPGA play, Linnea Strom shot a tournament-record 11-under-par 60 yesterday to win the ShopRite Classic – her first LPGA Tour title. [more]

TENNIS | At the French Open over the weekend, Carlos Alcaraz won the men’s title and Iga Swiatek won the women’s championship, defeating Alexander Zverev and Jasmine Paolini, respectively. [more]

WEEKEND MOVIES | "Bad Boys: Ride or Die" topped the North American box office over the weekend with an estimated $56 million in receipts, followed by "The Garfield Movie" and "IF." [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | On this date in 1692, Bridget Bishop, having been found guilty of “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries,” became the first person hanged as part of the Salem witch trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. [more history]

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