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Dozens fear death after Russian bomb blasts Ukrainian school
ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of Ukrainians are reported dead after a Russian bomb destroyed a school housing about 90 people in eastern Ukraine. The governor of Luhansk province said on Sunday that 30 people had been rescued from the rubble of the Bilohorivka village school but the others probably did not survive. Meanwhile, Ukrainian soldiers making a final stand at a steelworks in the besieged city of Mariupol said they would not surrender after civilians were evacuated from the sprawling site. As Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II unfolded, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to a kyiv suburb targeted during Russia’s bid to seize the capital, according to the mayor.
Jill Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine, meets first lady
UZHHOROD, Ukraine (AP) — Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine, where she held a surprise Mother’s Day gathering with first lady Olena Zelenska to show American support for the beleaguered nation. . Their meeting in a village school took place as Russia continues its punitive war in the Eastern regions. Biden has traveled under the cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest high-profile American to enter Ukraine during his 10-week dispute with Russia. Biden said she thinks “it’s important to show the people of Ukraine that this war has to stop and that this war has been brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine.” Zelenska thanked Biden for his “courageous act.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s nothing official Washington likes better than a juicy thriller. And the mystery of who leaked the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in a landmark abortion case offers the added subplot of tantalizing questions about why the leaker did it. It’s a plot in the tradition of Watergate’s “Deep Throat” or Trump-era whistleblower “Anonymous.” The hunt for the High Court backer is ongoing. Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation into what he called a “gross breach of trust”. And amateur sleuths eagerly trade theories on social media. One way or another, the big secrets in Washington end up coming out.
Israel captures Palestinians who killed 3 in knife attack
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli police said they captured two Palestinians who killed three people in a stabbing attack last week. The men were found on Sunday near a quarry not far from the town where the stabbings took place. Israel launched a massive manhunt for the attackers, who after carrying out the stabbing rampage fled the scene. Residents were asked to be on alert and not pick up hitchhikers. Police identified the attackers as 19 and 20 year old men from the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank. The knife attack on Thursday, Israel’s Independence Day, was the latest in a string of deadly attacks deep within the country in recent weeks.
Crews work until 2nd night after Cuba hotel explosion kills 27
HAVANA (AP) — The search continues for victims of a hotel explosion that killed at least 27 people in the Cuban capital and left more than a dozen missing among the rubble. Crews spent a second night at Hotel Saratoga, a 96-room luxury hotel in Old Havana, which was completing renovations when an apparent gas leak caused a massive explosion. Just steps from the Cuban capital, Saratoga’s facade was flattened by Friday’s explosion, burying workers inside and apparently passers-by outside under concrete and twisted metal. The explosion occurred in the late morning when the streets and the square in front of the majestic hotel were said to be full of pedestrians.
Pandemic pushes Oregon’s public defender system to the brink
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s public defender system has shown cracks for years, but a post-pandemic glut of delayed cases exposes shocking constitutional landmines. These issues affect both defendants and victims of crimes in a state renowned for its progressive social justice. An acute shortage of public defenders means that hundreds of low-income defendants have no legal representation – sometimes in serious crime cases – and judges have dismissed dozens of cases. In others, hearings are delayed, leaving defendants and victims in limbo. Lawmakers are ordering reforms and budgeting millions for fixes after a recent study found Oregon has 31% of the public defenders needed.
How climatologists remain hopeful as the damage worsens
Many climatologists share a sense of optimism with professionals in other difficult professions like emergency room physicians and researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease even as they chronicle a world losing its protective balance with the sun. Psychologists say the way these experts cope can help us in a world that seems to be off the rails. Climate scientists who have been through a lot personally and professionally say the key is often action. Don’t wallow, they say. Do something.
Syrians in desperate need of help hit hard by fallout from Ukraine
BEIRUT (AP) — The fallout from the 2-month war in Ukraine is worsening long-term humanitarian crises elsewhere, including in Syria. The global rise in food prices has hit Syrians in the country’s last rebel-ruled enclave particularly hard. The territory is teeming with several million people who have fled their homes elsewhere in Syria under government attacks, and many are relying on international aid to pull through. The UN food aid agency and other groups say they must cut distributions, starting this month, to cope with soaring prices. The grim prognosis comes ahead of Monday’s annual Syria donors’ conference, where aid pledges have traditionally fallen short of needs.
Displaced numbers in Burkina Faso rise amid jihadist violence
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The West African country Burkina Faso has 2 million displaced people who have fled growing violence from Islamic extremist groups. Leaving their rural homes for the safety of urban centers, they struggle to find shelter, work and food. This rising tide of displaced people is putting enormous pressure on cities in Burkina Faso, which are struggling to cope. When it took power in January, Burkina Faso’s ruling junta pledged to eradicate extremist violence, but it did little to address the growing number of displaced people. Alexandra Lamarche, senior counsel for West and Central Africa for Refugees International, said the government has a responsibility to provide these social services to the growing number of displaced people.
Detailed “open source” news surveys are gaining momentum
NEW YORK (AP) — News agencies are using sophisticated new technologies to transform the way they conduct their investigations. Much of it is publicly available, or “open-source” material from cellphones, satellite imagery and security cameras, but this also extends to computer modeling and artificial intelligence. A reporting form that barely existed a decade ago is becoming an important part of the future of journalism. The New York Times, which sent part of its open source team to Ukraine to supplement traditional reporters, is a leader in the field. The Washington Post just announced that it was adding six people to its video forensics team, doubling its size.
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