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Ukrainian and Russian forces exchanged fresh blows yesterday near Sievierodonetsk, military authorities and analysts said, as Moscow resumed its push towards the city, one of the last major Ukrainian strongholds in a key part of the east. . Follow the latest war updates.

As the war reaches the end of its third month, Moscow has narrowed its military objectives to capturing small parts of Ukraine, its forces moving from east to west. Capturing Sievierodonetsk would give Russian forces control of Luhansk, one of two provinces that make up the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

Western nations have dramatically increased their aid to Ukraine, seeking to tip the scales as the conflict drags on and costs more and more. Late last week, the US Senate approved $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. Russia has warned that Western nations will pay unspecified consequences for helping Ukraine.

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President Biden warned yesterday that monkeypox, a viral infection that is spreading around the world, was something “everyone should be concerned about”. He added that the continued transmission would be “consecutive”.

The monkeypox virus, which is only occasionally fatal, is spread through bodily fluids, skin contact and respiratory droplets. Its common symptoms include a characteristic rash, fever, and body aches. The speed at which it is spreading has raised fears of another pandemic that would strain health systems already strained by Covid-19.

Public health officials in the United States have said the country has the resources to keep monkeypox at bay. In the event of an outbreak, the United States has stockpiled millions of doses of smallpox vaccines, which are usually effective in preventing monkeypox infection as well.

Details: As of Saturday, 92 cases and 28 suspected cases had been identified in 12 countries, including Britain, Spain, Austria and Portugal, outside of African countries where it is endemic.

Mystery of health: A 2020 outbreak of coronavirus at a Michigan mink farm was the first, and so far only, known case of possible animal-to-human transmission in the United States. But how did it happen?


Israel’s latest government crisis was temporarily resolved yesterday after MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, who left the coalition government late last week, agreed to return, allowing her to regain her slim majority.

Rinawie Zoabi, a member of Israel’s Palestinian minority from the left-leaning Meretz party, resigned on Thursday, after saying the government was not committed to improving conditions for Arab citizens, who make up a fifth of the country’s population .

Faced with “massive pressure” from leaders of local Arab councils, she reversed her decision, she said in a statement, in part to avoid the possibility of a government in which the extreme politician right, Itamar Ben-Gvir, would oversee the police force. .

The coalition, an ideologically diverse alliance of eight parties with opposing agendas, has now returned to control 60 of the 120-seat parliament, a position that allows it to cling to power but makes government difficult. Its disintegration would send Israelis back to the polls for the fifth time in four years.

Coalition: The government, led by Naftali Bennett, is made up of right, left and center political parties and includes, for the first time, a small Islamist party. These partners have come together primarily around a common desire to oust Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister.

Haitians were the first people in the modern world to free themselves from slavery and create their own nation. Yet they were forced to pay for their freedom once again – in cash.

A Times investigation explores how Haiti’s historic ransom to France spurred the nascent Parisian international banking system and cemented Haiti’s path to poverty and underdevelopment.

At the Cannes Film Festival, expect glamour, minute-long standing ovations and impassioned boos. The maximalist festival kicked off last week and will run through Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

Why do people care? Cannes has launched the careers of many filmmakers, like Quentin Tarantino, who made his debut with “Pulp Fiction” at the festival. Winning an award can help an art film secure wider distribution and recognition during awards season. “Parasite,” which won the top prize at Cannes in 2019, went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Are there any great movies premiering? For cinephiles, the films of David Cronenberg, Claire Denis and Park Chan-wook are in the running for the Palme d’Or, the first prize. As for blockbusters, “Top Gun: Maverick” – the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit – and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic are also screened.

What else is going on? A screaming woman protesting sexual violence in Ukraine walked the red carpet. A few days earlier, during the opening ceremony, Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, gave a virtual address in which he quoted Charlie Chaplin’s “Great Dictator”: “The hatred of men will pass, and dictators will die , and the power which they took from the people will return to the people.

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