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Your Friday Briefing: The Destruction of Ukraine

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Your Friday Briefing: The Destruction of Ukraine

Good morning. We’re covering Russia’s ground progress, South Korea’s new approach to the virus, and Cambodia’s crackdown on opposition leaders.

In Ukraine, workers struggle to rescue survivors of a theater in Mariupol, which was sheltering 1,000 civilians, including children, and was largely destroyed in an attack. It was not clear how many people survived.

Russia’s progress has been slow, and the Russian military is suffering heavy losses: the Pentagon estimated that in the three weeks of fighting, 7,000 Russian soldiers were killed – more than the number of American soldiers killed in 20 years in Iraq and Afghanistan More.

But as Russians target cities with bombs and missiles, the toll on civilians in Ukraine is getting worse: People are at risk of death on the streets and deprived of food, water, heat, security in bomb shelters. Here’s the latest.

The ceasefire talks between the two sides continued for the fourth day with uncertain prospects. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the situation of more than three million refugees.

description: “No water, no gas, no light”: Intensified fighting prompted residents of the Kyiv suburb of Irpin to evacuate.

the strokes: Russia, which has failed to capture Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, has resorted to destroying it.

Discussion: In countries friendly to Russia, some think Putin has a point.

Separate: Ukrainian and Russian tourists are stranded in a chic hotel in Egypt as their country rips apart the other.

Other Updates:

  • A Russian court has extended the custody of basketball star Brittany Griner until May 19.

  • The battle for the skies over Kyiv lasted through Thursday night. The Ukrainian military claimed to have shot down 10 Russian planes and missiles, killing at least one person in the wreckage.

  • Indian officials said the country’s wheat exports were on the rise as global prices rose after the invasion.

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Cases are skyrocketing in South Korea, which once had one of the world’s most aggressive coronavirus policies. On Thursday, the country reported its highest daily infection number of the entire pandemic: 621,328 cases in a country of 50 million people.

But the country is still learning to live with exposure to the virus in an effort to ease social distancing measures, ease border restrictions and allow small businesses to recover and resume normal life.

description: Doctors worry that hospitals will be heavily burdened during this boom. Still, the vast majority of the country’s adult population has been vaccinated, and about 90 percent of people age 60 and older have received a booster. Their risk of becoming seriously ill is low.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:


A top court on Thursday convicted 19 members of Cambodia’s main opposition party on charges of “incitement” and “conspiracy”. He had already been found guilty last year of what officials said was a conspiracy to topple the government.

Critics called the trial a “witch hunt” and called Prime Minister Hun Sen’s latest effort to essentially eliminate the last remnants of dissenting political voices in the one-party state. They have also eliminated almost all independent voices in the news media.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was the only credible opposition, was dissolved by the country’s Supreme Court in November 2017. For the past two decades, Hun Sen has been undermining the democratic processes that the United Nations implemented in the early 1990s.

description: The court imposed sentences of between five and 10 years, with longer terms, on seven leaders of the political opposition who fled the country to evade arrest.

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Population: Two-thirds of Cambodians are under 30. They were born decades after the terror of the Khmer Rouge and the American carpet-bombing campaign in the Vietnam War. But landmines are disrupting life, and corruption and inequality continue to grow stronger.

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In August, a couple in New Zealand found a giant growth in their garden, which they named Doug. It looked, tasted and tasted exactly like potatoes. But Doug wasn’t a potato at all.

The Australian magpie is one of the smartest birds on earth. It has a beautiful song of extraordinary complexity. It can recognize and remember 30 different human faces.

Its latest brainstorming feat: to outwit scientists who want to study it.

In 2019, researchers set out to study magpie social behavior. He spent nearly six months perfecting a harness that would unobtrusively carry miniature tracking devices and would be nearly impossible for magpies to remove from their bodies.

He did not believe in teamwork. In a remarkable act of cooperation, one bird snapped the strut of another bird’s harness—helping the other for no apparent tangible benefit. Within 30 minutes, the first tracker went off; The birds removed all five within three days.

The magpie’s behavior was, the lead researcher said, “a particular combination of helping, but also problem solving, being really social and having this cognitive ability to solve puzzles.”

“This is probably partly why they are so successful in our changing environment on farms and in urban areas,” she said. “They’ve managed to understand things in a whole new way.”

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Let this slow cooker bubbly Guinness Beef Stew all day long.

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Spanish pop singer Rosalia, known for her reinvention of flamenco, today brings together the new sounds of “motomami” in the Latin world and beyond.

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