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Ukraine rejects calls for an immediate ceasefire
Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's adviser, has stated that the idea of territorial concessions was unacceptable to Kyiv. Podolyak also rejected calls for an immediate ceasefire, referring to them as "very strange." Podolyak stated, "The (Russian) forces must leave the country, and after that, the resumption of the peace process will be possible."
 
Biden declares US would defend Taiwan in event of Chinese invasion
At a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on May 23rd, President Joe Biden declared that the US would be willing to defend Taiwan militarily should China move to invade. Biden stated, "We agree with the One China policy... But the idea that it can be taken by force... is just not appropriate. It will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in - in Ukraine."
 
Operations Fly Formula’s 1st flight lands in IN; 2nd flight announced
On May 23rd, the White House announced that a military plane had landed in Indiana carrying 78,000 pounds of Nestlé specialty infant formula under the Biden administration's Operation Fly Formula. Operation Fly Formula was launched to speed up the importation of baby formula into the US in response to the ongoing nationwide shortage.
 
Iranian IRGC officer assassinated in Tehran
According to the state news agency IRNA, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has claimed that one of its officers was assassinated in the capital, Tehran, by shooters riding on two motorcycles. Hassan Sayyad Khodai was an officer of the IRGC's foreign arm - Quds Force - and had served in Syria in past years.
 
Passenger ferry catches fire off Philippines
A high-speed Philippine ferry carrying 134 people caught fire on Monday. The Philippine Coast Guard stated, "The @coastguardph responded to a maritime incident involving MV MERCRAFT 2, a fast craft vessel that reported fire onboard in the vicinity waters off Real, Quezon today, 23 May 2022."
 
Biden’s new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
In Tokyo on Monday, President Joe Biden announced the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). The member countries of the IPEF include Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the U.S.
 
F1: Verstappen takes the lead in Spain
F1 world champion Max Verstappen has won the Spanish Grand Prix. Sergio Perez followed the Red Bull driver by 13 seconds in a 1-2 victory for the team.
 
US approves $40.1 bln funding for Ukraine aid
On May 21st, President Joe Biden signed the "Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022" or the HR 7691 bill, into law while in South Korea. HR 7691 provides $40.1 billion in supplemental emergency funding to US Federal agencies to aid Ukraine for the fiscal year 2022.
 
WHO and President Biden warn of impending monkeypox spread
The World Health Organization has revealed in a press release that, as of the 21st of May, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox had been reported from 12 Member States. The recent outbreaks have occurred in non-endemic countries (that is, not in Central or West Africa), baffling experts. Most will not need to be hospitalized after contracting monkeypox. However, infections can occasionally lead to death.
 
Anthony Albanese sworn in as Australia’s Prime Minister
On Monday, Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia's new Prime Minister at a ceremony held in Government House, Canberra. Anthony Albanese, 59, has been the leader of the Australian Labor Party since 2019 and a member of parliament since 1996.