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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."
 
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.
 
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.
 
Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, & Pete Davidson leave SNL
Saturday Night Live (SNL) wrapped up its 47th season over the weekend. Longtime cast members Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Pete Davidson confirmed that they would be leaving SNL during Saturday's episode.
 
US Senate passes the Access to Baby Formula Act by a landslide vote
On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed two bills - HR 7790 and HR 7791 - addressing the nationwide baby formula shortage. HR 7790, which passed by a 231-192 vote, would provide the US FDA with $28 million in emergency funding to help alleviate the current baby formula shortage and head off similar shortages in the future.
 
House of Representatives moves to curb domestic terrorism in the US
The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night to bolster federal resources to curb domestic terrorism. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act (Bill HR 350) came days after a gunman killed 10 black people in a racially charged attack in Buffalo, NY.
 
Oz & McCormick race neck to neck in PA’s GOP Senate primaries
Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor John Fetterman has won the state's Democratic Senate primary elections. Meanwhile, with about 99% of the votes counted, the race for the Republican Senate primaries is too close to call.
 
Whitney Henriquez Heard accuses Johnny Depp of hitting her
Amber Heard's sister, Whitney Henriquez Heard, has accused Johnny Depp of hitting her during a scuffle in 2015. The "Aquaman" actress's sister gave her testimony in Fairfax County Circuit Court court on Wednesday.
 
US resumes Embassy operations in Kyiv
On May 18th, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the US had officially resumed Embassy operations in Kyiv. The US had suspended Embassy operations in Ukraine's capital three months ago, a few days before Russia's invasion of Ukraine.