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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision Song Contest 2022
On Sunday, Kalush Orchestra, a Ukrainian band, won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest held in Italy. UK's Sam Ryder came in second, while Chanel of Spain finished third. The winning song, "Stefania", was penned by the band's frontman, Oleh Psiuk, as a tribute to his mother. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, "Stefania" has begun to be considered an "anthem to the motherland."
Biden issues statement marking 1 mln COVID-19 deaths in the US
On May 12th, President Joe Biden issued a statement marking the death of one million individuals in the US due to COVID-19. Biden stated, "In remembrance, let us draw strength from each other as fellow Americans. For while we have been humbled, we never give up. We can and will do this together as the United States of America."
Moscow sanctions Gazprom Germania’s subsidiaries & EuRoPol GAZ
Russia has imposed sanctions on the owner of the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe pipeline, Gazprom Germania, and its subsidiaries in several countries, including the US, Switzerland, and Singapore. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov noted that there could be no relations with the sanctioned companies moving forward, nor would the affected companies be permitted to partake in supplying Russian gas.
Al Jazeera blames Israeli forces for Shireen Abu Akleh’s death
On Wednesday, Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist working for Al Jazeera, was shot dead while covering an Israeli military raid in the city of Jenin. The international community has condemned Abu Akleh's killing. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the US, and the EU, among others, called for an independent investigation into the incident to ensure that those responsible will be held accountable.
Interior Department pulls multiple oil lease sales amid ongoing Ukraine crisis
On Wednesday, The Interior Department announced it had canceled three offshore oil and gas lease sales. The lease sales had been expected to go ahead in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska's Cook Inlet.
Officials help a passenger with ‘no idea how to fly’ land an aircraft in FL
On May 10th, a Cessna 208 pilot flying with two passengers to FL from the Bahamas was suddenly incapacitated due to a medical issue. One of the passengers stabilized the aircraft before contacting Fort Pierce Tower at Treasure Coast International Airport. The passenger had no previous flying experience.
At least 53 burial sites found in Native Indian Boarding Schools in the US
On May 11th, the US Interior Department released Volume 1 of the investigative report looking into the dark history of Native Indian boarding schools as part of the administration's 'Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative.' The investigation found that the federal Indian boarding school system was composed of 408 federal schools from 1819 to 1969.
CDC releases provisional data on US drug overdose deaths in 2021
Provisional data released by the CDC has estimated that there were a total of 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2021. Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, called the numbers "truly staggering" and stated that it was indicative of a "continuation of an awful trend."
Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wins presidential election
Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of the ousted late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has won the country's presidential elections as per early results, with over 90% of the vote counted. Marcos Sr. and his family fled into exile in Hawaii in 1986 during the "People Power Revolution" that ended his autocratic 20-year rule. Marcos Sr. died in exile in 1989.
Winners of 106th Pulitzer Prizes announced
The winners of the 106th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama, and Music were announced on Monday. The Washington Post received a Pulitzer in the 'Public Service' category for its account of the US Capitol attack on January 6th, 2021.