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Ukraine says Russia preparing for next phase of its offensive
Ukrainian military intelligence spokesperson Vadym Skibitskyi has asserted that Moscow is preparing for the next stage of its offensive in Ukraine. Earlier, Russia had announced that its forces would be increasing military operations in "all operational areas."
 
Four dead in sheriff’s office helicopter crash in New Mexico
A sheriff's department helicopter has crashed in New Mexico, killing four people. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office stated, "Preliminary information indicates that 3 BCSO personnel and 1 Bernalillo County Fire employee were onboard at the time of the crash."
 
Medical examiner rules Ivana Trump’s death accidental
The New York City chief medical examiner's office said Ivana Trump, ex-wife of former US President Donald Trump, died accidentally of blunt impact injuries to her torso. The circumstances were not specified.
 
UK gallery discovers hidden Van Gogh self-portrait
On July 14th, the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) announced that it has discovered a hidden painting behind Vincent van Gogh's 1885 "Head of a Peasant Woman" painting. The NGS says the hidden painting is "almost certainly a previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh."
 
Disbarred SC attorney Alex Murdaugh charged with wife & son’s murder
On Thursday, the Colleton County Grand Jury charged disbarred SC attorney Richard Alexander Murdaugh with the 2021 murders of his wife Margaret and son Paul. The SC Attorney General's Office confirmed that Murdaugh had been indicted for "two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the deaths" of his wife and son.
 
5 MPs remain in UK’s Conservative Party leadership race
UK's former Chancellor Rishi Sunak topped the first and second rounds of voting in the Conservative Party's leadership race on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Five candidates qualified in the second round of voting; Sunak (with 101 votes), Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt (with 83 votes), Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (with 64 votes), Kemi Badenoch (with 49 votes), and Tom Tugendhat (with 32 votes).
 
Biden begins his first tour of Middle East as President
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden landed in Israel, kicking off his first tour to the Middle East as President. Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog. At the arrival ceremony at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, Biden emphasized that the connection between US and Israel was "bone deep."
 
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya & wife flee to the Maldives
On Wednesday, Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife fled to the Maldives amid widespread protests demanding his resignation and arrest over his handling of the country's economic crisis. Sri Lanka's Air Force confirmed that it had provided an aircraft to the President, his wife, and two security officials under constitutional provisions and at the government's request.
 
FLOTUS apologizes for saying Latino diversity is as “unique” as breakfast tacos
First Lady Jill Biden has recently come under fire for her quip that Latino diversity is as "unique" as San Antonio's "breakfast tacos" at the annual conference of UnidosUS on Monday. Jill Biden, in an attempt to hail the Latino community's diversity, stated that it was "as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio."
 
US drone strike kills ISIS leader Maher al-Agal in Syria
On July 12th, the US Central Command Forces (CENTCOM) carried out an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAV) strike, targeting two senior officials of the ISIS terrorist organization in northwest Syria. The ISIS leader in Syria, Maher al-Agal, was subsequently killed in the drone strike.