Al Qaeda, Ukraine, Maine: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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Good evening Here’s the latest at the end of Monday.

1. The top al Qaeda leader is said to have been killed in a US drone strike.

Ayman al-Zawahari, who led the group after the death of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a weekend strike at a residential house in Kabul’s Sherpur area, a neighborhood of a wealthy city.

US officials said it was the first attack in Afghanistan since US forces withdrew last year. The military declined to comment, suggesting that the operation was carried out by officials from the CIA agency.

Jawahari had avoided Afghanistan for years. His return to Kabul with the takeover of the Taliban raises questions about the group’s commitment to keeping al Qaeda out of the country.

2. The US warns China not to turn Nancy Pelosi’s expected visit to Taiwan into a crisis.

Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the administration is concerned that China will potentially engage in aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait, as tensions rise across Asia along with the House speaker’s visit, which begins today. Happened.

“There is no reason to turn a potential trip to Beijing into any sort of crisis in line with long-standing US policy,” Kirby said. Pelosi has not confirmed whether she plans to visit Taiwan, but signs suggest she will stay on the self-governing island without prior announcement.

Experts said if she moves forward, China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, is likely to use Beijing’s anger and a display of military might to express its claim to Taiwan, which has been hit by a volatile standoff. avoidance demands that will shake up markets and drag down China’s economy, experts said.

3. A grain-laden ship sailed from Ukraine for the first time since the Russian invasion.

The departure broke through a months-long Russian blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, which has raised global grain prices and brought millions at risk of famine, especially in the Middle East and Africa.

If the journey goes smoothly, it will be an important first step for exports of the nearly 20 million tonnes of grain that is stuck in Ukrainian silos – but experts warn the severe global hunger crisis will continue.

in New York, The UN secretary-general warned today that humanity was “a miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation”, citing the war in Ukraine between conflicts was taking the risk to a level that has been on the rise since the height of the Cold War. was not seen.

4. Kentucky floods kill at least 37 peopleWith more rain expected this week.

Early last week, an onslaught of rain caused flooding that caused bridges to collapse and homes torn from their foundations. Forecasters said more rain is expected in the already saturated eastern part of Kentucky that could last through Tuesday.

The death toll is feared to rise in the search and rescue operation that resumed today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday morning that 37 people were missing.

in California, One Wildfires in Northern California have grown to 55,000 acres, becoming the state’s largest wildfire ever this year, killing two people and forcing the evacuation of nearly 3,000.

5. Deshan Watson has been suspended for six NFL games.

The decision comes after a 15-month investigation into allegations that Watson, then quarterback of the Houston Texans, had engaged in sexual misconduct during several years of massage treatments.

Prior to the decision the Cleveland Browns had highly anticipated the decision because of a fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million for five years. This comes as the NFL has come under scrutiny for its treatment of women and inconsistency in how it is issued discipline.

Grand juries in two Texas counties declined to criminally charge Watson, and he settled with all but one of the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits against him.

6. US Allows Expiry Of 20 Million Doses Of Monkeypox Vaccine.

Less than a decade ago, the country had about 20 million doses of a new smallpox vaccine that is also effective against monkeypox in a national stockpile—a quantity that slowed the spread of monkeypox after it was first revealed in the US. could do two months ago.

But supplies had only 2,400 usable doses left in mid-May. The rest of the dose had expired. How?

One reason: Federal officials overseeing the stockpile had not seen monkeypox, which has a relatively low mortality rate, as a problem, instead focusing on deadly scenarios such as a bioterror attack involving smallpox or anthrax.

7. After Uvalde the school staff sought training to be armed and ready.

Feeling helpless, a kindergarten teacher in Ohio decided she needed a 9-millimeter pistol to protect her classroom.

So she signed up for training that would allow her to carry a gun to school, a tactic that has become a major solution to mass shootings promoted by Republicans and gun rights advocates. Democrats, police groups, teacher unions and gun control advocates say hidden programs in schools will only create more risk.

To continue her training, she goes to the gun range every week. When the students come in for a hug, she plans to bend her hip to direct them to the other side of her body.

8. Where the office is won.

Workers in America’s medium-sized and small cities, such as Miami and Birmingham, Ala., have returned to their commute in far greater numbers than the largest US cities.

San Francisco’s office occupancy is at 39 percent of its pre-pandemic level. New York is at 41 percent. Meanwhile, Austin, Texas is at about 60 percent. Some executives in large cities are hoping they will catch on, although they have been hindered by safety and health concerns about mass transit and employee leverage in competitive job markets.

Describing his feelings about going into an office regularly, while many were not, Brett Hairston, an office worker in Columbus, Ohio, said: “Weird is one word. ‘Jealous’ is also one. ”

9. Overheating? These pictures of ‘Ice Mermaids’ submerging themselves in icy water might send a shiver down your spine.

For Ida Lennestal, who grew up in northern Sweden, the combination of a sauna and a cold plunge is a cultural tradition. Now living in Maine, she continues to practice.

“It’s taught me to sit with what’s uncomfortable, both hot and cold, to breathe through it. To pay attention,” Lennestal said. “It has taught me to listen to my body and listen to what it needs.”

Lennestal inspired photographer Greta Rybus to seek out others who are religiously immersed in the cold waters. They found the process, with its own power, to be a different experience – and some said they found a way to live to a certain fulfillment.

10. And finally, the garbage turned into a treasure trove of bags.

Anybag is a proudly local operation. “It’s all handmade, handcrafted by New Yorkers in New York, using the finest New York City trash cans,” said Alex Dabag, who started the company.

Recycling companies don’t want plastic bags because they can clog and damage machines. So Anybag is turning them into woven tote bags that have garnered attention from the likes of Adidas and Ralph Lauren.

Dabag estimated that the company collected the equivalent of about 588,000 single-use plastic bags last year. The totes come with a lifetime guarantee—eventually the plastic will outweigh us.

Have a restful night.

Brent Lewis compiled photos for this briefing.

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