Over 100 days of war: Russia continues to bomb eastern Ukraine
Russia continued its deadly assault on eastern Ukraine on Saturday as the war stretched past the 100-day mark and experts warned of a bitter conflict with no end in sight. Russia has targeted areas in the Donbass region using both guided and unguided munitions, according to an assessment released by the UK Ministry of Defense on Saturday. Meanwhile, the impact of war on global food insecurity took center stage, as African Union chairperson Senegalese President Macky Sall met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss of the effective blockade of Ukrainian seaports against the export of grain from the country. The European Union on Friday formally approved an embargo on Russian oil and other sanctions targeting major banks and broadcasters.
6 dead, 25 injured in Philadelphia, Chattanooga club shooting
Police searched for several gunmen on Sunday after a shooting on a crowded downtown street killed three people, injured 11 and sparked chaos as revelers fled the carnage. Hours later, a shooting at a Tennessee nightclub left three dead and 14 injured in Chattanooga as gun violence continued its relentless sweep across the country. One of the deaths involved a person struck by a vehicle in a mad scramble after the shooting began shortly before 3 a.m., Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy said. In Philadelphia, 10 people were taken to hospital, according to Damien Woods, spokesman for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Three had died, one was released and the other six were in stable condition. No arrests were made. Two handguns were recovered from the scene, including one with an extended magazine. Extended or high capacity magazines carry more bullets.
A tropical storm hits South Florida
South Florida was hit with heavy rain and gusty winds on Saturday as a storm system flooded streets, blocked cars and threatened to develop into a tropical storm after moving across land. The storm system, dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone One by the National Hurricane Center, would be named Alex if it became a tropical storm. The Florida Keys and the northwestern Bahamas also saw heavy rain on Saturday. Tropical storm conditions were forecast for Saturday in Florida and the northwestern Bahamas in the afternoon. By early Saturday afternoon, between 7 and 13 inches had already fallen in Miami, according to the National Weather Service of Miami. The city experienced flash flooding on Saturday morning as fire crews responded to multiple reports of cars stuck in floodwaters and advised residents to stay off the roads.
Coco Gauff falls to No. 1 Iga Swiatek in French Open final, Rafael Nadal wins 14th French Open singles title
Iga Swiatek continued her destruction of the women’s tennis court this year, beating American Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour in the women’s French Open final on Saturday. In the second set, Gauff beat Swiatek in the opener, but Swiatek tied it at 2, breaking Gauff for the fourth time, winning 10 of 11 points and turning it on from there. Gauff is the youngest French Open finalist since Kim Clijsters in 2001. On Sunday, Rafael Nadal extended his record of French Open singles titles to 14, dispatching No. 8 seed Casper Ruud of Norway 6-3 , 6-3, 6-0 to become, at 36, the oldest champion in the history of the tournament. Nadal broke serve three times to win the first set in 51 minutes, then won the second set on another break of serve when Ruud double faulted on set point.
Biden, first lady evacuated after small plane flew into restricted airspace near family’s beach house
A small private plane flew into restricted airspace near President Joe Biden’s beach house on Saturday, prompting the US Secret Service to evacuate the President and First Lady Jill Biden. Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the US Secret Service, said in a statement that the private plane mistakenly entered the secure area and was “immediately” escorted out of restricted airspace. The pilot, who will be questioned by the Secret Service, was either on the wrong radio channel or not following published flight instructions, Guglielmi said. The White House said there was no threat to the president or his family.
Weekend Jubilee Celebrations with Queen’s Special Guest
We now know what’s in Queen Elizabeth II’s purse. The long-running mystery was solved on Saturday when the British monarch made the second star of her career, appearing in a mini-movie to kick off a concert celebrating her 70 years on the throne. The sketch showed the Queen having cream tea with Britain’s national treasure Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace. After drinking all the tea and destroying the cakes, the duffle-coat-wearing bear told Elizabeth he still had a stash of marmalade sandwiches with him, raising his red hat to reveal his favorite treat. The scene was reminiscent of when Elizabeth appeared as a Bond girl in a short film for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. the overflowing crowd at the concert outside Buckingham Palace.
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