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The Russians would clean the hospitals of the Ukrainian region

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian military officials said Russian troops are transferring a large number of sick and injured comrades from hospitals in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces are fighting to retake the area, occupied by invading Russian soldiers at the start of the war. Authorities installed by the Kremlin in the area are said to have previously joined the civilians in fleeing the city of Kherson. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an overnight video address that the Russians were “dismantling the entire health system” in Kherson and other illegally annexed areas. Elsewhere on Saturday, at least one Russian ship was damaged in a major port in Crimea. Ukraine and Russia have offered different versions of what happened.

Imminent elections in the United States and Brazil are a test for Musk’s Twitter

Pivotal elections in Brazil and the United States are likely to pose the first major challenges to Elon Musk and his promise to ease content moderation on Twitter. The platform’s new owner said he wanted to relax the rules created by Twitter to stop the flow of misinformation. Disinformation experts say a torrent of misinformation is already hitting voters in Brazil and the United States. If Musk quickly delivers on his promise, they say, this torrent could become a flood. One of Musk’s first moves was to fire the executive in charge of content moderation. He says a new committee will review the platform’s policies before any changes are made.

Affirmative action under threat as High Court hears UNC case

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (AP) — The University of North Carolina was once a bastion of segregation. Today, the school considers race to offset that history and to increase the number of black students and other underrepresented minorities on campus. Its affirmative action program, using race among many factors to build a diverse student body, is similar to plans in place at other selective public and private institutions. But a Supreme Court that has twice blessed race-conscious college admissions programs in the past 19 years now seems poised to restrict their use or ban them altogether. The court is hearing two such cases on Monday, involving UNC and Harvard. They are respectively the oldest public and private universities in the country.

Wearing without a license laws raise new dilemmas for police

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Unlicensed carry laws in states like Kentucky, Idaho and Texas create a dilemma for police officers working on the street: They must now decide, sometimes in seconds, whether someone with the right to carry a weapon is a danger. Defenders of the laws say they make people safer because the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun. Opponents say allowing anyone to carry a gun anywhere makes it more dangerous for ordinary people and for police officers. The debate is unfolding as gun violence is on the rise across the country.

US Storm Survivors: We Need Faster Money, Less Red Tape

MIDDLETOWN, NJ (AP) — Survivors of storms that hit several U.S. states say the nation’s disaster relief system is broken and want reforms to get money to victims faster, with less administrative formalities. They will meet on Saturday, 10 years after Super Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Jersey Shore. The rally will include people who have been through Sandy or Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Ida, as well as victim advocacy groups from New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. Survivors and their advocates have listed five reforms they believe are needed to help future victims of the storm avoid the kind of delays, runaways and financial desperation they suffered.

Assault suspect at Pelosi’s home had posted about QAnon

The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home and severely beating her husband with a hammer appears to have posted racist and often rambling messages online, some of which questioned the 2020 election results, defended Donald Trump and echoed QAnon conspiracy theories. David DePape was known in Berkeley, Calif., as a pro-nudity activist who went nude picketing protests against local ordinances requiring people to be clothed in public. More recently, online publications under DePape’s name repeated false claims about COVID vaccines, questioned whether climate change was real, and posted an illustration of a zombified Hillary Clinton eating human flesh.

Two explosions rock Somalia’s capital, killing ‘dozens’

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police say two car bombs exploded at a busy junction in the Somali capital, near major government offices, and there were “dozens” of civilian casualties. Saturday’s attack comes five years after a massive explosion at the same location. The Somali National News Agency quoted the National Police Spokesman for the details. The attack in Mogadishu came on a day when the Somali President, Prime Minister and other senior officials were meeting to discuss countering violent extremism, particularly by Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab. group that often targets the capital, without immediate claim of responsibility.

Cholera overwhelms Haiti as cases and deaths rise amid crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of people across Haiti are falling ill with cholera as medical personnel struggle to treat them despite dwindling fuel and water supplies. The number of cases and deaths worries some who remember an outbreak more than a decade ago that killed nearly 10,000 people. Many are dying because they cannot get to hospitals in time due to a spike in gang violence that makes it dangerous for people to leave their communities and a lack of fuel that has shut down public transport , gas stations and other key businesses.

EXPLAINER: Drag queens and how they got dragged into politics

The art and entertainment form of pick-up has been misrepresented in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. Opponents often coordinate protests at drag events that feature or target children, sometimes showing up with guns. Performers and organizers of events like Drag Story Hours say it is the protesters who terrorize children and turn them into political pawns. Recent headlines about the disruption of drag events and their portrayal as sexual and harmful to children may obscure the intent of the art form and its rich history.

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