EXTREME WEATHER: Europe is facing extreme weather right now. Let’s start with the UK, where the gov has declared a national emergency and issued its first-ever “red” warning for very very very high temps - meaning there’s a potential risk to life. Temps could reach 41 degrees Celsius (aka 106 degrees Fahrenheit), setting a new record. Meanwhile, parts of Europe are dealing with wildfires. Think: France, Croatia, Spain, and Greece. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. And while Portugal’s wildfires have reportedly been contained, the gov says nearly 700 people have died from the heat over the past week. In other news, recently, a helicopter responding to a wildfire in New Mexico crashed, killing at least 4 people. Not yet clear what caused the crash.
PEOPLE: About a week ago, violent clashes erupted between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups over a reported land “violation” in the southern Sudanese state of Blue Nile. At least 65 people have been killed and more than 150 people have been injured. Authorities have deployed the military and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces to help stabilize the region, while hospitals are putting out urgent calls for blood donations. Meanwhile, protesters are taking to the streets in Hungary over a new law that would raise taxes for hundreds of thousands of small business owners. Hint: the law scales back a tax relief scheme, affecting self-employed people and freelancers who have relied on the scheme for nearly 20 years. Tension, high.
WORLD: Yesterday, a man with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition stormed a food court in Greenwood, Indiana, and opened fire. The gunman killed at least 3 people before another armed individual fatally shot him. Police haven’t publicly revealed a motive or identified the gunman. Meanwhile, over in Ukraine, Russia fired at least 10 missiles at Mykolaiv - the second significant attack on the southern port city in two days. The missiles struck two universities, a mall, and a hotel…to name a few. Ukrainian authorities pointed fingers at the Russians for knowing “full well that there were already many people on the streets at that time.” Also making headlines in Ukraine: Prez Volodymyr Zelensky fired the prosecutor general and the leader of the domestic intelligence agency. Because, apparent treason.