WORLD: Yesterday, Russian forces fired missiles at a city in central Ukraine, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 100 others. The missiles reportedly hit a medical center, stores, and residential buildings - prompting Ukraine’s prez to accuse Russia of continuing to intentionally target civilians. Meanwhile, a Swedish court just convicted an ex-Iranian official of war crimes and murder for his role in the mass execution and torture of nearly 5,000 prisoners in Iran in 1988. He was sentenced to life in prison. Big deal, since this marks a major victory for human rights groups and families of the victims. Speaking of Iran, Prez Biden just announced that the US is prepared to use force to stop the country from getting nuclear weapons. The Prez made the declaration while visiting Israel’s prime minister.
PEOPLE: All eyes are on Sri Lanka. Reminder: lately, Sri Lanka has been dealing with massive protests over its worst economic crisis in decades - protests that have escalated into calls for the gov to step down. Well, yesterday, it looks like protesters finally got their wish. See: Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country earlier this week but didn’t actually resign, just officially quit. Cue celebrations. In other news, everyone’s talking about Kevin Spacey. ICYMI, back in May, British prosecutors announced that they’d authorized criminal charges against the actor for counts of sexual assault against three men. Fast forward to this week, and it looks like Spacey has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Stay tuned.
POLITICS: Earlier this week, the Biden team announced that physicians throughout the US must continue to offer abortions in case of medical emergencies without exception. The gov said federal law protects providers from any state abortion restrictions, arguing that “no matter where you live, women have the right to emergency care - including abortion care.” Enter: Texas, which just…sued the Biden team over the federal guidance. Meanwhile, the House of Reps just passed an $840 billion military policy bill. Includes a new mandate that requires national security agencies to combat white supremacist and neo-Nazi activity in federal law enforcement and the armed forces - which Republicans unanimously opposed.