Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip overnight, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue using “full force” against Palestinian militant group Hamas. Some 197 Palestinians, many of them civilians, and 10 Israelis have now been killed in a week of fighting. Over the weekend airstrikes hit the home of the militant group’s political leader as well as flattening a building that housed the AP and Al Jazeera news agencies, but which Netanyahu said also hosted a Palestinian intelligence office. The Palestinian government is calling for a U.N. resolution, which the U.S. has reportedly blocked.
2. A New Kind of Migrant at the US Border: Pandemic Refugees
Coronavirus and the economic havoc it has wreaked have driven migrants from as far afield as India to attempt to cross into the U.S., The New York Times reports. While the majority of the 178,622 people who attempted to cross the border in April were fleeing gang violence in Central America, there are now pandemic refugees embarking on lengthy journeys to reach Mexico, where they attempt to cross into the U.S. through holes in the border wall. President Joe Biden is under pressure, even from members of his own party, to do more to address the crisis at the border.
3. COVID-19 Research Could Help in HIV Vaccine Search
Dr. Anthony Fauci says one positive to come out of the pandemic could be the potential for an HIV vaccine. “I think the success that we’ve had with developing spectacularly successful COVID-19 vaccines might help us with the breakthrough of developing an HIV vaccine,” he told OZY CEO Carlos Watson in an interview this weekend. The infectious diseases expert also said the coronavirus pandemic has shined “a bright light on the disparities of health, health access and complications of disease that minority populations, particularly African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans have.” Learn more about the racial disparity crisis in health care in this special episode of The Carlos Watson Show.
4. WHO: Working Over 55 Hours a Week Could Kill You
Goldman Sachs and Amazon staff have already complained about their long work hours this year. Now the World Health Organization has found that overwork kills more than 700,000 people annually. A global study found that 745,000 people died from diseases caused by long hours in 2016. Fifty-five hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease. People in South East Asia and the Western Pacific region were the worst affected by long working hours and the WHO said trend will likely worsen due to the pandemic.
Bitcoin is at its lowest level since February after Tesla founder Elon Musk hinted on Twitter yesterday that the company had sold or would sell its holdings in the cryptocurrency. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in pandemic-hit Western India ahead of a tropical cyclone expected to make landfall Tuesday. And a Bengal tiger that was missing in Houston, Texas, for a week has been found unharmed and sent to an animal sanctuary.
Coronavirus Update: The number of coronavirus cases is rising sharply in Taiwan after the island managed to go 253 days without any local cases. The WHO has told wealthy nations to delay giving children vaccines and instead donate them to developing countries.
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Whoever said virtual festivals couldn’t be fun had never been to OZY Fest, which had more than 1 million attendees on its first day this weekend. Headline-making appearances included intellectual heavyweight Malcolm Gladwell — author of the newly published audiobook The Bomber Mafia — and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who urged rich countries to do more to fight COVID. The winners of the 2021 OZY Genius Awards were also announced, with OZY CEO Carlos Watson saying: “In a year filled with difficulty, their bright ideas really ... give me hope for the future.” Catch up with what you missed on YouTube and stay tuned: OZY Fest may return with a live festival later this year!
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2. Mark Cuban Thinks Crypto Will Revolutionize Banking
Been thinking about buying some crypto? The billionaire investor said this weekend that it’s “better than gold,” and is set to “change banking.” The Dallas Mavericks owner spoke to OZY’s Carlos Watson at OZY Fest on Saturday about digital currencies and NFTs, as well as the impact of artificial intelligence on advances in medicine and the future of clones. After previously hinting at going into politics, Cuban ruled it out, telling Watson: “There are so many better ways to have an impact rather than going through that grind ... And you know, it’s still just a dirty, dirty business.”
3. Bill Gates Faces Conduct Allegations Amid Divorce
The Microsoft founder left the company’s board of directors last year after it began an investigation into allegations he had a sexual relationship with an employee 20 years ago. The scoop by The Wall Street Journal follows the recent announcement that Gates and his wife of 27 years are divorcing. There have also been reports Melinda Gates started looking into a divorce after concerns over her husband’s friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Yesterday The New York Times reported that Gates, one of the world’s richest men, had a reputation for pursuing women who worked for him. Gates’ spokesperson has denied the allegations.
4. Book of Recipes Loved by Jane Austen to Be Published
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman writing a novel must be in want of a toasted cheese sandwich. That was the writer’s snack of choice according to a “household book” containing recipes by her friend and housemate Martha Lloyd. Handwritten between 1798 and 1830, it details how the Pride and Prejudice author liked her sandwich, saying, “Grate the cheese and add to it one egg, and a teaspoonful of mustard and a little butter.” It also has instructions on making Austen’s favorite drink, mead. The book is set to be published in color facsimile for the first time next month.
5. Barca Thrash Chelsea at Women’s Champions League Final
Barcelona Femeni won their first UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy yesterday in Gothenburg, Sweden, defeating Chelsea 4-0 in the final of the 2020-21 edition. It was the biggest ever winning margin in a women’s final and saw Barcelona become the first club to win both the men’s and women’s league. It had been Chelsea’s first Champions League Final and the second for Barca, who were beaten by Lyon two years ago. The team came roaring back from that 2019 defeat, however, scoring all their goals yesterday within the first 36 minutes to become the first Spanish League side to take the trophy.
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