Thousands of Palestinians were celebrating in the streets of Gaza City this morning, as a cease-fire with Israel came into effect after 11 days of conflict. The Egyptian-brokered detente was welcomed by U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders, while Hamas claimed victory and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the airstrikes had set the militant group back years. The war’s grim death toll now stands at 232, including 65 children in Gaza, and 12 in Israel, including two children. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said he plans to travel to the region soon.
A 20-year-old Spanish aid volunteer is receiving abuse online after video footage showing her comforting a migrant went viral. Red Cross volunteer Luna Reyes hugged the distraught Senegalese man, who arrived in Spain this week from Morocco along with thousands of other desperate migrants. Reyes, who described hugging the man as “the most normal thing in the world,” says she has since been targeted by supporters of Spain’s far-right Vox party. But liberals on the internet are fighting back, with the hashtag #GraciasLuna now trending. Madrid is in the process of sending most of the migrants back.
3. China, Vaccines on Agenda as Moon and Biden Meet
President Biden is set to host South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the White House today, only his second visit from a head of state since taking office, following the first by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Biden is expected to push Moon to take a tougher line on China, while the South Korean leader is likely to ask for more COVID-19 vaccines as his government struggles with the rollout. Talks will largely focus on North Korea, with the U.S. signalling it’s open to diplomacy with Pyongyang and Moon keen to make a deal before his term ends.
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4. Cook in Court For Epic Games Trial
Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stand today in the high-profile antitrust trial with Epic Games. Epic accuses the iPhone maker of monopolistic practices for kicking its popular video game Fortnite out of the App store. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has already testified in the trial, which has been going for three weeks. It will be a high-stakes appearance for Cook as Apple is being investigated by regulators in the U.S. and U.K. and has also been accused by Spotify of being anti-competitive. The trial is expected to wrap up on Monday.
Thousands of Australian school students skipped classes today to march for greater action on climate change in the School Strike 4 Climate. An 11-year-old girl in Florida managed to fight off her would-be kidnapper, kicking and punching him until he let go and also smearing his arm with the blue slime she had been playing with as evidence. And an Austrian hospital has admitted to amputating the wrong leg of an elderly man.
Coronavirus Update: Several Indian stateshave now declared black fungus epidemics, an infection hitting a growing number of coronavirus sufferers. Nepalese hospitals face shortages of beds and oxygen as concern grows that a COVID-19 surge in the country could be worse than India’s.
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Australia could do with a Pied Piper. For months, parts of the country have seen mysterious plagues of mice that have overrun hospitals, schools and homes. Now we know why. Because good climatic conditions are giving farmers a bumper year of crops, the rodents are reproducing incredibly fast, researchers say. But Australians are desperate as hundreds of thousands of dollars of crops are being destroyed by the critters, which are also creating a terrible smell in some towns. The government is introducing a multi-million relief package for affected businesses, but experts warn a snake plague could follow as serpents come looking for snacks.
Lockdowns sparked a global bread-baking craze as cafés closed and boredom set in. But now Americans are ditching the dough in favor of spending some dough. Restaurant reservations were up 46% in April, compared to the same period last year, and desperate diners are having to place themselves on waiting lists. Happy restaurateurs are already making comparisons to the Roaring 20s, which saw nightlife rebound after the Spanish Flu pandemic. Total U.S. restaurant traffic is still 16.3% below its pre-pandemic levels but rising fast, with Texas and Florida among the states where it’s recovered completely. Seattle and San Francisco, however, are languishing.
RuPaul would be proud. There’s now a Lego drag queen figure in the company’s first LGBTQ-themed set, which is being launched in honor of Pride Month. The rainbow-colored “Everyone is Awesome” set also includes members of the transgender community. Designer Matthew Ashton, who is gay himself, said growing up in the 1980s he was always being told what toys to play with, adding: “I hope that this set can be used as a gift for queer relatives and friends to spread love and acceptance.” The new set goes on sale online on June 1.
4. How Lowe Can You Go? ‘Tiger King’ Associates in Trouble
It was the pandemic hit show, but a nightmare for some of its feline stars. Sixty-eight big cats from an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix series Tiger King have been rescued after complaints over their care. Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe, who ran the park, are accused of inhumane treatment of their tigers, lions and tiger-lion-hybrids. The two, who are charged with violating endangered species laws, featured in the hit show which revolved around another roadside zoo owner known as Joe Exotic. He is serving a 22-year prison sentence for a murder-for-hire scheme.
Think your swing is garbage and your handicap stinks? Golfer Sebastián Muñoz drove his ball straight into a trash can at the 2021 PGA Championship on Kiawah Island in South Carolina yesterday. “Do I have to get it?” the 28-year-old Colombian asked, before gamely fishing it out of the garbage and presenting it to a fan. Luckily, the rest of his game wasn’t rubbish, as Muñoz remained 1-over-par for his opening round after nine holes. The second round gets underway today, with Corey Conners in front at 5-under-par.
Today’s OZY Genius: Grace Fisher, University of Santa Barbara. Due to a virus, the young artist and musician became quadriplegic. Today, she’s launched a foundation to bring the arts to children with disabilities. Her journey has been captured in an award-winning film, Amazing Grace. If you wish to support her initiative, let us know HERE.
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