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A pro-Russia tank escorting buses of Ukrainian troops out of Mariupol.
A pro-Russia tank escorting buses of Ukrainian troops out of Mariupol.
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Ukraine ceded control of Mariupol to Russia. Ukrainian soldiers were ordered to abandon the steel plant that had served as the site of a months-long siege.

The China Eastern plane crash in March may have been intentional. Black box data suggests someone in the cockpit put the Boeing 737-800 into a nosedive.

Hezbollah’s coalition lost its majority in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections. While the militant group and its allies retained a large bloc, the tide may be turning against Lebanon’s ruling class.

The UK wants to change its Northern Ireland trade agreement. Britain could risk a trade war with the EU if it alters the post-Brexit rules unilaterally.

The euro zone posted better-than-expected economic growth. Its combined GDP rose 0.3% January-March from the previous quarter, despite fallout from the war in Ukraine.

Insurance company Allianz will pay $6 billion over a massive fraud scheme. Its investment subsidiary will also plead guilty to misrepresenting the risk posed by a group of its hedge funds.

The Cannes Film Festival kicked off with a remote address from Ukraine’s president. Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech centered on how cinema can spread democratic ideals.

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Customers queue outside the first McDonald's in Moscow in January 1990.
Customers queue outside the first McDonald’s in Moscow in January 1990.
Image: Reuters

McDonald’s expects its Russia shutdown will cost the business $50 million a month, but that’s just 3% of the fast-food chain’s operating income. The impact on Russia itself will be much bigger.

As companies flee the country, their employees will be set adrift in an economy where inflation is at a 20-year-high, and where diverse, flourishing jobs were hard to find even before the Ukraine war. The 62,000 people who could be let go from McDonald’s, whose history in the country is a handy lens for viewing Russia’s regression to the Soviet era, may add their numbers to a jobs crisis already in progress.

“This is probably the biggest, boldest corporate social responsibility” for the industry, restaurant consultant Aaron Allen told Quartz. “It’s a whole new scale of measurement because it’s not just swapping out non-dairy and alternative proteins.” In making this kind of bold move, McDonald’s pushes others in the restaurant industry to consider what they’ll do. Yum! Brands, another huge restaurant operator in Russia and owner of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, may be next to pull out.

Ryanair’s CEO has a lot to say about Boeing

Airline executives are bristling at Boeing’s uneven performance and late airline deliveries.

But no one’s putting it better than Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, who ranted that Boeing’s management is “running around like headless chickens” and needs “a reboot or a boot in the arse.”

Listen to O’Leary’s highly entertaining four-minute diatribe in full—though you may not want to do so with young, impressionable ears around.

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  1. IKEA
  2. Apple
  3. McDonald’s
  4. Boeing

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