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Britain joins the US in offering arms to Ukraine while Russia increases its hold on Donbas.

A rescuer works at a site of a facility of the Darnytsia Car Repair Plant damaged by missile strikes, as Russia's attacks Ukraine in continues, in Kyiv.
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A rescuer works at a site of a facility of the Darnytsia Car Repair Plant damaged by missile strikes, as Russia’s attacks on Ukraine in continues, in Kyiv.
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The UK joined the US in offering long-range missiles to Ukraine. Russia is pressing on to seize all of Donbas.

The US and South Korea launched missiles into the sea. The tit-for-tat launches reportedly aimed to demonstrate the countries’ ability to respond swiftly to North Korean attacks. North Korea is reportedly building out its main nuclear site.

Muslim nations protested India over derogatory remarks to Islam. During Narendra Modi’s term, anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks have risen across India—Muslims make up 14% of the country’s population.

Didi jumped more than 50% in pre-market trade. Chinese regulators are lifting a ban that kept China’s ride-hailing giant from adding new users, and will reinstate the apps on domestic app stores.

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The US is hosting the ninth Summit of the Americas this week in Los Angeles, bringing together more than 30 leaders from across Latin and North America to discuss key issues including climate change, migration, and inflation.

Guest list politics threaten to overshadow policy discussion. The Biden administration excluded Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela over human rights and a lack of democratic freedoms. Mexico’s president is seen in the photo above, but won’t be seen in LA: Andrés Manuel López Obrador is boycotting the summit.

It remains to be seen if the US can regain its footing after what critics are calling a real misstep. Biden’s first formal talk with far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has taken center stage. The leaders are slated to discuss “food insecurity, climate change and pandemic recovery,” according to the White House, representing a thawing of relations with the Trump ally that has his own authoritarian record.


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💻💡  The M2 chip: The company’s newest semiconductor promises more processing power while using less energy than its predecessor, the M1.

💻✨  New MacBooks: The new Pro promises faster processing and better battery life while the new Air is 25% smaller than its predecessor.

💾 🎉  New software: iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple Watches will all get an update, which will allow users to edit their iMessages, use their watch to track their sleep, and collaborate on projects more easily using iPads.

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