5 things to know for May 13: Ukraine, infant formula, Roe v. Wade, Covid, Capitol Riot

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Millions of people around the world will die” if Ukraine’s Black Sea ports are not reopened, UN World Food Program chief David Beasley said. The official is pleading with Russian President Vladimir Putin to reopen the channels, and the EU is proposing ways to ease the blockade on exports of goods like corn, wheat and barley out of Ukraine.The EU’s top diplomat announced today that the bloc would provide $521 million in military support to Ukraine Meanwhile, a sustained Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region has been hampered after at least two bridges vital to the continued Ukrainian advance were blown up.

2. Baby formula

Parents are looking for answers and alternatives as the shortage of infant formula continues to worsen in the United States. A recall and plant closure by Abbott Nutrition in February led to larger supply chain issues, resulting in extremely high stock-out rates for infant formula – 43% for the week ending 8 may. Manufacturers say they are producing at full capacity, and Abbott says its factory could be open within weeks, but that’s not enough to meet demand. The U.S. infant formula market is relatively isolated from other countries due to regulatory constraints and recent trade deals, which contributes to product shortages.

3. Roe vs. Wade

Republican lawmakers are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a 1950 federal law that makes it illegal to hold protests outside judges’ homes. Demonstrators staged peaceful protests outside the homes of several conservative Supreme Court justices after the release of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, leading anti-abortion groups are urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would criminalize women for having abortions. Their appeal is prompted by fears that women who have abortions could face criminal charges if Roe is invalidated.

4.Coronavirus

North Korea has announced its first deaths from Covid-19, the result of an “explosive” outbreak which state media has sickened more than 350,000 people in the country. North Korea has never reported a Covid death before, although few believe the nation of 25 million, isolated as it is, has managed to avoid the effects of a deadly global virus. A large outbreak in the country could prove disastrous, as its reclusive policies and poor healthcare infrastructure leave it ill-prepared for a large onslaught of patients. North Korea is also not believed to have received any Covid vaccines. China has already offered help, and South Korea and the United States have said they are open to dialogue.

5. Capitol Riot

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has subpoenaed five Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy and the others rejected the panel’s requests to voluntarily cooperate, and McCarthy made it known that he believed the panel to be illegitimate. New audio has revealed that in the days following the insurgency, the minority leader considered asking former President Donald Trump to step down. The panel wants to understand how McCarthy’s initial criticism of Trump turned into support, and whether Trump pressured him to change his tone when the couple met in late January 2021. The other Republican congressmen included in this round of assignments are Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

IT’S JUST IN

Elon Musk has said he is suspending his bid to acquire Twitter, weeks after agreeing to take the company private in a $44 billion deal. His announcement came in a Friday morning tweet.

BROWSE

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t run in the Preakness, but the Belmont could still be in the cards

A shocking victory against all odds is enough.

Some Mega Millions players claim prizes after host calls wrong number

The poor host definitely wins the “Most Inconvenient Day at Work” award.

Here’s who will take part in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest

It’s Eurovision, so really anything can happen.

For half a decade, ‘Friday the 13th’ has been stuck in a copyright dispute over who owned the original screenplay

Appropriate reading for today (stay lucky, everyone!)

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ mixes nostalgia with full-throttle actionnot

Ride in the SUITE ZONE!

QUIZ TIME

Which famous piece of art was purchased for a record $195 million this week?

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” by A. Andy Warhol

B. “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci

“The Starry Night” by C. Vincent van Gogh

“Guernica” by D.Pablo Picasso

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see if you’re right!

NUMBER OF THE DAY

7 trillion dollars

That’s roughly how much has been wiped out of the stock market this year. The S&P 500 is now barely above bear market levels (meaning a 20% drop from a recent closing high) and analysts are reporting the Nasdaq 100 is off to the worst start of the entire year .

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The barrier between the esteem they held her in couldn’t penetrate her heart, and the lie the disease told her was so convincing.”

-Ashley Judd, which revealed that his mother Naomi Judd committed suicide. The country music icon took his own life the day before he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with his daughter Wynonna, who formed the duo The Judds.
Need help or know someone who does? In the United States, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Friends all over the world also provide contact details for crisis centers around the world.

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AND FINALLY

The beautiful Chinese art of glass painting

What does it take to make a one-of-a-kind painted glass bottle? A curved brush, a steady hand and a ton of patience. (Click here to see)