Welcome to Monday, where Kyiv is targeted for the first time in more than a month, Boris Johnson faces a no-confidence vote in his ruling Conservative party and Spain celebrates Rafael Nadal’s 14th triumph in Paris. We also publish an article from the Undark digital magazine, reporting from an Indian reservation in Montana about how the opioid crisis has hit native peoples particularly hard.
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• Zelensky travels close to frontline, Russian missiles on Kyiv: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky met troops on the front lines in Donbas even as the capital was struck with the first Russian missile attack in more than a month. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces say they have regained control of about half of Severodonetsk, a strategically important city in the eastern Donbas region.
• Boris Johnson to face vote of no-confidence: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to face a vote of no-confidence Monday evening after a growing number of Conservatives members of Parliament questioned the leader’s authority over the “partygate” scandal.
• U.S. & South Korea’s missile response to North Korea: South Korean and the U.S. fired eight ballistic missiles in a show of force, one day after North Korea launched eight short-range ballistic missiles, which experts said was the largest single test ever by the nuclear-armed country.
• Dozens killed in Nigeria church attack: Gunmen with explosives stormed a Catholic church during the Sunday morning service and opened fire, killing dozens, in southwestern Nigeria. State police could not confirm the total number of casualties and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
• Shootings leave nine dead across U.S.: A string of shootings in Philadelphia, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Saginaw, Michigan over the weekend killed nine people in total and wounded two dozen more — the latest outbreak of gun violence as the U.S. is still reeling from last month’s mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
• India tries to quell Prophet Muhammad controversy: India’s government is seeking to calm anger at home and from other countries in Islamic world after two senior officials of the country’s ruling party made controversial comments about the Prophet Muhammad. Nations including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran are demanding an apology from the government while a protest is set to take place later in Mumbai.
• Bon Jovi mourns founding member Alec John Such: Former bassist and founding member of American rock Bon Jovi Alec John Such has died at the age of 70.
Spanish daily ABC celebrates the record-extending 14th title of tennis player Rafael Nadal at the French Open, after he defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud in three sets. At 36 years old, the “King of Clay” became the oldest men's singles champion at Roland Garros. The women’s singles title was won by Poland’s Iga Swiatek, who claimed a 35th successive victory, equalling Venus Williams' record for the longest winning run by a woman in the 21st century.
German carmaker Mercedes-Benz will be recalling nearly 1 million vehicles sold across the world after identifying a potential problem with the braking system. The cars were built between 2004 and 2015 and were from its ML and GL series of SUVs and R-Class luxury minivans. They could be affected by "advanced corrosion” which, in very rare cases, could make it impossible to decelerate the vehicle using the service brake.
On a Montana Indian Reservation, the opioid crisis has hit harder
The overdose death rate among Indigenous people was the highest of all racial groups in the first year of the pandemic, reports Aaron Bolton for independent digital magazine Undark.
💊 Fentanyl has taken root in Montana and in communities across the Mountain West during the pandemic, after formerly being prevalent mostly east of the Mississippi River, said Keith Humphreys of the Stanford-Lancet Commission on the North American Opioid Crisis. Montana law enforcement officials have intercepted record numbers of pale-blue pills made to look like prescription opioids such as OxyContin. In the first three months of 2022, the Montana Highway Patrol seized over 12,000 fentanyl pills, more than three times the number from all of 2021.
🚑🚫 In Montana, the opioid overdose death rate for Indigenous people was twice that of White people from 2019 to 2021, according to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. The reason, in part, is that Native Americans have relatively less access to health care resources, researcher Joe Friedman said. “With the drug supply becoming so dangerous and so toxic, it requires resources and knowledge and skills and funds to stay safe,” he said. “It requires access to harm reduction. It requires access to health care, access to medications.”
💸 The Indian Health Service, which is responsible for providing health care to many Indigenous people, has been chronically underfunded. According to a 2018 report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, IHS per patient expenditures are significantly less than those of other federal health programs. “I think what we’re seeing now is deep-seated disparities and social determinants of health are kind of bearing out,” Friedman said, referring to the disproportionate overdose deaths among Native Americans.
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Calls to avoid humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France. Because it is Russia that humiliates itself. We all better focus on how to put Russia in its place. This will bring peace and save lives.
— Ukraine's foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba reacted via Twitter to a comment from Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that Russia should not be “humiliated” over its invasion of Ukraine in order to keep diplomacy strong once the war is over.
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