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Kerch Bridge Explosion

A key bridge connecting the Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia was significantly damaged after a Saturday explosion caused a partial collapse of two segments of the structure. Three people were reportedly killed in the blast, which analysts say was likely carried out by the Ukrainian intelligence service.


The 12-mile-long bridge, spanning the Kerch Strait (see map), is the longest in Europe and the largest ever built by Russia. Opened in 2018, the structure symbolized Russia's occupation of Crimea—annexed from Ukraine four years earlier while serving as a key supply route to the region. Reports suggest the bridge remains partially operational but creates challenges for Russian logistics amid a swift Ukrainian counteroffensive in the country's south and east.


Russia responded with a strike on the city of Zaporizhzhia that killed at least 12 people. See updates on the war here and watch video footage of the bridge explosion here.

Flight 447 Trial Begins

A long-awaited trial involving Air France and aerospace giant Airbus begins today, with prosecutors arguing the companies are liable for their role in the fatal crash of Flight 447 in 2009. Both firms face charges of manslaughter and negligence over the incident that killed 228 passengers and crew.


The plane went down after taking off from Rio de Janeiro en route to Paris, making a fatal dive into the Atlantic Ocean a few hours after takeoff. The black boxes from the crash were recovered in 2011 from the ocean floor following an unprecedented search and recovery effort. Analysis subsequently found the crash arose from a cascade of technical problems combined with human error, beginning with storm conditions that interfered with external sensors and forced the autopilot system to disconnect.


No individuals are liable under the charges—the maximum penalty would be a fine of around $220K for each firm. See a recreation of the flight's path here.

'Women, Life, Freedom'

Iran's state-run television channel was interrupted Saturday during a news segment after activists hacked into the network, airing a message of support for ongoing demonstrations across the country. The clip (watch here) included the message "Women, Life, Freedom," along with an image of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei overlayed with crosshairs and flames. 


The interruption came as protests across the country, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while being detained for violating hijab requirements, entered their fourth week. Iranian officials claimed Friday Amini died from a longstanding illness; authorities initially claimed she suffered a heart attack and suffered a blow while falling to the floor (see previous write-up). 


Reports suggest at least 185 people have been killed and more than 1,500 arrested in protests largely led by women and younger Iranians. Demonstrations are most intense in the country's northwest, a region that is ethnically Kurdish and includes Amini's hometown of Saqqez.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> San Diego Padres, Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies advance in MLB's first-ever Wild Card series (More) | See playoff bracket and schedule (More)


> Nikki Finke, journalist and founder of "Deadline," dies at 68 (More) | Instagram restricts Kanye West's account over alleged antisemitic post (More)


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Science & Technology

> Nobel Prize in economic sciences to be announced this morning at 5:45 am ET; see announcement here (More)


> Studies find trace amounts of fungi present in a number of different types of cancerous tumors; discovery raises questions about their interaction with tumor growth or suppression (More)


> New research reveals Type 2 diabetes affects the body's metabolism to a greater extent than previously believed, with cellular energy conversion processes impacted in multiple organs (More) | How does diabetes work? (Watch)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close lower Friday (S&P 500 -2.8%, Dow -2.1%, Nasdaq -3.8%); indices ended the week up despite Friday’s losses (More)


> Electric vehicle maker Rivian to recall nearly all vehicles due to loose fastener; shares fall 8% Friday (More)


> Insurance firm estimates Hurricane Ian caused up to $74B in insured damages (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles in response to joint US-Korea drills, the seventh launch in recent days; may have come from ballistic missile-capable submarines, which would mark a technological advance for the country (More)


> Hurricane Julia makes landfall in Central America, weakens to a tropical depression; system expected to move up the western coast of El Salvador and Guatemala today (More)


> Las Vegas stabbing suspect charged with two counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder, after Thursday stabbing rampage; authorities say the suspect targeted victims at random (More)



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