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Good morning. It's Monday, April 25, and we're covering an election in France, a US visit to Ukraine, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Macron Wins Second Term

French President Emmanuel Macron is projected to have won reelection for a second term, according to tallies. Macron beat out challenger Marine Le Pen, a conservative populist challenger making her third run for president. 


As of this writing, Macron had a substantial lead, besting Le Pen by a margin near 57% to 43%. An estimated two-thirds of the country turned out for the vote, and close to a third of voters who cast ballots abstained from voting for president. 


The race garnered widespread attention after the preliminary results, in which the two candidates were separated by less than five points. The candidacy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who grabbed 22% in the first round of voting but was eliminated in the country's run-off voting structure, led to speculation Macron may lose. 


Macron held a formal victory party yesterday evening. 

US Officials Visit Kyiv

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Kyiv yesterday, marking the highest-level trip by US officials to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion two months ago. The pair reportedly met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss Western support as Russia pursues a focused offensive in the country's eastern Donbas region (see 101).


Despite Russia's focus on eastern Ukraine, its forces have continued to attack various parts of Ukraine with long-range munitions. At least eight people were killed, including an infant, after Russian missiles fell on the southern city of Odesa. 


Separately, Ukrainian officials over the weekend estimated the cost to rebuild the country—pending the war's outcome—at around $600B


The continued attacks came while much of the region celebrated Orthodox Easter. See photos here.

Digital Services Act Passed 

European Union officials passed sweeping new legislation over the weekend that would require the world's biggest tech companies to regulate their platforms or potentially risk facing billions in fines. 


Among other provisions, the Digital Services Act will require companies like Meta (Facebook), Twitter, Google, and others to more aggressively remove harmful content, increase transparency around their algorithms, and limit the spread of potential misinformation. The bill, which targets platforms with more than 45 million monthly active users, would also prevent companies from delivering targeted ads to users based on gender, race, and religion. 


The bill is separate from the Digital Markets Act, agreed upon in March, meant to increase competition among internet tech companies. 

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> Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens legend and Hockey Hall of Famer, dies at 70 (More) | Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera becomes seventh player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs (More)


> Production of "Being Mortal" suspended following complaints of on-set inappropriate behavior against film's star Bill Murray (More)


> Tyson Fury announces retirement from boxing after knocking out Dillian Whyte to retain WBC world heavyweight title (More) | Toronto Raptors' Scottie Barnes edges Cleveland Cavaliers' Evan Mobley for NBA Rookie of the Year (More)

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Science & Technology

> Hacker collective Lapsus$ reportedly breaches telecom giant T-Mobile, steals source code (More)


> Functioning mini-heart created by researchers; organoid will allow scientists to test experimental heart disease treatments without requiring a living organ (More)


> NASA records the two largest seismic events observed on Mars to date; quakes were equivalent to 4.1 and 4.2 on the earthquake Richter scale (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets fall Friday (S&P 500 -2.8%, Dow -2.8%, Nasdaq -2.6%); Dow posts largest daily drop since October 2020 (More)


> Roughly one-third of the S&P 500 and almost half of Dow companies report earnings this week (More)


> Shares of apparel giant Gap fall 18% after lowering revenue guidance and announcing the departure of CEO of Old Navy business unit (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> New US COVID-19 cases rise to near 50,000 per day; seven-day rolling average of reported deaths fall under 370 per day, the lowest since July (More) | Philadelphia reverses indoor mask mandate less than one week after its reinstatement (More)


> Former Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) dies at age 88; Utah's longest-serving senator, Hatch was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018 (More)


> Supreme Court to hear oral arguments today over the firing of a California high school coach for praying on the field after games; the case is expected to clarify the court's stance on religious expression (More)



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