Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government by a midnight deadline yesterday, lurching the country toward a possible fifth election in less than two-and-a-half years. Netanyahu, the country's longest-serving prime minister and leader of the center-right Likud Party, blamed rival Naftali Bennett for refusing to agree to a power-sharing agreement or to partner with a small Islamist party.
Israel has been gripped by political paralysis for about two years, with Netanyahu's Likud Party the largest in the country but unable to achieve a 61-seat majority in Israel's Knesset (the legislative body).President Reuven Rivlin gave Netanyahu a chance to strike a deal following a March election—the fourth since 2019.
Rivlin appears likely to give Yair Lapid, leader of a center-left bloc of opposition parties, a chance to form a majority. Rumors suggest Lapid may seek a deal with Bennett's right-wing coalition, along with a number of other smaller parties. If no deal can be reached, a fifth national election will be held sometime this summer.
Death Toll Rises in Mexico
At least 23 people are dead, and 79 others injured, after a subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed overnight Monday, plunging a train full of riders onto a busy road below. It was the deadliest incident involving the metro system since a multi-train crash in 1975 that killed three dozen people.
The city's metro system is the second largest in North America behind New York City, carrying an estimated 4 million passengers per day. It has
also been plagued by a number of high-profile issues in recent years, including separate train crashes in 2015 and 2020. The area of tracks where the collapse occurred has been the target of concerns since its opening in 2012, with reports of structural cracks appearing after a 2017 earthquake.
Belgium was hit with a sweeping cyberattack yesterday, leaving its parliament, government agencies, universities, and other organizations without internet service for hours. The effort knocked out both websites and internal systems, including the country's coronavirus vaccine registration portal.
Hackers targeted the government's service provider with a distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attack—a strategy that overwhelms networks with massive amounts of artificial internet
traffic (see overview). Experts say such attacks are often meant to knock systems offline rather than steal information. It was unclear who was behind the attack.
The incident highlights the growing ability of cybercriminals, either independent or state-affiliated, to strike unprepared governments and companies—some estimate cyberattacks will cost the global economy $6T in losses in 2021. See the long list of significant
incidents in recent years here.
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Historybook: Napoleon Bonaparte dies while in exile (1821); Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla (1862); Alan Shepard becomes first American in outer space (1961); HBD singer-songwriter Adele (1988).
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- Alan Shepard
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