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Al Jazeera Closure

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet yesterday voted unanimously to close local operations of Qatari-owned Al Jazeera, describing it as a mouthpiece for Hamas. The ban can be extended in 45-day increments and is expected to be challenged in Israeli courts. It marks the first time Israel has shuttered a foreign news outlet.

 

The government of Qatar established Al Jazeera in 1996 (see history). For years, Israeli officials have accused the network of bias and incitement, while Qatar—which hosts several Hamas leaders—remains one of Hamas' biggest financial supporters. Al Jazeera has meanwhile accused Israel of killing and targeting its journalists, including prominent Palestinian American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. Following yesterday's announcement, Israeli officers raided Al Jazeera offices in East Jerusalem while the outlet was taken off air.

 

Separately, Hamas' delegation left Egypt—where cease-fire talks appeared to stall— and claimed responsibility for a series of rockets targeting the Israel-Gaza crossing Kerem Shalom. See war updates here.

 

Starliner Set to Launch

Aerospace giant Boeing will attempt the first crewed test flight of its Starliner spacecraft tonight, a major milestone in the company’s effort to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. The reusable capsule will carry two astronauts to the station, where they'll spend a week before returning to Earth aboard the same vehicle. 

 

Boeing was one of two companies, the other being SpaceX, awarded multibillion-dollar contracts in 2014 to create private company options for astronaut transport to the ISS. While SpaceX demonstrated a successful crewed launch to the ISS in 2020 (and has since carried out seven more trips), Boeing's Starliner program has been beset by delays.

 

Among other issues, the onboard clock on a 2019 flight was off by 11 hours, while a 2023 launch was scrubbed due to inadequate parachute lines and flammable tape covering electrical wiring. An uncrewed capsule successfully docked and returned to Earth in 2022. 

 

Watch a livestream of the launch here (10:34 pm ET).

 

Met Gala Tonight

Tonight is the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's fabrics and textile wing, the Costume Institute, an event colloquially referred to as the Met Gala. Vogue's livestream of the red carpet will begin at 6 pm ET (watch here).

 

The Met Gala was first launched in the 1940s and has since become one of the biggest nights in fashion. Each year's theme is named after the Costume Institute's corresponding spring collection, in this case, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” The dress code for tonight's event—meant to inspire guests' attire—is "The Garden of Time," named after a 1962 short story by JG Ballard. The plot surrounds a wealthy count and countess who pluck magical time-slowing flowers to delay a working-class mob from storming their estate.

 

This year, Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour—who has organized the gala since the 1990s—is joined by four co-chairs: Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, and Zendaya. An estimated 400 or more of the most prominent people across pop culture and entertainment are expected to attend.

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Science & Technology

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> US Air Force announces plans for a fleet of 1,000 AI-controlled fighter jets, with the first reportedly scheduled to begin operating in 2028; follows a recent successful test flight of an AI-controlled F-16 with a human passenger (More)

> Study suggests beluga whales may communicate by changing the shape of the large fat deposit on their foreheads (More) | Researchers find bumblebees can collaborate to perform tasks, a trait usually observed in large-brained animals (More)

> Urinary tract infection vaccine shows success in preliminary trials; around half of women who took the oral treatment reported no infections during nine-year study (More)

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A New Way to Support Healthy Aging

You’ve heard the mitochondria are the "powerhouses of your cells." Did you know they also act as regulators of health as we age, helping to maintain muscle function and keep us energized? But over time, our mitochondria's efficiency wanes, contributing to aging and fatigue.

 

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets close higher Friday (S&P 500 +1.3%, Dow +1.2%, Nasdaq +2.0%) on the news of weaker-than-expected wage and job data in April, raising expectations for Federal Reserve rate cuts (More)

> Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, informally known as the "Woodstock of capitalism," held over the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska; Buffett reveals Berkshire has sold entire Paramount stake at a loss as well as 13% of its Apple stock as Berkshire's first-quarter profit plunged 64% from last year (More

> Tesla's decision to lay off at least 500 staff from its Supercharger business puts pressure on other electric vehicle companies to expand charger stations; Tesla operates almost two-thirds of the 42,000 fast-charging ports in the US (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Russia's interior ministry adds Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's name to its list of wanted criminals without specifying charges (More) | See updates on war (More)

> Flooding in Houston and East Texas leaves one child dead, while more than 400 people have been rescued from their homes, roads, and rooftops, after the region receives more than 20 inches of rain in less than a week (More

> Panama holds general election days after frontrunner was convicted of money laundering and disqualified from running for president; early results show former security minister Jose Raul Mulino on track to win presidency (More)

 

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