Senegal hospital fire kills 11 newborn babies

Eleven newborn have died after a fire that broke out in the neonatal department at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane, said the country’s president Macky Sall on Thursday. “I just learned, with pain and conternation, the death of 11 newborn babies,” Sall said in a tweet. … Read more

It’s 2 pm in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

A Russian national flag above the headquarters of Bank Rossii, Russia’s central bank, in Moscow, Russia, on February 28. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Russia slashed interest rates on Thursday as a resurgent ruble — buoyed by robust oil and gas revenues — takes some of the heat out of inflation. The Russian Central Bank cut interest … Read more

Gun violence in America, told through seven charts

Residents say a prayer at the entrance of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., on May 25.IVAN PIERRE AGUIRRE/The New York Times News Service It is an all-too familiar litany: Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Parkland. And now Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., where on Tuesday yet another gunman struck, killing 19 children and … Read more

Why US gun reform keeps failing in the face of unspeakable tragedy

It’s breaking time for the United States Senate. A 10-day recess is scheduled for members who unironically refer to their workplace as the world’s greatest deliberative body. Barring a schedule change, they’ll be heading home for constituency meetings and Memorial Day barbecues and other activities that will not include passing a national gun law. Which … Read more

Zelensky condemns Kissinger ideas for negotiations with Russia as 1938-style appeasement

Storage silos and shipping cranes at the Port of Odesa in Ukraine, on January 22. (Christopher Occhicone/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Russia is trying to “blackmail” the international community with an offer to unblock Ukrainian sea ports if sanctions against it are lessened, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on … Read more

‘It’s pathetic’: NBA coach Steve Kerr rails against US senators for inaction on gun violence – National

Steve Kerr, the head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, made a passionate speech against gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Kerr was set to do a pregame press conference ahead of Game 4 in the … Read more

Southern Baptist church to release secret database of accused sexual abusers – National

The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret internal database that identifies hundreds of church officials who are known or accused sexualrs. The decision was reached during a virtual meeting that was called in response to an explosive investigative report … Read more