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US Dog, Tied to Fire Hydrant With Heartbreaking Note, Gets New Home
The Internet woke up to a heart-wrenching image of a pet dog tied to a fire hydrant earlier this month . The furball was tethered to a fire hydrant in Wisconsin along with a backpack full of its belongings and a note from its erstwhile owner. The image that began to do the rounds on social media was later shared on Facebook by the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) along with a note on May 5. In it, the shelter stated that the owner's note made it clear that they dearly loved their pet and had been struggling to care due to serious health issues, forcing them to abandon her. Well, the good news is that the dog, Baby Girl, has found a new family in less than a fortnight.

Sharing an update about the poodle on Instagram on Monday, a page named “We Rate Dogs”, said, “This is Baby Girl. She was left tied to a fire hydrant next to a backpack full of her favourite things. I understand if this photo makes you angry, but I strongly encourage you to read what the Wisconsin Humane Society wrote after they found her. Baby Girl's previous caretaker did the best they could under extremely difficult circumstances. We often feature dogs in need, and unless we're explicit about negligence, please assume everyone involved is doing their best.”

Breaking the good news, the post added, “We are thrilled to say that Baby Girl was adopted last Thursday. We join the wonderful people at Wisconsin Humane Society in wishing her the best, and her previous caretaker peace with this decision.”

According to People, Baby Girl was discovered by animal lovers at the corner of East Walnut Street and South Clay Street in Green Bay. Soon after the discovery, the adorable poodle was transported to WHS's Green Bay campus. Here she received proper veterinary care. Baby Girl was also made to go through the shelter's "mandatory stray hold" before getting ready for adoption.

Once the image of the dog went viral, WHS said in a  Facebook post, “As her story gains attention locally and beyond, we wanted to take a moment to address Baby Girl's previous owner directly:

First and foremost, we are so sorry you had to part with your best friend. It's evident just how much you loved her and we can see you did your best while struggling with your own medical complications and challenges of life. We see your love in the bag you carefully packed with all of her favourite things.”

The shelter had concluded the statement by saying, “We wish you all the best and hope that if you see this, you can rest a little easier knowing your Baby Girl has a bright future ahead.”

After finding Baby Girl a new home, the shelter also contacted the dog's previous owner who, they said, "expressed her gratitude and happiness knowing Baby Girl would be finding her next loving home."
Sri Lanka Economy Will Collapse If No Government Within 2 Days: Central Bank
[Colombo] --- Sri Lanka's economy will "collapse beyond redemption" unless a new government is appointed within two days to restore political stability, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said Wednesday.

He said the latest wave of mob violence derailed the bank's recovery plans, and the resignation of the prime minister on Monday and the lack of a replacement were complicating matters.

He said political stability was vital to implementing economic reforms aimed at addressing the country's debt crisis and the acute shortage of foreign exchange to import essentials.

"If there is no government in the next two days, the economy will completely collapse and no one will be able to save it," he said.

"The country was fast going down a slope when I took over just over a month ago. I thought we were able to apply the brakes, but with events of Monday the brakes no longer work," he said.

The central bank chief added, "Within a week or two the economy will completely collapse. No one will be able to save Sri Lanka at that stage. My being here as governor will not help...I will resign if there is no immediate action to form a government."

Shortly after taking over last month as the bank's chief, Weerasinghe announced defaulting on Sri Lanka's $51 billion external debt saying the country had no money to pay its creditors.

He almost doubled interest rates and allowed the rupee to depreciate rapidly to ensure better foreign exchange liquidity in the commercial banks.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948 after it ran out of dollars to import even the most essentials.

There had been long queues for fuel and food causing severe hardships for the nation's 22 million people, prompting them to protest against the government.

"If we don't have political stability, very soon we will run out of what little petrol and diesel left. At that point people will get on the streets to protest peacefully or violently," Weerasinghe added.

This week, the crisis took an ugly turn with nine people killed in violence and more than 200 injured.
Angeline Jolie Runs For Cover In Ukraine's Lviv Amid Suprise Visit
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has paid a surprise visit to Ukraine amidst Russia's invasion of the country. Angelina Jolie, on Saturday, was spotted meeting displaced people and children in a cafe in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine. While in Lviv, she was also caught running for cover from a missile attack threat, along with a bunch of team members and locals present in the area.

A video of the incident shared online shows the actress evacuating the area swiftly with others around her as warning sirens continue to blare in the background.

During the episode, Angelina Jolie even politely waved at a person recording her. When asked by a man, “Are you afraid?” she said, “No, no, I am okay.”

Angelina Jolie has received praise for visiting Ukraine and extending her support to displaced people.

According to a report by AFP, Lviv regional governor Maxim Kozytski was also unaware of any such visit until Angelina Jolie arrived in the city. "For all of us, this visit has been a surprise," said Mr Kozytski said. The governor also shared photos and videos of the actress playing with children and posing with voluntary workers, the report added.  In addition to this, Angelina Jolie is also said to have spoken to volunteers involved in getting psychological help to several people who had been displaced or fled.

Angelina Jolie also visited a hospital to meet the children injured in the bombardment of the Kramatorsk station. The attack has been attributed to a Russian missile, which the governor said killed over 50 civilians, who were trying to escape.
Moderna Seeks US Approval For Covid Vaccine For Children Under 6
US biotech firm Moderna said Thursday it had submitted a request for an emergency use authorization in the United States for its Covid vaccine for children aged six months to under six years.

Children under six are the only age group that has yet to gain access to a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and in most countries.

"We believe (this vaccine) will be able to safely protect these children against SARS-CoV-2, which is so important in our continued fight against Covid-19 and will be especially welcomed by parents and caregivers," the company's CEO Stephane Bancel said in a statement.

In March, the company announced results from a trial that showed the two-shot regimen was found to be safe and produced a strong immune response.

Specifically, two doses of 25 micrograms given to babies, toddlers and preschoolers generated similar levels of antibodies as two doses of 100 micrograms given to young people aged 18-25, indicating there would be similar levels of protection against serious cases of the virus.

The trial included 4,200 children aged two to six years and 2,500 babies aged six months to two years.
Shanghai Erects Mesh Barriers Outside Covid-Hit Buildings
Shanghai authorities battling an outbreak of COVID-19 have erected mesh barriers outside some residential buildings, sparking fresh public outcry over a lockdown that has forced much of the city's 25 million people to stay home.

A courier in a protective suit makes deliveries to a residential compound amid Covid outbreak in Shanghai

Images of white hazmat suit-clad workers sealing entrances of housing blocks and even closing off entire streets with roughly two metre-tall green fencing went viral on social media on Saturday, prompting questions and complaints from residents.
Elon Musk Says He Doesn't Own A Home, Sleeps In Friends' Spare Bedrooms
Billionaire Elon Musk - the richest person in the world - has said that he doesn't own a house right now and sleeps in friends' spare bedrooms. The revelation was made by Musk in a recent interview with TED's Chris Anderson.

Elon Musk made the revelation in an interview with TED.

“I don't even own a place right now. I'm literally staying at friends' places,” he was quoted as saying by the New York Post.

“If I travel to the Bay Area, which is where most of Tesla's engineering is, I basically rotate through friends' spare bedrooms,” the Tesla CEO added.

“I don't have a yacht, I don't take vacations,” he added. Musk was responding to a question about wealth disparity across the world and the amount of money spent by billionaires.

“I think there's axiomatic flaws that are leading to that conclusion. It would be very problematic if I would be consuming billions of dollars a year in personal consumption, but that is not the case,” said Musk.

"It's not as though my personal consumption is high, with the one exception being the plane. If I don't use the plane then I have less hours to work," he added.

Last year, the billionaire had tweeted that his primary residence is a rental from SpaceX, worth $50,000. In the same tweet, he also admitted to owning an "events house" in the Bay Area.

Musk has a net worth of $269.5 billion, according to Forbes. He is currently in news for his offer to buy micro-blogging website Twitter.

Musk currently has 9.1 per cent stake in Twitter and is the social media company's second-biggest shareholder. Earlier this week, the Tesla chief executive had offered to buy out the company for $43 billion.
Russian Rocket Blasts Hole In Government Building In Ukraine, 7 Dead
[Mykolaiv] --- A Russian rocket hit the regional administration building in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, local authorities said.

An image showed a large hole in the side of the building

Eighteen of the wounded were pulled from the rubble by rescue workers, who continue to work at the scene, the emergencies service said in an online post

An image shared by regional governor Vitaliy Kim showed a large hole in the side of the building. On Tuesday, Reuters witnesses saw the destruction from a distance and ambulances and fire engines heading to the scene. The area was cordoned off.

"They destroyed half of the building, got into my office," Kim said.
UK weather - Brits hit the beach for 20C scorcher today before -3C cold snap with SNOW next week
Brits have hit the beaches to enjoy the glorious weather as the mercury is due to hit 20C – but things are due to take a dramatic turn for the worst next week.

The beach at Lyme Regis was packed out

Brighton beach was also packed out as crowds flocked to the seaside

Sun lovers have flocked to Bournemouth beach

The sunny spell is predicted to last all weekend with “settled and dry” conditions across the country, according to the Met Office.
A Russian tank has been blown up by a Ukrainian BTR-4 armoured personnel carrier
Russia-Ukraine War: Firefighters extinguish a blaze in a residential tower block in Kyiv after it was struck by Russian missiles in the early hours, as Putin's men continue with indiscriminate strikes on cities

US journalist shot dead and colleague wounded while covering war in Ukraine
An American journalist has been killed by Russian troops while covering the war in Ukraine, according to police in Kyiv.

Reporter Brent Renaud - who previously contributed to the New York Times - was reportedly shot dead in Irpin, just outside the capital.
Russia-Ukraine War: Mass graves for the dead in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol
Russia-Ukraine War: In Irpin near Kyiv, a mother and her two young children were killed by merciless troops as they tried to escape
Russia-Ukraine War: Sergyi Badylevych, 41, hugs his wife Natalia and their baby in an underground metro station used as a bomb shelter in Kyiv
Russia-Ukraine War: Marina Yatsko and her partner Fedor rushed their 18-month-old son to hospital in Mariupol. The little one didn't survive his injuries
Russia-Ukraine War: Irpin residents hid under a destroyed bridge to avoid Russian airstrikes
Taliban's Secretive Haqqani Network Leader Finally Shows His Face
[Kabul] --- One of the Taliban's most secretive leaders, whose only picture on US "most wanted" lists is a grainy semi-covered profile, was photographed openly for the first time Saturday at a passing-out parade for new Afghan police recruits.

Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, who also heads the feared Haqqani Network, has previously only been photographed clearly from behind -- even since the hardline Islamists seized power last August.

"For your satisfaction and for building your trust... I am appearing in the media in a public meeting with you," he said in a speech at the parade.

Before the Taliban's return, Haqqani was the most senior of three deputies to leader Hibatullah Akhundzada.

Akhundzada himself hasn't been seen in public for years, and many Afghan analysts believe he may not even be alive.
Russia-Ukraine War: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen applauds after an address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Russia-Ukraine War: Footage showed the strikes sweeping across Kharkiv
Russia-Ukraine War: A huge column of tanks and artillery heading to Kyiv are pcitured
Putin Behaving Like 'Nazis' In Ukraine: European Union
[Brussels] --- The European Union on Friday said Russian President Vladimir Putin was looking to destroy Ukraine and that his actions were comparable to those of the Nazis in World War II.

"He is talking about de-Nazifying Ukraine, but he behaves like Nazis. So this is all in his head," EU spokesman Peter Stano told reporters in Brussels.
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Russia-Ukraine War: "We need to be prepared for the long term...There is absolutely the possibility that this war will drag on and last for months and years," the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
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