News at a Glance
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-Emmanuel Macron is projected to win the French Presidential Election.
-The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, celebrates her 70th year on the throne.
-Twitter bans ads that contradict science regarding climate change.
-The Kentucky government has begun to rebuild months after a devastating tornado ravaged rural communities.
- Zelenskyy meets with the US Secretaries of State and Defense.
Emmanuel Macron is projected to win his second term as French President, pushing a platform of containing Russian military expansion without provoking threats of a nuclear exchange. “We have a lot to do and the war in Ukraine reminds us that we are going through tragic times where France must make its voice heard,” Macron said. His opponent Marine Le Pen lost many votes due to her far-right, anti-European Union and anti-NATO stances. In a time when France is so divided, she was unable to cater to the issue every citizen was focused on: Ukraine. Macron won with 58.5% of the vote to Le Pen’s 41.5% and plans to strengthen ties with the EU, news which many European leaders are very pleased and relieved to hear.
News from the United Nations
UN Secretary-General to meet separately with Putin and Zelenskyy on Tuesday, April 26th. He will be traveling to both Moscow and Ukraine to meet with the leaders about what can be done to quickly resolve the conflict. He hopes to increase UN Humanitarian support to the war-torn nation, as well as taking a measured response to mend ties with Russia.
Questions still abound as to whether the UN actually can stop the violence in Ukraine, but here are a few things that can and have been done:
1) Sanction the aggressor nation
2) Refer the dispute to the World Court
3) Deploy a Peacekeeping operation to provide international humanitarian aid
UN Secretary-General: António Guterres
The State of Florida recently passed a piece of legislation called the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which officially prohibits schools from enacting policies that prevent the disclosure to parents of “critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being.” In short, this prevents schools from providing education on topics such as sexual orientation. In response to this, Disney reinforced its support for its LGBTQ+ employees and fans, taking a directly opposing stance to the Don't Say Gay bill. Governor DeSantis now has promoted and passed another piece of legislation dissolving Disney World's special administrative zone: The Reedy Creek Improvement District.
The district gave Disney the power to levy taxes, create its own infrastructure (including power plants and highways), as well as directing housing for those living in the Orlando area. Moving forward, the company will now have to approve its actions with Orange County and the Orlando city government.
“If Disney wants to pick a fight, they chose the wrong guy,” DeSantis wrote in a campaign fundraising email Wednesday. “As governor, I was elected to put the people of Florida first, and I will not allow a woke corporation based in California to run our state.”