World In Brief

War and Conflict
On April 18, Ukraine claimed that Russian forces had caused at least seven deaths and the flee of thousands of civilians in Lviv, according to “The New York Times.” Although Lviv was left relatively nonviolent for the past two months, within its 300-mile radius, the Russian force bombarded the country with one of the most intense missiles. Two months into the war, the level of conflict between Ukraine and Russia elevated drastically in the past week with a rising death toll as well.

Shanghai, China has entered its second month of lockdown due to surging Covid-19 cases. Those who test positive for Covid-19 will be relocated to medical centers while other residents of the same neighborhood undergo extended lockdown periods. Moreover, many reports indicate that parents who test positive for Covid-19 were separated from their children as a result of the relocation policy. Although the number of Covid-19 cases are relatively under control, according to “BBC News,” people from Shanghai have reported a lack of access to resources for patients with medical emergencies during the lockdown.

On April 18, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya won the 126th Boston Marathon, as she charged through Kenmore Square after going back and forth with Ababel Yeshanh of Ethiopia. Jepchirchir did not expect to win, as she explained in her interview afterward, but expressed gratitude for the proceeding women in the Boston Marathon. Jepchirchir is the 5th Olympic Gold Medalist to win Boston, marking an impressive record of 2 hours 21 minutes and 1 second, just four seconds ahead of Yeshanh. Additionally, Evans Chebet, also of Kenya, claimed victory for the men’s race in Boston with a time of 2 hours 6 minutes and 51 seconds, according to “The New York Times.”

The first vote for the French presidential election took place on April 17. The final candidates, far-left Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen will enter the second vote on April 24 since neither received more than the majority of the votes in the first vote. The first round results reveal the traditional political divide in France, similar to that of the polls in February and March, according to “CNN.” Macron and Le Pen will hold a debate on the evening of April 20, which will be aired on the French broadcast.

Earth Week began on April 18, encouraging lawmakers to establish climate-friendly policies and the public to review the past year in climate change as a collective effort. According to “The Hill,” any regions in the U.S.A. will soon commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2024, including Hannaford, N.Y. The Biden administration also highlighted their climate agenda in a pitch for the upcoming Earth Day on April 22.