NewsGlobal roundup: Arsons, arrests, and allies – Key events while America slept

Global roundup: Arsons, arrests, and allies – Key events while America slept

Among other things, an elementary school building was set on fire. Two 15-year-olds have been detained in the case.
Among other things, an elementary school building was set on fire. Two 15-year-olds have been detained in the case.
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7:34 AM EDT, May 14, 2024

While you were sleeping, significant events unfolded around the globe from Monday to Tuesday, as reported by various news agencies. Here's a summary of the main events:

In Espoo, Finland, a worrying arson trend has emerged, as reported by PAP. Over the past few days, about a dozen abandoned structures have been set ablaze. Police believe this may be the work of several groups engaging in a dangerous "competition" instigated on social media platforms. Among the targeted buildings was an elementary school. Two 15 teenagers have been taken into custody related to these incidents. Having confessed to their crimes during Monday's questioning, they are now part of an ongoing investigation that encompasses multiple fires, some of which are suspected to be acts of arson or vandalism, with school-aged suspects involved. Commissioner Klaus Geiger expressed concern over the trend, highlighting the severity of treating such criminal activities as social media challenges.

Reuters, citing TASS, reported the arrest of Russian General Yuri Kuznetsov, a key figure responsible for personnel matters, on allegations of criminal activities. According to a source within the security services, the arrest is part of an investigation led by the Russian Investigative Committee's main military body. Efforts are underway to secure a pre-trial detention order for General Kuznetsov, whose absence from work sparked speculation among pro-government military bloggers.

A catastrophe struck Mumbai, India, when a billboard fell onto several homes and a gas station amidst a storm, killing at least 14 people, per a Reuters report. The incident led to dozens being trapped under debris, prompting a rescue operation that extended into Tuesday morning. Local authorities confirmed that at least 74 individuals were hospitalized with injuries, with 31 already released. The storm, marked by lightning, caused significant disruptions, including halted traffic and affected airport operations.

As reported by Reuters, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, in a demonstration of solidarity. This visit follows the recent approval by the U.S. Congress of a substantial military aid package totaling $61 billion aimed at supporting Ukraine amid ongoing Russian aggression. Arriving by train early Tuesday, Blinken's visit intends to reassure and support Ukraine during these tumultuous times, as an anonymous U.S. official articulated.

The latest U.S. poll results highlight Donald Trump's significant lead over Joe Biden, especially in key states crucial to Biden's 2020 victory, according to a survey by Siena College and The New York Times. The poll indicates shifts in voter support, with Trump holding substantial leads in states like Nevada and Georgia and maintaining advantages in Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Biden retains a slight edge only in Wisconsin, underscoring changing dynamics among pivotal voter demographics.

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