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A longtime Russian diplomat resigned his post over the invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden sent a more reassuring message about monkeypox: We've got vaccines. And a gigantic asteroid will whizz by Earth this week.

👋 It's Laura Davis! Here's Monday's news, comin' atcha faster than the 1989 JA asteroid.

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Russian diplomat resigns over invasion of Ukraine

A veteran Russian diplomat to the United Nations Office at Geneva resigned Monday, saying he is "ashamed" of his country's invasion of Ukraine. In a resignation letter delivered Monday at the Russian diplomatic mission, Boris Bondarev, 41, blasted the “aggressive war unleashed” by President Vladimir Putin. Bondarev, who worked on Russia’s role in the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said he is concerned about Moscow's response to his letter, and he has no plans to leave Switzerland. His letter and statement aim at Russian oligarchs who have grown rich under the Putin regime.

👉 More news: Russian POW sentenced to life in prison for killing Ukrainian civilian; Ukrainian president says war will decide "if brute force will rule the world." Monday's updates.

Residents remove their belongings May 21 after their house was ruined by Russian shelling in Irpin, close to Kyiv, Ukraine.
Residents remove their belongings May 21 after their house was ruined by Russian shelling in Irpin, close to Kyiv, Ukraine.

Monkeypox? We have the vaccines

A day after saying “everybody should be concerned” about an outbreak of the rare disease, President Joe Biden sent a more reassuring message Monday. The smallpox vaccine is effective on monkeypox, and the United States has enough "to deal with the likelihood of a problem," the president said. “I just don't think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19," Biden said during a news conference in Tokyo. Nearly a dozen countries are investigating "atypical" outbreaks of monkeypox, a disease that comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox and is typically found in central and west Africa. The United States has recorded two cases – in Massachusetts and New York City. The World Health Organization said Friday it was stepping up efforts to understand and combat the virus.

A monkeypox virion was obtained from a sample associated with a  prairie dog outbreak in 2003. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities.
A monkeypox virion was obtained from a sample associated with a prairie dog outbreak in 2003. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities.

What everyone's talking about

Biden rolls out alternative to traditional trade pact in Indo-Pacific

Unwilling to pursue trade agreements that are unpopular in the USA, President Joe Biden rolled out a different type of economic agreement among Indo-Pacific countries. Biden announced Monday in Tokyo the dozen founding partners for his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, an effort to deepen cooperation and U.S. economic engagement in the region, partly to help counter China's growing economic and military influence. The participating countries must negotiate the details – including supply chains, digital trade, clean energy and anti-corruption protections – before signing any agreements.

President Joe Biden reviews an honor guard May 23 during a welcome ceremony at the Akasaka Palace state guesthouse in Tokyo.
President Joe Biden reviews an honor guard May 23 during a welcome ceremony at the Akasaka Palace state guesthouse in Tokyo.

Fed up with thieves, store workers fight back

Thieves have become more brazen. Against the advice of experts, some store employees are fighting back. It has happened twice in the past week at jewelry stores in Southern California. Police said employees at a store in a Huntington Beach mall battled smash-and-grab bandits. Five days earlier, employees confronted three masked assailants at David's Jewelers in a suburb of Los Angeles. Such incidents alarm retail security experts, who fear employees, criminals or bystanders could be seriously injured or killed. "You want to train your people: Don't put yourself into harm's way," said John Hassard, security expert for Robson Forensic. Frustration among merchants has been building in tandem with the growing level of violence. Some aren't surprised that the result would swell into conflict even as they condemn it. Read more here.

Thieves drive a Range Rover into a jewelry store for a smash and grab robbery
Thieves drive a Range Rover into a jewelry store for a smash and grab robbery

Real quick

Huge asteroid to zoom by Earth this week

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid measuring more than a mile long will zoom past Earth this week, the largest asteroid expected to get relatively close to our planet in 2022. NASA estimates 1989 JA is 1.1 miles long, or 5,905 feet. For reference, the asteroid is twice the size of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, big enough to cause massive catastrophe on Earth. But there is no need to worry about it hitting the planet. The closest 1989 JA will approach to Earth on Friday will be 2.5 million miles away, which is about 10 lunar distances and the closest it has ever been to Earth. Franck Marchis, senior planetary astronomer at the SETI Institute, said the asteroid is traveling at roughly 30,000 mph – 17 times the speed of a bullet.

The Virtual Telescope Project photographed  asteroid 1998 JA on May 18.
The Virtual Telescope Project photographed asteroid 1998 JA on May 18.

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