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Ukrainians gather for Easter in the shadow of war

Start your week smart: Ukraine, French elections, Tyson Fury, Covid-19, Orrin Hatch

Do you ever get a “case of the Mondays” – that feeling of dread brought on by the thought of having to go to work after a carefree weekend? Take a little advice on career happiness from Walter Orthmann, a 100-year-old man who’s worked at the same company for 84 years.

Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

The weekend that was

• Ten people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, yesterday by a suspect in tactical gear who was livestreaming the attack, law enforcement officials said during a news conference.

• Finland’s government announced earlier today it will apply to join NATO, ditching decades of wartime neutrality and ignoring Russian threats of possible retaliation as the Nordic country attempts to strengthen its security following the onset of the war in Ukraine.

• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with a congressional delegation led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kyiv yesterday and called for Russia to officially be recognized as a “terrorist state.” 

• Ukraine’s folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, surfing a wave of goodwill from European nations to clinch the country’s third win at the glitzy event.

• North Korea appears to have resumed construction at a long-dormant nuclear reactor in recent weeks that, if completed, would dramatically increase its capacity to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, according to new satellite images obtained by CNN and a source familiar with recent US intelligence reporting on the matter.

The week ahead



Voters will head to the polls for primary elections in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania in what will be another test of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement power. Ahead of the midterm elections in the fall, Trump has so far backed winners in the Ohio Senate race and in a House primary in West Virginia, even while his candidate fell short in the Nebraska gubernatorial primary. Much of the focus will be on Pennsylvania, where GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette has emerged as a major threat to Trump-backed Mehmet Oz – the celebrity heart surgeon and former television personality. 


It’s World Bee Day! In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 20 as a day to remind people of the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators.


May 21 is Armed Forces Day, a holiday observed in some areas of the US to honor all branches of the armed forces. 

May 1 marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It’s also May Day.

Want more 5 Things?

This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we hear from a small-business owner having to adjust to high levels of inflation. Then, CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans tells us how we should interpret the (chaotic) state of the US economy. Listen here

Photos of the week

Check out more moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s happening in entertainment

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Country music fans worldwide will make their way to Indio, California, on Friday for Stagecoach 2022. Stagecoach is a huge festival that boasts some of the biggest and brightest names in country music. This year’s headliners include Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs. Beyond the music, Stagecoach is also a country culture experience with Southern food, gift shops, an amusement park – and of course, plenty of cowboy boots!

What’s happening in sports

NBA playoffs

The NBA Playoffs continue this weekend with the Golden State Warriors looking to close out the Denver Nuggets and advance to the next round with a win later today.

NFL Draft

The 2022 NFL draft is back! The 32 teams in the NFL will select new players this week in a total of seven rounds that will run from Thursday to Saturday. This year, the event is in Las Vegas. The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, followed by the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 73% of fellow quiz fans have gotten an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

Play me off


A great song is one that can connect with you regardless of the decade you were born in. This is one of those songs! Enjoy this 1970s hit by the Native American pop rock band Redbone – which had a resurgence in popularity in 2014 after it was featured in the Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Click here to view)