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Ukrainians gather for Easter in the shadow of war
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Start your week smart: Ukraine, French elections, Tyson Fury, Covid-19, Orrin Hatch

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Ukrainians gather for Easter in the shadow of war
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The demand for Covid-19 tests is so high and supplies are so low that some desperate people are going online to buy them. This Covid test “black market” could hurt buyers who may be preyed upon in their desperation. It could also hurt sellers who think they can make a quick buck, but get stuck with a box full of tests when supplies are restocked in stores.

Happy New Year! If you’ve made any resolutions, we hope they’re off to a great start. If you still need some ideas, consider one of these financial resolutions to make your 2022 – and beyond – the best it can be. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

The weekend that was

• Where did we come from? Are we alone in the universe? These scientists are seeking  answers

• Twenty-one people trapped aboard a New Mexico tramway overnight from Friday to Saturday have been safely rescued.

• Tributes are pouring in for beloved actress Betty White, who died Friday at the age of 99. 

• North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged a “food problem” in the reclusive country during his end-of-the-year speech. 

• And, of course, the world welcomed 2022 with anticipation, anxiety and every emotion in between.

The week ahead


Rising tensions between the US and Russia will be on full display when officials from both countries hold security talks to discuss respective military activities and the ominous situation brewing along the border of Ukraine. The US and the international community at large fear a possible Russian invasion of its western neighbor.

Look up in the sky! The Quadrantid meteor shower, always the first of the year, will peak early on Monday and continue through Tuesday. 




Want more 5 Things? This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we talk with CNN Supreme Court Reporter Ariane de Vogue, who analyzes last week’s oral arguments in a Mississippi abortion case that could fundamentally reshape – or even do away with – women’s constitutional right to an abortion, as first decided in Roe vs. Wade. Listen here!

This weekend on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we talk with CNN’s Manu Raju and Elle Reeve, who look back on their experiences covering the January 6 insurrection as Washington prepares to mark the one-year anniversary this week. Listen here

Photos of the week

A monitor lizard, wearing a Christmas hat, is hugged by its owner in Bangkok, Thailand, on Christmas Day. Here’s a look at other moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s happening in entertainment

The 2022 CMT Music Awards, hosted by singer Kelsea Ballerini and actor Anthony Mackie, will air live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET on Monday on CBS. The show will include performances from Kane Brown, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell with Lainey Wilson and Keith Urban. 

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

The final round of the Masters begins later this morning with overnight leader Scottie Scheffler sitting at nine-under par. Scheffler, the newly crowned world No. 1, has a three-shot advantage over second-placed Cameron Smith. Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who began a remarkable comeback on Thursday by carding a one-under 71 in the opening round, will start the day at seven-over par in a tie for 41st place. The winner of this year’s Masters will go home with a whopping $2.7 million, as well as the famous green jacket.

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!

Before we dive into 2022, let’s look back on some of the good things that happened in 2021. Take CNN’s uplifting year in review news quiz and start the year off on a positive note! 

Play me off

Let me take you back to the 1980s with this iconic theme song! Who remembers when Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd made us all smile in the hit TV show “Moonlighting”? (Click here to view)

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)