Monday Briefing: US poised to resume aid to Ukraine

The House of Representatives on Saturday voted in favor of $95 billion in long-delayed foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, giving the money a big thumbs-up over months of opposition from far-right Republicans. The Senate is expected to pass the bill as early as tomorrow, making its passage almost certain.

As part of the policy, the House also introduced a bill that would force TikTok’s parent company, the Chinese company ByteDance, to sell the app or risk a ban across the United States.

The vote was greeted with relief in Ukraine, where the military is rapidly running out of arms and ammunition. The Pentagon has said it may resume arms shipments to Ukraine within days.

“I really believe this information,” said Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson, who rallied bipartisan support to pass the bill. “If allowed, President Vladimir Putin will continue to march across Europe.”

detail: The bill includes $60 billion for Kiev. $26 billion in humanitarian assistance to civilians in conflict zones, including Israel and Gaza. and $8 billion for the Indo-Pacific region.


Following Israel’s retaliatory attack on Friday, Iran appears to have opted for de-escalation. Iranian officials and state media outlets downplayed the attack.

Israel also appears to have sought to avoid a wider war. That attack, a response to Iran’s deadly attack on the Iranian embassy compound in Damascus, Syria, was particularly limited. The air defense system at a military base near Isfahan in central Iran was damaged.

“It remains to be seen whether this latest retaliation will provide any deterrence on both sides,” Farnaz Fassihi, the UN bureau chief who covers the shadow war, told my colleague Daniel E. Slotnik. “Neither side seems to seriously want all-out war.”

Iranian concerns: Inflation is running at an annual rate of 32%, a rebellious population consistently challenges the government’s legitimacy, and even supporters of the hijab rule criticize its enforcement.


After years of conflict in Myanmar, rebels have scored a victory against the military junta, potentially changing the course of the war. If they entered the heart of the country, they could overthrow a powerful military.

My colleague Hannah Beech, who has infiltrated one of the rebel groups on the front lines in Karenni state, said that the resistance has captured more than 90 percent of the territory. “This time it’s different,” she explains in this short video.

For many: Why has this war, which could destroy a country of 55 million people, been so internationally ignored? Here’s some background and context.

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s political dynasty, is trying to unseat Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He traveled across the country trying to pull the once dominant party, the Indian National Congress, out of the political wilderness.

Australian letters: The Sydney bureau chief’s wife and daughter were shopping just minutes before the recent stabbing at the mall. “News, and the worst news of death and tragedy, can hit us as close to home as the people we write about,” writes Damian Cave.

On Saturday, my colleagues made a shocking discovery. Seven months before the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics, 23 of China’s best swimmers tested positive for the same banned substance at a domestic competition.

Chinese authorities secretly caught them doping. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees countries’ drug testing programs, accepted China’s theory that a mass contamination incident was the cause and allowed China to keep the results secret.

Several athletes who tested positive, including almost half of the Chinese swimming team sent to Tokyo, won medals, including three gold medals. Many people are still competing for China. Several, including the two-time gold medalist Zhang Yufei mentioned above, are expected to compete in Paris this summer.

The investigation shocked the swimming world. The Americans, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics, said they felt “cheated” by the team. British gold medalist demands suspension. Germany’s sports minister, whose documentary about the incident was broadcast on Sunday, called for an investigation. And anti-doping officials around the world are hotly contesting it.

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