Fourteen students and one teacher were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday. The shooter, said by authorities to be an 18-year-old man who lived in the community, was killed by police at the scene. The Robb Elementary School in Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio and roughly 75 miles from the Mexico border. The shooting recalls the December 2012 killing of 26 people, mostly young children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut, which mobilized anti-gun violence advocates around the country. Tuesday’s attack is the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in America. A White gunman killed 10 Black shoppers and employees in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket on May 14 in what officials have called a hate crime.
The war in Ukraine is the beginning of a new world war, Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and billionaire George Soros told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He called the rise of “repressive regimes” under Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping the “greatest threat to open society.” He warned that, given all the other threats facing the planet, “civilization may not survive.” In Ukraine, workers found 200 bodies in the basement of a Mariupol apartment building destroyed by Russian forces, adding to the thousands of civilians already killed in Putin’s war. Some European nations are pushing the European Union to send warships into the Black Sea to protect Ukrainian freighters carrying grain from potential Russian interference. The Kremlin has effectively blockaded Ukrainian ports as part of its now three-month invasion, sending grain prices to near-record highs and stoking a major global food crisis. India is preparing to restrict sugar exports, another act of protectionism after banning wheat sales just over a week ago, and Malaysia halted chicken sales abroad. While some developing nations are taking action to safeguard supplies, the crisis threatens to spill into other economies. There’s at least one nation that’s making a profit from the turmoil in grain markets, though: Russia.