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The Morning Brief - May 17, 2024

1. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine intensifies as Russian forces advance into northeastern Ukraine near Kharkiv, prompting international condemnation of Russia's invasion.

2. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is critically wounded in an assassination attempt, marking the first major attack on a European political leader in over two decades and drawing widespread condemnation.

3. Severe storms ravage the Houston area in Texas, resulting in at least four fatalities and causing over a million homes and businesses to lose power. Flooding poses ongoing risks along the Gulf Coast.

4. YouTube restricts access to a popular Hong Kong protest song following a court order to ban the anthem, raising concerns about freedom of speech.

5. A young Thai activist, imprisoned for insulting Thailand's monarchy, dies after a 65-day hunger strike, sparking renewed demands for justice reform in the country.

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