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

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

By Alexandra Meeks, CNN

The average price of pretty much everything is rising – from food to houses, cars, clothes and toys. Now there are growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will soon significantly raise interest rates to curb rising consumer prices.

Here’s what else you need to know Start your week smart.

The weekend there was

• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he will meet top US officials in Kiev today as tough fights continue in the eastern and southern parts of the country Ukraine’s Easter weekend.

• French voters will choose between two vastly different visions for their country over the course of today’s presidential electionas Center President Emmanuel Macron seeks to ward off a challenge from his right-wing extremist opponent, Marine Le Pen.

• Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title yesterday after beating Dillian Whyte by technical knockout in the sixth round in front of a breathtaking 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.

• The Biden administration will renew its push with legislators to secure Covid-19 funding next week, when Congress returns from recess, a White House official told CNN, following inaction from the Senate, about a $ 10 billion funding package before the two-week Easter holiday.

Former Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. historydied in Salt Lake City yesterday at the age of 88. Hatch, the former Senate president pro tempore, served in the hall for 42 years from 1977 to 2019.

The week ahead


Anzac Day, a major national holiday in both Australia and New Zealand, takes place on Monday. The term “ANZAC” is an acronym that refers to the soldiers who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day celebrates a World War I mission in which Anzacs assisted the Allied Powers in an effort to win new fronts and a valuable trade route for their Russian allies. Although originally honored by the Anzacians, who lost their lives during World War I, the holiday has been extended to commemorate the deaths of all citizens as a result of military conflict. People in Australia and New Zealand will wear the red poppy flower on Monday as a symbol of remembrance.


Tuesday is the grim anniversary of The Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, an explosion ripped through Chernobyl’s reactor # 4 near Pripyat, Ukraine, killing more than 30 people. Countless others have died from radiation symptoms in recent years, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization. In late February, in the first week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the plant and its surrounding territory fell into the hands of Russian troopswho withdrew a month later.


On this day in 1992, there were four white LAPD officers acquitted of beating black motorist Rodney King – triggered massive riots across Los Angeles that stretched over five days, leaving more than 50 people dead and more than 2,000 injured. The riots destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 buildings in the Los Angeles area. The estimated cost of the damage was over $ 1 billion. More than 9,800 California National Guard troops were dispatched to restore order, and nearly 12,000 people were arrested, though not all of the arrests were directly related to the riots.


President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will attend Correspondent dinner in the White House Saturday, continues a tradition that was avoided during the Trump administration. It will be the first time the incumbent president has attended the black-tie dinner – which usually attracts a crowd of journalists, media executives, administration officials, politicians and celebrities – since 2016.


May 1st marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is May day.

Want more 5 things?

This week on Sunday’s edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir explains how more frequent extreme weather events are shaping Americans’ views on the climate crisis. He also gives us a reality check of the progress of President Biden’s ambitious climate ambitions amid rising gas prices and regulatory congestion. listen up!

Photos of the week

See more moving, fascinating and thoughtful photos from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s happening in entertainment

Stagecoach 2022

Country music fans worldwide will be heading to Indio, California, on Friday for Stagecoach 2022. Stagecoach is a huge festival that boasts some of the biggest and smartest names in country music. This year’s main names include Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs. In addition to the music, Stagecoach is also a country culture experience with southern food, gift shops, an amusement park – and of course lots of cowboy boots!

What happens in the sport

NBA playoffs

That The NBA Playoffs continue this weekend with Golden State Warriors seeks 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 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 have the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, followed by the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 59% of other quiz fans have gotten 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do that?

Play me

Come and get your love

An amazing song is one that can connect you with you no matter what decade you were born in. This is one of those songs! Enjoy this 1970s hit by Native American pop rock band Redbone – which gained a resurgence in popularity in 2014 after appearing in the Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”. (Click here to see)

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