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5 things you need to know this morning: May 16, 2022

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Lunar eclipse delights stargazers around the world

The moon was coloured a mysterious red last night and early this morning courtesy of a total lunar eclipse. The best views of the astronomical phenomenon were in North and South America, astronomers said.

2. Buffalo shooting suspect sought out black people, officials say

Authorities in Buffalo, New York have said a teenager suspected of murdering 10 people at a supermarket on Saturday deliberately sought out black people. Payton Gendron is alleged to have published a manifesto outlining his hatred of African-Americans as well as Jews and other people.

3. Pro-Russian hackers attempted to interfere with Eurovision Song Contest: police

Italian police have said pro-Russian hackers attempted to disrupt voting at the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition was won by Ukraine, while Russia was banned.

4. Over a million COVID-19 cases suspected in North Korea

North Korean state media has said more than a million people in the country have developed a "fever" amid a surge in COVID-19 cases there. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, has blasted health officials.

5. McDonald's to permanently leave Russia

McDonald's has announced it is planning to permanently leave Russia after 30 years of operating in the country. The fast-food restaurant's arrival in Moscow in 1990 was seen as a symbol of friendlier relations between the Soviet Union and the West.

And lastly...

Some people really do have it all. Senior staff at global banking giant Goldman Sachs have been told that, alongside their gargantuan pay packets, they will be permitted to take as much vacation time as they want. They'll also be forced to take at least three weeks off work every year.

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