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5 things to know for June 28: Russia, Heat wave, 2020 election, Gulf Coast, Trans study

<i>Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters</i><br/>Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin leaves the headquarters of the Southern Military District amid the group's pullout from the city of Rostov-on-Don
Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters
Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin leaves the headquarters of the Southern Military District amid the group's pullout from the city of Rostov-on-Don

By Faith Karimi, CNN

(CNN) — South Koreans became a year or two younger overnight as the nation scrapped its traditional way of counting age and replaced it with the international method.

Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day

1. Russia

Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has arrived in Belarus, the country’s president announced, days after the mercenaries’ military insurrection posed an unprecedented challenge to the Russian leadership. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he stopped Russian leader Vladimir Putin from “destroying” the Wagner group and its chief after the armed revolt over the weekend. “I suggested Putin not to hurry. Let’s talk with Prigozhin, with his commanders,” Lukashenko said. The longtime Putin ally said he warned Prigozhin that he would be “crushed like a bug” if his troops continued their advance toward the Russian capital. Planes linked to Prigozhin were seen at a Belarusian airbase in satellite images, but his specific location is unknown. Meanwhile, a Russian strike killed nine in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, officials said.

2. Heat wave

A brutal heat wave is spreading across the South, leaving millions of Americans sweltering under triple-digit temperatures and extreme humidity. Forecasters are warning that such heat waves are becoming more common because of the climate crisis. Overnight temperatures, meanwhile, are not cooling down enough, offering little reprieve for people who don’t have access to air conditioning. Those temperatures remain abnormally high, with potentially 180 nighttime records being broken over the next few days. In more incidents of extreme weather, thousands of US flights have been delayed or canceled in recent days after powerful storms ripped through the parts of the country, including in the Mid-Atlantic and sections of the Northeast, where many busy hubs are located.

3. 2020 election

Federal investigators interviewed Rudy Giuliani as part of the special counsel’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, multiple sources familiar with the meeting told CNN. The meeting between Giuliani, his attorney Robert Costello, and investigators took place in recent weeks. The sources declined to say what investigators’ questions focused on during the meeting, which has not been previously reported. Special counsel Jack Smith has not announced any charges from his investigation into efforts to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election, but prosecutors appear to be nearing charging decisions, sources familiar with the case have said. Giuliani was a former attorney for Donald Trump.

4. Gulf Coast

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett died yesterday in an apparent drowning off a Florida beach, authorities said, adding to the grim toll along the Gulf Coast in recent weeks. Rip currents have killed 11 people within two weeks along the Gulf Coast, preliminary data show, leading to warnings from officials about the dangerous water conditions. The deaths have spanned the Gulf of Mexico between Fort Morgan, Alabama, and Panama City Beach, Florida. In the US, the 10-year average for rip current fatalities is 71, according to weather service data. Rip currents were the third-leading cause of weather-related fatalities from 2013 to 2023, killing on average more people than lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes.

5. Transgender study

People who identify as transgender have significantly higher rates of suicide and suicide attempts compared with the rest of the population, a study in Denmark shows. The study of more than 6.6 million people found that those who identified as trans had 7.7 times the rate of suicide attempts and 3.5 times the rate of suicide deaths than the broader Danish population. Among the 3,759 survey participants who identified as transgender, there were 92 suicide attempts and 12 suicides between 1980 and 2021. Recent studies in the US show that 82% of people who identify as transgender said they considered killing themselves, and 40% have attempted suicide – with the highest number of suicides among trans youth.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. You can also reach a crisis counselor by messaging the Crisis Text Line at 741741.


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