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Maksim Kolker initially thought it was a scam when he received a call at 6 a.m. about his father’s arrest. His father, Dmitry Kolker, a prominent Russian physicist with advanced pancreatic cancer, confirmed the news himself. Dmitry was charged with treason, a crime investigated and prosecuted secretly in Russia, leading to long prison terms. Treason cases have surged since the 2022 Ukraine invasion, drawing comparisons to Stalin-era show trials. Recent victims include Kremlin critics, independent journalists, and scientists collaborating with countries deemed friendly by Moscow.

Israeli strikes in Al-Mawasi, west of Khan Younis, killed at least 90 people and injured hundreds, targeting top Hamas officials, including Mohammed Deif. Palestinian health officials labeled the attack a “massacre.” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zhuri dismissed claims that Deif was targeted. The attack threatens to stall cease-fire talks in Cairo and Doha. Reuters footage showed people fleeing, carrying injured victims, and a woman mourning her lost family amid the chaos.

Donald Trump was targeted in an assassination attempt during a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. He was injured by a gunshot to his ear but is reportedly “fine.” The suspected gunman and one attendee were killed, and two spectators critically injured. Trump described the incident on Truth Social, detailing the bullet piercing his ear. This marks the first assassination attempt on a president or candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1981, occurring just months before the presidential elections and days before Trump’s official nomination as the Republican candidate.

The four-day wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani, youngest son of Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, and Radhika Merchant began on Friday with a traditional Hindu ceremony and will culminate in a grand reception over the weekend. The event, held at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, featured global celebrities, business tycoons, and politicians, including India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The festivities included performances by Rihanna and Justin Bieber. The guest list boasted notable figures like former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Boris Johnson, and Saudi Aramco CEO Amin H.

Iran’s newly elected president, Masoud Pezeshkian, pledged to create balanced international relations based on national interests and peace, while asserting that Iran will not yield to U.S. pressure. Pezeshkian, a heart surgeon and longtime lawmaker, emphasized strengthening ties with neighbors and supporting diplomatic efforts for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. He praised Iran’s relations with Russia and China and expressed support for peace initiatives in the Russia-Ukraine war.