Your Friday Briefing

Cars destroyed by an airstrike in Kyiv, Ukraine.Credit…Laetitia Vancon for The New York Times

Russia uses hypersonic missiles in Ukraine

At least 10 people were killed yesterday after Russia launched its biggest aerial attack in weeks, hitting targets across the country with weapons including its newest hypersonic missiles, which can travel five times the speed of sound. The strikes knocked out power in several areas and damaged three electrical plants, Ukrainian officials said.

The strikes included six of the new hypersonic missiles known as Kinzhals, or Daggers. That is the most Russia has used in a single wave since the war began a year ago, according to Ukraine’s Air Force. Overall, Russia fired nine types of cruise and ballistic missiles alongside a volley of eight Iranian-made exploding drones.

Of the 81 missiles fired overnight and through the morning, 47 hit targets, Ukraine said. That is a far higher ratio of strikes to missiles fired than Russia has achieved in barrages over recent months.

Kyiv: In the capital, two large explosions an hour apart injured at least two residents and sent black smoke billowing from the city’s center, rattled windows and engulfed cars in flames. At least one hypersonic missile appeared to have struck the capital, an official said.

Related: The U.N.’s atomic watchdog denounced international complacency over safety at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, after Russian shelling again cut power.

Police officers outside the Jehovah’s Witness hall in Hamburg, Germany.Credit…Daniel Reinhardt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Several killed in shooting in Germany

Several people were killed and several more were injured last night in a Jehovah’s Witness hall in the German city of Hamburg, in a rare mass shooting in the country. Little was immediately known about the assailant or assailants. A police spokesman indicated that an attacker had not been found and might be among the dead.

The police, including tactical and bomb disposal units, were on the scene in the neighborhood of Gross Borstel late Thursday, and the injured were rushed to local hospitals. There had been an event at the hall at the time of the shooting, and in local news footage, many abandoned winter jackets could be seen hanging in the foyer of the three-story building.

The police are still investigating a motive and whether the attacker was specifically targeting Jehovah’s Witnesses, a small religious community in Germany, where there are about 175,000 adherents across the country.

Advertising for Covid vaccinations in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit…Malin Fezehai for The New York Times

Threats to African gains on life expectancy

Success in fighting H.I.V., tuberculosis and other deadly infectious diseases, plus an expansion of essential services, have helped countries in sub-Saharan Africa achieve an extraordinary gain of 10 years in healthy life expectancy over the past two decades, the largest improvement in the world, according to the W.H.O.

But dramatic increases in “hypertension, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases and the lack of health services targeting these diseases” has offset those gains, according to the agency. It warned that the rise in life expectancy could be erased before the next decade is out.

Routine screening for conditions such as high blood pressure is rare, diagnosis rates are low, and care is often not widely available. The public is not aware of the ailments — everyone can recognize malaria, but few connect blurry vision or exhaustion with hypertension — and primary care health workers often don’t know what to check for, either.

Details: In Kenya, noncommunicable diseases account for half of hospital bed occupancy and more than a third of deaths. The rates are similar across the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, and people in this region are being affected at younger ages than those in other parts of the world.


Around the World

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  • A new wave of mass protests against Israel’s proposed judicial overhaul blocked the road to the country’s main airport.

  • Xi Jinping is entering his third term as China’s president. He faces the urgent challenge of reviving the country’s battered economy.

  • As part of an ambitious defense deal among Australia, Britain and the U.S., Australia will buy up to five nuclear submarines, to be delivered in the 2030s.

  • Nigeria has postponed state elections scheduled for Saturday, two weeks after a presidential election tainted by technical malfunctions and allegations of fraud.

  • Cyclone Freddy, which has hit several countries in southeastern Africa and has caused 21 deaths, is set to become the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record.

News From the U.S.

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  • The Manhattan district attorney’s office signaled to Donald Trump’s lawyers that Trump could face criminal charges connected to the payment of hush money to a porn star.

  • President Biden released his proposed budget, which includes a minimum tax on billionaires and a higher tax on corporate stock buybacks.

  • The U.S. military repatriated a Saudi engineer who had been held without trial at Guantánamo Bay for more than 20 years.

  • Why does poverty persist in America? A Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist offers a new explanation for an intractable problem.

  • Mitch McConnell, the 81-year-old Senate minority leader, had a concussion from a fall last night and was being treated at a hospital.

The Week in Culture

  • David Chipperfield, a British architect known for merging modern spaces with historic buildings, won the Pritzker Prize.

  • “The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest-running musical, is set to close next month, putting many of its longstanding orchestra members out of a job.

  • Priscilla Presley is fighting with her granddaughter, Riley Keough, over Elvis’s estate.

  • Dafna Linzer, the executive editor of Politico, is stepping down from her role just a year after joining the company.

  • Fashion month wrapped up in Paris during nationwide protests. Austerity and formality are in. The streets outside the shows were a runway, too.

A Morning Read

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When handling rare books, experts say that bare, just-cleaned hands are best — instead of white cotton gloves, which attract dirt and reduce the wearer’s sense of touch, increasing the likelihood of misadventure or clumsiness. The public doesn’t believe them.

Lives Lived

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Chaim Topol, an Israeli actor known mostly by his last name, took on the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in his late 20s and reprised the role for decades. He died at 87.


The cost of P.S.G.’s Champions League failure: Paris Saint-Germain could miss out on up to $55 million after losing to Bayern Munich, but questions about key personnel may be the more urgent problem.

How Manchester United is trying to bounce back: Erik ten Hag hopes that listening to Liverpool celebrate, and a harsh video session, will help rid United of its demons after a crushing defeat.

From The Times: Corinne Diacre, a veteran coach facing a revolt by several of her best players, was fired yesterday as coach of France’s women’s soccer team.


‘We could have been friends’

Our “Tiny Love Stories” series is Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words. Here is a selection from this week’s column, lightly edited for length.

My Husband’s Late Wife. I like to think we could have been friends. She gave birth to two boys. Years later, I handed them lunches in paper bags when they walked out the door. I wish I could have known these boys I call mine as babies and toddlers; I wish she could have known them as teenagers and young men. — Charlotte Maya

I Kept Saying Yes. He asked me to marry him twice. The first time I said “Yes” was on a summer day in Central Park with friends hiding nearby. The following Valentine’s Day, he asked me again, after an emergency procedure revealed cancer in his abdomen. We chose each other in the darkest times and, together, we survived. — Lucy Yang

‘Is Love Weird?’ When I was 12, I realized that Grandma Sparkly was technically my father’s ex-mother-in-law. “Is it weird that we consider you our grandma?” I asked her. “Is love weird? I guess so,” she said. “But that’s what is so great about it. We can give all that love to anyone we want.” — Annika Olson


What to Cook

Credit…Chris Simpson for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Sophia Pappas.

This comforting butternut squash dish lands somewhere between lasagna and pie.

What to Watch

In the Chinese-language drama “Stonewalling,” a Times critics’ pick, a young woman faces a series of seemingly impossible hurdles.

What to Listen to

Three new audiobooks explore life’s biggest questions.

Now Time to Play

Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: British Z’s (three letters).

And here are today’s Wordle and the Spelling Bee.

You can find all our puzzles here.

That’s it for today’s briefing. See you on Monday. — Natasha

P.S. “Sin Eater: The Crimes of Anthony Pellicano,” a Times documentary about a Hollywood fixer, premieres tonight. See the trailer.

“The Daily” is about child migrants working dangerous jobs in the U.S.

Send feedback, thoughts and well wishes for the weekend to Natasha and the team at [email protected].

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