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Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
The combined response to the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and national governments was a "toxic cocktail," a panel set up by the WHO has said. They said the pandemic, which is believed to have started in China, was preventable.
Expert panel says mistakes led to coronavirus pandemic, but stops short of holding countries, leaders to account https://t.co/tm87dvyms1— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 12, 2021
A gunman who killed six people at a birthday party in Colorado did so because he was not invited, police have said. Teodoro Macias, 28, killed his girlfriend as well as five relatives before killing himself on Sunday.
Police say a man who fatally shot six people at a birthday party before killing himself was upset after not being invited to the weekend gathering thrown by his girlfriend’s familyhttps://t.co/1c0okNniOP— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 12, 2021
The UN has warned of the possibility of "full-scale war" between Israel and armed Palestinian groups after more than a thousand rockets were fired at Jewish population centres over the last 36 hours. The Israeli military has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza. At least 53 Palestinians and six Israelis have so far died in the conflict.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba in the region’s most intense hostilities in years https://t.co/7EDcqm4iUM pic.twitter.com/vtizTWGCSV— Reuters (@Reuters) May 12, 2021
Two trans women have been sentenced to five years in jail for "attempting homosexuality" in Cameroon. The duo was also convicted of outraging public decency.
Cameroon jails transgender women for "attempted homosexuality" https://t.co/YBlvYQBgeQ— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 12, 2021
A strange fish has washed up on the California coast, prompting wonder among zoologists and locals. It is "extremely rare" to see a Pacific footballfish in California, a whale watching group said.