Happy Monday! Scottie Scheffler won the Masters yesterday at just 25, in his third appearance at the tournament. It was Scheffler’s fourth win in the PGA Tour’s last six events and one that keeps him as the world’s top ranked golfer.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
With Russian forces regrouping and pivoting toward Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, President Vladimir Putin has reportedly tapped Gen. Alexander Dvornikov—also known as the “Butcher of Syria” for leading brutal campaigns against civilians—to head up Russia’s operations in Ukraine. A missile struck a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Friday, reportedly killing at least 52 people and wounding countless others trying to flee impending Russian aggression. Satellite imagery taken over the weekend showed hundreds of Russian military vehicles forming an eight-mile convoy and heading toward the Donbas region. After the United States promised to deploy a Patriot missile system—manned by American troops—to Slovakia, Slovakia agreed to transfer one of its S-300 missile defense systems to Ukraine.
Pakistan’s parliament voted 174-168 on Sunday to oust Prime Minister Imram Khan in a vote of no confidence related to economic and foreign policy mismanagement. Although no Pakistan prime minister has completed a full five-year term, Khan—a former cricket star—is the first to be expelled by parliament. Khan sought to disrupt the vote by dissolving parliament and dismissing criticism of him as a “foreign conspiracy,” and he reportedly discussed imposing martial law.
French President Emmanuel Macron will face off against nationalist Marine Le Pen in a presidential runoff election on April 24 after both candidates failed to surpass 50 percent of the vote in the first round of balloting over the weekend. Macron enters the runoff a slight favorite—with 97 percent reporting last night, he had secured 27.6 percent of the initial vote to Le Pen’s 23.4 percent—but Le Pen’s brand of populism has gained steam in the country since the pair last faced off in 2017.