May 7, Tuesday, 2024

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to start a new six-year term as president on Tuesday. Putin, who triumphed in a presidential election held last March, is being sworn in at an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Since being elected president for the first time in 2000, Putin has held power either as president or prime minister for more than 20 years. His fifth term will last until 2030.
2. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly urged Israel and Hamas not to miss an opportunity to agree on a truce and hostage-released deal. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Guterres said that he had earlier in the day made a “very strong appeal to the government of Israel and the leadership of Hamas in order to go an extra mile to materialize an agreement that is absolutely vital.”
3. A wine tasting site in central Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture saw tourism numbers surge past pre-pandemic levels during the spring holiday season. Katsunuma Budou no Oka, or Grape Hill, is a tourist site in Koshu City, a noted wine area. It has about 200 wines available for tasting.