As-yet-unknown gunmen shot and gravely wounded the mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, in the back on Monday. The mayor, Hennady Kernes, is listed in "grave but stable" condition after a series of operations on his chest and abdomen. Kharkiv, a city of 1.5 million, is the only major population center in eastern Ukraine where the pro-Moscow insurgency has had little success.
The Kernes shooting kicked off a day of violence in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russia militants seized a government building in yet another town, Kostyantynivka, and hundreds of men in military fatigues shouting "Russia!" attacked a 1,000-strong rally for Ukrainian unity in Donetsk using batons, bricks, iron bars, and stun grenades to beat and injure dozens of peaceful marchers. A similar clash occurred in Kharkiv on Sunday, with militants attacking a pro-unity march by fans of rival soccer teams.
Pro-Moscow militants are also still holding seven European observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and five Ukrainian security personnel who were accompanying them. In what passes for good news, one of the OSCE observers, a Swede, was released for health reasons. And Russia's defense chief told U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the phone that Russia won't invade Ukraine, according to the Pentagon. That's good, though if I were in Ukraine I'd want that in writing, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Peter Weber
President Obama spared no one when he took the stage Saturday at his final White House Correspondents' Dinner. He poked fun at journalists, Democrats, and Republicans alike, saving his harshest jokes for Donald Trump, who didn't attend.
"You have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he be possibly doing instead?" Obama said. "Eating a Trump Steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?"
The president proceeded to end his speech with a literal mic drop. Julie Kliegman
— ABC News (@ABC) May 1, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.