10 things you need to know today: May 24, 2021

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1. Belarus faces outcry after forcing plane to land, detaining journalist

Belarus on Sunday scrambled a MiG-29 fighter jet and forced a Ryanair passenger plane to land in Minsk, then arrested an opposition journalist, Roman Protasevich, who was on the plane. European leaders condemned Belarusian authorities. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said those responsible for the "hijacking must be sanctioned." The jetliner was over Belarus, about to enter Lithuanian airspace, when Belarus air traffic control ordered it to turn around, saying there might be explosives on board. Protasevich's popular social media Telegram channel Nexta exposed Belarusian police brutality during the anti-government demonstrations last year. As he was being led away, he reportedly said, "I'll get the death penalty here."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.