10 things you need to know today: May 2, 2023

The U.N. warns Sudan's conflict is nearing a humanitarian "breaking point," Janet Yellen says the U.S. could run short of money to pay bills by June 1, and more

Smoke over Khartoum, Sudan
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1. U.N. warns Sudan conflict nearing humanitarian 'breaking point'

The United Nations warned Monday that Sudan is approaching a humanitarian "breaking point" as foreign governments, including the United States, complete emergency evacuations ahead of the completion of a cease-fire that both of the country's warring factions have repeatedly violated. The army and the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, which have been fighting for control of the northeast African nation since April 15, agreed on Sunday to extend the truce by 72 hours. On Monday, airstrikes and anti-aircraft continued in Khartoum. "We saw dead bodies. An industrial area that was all looted. We saw people carrying TVs on their backs and big sacks looted from factories," said Mohamed Ezzeldin, who returned after fleeing the Sudanese capital. He said the flood of refugees drove up prices for necessities in safer areas.

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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.