Congratulations to Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron for decisively winning the French presidential election, and defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron won with 66% of the vote to become, at 39, the country’s youngest president. Mr Macron will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic’s foundation in 1958.
Over in Iraq, recent flooding of the Tigris River has forced the Iraqi military to dismantle all makeshift crossing points, temporarily cutting off the two sides of Mosul city. Residents fleeing the recently liberated Musherfa district of western Mosul are now trying to make it to safety on the eastern banks using unreliable fishing boats capable of carrying five or six people at a time. Hundreds of families are still attempting to cross the river.
Lastly, the MTV Movie and TV Awards are back and debuted Sunday night. The Award Show this year reinvented itself not only as a dual Movie and TV Awards show, but one with a fairly pronounced social conscience, complete with non-gendered categories. Among the winners last night was Emma Watson for Beauty and the Beast and Netflix’s Stranger Things.