The 7 things you need to know before Thursday 20 October

1

Russia has declared martial law in parts of Ukraine yesterday.

  • Where? Four regions illegally claimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last month after staged referendums Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.
  • What does this do: It could provide legal cover for abuses by the Russian military. But Moscow doesn’t fully control the regions, so it’s not clear whether it can fully implement the new rules.

2

Donald Trump knew his claims about voter fraud in Georgia were unfounded, a judge said.

  • The details: The former president was aware that the numbers he put forward regarding the 2020 elections were wrong, but he signed legal documents with them anyway, the judge said.
  • How does the judge know: Emails fought over by Trump’s allies and the House committee investigating the Capitol attack. The judge ruled yesterday that some of the messages must be made public.
  • What else to know: The Jan. 6 committee is expected to ask Trump to testify shortly.

3

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned this morning.

4

There is a nationwide shortage of Adderall.

  • Why? One of the largest manufacturers of ADHD medications has experienced “production delays,” the FDA said last week.
  • How bad is it? Some pharmacies cannot fill prescriptions. People have been forced to stop taking the medication or switch treatments – both can make everyday life difficult.

5

The pregnancy drug Makena should be taken off the market, experts say.

  • What is it? Introduced in 2011, Makena is designed to reduce the risk of preterm birth, a leading cause of infant death in the US
  • What’s the problem? It doesn’t work, FDA experts said yesterday. The panel rejected arguments that it should remain available to at-risk groups, including some black women.
  • What’s next? The FDA will decide in the coming months whether to discontinue the drug.

6

Oceans are warming faster than ever.

Netflix will crack down on password sharing early next year.

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