The New York Times: Η διχασμένη πολιτική της Σλοβακίας και οι πόλεμοι στη Γάζα και την Ουκρανία – Η επιστροφή του «Μπρίτζερτον». – Κατηγορείται ένας ύποπτος στη Σλοβακία – Το ΝΑΤΟ εξετάζει το ενδεχόμενο να στείλει στρατιωτικούς εκπαιδευτές στην Ουκρανία – Το Ισραήλ είπε ότι θα στείλει περισσότερα στρατεύματα στη Ράφα – Ντόναλντ Τραμπ: Σε ένα δικαστήριο του Μανχάταν, οι δικηγόροι του πρώην προέδρου προσπάθησαν να κατηγορήσουν τον Μάικλ Κοέν ως κατασκευαστή που είχε είπε ψέματα ενόρκως για να εκδικηθεί το πρώην αφεντικό του

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Outside the hospital where Robert Fico, the Slovakian leader, was treated after he was shot. Martin Divisek/EPA, via Shutterstock

A suspect is charged in Slovakia

An assassination attempt by a “lone wolf” who fired at least four bullets into Robert Fico, the leader of Slovakia, has put a spotlight on the Central European nation’s troubled politics.

The suspect was promptly arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted premeditated murder, but the authorities have not named him publicly. Slovakian news outlets, citing police sources, identified him as a 71-year-old retiree with a yen for poetry and protests who the authorities said had acted alone.

Fico, the prime minister, is pushing to overhaul the judiciary to limit the scope of corruption investigations, to reshape the national broadcasting system to purge what the government calls liberal bias and to crack down on foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations. He opposes military aid to Ukraine, L.G.B.T.Q. rights and the E.U.

Context: Slovakian society and political culture are so bitterly divided that the violence has become yet another club with which each side can beat the other, amid what onlookers say is extreme polarization, exacerbated by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

E.U. elections: Calls are growing in Slovakia for political parties to suspend campaigning in the wake of the attack.

Quotable: “We are on the doorstep of a civil war,” the interior minister, Matus Sutaj Estok, said. “The assassination attempt on the prime minister is a confirmation of that.”

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A convoy of military vehicles, part of a NATO exercise, traveling from Germany to Poland.  Laetitia Vancon for The New York Times

NATO is considering sending military trainers to Ukraine

NATO allies are inching closer to sending military trainers into Ukraine at the request of Ukrainian officials. The move could draw the U.S. and Europe more directly into the war with Russia.

So far the U.S. has been adamant that it will not put U.S. troops on the ground in Ukraine, and it has urged NATO allies not to do so, either. But yesterday, Gen. Charles Brown, a top U.S. military official, said that a NATO deployment of trainers seemed inevitable, even if, for now, such a move would put the trainers at risk. “We’ll get there eventually, over time,” he told reporters.

At the front: Ukraine’s position has worsened as Russia has stepped up attacks, in particular in the northeast. Yesterday, President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to the Kharkiv region and acknowledged that the situation there “remains extremely difficult.” “We are strengthening our units,” he added.

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Displaced people in Rafah, in southern Gaza. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Israel said it would send more troops to Rafah

Defying international pressure, Yoav Gallant, Israel’s defense minister, said that the country would send more troops to support its ground invasion of Rafah, a city in southern Gaza. More than a million displaced people had been sheltering there, and hundreds of thousands of civilians have already fled in recent days.

Until now, Israeli troops and tanks have made only a limited incursion into eastern Rafah, and on May 7 they seized the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, a vital entry point for aid. The crossing remains shuttered, leaving wounded and ill people who need treatment abroad with no way out, and hundreds of aid trucks piling up in Egypt.

U.S. politics: The House passed a largely symbolic bipartisan bill to rebuke President Biden for pausing an arms shipment to Israel.

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