Unbiased headline news for Monday March 18, 2024 – Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated an anticipated victory early Monday as preliminary election results showed him securing a resounding fifth term, despite facing only nominal challengers and suppressing opposition voices through harsh measures.
As the polls closed on the final day of voting, crowds gathered outside polling stations, seemingly heeding calls from the opposition to express their discontent towards Putin. However, the Russian leader dismissed the potential impact of the apparent protest.

Representative Ro Khanna stated that the TikTok bill passed by the House of Representatives last week would not effectively safeguard Americans’ interests.
The bill aims to compel China-based ByteDance to divest its ownership of the immensely popular app TikTok or face an outright ban in the United States. This move was prompted by concerns that ByteDance could share, or be coerced to share, Americans’ data with the Chinese government, allegations that the company vehemently denies while actively campaigning against the proposed legislation.

Israeli Police deployed water cannons to disperse tens of thousands of protesters who gathered on Saturday night in Tel Aviv to voice their opposition against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
“Tonight, as part of a legally sanctioned protest organized in an orderly manner, in line with agreed-upon conditions and without deviation, demonstrators assembled and staged a legitimate protest within the designated area, with the majority of the public dispersing at the conclusion of the event,” the Israeli Police stated.

Russia claims Ukraine launched far-reaching drone attacks on the final day of Russia’s presidential election.
On Sunday, as Russians cast their ballots in the closing stages of the presidential vote expected to extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule for another six years, Ukraine initiated a new wave of attacks within Russian territory, resulting in at least two fatalities, including a teenager, according to local authorities.

Police have apprehended a suspect on murder charges in connection with a shooting inside an Indianapolis bar that claimed one life and left five others injured.
The shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday at an establishment along Broad Ripple Avenue, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Officers patrolling the area responded to the scene after hearing gunshots.

Ohio’s governor has declared a state of emergency across 11 counties in central Ohio that were impacted by severe weather last week.
Gov. Mike DeWine also activated the Ohio National Guard to assist officials in Logan County, where three deaths were confirmed, with the cleanup of storm debris on public property. DeWine announced the emergency declaration on Sunday.

A fourth officer has resigned amid an investigation into alleged misconduct by officers assigned to a unit responsible for apprehending impaired drivers, according to the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico.
According to documents obtained by the Albuquerque Journal, the federal probe commenced after an officer conducted a stop in August during which he allegedly instructed the driver to contact a specific attorney to ensure that no case would be filed. The investigation has partly focused on DWI criminal cases filed by certain officers that were later dismissed.

Burger King is facing a $15 million lawsuit filed by a concerned resident who alleges that the fast-food giant’s location on Fulton Street in New York City has become a hub for drug dealers.
Kevin Kaufman, a resident of the Fulton Chambers pre-war condominium building at 102 Fulton Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, filed the complaint earlier this month with the New York Supreme Court against the burger chain’s restaurant at 106 Fulton Street, just a few doors away.