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5 things you need to know this morning: May 14, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Woman claims $26M lottery ticket destroyed in laundry

A woman says she accidentally destroyed a California Lottery ticket worth US$26 million. The woman claims she left the ticket in the pocket of a pair of pants she laundered. Lottery officials are currently reviewing security footage supposedly showing the woman buying the ticket.

2. Airbnb predicting unprecedented surge in travel

Airbnb has predicted an enormous surge in travel as the world eases COVID-19 restrictions. The American web giant said it expects a rebound in vacationing "unlike anything we have seen before."

3. Biden tweet prompts fury among Republicans

President Joe Biden has prompted confusion and ire with a tweet. He wrote: "The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do." Republican lawmakers were among those to react, with some likening the president to a "tyrant."

4. Prince Harry continues to endear himself to all

The Queen's grandson, Prince Harry, has put his foot in his mouth – again. The renegade royal has this time told a podcast he is "becoming American," which has not been received well in parts of his homeland. He then went on to call the First Amendment to the US Constitution "bonkers," provoking anger in parts of the country to which he has migrated.

5. Israeli operations in Gaza intensifying as rockets still being launched at civilians

The Israeli military has intensified its operations in Gaza as Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to fire rockets at civilians in Israel. The latest episode of the Israel-Palestine conflict has now stretched on for five days. Over a hundred Gazans are estimated to have died in the violence so far, along with eight people in Israel.

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