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5 things you need to know this morning: May 17, 2022

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

Five things you need to know

1. Congressional hearing into UFO sightings to be held today

The first public US Congress hearing into UFO sightings in more than half a century is being held today. It will include testimony from two senior military officials who have been investigating sightings of mysterious phenomena in recent years.

2. Man gambles away $450K in COVID-19 relief cash

A 24-year-old Japanese man who was accidentally paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in COVID-19 relief cash has said he lost every penny on bets. The man was given over $450,000, which was meant to be shared among 463 people.

3. Twitter deal in doubt as Musk demands evidence of spam account numbers

American tycoon Elon Musk has said his US$44 billion bid to buy Twitter could be in doubt because of a dispute about the true number of spam accounts on the platform. Musk has pushed Twitter to provide evidence for its claims that only five per cent of accounts on the site are fake.

4. Heard feared Depp would accidentally kill her during honeymoon

Actor Amber Heard has claimed her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, assaulted her on their honeymoon. She told a US court that she feared the Edward Scissorhands star would accidentally kill her.

5. Sri Lanka running out of gas amid economic crisis

Sri Lanka is down to its last day of gas, the country's prime minister has said. It comes amid a disastrous economic crisis on the island.

And lastly...

NASA's Perseverance rover has begun to search for signs of life in what scientists believe is the most promising area of Mars. The robot will examine rocks in an ancient delta on the Red Planet.

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