Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, May 19:
- AT&T will buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in an attempt to keep up with Comcast.
- The United States formally charged Chinese military officials of economic espionage. This marks the first time the U.S. has charged state actors for explicitly acting at the behest of a foreign government in cyber crimes.
- Flooding in the Balkans continues with heavy rains threatening to unearth buried land mines.
- A holographic Michael Jackson came back from beyond the grave to perform at the Billboard Music Awards.
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