News Wire | Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Trump Sought to Lead Armed Mob to Capitol on Jan. 6, Aide Says

By Mike DeBonis & Jacqueline Alemany | The Washington Post

A former White House official revealed explosive new details Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, telling Congress that he knew his supporters were carrying weapons, insisted on personally leading the armed mob to the Capitol, physically assailed the senior Secret Service agent who told him it was not possible, expressed support for the hanging of his own vice president, and mused about pardoning the rioters.

Citing Russia Threat, Biden to Ramp Up U.S. Forces in Europe

By Andrea Shalal & Inti Landauro | Reuters

The United States will create a new permanent army headquarters in Poland and deploy additional land, air and sea forces across the length and breadth of Europe in response to threats from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

Sudan Army Shells Disputed Border With Ethiopia

By Dawit Endashaw | Reuters

Sudan’s armed forces fired heavy artillery during clashes in a disputed eastern region bordering Ethiopia, an Ethiopian official said, the latest salvo in a long-running feud over their shared border.

African Union Urges Calm in Ethiopia-Sudan Border Dispute

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The African Union says it is deeply concerned by “the escalating military tension” between Ethiopia and Sudan after seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian were killed in a border dispute.

Colombia Panel’s Report Is a Step Toward Mending a Civil War’s Scars

By The Editors | The New York Times

A special truth commission criticized Colombia’s security forces and the United States for their role in a half-century conflict that left at least 450,000 people dead.

Ecuador’s Lasso Survives Bid to Oust Him, Ends Talks With Indigenous Leader

By Alexandra Valencia | Reuters

Ecuador’s president, Guillermo Lasso, survived an attempt by opposition lawmakers to oust him Tuesday after he insisted his government will not negotiate further with an Indigenous leader to end more than two weeks of protests.

Philippines Orders Rappler to Shut Down

By Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times

The Philippine government has again ordered that Rappler, the news website co-founded by Maria Ressa, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, be shut down for violating foreign ownership rules, the latest blow against press freedom in the country.

Hindu Man Killed as Religious Tensions Boil in India

By Sheikh Saaliq & Krutika Pathi | Associated Press (free)

Tensions were high Wednesday in the western Indian city of Udaipur, a day after police arrested two Muslim men accused of slitting a Hindu tailor’s throat and posting a video of it on social media, in a brutal attack representing a dramatic escalation of communal violence in a country riven by deep religious polarization.

Turkey Agrees to Allow Sweden and Finland to Join NATO

By Steven Erlanger & Michael D. Shear | The New York Times

NATO leaders will formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance Wednesday after Turkey lifted its veto on their membership, NATO’s secretary-general said Tuesday evening, clearing the way for what would be one of the most significant expansions of the alliance in decades.

Near Kherson, Ukrainians Regain Territory in Major Counteroffensive

By Isabelle Khurshudyan | The Washington Post

At a school where Russian forces had set up a base in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, three of their armored personnel carriers remained on the property—for now. They were damaged when Ukraine’s military recently forced the occupying soldiers back from this area. Over the weekend, three locals hammered at one vehicle to salvage spare parts.

Iran Report: Nuclear Talks With U.S. End Without Deal in Qatar

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers have ended without breaking a deadlock over the talks, a semiofficial Iranian news agency reported Wednesday.

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Militant in West Bank Raid

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian militant early Wednesday in the occupied West Bank during clashes that broke out during an arrest raid, Palestinian officials said.

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