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The United States has formally accused Russian forces of committing war crimes in Ukraine and pledged to pursue accountability “using all available tools”.

Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, said the United States reached its conclusion using public and intelligence sources. He said “as with any alleged crime,” a competent court would be “ultimately responsible for determining criminal culpability in specific cases,” and the United States would continue its efforts to gather evidence.

Last week, Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a “war criminal”, sparking a backlash from the Kremlin. Blinken did not elaborate on specific incidents the State Department considered war crimes, but listed attacks on “apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, vehicles civilians, shopping centers and ambulances.”

  • Biden arrived in Europe for an emergency NATO summit, a G7 summit and a European Council meeting in Brussels. It aims to keep the pressure on Russia.

  • A Russian journalist has died amid Russian shelling in kyiv. Oksana Baulina, who covered for the independent Russian news site The Insider, was at least the fifth journalist to die since the start of the conflict.

  • Seven humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians were agreed for Thursday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. Many previous agreements have collapsed. None have been agreed for Mariupol.

Republican says Trump asked him to ‘cancel’ 2020 election and remove Biden from office

Mo Brooks at the Jan. 6 rally: “Today is the day American patriots start taking names and kicking ass.” Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Republican Congressman from Alabama Mo Brooks said Donald Trump had asked him to “cancel” the 2020 election, remove Joe Biden from the White House and reinstate Trump.

Brooks’ statement follows Trump’s withdrawal of his endorsement of Brooks for insufficiently supporting his voter fraud lie. Brooks, who until now has been one of Trump’s staunchest supporters, said his refusal to toe the line caused him to lose the former president’s support.

“President Trump has asked me to cancel the 2020 election, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately return President Trump to the White House, and call a new special election for the presidency,” he said. he declared. “As a lawyer, I repeatedly informed President Trump that January 6 was the final verdict in the electoral contest and that neither the US Constitution nor the US Code permitted what President Trump was asking for. Period.”

  • When did Trump withdraw his endorsement? On Wednesday, Trump said Brooks “made a horrible mistake recently when he ‘woke up’ and said, referring to the 2020 presidential election scam, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you “.”

  • Meanwhile, a man charged in the January 6 attack has been granted asylum in Belarus. Accused of assaulting police officers, Evan Neumann said that although he was in the building, he denied the charges and did not strike any officers.

Washington limits gun magazine capacity

Gov. Jay Inslee signs package of bills tightening state gun laws
Governor Jay Inslee signs a package of bills strengthening the state’s gun laws. Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

Washington has joined nine other states in restricting the size of magazine capacity after Governor Jay Inslee signed a package of bills tightening state gun laws.

“We are not willing to accept gun violence as a normal part of life in Washington state,” said Inslee, a Democrat. The measure prohibits the manufacture, distribution and sale of firearm magazines containing more than 10 rounds.

Members of the public were not allowed in the capitol for several hours before and after the bill was signed as a “prudent precaution”, according to a Washington State Patrol spokesperson.

  • When does it come into effect? July 1, 2022.

  • Are there exceptions? The measure does not prohibit the possession of these magazines and allows their use by law enforcement and correctional officers, members of the armed forces, the Washington National Guard and licensed firearms dealers.

In other news…

Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright, hailed by her colleagues as a “pioneer”. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
  • Madeleine Albright, the first US Secretary of State, has died at the age of 84. Albright, who came to the United States as a refugee and served under Bill Clinton, died of cancer, her family said.

  • Colombia could elect its first black vice-president after left-wing favorite for president Gustavo Petro chose Francia Márquez as his running mate. Márquez is an environmental activist who survived at least one assassination attempt.

  • A group of Wisconsin Republicans is pursuing an illegal effort to nullify the 2020 election. Despite the anti-democratic measures they promote, partisan gerrymandering means they are unlikely to lose control of the state assembly this fall.

Stat of the day: PFAS chemicals found in more than half of food packaging tested

PFAS were found in more than half of the packaging tested by CR
PFAS were found in more than half of the packaging tested by CR. Composition: Getty Images/The Guardian

Potentially dangerous PFAS chemicals have been identified in dozens of U.S. restaurant and grocery chain packaging products, according to a Consumer Reports investigation. CR tested multiple samples of 118 food packaging products and found evidence of “always chemical” PFAS in more than half, while nearly a third contained levels above a threshold supported by CR and D experts. ‘others.

Don’t Miss This: How a Port Took Over a Black American Neighborhood

A block containing exchange houses which the Port offered residents in exchange for their East End properties
A block containing exchange houses which the Port offered residents in exchange for their East End properties. Some former eastern residents have reported problems with the houses. Photography: Arturo Olmos/The Guardian

Port Freeport in Texas has secured 95% ownership in the historically black East End neighborhood as part of a sweeping expansion. For Henry Jones, 97, that means being kicked out of the house he has called home for more than 70 years. “What I accumulated, I thought I was going to enjoy and my family [would] inherit it,” Jones says. “Now everything is falling apart while I’m here.”

Climate balance sheet: the world’s forests do more than just store carbon

A forest in Indonesia
Forests like this in Indonesia do more than just store carbon. Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The world’s forests limit the climate crisis in more ways than by storing carbon, research shows. New data shows that they affect local and global temperatures through the way they transform energy and water. Overall, they keep the planet at least 0.5°C cooler.

Latest Thing: Wolverine Fish Discovered

He looks nothing like Hugh Jackman, but like the Wolverine, the Wolverine Hopliancistrus has hidden spikes, earning it its X-Men inspired name. The species is among 212 freshwater fish discovered in 2021. “Researchers who described [the Wolverine pleco] the species ended up with quite a few finger injuries when collecting specimens from the wild,” said Harmony Patricio, conservation program manager.

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