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HeadlinesJune 12, 2023

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Ukraine Says It Liberated 4 Villages as Counteroffensive Gets Underway

Jun 12, 2023

Ukraine says it recaptured four villages in the eastern Donetsk region after President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed on Saturday Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive has begun.

President Volodymyr Zelensky: “It is important that Russia always feels it. They do not have much time left, in my opinion. Counteroffensive and defensive actions are taking place in Ukraine. At what stage, I will not say in detail.”

Zelensky also said the International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into last week’s Kakhovka dam breach, which triggered an environmental disaster and killed at least 14 people.

Law Enforcement Braces for Unrest Ahead of Trump Court Hearing as Supporters Issue Violent Threats

Jun 12, 2023

Federal and local law enforcement agencies say they’ve stepped up security and are monitoring online threats from far-right supporters of Donald Trump ahead of his appearance at a Miami federal court Tuesday. Trump is facing criminal charges for taking classified documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate when he exited the White House.

At Georgia’s Republican state convention over the weekend, Arizona’s defeated gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said she and 75 million others would defend Trump, adding, “Most of us are card-carrying members of the NRA.” Trump, who also spoke at the Georgia convention, said he is still running for the 2024 presidency, as he lashed out at the Biden administration.

Donald Trump: “Now the Marxist left is once again using the same corrupt DOJ and the same corrupt FBI and the attorney general and the local district attorneys to interfere in our elections at a level that our country and few countries have ever seen before. They’re cheating. They’re crooked. They’re corrupt. These criminals cannot be rewarded. They must be defeated. You have to defeat them.”

On Friday, the Justice Department unsealed the indictment against Trump, containing 37 felony counts, including obstruction of justice and violations of the Espionage Act. Photographs show towering stacks of document boxes piled up in various parts of Trump’s Florida estate, including a ballroom stage and a bathroom. We’ll have more on this story after headlines with The Nation’s Elie Mystal.

Deadly Battles Resume in Sudan After Ceasefire Ends; South Sudan Violence Kills 20 Displaced People

Jun 12, 2023

In Sudan, intense airstrikes and artillery fire rattled the capital Khartoum on Sunday as fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces resumed following a 24-hour ceasefire. Witnesses said at least 17 civilians were killed across the capital region. There are reports of intense fighting in several other parts of Sudan, including Darfur.

On Friday, Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared Volker Perthes, the U.N. envoy for Sudan, to be persona non grata, after Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, accused him of inflaming the conflict in Sudan. Perthes defended the U.N.’s work and said the conflict could only be blamed on “the two generals at war.”

In South Sudan, at least 20 people were killed and 50 others injured after fighting erupted in a camp for displaced people in Upper Nile state. The camp is home to at least 50,000 people, who began arriving when the civil war in South Sudan broke out a decade ago.

New Haven Reaches $45 Million Settlement with Randy Cox, Who Was Paralyzed in Police Van

Jun 12, 2023

Back in the U.S., the city of New Haven, Connecticut, has reached a historic $45 million settlement with Randy Cox, a Black man who was left paralyzed after he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police van without a seat belt. After the van made an abrupt stop, Cox slid headfirst into a metal partition, seriously injuring his neck and spine. Officers then ignored his pleas for help. Five officers have pleaded “not guilty” to criminal charges including second-degree reckless endangerment.

I-95 Highway in Philadelphia Could Be Closed for Months After Tanker Truck Fire Leads to Collapse

Jun 12, 2023

In Philadelphia, an elevated highway collapsed Sunday following a crash and oil tanker truck fire on Interstate 95. No deaths or injuries were reported. Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro said it could take months to repair the major East Coast artery.

New York City Establishes First-of-Its-Kind Minimum Wage for App Delivery Workers

Jun 12, 2023

New York City officials have announced a new minimum wage for food app delivery workers of nearly $18 an hour before tips. Delivery workers contracted by companies like Uber and DoorDash currently make just $11 an hour. This is Ligia Guallpa of the Worker’s Justice Project, which organizes the immigrant-led group Los Deliveristas Unidos.

Ligia Guallpa: “We can finally say that New York City’s more than 60,000 app delivery workers, who are essential to our city, will soon be guaranteed a minimum pay. New York City is delivering justice for deliveristas.”

Critics say the increase is still a “subminimum” wage once expenses are factored in, and blasted New York City for delaying the pay raise. App companies raked in record profits during the pandemic.

Four Indigenous Children Found Alive 40 Days After Plane Crash

Jun 12, 2023

In Colombia, four Indigenous children were found alive in the Amazon 40 days after their plane crashed in the rainforest in early May. The siblings, ranging from just 11 months to 13 years old, survived eating plants and seeds they’d been taught were edible. The search and rescue efforts were largely led by Indigenous community members, who guided Colombian troops through the region.

Colombia Signs Ceasefire Agreement with ELN Rebels

Jun 12, 2023

In more news from Colombia, the National Liberation Army, or ELN — the country’s largest remaining guerrilla group — and Colombian officials have signed a ceasefire agreement after months of negotiations. This is President Gustavo Petro, who’s vowed to bring “total peace” to Colombia.

President Gustavo Petro: “Today, the signing of these partial agreements brings you to a ceasefire, to a point that you had never experienced in the peace talks, to a ceasefire that follows with a promise, that on May ’25, on May 2025, the decades-long war between the ELN guerrilla and the state of Colombia will definitively cease.”

Torrential Rains in Northwest Pakistan Kill at Least 25

Jun 12, 2023

At least 25 people in Pakistan were killed by torrential rains in the country’s northwest, which caused houses to collapse and trees to be uprooted. Meanwhile, authorities have put in place emergency measures as a “severe and intense” cyclone approaches Pakistan and India.

More Than 20 Killed in Somalia After Discarded Mortar Shell Explodes

Jun 12, 2023

In Somalia, over 20 people, most of them children and teens, were killed Friday in a southern town after an unexploded mortar shell detonated near where the victims were playing. More than 50 people were injured in the blast. Another six people were killed Saturday during a six-hour siege of a beachside hotel by the armed group al-Shabab in the capital Mogadishu.

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Scandal-Plagued Italian Media Tycoon and Ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi Dies at 86

Jun 12, 2023

Media tycoon, billionaire and four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has died at the age of 86. Berlusconi was first elected prime minister in 1994, leveraging his unrivaled influence over public opinion in Italy, where he controlled newspapers, magazines and three major TV channels. Throughout his career, Berlusconi faced multiple criminal charges, including abuse of office, bribery, corruption and paying for sex with an underage girl. Most of the charges ended in dismissals after Berlusconi’s government passed laws shielding him from prosecution, but a tax fraud conviction in 2013 barred him from public office for six years.

2 Nonbinary Performers Win Tony Awards as Unscripted Ceremony Acknowledges Writers Strike

Jun 12, 2023

In New York City, an unscripted Tony Awards took place Sunday evening as the Writers Guild of America strike continues. Host Ariana DeBose kicked off the ceremony by leafing through a blank script before launching into a dance number consisting of a wordless medley of Broadway hits. She went on to express solidarity with striking entertainment writers.

History was made as two nonbinary performers took home awards for the first time. J. Harrison Ghee won best actor in a musical for “Some Like It Hot.” An emotional Alex Newell took to the stage after winning for their role in the musical “Shucked.”

Alex Newell: “Thank you for seeing me, Broadway. I should not be up here, as a queer, nonbinary, fat, Black little baby from Massachusetts. And to anyone that thinks that they can’t do it, I’m going to look you dead in your face, that you can do anything you put your mind to.”

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