The Austrian president is due to meet with Vladimir Putin on Monday, the first direct meeting between the Russian president and an EU leader, amid warnings of a new offensive and shelling in the east since he ordered an invasion of Ukraine.
Karl Nehmmer called the meeting in Moscow and called for a full inquiry into the humanitarian corridors, ceasefire and war crimes, saying that Austria had a “clear position on the Russian war of aggression.”
Jake Sullivan, a national security adviser in Washington, has warned that appointing a new general to Russia’s military campaign could lead to a new round of “crimes and brutality” against civilians. Alexandr Dvornikov, 60, gained prominence as the leader of Russian troops in Syria in 2015-16, especially in Aleppo, where brutal bombings were carried out on rebel-held areas, including civilians.
What can Russia do next? The UK Defense Ministry warned Monday morning that Russian forces could use phosphorous weapons in Mariupol. It cited Russian soldiers’ previous use of weapons in Donetsk.
What else is going on? Here is what we learned on the 47th day of the invasion.
Liz Cheney Dispute Report Jan. 6 Group split over Trump criminal recommendation
A major Republican in the House Jan. 6 committee said the panel was divided over whether to nominate Donald Trump to the judiciary in an attempt to thwart the 2020 election, leading to the Capitol attack.
“There is really no controversy in the group,” Wyoming spokeswoman Liz Cheney told CNN’s Union State.
The New York Times said otherwise Sunday: “The Jan. 6 panel has evidence of Trump’s criminal conviction, but there are divisions in the dispatch.”
“The debate is centered on whether to push back a recommendation – mostly a symbolic act – by politically tarnishing the judiciary’s expanded investigation into the January 6 attacks and what led to it,” the newspaper said.
Citing “members and aides,” the Times said it was reluctant to support such a recommendation because it appeared that Democrats had asked Attorney General Merrick Carland to question Trump.
What did Cheney say? “We have not made any decision on the recommendations of the committee … [but] It is really clear that they know what President Trump is doing, what many around him are doing, and how bad it is. They did it anyway. ”
France face a tough run after the first round of voting for Macron and Le Pen
France faces a brutal two-week campaign over the country’s future, with the centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron facing the far-right Marine Le Pen as president, who has positioned himself against what he calls a pro-European “progressive”. “Satisfaction” with the Muslim, nationalist agenda and Putin.
Macron topped the first round of Sunday’s French presidential election with 27.6% of the vote, ahead of Le Pen’s 23.4%, according to Ipsos’ preliminary results for French television.
He scored higher than his results in the first round five years ago and gained clear support in the final hours of the campaign after his stern warnings to voters to stop the far-right and defend France’s place in the international diplomatic arena during the war. Ukraine. But Le Pen’s scores were also higher than they were five years ago.
Why is Le Pen performing better this time? He continued to garner support after campaigning hard on the cost-of-living crisis and inflation becoming the biggest concern of the electorate.
What did Macron say? He told reporters: “When the extreme right, in all its forms, represents that much in France, you can not assume that things are going well, so you have to go out and convince people with a lot of humility and respect. This first round is on our side. Those who do not.
In other news
A federal judge has pointed out that the far-right Republican is trying to stop CongressPerson Marjorie Taylor Green Will be allowed to continue running in the re-election. The Georgia Electoral Commission’s challenge is that Green should be disqualified for supporting the rebels on 6 January 2021.
After dozens of painful lethal injections in recent years, prisoners in at least 10 states are making a surreal argument: they want to Shooting Force. And as “technological” methods have proven to be brutal, some states are considering instead shooting prisoners.
Elon Musk became the largest shareholder in the social media company with a 9.2% stake, but made a U-turn in joining the Twitter group.. He was a board member on Saturday but Twitter CEO Barack Agarwal said on Monday morning that Musk had turned down the offer.
The British President, Rishi Sunak, has written to the Prime Minister to inquire into his own affairs after criticizing his wife’s “non-dome” tax status.. Sunak was also criticized for his decision to hold a US green card granting permanent residency months during his presidency.
Don’t miss this: What happens when a Fox News audience watches CNN for a month?
In an unusual and laborious project, two political scientists paid to watch CNN for a month instead of the usual Fox News audience. At the end of the period, the researchers found surprising results; Some Fox News viewers have changed their minds on a number of key issues, including the US response to the corona virus and the Democrats’ approach to the police. The findings suggest that political perspectives may change – but also reveal the influence of the biased media on audience ideology, Adam Cabot writes.
Or It: Jack White White Stripes, Bar Travels and Fame
Halfway through the white lines, the Detroit musician conquered the world. His supercharged garage rock duo is a global phenomenon, and he has not paused in the slightest. He stood in front of Raconteurs and played drums on Dead Weather, worked with folk singer Loretta Lynn and has been a producer and video producer, while his select Third Man operation takes everything from record label and record shops to the release brand. After a busy lockout, he is back with two new solo albums.
Climate check: Putin’s war dictatorships and fossil fuels go hand in hand. Here’s how to deal with both
The world of money is as unbalanced and unjust as the world of political power – but in ways that make it somewhat easier for climate advocates to make progress. Putin’s gruesome war may be one of these threads. It illustrates the ways in which fossil fuels create authoritarianism, and empowers dictators to control short supply. But we have many years to bring the climate crisis under control, not decades. We will never get moments like this.
Last thing: a Connecticut mechanic finds millions worth of art in an abandoned barn
The paintings and other artwork found in the abandoned barn in Connecticut turned out to be worth millions of dollars. Reported by a contractor, Waterbury’s mechanic Jared Whipple recovered dirty covered pieces from a trash can containing materials from a shed in Watertown. Whipple later discovered that the archive contained the works of Francis Hines, an abstract exposer who died in 2016 at the age of 96, and the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
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