Austrian Chancellor is due to meet with Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Russian president’s first face-to-face meeting with an EU leader since ordering the invasion of Ukraine, amid warnings of a new offensive and shelling in the east.
Karl Nehammer said the meeting would take place in Moscow and that Austria had a “clear stance on the Russian war of aggression”, calling for humanitarian corridors, a ceasefire and full investigation of war crimes.
Jake Sullivan, Washington’s national security adviser, has warned that the appointment of a new general in command of Russia’s military campaign is likely to usher in a new round of “crimes and brutality” against civilians. Alexandr Dvornikov, 60, came to head Russian troops in Syria in 2015-16, when there was a particularly brutal bombing of rebel-held areas, including civilian populations, in Aleppo.
What can Russia do next? The British Ministry of Defense warned on Monday morning that Russian forces could resort to using phosphorus weapons in Mariupol while fighting for the city intensifies. The quoted Russian soldier’s previous use of ammunition in Donetsk.
What else happens? Here’s what we know on day 47 of the invasion.
Liz Cheney disputes the report that the panel on January 6 is divided over Trump’s criminal referral
A key Republican on the House of Representatives on January 6 challenged a report that said the panel was divided over whether Donald Trump should be referred to the Department of Justice for criminal charges regarding his attempt to overthrow the 2020 election, leading to the Capitol attack.
“There’s not really a dispute in the committee,” Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney told CNN’s State of the Union.
The New York Times said something different Sunday in a report with the headline: “Panel January 6 has evidence of criminal referral of Trump, but is divided in connection with deportation.”
“The debate centers on whether a referral – a predominantly symbolic act – would backfire by politically destroying the Justice Department’s expanded investigation into the January 6 attack and what led up to it,” the newspaper said.
Referring to “members and aides,” the Times said such sources were reluctant to support a referral because it would create the impression that Democrats had asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump.
What did Cheney say? “We have not made a decision on referrals in committee … [but] It’s actually clear that what President Trump was dealing with, what a number of people around him were doing, that they knew it was awful. That they did it anyway. ”
France faces bruises after voting in the first round by Macron and Le Pen
France is facing a brutal two-week campaign over the country’s future as centrist ruler Emmanuel Macron faces far-right Marine Le Pen as president and positions himself as a pro-European “progressive” against what he calls her anti-Muslim, nationalist program and “complacency” about Putin.
Macron topped Sunday’s first round of the French presidential election with 27.6% of the vote, ahead of Le Pen’s 23.4%, according to the first expected results from Ipsos for France Télévisions.
He scored higher than his result in the first round five years ago, and clearly received support in the last hours of the campaign after his harsh warnings to voters to hold back the far right and protect France’s place on the international diplomatic scene during the war in Ukraine . But Le Pen’s score was also higher than five years ago.
Why is Le Pen doing better this time? She had steadily won support after fighting hard for the cost-of-living crisis and inflation, which had become voters’ biggest concern.
What has Macron said? He told reporters: “When the far right in all its forms represents so much in France, one can not consider that things are going well, so one has to go out and convince people with a lot of humility and respect for them. Who were not on our side in this first round. ”
In other news …
A federal judge has indicated that an attempt to stop the far-right Republican Congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene to stand for re-election will be allowed to continue. The challenge from a group of voters in Georgia says Greene should be disqualified because she supported rebels on January 6, 2021.
After dozens of confusing, apparently painful fatal injections in recent years, inmates in at least 10 states have made a surreal argument: they would prefer the firing force. As more “technological” methods have proven to be sinister, some states are considering shooting prisoners instead.
Elon Musk has made a complete turnaround by becoming a member of Twitter’s board of directors, despite becoming the social media company’s largest shareholder with a 9.2% stake. He was due to become a board member on Saturday, but Twitter’s CEO, Parag Agrawal, said Monday morning that Musk had turned down the offer.
The British Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has written to the Prime Minister asking for an inquiry into his own affairs after several days of criticism of his wife’s “non-judgment” tax status. Sunak has also been criticized for his decision to keep a U.S. green card that provides permanent residency for months while he is chancellor.
Do not miss this: What happens when a group of Fox News viewers watch CNN for a month?
In an unusual and laborious project, two political scientists paid a group of regular Fox News viewers to watch CNN instead for a month. At the end of the period, the researchers found surprising results; some Fox News observers had changed their minds about a number of key issues, including the U.S. response to the coronavirus and Democrats’ attitude toward the police. The results suggest that political perspectives may change – but also reveal the influence of party political media on viewers’ ideology, writes, Adam Gabbatt.
… Or this: Jack White on the white stripes, bar fights and fame
As one half of the White Stripes, the Detroit musician conquered the world. His supercharged garage rock duo was a global phenomenon and he has hardly paused since. He stood in front of Raconteurs and played drums in Dead Weather, worked with country singer Loretta Lynn and has been a producer and video maker, while his eclectic Third Man operation includes everything from a record company and record stores to a publishing house. After a busy lockdown, he is back with two new solo albums.
Climate check: Putin’s war shows autocracies and fossil fuels go hand in hand. Here’s how to tackle both
The world of money is at least as unbalanced and unfair as the world of political power – but in ways that can make it a little easier for climate advocates to make progress. Putin’s grotesque war may be where some of these threads meet. It highlights the ways in which fossil fuels build autocracy and the power that control of scarce supplies gives autocrats. But we have years, not decades, to get the climate crisis under some form of control. We do not get more moments like this.
Last thing: The Connecticut mechanic finds art worth millions in containers in an abandoned barn
Paintings and other works of art found in an abandoned barn in Connecticut turned out to be worth millions of dollars. Announced by a contractor, Jared Whipple, a mechanic from Waterbury, retrieved the dirt-covered pieces from a container containing materials from a barn in Watertown. Whipple later found out that the works were by Francis Hines, an abstract expressionist who died in 2016 at the age of 96 and had kept his work in the barn, Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported.
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