After new reports of atrocities in Ukraine, President Joe Biden has called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin. And now is the time to act on climate change, according to a new report.
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Biden calls on Putin to stand trial for war crimes
President Joe Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin and more sanctions against Russia following new reports of atrocities in Ukraine after Russian troops withdrew from areas around from Kyiv. “We saw what happened to Bucha. He’s a war criminal,” Biden said. The State Department later said the barbaric acts were not rare individual instances, but rather “part of a larger and troubling campaign”. World leaders who condemned Russia after Ukrainian officials said the bodies of 410 civilians were found in towns in the Kyiv region recently recaptured from Russian forces. In Bucha, 280 people were buried in mass graves, according to Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who visited the city on Monday. Associated Press reporters saw the bodies of at least 21 people at various locations around Bucha.
One more step towards confirmation
The historic nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first black woman on the Supreme Court moved closer to confirmation on Monday afternoon. The 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, voted by party for an 11-11 tie, rather than offering a “for” or “against” recommendation. While a tie vote adds an extra procedural step, it won’t prevent Jackson’s nomination from moving to the full Senate for consideration. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., can now set the timeline for a full House vote, where Jackson is expected to be confirmed before Congress leaves for the Easter recess at the end of the week.
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Arrest in Sacramento, shooting that left 6 dead
A man was arrested Monday in a shooting in the heart of the Californian capital that left six people dead over the weekend, and police said more arrests were likely. Dandre Martin, 26, was taken into custody in connection with the shooting and faces charges of assault and possession of a firearm, Sacramento police said. More than 100 shots were fired early Sunday in downtown Sacramento amid a chaotic altercation outside the city’s entertainment district, which was packed with people leaving bars. The Sacramento County coroner identified the six victims killed in the attack as three women: Johntaya Alexander, 21; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21; and three men, Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and Devazia Turner, 29.
Could the Earth become “unlivable”?
According to a new UN climate report, yes – and fast, if we don’t do something now. Like now. According to the report, rapid mitigation actions – reductions in fossil fuels and better building practices – are needed to avoid unsustainable global warming. In fact, according to the report, without immediate and deep reductions in emissions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is “out of reach”. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report revealed “a litany of broken climate promises” by governments and corporations and accused them of stoking global warming by clinging to harmful fossil fuels.
Florida woman’s ex arrested after body found in Alabama
The body of Cassie Carli, a woman from Navarre, Florida, who has been missing for about a week, was found Saturday night in a shallow grave in Alabama. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for the 37-year-old since she failed to return from a meeting with her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Spanevelo, to exchange custody of their daughter on March 27. Spanevelo was arrested Saturday in Tennessee on charges including tampering with evidence, false information regarding a missing person investigation and destruction of evidence. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said the evidence is there that Spanevelo is the prime suspect in Carli’s death. Now that Carli’s remains have been discovered, Johnson said, Spanevelo is still reluctant to speak except for one word: “lawyer.”
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