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Former Proud Boys leader convicted of seditious conspiracy for US Capitol attack
In this issue: Former proud boys leader convicted of seditious conspiracy; President Zelensky pushes for Putin on trial; Canada considering expelling Chinese diplomats
Former leader of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group, Enrique Tarrio, and four other members were convicted on Thursday of seditious conspiracy for plotting to attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The failed attempt was aimed at stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. The verdict was the longest trial of any arising from the Capitol riot, lasting over three months, and marks a significant victory for the US Justice Department. Alongside Tarrio, Proud Boys members Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, and Zachary Rehl were also found guilty, while the fifth defendant, Dominic Pezzola, was acquitted. The charge of seditious conspiracy carries a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Zelenskyy wants Putin trial; Russia accuses US on drones
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain high after Ukraine denied involvement in an alleged drone attack on the Kremlin. Pro-Kremlin figures called for the assassinations of senior Ukraine leaders, with the Kremlin promising unspecified retaliation for what it termed a “terrorist” act. In turn, Zelenskyy expressed confidence that Putin would be convicted of war crimes, urging the global community to hold him accountable. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military reported that three Russian drones hit the southern city of Odesa, and Kyiv was hit with air attacks for the third time in four days. The US intelligence officials have yet to determine who was behind the drone incident.
Canada is considering expelling Chinese diplomats after reports that Beijing attempted to gather information about a member of parliament and his family. The Canadian spy agency believes China sought details about the politician's relatives in an effort to deter "anti-China positions". The politician had previously accused China of human rights abuses. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly summoned China's ambassador to discuss the issue and said that all options including expulsion of diplomats remain on the table. China has denied the allegations and protested against the threat to expel its diplomats. These allegations come amid other intelligence reports that have accused China of attempting to interfere in Canadian elections.
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