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  • Trump indicted over alleged retention of documents at Mar-a-Lago – follow live
    by Gabrielle Canon on June 9, 2023 at 12:29 am

    The criminal charge poses most significant legal peril yet for the former president

    Here’s a bit of background on the case and what we know so far:

    Trump shared the news on Truth Social, telling his followers that he must appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday.

    This is the first time the former president has been charged with federal criminal charges by the justice department, but are only one part of his mounting legal troubles. He was also indicted by a Manhattan grand jury in March, faces state criminal charges in New York, and is being investigated by the district attorney in Fulton county, Georgia over his attempts to overturn the election.

    The Justice Department probe, headed by special counsel Jack Smith, has been investigating whether Trump illegally handled documents and this indictment signifies their case is a strong one. As my colleague Sam Levine points out:

    The justice department is generally extremely careful when they choose to bring cases and so the fact that prosecutors felt confident enough to indict Trump, knowing the political maelstrom that would result, is a signal of the strength of the case against him.”

    Among the evidence against Trump is a 2021 recording, where he can be heard discussing one of the classified documents. First reported by CNN, on the recording he refers to the document as classified, undercutting his defense that he declassified the documents during his presidency.

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  • Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 471 of the invasion
    by Guardian staff and agencies on June 8, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Zelenskiy visits flooded Kherson; analysts say intense fighting in Zaporizhzhia is start of counteroffensive

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  • Boris Johnson has been given Commons Partygate inquiry findings, say sources
    by Aubrey Allegretti Senior political correspondent on June 8, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Ex-PM handed dossier laying out privileges committee’s findings as inquiry into whether he misled parliament nears end

    Boris Johnson has been given the findings of an investigation into whether he misled parliament over Partygate, the Guardian has been told.

    With the nearly year-long inquiry drawing to a close, sources said a “warning letter” had been submitted to the former prime minister containing criticisms for him to respond to.

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  • Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden sign ‘Atlantic declaration’ but hope of trade deal ends
    by Peter Walker Deputy political editor in Washington on June 8, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Landmark agreement moves UK firmly into US economic orbit but falls far short of full trade deal Tories promised in 2019

    Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden have announced a deal for transatlantic cooperation that moves the UK firmly into the US administration’s economic orbit and marks a revival in ties after the turbulence of Brexit.

    Unveiling the so-called “Atlantic declaration” at a joint press conference with Biden at the White House, Sunak was explicit that the closer links were designed to bolster economic security in response to threats from China and Russia.

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  • EU agrees radical reforms on migration and asylum laws
    by Lisa O'Carroll Brussels correspondent on June 8, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    After years of infighting, 27-state bloc sets out new policies including charge of €20,000 a head for members that refuse to take refugees

    The EU has agreed radical reforms of its migration and asylum laws including charges of €20,000 (£17,200) per head for member countries that refuse to host refugees.

    After almost 12 hours of intense negotiations in Luxembourg, and years of fighting, interior ministers struck a deal on Thursday on what they described as a “historical” new approach to what one politician described as an often “toxic topic”.

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  • Trump requests reduced damages or new trial in E Jean Carroll case
    by Guardian staff and agencies on June 8, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Lawyers seek cut to $5m penalty for sexual abuse and defamation and say if judge does not agree he should permit a new trial

    Donald Trump on Thursday asked a federal court in New York to slash the penalty awarded against him in the sexual assault and defamation civil case won by writer E Jean Carroll from $5m down to $1m – or grant him a new trial.

    A jury last month found the former US president liable for sexually abusing and defaming the writer and awarded her $5m in damages.

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  • China reportedly reaches secret deal with Cuba to host spy base on island
    by Reuters in Washington on June 8, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    Facility would allow Beijing to gather electronic communications from US but Cuba dismisses report as ‘unfounded’

    China has reached a secret deal with Cuba to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island roughly 100 miles (160km) from Florida, the Wall Street Journal has reported, but the US and Cuban governments cast strong doubt on the report.

    Such a spy installation would allow Beijing to gather electronic communications from the south-eastern United States, which houses many US military bases, as well as to monitor ship traffic, the newspaper reported.

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  • Muchova shocks Sabalenka to set up French Open final against Swiatek
    by Tumaini Carayol at Roland Garros on June 8, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    • Unseeded Czech wins 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 to reach first grand slam final
    • Swiatek defeats Haddad Maia 6-2, 7-6 in second semi-final

    Iga Swiatek will attempt to win her third French Open title in four years when the Pole faces Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in Saturday’s final. On Thursday, a dramatic women’s semi-final day at Roland Garros ended with the unseeded Muchova upsetting Aryna Sabalenka, the second seed, scuppering hopes of a rematch between the top two players.

    In the first women’s semi-final, Muchova recovered from a 2-5, 30-40 deficit on her serve, winning the final five games of a spectacular battle to reach her first grand slam final with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5 win over Sabalenka.

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