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‘Ecocide’ could be on the same level as war crimes



'Ecocide' could be placed on the same level as war crimes.

Lawyers have formed a new definition for ‘ecocide’, which places it on the same level as war crimes.

The draft legislation says ecocide is “unlawful”. It also outlines the “acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment”.

The law could become the fifth offence that the International Criminal Court prosecutes. It would become the first new international crime since Nazi leaders were prosecuted at the Nuremberg trials.

Jojo Mehta is the Chair of the Stop Ecocide Foundation, who says the event was a “historic moment”.

“This expert panel came together in direct response to a growing political appetite for real answers to the climate and ecological crisis.

“The world is waking up to the danger we are facing if we continue along our current trajectory.”

There is currently no legal framework in place to deal with ecocide at an international level. But ecocide could place perpetrators on trial at the ICC or in any ratifying jurisdiction.

Marie Toussaint has made it her mission to progress ecocide recognition in the European Union.

“After years and years of non-stop mobilisation and struggle all over the world, recognition of ecocide has gained strength and public support.”

“This recognition is essential if we want to protect all life on our planet, as well as peace and human rights.”

The draft follows six months deliberations between 12 international criminal and environmental lawyers from around the world.

Last month, Australia’s Federal Court found the nation’s Environment Minister has a duty of care to protect young people from climate change.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Ukraine and Moldova on the edge of EU membership



Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted EU candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union

The decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Russia’s President Putin claims he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

But some analysts are doubting whether Russia’s comments are genuine.

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Russia targets Ukrainian capital of Kyiv during G7



Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as leaders of the G7 meet in Germany

A missile strike left one dead, and six wounded after a residential apartment was hit. It’s the first such strikes on the capital in three weeks.

The city’s Deputy Mayor says four people were admitted to local hospitals, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts.

It’s believed a 7-year-old girl is among those who are injured in the complex. Meanwhile, a missile funnel has been found in the backyard of a nearby kindergarten.

U-S President Joe Biden says the strikes are barbaric, but declined to comment on whether they were deliberately occurring because of the G7 meeting.

The Group of Seven leaders will ban imports of gold from Russia, the latest in a series of sweeping sanctions against the nation for its war in Ukraine.

Leaders will also discuss rising energy costs and inflation.

President Biden is also pledging 200 billion dollars as part of a global infrastructure package to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, Russia maintains the invasion is a special military operation.

The nation’s Defence Minister has paid a visit to Russian troops and giving medals to soldiers.

President Vladimir Putin says his nation will transfer nuclear-capable missile systems to Belarus in the coming months.

Belarus has been a close ally to Russia. The nation’s President travelled to St Petersburg for a series of meetings at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the G7 says there is one world leader who is missing from their high-stakes talks.

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city



Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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