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Former police officer sentenced for violating George Floyd’s civil rights

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The police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd has been sentenced to 21 years

Derek Chauvin has been sentenced on separate federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights during his arrest in May 2020.

Chauvin pleaded guilty to the charges in December, and is already is serving a sentence of 22-and-a-half years in a Minnesota prison for Floyd’s murder.

“To put your knee on another person’s neck until they expire is wrong, and thus you need to be substantially punished.”

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson

It’s believed 46-year-old Chauvin did not offer an apology, and reportedly says the court was handling the case in a “politically charged environment”.

The former Minneapolis police officer admitted to violating Floyd’s right not to face “unreasonable seizure” by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.

Floyd’s murder was captured on video and sparked the rise of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement across the U.S.

His mother also spoke to the court, saying her son had been wrongly called a racist.

This new sentence will run concurrently and Chauvin is expected to move to a federal prison.

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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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe

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Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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Ukraine war: If Putin engages in nuclear, he is signing his own ‘suicide note’

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As the Ukraine war lingers on, Ukraine’s military advances are the main focus

UKRAINE WAR – Putin’s inability to align his desired political outcomes with the capacity of his military on the frontline in Ukraine, is more obvious than ever.

Russia no longer has control of any of the provinces it claimed to have “annexed” recently, in fact, it’s quite the opposite on the ground.

The will and determination of the Ukrainian people has been unwavering, despite the atrocities cast upon them by Russia.

Now, Putin’s strategy is flawed. Russia’s losses on the ground are a demonstration of Putin’s inability to match his desired political goals with the capability of his military forces.

So what does the future of the war actually look like from this point forward?

Ticker News spoke with War Correspondent Misha Zelinsky who is on the ground in Kyiv, Ukraine.

He gave a full analysis about the mood in Ukraine, Putin’s next moves and the future strategy of the war.

The mood in Ukraine

Zelinsky spent a lot of time in Ukraine at the beginning of the war and at that point in time, it was a very different war.

In February 2022, Ukraine was fighting Russian intruders without warning and defending their territory, while trying to comprehend why.

Ukrainian towns destroyed at beginning of war
Photo credit: ABC

Now, the Ukraine and its military are in a very different, more well-equiped position to defend their homeland and defeat Russian forces.

Ukraine’s advances on the ground give a more accurate picture of reality, in comparison to any empty unauthorised claim by Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Zelinksy explained the mood on the ground in Ukraine right now is “one of confidence.”

“The city is alive and buzzing, but there is a lot of sadness… I was speaking with someone who said their Facebook feed reads like an obituary.”

Misha zelinsky, war correspondent

Will Putin resort to nuclear?

The Russian military have recently been humiliated and forced to retreat from several key Ukrainian areas. However, the threat of Nuclear remains are very real one.

Russia are not achieving what Putin wants them too. Leaving many concerned about what Putin will do when backed into a corner.

Many believe Putin is making decisions from a desperate, dangerous and unpredictable place.

“Putin is a reckless gambler.”

misha zelinsky, war correspondent

However, if Putin was to resort to nuclear, how capable is the United States military to detect and respond to this?

The United States warned of “catastrophic consequences” if Moscow were to resort to nuclear warfare.

Zelinsky explained that while Putin’s threats of resorting to nuclear must be taken seriously, he warned that global leaders must not be bullied by the Russian leader.

He said the U.S. have thorough plans in place regarding the threat of nuclear, and that if Putin was to engage in nuclear warfare he would be “signing his own suicide note.”

“I don’t think NATO membership is on the table right now…The United State says ‘not now’… But if Putin continues to escalate other things could come into capacity.”

misha zelinsky, war correspondent

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Elon Musk thinks he can end the war in Ukraine

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Elon Musk thinks he can end the war in Ukraine and a lot of people aren’t happy with his suggestions

Billionaire Elon Musk is under fire after tweeting a poll with his tips on how to end the invasion of Ukraine.

The Tesla CEO believes an election should held in the regions annexed by Russia, supervised by the United Nations. When the vote concludes, Musk believes Russia must leave “if that is the will of the people”.

On the road to “peace” Musk also says annexed Crimea should be formally declared as part of Russia.

He says the region should never have been separated from Russia in the first place, labelling the move “Khrushchev’s mistake”.

But many people have called the suggestions naive, with some saying the billionaire doesn’t understand the situation.

In true form, Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, told Musk to “fuck off”.

Lithuania’s President, Gitanas Nausėda, has also made his opinion known.

“Dear @elonmusk, when someone tries to steal the wheels of your Tesla, it doesn’t make them legal owner of the car or of the wheels. Even though they claim both voted in favour of it. Just saying,”Nausėda said.

There were a number of social media users in favour of the Tesla CEO’s plans, with some even praising him for trying to find a peaceful solution.

However, this wasn’t the case for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine’s leader posted a poll to his personal Twitter account, asking which Elon Musk his followers like more: “one who supports Russia” OR “one who supports Ukraine”.

But Musk hit back again. This time he said Moscow could one day announce a total mobilisation, leading to a “full war” where “death on both sides will be devastating”.

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