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House committee on the January 6 storming of the US Capitol reveals its findings



Never-before-seen footage and audio is being revealed at the January 6 Capitol riot hearing after 11 months of investigation

The House committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is beginning a series of long-awaited public hearings.

The panel hopes the televised hearings will lay out just how vulnerable American democracy is in the hope of spurring accountability and change.

Thursday’s hearing is the first of at least six.


Chairman Bennie Thompson has opened the hearing and announced the committee’s approval to release the material.

“January 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt as one rioter put it shortly after January 6th, to overthrow the government,” he said.

“The violence was no accident, it represents Trump’s last stand, most desperate chance to halt the transfer of power”.

January 6 Select Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney spoke after the chairman and declared that President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack”.

Liz Cheney says that according to then-White House staff, Trump said rioters “were doing what they should be doing”.

Testimony from Trump officials asserted that Trump and his team were aware of their election loss but continued their mission to hold onto power with Trump spreading false and fraudulent information to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.

Even Trump’s Attorney General says he “repeatedly told the president, in no uncertain terms, that he did not see evidence of fraud”.

Cheney stated that over the months, Trump devised a 7-step plan to overturn the election.

The hearing showed never-before-seen footage from within the Capitol on January 6.

The hearing will include a testimony from a Capitol Police officer and documentarian who were at the Capitol during the attack.

Meanwhile outside the Capitol many are rallying holding signs reading “not above the law”.

Some Americans have questioned whether the event remains relevant for many Americans but U.S. house speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that democracy is in everyone’s interest.


Amazon turns to deforestation in Africa



Amazon’s founder and CEO is no stranger to making headlines, and his latest venture is sure to turn some heads.

Bezos is looking to help reverse deforestation on 100 million acres of land in Africa by 2030.

The billionaire’s philanthropic organisation, the Bezos Earth Fund, is championing the cause and working with African Union countries to make it happen.

If successful, it would be a major win for the environment and help preserve some of Africa’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems.

So why is Bezos focusing on Africa?

Well, the continent is home to some of the world’s most endangered species and its ecosystems are under immense pressure from human activity.

His organisation’s efforts could help to protect these animals and their habitats, while also providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It comes as the Earth Fund’s CEO says richer countries are going to have to step up the support for their struggling counterparts…

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Four killed in Himalayas avalanche



At least four people have been killed and dozens more are missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas.

The avalanche victims were part of a group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were practicing navigation at the time.

The students were from different parts of India, and had come to the Himalayas for a mountaineering course.

So far, eight people have been rescued, while the rest are trapped in a crevasse.

Search efforts have been paused for the night due to intense rain and snowfall.

Local media reports say the number of casualties may rise significantly as further details emerge.

It comes just one week after American professional skier, Hilaree Nelson was also found in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe



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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