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Man who stormed Capitol gets 87 months in Prison



A right-wing January 6 Capitol Rioter has been sentenced to 87 months in prison

A rioter who took a gun to storm the U.S. Capitol and threaten Nancy Pelosi, has been sentenced to 87 months in prison.

Guy Reffitt is the first defendant from the day to go to trial, with his own son the one to tip off the FBI about his dad’s involvement.

“He said ‘if you turn me in, you’re a traitor…And traitors get shot'”.

Reffitt’s son at trial

Reffitt is a leader for a ring wing militia group known as Three Percenters. He now holds 5 charges, including transport of a firearm.

The Donald Trump fan from Texas will now spend more than 7 years in prison, which is the longest insurrection-related sentence to date.

“Mr. Reffitt’s reluctance to admit early that his behaviour is illegal is concerning…And I want to be very clear … under no legitimate definition of the term ‘patriot’ (does) Mr. Reffitt’s behaviour on and around January 6 fit the term. It is the antithesis of the word.”

District Judge Dabney Friedrich
Credit: NBC news

Reffitt did not enter the Capitol building on January 6, he was stopped by police force on the outskirts of the building.

However, he was caught on video leading rioters toward the Capitol in an aggressive manner, while holding a weapon.

However, Reffitt’s daughters are now calling for life punishment for the former U.S. President.

“My father’s name wasn’t on the flags everyone was carrying that day.

“It was another man’s name.”

reffitt’s daughter after sentencing

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open



A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers



Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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Black box from Nepal plane disaster to be sent to Singapore



The black box recovered from the January 15 Nepal plane crash in Nepal is being sent to Singapore for analysis

The aim will be to identify the cause of the Yeti Airlines crash that killed all 72 people on board.

Both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be examined by experts at Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau.

A government committee is still looking into the cause of the plane disaster.

It was initially suggested the black box be taken to France where the aircraft was manufactured, but Nepalese authorities decided to send it to Singapore.

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