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June 23, 2022: Jan. 6 hearing, Gun legislation, Uvalde police chief, Afghan earthquake, Ukraine, EU

Reuters, 23 Jun 2022
June 23, 2022: Jan. 6 hearing, Bipartisan gun legislation, Uvalde police chief, Afghan earthquake, Ukraine EU bid

1. Donald Trump's failed efforts to pressure Justice Department officials to overturn his 2020 election defeat will be the topic of Thursday's U.S. congressional hearing investigating his supporters' Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

2. The U.S. Senate is poised on Thursday for a vote to advance a bipartisan gun control bill that supporters hope will help curb the mass shootings that have rocked the country, in what could be Congress's first new limits on guns in decades.

3. The Texas school district police chief who has come under withering criticism for the police response to the Uvalde school massacre has been placed on administrative leave by the district and could lose his position on the Uvalde City Council.

4. Aid began arriving in a remote part of Afghanistan where an earthquake killed 1,000 people but poor communications and a lack of proper roads are hampering relief efforts in a country already grappling with a humanitarian crisis.

5. Ukraine will be accepted as a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a move that will boost the country's morale as the battle with Russian troops for two cities in the east reached what one official called a "fearsome climax".

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