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EU caps price of Russian oil at $60 a barrel
The European Union has concluded a deal for $60 per barrel price cap on Russian oil. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, stated, "The EU agreement on an oil price cap, coordinated with G7 and others, will reduce Russia’s revenues significantly. It will help us stabilise global energy prices, benefitting emerging economies around the world."
 
Biden and Macron united on Ukraine
President Joe Biden and President Macron met in Washington, DC, and released a joint statement after discussions. The statement says, "The Presidents strongly condemn Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine and stress that intentionally targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure constitutes war crimes whose perpetrators must be held accountable."
 
House Democrats get access to Trump’s tax returns
The Treasury Department has handed House Democrats six years of former President Donald Trump's federal tax returns. The Democrat-led House Ways and Means committee had been trying for years to obtain Trump's tax returns.
 
Former LA police chief & councilmember sentenced for violating election laws
A former Amite City police chief and councilmember were each sentenced to a year in prison for a conspiracy to pay or offer to pay voters for voting in the Open Primary Elections and Open General Elections in 2016. Former police chief Jerry Trabona and former councilmember Kristian Hart were candidates in the 2016 election. They participated in a scheme to pay or offer to pay voters residing in Tangipahoa Parish.
 
Ukrainians continue to suffer through power outages
Ukrainian people have been suffering the worst power and water outages yet since Russian attacks damaged Ukrainian infrastructure. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated, "The electricity situation remains difficult in almost all regions. But still, we are moving away from the blackout little by little." (translated)
 
Pentagon claims China could have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035
The US Department of Defense estimates that China could have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. China has stockpiled 400 nuclear warheads so far, exceeding the 2020 DoD projections which suggested the figure would be in the low-200s.
 
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to replace Nancy Pelosi as Democratic House leader
On Wednesday, NY Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was elected as House minority leader. Jeffries is the first Black leader of a party in Congress.
 
Afghan religious school bombing kills at least 10
A bomb blast in a religious school in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 10 people and injured several others. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.
 
Former Chinese President dies at 96
On Wednesday, former Chinese President Jiang Zemin died at 96. Zemin came to power following the Tiananmen Square protest and presided over years of explosive growth in the country.
 
Emmanuel Macron to meet President Biden and Vice President Harris
French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting Washington for a state visit, the first of the Biden-Harris administration. Macron is visiting the US with his wife, Brigitte Macron.