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Julian Assange to be extradited to the US
On Friday, Washington won an appeal over the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face criminal charges in the United States in an English court. US authorities accused the Australian-born Assange (50) of 18 counts relating to WikiLeaks' release of confidential military records and military cables.
 
US hosts the virtual Summit for Democracy
On December 9th, President Joe Biden spoke at the Opening Session of the US-hosted two-day virtual Summit for Democracy. Biden called on world leaders to share ideas and make concrete commitments for strengthening democracy, fighting authoritarianism and corruption, and promoting and protecting the human rights of people everywhere.
 
Court rules against Trump’s attempt to block records from Jan 6 committee
On Thursday, a federal appeals court thwarted former President Donald Trump's effort to block the Jan 6th Committee from gaining access to his presidential records. The three-judge panel rejected Trump's arguments for shielding the records - which the committee considers vital to the investigation - on the grounds of executive privilege.
 
Letitia James drops out of race for governor
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that she is halting her campaign for governor - she will run for reelection as attorney general. James stated, "I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general."
 
More countries join Winter Olympics boycott
Britain and Canada will be joining Australia and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over China's human rights record. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, stated, "We are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic games this winter," adding, "We have been very clear over the past many years of our deep concerns around human rights violations, and this is a continuation of us expressing our deep concerns for human rights violations."
 
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin hold a video conference
On December 7th, US President Joe Biden held a secure video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he voiced his concerns regarding the increasing presence of Russian forces at the Ukraine-Russia border. During the call, Biden said the US and its allies would respond with strong economic sanctions and other measures if Russia moved towards military escalation at the border.
 
Meadows files a lawsuit against the January 6th Committee
On December 7th, Mark Meadows informed the January 6th Select Committee that he did not intend to cooperate further with their investigation. Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said they had no choice but to advance contempt proceedings against Mark Meadows if he refused to participate in a deposition scheduled for December 8th.
 
US government to become carbon neutral by 2050
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order "to Leverage Scale and Procurement Power to Drive Clean, Healthy, and Resilient Operations." The order comes in line with global targets to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 to reduce the effects of climate change.
 
Deal reached to hike debt limit
On Tuesday, Congressional leaders reached a deal allowing Democrats to raise the nation's debt limit - without any votes from Republicans. Hours later, the House passed legislation - overwhelmingly along party lines - kick-starting a multi-step process.
 
Olaf Scholz is the new German Chancellor
Olaf Scholz, the center-left leader, became Germany's Chancellor on Wednesday, taking over from Angela Merkel. Scholz was elected 395-303 with six abstentions.