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SCOTUS Hears Arguments Over Jan. 6 Prosecutions (www.improvethenews.org)

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is considering whether federal prosecutors can charge Jan. 6 rioters under a law that prohibits manipulating a "record, document, or other object" so it can't be used in a government proceeding, or anyone who interferes with a official proceeding. wsj.com (LR: 3 CP: 5)...

UN: Israel Still Imposing 'Unlawful' Restrictions on Humanitarian Aid (www.improvethenews.org)

The UN human rights office said on Tuesday that Israel still has "unlawful" restrictions on humanitarian aid intended for Gaza in place and is still carrying out "widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure." Israel and the US have recently argued that aid flows into Gaza have expanded. Reuters (LR: 3 CP: 5)...

Report: FBI Opens Criminal Probe Into Baltimore Bridge Collapse (www.improvethenews.org)

According to multiple news outlets on Monday, the FBI has opened a criminal probe into the collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge to investigate whether the crew of the Dali container ship was aware of any system errors before its departure. Forbes (LR: 3 CP: 5)...

Speaker Johnson Unveils Plan for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan Military Aid (www.improvethenews.org)

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), the US House speaker, on Monday unveiled a lengthy proposal to send US military aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, as well as other foreign policy proposals including seizing Russian assets and banning TikTok from the US. Washington Post (LR: 2 CP: 5)...

Azerbaijan Asks ICJ to Throw Out Armenian Ethnic Cleansing Case (www.improvethenews.org)

Azerbaijan has requested Armenia's case accusing Baku of breaking the International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) be "dismissed in its entirety" during a public sitting at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) — also known as the World Court — on Monday. icj-cij.org...

Australia: Government Staffer Found Liable for Rape (www.improvethenews.org)

In a civil case on the balance of probabilities, rather than the criminal requirement of beyond a reasonable doubt, Australian Judge Michael Lee ruled that former government staffer Bruce Lehrmann raped colleague Brittany Higgins in a minister's office in 2019. Al Jazeera (LR: 2 CP: 1)...

Israeli Defense Minister Tells Austin: No Choice But to Retaliate Against Iran (www.improvethenews.org)

Axios reported that Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Sunday that Israel had no choice but to respond to Iran's attack on Israel over the weekend which saw Iran launch around 350 drones and missiles at Israel in response to Israel's bombing of the Iranian consulate in Damascus....

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