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US ‘racist’ shooting

People in the US city of Buffalo hold a vigil to mourn ten people shot and killed by an alleged white supremacist teenager. The gunman also wounded three in what authorities called an act of racially motivated violent extremism. Nearly a dozen of those hit by gunfire in a supermarket on Saturday were black. Police are now investigating the crime. They say 18-year-old Payton Gendron, now in custody, was live-streaming his carnage. The city’s mayor says the killer’s declared intention was to take as many Black lives as possible. He has been charged with first-degree murder. In another act of gun violence in California, a shooting at a church left one person dead and five others injured on Sunday. Officials say four of those injured are in critical condition.

Ukraine conflict

Russia is trying to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region and fend off a counteroffensive around the city of Izyum in the East, amid the ongoing war between the two neighbors. Latest reports indicate that Russia has pummeled new positions in eastern Ukraine. The main target has been Ukrainian command centers and arsenals in the Russian-controlled city of Izyum. Moscow says it has struck those positions with missiles. Meanwhile, Ukraine says it repelled more than 15 Russian attacks on Sunday, destroying almost a dozen pieces of Russian equipment, including helicopters, cruise missiles, and drones. Izyum is a strategic gateway to the Donbas region, an area largely controlled by Russian-backed forces. More than 80 days have passed since the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.

Post-Brexit trade row

The post-Brexit trading arrangement remains a source of friction between the UK and the EU. Now, the British prime minister says his government will set out plans to allow ministers to unilaterally scrap part of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Boris Johnson said the protocol had unintended consequences for the UK. He added that London will have to act if the EU doesn’t change its stance. Johnson underlined that his government is responsible to assure consumers, citizens, and businesses of Northern Ireland that they’re protected in the long term. That has raised alarm in the bloc which sees Britain’s move as a violation of the Brexit deal. Ireland, an EU member, has urged the UK not to breach the accord by introducing new trade laws.


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