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Police in the Brazilian Amazon found two bodies in search of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous activist Bruno Pereira.

Regional police chief Eduardo Fontes said one of the two men arrested in connection with the couple’s disappearance had confessed to killing them and had led officers to the burial site.

The announcement seemed to bring a tragic conclusion to the search 10 days after the couple went missing on June 5. The couple’s disappearance underscored the growing dangers that defenders of the Brazilian environment and indigenous communities face under Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro.

The third panel hearing will show Trump lobbying Pence to overturn the election

Donald Trump pressured Mike Pence in 2020 to accept a plan to push back certified voters in an attempt to win the election Photograph: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol will focus its third hearing on how Donald Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

The panel will examine the origins of Trump’s pressure campaign on Pence and outline how Pence rejected the former president’s plan. While it was explicitly said the plan was illegal, Trump ignored his top White House advisors to take the course, it will be argued.

The committee will show how Trump’s public misrepresentations that Pence has the power to refuse to count votes for Biden put his life in danger as crowds shouted “hang Mike Pence.”

  • What does the so-called Pence strategy does that mean for Trump? His involvement makes him responsible for the crimes of obstructing an official prosecution and conspiracy to defraud the United States, the jury argues.

Two US volunteers in Ukraine feared being taken prisoner by Russia

Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh
Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, are US military veterans living in Alabama and have volunteered to go to Ukraine to assist in the war effort. Both are missing. Composite: Reuters / Associated Press

Two American volunteers in Ukraine went missing and are feared to have been captured by Russia, officials and family members said.

Both Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, are US military veterans from Alabama who traveled to Ukraine to help Ukraine’s war effort. The couple have not heard from them for several days.

White House spokesman John Kirby said he could not confirm the disappearance of the two Americans, but said: “If true, we will do everything we can to bring them home safely.” He discouraged Americans from going to Ukraine.

  • What does this mean for the United States? If confirmed, the pair would be the first Americans known to have been captured. It would complicate efforts in the war, as the United States is trying to avoid direct confrontation with Russia.

  • He comes after two The British and a Moroccan citizen were sentenced to death by pro-Russian officials in eastern Ukraine. The UK condemned the sentence as a sham trial.

  • The leaders of the three largest EU nations, Germany, France and Italy, will visit Kiev Thursday in a demonstration of support for Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy is expected to push leaders to supply more weapons to Ukraine.

In other news …

John Hinckley pictured in 2003
John Hinckley, pictured in 2003, was 25 when he attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981. Wednesday he was released from court surveillance. Director of photography: Evan Vucci / AP
  • John Hinckley, who shot and wounded former President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was released from court supervision. He has lived in the community in Virginia since 2016 after decades in a Washington psychiatric hospital after being acquitted of trying to kill Reagan out of insanity.

  • UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was unable to speak to detained Uighurs or their families. and was accompanied by government officials during her visit to Xinjiang. Activists and some Western governments have described it as a propaganda coup for Beijing.

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers argued that she should be sentenced to “well below” 20 years in prison. probation authorities recommended in her sex trafficking case. They claimed that one inmate threatened his life, claiming that another 20 years of incarceration “would be worth the money he would have received for killing Ms. Maxwell.”

  • Joe Biden signed executive order to stop discrimination against transgender youth and end federal funding for so-called conversion therapy for transgender youth. It comes amidst the slew of anti-LGBTQI + laws introduced in state legislatures over the past year.

Statistic of the day: the United States will save 7.4 million lives globally if it reaches net zero by 2050

Boy looking at the solar panels
Ten US states could save 3.7 million lives worldwide by reducing their emissions to zero. Photograph: Iuliia Bondar / Getty Images

A total of 7.4 million lives worldwide will be saved this century if the United States manages to reduce its emissions to zero by 2050, according to a historical analysis. The research, from the Climate Impact Lab, found that just 10 states could save 3.7 million lives by reaching net zero, mainly due to their high consumption of fossil fuels. Texas alone could save 1.1 million lives.

Don’t Miss: ‘I Was Willing to Risk Death’: Five Aborted Women Before Roe

Trudy Hale, Sarah Thompson, Frans Moreland Johns, Barbara Lee and Carol Deanow
Trudy Hale, Sarah Thompson, Frans Moreland Johns, Barbara Lee and Carol Deanow Composite: photos provided

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade this summer as planned, those living in about 20 southern and Midwestern states will lose their abortion rights. Five women from across the United States share their abortion experiences in the pre-Roe v Wade era. “We often talk about abortions as endings,” says Executive Director of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, Kelli Wescott McCannell. “The women in our program have decades of life from their abortions that show what was made possible for them by that abortion.”

Last thing: can you scare yourself happy?

Daniel Lavelle explores an abandoned mill at night.
Daniel Lavelle explores an abandoned mill at night. Director of photography: Joel Goodman / The Guardian

Apparently, fear is said to be as beneficial to mental well-being as practicing mindfulness. So naturally, writer Daniel Lavelle tries to put together as much fear as possible in a few weeks. Here’s how he evaluates a range of emotions, from a roller coaster to a night spent in the woods.

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