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In our news wrap Thursday, California moves to eliminate most sales of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, President Biden calls for Russia to return a nuclear plant to Ukraine’s control, a court rules Pakistan’s former prime minister cannot be arrested until September, Rohingya Muslims mark five years since fleeing persecution in Myanmar, and teachers in Ohio agree to end a four-day strike.
Amna Nawaz:
The U.S. Justice Department will have to release at least some information it used to justify searching the Trump estate in Florida. A federal magistrate judge today ordered that a redacted affidavit be made public by noon tomorrow. News organizations requested the move after FBI agents searched the Mar-a-Lago estate for classified documents.
We will take a closer look at that after the new summary.
California regulators — I apologize — meanwhile, a prosecutor in Georgia is demanding testimony from more of former President Trump’s allies as part of the state’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election. It now wants to hear from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, as well as attorney Sidney Powell, who helped lead the legal challenges to those election results.
California regulators have approved a mandate that all new vehicles sold in the state be electric or hydrogen-powered by 2035. Today’s vote by the state Air Resources Board will still allow sales of used gasoline powered vehicles after 2035. The shift could reshape the entire U.S. auto market, since many states follow California’s policies.
President Biden and Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy are urging Russia tonight to return the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to Ukraine’s control. Mr. Biden spoke with Zelenskyy by phone today as the plant was cut off for a time from Ukraine’s power grid. There’s been more shelling around the site this week.
And Zelenskyy said today’s incident could have released radiation.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President (through translator):
I want to assure all Ukrainians we are doing everything to prevent an emergency. International pressure is needed that will force the occupiers to immediately withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia site, because every minute of the Russian military staying at the nuclear plant is a risk of a global radiation disaster.
Amna Nawaz:
Meanwhile, workers cleared rubble a day after Russian rockets hit a railway station in Central Ukraine. The Ukrainians said 25 people were killed. Russia said it targeted a military train.
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn has arrived in Taiwan, the latest U.S. lawmaker to visit the island, despite China’s objections. The Tennessee Republican flew into Taipei this evening. Local reports said she will meet with Taiwan’s president on Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began this series of U.S. congressional visits. That prompted large-scale Chinese military exercises around Taiwan.
In Pakistan today, a court ruled that former Prime Minister Imran Khan cannot be arrested until at least September. He has been charged with terrorism, violating a ban on mass rallies and contempt of court. Today, hundreds of his supporters gathered in Islamabad. Khan accused the government of targeting him for political reasons.
Imran Khan, Former Pakistani Prime Minister (through translator):
If I said will take legal actions and, for this, I’m accused of terrorism, then Pakistan looks like a banana republic, like there is no law over here, and you want to arrest the leader of a party which is the country’s biggest party. Those who are doing all this, they should think about the country.
Amna Nawaz:
Khan was ousted from office in April after a no-confidence vote In Parliament. Some of the charges against him today carry a lifetime ban from politics.
More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims marked five years today since fleeing persecution in mostly Buddhist Myanmar. The U.N. has said that the Myanmar military carried out a bloody campaign with — quote — “genocidal intent.”
Today, thousands of Rohingya gathered at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Some said they would return to Myanmar if their safety is guaranteed.
Jamalida Begum, Rohingya Refugee (through translator):
We want to go back to our country with our rights. We had homes and we were rich there. We could bear our own expenses, and we did not have to rely on someone else’s pocket. We are trying to go back to where our ancestors died.
Amna Nawaz:
So far, attempts to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar have largely failed.
The World Health Organization reports global monkeypox cases fell more than 20 percent last week, after rising for a month. The agency says the outbreak may be starting to wane in Europe, but cases across the Americas are still rising steeply. And new infections in Africa increased by 50 percent last week.
Back in this country, teachers in Columbus Ohio have reached an agreement with the local school board that tentatively ends a four-day strike. They’d been on the picket lines since Monday demanding better work conditions and smaller class sizes. Nearly 4,500 teachers and school staff will vote on the new contract this weekend.
And on Wall Street today, stocks rallied again as interest rates on Treasury bonds moved lower. Major indices rose 1 to more than 1.5 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 322 points to close at 33291. The Nasdaq was up 207 points and the S&P 500 added 58.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the CDC director discusses COVID-19 and her efforts to reform the agency; parents
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