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Rep. George Santos Arrested on Counts of Fraud, Lying to Congress


Rep. George Santos, a Republican from New Jersey, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of wire fraud and making false statements to Congress. The charges stem from an investigation into Santos's alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud investors in a cryptocurrency company. Santos is accused of lying to investors about the company's financial condition and potential for profit. He is also accused of using investor funds for personal expenses.


Texas Judge Sentences Man Who Fatally Shot Protester to 25 Years as Governor Vows Pardon


A Texas judge on Tuesday sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting a protester during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Austin in 2020. The man, Garrett Foster, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, who was then 17 years old. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in a high-profile trial last year.


Several Major Texas Cities at Risk of Flash Floods Wednesday


Several major Texas cities are at risk of flash flooding on Wednesday as a severe storm system moves through the state. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for the Houston, Austin, and San Antonio metropolitan areas. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the region.


Half of North Korean Missile Program Funded by Cyberattacks and Crypto Theft, White House Says


The White House on Tuesday said that half of North Korea's missile program is funded by cyberattacks and cryptocurrency theft. The statement came as the Biden administration announced new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests. The sanctions target North Korean officials and entities involved in the country's weapons of mass destruction program.


UK Citizen Extradited to US Pleads Guilty to 2020 Twitter Hack


A UK citizen extradited to the United States has pleaded guilty to his role in a 2020 Twitter hack that saw the accounts of high-profile figures, including former President Barack Obama and Elon Musk, taken over. The man, Graham Ivan Clark, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization. Clark is facing up to 10 years in prison.


At Least 15 Dead After Boat Capsizes in Nigeria


At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday after a boat capsized in Nigeria. The boat was carrying passengers from the town of Kebbi to the city of Sokoto when it capsized in the Sokoto River. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


As Arabs Bring Assad Back to the Fold, Syrian Refugees Fear Forced Return


As Arab countries move to normalize relations with Syria, Syrian refugees are growing increasingly fearful of being forced to return to their home country. Many refugees have fled Syria to escape the country's civil war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more. The refugees are concerned that they will be arrested or tortured if they are forced to return to Syria.


Pakistan on Edge as Ex-PM Imran Khan Charged with Corruption


Pakistan is on edge after former Prime Minister Imran Khan was charged with corruption on Tuesday. Khan was removed from office in a vote of no confidence last month. He has accused the United States of conspiring to remove him from power. Khan has vowed to hold a mass protest on Saturday to demand fresh elections.


Japanese FM Reveals Country's Concerns amid Tension with These Two Neighbors


Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Tuesday revealed his country's concerns amid tension with China and Russia. Hayashi said that Japan is closely monitoring the situation in the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan. He also said that Japan is concerned about the situation in Ukraine.


California Reparations Hearing Shows Toll of Talking About Racism, Members Say


A hearing on reparations for slavery in California on Tuesday showed the toll that talking about racism can take on its victims. Members of the state's Reparations Task Force said that they were exhausted and traumatized by the stories they had heard from survivors of slavery and their descendants. The task force is tasked with making recommendations on how to create a reparations program for Black Californians.


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