June 27, 2022: G7, Abortion rights, Russia debt default, Ukraine’s air defense, Ghislaine Maxwell

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June 27, 2022: G7 to hike sanctions on Russia, Abortion rights, Russia debt default, Ukraine pleads for air defense, Ghislaine Maxwell

1. The Group of Seven rich democracies will commit to a new package of coordinated actions meant to raise pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine, and will finalise plans for a price cap on Russian oil, a senior U.S. official said.

2. Leading Democratic women called on President Joe Biden and Congress on Sunday to protect abortion rights nationwide after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, in a ruling that has heightened political tensions between the federal government and states.

3. Russia defaulted on its international bonds for the first time in more than a century, the White House said, as sweeping sanctions have effectively cut the country off from the global financial system, rendering its assets untouchable.

4. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Western leaders to supply anti-aircraft defence systems to his embattled nation as Russian forces assaulted Lysychansk, the last big city still held by Ukrainian troops in eastern Luhansk province.

5. Ghislaine Maxwell reported Brooklyn jail staff threatened her safety, prompting employees to place her on suicide watch, prosecutors said on Sunday, arguing there was no need to delay her sentencing on sex trafficking charges.

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