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5 things you need to know this morning: June 21, 2022

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Russia warns of 'serious' consequences after rail traffic blocked

Russia has threatened Lithuania after it blocked the transfer of goods by rail into the Russian territory of Kaliningrad. Kaliningrad – which was part of Germany until it was conquered and colonized by the USSR in 1945 – has no border with Russia.

2. First images from inside Uvalde school released

The first images of police officers inside the school in Uvalde, Texas where 21 people were murdered last month have been released. Officers armed with rifles and riot shields can be seen waiting in the corridor just under an hour before the shooter was killed.

3. Russian editor sells Nobel Peace Prize for over $130M

The editor-in-chief of an independent Russian newspaper has sold his Nobel Peace Prize for over $130 million. Dmitry Muratov, who was given the prestigious award for defending freedom of expression in Russia, said the money will go to help refugees displaced by the Ukraine war.

4. Musk child applies to change name and gender, dissociate from father

One of Elon Musk's children has applied to change gender and no longer "be related to my biological father in any way." Xavier Alexander Musk, 18, now wishes to be recognized as a woman named Vivian Jenna Wilson, court documents show.

5. Ben Stiller praises 'hero' Ukraine president

American actor Ben Stiller has spoken of seeing "distressing" scenes in Ukraine after he visited the country on behalf of the United Nations. The Tropic Thunder star also met President Volodymyr Zelensky, who he praised as his "hero."

And lastly...

In lighter news, several thousand people have gathered at Stonehenge to watch the summer solstice in true prehistoric fashion. It's the first time since 2019 that druids, pagans and tourists have been able to congregate at the World Heritage Site to mark the longest day of the year.



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