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Tuesday July 11st, 2023 morning edition

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“You participated in a national embarrassment,” McFadden said before imposing the sentence.

But, he added, Bensch's involvement was “pretty minor” when compared to others, while noting that his age was a mitigating factor.

“I am giving you this break because of your age” at the time and a lack of criminal history, McFadden said.

Bensch's case was the impetus for the departure of a self-proclaimed FBI whistleblower to take his complaints to Republican members of Congress.

In a separate Jan. 6 case Friday, Barry Ramey was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

More than 1,000 people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, and more than 300 have been sentenced to periods of incarceration.

The longest sentence — 18 years — went to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, who was convicted of seditious conspiracy. »

A bejeweled cannon and other art will head home to Sri Lanka from Netherlands museum

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The Dutch government last week announced that it will return 478 objects of cultural significance to Indonesia and to Sri Lanka.

Under the plan, Sri Lanka is to receive six artifacts, including the cannon and guns currently in the collection of the National Museum of World Cultures and the Rijksmuseum.

The cannon has been in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum of art and history, since 1800. »

Giant Python Capable of Eating Alligators Killed With Her 60 Eggs

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A snake trapper in Florida's Everglades recently caught a 16-foot-long female loaded with over 60 eggs.

From left, Kimmel and Otto next to the 16-foot-python and the 16-foot-python and her 60 eggs after she was captured in the Everglades.

"Python eggs are the largest eggs found in Florida, about twice the size of an alligator egg," Kimmel said. »

Gal Luft indictment: ‘Whistleblower’ who accused Bidens of corruption is charged with arms trafficking and violating Iran sanctions

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A “whistleblower” who has repeatedly accused the Bidens of corruption has been charged by the Justice Department with arms trafficking, acting as a foreign agent for China and violating Iran sanctions.

They also allege that he set up meetings between officials of Iran and a Chinese energy company to discuss oil deals, which would violate US sanctions.

Gal Luft has been charged with arms trafficking, breaking Iran sanctions and acting as agent for China (LinkedIn). »

Sweden strikes deal with Turkey over Nato membership

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This is an historic step which makes all #NATO Allies stronger & safer. — Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) July 10, 2023.

And on Monday, Erdogan upped the stakes further, demanding that the European Union revive Turkey's stalled EU membership bid as a precondition for Sweden joining Nato.

"The path for Turkey's ratification of Sweden's membership of Nato is finally clear," German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on Twitter, hailing the "good news from Vilnius". »