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5 things you need to know this morning: June 29, 2022

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

Five things you need to know

1. Former White House aide claims Trump wanted to join Capitol protest

A former White House aide has claimed Donald Trump knew protesters had weapons before some of them stormed the US Capitol in January 2021. Cassidy Hutchinson also said the president wanted to join the march to the Capitol himself. Trump has denied the claims.

2. Airbnb permanently bans parties

Airbnb has permanently banned parties and events at properties listed on its platform. It said the policy – initially introduced on a temporary basis amid the COVID-19 pandemic – has become "much more than a public health measure."

3. Japan sizzles amid record-breaking heatwave

Japan is enduring its most intense heatwave since records in the country began in 1875. A temperature of 40.2ºC was logged northwest of Tokyo today, the highest June temperature ever recorded in Japan.

4. US sending out monkeypox vaccines as virus spreads

The US has announced plans to distribute monkeypox vaccines to states as the virus continues to spread around the world. There have been 306 cases logged in the US so far, but officials warned the true figure is probably higher.

5. R. Kelly to be sentenced, could face 25 years

Disgraced singer R. Kelly could be sentenced to decades in prison today after being found guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering. Prosecutors have demanded he spend at least 25 years behind bars.

And lastly...

In lighter news, scientists have said the fossilized remains of one of humanity's most ancient ancestors is actually far older than previously thought. The remains – including of a cavewoman named "Mrs Ples" – are now believed to be 3.7 million years old, potentially reshaping our understanding of human evolution.

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