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5 things you need to know this morning: June 30, 2022

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

Five things you need to know

1. Putin says it would be 'disgusting' if G7 leaders stripped off

Vladimir Putin has hit back at Western leaders who mocked his fondness for topless photo shoots this week. The Russian leader said it would be "disgusting" to see the likes of Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau strip off, adding that his counterparts should get more exercise and drink less booze.

2. Chinese president visits Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of handover

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's transfer to China. He said Hong Kong has "risen from the ashes," but many in the territory fear the Communist Party's increasingly authoritarian rule.

3. Suspected driver of Texas migrant truck charged with human trafficking

The suspected driver of a truck in which 53 people were found dead in the US has been charged with people trafficking. Texas police said Homero Zamorano was found posing as a migrant in a bush near the vehicle.

4. Former F1 boss condemned for comments

The former chief executive of Formula 1 has sparked a row by saying he would "take a bullet "for Vladimir Putin. Formula 1 said Bernie Ecclestone's remarks are in "stark contrast" to "modern values."

5. Amazon blocks LGBT search terms

US retail giant Amazon has restricted LGBT-related search terms in the United Arab Emirates, a country that criminalizes the support of gay rights. The company said it remains committed to "diversity, equity and inclusion" but cannot breach the laws of foreign countries.

And lastly...

In lighter news, an international group of geneticists and archaeologists have said they've cracked the puzzle of how modern dogs came to be. The scientists said that our canine pals are descended from at least two separate populations of wolf, one in Asia and one in Europe.

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