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Aides to President Biden found additional classified documents at a second, undisclosed location associated with the President. Republicans reveled in the new revelations, accusing him of hypocrisy in calling Donald Trump irresponsible for hoarding sensitive documents at his private club and residence in Florida.

It is not known where or when the records were recovered. But Biden’s aides have scoured various locations since November, when his attorneys uncovered a handful of classified files, including foreign country briefings, as they shut down a think tank office in Washington. The Department of Justice is reviewing the discovery to determine how to proceed.

Under government regulations, access to classified documents is limited to those currently authorized to view them, and documents must be stored securely to limit the risk of exposing sensitive information. The Presidential Archives Act states that official White House records must be turned over to the National Archives upon the departure of an administration.

The context: Unlike Trump, who resisted returning records stored at Mar-a-Lago and did not fully comply with a subpoena, Biden’s team appears to have acted quickly and within the law, summoning officials immediately. of the National Archives to retrieve the files. The archives then alerted the Justice Department, according to the White House.

Less than two weeks into its term, Israel’s new right-wing government has moved swiftly to reduce the Supreme Court’s influence over parliament, strengthen Israeli control of the West Bank and give some extreme ministers right greater control over military matters related to the occupation. of the Palestinian territories.

The program launched by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly exacerbated divisions in Israeli society. Critics of the prime minister and his allies fear the agenda threatens Israel’s democratic institutions, its relations with the Jewish diaspora and its efforts to forge new ties with Arab neighbors like Saudi Arabia, as well as the long-held hopes for a Palestinian state.

Currently on trial for corruption, Netanyahu presented his plans as the legitimate program of an elected government. He also described the push for judicial changes as a valid attempt to limit the interference of an unelected judiciary on an elected parliament. Its detractors say it is a constitutional coup.

Background: Back in power for the third time, Netanyahu now leads a government that is Israel’s most right-wing and religiously conservative administration, bringing together far-right settler-backed parties and ultra-Orthodox parties that vowed to reshape Israeli society.

Russia again shuffled its military command in Ukraine as its forces struggled to make progress, replacing its commander-in-chief with a Kremlin insider who had helped orchestrate the invasion.

Under the command of Gen. Sergei Surovikin, who is being replaced, the Russian military has largely shifted to a defensive mode and has begun launching missile and drone attacks against Ukraine’s energy grid. Russian forces have struggled in the ongoing offensive for eastern Ukraine. For weeks, the front lines have been largely static.

Analysts said Surovikin’s replacement with Kremlin apparatchik Valery Gerasimov showed Russian leader Vladimir Putin remained focused on projecting stability rather than improving military prospects. Some nationalist military bloggers likened the reshuffle to a game of musical chairs among Moscow’s ineffectual military old guard.

Quoteable: “They took someone who is competent and replaced them with someone who is incompetent, but has been there for a long time and has shown loyalty,” said a senior researcher from the RAND Corporation.

The world produces around 400 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, according to a UN report. About half was thrown away after just one use.

In a 24-hour experiment, journalist AJ Jacobs tried going plastic-free to see what you can’t live without and what you can maybe give up.

Jeff Beck, the famous guitarist of bands such as the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group, has died aged 78.

From winning the World Cup to finding balance in Japan: Andrés Iniesta won the World Cup in 2010 and was a star for Barcelona. Now living in Japan, he reflects on the tragedy and life after football.

Inside Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr: With Real Madrid laughing at a potential reunion and their agent, Jorge Mendes, frozen, Ronaldo bowed to the inevitable and joined a Saudi side.

Here’s what to watch out for in Africa this year, from our Briefings editor Lynsey Chutel.

Elections that change: Nigeria will elect a new leader on February 25. In the race are a longtime governor, a permanent presidential candidate and a businessman popular with young people. The vote could be a test of whether young Africans can reshape the political landscape and inspire change in other African countries holding elections this year, such as Zimbabwe.

Troubled economic waters: During a global economic downturn, the world’s poorest suffer. In sub-Saharan Africa, slower economic growth in 2023 could increase poverty levels, the World Bank warned this week. A shrinking global economy will also mean less investment in infrastructure as countries struggle to maintain power and pay off crippling debt.

More reality TV: Nigeria’s ‘Big Brother Naija’ hit streaming records across Africa during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The latest spin-off is a South African-Nigerian mega-show ‘Big Brother’ which will begin airing broadcast next week.

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