News Wrap: NATO takes another step toward Finland and Sweden memberships

In our news wrap Tuesday, NATO's 30 nations signed accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join the alliance, more than 50,000 people in Sydney, Australia are under evacuation orders amid a flood emergency, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces more political pressure, and a special grand jury in Georgia subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: In Ukraine, the governor of Donetsk is urging the 350,000 remaining residents to evacuate from the last eastern province that is still partly under government control, as Russian troops step up their offensive.

    Meanwhile, a new wave of Russian shelling pounded the cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, hitting residential areas and a market.

    We will have more on all this later in the program.

    NATO's 30 nations signed accession protocols today for Finland and Sweden to join the alliance, but each country's legislature still needs to ratify the membership bids. Turkey's government said that it might refuse if the two countries fail to meet their demands to extradite people they perceive to be terror suspects.

    NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged allies to move swiftly.

  • Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General:

    With 32 nations around the table, we will be even stronger and our people will be even safer, as we face the biggest security crisis in decades.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    If ratified, the move would be the most significant expansion of NATO in decades, further isolating Russia from the West.

    In Australia, more than 50,000 people in and around Sydney are now under evacuation orders or warnings amid a flood emergency that has left hundreds of homes completely inundated. Several days of torrential rain have flooded roads, submerged entire neighborhoods, and caused waterways to overflow, leaving residents in disbelief.

  • Laura Masi, Australia Resident:

    We have been here 25 years, and, this year, it's been the worst. So, we have had three major floods in three years, and it's just been shocking.

  • Gai Peters, Australia Resident:

    Absolutely devastated. It's really hot. So, we don't. We're just doing one day at a time, getting through it.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Weather forecasters say they expect that the rain will subside by tomorrow.

    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing more political pressure today, after two of his top Cabinet ministers resigned. Treasury Chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid quit, citing Johnson's lack of integrity, they said. Their resignations came as Johnson, who narrowly survived a no-confidence vote just last month, apologized for porting a lawmaker to a top position in spite of sexual misconduct claims.

    Back in this country, the special grand jury investigating former President Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia has subpoenaed his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. Subpoenas were also issued to members of the Trump legal — campaign legal team. It marks a new phase in this probe, as prosecutors seek testimony from Mr. Trump's inner circle.

    And stocks were mixed on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 129 points to close 30968. The Nasdaq rose 194 points, and the S&P 500 added six.

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