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British Prime Minster Theresa May arrives at the Council of the European Union. Photo: Jack Taylor / Getty Images

The E.U. has directly accused Russia of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent on British soil in a show of support for the U.K., the Financial Times reports.

Why it matters: Prime Minister Theresa May had called for a strong response from Europe, and this will certainly increase the international pressure on Moscow. Per the FT, Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė said many E.U. countries could be taking further measures against the Kremlin, which has denied responsibility.

  • The leaders of E.U. nations declared that they "agreed with the U.K. government’s assessment that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible.”
  • Grybauskaitė said: "I think that national measures will be applied already starting next week," per the FT.

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Airlines, unions want DOJ to prosecute unruly passengers

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A coalition of airline industry partners asked the Justice Department on Monday to begin prosecuting disruptive passengers.

Why it matters: Increased political divisions and conflict over pandemic guidelines have led the Federal Aviation Administration to take some form of enforcement action over 400 times in the first five months of 2021, compared to 146 in all of 2019, according to the coalition.

California to pay off unpaid rent accrued during COVID-19 pandemic

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California will pay off the accumulated unpaid rent that has piled up during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The move would fulfill a promise to landlords to help them to break even, while giving renters relief, the AP writes.

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