The bravery of two women has been applauded - firstly, a Russian woman denouncing Russia's invasion of Ukraine on live tv.
Secondly, actor Evan Rachel Wood, for speaking about her allegations of rape and abuse against singer Marilyn Manson.
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MONDAY'S MAIN LINES
During a live tv broadcast on Monday, an employee of one of Russia's state-run channels interrupted the news bulletin with a sign saying "no war... don't believe the propaganda. They're lying to you here."
Here is a link to the video of the astonishing moment. Journalist Max Seddon said the woman has been detained by a major crimes unit - indicating she likely "won't get off with a fine". We will keep a close eye on this and let you know if there are any significant developments.
WORTH A READ
The Atlantic published a really interesting piece about Russia's president - Putin Needs an Off-Ramp.
"When a gambler has already lost so much that he will go bankrupt unless he can turn it around, the logical thing for him to do is to continue upping the stakes. This is the desperate opponent the West may now face. Worse: This is the opponent whose bloodstained debts the West may have to to write off."
KEEPING AN EYE...
Overnight NBC News published a report suggesting President Biden could travel to Europe "in the coming weeks".
The report went on to suggest Brussels could be the venue for a visit, with talks ongoing about a possible NATO meeting with heads of state there next week.
CNN reported a stop in Poland was also being considered for President Biden, but the White House has not confirmed any details at this point.
ON TODAY'S AGENDA
Ukraine's President Zelensky will address Canada's parliament later today.
It is worth noting he will also address US Congress on Wednesday. The Guardian described it as "what could prove his [Zelensky's] most powerful plea yet for the west to take a tougher line against Vladimir Putin".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson begins a three-day trip to the Middle East today.
While the goal is to persuade Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase oil supplies, The Times reported Johnson has a "slim chance of immediate success". The Times also had the super informative chart 👇🏽, and their article makes for a really interesting read.
Meanwhile in Russia, Alexey Navalny - Putin's most prominent opposition activist - could potentially be speaking in court later.
According to journalist Mary Ilyushina, Navalny's team is expecting debate "and his final word today".
Remember: Navalny is already serving time in jail for what he and many others describe as trumped up charges. He is now facing up to 15 years in jail on fresh fraud charges. When the trial began in February, the Biden administration described the case against him as "dubious", adding Navalny and his associates were "targeted for their work to shine a light on official corruption".
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
A UK appeals court has blocked gay marriage in both Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Background: As AP noted, the islands are in a "largely conservative region where colonial anti-sodomy laws remain on the books and same-sex marriage is rarely considered a right."
How did a UK court weigh in? A number of islands in the Caribbean still use the UK's Privy Council as their last court of appeals.
Want to read more? The LA Times had the most helpful article on this in our view.
WORTH A WATCH...
Actor Evan Rachel Wood spoke on The View Monday about her alleged experience with controversial singer, Marilyn Manson.
Wood has accused Manson - real name Brian Warner - of raping and drugging her, hacking into her emails and driving her into a state of paranoia. According to Rolling Stone magazine, four women have filed civil lawsuits against Manson. He has denied all of the allegations made against him.
- BBC News: West made 'terrible mistake' after Crimea - PM
- The Guardian: Ukraine war: large explosions heard in Kyiv, Zelensky calls on Russian troops to surrender
- The Financial Times: Russia has asked China for military help in Ukraine, US officials say
- Al Jazeera: Explosions rock Kyiv as Russia-Ukraine talks to resume
- The Irish Times: Schröder's secret talks with Putin raise eyebrows in Germany
The beginning of Cheltenham.
According to a piece in The Guardian, Irish trainers are "on course for another greenwash" at the festival.
"As recently as 2013 Irish trainers saddled more Festival winners than the British for the first time. After the late 80s, Festivals when the visitors were relieved to get a single winner on the board, it was quite the turnaround." - The Guardian analysis
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Formula 1 driver Sir Lewis Hamilton announced he is changing his name to incorporate his mother's surname. 'Larbalestier' will now be his middle name.
"I don't really fully understand the whole idea when people get married then the woman loses her name."
ON A LIGHTER NOTE...
Scaring himself 😂