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5 things you need to know this morning: June 20, 2022

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

Five things you need to know

1. EU says Russian blockade of Ukraine a 'real war crime'

The European Union has said Russia's blockade of Ukrainian ports is a "real war crime" because it is preventing the export of much-needed grain. Russia, meanwhile, has blamed the EU for world food shortages.

2. Workers form first Apple union in US

Workers at an Apple store in the US have voted to unionize, creating the tech giant's first retail union. The workers, in the state of Maryland, voted 65-33 in favour of the union.

3. Same-sex marriage ban constitutional, Japanese court rules

A district court in Osaka has ruled that Japan's ban on gay marriage does not violate the country's constitution. Japan's constitution defines marriage as a union between "both sexes."

4. Dozens dead, millions stranded amid disaster in Bangladesh and India

Dozens of people have died in India and Bangladesh after severe monsoon storms triggered deadly landslides and lightning strikes. Officials said 59 people have been killed, while millions have been left stranded.

5. Russia now China's biggest supplier of oil

Russia has now become China's biggest supplier of oil. Russia has recently been selling discounted produce to its powerful ally amid Western sanctions related to the war in Ukraine.

And lastly...

In lighter news, a photographer is winning praise for capturing rare shots of the International Space Station transiting the sun. Jamie Cooper used a telescope and a high speed camera to photograph the moment, which was over in less than a second.

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