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Trump Names Grenell as Top Intelligence Official, Replacing Joseph Maguire - President Trump on late Wednesday said Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will be the acting director of national intelligence (DNI), replacing Joseph Maguire. Trump in a tweet called Grenell “highly respected.” “Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” Trump wrote. “I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!” he added. The post of director of national intelligence, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies including the CIA. Maguire has been acting national intelligence director since Aug. 16, 2019. In a statement, Maguire expressed his gratitude to Trump, calling the post “the opportunity of a lifetime.” Maguire said he’d keep his position until Grenell assumes… Continue reading "Trump Names Grenell as Top Intelligence Official, Replacing Joseph Maguire"
Trump Names Richard Grenell as Top Intelligence Official, Replacing Joseph Maguire - President Trump on late Wednesday said Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will be the acting director of national intelligence (DNI), replacing Joseph Maguire. Trump in a tweet called Grenell “highly respected.” “Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” Trump wrote. “I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!” he added. The post of director of national intelligence, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies including the CIA. Maguire has been acting national intelligence director since Aug. 16, 2019. In a statement, Maguire expressed his gratitude to Trump, calling the post “the opportunity of a lifetime.” Maguire said he’d keep his position until Grenell assumes… Continue reading "Trump Names Richard Grenell as Top Intelligence Official, Replacing Joseph Maguire"
Rivals Attack Sanders, Bloomberg: Democratic Debate Live Updates - A Democratic presidential debate is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19. The candidates on stage are former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78; former Vice President Joe Biden, 77; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78; former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), 59. Check back for updates, which are in descending order. Candidates Attack Sanders, Bloomberg After Warren attacked Bloomberg, Biden also went on the offensive against the billionaire. Biden said Bloomberg “didn’t get a whole lot done” while mayor of New York City, saying the stop-and-frisk policies that Bloomberg escalated included putting thousands of young black men “up against a wall.” Buttigieg later attacked Sanders, saying the Democratic nominee “should actually be a Democrat.” Sanders is an Independent and self-described socialist. Buttigieg pointed to the Culinary Workers Union, a local union that announced its opposition to… Continue reading "Rivals Attack Sanders, Bloomberg: Democratic Debate Live Updates"
Massachusetts City Allowing Illegal Aliens to Drive Without a License - City councilors in Cambridge, Massachusetts, voted to prohibit police officers from arresting illegal aliens if they are caught operating a vehicle without a license. Under a newly passed city ordinance in Cambridge, residents are still legally required to carry a driver’s license if they are operating a vehicle, but local law enforcement has been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens caught driving without identification, Boston 25 News first reported. The city ordinance, ordained Feb. 10, marks what appears to be the most lenient policy for undocumented immigrants and roadway rules. The city councilors who passed the ordinance say it’s necessary given increased immigration enforcement emanating from the White House. “We need to protect our community members from a federal government that’s out of control,” Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan said of the rule. “There are no other reasons for the police to arrest someone, give them a court summons instead… Continue reading "Massachusetts City Allowing Illegal Aliens to Drive Without a License"
Qantas Cut Flights to China, Earnings to Be Hit by Coronavirus - Qantas has posted an interim net profit slide to A$445 million ($297.78 million), blaming the 3.9 percent drop on protests in Hong Kong, higher foreign exchange costs and slower global freight demand. The coronavirus outbreak in the second half has added to Qantas’ woes and is expected to cut A$100 million to A$150 million ($66.92 Million to $100.38 million) off its bottom line. The carrier has responded to the drop in demand by slashing flights to Asia by 15 percent until the end of May and bringing forward a Beijing exit. With less demand from corporate and leisure, it is also will be reducing capacity by 2.3 percent. The group says its first-half net profit of A$445 million ($297.78 million), compared with A$463 million ($309.83 million) at the same time last year, came after an A$119 million (79.63 million) impact. That was from protests in Hong Kong, subdued demand in… Continue reading "Qantas Cut Flights to China, Earnings to Be Hit by Coronavirus"
Chinese Regime’s Lack of Transparency on Coronavirus Outbreak Slowing Global Solution: Congressman - Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) in a Houston Chronical editorial has criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the mainland, saying that its secrecy and control of information is jeopardizing Chinese citizens’ lives and making it harder for the global community to effectively stop the spread of the virus. “The lack of government transparency from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in dealing with the coronavirus global public health emergency is contributing to the international community’s inability to resolve the crisis,” said Hurd. “Addressing this crisis must be a global effort, but China’s record of opacity has hindered efforts aimed at understanding its origins and mitigating its effect.” Hurd reprimanded the regime for its response when the outbreak first went public as officials under-represented the facts about those infected, diminished the severity of the situation, and silenced doctors who tried to warn the public about the outbreak of a SARS-like disease. “The number of confirmed cases in… Continue reading "Chinese Regime’s Lack of Transparency on Coronavirus Outbreak Slowing Global Solution: Congressman"
Multiple Dead After Shooting in Hanau, Germany: Reports - A car with dead bodies stands in front of a bar in Hanau, Germany, on Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) At least eight people are dead and five others are critically injured after two shootings in Hanau city in west Germany, some 15 miles east of Frankfurt. An unidentified attacker or attackers began shooting at a shisha bar in central Hanau on Wednesday night, according to regional public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk. The broadcaster said that witnesses reported hearing eight or nine shots and seeing at least one person lying on the ground. The same attacker or attackers later drove to Hanau’s Kesselstadt neighborhood and opened fire again at another shisha bar. Police officers secure the area after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 19, 2020. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)The attacker or attackers have fled the scene and their motives are unclear, according to a short police statement. The statement said that authorities… Continue reading "Multiple Dead After Shooting in Hanau, Germany: Reports"
U.S. sanctions Russian oil company, Venezuelan state airline - The State Department announced sanctions targeting Russian oil company Rosneft’s trading unit, Rosneft Trading S.A., on February 18 and the Venezuelan state-run airline Conviasa on February 7. Both actions aim to stop the flow of money to the former Maduro regime and compel Nicolás Maduro to allow free and fair elections. Rosneft Trading S.A. facilitates the “trading, processing, and transport of raw materials, in particular unrefined petroleum and petroleum products,” between Venezuela and other countries, according to the Treasury Department. In this way, the Russian oil company props up the former regime, which enables Maduro to further repress the Venezuelan people. Today we sanctioned Russian-owned oil firm Rosneft Trading S.A., cutting off Maduro’s main lifeline to evade our sanctions on the Venezuelan oil sector. Those who prop up the corrupt regime and enable its repression of the Venezuelan people will be held accountable. — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 18, 2020… Continue reading "U.S. sanctions Russian oil company, Venezuelan state airline"
US Senators Urge FDA to Protect Youth from E-Cigarettes - Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added her name to a bipartisan letter (pdf) sent by a group of Senators this week to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn. In the letter, the Senators urged the commissioner to abide with the agency’s requirements to reject e-cigarette applications that do not protect public health before the FDA’s May deadline for e-cigarette product review. By May 12, tobacco companies must submit premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, proving that their products provide an overall benefit to public health. If a company fails to make its case, the FDA has the power to order its products off the market. The agency will judge that benefit with a two-part test: Are e-cigarettes effective in getting smokers to quit? And, if so, does that benefit outweigh the health damage to new e-cigarette users—including teenagers—who never smoked in the first place? The… Continue reading "US Senators Urge FDA to Protect Youth from E-Cigarettes"
FDA Suspends Inspection in China, Warns of Medical Supply Shortages - WASHINGTON—America’s dependence on China for thousands of medicines has been a concern for years, but the recent coronavirus (officially known as COVID-19) outbreak has heightened those concerns. It has disrupted the inspection of drugs and medical devices in China, prompting warnings from experts. In January, the State Department announced a highest-level warning not to travel to China amid the rapidly-spreading virus. As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recalled its inspectors from China, raising concerns about the quality of drugs that are being imported from the country. “The FDA is not currently conducting inspections in China,” the agency said in a statement. In general, the FDA conducts nearly 500 inspections a year in the country for drugs, foods, and medical devices. Inspections scheduled for February and March are postponed and will be conducted at a later date, the agency stated. “We are keenly aware that the… Continue reading "FDA Suspends Inspection in China, Warns of Medical Supply Shortages"
Teck’s Frontier Oilsands Mine Ruling a Barometer for Canada’s Global Energy Ambition - News Analysis OTTAWA—While most of the world’s attention on Canada is falling on Indigenous protests and rail blockades, the ramifications of the government’s decision on Teck Resources’ $20.6 billion Frontier oilsands mine should not be overlooked. It’s being called another watershed moment for the government, the resource sector, and the province of Alberta. The mine, north of Fort McMurray with an expected 40-year lifespan, is also a litmus test for Canada’s desire to be thought of as having a reliable, transparent, and predictable supply for foreign partners looking for an alternative source. Ken Coates, a Munk Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, says the mine’s approval process is like running a 100-metre race that turns into a 200-metre event when halfway done. And then 10 metres to the finish line, it extends to a 400-metre race. “At some point companies are just going to walk away from all of this,”… Continue reading "Teck’s Frontier Oilsands Mine Ruling a Barometer for Canada’s Global Energy Ambition"
NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Crash NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Crash - Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, flips over as he crashes during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Feb. 17, 2020. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, crashes and flips. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was released from the hospital just two days after he crashed during the Daytona 500 in Florida. Roush Fenway Racing posted a photo of Newman walking out of the hospital with two daughters. Hours before, the team posted a photo with Newman and his daughters saying that he is showing improvement. “Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center,” it wrote on Twitter. “True to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends and family while playing with his two daughters,” Roush Fenway Racing… Continue reading "NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Crash"
Appeals Court Blocks Florida Law Barring Ex-felons From Voting Over Fines, Fees - A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Florida cannot bar ex-felons from voting over their failure to pay fines and fees related to their sentences. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction from a lower court while the case plays out. The lower court’s injunction requires the state to allow the challengers in the cases, a group of 17 ex-felons, to register to vote if they can show that they are unable to pay off any restitution, court fees, and fines—collectively known as legal financial obligations (LFO)—and have completed other requirements. “Because the LFO requirement punishes those who cannot pay more harshly than those who can … Supreme Court precedent leads us to apply heightened scrutiny in asking whether the requirement violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as applied to these plaintiffs,” the court wrote (pdf). In… Continue reading "Appeals Court Blocks Florida Law Barring Ex-felons From Voting Over Fines, Fees"
Producer Price Gains Reflect Robust Demand Within US Economy Producer Price Gains Reflect Robust Demand Within US Economy - Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing on the semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 12, 2020. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)Producer prices saw solid growth in January, suggesting demand remains strong within the U.S. economy, now in its 11th year of a record-long boom. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its producer price index (PPI) for final demand jumped 0.5 percent last month, the largest gain since October 2018. In the 12 months through January, the PPI advanced 2.1 percent, the biggest increase since May, after rising 1.3 percent in December. The government last week reported a pickup in core consumer prices in January, which led economists to expect firmer readings in the inflation measure tracked by the Federal Reserve for its inflation target. The Labor Department released its Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers on Feb. 13,… Continue reading "Producer Price Gains Reflect Robust Demand Within US Economy"
Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia, a steady U.S. friend - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia from February 19-21 to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and other Saudi officials to advance long-standing shared interests. Saudi Arabia was Pompeo’s first stop on a trip to the Middle East in 2018, highlighting the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Pompeo, the first secretary of state to travel internationally immediately after being confirmed — his plane departed within two hours of the Senate vote — headed to Brussels before setting off for the Middle East. He visited Israel and Jordan as well as Saudi Arabia. President Trump also traveled to Saudi Arabia on his first major international trip after becoming president. He was the seventh U.S. president to visit a Saudi king since the end of World War II. The first meeting came in 1945 when… Continue reading "Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia, a steady U.S. friend"
Georgia Student’s Body Found After She Went Missing Last Week - Officials in Georgia confirmed on Wednesday that the body of missing college student Anitra Gunn was found. Fort Valley Police posted on their Facebook page that officials received confirmation from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab of a positive identification. Her body was found next to a piece of her car bumper around 150 yards from a road near Greer Road in Crawford County, Georgia, 13WMAZ reported. Gunn, who went missing last Friday, was a student at Fort Valley State University. Her boyfriend, DeMarcus Little, is in police custody. He was arrested for an unrelated incident that occurred on Feb. 5, said police in a news release. “In this incident, the windows were smashed at her apartment and tires were slashed on her vehicle. More charges may be forthcoming,” police said in the news release. The area is located in central Georgia around 100 miles south of Atlanta. Police had checked Gunn’s… Continue reading "Georgia Student’s Body Found After She Went Missing Last Week"
Beijing Decides to Expel Three Wall Street Journal Reporters Over Coronavirus Coverage Beijing Decides to Expel Three Wall Street Journal Reporters Over Coronavirus Coverage - A Chinese police officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard outside the Qianmen Gate during a snowfall in an empty and shuttered commercial street in Beijing, China, on Feb. 5, 2020. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)China announced that it revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters on Feb. 19, marking the country’s largest expulsion of foreign media in decades. Beijing made the decision in retaliation over the publication’s Feb. 3 column headlined “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Wednesday. In a Wednesday press conference, Geng said the Chinese side has lodged repeated “stern representations” to WSJ over the article, which he said contains a “racially-discriminatory title” and discredits the Chinese government. He said the publication did not make an official apology as the Chinese regime demanded, and threatened to take further measures if necessary. We “do… Continue reading "Beijing Decides to Expel Three Wall Street Journal Reporters Over Coronavirus Coverage"
Beijing to Expel Three Wall Street Journal Reporters Over Coronavirus Coverage - China announced that it revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters on Feb. 19, marking the country’s largest expulsion of foreign media in decades. Beijing made the decision in retaliation over the publication’s Feb. 3 column headlined “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Wednesday. In a Wednesday press conference, Geng said the Chinese side has lodged repeated “stern representations” to WSJ over the article, which he said contains a “racially-discriminatory title” and discredits the Chinese government. He said the publication did not make an official apology as the Chinese regime demanded, and threatened to take further measures if necessary. We “do not welcome media that speak racially-discriminatory languages and maliciously slander,” he added. The agency’s deputy bureau chief Josh Chin, and reporter Chao Deng, both U.S. nationals, as well as reporter Philip Wen, an Australian, were… Continue reading "Beijing to Expel Three Wall Street Journal Reporters Over Coronavirus Coverage"
Missing 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik Was Killed by Neighbor Who Then Killed Self, Police Say Missing 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik Was Killed by Neighbor Who Then Killed Self, Police Say - A police officer blocks a road near an entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood on Feb. 13, 2020, in Cayce, S.C., where 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik recently went missing just after getting off a school bus. (Sean Rayford/AP Photo)A 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard after school was killed by a neighbor who then killed himself, authorities said on Feb. 18. Faye Marie Swetlik died of asphyxiation just hours after she was abducted, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher told reporters Tuesday, refusing to say if she was strangled or suffocated. Faye’s body was found nearly three days later in woods near her home and had been put there just hours earlier, Fisher said. Between that time, investigators had spoken with the suspect. Coty Scott Taylor let them search his home a few doors down from the girl. They saw nothing to suggest the girl was ever there, Cayce… Continue reading "Missing 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik Was Killed by Neighbor Who Then Killed Self, Police Say"
Navy Looks for $40 Billion in Cuts to Pay for Bigger Fleet - The head of the Navy is scouring the ledgers for $40 billion in savings to boost the fleet size, giving the service just six weeks to identify the cuts. Those cuts, representing 7 percent of the Navy’s discretionary topline, are to be made over a five-year period, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly wrote in a Feb. 18 memorandum (pdf). Modly’s “Stem-To-Stern” review comes ahead of a much-anticipated blueprint for modernizing the Navy’s fleet as it swings around to face Russia and, more significantly, China. Modly said that for the next several years the Navy expects a flatline budget. The $40 billion in savings are needed, he said, to make the Navy bigger, to improve its readiness and “lethality,” and to recapitalize the submarine ballistic nuclear force. That requirement for replacing—but not modernizing—the aging nuclear force “will consume a significant portion of our shipbuilding budget in coming years and squeeze out funds… Continue reading "Navy Looks for $40 Billion in Cuts to Pay for Bigger Fleet"
George Zimmerman Files Lawsuit Against Warren, Buttigieg - George Zimmerman, the man accused of illegally killing a teenager in Florida, filed a lawsuit against two Democratic presidential candidates who he says defamed him earlier this month. Zimmerman, 32, was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, one year after shooting dead Trayvon Martin, a teenager, during a physical altercation in Zimmerman’s gated community. Martin was visiting relatives. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70, and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38, both posted tweets on Feb. 5, the anniversary of Martin’s death. Warren wrote that Martin “should still be with us today,” adding: “We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children—especially young Black boys—can grow up safe and free.” Buttigieg wrote that Martin “would have been 25 today.” “How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?” he asked. According… Continue reading "George Zimmerman Files Lawsuit Against Warren, Buttigieg"
Arrest of Harvard Professor Puts Chinese Economic Espionage in Spotlight - NEW YORK—The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating China-related cases of economic espionage across the country as a growing list of prosecutions against academics and researchers makes the headlines. The Bureau reports that the Chinese regime is using “non-traditional collectors,” such as professors, researchers, and front companies—as opposed to traditional undercover spies—to acquire sensitive technology from the United States. This comes after the FBI arrested a Harvard University professor for allegedly lying about receiving funding from the Chinese regime to open a research lab in Wuhan, China. Additionally, a researcher at Boston University was indicted after allegedly failing to disclose that he was a lieutenant in the Chinese army and a Chinese national allegedly attempted to smuggle biological materials from a Boston medical center to China. They have all been indicted on federal charges. Former FBI undercover agent Marc Ruskin explained that the Harvard professor, Charles Lieber, was arrested for… Continue reading "Arrest of Harvard Professor Puts Chinese Economic Espionage in Spotlight"
At Least 140 Travelers Denied Entry to US Over Coronavirus Threat - The Trump administration has prevented at least 140 travelers from entering the United States as it attempts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States. Fourteen foreign nationals were turned away at U.S. airports and 126 people were refused entry at land ports from Feb. 2 to Feb. 12, according to data provided to CNN by the Department of Homeland Security. Airlines are responsible for removing passengers who are denied entry to the United States out of the country. Additionally, 34 travelers were stopped at preclearance locations—airports where U.S. officials conduct screening before passengers board U.S.-bound flights. On Feb. 2, the United States began implementing stringent travel restrictions that include temporarily denying entry to foreign nationals who visited China in the 14 days before they arrived in the United States. American citizens returning from China are also subject to health screenings and potential quarantine. Those U.S.… Continue reading "At Least 140 Travelers Denied Entry to US Over Coronavirus Threat"
DOJ Pushes Back on Reports Claiming AG Barr Considered Resigning Over Trump Tweets - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed reports that claimed Attorney General William Barr had told people close to him that he was considering resigning from his role over the president’s Twitter posts about the department. “Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign,” DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement on Twitter. On Tuesday night, The Washington Post and The Associated Press reported, citing unnamed administration officials, Barr had told people close to him that he was considering quitting after President Donald Trump did not heed the attorney general’s message that he should stop publicly weighing in on DOJ ongoing criminal cases. During an interview on Feb. 13, Barr issued criticism to the president about his Twitter posts in the wake of one of Trump’s posts about the sentencing of former campaign adviser Roger Stone. The DOJ’s handling of the Stone case has received extensive scrutiny… Continue reading "DOJ Pushes Back on Reports Claiming AG Barr Considered Resigning Over Trump Tweets"
India-Pakistan Border Under Spotlight as US Adjusts Indo-Pacific Strategy: Experts India-Pakistan Border Under Spotlight as US Adjusts Indo-Pacific Strategy: Experts - The fence erected within the Indian territory near the India-Pakistan International Border along with floodlights at Chak Changa village at Hiranagar, Jammu State, India, Oct. 2012. (Venus Upadhayaya/The Epoch Times)The importance of the India-Pakistan border has remained low for the United States for many decades, but experts say it is gaining new strategic meaning as part of its emerging Indo-Pacific strategy, which redefines U.S. resources and partnerships in the region. Kashish Parpiani, a Mumbai-based expert with the Observer Research Foundation, highlights that the historically conflicted boundary between India and Pakistan also forms the territorial demarcation line between the U.S. military’s central command and its Indo-Pacific command and thus places India and Pakistan into two separate strategic military zones. Traditionally, India wasn’t allowed to participate in central command even though it had concerns that transverse its western border in the region, but now that has changed. After its last 2+2 Ministerial… Continue reading "India-Pakistan Border Under Spotlight as US Adjusts Indo-Pacific Strategy: Experts"
China Threatened to Harm Czech Companies Over Taiwan Visit: Letter - Beijing threatened to retaliate against Czech companies with operations in China if a senior Czech lawmaker went ahead with a planned visit to Taiwan, according to a diplomatic letter seen by Reuters. The Jan. 10 letter, which was sent by China’s embassy in Prague to the Czech president’s office, suggested that Czech companies operating in mainland China, such as Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda Auto or lender Home Credit Group, would suffer if Senate speaker Jaroslav Kubera visited the self-ruled island. Kubera died unexpectedly on Jan. 20, before his trip had been due to take place, but the letter, written in Czech, reveals how explicit Beijing was about the possible consequences if the visit had gone ahead. “Czech companies whose representatives visit Taiwan with Chairman Kubera will not be welcome in China or with the Chinese people,” the letter said. “Czech companies who have economic interests in China will have to pay… Continue reading "China Threatened to Harm Czech Companies Over Taiwan Visit: Letter"
Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida - A Mexican national was arrested in Florida on Feb. 16 for allegedly working in the United States on behalf of the Russian government, the Department of Justice said. According to court documents, Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was allegedly recruited by a Russian government official in 2019 and tasked with locating and obtaining the vehicle license plate number of a U.S. government source. On Feb. 13, Fuentes traveled to Miami from Mexico City and the following day, he and his wife used a rental car to drive into the residency of the government source, entering the premises by tailgating another vehicle in order to gain access. A security guard noticed the incident and approached the Mexican’s vehicle to question why he had entered the building. However, Fuentes’s wife left the vehicle and began taking photographs of the government source’s vehicle license plate. Fuentes allegedly provided the security guard with a… Continue reading "Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida"
Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida - A Mexican national was arrested in Florida on Feb. 16 for allegedly working in the United States on behalf of the Russian government, the Department of Justice said. According to court documents, Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was allegedly recruited by a Russian government official in 2019 and tasked with locating and obtaining the vehicle license plate number of a U.S. government source. On Feb. 13, Fuentes traveled to Miami from Mexico City and the following day, he and his wife used a rental car to drive into the residency of the government source, entering the premises by tailgating another vehicle in order to gain access. A security guard noticed the incident and approached the Mexican’s vehicle to question why he had entered the building. However, Fuentes’s wife left the vehicle and began taking photographs of the government source’s vehicle license plate. Fuentes allegedly provided the security guard with a… Continue reading "Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida"
Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida - A Mexican national was arrested in Florida on Feb. 16 for allegedly working in the United States on behalf of the Russian government, the Department of Justice said. According to court documents, Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was allegedly recruited by a Russian government official in 2019 and tasked with locating and obtaining the vehicle license plate number of a U.S. government source. On Feb. 13, Fuentes traveled to Miami from Mexico City and the following day, he and his wife used a rental car to drive into the residency of the government source, entering the premises by tailgating another vehicle in order to gain access. A security guard noticed the incident and approached the Mexican’s vehicle to question why he had entered the building. However, Fuentes’s wife left the vehicle and began taking photographs of the government source’s vehicle license plate. Fuentes allegedly provided the security guard with a… Continue reading "Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida"
Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida - A Mexican national was arrested in Florida on Feb. 16 for allegedly working in the United States on behalf of the Russian government, the Department of Justice said. According to court documents, Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was allegedly recruited by a Russian government official in 2019 and tasked with locating and obtaining the vehicle license plate number of a U.S. government source. On Feb. 13, Fuentes traveled to Miami from Mexico City and the following day, he and his wife used a rental car to drive into the residency of the government source, entering the premises by tailgating another vehicle in order to gain access. A security guard noticed the incident and approached the Mexican’s vehicle to question why he had entered the building. However, Fuentes’s wife left the vehicle and began taking photographs of the government source’s vehicle license plate. Fuentes allegedly provided the security guard with a… Continue reading "Mexican Accused of Spying on US for Russia Is Arrested in Florida"