Fierce winds and arid conditions are creating a massive challenge for firefighters struggling to stop the advance of unprecedented wildfires in Northern California.
At least 25 people have lost their lives and more than 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed along with some of the state’s most lucrative vineyards.
Speaking briefly with reporters following a meeting with top U.S. military officials on Thursday, United States President Donald Trump said that we are in the “calm before the storm.”
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has admitted that he learned about North Korea possessing a nuclear bomb as early as the early 2000s, five years before it conducted its first nuclear test. Putin made the revelation during a plenary session of the first Russian Energy Week forum in Moscow.
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry has denounced the United States’ expulsion of 15 of its diplomats from the island nation’s embassy in Washington “due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps” “to protect its diplomats in Havana, over alleged “health attacks” against embassy staff.
The U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu said the U.S. government and congress members have “noted which countries support Venezuela,” stating that Nicaragua “does not have many friends in Washington, for the support it gives to Venezuela,” affirming that congress most likely will vote “in favor of approving the Nica Act,” according to Bolsa de Noticias newspaper.
The Nica Act refers to the Nicaraguan Investments Conditionality Act, a bill that initially went out of circulation in the House of Representatives when the 2016 congressional session closed. However, it was reintroduced in the U.S. House and Senate by Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, as well as Democrat Albio Sires in April.
Approved by the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere of the lower house, the bill is set to be debated by the Committee on Foreign Relations July 27, which if approved will go to the full house for a vote.
The new bill, significantly more stringent than the original, seeks to impose economic sanctions on Nicaragua over alleged authoritarianism and corruption practiced by democratically-elected President Daniel Ortega and restrict the conditions of loans from multilateral organizations.
The Mexican Solidarity Movement with Cuba demanded the United States lift the blockade against socialist government Saturday, marching to the U.S. embassy in Mexico City.
MMSC denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to reverse a diplomatic opening between the two countries. The group’s leader Jesus Escamilla stated that Mexicans reject the U.S. blockade and demand Trump lift it and move to normalize relations with the Caribbean island.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump may consider banning oil imports from Venezuela if the country moves forward with its July 30 National Constituent Assembly, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.
A senior White House official said that “all options are on the table” when asked if such a ban was possible. Moreover, Trump’s administration has reportedly not taken a position on whether Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro should be sent into exile.
“We have not made final decisions but we have a pretty good idea of the direction we are heading,” the official added.
The revelation comes a day after Washington issued sanction threats against Caracas.
“If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions,” Trump said in a statement on Monday.