New US delegation travels to Taiwan amid crisis with China
Washington. A delegation of five US legislators traveled to Taiwan on Sunday for a working tour in the midst of the crisis with China unleashed by the recent trip to the island of the president of the US House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The American Institute in Taiwan, which represents the US government on the island, announced in a statement that the visit will last two days and will include meetings with Taiwanese leaders on regional security and trade.
Rushdie remains hospitalized, in critical condition but not on a ventilator.
New York. The Anglo-Indian writer Salman Rushdie, stabbed last Friday, is evolving positively and no longer needs assisted breathing, although he is still hospitalized and in critical condition, while calls for solidarity with him and even calls for him to receive the Nobel Prize multiply in the world. The good news was given today by his son Zafar Rushdie, turned spokesman for the family, who issued a statement on Twitter in which he explained that, despite the seriousness, his father was removed from the respirator and additional oxygen on Saturday, after which “he was able to say a few words”, adding that he has not lost “his jovial sense of humor”.
At least 41 dead and 14 injured in a fire at a Coptic church in Cairo
Cairo. At least 41 people were killed and 14 others injured in a fire on Sunday at a church in the Imbaba neighborhood, southwest of Cairo, the Coptic Church reported. Security sources told Efe that, according to initial investigations, the fire originated in the air conditioning unit on the second floor of the church building, which includes several classrooms, due to an electrical fault, which caused the emission of a thick amount of smoke that was the main cause of death, without giving further details.
Government of Ecuador declares state of emergency in Guayaquil after explosion
Quito. The Government of Ecuador declared this Sunday a state of emergency in the coastal city of Guayaquil (southwest), which was shaken this morning by an explosion perpetrated in the Cristo del Consuelo neighborhood and that, for the moment, leaves five people dead and 17 injured. The Ecuadorian president, Guillermo Lasso, announced on his Twitter account that he, in addition, has ordered that all the necessary public force be used to maintain control and security in Guayaquil. “I have declared the city of Guayaquil in a State of Exception due to the criminal events that have taken place in the last few hours. The entire public force will be available to restore control of the city,” Lasso said in his message on the social network.
Russia advances in Donbas despite the wear and tear of almost six months of campaign
Moscow/Lviv. The Russian Army is advancing very slowly in Donbas a few days after the six-month anniversary of a military offensive that is wearing down Moscow’s troops in Ukraine, who nevertheless maintain strong pressure on kyiv’s forces. “There are fierce fighting in Donbas,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged in his daily speech. The president explained that the fighting is taking place mainly around the towns of Avdiivka, Mariinka, Pesky and Bakhmut, where Russia has sent a “colossal volume” of military resources.
Head of Congress accuses Castillo of trying to break democratic order
Lime. The head of the Peruvian Congress, Lady Camones, sent a letter this Sunday to President Pedro Castillo in which she rejected some statements by him and his prime minister, Aníbal Torres, which in her opinion “constitute an attempt to break the democratic order” and could lead to “acts of violence”. In a letter sent to Castillo, the president of Parliament expressed her “deep concern and disagreement” over statements in which the president and Torres apparently “call for marches by social organizations from various regions of the country to the city of Lima.” .
Seven injured, two seriously, in an attack in the Old City of Jerusalem
Jerusalem. Seven people were injured, two of them in serious condition, in a firearm attack on a bus this morning near the Old City of Jerusalem, the Israeli emergency service Magen David Adom reported. Although the identity of the assailant has not been revealed, Israeli authorities have described the attack as a “terrorist attack” committed by Palestinians; while the Islamist group Hamas has celebrated it as a “heroic act of resistance”.
Petro celebrates a week as president of Colombia with a dynamic style
Bogota. The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, celebrates a week in office this Sunday with a government style different from that of his predecessors and with an intense agenda that includes the announcement of the resumption of the peace talks with the ELN guerrillas, the presentation of an ambitious tax reform and the renewal of the military leadership. Despite the fact that he has not yet completed his cabinet because he has yet to appoint a Minister of Science and Technology and that of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), the new president has already begun to implement the multiple reforms with which intends to carry out the government plan that will execute the next four years.
Haitian Prime Minister remembers victims of last year’s earthquake
Prince Port. The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, remembered this Sunday the victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which devastated the south of the country just a year ago and left more than 2,200 dead. “On this sadly memorable August 14, I renew my feelings of solidarity with the brave people of the South, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the terrible earthquake that devastated this region,” Henry, the highest authority in Haiti after the assassination of the president, wrote on Twitter. Jovenel Moise in July 2021.
FBI concludes Baldwin pulled trigger of gun that killed Hutchins
Washington. The FBI concluded that Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger of the gun with which he accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of the movie “Rust”, which contradicts the version of the actor, who maintains that he did not fire the weapon . The FBI report, seen by ABC News, states that the revolver was in good condition and “could not be fired without pulling the trigger.” In an interview with that medium in October of last year, the actor assured that he never pulled the trigger of the gun and that it shot itself when he released the hammer. EFE
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