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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday, but after angering China over the trip to Taiwan, he avoided ties with Beijing and Taipei that could further escalate regional tensions Make direct public comments.
Pelosi, the first speaker of the House of Representatives to visit Taiwan in 25 years, said in Taipei on Wednesday that the United States’ commitment to democracy on the self-governing island “remains unwavering.” In response to Pelosi’s support for Taiwan, China on Thursday began conducting military exercises including missile strike training in six areas around the island in what could be the largest such drills since the mid-1990s.
After visiting Taiwan, Pelosi and the rest of her congressional delegation flew to South Korea — a key U.S. ally with about 28,500 U.S. troops — on Wednesday night as part of a trip to Asia that included an early Stopovers in Singapore and Malaysia for a while. After South Korea, Pelosi will travel to Japan.
WNBA star Britney Greenner found guilty in Russia
A Russian judge has sentenced Brittney Greener to nine years in prison after the WNBA star and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist was convicted of drug possession.
Greener, who pleaded guilty a few weeks ago, apologized to her family and wife.
“I made an honest mistake, and I hope in your ruling, it doesn’t end my life,” Griner told the judge.
Now that the trial is over, negotiations between Washington and Moscow are expected to continue to free Griner amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
Griner, who has played for Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg since the 2014 WNBA offseason, was arrested on February 17 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Russian authorities said she was carrying vaping pods filled with cannabis oil in her luggage; Greener said she had accidentally packed her bags in a hurry and pleaded “unintentionally” during the trial in Hemiki, Russia. However, the court claimed she committed the crime intentionally.
“The hard work that my parents instilled in me enabled me to play for the best Euroleague and Russian teams in Yekaterinburg,” Griner said Thursday in a cage inside the courtroom. “I want to apologise to my team-mates, the club, the fans and the city (of Yekaterinburg) for the mistakes I made and the embarrassment I caused.
“This is my second home. All I want to do is win a championship and make them proud.”
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Abortion vote in Kansas could spell trouble for Republican midterms
Kansas voters turned out in droves on Tuesday to protect abortion rights in their state. The state’s answer to the first abortion-rights ballot question since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade sent shockwaves through the national political landscape, suggesting the issue may have more momentum in the midterms than previously thought.
She told USA TODAY late Wednesday morning that paralegal and Democrat Jarrolyn Quinones, 65, was “shocked” by the vote in her largely conservative home state. “.
The results taught her something: Abortion runs through partisan politics. Women who share her views on abortion rights may not have signs in their yards or are from the same political party, but they align silently at the ballot box.
“Women understand that their rights are being taken away…if they don’t act, we will go back to the 1950s,” Quinones said. “Whether women have different political beliefs or different religious beliefs, they all agree that they want the right to make their own choices.”
If Kansas’ turnout is replicated nationally in November, it would benefit Democrats as the party faces headwinds including high consumer prices, low approval ratings for President Joe Biden and historical records, which they are counting on. Roy’s reversal this fall to improve their odds in midterm elections often runs against the incumbent’s party.
The Biden administration declared Thursday that the monkeypox outbreak, which has infected more than 6,600 people in the United States, is officially a public health emergency. – Ella and Amy