National Guard troops were forced to evacuate the Capitol building grounds on Thursday and hang out in parking garages, allegedly after a Democrat congressman complained about one National Guard member not wearing a mask at a cafe in the building.
The U.S. is the first nation to announce that it will evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship where over 200 people have contracted COVID-19
Putin Sends Air Force To Evacuate Hundreds Of Russian Citizens From China
As the list of countries both shutting their borders to China and canceling major carrier flights in and out of the country grows, Russia is set to take drastic action by airlifting its nationals out of the country via Air Force planes.
“The evacuation of Russian nationals from China on the Aerospace Force’s aircraft is scheduled for February 3-4, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday,” reports TASS news agency, which further indicated the evacuation order came directly from President Putin.
This also after the first two cases of coronavirus in Russia were confirmed on Friday. Two Chinese nationals have been quarantined in the Siberian region of Tyumen and the far eastern Zabaykalsky region, and are expected to recover.
Russian authorities promptly restricted direct flights to China and shut the massive land border with China, which extends over 4,000km. No doubt this will have significant economic impact for both countries, given China remains Russia’s largest and most important trading partner.
Peskov announced further in the Kremlin statement: “Due to the fact that it has taken certain time to finalize the coordination of flight information by the Chinese side, the evacuation of Russian nationals from China by planes of the Aerospace Force will be carried out on February 3-4.”
Russian media reports have indicated there remain 300 Russians in Wuhan, with another 341 across Hubei province. Peskov also indicated Saturday that while all Russian nationals will be taken out by Monday and Tuesday, “They will start carrying out [evacuation] flights as of today.”
And Russia’s embassy in China said in a Sunday statement: “We have established contact with 202 fellow countrymen and 130 of them have expressed readiness to leave the Hubei province.”
Russia joins a growing list of others who have sent emergency charter flights or military aircraft to take evacuate their citizens trapped in quarantined Wuhan, including the US, France, Germany, Britain, Canada, Japan, Spain and others.
But then a crucial question remains: at this late point could the evacuation flights set to commence Monday simply be unwittingly be bringing the deadly virus back into Russia?
Russian authorities have said they will take extreme precautions, including making each returnee spend at least 14 days in quarantine.
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Workers were forced to evacuate the Dounreay nuclear power station in the Scottish Highlands after the discovery of radioactive contamination, it has been revealed. Site bosses blamed “human error” for the incident, according to the Press and Journal newspaper. They also said that there was “insignificant” low-level contamination but no harm has come of the leak. The incident happened on June 7 but has only just been made public following the Dounreay Stakeholder Group on Wednesday evening. According to reports, workers were forced to leave the plant after follow-up surveys found a number of …
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was forced to evacuate and run for cover during an assassination attempt on Saturday.
While speaking at a military parade in Caracas, drones with explosives flew nearby, the New York Times reports. Mauro was unharmed during the attack, which did leave several injured.
Maduro’s speech was cut short as aides shielded him and his wife, escorting them to safety. The televised event also showed soldiers in the street, breaking ranks and running from the scene. Television footage of the event was cut shortly after.
Later in the evening, Maduro went on television, both to prove that he was not hurt and to assess blame for the situation. In his speech, Mauro blamed neighboring Columbia for the attack, a charge the Columbian government denies.
“To all of our friends in the world, I am fine, I am alive.” Maduro said. “The Bolivarian revolution keeps its path.”
“All the investigations point to Bogotá. They have tried to kill me today,” he added.
Maduro has been the target of opposition from both within Venezuela and internationally as well. The Venezuelan economy has crashed in recent years due to crippling economic sanctions along with the country’s socialist economic policies. Inflation is at record highs and many basic commodities, including food, are becoming scarce.
The Times reported this isn’t the first attack in the capitol.
In June 2017, Óscar Pérez, a rogue police officer, commandeered a helicopter and used it in a brazen midday assault to drop grenades on the Supreme Court building and to fire on the Interior Ministry.
Mr. Pérez took to Instagram to call for others to join his cause and wage attacks against military bases, but he was killed by the government during an assault in January.
In another attack last year, a group of soldiers struck a military barracks west of Caracas. Like Mr. Pérez, they released videos calling for others to join their cause, but no rebellion materialized.
And in 2016, Mr. Maduro himself was attacked by a mob who chased him down the street banging pots and pans and screaming that they had no food.
Maduro has a tight grip on power in Venezuela, and is working to amend the country’s constitution to attain greater control of the government.
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