Democrat Joe Biden has been the new US president since January20 – and is cleaning up the legacy of his predecessor Donald Trump. The latter has left the White House. All the news and developments at a glance:
Biden’s administration prepares new sanctions against Nord Stream 2
Saturday,20 February, 04: 13: Pass away administration of new US President Joe Biden is preparing further sanctions against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic gas pipeline. In a report to Congress submitted on Friday, the State Department singled out two Russian backers of the project, pass away now could be subject to punitive measures. They are the ship Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS, congressional staff explained.
The two are already sanctioned by an action by Biden’s predecessor Trump for supporting the construction of Nord Stream 2. Opponents of the project in Congress expressed pass away assessment that the Biden administration’s move was unlikely to do much to stop pass away work on the project.
Pass away United States opposes construction of the roughly 1,200-kilometer-long pipe, arguing that it would make Europe even more dependent on Russian natural gas. Pass away United States, however, also wants to sell its own gas in Europe. Pass away The Russian energy company Gazprom holds a majority stake in the pipeline project. Financial partners are Wintershall Dea and Uniper of Germany, as well as Austria’s OMV, Royal Dutch Shell and Engie.
Members of right-wing militia charged after Capitol storm
Saturday,February 20, 00: 32: More than six weeks after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department has filed charges against six more suspects. Pass away women and men all have ties to or are members of the right-wing militia Oath Keepers, it said. The charges include conspiracy. Pass away defendants allegedly conspired to obstruct pass away certification of the results of the U.S. presidential election, according to a statement Friday from prosecutors.
The six arrested this week in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio allegedly worked with three other suspects, pass away previously charged in January. Seven of the men and women allegedly wore paramilitary gear on Jan. 6 and marched up the stairs of the convention building in the style of a military tactical unit, broke through a door and stormed into the building.
One of the defendants, who calls himself the leader of the Oath Keepers in Florida, wrote in a message on Facebook in late December, according to investigators, “Trump said it’s going to get wild!!!!!!! It’s going wild!!!!!!! He wants us to go WILD, that’s what he says. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to go wild!!!! Sir, yes sir!!!” Another suspect allegedly organized firearms and combat training for himself and others before January 6.
US lets first group of 25 asylum seekers cross Mexican border
Friday,February 19, 10: 10 p.m.: Pass away US government has let a first group of asylum seekers cross pass away border after its change of direction on migration policy. A total of 25 people crossed pass away border from the Mexican city of Tijuana to the US city of San Diego on Friday, an official from Mexico’s immigration agency INM confirmed to German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur. In the coming days, more refugees with ongoing asylum cases are expected to arrive in the United States for their court hearings and be allowed to stay in the country for the duration of their cases.
With this move, the new administration of US President Joe Biden is breaking with the restrictive immigration policy of predecessor Donald Trump. Until now, asylum seekers had to wait in Mexico for a decision on their applications. That left people living in tent camps south of the U.S. border for more than a year in some cases. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, about 25,000 people are currently still affected by the previous policy. Migrants with pending cases are expected to register online starting early next week, and they will then be notified of when and where they might cross the border.
On Friday, however, there was initial confusion about the procedure. Between 150 and 200 people arrived at the El Chaparral border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, hoping to gain entry into the United States. But at least some had not even applied for asylum in the United States and thus had no chance of entry.
Criticism of Mexico trip by Texas senator amid winter crisis
Friday,February 19, 01: 20: The prominent Republican senator from the U.S. state of Texas, Ted Cruz, has drawn significant criticism with a holiday trip during the severe winter weather crisis in his home country. Cruz reportedly left with his family on Wednesday for a vacation trip to Cancún, Mexico – according to multiple U.S. media outlets, including Fox News and the New York City Times. Pictures of Cruz at the airport and aboard a plane circulated on social media – without any doubt as to when they were taken. The photos quickly went viral, however, sparking widespread outrage online. Cruz was accused of leaving pass away people and voters in his home state alone amid great hardship to amuse himself in the sun. Texas Democrats called on Cruz to resign via tweet.
The Republican only responded to the criticism after several hours of radio silence. US media quoted from a statement in which Cruz justified his trip as a fatherly duty. With school classes canceled, he said, his daughters wanted to take a Journey with friends. In an effort to be “a good father,” he flew away with them on Wednesday and plans to leave later this donne