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Putin says gas supply to Germany could be reduced if turbine isn’t delivered
On July 19th, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the amount of natural gas pumped to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline could fall from 60 million to about 30 million cubic metres if a turbine stuck in Canada under sanctions is not delivered quickly. Putin stated, "Gazprom has always honoured, and will continue to honour its commitments. There are no grounds at all for the attempts by our partners to shift or try to shift the blame for their own mistakes on Russia and Gazprom."
Joe Biden announces executive actions to address climate change
On July 20th, President Joe Biden announced executive actions to address climate change-associated rising temperatures and to boost the offshore wind industry. Under the new executive actions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocated $2.3 billion in funding for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.
Ranil Wickremesinghe elected Sri Lanka’s President
On July 20th, six-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was voted in as Sri Lanka's new President after securing 134 votes in the 225-member parliament. Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the acting President of the island nation last week after his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country amid widespread protests against his leadership.
‘Law & Order’ crew member fatally shot near set in Brooklyn
Early on Tuesday, a crew member for the TV show "Law & Order: Organized Crime" was fatally shot while working near the set in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood. Officials have identified the victim as 31-year-old Johnny Pizarro, from Queens. Pizarro had been hired by the show to clear parking spaces and guard equipment trucks in the neighborhood.
Bill de Blasio drops bid for NY’s 10th Congressional district
On July 19th, former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped out of the race for NY's 10th Congressional District. De Blasio tweeted, "It's clear the people of #NY10 are looking for another option, and I respect that. Time for me to leave electoral politics and focus on other ways to serve."
Zelenskyy: “personal audit” of Ukraine’s security service is underway
The head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ivan Bakanov, and Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, have been suspended from their roles amid allegations of treason against employees in their respective offices. On Sunday, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed that over 60 former employees were now working against the country in Russian-occupied regions. It was also revealed that 651 cases of treason had been opened against officials in the two organizations.
EU & Azerbaijan sign MOU to double natural gas imports to EU by 2027
On July 18th, the European Commission and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a "strategic partnership in the field of energy." The MOU includes a commitment to double imports of Azeri natural gas to the EU to at least 20 billion cubic meters by 2027.
Extradition process starts for drug lord
A process has begun for the extradition of Rafael Caro Quintero, a drug kingpin captured by Mexican authorities. Quintero is being held in a high-security prison 80km (50 miles) west of the capital.
Biden and Saudi minister at odds over what was discussed during visit
On Friday, President Joe Biden met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (commonly known as MbS). Biden said he "indicated" to the Crown Prince that he held him "personally responsible" for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing. Biden then received a response from MbS stating he was not "personally responsible" for Khashoggi's death.
TX House panel probing the Uvalde school shooting releases interim report
On Sunday, the TX House of Representatives committee probing the Uvalde school shooting released an interim report detailing the events on the day of (and those leading up to) the mass shooting. The report highlights that "systemic failures" and poor leadership contributed to the death toll on May 24th when a teenager entered Robb Elementary School and fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers.