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New sanctions on Venezuelan Supreme Court

The Trump administration yesterday ordered sanctions on members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court following a series of rulings that the US says has usurped power from the nation’s opposition-controlled congress and sparked a deadly wave of unrest. The US Department of Treasury announced yesterday it is freezing the assets of eight Venezuelan government officials on the Supreme Court in an effort to support the Venezuelan people “in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance.”

Chelsea Manning leaves prison

Chelsea Manning walked out of a US military prison on Wednesday, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks. Manning, 29, was released from the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offences for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq. Former US president Barack Obama, in his final days in office, commuted the final 28 years of Manning’s 35-year sentence, effective four months later. Once known as Private First Class Bradley Manning, she transitioned to a female gender identity while in prison. Yesterday, she shared a photo of herself for the first time since she was released on social media.

US officials criticise Turkey after attack on protesters

IN WASHINGTON

US officials strongly criticised the Turkish government yesterday after video appeared to show its president’s security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Another wrenches a woman’s neck and throws her to the ground. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. In all, nine people were hurt in the brutal assault. The clash happened at the Turkish ambassador’s residence Tuesday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency labelled the protesters Kurdish “supporters of terror.”

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd, killing one

A US Navy veteran slammed his car into pedestrians in New York City’s packed Times Square yesterday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people. The city’s mayor said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism. Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the car hit a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. Police who took the driver into custody identified him as Richard Rojas, 26, of the New York City borough of the Bronx. They said he had been arrested twice for drunken driving in 2008 and 2015, and once earlier this month for menacing. There was no indication it was an act of terrorism, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a press conference, though the event brought to mind vehicle attacks on pedestrians in recent months in Britain, France, Germany, Israel and Sweden.

— Herald with agencies

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