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China conducts live-fire military exercises around Taiwan



Several airlines have cancelled all flights to Taiwan as the Chinese military surrounded the island to conduct live-fire exercises

China is holding live-fire military exercises surrounding Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governed island. Pelosi is the highest-level U.S. official to visit there since Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997.

On Thursday several airlines have cancelled all flights to Taiwan as the Chinese military surrounded the island to conduct live-fire exercises.

Chinese authorities are furious over Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, arguing it broke the U.S. one-China policy, which states that the U.S. acknowledges, but does not condone, China’s claim of sovereignty over the island.

It also states that the U.S. will not keep formal diplomatic ties with the government of Taiwan.

Meanwhile, back in Washington FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to Congress that China is America’s biggest threat.

Additionally, many military experts are warning that China could invade Taiwan soon and critics are slamming U.S. President Joe Biden for not taking a stronger stance against China.

To put this all in perspective, President Biden spoke publicly numerous times urging Russian President Vladimir Putin not to invade Ukraine but now, President Biden is nearly silent on China’s potential plans to invade Taiwan.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.


Kiely Rodni: Fears missing teen has been abducted



A major search is underway for missing teen, Kiely Rodni, with renewed fears she may have been abducted

In a developing story officials, friends and family are scrambling to find 16-year-old, Kiely Rodni, who went missing after a party in Truckee, Northern California.

Rodni’s phone has not been used since the party at 12:30am local time on Saturday, near the Prosser Family Campground.

Police are “treating her disappearance as an abduction” and not ruling anything out at this stage. Officials are still unable to locate Kiely’s Silver 2013 Honda CRV vehicle. 

“We’re considering everything…We won’t rule anything out…

If you think you have information and you don’t think it’s relevant, we want it.”

Scott Alfred, detective, county sheriff

Kiely is caucasian with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She is approximately 170 cm tall, and weighs approximately 53 kgs.

Last known CCTV footage of Kiely

The teen has a distinct nose ring and was last seen wearing a black top and Dickies brand pants.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office between 200-300 teens were at the party, with authorities stressing no one will be in trouble for drinking or taking drugs at the party.

Officials say finding Rodni is their only focus, with multiple agencies now part of the investigation.

Friends that were with her that night are trying to piece together what has happened to their friend.

“I know that she wasn’t in the right mindset or state to drive. And if she were to have driven, she wouldn’t have made it far…

So my concern is that somebody might have offered to drive her home and then didn’t take her home.”

sami smith, Kiely’s friend

Her distressed family are pleading for answers and have offered a $50,000 reward for Kiely’s safe return.

“We just want her home. We’re so scared, and we miss her so much. And we love her so much…

Kiely if you see this, please come home. I want nothing more but to hug you.”

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, Kiely’s mother

Kiely’s mother, Lindsey, says she received a message from her daughter confirming she was leaving the party in 45 minutes and would be coming straight home.

Since then, no one has heard from Kiely.

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Are members of the Trump family facing jail time?



A Former Justice Department prosecutor who worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, says that if he was advising a client facing what former President Donald Trump is, there would be a strong warning.

But now a former acting Solicitor General has gone even further, saying he’d be advising Trump that he’s facing jail time and to make plans accordingly.

Neal Katyal says it’s clear this is a targeted search against Donald Trump by the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, the White House says the President hasn’t been briefed or made aware of the raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home.

Today the White House press secretary was grilled by a reporter on the Trump issue, but responded with a firm “no comment”.

The FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s residence in Florida on Monday signalled an extraordinary escalation of an investigation into the handling of certain documents from his presidency.

The raid raises questions about whether his legal exposure extends beyond whether he improperly took government records when he left the White House.

We don’t yet know what the FBI was searching for.
But to obtain a search warrant, investigators would have had to show a judge that there was probable cause of a crime.
They would also need to show evidence of that crime was located at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach resort.

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Chinese authorities detect new virus



Chinese health authorities are closely monitoring the spread of a new virus, after several people tested positive

Dubbed the Langya Virus, the Centre for Disease Control says it has detected 35 cases in recent weeks.

Langya Virus was first discovered back in 2018, and these recent infections have been reported in the provinces of Shandong and Henan.

In all but nine of the documented cases, individuals experienced symptoms of fever, fatigue, a cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, headache and vomiting.

Severe cases can see patients experience a decrease in white blood cells, liver and kidney failure.

No deaths have been reported so far, but the family the virus belongs to can have fatality rates ranging from 40 to 75 percent, which is much higher than Coronavirus.  

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