Obama Nominates Cuba Ambassador, First in Over Half-Century
Kevin Liptak, CNN
President Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped the highest-ranking US diplomat in Cuba as the first ambassador to the island in more than 50 years. But deep opposition among some senators means it’s nearly impossible he’ll be confirmed before the President leaves office.
Jeffrey DeLaurentis has served as the United States’ chargé d’affaires in Havana since 2014, overseeing the reopening of the US Embassy there
and helping shepherd in a new era of US-Cuba ties.
Monday’s Presidential Debate Was Censored in China
Louise Liu, BUSINESS INSIDER
Strict censorship in the country prevented many mainstream Chinese media from broadcasting the debate, and the “Great Firewall” blocks Chinese people from accessing Twitter, Facebook, and other US social media outlets. But many Chinese managed to watch it live anyway using a variety of methods. Two of China’s biggest news websites, Caixin Online and NetEase, put up live-streams of the debate, but internet regulators called for news outlets to shut down their streams shortly after the debate began.
N. Korea Claims Int’l Support in Fight Against UN Sanctions
North Korea claimed Wednesday that it is not isolated diplomatically at all, citing the results of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit earlier this month. In a statement, the communist nation’s foreign ministry said the member states of the NAM reaffirmed their support for Pyongyang in its opposition to the UN sanctions over its nuclear and long-range missile development.
US Believes Hackers Are Shielded by Russia to Hide Its Role in Cyber Intrusions
Damian Paletta, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
US officials are increasingly confident that the hacker Guccifer 2.0 is part of a network of individuals and groups kept at arm’s length by Russia to mask its involvement in cyberintrusions such as the theft of thousands of Democratic Party documents, according to people familiar with the matter.
Venezuela’s Media Clamp Down
Pressure is intensifying for Venezuela’s government as people continue taking to the streets in some of the country’s largest known protests, calling for a recall referendum that will put an end to President Nicolás Maduro’s reign. Basic commodities have become a rarity, inflation is at an all-time high and crime is also on the rise. In response, Maduro is tightening the screws on the media yet again. Foreign journalists, local reporters and even drone images were denied access and permissions to cover “the taking of Caracas” protest march.