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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman fired by National Security Council

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who made waves as a witness during the Trump impeachment proceedings, was fired by the National Security Council and escorted off of the White House grounds, Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. #FoxNews

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Briefing by Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia on recent developments in Colombia during the Security Council Open VTC.


Briefing via video teleconference, the Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC), Carlos Ruiz Massieu, today (14 Apr) told the Security Council that the National Liberation Army (ELN) had responded to the Secretary-General's appeal for a worldwide ceasefire in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, by declaring a one-month unilateral ceasefire during the month of April.

Ruiz Massieu, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia, said, "however, armed clashes continued between illegal armed groups in several departments, including Cauca, Chocó and Norte de Santander."

At a time when "all efforts must be focused on fighting the pandemic," he urged "all illegal armed actors in Colombia to desist from continuing to perpetrate violence upon vulnerable communities, including indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities."

The Special Representative said, "COVID-19 is and will continue to affect the implementation of the peace agreement and the Mission's verification activities." However, he added, "peace in Colombia cannot be, should not be a casualty of this pandemic."

He noted that Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted in his report to the Council that "the sustained and integrated presence of state institutions remains the most effective and necessary means to ensure peace and stability in the territories." In this sense, he said he was encouraged that Presidential Chancellor for Stabilization and Consolidation Emilio Archila, "has continued to coordinate arrangements so that implementation in the development programmes with a territorial focus is not affected by the current crisis."

Also briefing the Council, David Santiago Cano, who is a strategic partnership consultant for the World Wildlife Fund in Colombia as well as Colombian Ambassador for One Young World, said, "we should not need a pandemic to argue for the silencing of weapons, to focus on the greatest threats to our common survival, from climate change, to transnational crime, to poverty. This is what happened in Colombia. The end of the conflict with the FARC-EP, has allowed us to focus on the structural problems that affect our country."

The Secretary-General's report on the implementation of the mandate of the Mission covers the period from 27 December 2019 to 26 March 2020.
In March, the Government of Colombia intensified preventive measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including declaring a state of emergency, closing the borders and ordering a countrywide quarantine from 24 March to 13 April. President Duque also announced that the Government would allocate additional resources for the public health system and social welfare programmes. As at 22 March, the Ministry of Health had confirmed 277 cases of COVID-19 across the country, with two deaths.

On 17 March, the Presidential Counsellor for Stabilization and Consolidation stated that the Government would be taking the necessary measures to ensure that the implementation of peace-related programmes could continue, despite the challenges resulting from the outbreak.
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That is despite protests and international warnings saying the law undermines Hong Kong's autonomy.

Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu joins us live from Beijing.
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TRIES TO MAKE SURE WHAT’S GOING ON DOES NOT READ HERE,
ON DOES NOT READ HERE, MEANWHILE, OVER THE WHITE HOUSE
MEANWHILE, OVER THE WHITE HOUSE ON SEVEN FAST-MOVING
ON SEVEN FAST-MOVING DEVELOPMENTS THEY ARE
DEVELOPMENTS THEY ARE PARTICULARLY WITH THE
PARTICULARLY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TAKING FULL
ADMINISTRATION TAKING FULL OFFENSE ON THE ECONOMY AND
OFFENSE ON THE ECONOMY AND INDEED ON THIS VIRUS.
INDEED ON THIS VIRUS. >> POST IMPEACHMENT ACQUITTAL IS
>> POST IMPEACHMENT ACQUITTAL IS A FACT THAT COLONEL VINDMAN WHO
A FACT THAT COLONEL VINDMAN WHO HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE PHONE
HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE PHONE CALL THE PRESIDENT HAD WITH THE
CALL THE PRESIDENT HAD WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND BROUGHT
UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND BROUGHT THOSE TO THE LEAD COUNSEL HAS
THOSE TO THE LEAD COUNSEL HAS BEEN FIRED FROM HIS JOB AND
BEEN FIRED FROM HIS JOB AND ESCORTED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
ESCORTED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. IN A STATEMENT GIVEN TO FOX NEWS
IN A STATEMENT GIVEN TO FOX NEWS BY HIS ATTORNEY, HE SAYS "THERE
BY HIS ATTORNEY, HE SAYS "THERE IS NO QUESTION IN THE MIND OF
IS NO QUESTION IN THE MIND OF ANY AMERICAN WHY THIS MAN’S JOB
ANY AMERICAN WHY THIS MAN’S JOB IS OVER, WHY THIS COUNTRY HAS
IS OVER, WHY THIS COUNTRY HAS ONE LAST SOLDIER, LIEUTENANT
ONE LAST SOLDIER, LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN WAS ASKED TO
COLONEL VINDMAN WAS ASKED TO LEAVE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH.
LEAVE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH. HIS HONOR AND HIS COMMITMENT TO
HIS HONOR AND HIS COMMITMENT TO WRITE FRIGHTENED THE POWERFUL."
WRITE FRIGHTENED THE POWERFUL." FOX HAD CONFIRMED THIS MORNING
FOX HAD CONFIRMED THIS MORNING THAT HE WAS NOT LONG FOR THE JOB
THAT HE WAS NOT LONG FOR THE JOB AND THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED
AND THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED ABOUT IT AS HE WAS ON THE WAY
ABOUT IT AS HE WAS ON THE WAY OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE EARLIER
OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE EARLIER TODAY ON HIS WAY TO
TODAY ON HIS WAY TO NORTH CAROLINA.
NORTH CAROLINA. HERE’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID.
HERE’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID. >> I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THEM.
>> I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THEM. AM I SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY WITH
AM I SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY WITH HIM?
HIM? HE WILL MAKE THAT DECISION, HE
HE WILL MAKE THAT DECISION, HE WILL MAKE A DECISION.
WILL MAKE A DECISION. >> THE PRESS SECRETARY HAD SAID
>> THE PRESS SECRETARY HAD SAID EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT SOME
EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY PAY FOR WHAT THE
PEOPLE MAY PAY FOR WHAT THE PRESIDENT WENT THROUGH, HE HAD
PRESIDENT WENT THROUGH, HE HAD BEEN DETAILED FOR THE
BEEN DETAILED FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE DEPARTMENT
WHITE HOUSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IT IS ASSUMED HE
OF DEFENSE, IT IS ASSUMED HE WILL GO BACK THERE DOUBLE
WILL GO BACK THERE DOUBLE CHECKING ON THAT.
CHECKING ON THAT. ALSO TODAY A BIG VICTORY FOR THE
ALSO TODAY A BIG VICTORY FOR THE PRESIDENT, THE D.C. CIRCUIT
PRESIDENT, THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THREE-JUDGE PANEL UNANIMOUSLY
THREE-JUDGE PANEL UNANIMOUSLY THROWING OUT THE EMOLUMENTS
THROWING OUT THE EMOLUMENTS LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM, DOZENS OF
LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM, DOZENS OF DEMOCRATIC SENATORS HAD JOINED
DEMOCRATIC SENATORS HAD JOINED THAT LAWSUIT CHARGING THE
THAT LAWSUIT CHARGING THE PRESIDENT WAS MAKING MONEY FROM
PRESIDENT WAS MAKING MONEY FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND A NUMBER
FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND A NUMBER OF PLACES INCLUDING THE TRUMP
OF PLACES INCLUDING THE TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL HERE IN
INTERNATIONAL HOTEL HERE IN WASHINGTON.
WASHINGTON. THE D.C. CIRCUIT DID NOT DECIDE
THE D.C. CIRCUIT DID NOT DECIDE THE CASE ON THE MERITS, THEY
THE CASE ON THE MERITS, THEY SIMPLY ROLLED THE INDIVIDUAL
SIMPLY ROLLED THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DID NOT HAVE
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DID NOT HAVE STANDING TO FILE THE SUIT
STANDING TO FILE THE SUIT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT REPRESENT A
BECAUSE THEY DID NOT REPRESENT A MAJORITY OF EITHER HOUSE.
MAJORITY OF EITHER HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING STILL
THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING STILL TAKING IT AS A WIN, LISTEN HERE.
TAKING IT AS A WIN, LISTEN HERE. >> IT WAS A TOTAL WIN BROUGHT BY
>> IT WAS A TOTAL WIN BROUGHT BY 230 DEMOCRATS AND CONGRESS ON
230 DEMOCRATS AND CONGRESS ON EMOLUMENTS, ANOTHER PHONY CASE
EMOLUMENTS, ANOTHER PHONY CASE AND WE WON 3-0, WON UNANIMOUSLY.
AND WE WON 3-0, WON UNANIMOUSLY. >> SENATE JUDICIARY MEMBER FROM
>> SENATE JUDICIARY MEMBER FROM CONNECTICUT INDICATED THE FIGHT
CONNECTICUT INDICATED THE FIGHT MIGHT NOT BE OVER IN A SERIES OF
MIGHT NOT BE OVER IN A SERIES OF TWEETS TODAY SAYING "TODAY’S
TWEETS TODAY SAYING "TODAY’S DECISION WAS NOT BASED ON MERITS
DECISION WAS NOT BASED ON MERITS THAT HE HAS VIOLATED IT AND
THAT HE HAS VIOLATED IT AND NOTHING CHANGES THE FUNDAMENTAL
NOTHING CHANGES THE FUNDAMENTAL FACTS HE HAS FREQUENTLY VIOLATED
FACTS HE HAS FREQUENTLY VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION.
THE CONSTITUTION. THE PRESIDENT ALSO WEIGHING IN
THE PRESIDENT ALSO WEIGHING IN THIS MORNING FOR THE FIRST TIME
THIS MORNING FOR THE FIRST TIME ON NANCY PELOSI ON TUESDAY NIGHT
ON NANCY PELOSI ON TUESDAY NIGHT RIPPING UP HER COPY OF HIS STATE
RIPPING UP HER COPY OF HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS.
OF THE UNION ADDRESS. LISTEN TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT
LISTEN TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID.
SAID. >> I THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE
>> I THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE THING WHEN SHE RIPPED UP THE
THING WHEN SHE RIPPED UP THE SPEECH.
SPEECH. FIRST OF ALL, IT’S AN OFFICIAL
FIRST OF ALL, IT’S AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT, SHE BROKE THE LAW.
DOCUMENT, SHE BROKE THE LAW. >> THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS THAT SHE
>> THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS THAT SHE BROKE THE LAW BUT MANY LEGAL
BROKE THE LAW BUT MANY LEGAL SCHOLARS SAY BECAUSE THAT WAS A
SCHOLARS SAY BECAUSE THAT WAS A COURTESY COPY OF THE SPEECH AND
COURTESY COPY OF THE SPEECH AND NOT AN OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL
NOT AN OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT WHILE THE
DOCUMENT WHILE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF WHAT SHE DID
APPROPRIATENESS OF WHAT SHE DID COULD BE DEBATED, NO LAWS WERE
COULD BE DEBATED, NO LAWS WERE BROKEN.
BROKEN. BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE

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