US kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan

"It allowed a precise blow that would take him off the battlefield once and for all," Biden said.

Biden said al-Zawahiri was sheltering in central Kabul for his family reunion, and was killed in what a senior administration official described as a "precisely designed air strike" using two Hellfire missiles. The official said Monday that the drone strike was carried out at 9:48 p.m. ET on Saturday with Biden’s mandate after weeks of meetings with his cabinet and key advisers, adding that there were no US personnel on the ground in Kabul at the time. He hits.

The official said senior Taliban Haqqani figures were aware of Zawahiri’s presence in the area, in "clear violation of the Doha agreement" and even took steps to conceal his presence after Saturday’s successful strike, restricting access to the safe house and swiftly moving organs. From his family, including his daughter and children, who were not deliberately targeted during the raid and remained unharmed. The United States did not alert Taliban officials before Saturday’s attack.

"An air strike was carried out on a residential house in Sherpur district of Kabul city on 31 July," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a series of tweets.

"The nature of the incident was not clear at first," he said, but the security and intelligence services in the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and "preliminary findings determined that the raid was carried out by a US drone."

Mujahid’s tweets came before CNN announced Al-Zawahiri’s death. Mujahid said that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan "strongly condemns this attack on any pretext and describes it as a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement."

’Justice done'

Biden, who was on the lookout for the strike against al-Zawahiri during his impeachment with a rebound case of Covid-19, spoke outdoors Monday from the Blue Room Balcony at the White House.

Biden said that al-Zawahiri "was deeply involved in planning the September 11 attacks, one of the deadliest attacks that killed 2,977 people on American soil. For decades, he was the mastermind of attacks against Americans."

"Now, justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no longer. People all over the world no longer need to fear the evil determined killer," he continued. “The United States continues to demonstrate our resolve and our ability to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm. We make it clear again tonight, that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are as a threat to our people, the States will find you United and get you out."

The president said the precise strike was the result of the "extraordinary perseverance and skill" of the country’s intelligence community.

"Our intelligence community located al-Zawahiri earlier this year – he moved to downtown Kabul to reunite with his immediate family," Biden said.

The strike comes a year after Biden ordered the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, prompting Taliban forces to quickly seize control of the country.

Biden said Monday that when he withdrew U.S. forces from the country, he “made the decision that after 20 years of war, the United States no longer needs the thousands of soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan to protect America from terrorists who seek to do us harm, and I made a promise to the American people, That we continue to conduct effective counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan and beyond. We have done just that."

Biden vowed that al-Zawahiri "will never allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorists, because he is gone and we will make sure nothing else happens."

The president concluded his speech by expressing his gratitude to the US intelligence and counterterrorism communities, saying he hoped Zawahiri’s death would bring a measure of closure to the friends and families of the 9/11 victims.

“To those who continue to seek to harm the United States, hear me now: We will always be vigilant and act—and will always do what is necessary to ensure the safety and security of Americans at home and throughout the world,” he continued.

An embarrassment to the Taliban

A senior counterterrorism analyst told CNN that it would have been impossible for al-Zawahiri to be in Kabul without the invitation and approval of at least a small number of the Taliban, whether from the Haqqani network or another part of the group.

The analyst said that this strike was embarrassing for the Taliban, as they claimed that there are no foreign fighters in Afghanistan, nor for al-Qaeda.

He added that Al-Zawahiri’s recent statements indicated that the al-Qaeda leader feels more comfortable. The comments pointed to more recent events, the analyst said, adding that this is likely to reveal complacency that may have led to the successful strike.

The issue is now being raised about who will be the successor to Al-Zawahiri.

According to UN reports, the second al-Qaeda operative, Saif al-Adel, is believed to have been in Iran.

This raised an urgent issue for the Iranians, who now must choose between expelling or harboring the new al-Qaeda leader, the analyst said.

A former Afghan government official with intimate knowledge of counter-terrorism said he had heard that Al-Adl had already left Iran for Afghanistan.

A close ally of bin Laden

Al-Zawahiri is from a distinguished Egyptian family. According to the New York Times. Grandfather Rabia al-Zawahiri is an imam at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. His uncle, Abd al-Rahman Azzam, was the first secretary of League of Arab States.

He eventually helped orchestrate the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, when hijackers turned American planes into missiles.

Al-Zawahiri said in a videotaped message published in April 2002, "These nineteen brothers who went out and gave their lives to God Almighty, may God grant them this victory that we now enjoy."

It was the first of many sarcastic messages the terrorist – who became the leader of al-Qaeda after US forces killed bin Laden in 2011 – has sent over the years, urging militants to continue the fight against America and reprimanding American leaders.

Al-Zawahiri was on the move once the US-led invasion of Afghanistan began after the September 11, 2001 attacks. At one point, he narrowly escaped an American assault in the rugged, mountainous Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, one that killed his wife and children.

He first emerged as a Muslim militant while in prison for his involvement in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

"We want to talk to the whole world. Who are we? Who are we?" He said in an interview in prison.

By then, Al-Zawahiri, a young doctor, was a committed terrorist who plotted to overthrow the Egyptian government for years and sought to replace it with fundamentalist Islamic rule. He proudly supported Sadat’s assassination after the Egyptian leader made peace with Israel.

He spent three years in prison after Sadat’s assassination and claims that he was tortured while in detention. After his release, he went to Pakistan, where he treated wounded Mujahideen fighters who fought against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

That was when he met bin Laden and found a common cause.

Announcing the merger of his terrorist group, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, with al-Qaeda in May 1998, he said: "We have been working with Brother Bin Laden. We have known him for more than 10 years. We fought with him here in Afghanistan…"

The two terrorist leaders signed a fatwa or declaration: “Ruling to kill and fight Americans and their allies, whether civilian or military, is the duty of every Muslim.”

The mastermind of the September 11 attacks

The attacks against the United States and its facilities began weeks after the suicide bombings that targeted the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than 200 people and wounding more than 5,000 others. Al-Zawahiri and bin Laden rejoiced after surviving a US cruise missile attack in Afghanistan that was launched in retaliation.

Then there was the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000, when suicide bombers blew up their boat, killing 17 American sailors and wounding 39 others.

The height of al-Zawahiri’s terrorist plot came on September 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane bound for Washington crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers responded to the attack.

Since then, al-Zawahiri has raised his profile, appearing in several videos and audio tapes urging Muslims to join the jihad against the United States and its allies. Some of his tapes were closely followed by terrorist attacks.

In May 2003, for example, nearly simultaneous suicide bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 23 people, including nine Americans, days after the release of a tape believed to contain al-Zawahiri’s voice.

US Department of State Offer a reward of up to 25 million dollars For information leading directly to his arrest. UN report in June 2021 It was suggested that it was located somewhere in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that it might have been too weak to appear in propaganda.

Group of 9/11 families expresses gratitude but calls on Biden to hold the Saudis accountable

Terry Strada, president of United 9/11 Families — a coalition of survivors and families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — expressed gratitude for the strike, but called on the president to hold the government of Saudi Arabia responsible for the government’s alleged complicity in the attacks.

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"I am deeply grateful for the commitment of the intelligence agencies and the dedication and sacrifices of our brave military in removing such evil from our lives. But in order to achieve full accountability for the killing of thousands on September 11, 2001, President Biden must say that the Saudi officials who funded the attacks must," Strada said in a statement.

Strada added, “Finances are not being targeted by drones, they are greeted with fist pumps and hosting in golf clubs. If we are going to be serious about accountability, we must hold everyone accountable,” Strada added – referring to the controversial president gesture With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.

Maegan Vazquez, Jake Tapper, Allie Malloy, Larry Register, Hamdi Khashali and CNN Wire contributed to this report.



Top lawmakers renew call for DHS IG to step aside investigation of missing texts, CNN reports

House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and Homeland Security Council Chairman Benny Thompson reiterated their call for Inspector General Joseph Kovary to step aside in Monday’s speech, citing concerns about your "lack of transparency and independence, which appears to threaten the integrity of a critical investigation conducted by your office."

Maloney and Thompson are also requesting written interviews with key IG DHS employees. CNN first reported that DHS investigators dropped their efforts to recover lost text messages from the Secret Service in July 2021, a year before Kovari raised concerns about the Secret Service and DHS transparency to congressional oversight committees.

"The commissions obtained new evidence that your office may have secretly abandoned Secret Service text-message collection efforts more than a year ago," the letter said. "These documents also indicate that your office may have taken steps to cover up the volume of missing records, raising further concerns about your ability to independently and effectively perform your duties as an Inspector General (IG)."

The committees are requesting a list of communications and documents by Monday, ranging from correspondence regarding any decisions not to collect or retrieve text messages to communications related to notifying Congress.

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, on Monday reiterated his call for the Department of Justice to investigate the missing text messages.

"It’s about destroying crucial evidence, whether material in the January 6 episode or not. The fact that this guy, Joseph Kovari, as the inspector general, was unable to get the information that should have been passed from one department to the next and didn’t report to Congress or the agency that Working it out correctly, we may have jeopardized some very important clues when it comes to the historical record on January 6, treating it as an almost routine event and not something it should have been," Durbin told CNN reporter Don Lemon.

In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, said it "does not discuss ongoing administrative reviews nor confirm or comment on the existence of criminal investigations."

Guard defending himself

However, in an internal employee email obtained by the Government Oversight Project and shared with CNN, Kaffari defended himself and praised their work amid an "unworthy criticism attack."

"In the past two weeks, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Homeland Security has been the subject of an overwhelming amount of public speculation," Kovari told staff in an email obtained by the Government Oversight Project and shared with CNN.

He wrote, "Due to US Attorney’s guidelines and quality standards, we cannot always respond publicly to lies and false information about our work." “I am very proud of the resilience I witnessed in the face of the onslaught of unworthy criticism.”

The email, sent at 2:28 p.m. Monday, arrived shortly before key House members accused Kovari’s office of tampering with and deleting information related to his investigation into the Secret Service’s loss of text messages of senior Department of Homeland Security officials.

The letter shows that DHS Deputy Inspector General Thomas Kate wrote an email to DHS liaison, Jim Krampbacher, on July 27, 2021, telling DHS investigators that they were no longer looking for text messages. Kate is one of the employees the committee wants to meet now.

Jim, please use this email as a reference for our conversation as you said we no longer request USSS phone records and text messages. [United States Secret Service] Regarding the events of January 6th,” the email stated.

The letter also confirms that CNN reopened the investigation into the text messages in December 2021.

Lawmakers said in a letter Monday that Kate also omitted "key language" from the February memo to the Department of Homeland Security, stressing the importance of the text messages to the inspector general’s investigation. The original memo stated that most DHS components did not provide the requested information and that the content of the text messages was a "significant source of information for the review of the DHS’s Office of Homeland Security," but the final version stated otherwise, saying they received responses, according to the letter.

“These documents raise disturbing new concerns that not only has your office failed to notify Congress for more than a year that crucial evidence in this investigation is missing, but your senior staff deliberately chose not to pursue that evidence and then appear to have taken steps to cover up even these failures,” the letter states.

It goes on to cite missing text messages of top Homeland Security officials under former President Donald Trump — Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary of State Ken Cuccinelli. Information obtained by the committee revealed that the Office of the Inspector General was aware in February that these letters could not be accessed but did not notify Congress. CNN has reached out to Cuccinelli for comment.

The latest development in the saga

Monday’s message marks another development in the ongoing saga over the missing messages on January 6th. Memos obtained by CNN indicate that the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly reminded the workforce to comply with the inspector general and related committees.

After the Office of the Inspector General raised concerns to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas about compliance with the requests, the secretary issued a September 2021 memo to the workforce saying that employees should cooperate in interviews and provide information.

“The Department is committed to supporting the mission of the Office of the Inspector General. DHS personnel are expected to cooperate with OIG audits, inspections, investigations, and other inquiries. Any effort to conceal information or obstruct the Office of the Inspector General in carrying out its critical work is against the direction of the Department and could lead to consequences dire.”

Then, in October 2021, Department of Homeland Security General Counsel Jonathan Mayer issued a special memo dated January 6, 2021, saying that the office was cooperating with the House Select Committee to investigate the Capitol Hill mutiny.

That memorandum states, "I am therefore directing the Department and its components to respond promptly and comprehensively to any requests from the Select Committee it receives." "Such cooperation and transparency are vital to the department’s commitment to protecting our nation and its founding democratic principles."



Taiwan and US officials expected Pelosi to visit Taiwan

The Taiwanese official added that she is expected to stay in Taiwan all night. It is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

During a regular Foreign Ministry briefing on Monday, China warned of the "terrible political impact" of Pelosi’s planned visit to the self-ruled island that China claims as part of its territory, and reiterated that its military "will not stand idly by" if Beijing feels that its "sovereignty and territorial integrity are "threatened.

Nancy Pelosi embarks on a high-profile trip to Asia with a visit to Singapore

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, "We would like to tell the United States once again that China stands by it, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never stand idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity." In response to a question by reporters, in response to a question about the implications of Pelosi at the head of a congressional delegation to Taipei.

As for the procedures, if you dare to go, let’s wait and see," Zhao added.

Although the Chinese military did not mention Taiwan, the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army said it would "bury the coming enemies" in a video posted online on Monday showing its weapons and combat tactics. "Stand firmly and ready to lead the fight; bury all incoming enemies," reads a message posted on Weibo.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reiterated the administration’s position that it is Pelosi who decides whether to visit her, adding, "We don’t know what Speaker Pelosi intends to do."

"Congress is an independent and equal branch of government," Blinken said at the United Nations on Monday afternoon. "The entire decision of the Speaker of the House of Representatives."

Such a visit is a precedent, Blinken said, noting that previous speakers and members of Congress had visited Taiwan.

"So if the spokesperson decides to visit and China tries to create some kind of crisis or escalate tensions, it will all be on Beijing’s shoulders," Blinken said. "We are looking for them, should you decide to visit, to act responsibly and not get involved in any escalation in the future."

Earlier on Monday, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said the Biden administration would support Pelosi on a trip to Taiwan.

"We want to make sure that when she travels abroad, she can do so safely and we’ll make sure that. There’s no reason for Chinese rhetoric. There’s no reason to take any action," Kirby told CNN’s Brianna Keeler on "A New Day." It’s not uncommon that Congressional leaders travel to Taiwan.

“We shouldn’t be as a country — we shouldn’t be intimidated by this rhetoric or those potential actions. This is an important journey for the speaker and we’re going to do everything we can to support her," Kirby continued.

Asked if the United States was prepared for repercussions with China over the visit, Kirby said that "there is no change in our policy. There is no change in our focus on trying to keep the Indo-Pacific region free, secure and open."

The Taiwan issue remains one of the most controversial. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Discuss it at length In a two-hour and 17-minute phone call on Thursday, tensions escalated between Washington and Beijing.

"The question of Taiwan is the most sensitive and important core issue in Sino-US relations," Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang said at the Aspen Security Forum in July.

While Biden has said publicly that the US military does not believe the time is right for Pelosi to visit Taiwan, he has not directly told her not to go, according to two sources.

Administration officials have worked in recent weeks to inform the House speaker of the dangers of visiting the Democratic autonomous island of 24 million, including at briefings from the Pentagon and other administration officials. But Biden didn’t think the place was to tell her she shouldn’t go, and has avoided publicly commenting on her trip since his initial July 21 statement.

Biden said last month that the US military opposed Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, though he has since refused to release the warnings. The White House said it’s up to the Speaker of the House where you’re traveling.

However, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently said he had discussed a visit to Asia with Pelosi.

The administration takes extra care of Pelosi’s security when she travels abroad because she is in the presidential line of succession.

Administration officials are concerned that Pelosi’s visit comes at a particularly tense moment, as Xi is expected to seek an unprecedented third term at the upcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress. Chinese party officials are expected to begin laying the groundwork for that congress in the coming weeks, putting pressure on the leadership in Beijing to show strength.

Officials also believe that the Chinese leadership is not fully aware of the political dynamics in the United States, leading to misunderstandings about the significance of Pelosi’s possible visit. Officials say China may be confusing Pelosi’s visit with an official visit by the administration, as she and Biden are Democrats. Administration officials worry that China is not separating Pelosi and Biden much, if at all.

Pelosi has long been a critic of the Chinese Communist Party. She met pro-democracy opponents and the Dalai Lama – the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who remains a thorn in the side of the Chinese government. In 1991, Pelosi raised a black and white banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square commemorating the victims of the 1989 massacre, which read "Those Who Died for Democracy." In recent years, she has expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

What you need to know about Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan
The Chinese Embassy to the United States has objected to its expected trip, which was scheduled for April before Pelosi’s test results came out. COVID-19He urged members of Congress to tell the spokesman not to.

"I would say there’s a full court press from the Chinese embassy to discourage a trip to Taiwan," Rick Larsen, D-Washington, co-chair of the US-China Congressional Working Group, told CNN. "I just don’t think they would tell us what to do. That was my message again."

Liu Bingyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in the United States, responded that his office was in "regular contact" with members of Congress, including Larsen.

"On the Taiwan issue, we have taken our position loud and clear," Pingyu said. "The embassy is making every effort to prevent peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the damage to China-US relations by the possible visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan."

"We hope to avoid serious consequences," he added. "This is in the common interests of both China and the United States."

Several Democrats and Republicans in Congress have said Pelosi has the right to travel to Taiwan.

"It’s Speaker Pelosi’s decision alone whether to travel to Taiwan or not to travel to any other country," said Illinois Republican Representative Darren LaHood, Republican Larsen’s counterpart in the U.S.-China working group. "In our democracy – we operate with separate but equal branches of government."

"It is inappropriate for foreign governments, including the Chinese government, to attempt to influence the ability or right to travel of the Speaker of Parliament, members of Congress, or other US government officials to Taiwan or anywhere else around the world," he added.

Other members seemed more cautious about the delicate diplomatic journey.

California Democratic Representative Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, said she "always supported Taiwan."

But when asked if the Taiwan trip now would send the wrong message, Chu said, "You can look at it two ways. One is that relations are very strained at the moment. But on the other hand, you can say maybe it was when he also needs to show strength and support." .

When asked her opinion, she said, "I leave it to those who will make that decision."

This story was updated with additional details on Monday.

Jennifer Hansler, Nectar Gan, Young Cheung, Hannah Ritchie, Chandelle’s Duster, and Betsy Cline contributed to this report.



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UK says Russia is likely to redistribute its forces in southern Ukraine

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Russia is likely to redeploy a large number of its forces from the northern Donbass sector to southern Ukraine, echoing comments by Ukrainian authorities last week.

"It is possible that Russia will modify the operational design of its attack in Donbass after it failed to achieve a decisive operational breakthrough as part of the plan it has been following since April," the ministry said on Twitter.

"It is possible that it has identified its own Zaporizhzhya front as a vulnerable area that needs strengthening."

The ministry noted that over the past four days, Russia has continued to attempt tactical attacks on the Bakhmut axis, northeast of Donetsk, but only managed to make slow progress.

Several southern cities came under Russian bombardment over the weekend, including Mykolaiv and Odessa.

Houses in the Odessa region were destroyed by Russian bombing.

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Ukrainian President Zelensky commented, on Sunday evening, that "the Russian army is now trying to strengthen its positions in the occupied areas in the south of our country, and is increasing its activity in the relevant areas. Part of the Russian forces are being transferred from their positions in from east to south – to the Kherson region and the Zaporizhzhi region." But this will not help them there,” he said, that the Ukrainian armed forces “are ready to respond to any new activity of the occupiers.”

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The Ukrainian grain export supervisory body says it is closely monitoring the first shipment

The Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship, the Razzoni, departs from the Odessa port of Odessa, Ukraine on August 1, 2022 as part of the recent grain export deal signed between Turkey, the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine and is expected to arrive in Istanbul tomorrow.

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The Joint Coordination Center, a body set up by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations to coordinate and supervise shipments of vital products from Ukraine, said it is monitoring the safe passage of the merchant vessel.

A statement issued by the JCC on the so-called "Black Sea Grain Initiative" issued on Monday said it "allowed the M/V Razoni to set sail from the port of Odessa today".

It added that the Joint Coordination Center agreed on the specific coordinates and restrictions of the humanitarian sea corridor and communicated these details in accordance with international navigation procedures.

She added that she "asked all the participants in it to inform the army and other concerned authorities of this decision to ensure the safety of the ship’s passage."

The Joint Coordination Committee said that the Razzoni ship will transport more than 26,000 metric tons of maize, and after leaving Odessa this morning, it is expected to arrive at the inspection site in Turkish territorial waters tomorrow, August 2.

After inspection, it will head to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon.

The JCC was agreed in late July and set up by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations to try to get vital exports, such as wheat, fertilizer and cooking oils, out of Ukraine after months of blockades of Ukraine’s ports. Ukraine blamed Russia for the blockade, while Moscow blamed Ukraine for water mining in the Black Sea, saying it was blocking shipping.

The deal will see ships routing through these waters, via what the Joint Coordination Center calls a "safe humanitarian sea corridor." Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister said the shipment would help prevent global famine.

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Putin says Russian Navy will get new hypersonic missiles soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Navy Day parade on July 31, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Planned Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet there, injuring five people.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the Russian Navy will soon be armed with hypersonic missiles, Zircon.

"We will provide protection resolutely and by all means," Putin said in a speech on Sunday on the occasion of Russia’s "Navy Day", saying that "the main thing here is the capability of the Russian Navy."

Its combat readiness is "constantly improving," he said, adding that the latest hypersonic Zircon missile systems, "which have no anti-patterns in the world and no barriers," will be added to the Navy’s arsenal.

"Dear comrades, their handover to the Russian Armed Forces will begin in the coming months," Putin commented in a speech in St. Petersburg. Zircon missiles, intended for use by the Russian Navy against enemy ships and ground targets, allegedly can fly at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of just over 600 miles.

Putin said the area of ​​their deployment would depend on Russian interests. He did not mention Ukraine in his speech.

Planned Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet there, injuring five people.

Mikhail Razvozaev, the governor of Sevastopol – where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is based – wrote on the Telegram messaging application: “An unknown object flew into the yard of the headquarters of the fleet.”

According to preliminary information, it is an unmanned aircraft.

Ukraine has not officially commented on the blast amid reports that it could be a homemade device made by Ukrainian rebels in the city.

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Ukraine’s first grain shipment in months leaves the port of Odessa

The first shipment of grain exports from Ukraine in months left the port of Odessa, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kobrakov said and data from show up.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that the Sierra Leone-flagged ship, the Razzoni, loaded with corn will head to Lebanon. from the ministry.

“As a result of the intensive work of the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul and the talks held by (Turkish) Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the ministers and the concerned parties: it was agreed that the dry cargo ship Razzoni, carrying the flag of Sierra Leone and corn from Odessa, will leave port on August 1 0830 am for Lebanon ".

A port in Odessa, Ukraine, on July 29, 2022. The first shipment of grain exports from Ukraine in months comes after Turkey and the United Nations brokered an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow the resumption of major exports from Ukraine, such as grain and fertilizer.

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The shipment comes after Turkey and the United Nations brokered an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow the resumption of major exports from Ukraine, such as grain and fertilizer, of which both countries are major producers.

The deal is intended to allow safe passage of grain shipments to and from the ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Bivdnyi. More ships are expected to leave Ukraine in the coming days.

– Holly Eliat

Ukrainian grain tycoon was killed during the bombing of the city of Mykolaiv

One of Ukraine’s richest men, agrarian businessman Oleksiy Vadatorsky, and his wife Raisa were killed during the Russian bombing of the southern city of Mykolaiv this weekend.

Video footage released by local emergency services on Sunday showed firefighters dealing with burning buildings after heavy bombardment of the city, a key target of Russian invading forces trying to make territorial gains in southern Ukraine, from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Vitaly Kim, the governor of Mykolaiv, said on Telegram that Vdatorsky, the founder and owner of the agricultural company Nipolon and his wife were killed in their home.

People get clean water to drink in Mykolaiv, on July 21, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered his condolences to the family and friends of the businessman and his wife on Sunday evening, saying that "people like them, businesses and southern Ukraine guarantee food security for the world."

Zelensky thanked the residents of Mykolaiv for their "resilience and protection of the city and the region", as well as other southern cities that have been heavily bombed in recent weeks.

“I also thank Nikopol, Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih and the whole Dnipropetrovsk region, the powerful people of Zaporozhye and the region, all Ukrainians of the Kherson region, everyone who defends the approach of Odessa and the region … Thank you for your courage,” he said.

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Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk as Russians look to advance

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Ukrainian civilians still living in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region to be evacuated on Saturday.

Russian bombing of cities and settlements in the region has become intensified in recent weeks as its forces look to advance after capturing neighboring Luhansk, with both regions making up the Donbass in the east.

"The more people leave the Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill," Zelensky said in a video speech on Saturday. "We will use every opportunity available to save as many lives as possible," he added.

– Holly Eliat



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Europe is facing an unprecedented gas crisis.

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Russia cuts supplies

Russia has significantly reduced natural gas flows to Europe since Western countries imposed tough sanctions on the Kremlin following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Moscow denies it is using gas as a weapon, but Europeans complain that Russia’s state-owned Gazprom is no longer a reliable supplier. Low gas supplies from Russia is a problem for EU countries since they used to import about 40% of their gas reserves from the country.

Data from Nord Stream, the operator in charge of the pipeline [Nord Stream 1] Which links Russia with Germany, confirms that there is less gas heading west.

In the past week alone, supplies via Nord Stream 1 have been reduced to 20% from 40% with Gazprom citing maintenance issues.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Gazprom’s technical excuse was "funSupplies were halted briefly before the latest reduction, with maintenance work completed between July 11 and July 21.

According to the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, 12 member states are already suffering from reduced gas flows, and a few others have been completely cut off.

Senior EU officials say Russia is "blackmailing" Europe and "arming" its gas supplies. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations.

“We have to be prepared, there could be a complete turmoil very soon [the] The future, and that means we need to come up with a plan,” Kadri Simpson, Europe’s energy commissioner, told CNBC last week.

European leaders are concerned about a Complete shutdown in suppliesespecially because many industries use the commodity as a raw material in the manufacturing process.

In this context, there have been efforts to search for alternative suppliers and different sources of energy. However, this transition is a difficult task that is impossible to do in a short time frame.

The Commission has asked EU countries to have a minimum stockpiling of 80% by November. In June, gas filling levels were just above 56%, according to the same organization.

Natural gas prices rose

Natural gas prices rose dramatically in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and even Before that, when Russia began to tighten the flows.

There is renewed price pressures every time Russia cuts its supply to Europe given how important the commodity is to many sectors and given the lack of alternatives to Russian fossil fuels.

Salomon Fiedler, an economist at Berenberg, noted that natural gas prices in Europe are now "exorbitantly expensive" compared to the 2015-2019 average price.

“In a normal year, the EU would use about 4.3 billion megawatt-hours of natural gas. Thus, if prices were €100 per megawatt-hour higher for one year, and the EU had to pay those prices instead of benefiting from some long-term contracts At a fixed rate, costs would increase by about €430 billion ($437 billion) – equivalent to 3% of the EU’s GDP for 2021."

Then the higher prices naturally flow into the energy bills of companies and individuals across the block.

“European standard natural gas prices at the Royal Dutch Transformation Facility (TTF) are up 15% to nearly €200 per megawatt-hour with utility bids for alternative supplies, raising concerns that consumers and industry will struggle to pay their energy bills. "There will be a winter recession," analysts at Eurasia Consulting Group said in a research note on Tuesday.

smashed growth expectations

With supplies running low and prices rising, the gas crisis is shaking Europe’s economic prospects.

The latest reading of growth in the euro zone, released on Friday, showed that GDP came in at 0.7% in the second quarter – above market expectations. But more and more economists are seeking a recession in 2023.

The European Commission said earlier this month that the economy would grow by 2.7% this year and 1.5% next year. However, the corporation also said that a complete shutdown of gas supplies from Russia could lead to a recession later in 2022.

"High gas prices are driving up corporate costs and shrinking consumers' budgets, making them spend less money on other goods and services. As a result, we expect the eurozone to fall into recession this fall with high inflation," Fiedler said. .



Biden makes an offer to Russia to release Britney Greiner, Paul Whelan

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Wednesday that the United States has made an offer to the Russian government to release WNBA star Britney Grenier and former US Marine Paul Whelan.

"We have put a substantive proposal on the table for weeks," Blinken told reporters at the State Department.

The country’s top diplomat also said he would discuss the offer with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "in the coming days".

"Our government has reached out frequently and directly about this proposal, and I will use the conversation to follow up in person, and I hope it moves us toward a solution," Blinken said.

Blinken declined to share additional details about the US offer when pressed by journalists.

“When it comes to our efforts to secure the repatriation of Paul Whelan and Britney Greiner, you know that I cannot and will not go into any of the details of what we proposed to the Russians over the course of many weeks,” he said.

Blinken also refused to confirm whether the US offer involved a prisoner exchange between Greiner and Whelan for Russian arms smuggling Victor Bout, As reported by CNN. Bout is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States.

"This is a sensitive business," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters during a White House briefing. "We have made a proposal, and we urge the Russians to act positively on that proposal so that we can bring these two people home."

"I think the details of that are best left between us and our Russian counterparts," Kirby said.

The 31-year-old Greiner, who plays professional basketball in Russia during the WNBA Outdoor Championship, was arrested in February at a Russian airport for smuggling cannabis oil. If convicted, the charge could carry up to 10 years in prison.

Greiner has since pleaded guilty.

"I am terrified to be here forever," the Olympian wrote in a letter to Biden earlier this month asking for his direct assistance with her cause.

Following the letter, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with the wife of the WNBA star, Sheryl Greiner.

Biden reassured his wife that he is working to secure Greiner’s release as soon as possible, according to a reading of the call released by the White House. He also said on the call that he was working on the release of Whelan, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence in Russia.

Whelan was arrested in 2018 on charges of working as a spy for the United States. At the time of his arrest, Whelan was visiting Russia for a wedding, according to his brother David Whelan.

US citizen Paul Whelan (right) attends the sentencing hearing in the Moscow City Court on charges of espionage against Russia.

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Last week, Biden signed an executive order that would expand the tools available to the administration to deter hostage-taking and the unlawful detention of US citizens.

Executive order known as "Strengthening efforts to repatriate hostages and wrongful detention of US citizensIt will authorize the imposition of financial penalties and visa bans on persons involved in the hostage-taking.

A senior Biden administration official said July 19, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to share details about the new executive order.

In April, Russia agreed to release former US Marine Trevor Reed In a prisoner exchange with the United States.

Reade was accused of assaulting a Russian officer and authorities detained him there in 2019. He was later sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison. Read and his family maintained his innocence, and the US government called him unjustly imprisoned.

To release Read, Biden agreed to release Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States.



US government says ships should slow down to save endangered whales Wildlife News

Ships off the east coast of the United States must slow down more often to help save Vanishing whale species of extinction, the federal government said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the announcement Friday with proposed new rules designed to prevent ship collisions with right-wing whales in the North Atlantic.

Ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the two biggest threats to the giant animals, which number less than 340 and are declining in population.

Whale rescue efforts have long focused on fishing gear, especially those used by East Coast lobster fishermen. The proposed ship speed rules indicate that the government wants the shipping industry to take on more responsibility.

“Changes to the current ship speed regulation are necessary to stabilize the ongoing decline in right whale populations and prevent species extinctions,” outlined the proposed rules, which are due to be published in the Federal Register.

The new rules will expand seasonal slow zones off the East Coast that require sailors to slow to 10 knots (19 km/h). They will also require more ships to comply with the rules by expanding the size classes that must slow down.

The rules also state that NOAA will establish a framework for implementing mandatory speed restrictions when whales are known to be located outside of seasonal slow zones.

Federal authorities have spent a few years reviewing the speed regulations used to protect whales. Shipping rules have long focused on a patchwork of slow-moving areas that require sailors to slow whales. Some areas are mandatory, others voluntary.

Environmental groups have emphasized that many boats do not comply with speed restrictions and that the rules have to be stricter.

Environmental organization Oceana released a report in 2021 that said non-compliance was as high as nearly 90 percent in voluntary areas and was also dangerously low in mandatory areas.

“The government is proposing a significant improvement in the protection of right-wing whales in the North Atlantic today, which are constantly under threat from fast ships,” said Jeb Brogan, expedition manager at Oceana. "It’s no secret that speeding ships are scattered all over the right whale migration route in the North Atlantic, along the east coast."

Many members of the shipping industry were well aware of the new speed rules on the road.

Chris Waddington, the chamber’s technical director, said the London-based International Chamber of Shipping, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the world’s merchant fleet, is working with the IMO and other stakeholders to better protect the right whales.

He pointed out that the members of the Chamber are accustomed to abide by the speed limits in the whale areas.

“The shipping industry takes whale protection very seriously and has taken measures to protect them, from engaging stakeholders to reducing speed and rerouting,” Waddington said. "There is always more that can be done, which is why we are working with the International Maritime Organization and conservationists on a review of the marine guidelines."

The whales once bred off the east coast, but their numbers have been declining due to commercial whaling generations ago. Although it has been protected under the Endangered Species Act for decades, it has been slow to recover.

More than 50 whales were struck by ships between spring 1999 and spring 2018, according to NOAA records. Scientists have said in recent years that rising ocean temperatures are causing whales to move away from protected areas into shipping lanes in search of food.

Environmentalists said this is a good reason to tighten protections. The proposed shipping rules will be subject to a public comment process before they become law.

"This proposal is a step in the right direction, but it won’t help a single right whale until it’s actually finished," said Kristin Munsell, an attorney with the environmental group’s Center for Biodiversity.

The whales give birth off the coasts of Georgia and Florida and move north to feed on New England and Canada. It’s popular with whale watching tours that leave from places like Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine in the summer.

Members of the New England lobster fishing industry have emphasized that many of the rules designed to save whales focus on fishing rather than ship strikes. Some have described the new ship’s speed rules as being late.

Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen Association, the East Coast’s largest fishing industry association, said fishermen are being unfairly held accountable for the whale deaths that occur due to ship raids.

“This puts an enormous amount of pressure on the lobster industry to continue changing our fisheries to account for right whale deaths not related to lobster fishing,” McCarron said.



Mega Millions: How the Billion Dollar Prize Works in Reality | personal financing

Taryn Vanoff, Nerd Wallet

The Mega Millions jackpot swelled to an estimated $1.02 billion before the next draw on Friday, July 29. A billion dollars is no easy feat, and it has only happened twice before in the history of Mega Millions.

If you want a chance to win the jackpot, here’s what you need to know.

How to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket

Mega Millions can be played in 45 US states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. Players can buy as many tickets for $2 as they want. Each ticket requires you to choose five numbers between 1 and 70, and a sixth number between 1 and 25 (or you can let the lottery people generate the numbers for you). The jackpot goes to the person (or people) who correctly chooses all six numbers.

The odds of doing so are roughly 1 in 303 million.

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Although it is a national game, each participating country has its own rules on how to claim a reward. In fact, the length of time you have to file your claim can range from 90 days to a year from when the numbers are drawn. Be sure to check the rules in the country where you purchased your ticket.

How much can you earn?

Every Mega Millions jackpot winner has the option to take cash now all at once, all at once or receive a significant portion of the winnings annually for 30 years.

For the $1.02 billion jackpot, the cash option is $602.5 million.

If you take the annuity option instead, you could get close to $15.3 million for the down payment. Then each one after that increases by 5%. If you die before all the annual payments are made, the remainder will be sent to your heirs.

Each option has its pros and cons, said Lisa Kirchenbauer — founder and president of Omega Wealth Management in Arlington, Va., and a certified financial planner.

Kirschenbauer also said that anyone finds himself Suddenly rich It should form a team of professionals, including a lawyer, accountant, and financial planner.

“Your team will help you decide which option is best for you,” she said. "It’s not a one-size-fits-all decision."

How are lottery winnings taxed

If you win a billion dollars in the lottery, you definitely owe federal income tax on it. To start, according to the IRS website, 24% of your earnings are withheld. How much it depends on whether you go for the cash or annuity option, since you only pay taxes on what you receive in a given year.

If you take the cash all at once — remember, that’s about $602.5 million — you’ll see $144.6 million taken off the top, leaving you with $457.9 million.

In April, you will likely owe additional federal income taxes, as well as state income taxes, depending on where you live.

What do you do if you win

While it’s something we may have all dreamed of, no one is ready to win the jackpot. If you do, protect your ticket. Anyone who owns a winning lottery ticket can apply for the prize.

Next, consider anonymity. Each state has its own laws about whether lottery winners should be publicly disclosed. Keeping your name out of the news and telling as few people as possible protects you from scammers and long-lost “friends” who want to call back.

The key, Kirschenbauer said, is slowing down. "Don’t start spending money before you have time to plan and think."



Biden urges Democrats to quickly pass Manchin-Schumer agreement on climate and economy

"This bill is far from perfect. It’s a compromise. But progress is often made, through compromises. And the truth is, my message to Congress is: This is the most powerful bill you can pass to bring down inflation, cut deficits," Biden said during a speech At the White House the day after the deal was announced "reduce healthcare costs, tackle climate crises, and boost energy security – all the while reducing the burdens on working-class and middle-class families."

"So, pass it on. Hand it to the American people. Give it to America."

The president on Thursday detailed some provisions of the bill, highlighting tax credits for US energy-efficient appliances and electric vehicles, as well as creating jobs in the manufacturing, clean energy, solar and clean hydrogen industries.

"Simply put: The bill will lower health care costs for millions of Americans and will be the most important investment we’ve ever made in our energy security and in developing energy-saving solutions and creating future jobs," Biden said. .

He also promoted an agreement that would make companies "pay their fair share" of taxes.

The agreement, called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, contains a number of Democrats' goals. Not many details were revealed, but the measure will invest $369 billion in energy and climate change programs, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, according to a one-page fact sheet. For the first time, Medicare will be enabled to negotiate prices for some drugs, and it will limit out-of-pocket costs at $2,000 for those enrolled in Medicare drug plans. Enhanced benefits that expire to cover the Affordable Care Act will also be extended for three years.

The agreement came after more than a year of accelerated negotiations, a major reversal for Manchin, who had previously refused to join the president’s plan. The bill has a serious chance of becoming law as soon as possible in August — assuming Democrats can pass the bill in the House and it passes with senators to allow it to be approved along partisan lines in the budget process.

Biden acknowledged Thursday that there are many priorities not included in the bill, saying, "I know the settlement on the inflation law doesn’t include everything I’ve been championing since I took office."

But he said it was a big step.

"I know it can … at times seem like nothing is getting done in Washington … the work of government can be slow, frustrating, sometimes infuriating," Biden said. “Then the hard work of hours and days and months of people who refuse to give up pays off. History is made. Life changes. With this legislation, we are facing some of our biggest problems and taking a giant step forward as a nation.”

The president also vowed to continue to fight for items not included in the new plan, including cutting costs for child care, aged care, preschool, housing, college and health care.

On a local radio show earlier Thursday, Manchin argued that the law should be well received by both parties, saying it does not "really" raise taxes and does not increase inflation, while creating good energy policy.

"This is a bill for the country," Manchin said. "It’s not a Democrats bill. And it’s not a bill Republicans should care about."

Biden spoke with Manchin and Schumer on Wednesday afternoon — his first call with Manchin since December. The President thanked both lawmakers for reaching an agreement.

But Manchin said in the radio interview that he and his team worked with Schumer and his team to draft the legislation, saying Biden "was not involved."

"It was me and my crew," Manchin told host Hobby Kircheval. "Then we worked with Schumer’s staff. My staff was driving it. We wrote the invoice. Schumer’s staff would look at it and we’d negotiate, and we worked through them."

There are still obstacles to passing the bill into law

There are factors complicating the bill’s swift passage — Senate whip Dick Durbin announced Thursday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be impeached. To pass the bill, Democrats will need all 50 senators to attend and vote for the bill with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tie-breaking vote, with all Republicans expected to vote against the deal.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the deal, calling it "nonsense and bounty for wealthy coastal elites."

"This is the bullshit that Democrats focus on," McConnell said. "Not helping you get the fuel in your car, not helping you buy your groceries. They want to use the economic crisis of the middle class they created themselves as an excuse to raise your taxes and get around the bullshit of their new green deals."

He added: "Our colleagues across the aisle had already lost America’s confidence in the economy before this tax spree and reckless spending. Apparently, they now want to see how far they can go further."

Complicating matters further is Arizona Democratic Senator Kirsten Senema, a leading moderate, who has yet to step into the bill. It has previously raised concerns about taxes on the transferred interest, which will raise $14 billion under the deal. Sinema was not part of the negotiations on the current package.

Manchin told reporters Thursday that he hopes to push the $739 billion bill into the Senate before she leaves the room for the August recess, but acknowledged he hasn’t spoken to Cinema.

"I haven’t talked to her about this," Manchin said. "I hope you are receptive." He added that he was "not ready" to lose the provision that would increase revenue by closing the carry-on interest loophole.

In a closed-door meeting Thursday, Schumer privately told Democrats that it was time to get a bill to tackle climate change and allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.

"Now we have a chance to pass these first two important things before the August recess," said a Democrat inside the chamber.

"It’s going to require us to stay together and work day and night for the next 10 days. We’ll need to be disciplined in our messaging and focus. It’s going to be tough. But I think we can get…this…do."

News of the deal stunned Republicans on Wednesday. The agreement was announced shortly after the Senate passed a bill aimed at boosting US semiconductor production, legislation that McConnell threatened to block if Democrats tried to pass a climate and economic package.

When asked if the Republican Party had played by allowing the so-called CHIPS bill to pass before the Democrats' economic deal was cut, Republican Senator Webb John Thune told CNN: "I think everyone was certainly surprised by the representations Democrats have made about this deal, and I think That there was a certain amount of people who were shocked – not just from us but from the Democrats."

Asked if McConnell played this right, he said, "You’ll have to talk to him about it."

The bill — the full text of which has not been made public — would also need to pass through the House of Representatives as well, where Democrats have a larger, but still slim, majority.

Progressive Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, called the Mansion-Schumer deal a "big step forward" and a "tremendous achievement," expressing confidence in the deal on CNN’s "New Day."

"Welcome, Joe Mansion," she said. "Delighted to work with you to make this happen."

But there are still landmines in the House of Representatives, including whether to review the caps on state and local tax cuts that a few Democrats in the Northeast have demanded.

This story has been updated with additional developments.



The Biden administration announced an investment of $400 million in high-speed Internet for rural communities

“Rural communities are the backbone of our nation and have a broad impact on our economy, but for far too long, rural communities have been neglected or left behind and their contributions not being recognized. We are changing that, and it begins with White House Infrastructure Act Coordinator Mitch Landrieu,” said Mitch Landrieu, White House Infrastructure Act Coordinator, Mitch Landrieu, On a call with reporters, “Ensuring that rural communities are connected to a high-speed, reliable and affordable Internet.” “Thanks to the hard work of President (Agriculture Secretary Tom) Vilsack and the team at USDA for Rural Development, our administration is providing more than $400 million in the form of loans and grants to fund high-speed internet infrastructure for rural communities this week."

Many rural areas across the country lack access to affordable and high-speed Internet largely because the infrastructure installation is not worth the investment for ISPs to make. New project financing that will come through Call back USDA The loan and grant program aims to build, improve and acquire facilities and equipment to support broadband access in rural areas. More announcements of program funding are expected during the summer.

Vilsack said the $401 million in funding announced today will support 20 projects in 11 states — Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us over the next several months to put forward more than $1 billion in investment in connecting people to a better, more modern future,” he added, explaining how connectivity will give support to farmers, expand access to telemedicine in remote areas and expand access to remote learning opportunities. distance.

Part of the funding will go to projects in her state, including "$21.7 million that will go to improving broadband access in rural Lovelock, Nevada," Nevada Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said on the call.

She said the project will connect about 4,000 people, 130 businesses, 22 farms and seven public schools across rural Nevada to high-speed Internet.

in advance this monththe White House announced that one million American households have signed up for broadband Internet credits through the Affordable Connection Program since was introduced in May.

Through the program, eligible participants can receive a $30 monthly credit toward the cost of their Internet service plan, or a $75 monthly credit for families living on tribal lands. The administration estimates that a staggering 40% of American households qualify for credit.

Thursday’s announcement represents the latest effort by management to highlight the infrastructure projects it has spurred since the inception President Joe Bidentime in office.

Unlike the rural internet projects announced Thursday, the Affordable Connection program is being funded by the provision of a massive, bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last year.

It will take time for many of the infrastructure projects funded by the bipartisan bill – new roads and bridges, for example – to come to full fruition due to the planning, approval and getting shovels in the ground processes. But the Affordable Connection program is a rare effort that yields almost immediate and tangible benefits, and it’s a decisive win the administration could tout ahead of next November’s midterm elections.

Additional Financing Through the bipartisan infrastructure law for rural Internet projects is expected to start next year.