China sanctions Nancy Pelosi;  Israel attack on Gaza;  EU approves gas demand reduction;  US Declares National Health Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

CHINA SANCTIONS NANCY PELOSI AFTER CONTROVERSY VISIT TO TAIWAN

China announced sanctions against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as part of the response to her visit to Taiwan, accusing her of threatening regional peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry reported the extension of the punitive measures for the immediate relatives of the congresswoman, without specifying what they consist of. She added that Pelosi was in Taiwan regardless of China’s concerns and opposition, which constituted a serious display of foreign interference. She called the action a provocation that undermined the One China principle, national sovereignty and territorial integrity. (LP)

ISRAEL’S ATTACK ON GAZA LEAVES DOZENS OF VICTIMS

At least 11 people were killed, including a five-year-old girl, and 50 others were injured as a result of an attack by the Israeli armed forces on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army mobilized the highest technology with the use of planes and drones. The attack took place after several days of tension with the prohibition of letting through 14,000 Gazans who have permission to enter Israel to work. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group repelled the military incursion from the Gaza Strip by launching rockets at Israel (Hispantv).

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EU APPROVES 15% REDUCTION IN GAS DEMAND FOR NEXT WINTER

The European Council adopted a regulation for the voluntary reduction of the demand for natural gas by 15% during the coming winter. The measure seeks to guarantee energy savings in the winter season, given the possibility of cuts in Russian gas supplies. The decrease in demand will be specified based on the average consumption of each of the Member States in the last five years. The measure will be in force between the 1st. August 2022 and March 31, 2023. (RT)

USA DECLARES NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY DUE TO MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK

The US government declared a national health emergency due to the monkeypox outbreak, at a time when the number of infections exceeds 6,600 in that country. The Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra, announced at a press conference that the White House urged “all Americans to take monkeypox seriously.” (RT)

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