Justice Department Issues Statement on Execution

Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec has issued the following statement: “Today, Christopher Andre Vialva was executed at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute in accordance with the capital sentences recommended by a federal jury and imposed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in 2000. Vialva was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m….

San Angelo Health Department Reports Coronavirus Deaths

The San Angelo Health Department has confirmed two additional COVID-19-related deaths in Tom Green County: • Male, 60s, Coleman County• Female, 60s, Tom Green County This brings the total COVID-19-related death count in Tom Green County to 71: 50 from Tom Green County and 21 from other counties. We do not have any further information…

ICE Agents Detain Somali National Tied to Ak-Shabaab

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed a Somali man Thursday who was convicted in 2016 in U.S. District Court of providing aid to a terror organization. Mahdi Mohammed Hashi, 31, a citizen of Somalia, was removed by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago Field Office via an ICE Air Operations charter…

Social Security Offers Help for Disabled Children

SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program helps children with qualifying disabilities and their families. For this program, a child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered disabled and medically eligible: The child must have a medical condition, or a combination of conditions, that result in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means…

Dominican Republic President: World Better Because of UN

The world in 2020 is clearly different from that in 1945 – when the UN was established – and it is also better, thanks to the global Organization and its work, the President of the Dominican Republic has said, underlining the continued need for international, multilateral cooperation. Addressing the General Assembly via a pre-recorded video…

Chinese President Xi, UN Chief Guterres Host Video Conference

Chinese President Xi Jinping and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had a videoconference on September 23. Xi urged the international community to reaffirm their support for multilateralism and abiding commitment to the UN Charter. Noting that COVID-19 is still ravaging the world, Xi said China firmly supports the key leadership of the UN system,…

NATO Secretary-General Meets with Spanish Prime Minister

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday and commended the Spanish people for their resilience during the COVID 19 crisis. Highlighting that Spain “has not stood alone” during the COVID 19 crisis, he said that NATO’s disaster relief center coordinated assistance for Spain and that NATO Allies delivered…

NATO Secretary-General Talks to Greek, Turkish Leaders Amid Escalation of Tensions

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spoke by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Secretary-General reiterated the importance of dialogue and de-escalation, and stressed that the situation must be resolved in a spirit of Allied solidarity and in accordance with international law. Military delegations from Turkey…

German Chancellor Merkel Announces Grants for Digital Education Aids

The German government will provide a total of $7.5 billion to help the federal states digitalize schools, according to a press release from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office. German federal and state governments also intend to set up competence centers for online and digitally assisted teaching. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the ministers of education and…

Angelo State International Student Wins Award

Bill Rogers, a 34-year old Angelo State University graduate student from Liberia, has been selected to receive the 2020 Nelson Mandela Freedom Award from the Chicago-based We Dream in Color Foundation. Named for the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Nelson Mandela Award honors exemplary leaders who serve as a vital force for positive change…