China calls the downing of its balloon an "obvious overreaction" and continues to insist the balloon was a civilian research airship. Feb. 8: The U.S. State Department tells reporters the shot-down Chinese balloon is part of a "fleet" of balloons overseen by the People's Liberation Army. Feb. 9: The U.S. briefs diplomats from 40 countries about the Chinese balloon it shot down. Feb. 10-12: The U.S. shoots down three unidentified objects in as many days, all found in North American airspace. Feb. 14: The U.S. military says it has recovered key sensors from the downed Chinese balloon.
The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has released 222 political prisoners and put them on a flight to Washington, D.C., officials in both countries said Thursday. Speaking on Nicaraguan state TV in the morning, a judge said the government had decided to "deport" the prisoners in order to "protect peace and national security." (Not one of the released prisoners himself, McFields was speaking by phone with NPR about the news.) "The political prisoners cannot go back to their homes, cannot go and have a political life, a civil life, study, work, express themselves freely. Human rights group say that Nicaragua was holding 245 political prisoners, most of them have now been released.1 month ago KSMU
Mike Parson has chosen Andrew Bailey, general counsel for the governor’s office, to serve as the state’s next attorney general. Bailey will serve the remaining two years of Schmitt’s term as attorney general and said he will run for a full term in 2024. Prior to that, he served stints as deputy general counsel for the office and general counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections. The last time Parson appointed an attorney general was in 2018, when he named Schmitt to the position. Bailey will be the third attorney general Missouri has had since 2018.4 months ago KSMU