26 March 2020   (NY Times)
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was charged in absentia by the U.S. 26 March for alleged drug trafficking. Charges also have been laid against other members of his government as well as intelligence officials and members of the Colombia-based FARC rebel group.
26 March 2020   (Nextgov)
A seven-page document released by the U.S. administration sets out its strategy for 5G telecommunications infrastructure “arm-in-arm with closest partners and allies.” Its release marks the administration’s initial move to meet requirements in new legislation President Donald Trump signed earlier this week.
26 March 2020   (Yahoo)
The prospect of U.S. troops being stationed at the border with Canada is constrained by an 1878 act of Congress. The original Posse Comitatus Act limited federal use of the Army to enforce domestic policies at home and a 1956 amendment added the U.S. Air Force. Last updated in 1981, it does not apply to the Navy or Marine Corps nor does it prevent state-level use of National Guard personnel on home soil.
25 March 2020   (Fifth Domain)
The U.S. government executive branch is now legally obliged to develop a strategy for securing 5G and subsequent generations of communications technologies. President Donald Trump signed off on the Secure 5G and Beyond Act even as his administration continues to press its allies to eschew foreign companies such as China’s Huawei.
24 March 2020   (Yahoo)
Having failed to convince feuding Afghan presidential foes to resolve an ongoing dispute over who should lead their country, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a $1 billion cut in aid this year. He also said in a 23 March statement that a similar amount would be cut in 2021 and that all other programs and project funding would be reviewed.
24 March 2020   (BBC)
Even as various state governments intensify their crackdown on COVID-19, President Donald Trump said 23 March that “America will again, and soon, be open for business.” He had used social media a few hours earlier to state that “we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself” and that “we will make a decision” by the end of the month.
24 March 2020   (BBC)
Chinese officials said 24 March that the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, the original epicentre for the global viral pandemic, will be partly lifted 08 April and that travel restrictions in the rest of Hubei province will be lifted earlier for demonstrably healthy residents.
24 March 2020   (NY Times)
A day after India grounded all domestic air travel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that as of midnight 24 March, there will be “a total ban” on residents leaving their homes for three weeks. It was unclear, however, how citizens could have access to food and other necessities.
23 March 2020   (BBC)
Britons who continue to assemble in large groups as diagnoses and deaths from COVID-19 continue to increase have been warned of “further measures” unless they heed their government’s advice on social distancing. “If you don’t do it responsibly,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said 22 March, “we will have to bring forward further measures.”
23 March 2020   (BBC)
The German government is prohibiting public “gatherings” of more than two people as it steps up efforts to contain COVID-19. Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a televised address 22 March that “our own behavior” was the most effective way to slow the infection rate. The only exceptions to the are groups from the same household or the gathering is work-related.