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Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser says United States may give economic aid to Taliban

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President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan claimed the United States is weighing delivering humanitarian and economic aid to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

ABC‘s ‘Good Morning America’ host George Stephanopoulos asked Sullivan: “We’re going to work with the Taliban. Does that include the prospect of giving them aid?”

“Well, first of all, we do believe that there is an important dimension of humanitarian assistance that should go directly to the people of Afghanistan,” Sullivan replied. “They need help with respect to health and food aid and other forms of subsistence and we do intend to continue that.”

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Sullivan didn’t elaborate how the U.S. would manage to deliver aid “directly” to the Afghanistan people without first going through the Taliban, which has total control of the country.

But Sullivan did admit that if the Taliban played nice and upheld their “international obligations,” then they could also receive economic aid.

“Secondly, when it comes to our economic and development assistance relationship with the Taliban, that will be about the Taliban’s actions,” Sullivan said.

“It will be about they follow through on their commitments, their commitments to safe passage for Americans and Afghan allies. Their commitment to not allow Afghanistan to be a base from which terrorists can attack the United States or any other country. Their commitment with respect to upholding their international obligations.”

“It’s going to be up to them and we will wait and see by their actions how we end up responding in terms of the economic and development assistance,” he added.

Biden left behind about $90 billion worth of military weaponry and equipment that the Taliban has seized, making it the third most powerful military force on Earth.

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New January 6 footage shows police opening doors of U.S. Capitol to peaceful protesters, not ‘rioters’ as previously reported by media

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Newly released January 6 footage shows police letting peaceful pro-Trump supporters enter the United States Capitol without incident, directly contradicting government and media allegations of how law enforcement was overwhelmed by an unruly mob.

The footage, that the Department of Justice (DOJ) fought to keep hidden, captured activity by two security cameras – that face opposite directions – in a small hallway on the upper west side terrace from 2:25 pm to around 3:00 pm.

The full two 40 minute videos were originally posted on BuzzFeed Monday morning.

This footage is just a small fragment of the 14,000 hours of surveillance that Joe Biden’s DOJ are fighting to keep hidden, Julie Kelly of American Greatness reports:

The footage, a slice of the 14,000 hours of surveillance video that the Justice Department and Capitol Police want kept under strict protective orders, clearly contradicts many of the government’s allegations about what happened on January 6. Hundreds of January 6 defendants have been charged with trespassing or “parading” in the Capitol when this video clearly proves law enforcement held open doors and did not stop protesters from coming inside.

This story is developing. More new security footage will be added here at the Miami Standard.

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FBI in Haiti after 16 American missionaries visiting an orphanage kidnapped by gang

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The abduction of 16 American missionaries and one Canadian in Haiti by a notorious armed gang known for extorting businesses and ransoming kidnapped victims catapulted the Caribbean nation’s insecurity crisis into the global spotlight Sunday as FBI agents arrived in Port-au-Prince to help with negotiations to liberate the hostages.

FBI agents arrived on an aircraft chartered by the U.S. government hours after reports confirmed that 17 Christian missionaries including five children had been taken hostage Saturday in the area of La Tremblay in Ganthier, just east of the capital.

A group of American missionaries have been kidnapped in Haiti, allegedly by the same gang that kidnapped a group of Catholic clergy in April of this year.

A State Department official, confirming the kidnappings, said the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State.

“We have been in regular contact with senior Haitian authorities and will continue to work with them and interagency partners,” the official added.

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‘Money plays a big part’: Audio reveals Miami Beach mayor, developers planning re-do of Ocean Drive

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla.  Miami Beach voters are being asked to stop alcohol sales at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m.

Proponents of the measure backed by Mayor Dan Gelber link the three-hour rollback with stopping crime and chaos on South Beach.

But, in a private Zoom call last month, Gelber met with developers to court their support for a wholesale re-do of Ocean Drive and the entertainment district.

Spearheading the meeting and solicitations for money was former Miami Beach mayor and businessman Philip Levine.

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