Вулицю Хрещатик у Києві перекриватимуть 1 та 2 червня

Вулицю Хрещатик у Києві перекриватимуть 1 та 2 червня, повідомила Київська міська державна адміністрація.

«Вулиця Хрещатик буде перекрита 1 червня із 00:00 до 19:00 на ділянці від вулиці Богдана Хмельницького до вулиці Михайлівської (з можливістю виїзду з вулиці Прорізної через вулицю Хрещатик у напрямку Бессарабської площі) та з 19:00 1 червня до 23:59 2 червня на цій ділянці без можливості виїзду з вулиці Прорізної», – повідомили в КМДА.

Вулицю перекриватимуть у зв’язку із Днем захисту дітей.

Missouri Abortion Clinic to Stay Open for Now After Court Order

Missouri’s only abortion clinic will stay open at least a few more days after a judge on Friday granted a request by Planned Parenthood for a temporary restraining order, allowing the facility to keep operating until a hearing on Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood sued Missouri this week after state health officials said the license for Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was in jeopardy, meaning the clinic could have closed at midnight unless the judge granted the request for a temporary restraining order.

“Today is a victory for women across Missouri, but this fight is far from over,” Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said in a statement after Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer agreed to the organization’s request.

Representatives for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services could not immediately be reached for comment.

Health officials had refused to renew the clinic’s license because, they said, they were unable to interview seven of its physicians over “potential deficient practices,” according to documents filed in a St. Louis court.

The legal battle in St. Louis comes a week after Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill banning abortion beginning in the eighth week of pregnancy, making Missouri one of nine U.S. states to pass anti-abortion legislation this year.

On Friday, Stelzer said the clinic’s license would remain in effect until a ruling is made on Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction against the state. A hearing on that matter is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Outside the clinic on Friday, a handful of anti-abortion protesters stood holding “Choose Life” signs.

Abortion is one of the most socially divisive issues in U.S. politics, with opponents often citing religious beliefs to call it immoral, while abortion-rights advocates say the bans amount to state control of women’s bodies.

Anti-abortion activists say they aim to prompt the newly installed conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade by enacting laws that are virtually assured of facing court challenges.

A series of prominent U.S. media companies said they will rethink working in Georgia, if a new state law takes effect, banning abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected by doctors. That standard effectively bans abortions at about six weeks into a pregnancy, before some women would even be aware they were pregnant.

Those companies include AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia, CBS Corp, Viacom Inc, Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal, AMC Networks Inc, Walt Disney Co and Netflix Inc.

Norwegian Diplomat Pushes Venezuela Talks Against Odds

If there’s a negotiated settlement to Venezuela’s protracted crisis, it’ll likely be reached with the help of a self-effacing, tight-lipped Scandinavian diplomat with a fondness for distance running.

Dag Nylander is leading the exploratory talks between representatives of Nicolas Maduro and his opponents whose second round wrapped up this week in Norway.

While there’s no date for talks to resume and little is known what was discussed behind closed doors — even the meeting location outside Oslo is a well-guarded secret — the fact that the two sides continue to meet after spending the past five months trying to politically annihilate one another is being taken as a hopeful sign.

Key to the undertaking is Nylander, a Latin America specialist who between 2012 and 2016 served as one of two facilitators in negotiations aimed at ending Colombia’s long armed conflict.

During those grueling talks, Nylander, 49, earned a reputation from the government and rebels alike as an honest broker, careful not to impose his will but who could act decisively when called upon. Just as importantly, he developed many relationships — with communist Cuba, the United Nations and even Maduro himself — that could come handy in overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds to a deal that avoids further hardships in Venezuela.

In a 2015 interview with Spain’s El Espanol online newspaper he said a successful mediation requires ]the will to enter into the process keeping a very low profile, not looking for any publicity either for the process or for Norway.” True to that outlook, Nylander declined to comment about the Venezuela talks.

Breaking the deadlock will be a lot harder this time. While Colombia’s rebels had largely lost hope of victory after a half-century of conflict and were increasingly isolated politically, Maduro and his foes have both dug in. Maduro controls all institutions of state while Guaido has convinced more than 50 nations to recognize him as the country’s legitimate leader.

“Dag is the ideal interlocutor,” said Sergio Jaramillo, who as Colombia’s peace commissioner was one of the architects of the peace deal ending a half-century of guerrilla fighting. “But even he can’t produce miracles. It’ll have to be the Venezuelans themselves who sort out their own problems.”

Nylander, a lawyer by training, oversees the peace and reconciliation effort at Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For several decades, ever since the 1993 Oslo Accord between Israel and Palestinian negotiators, Norway has played a leading role trying to end some of the world’s most bitter conflicts through discrete mediation and serious funding of peacemaking efforts on the ground.

In the case of Venezuela, Nylander and diplomats from Norway’s embassy in Bogota, Colombia, began traveling to Caracas and meeting with key figures almost as soon as Colombia’s peace deal was inked at the end of 2016. Last year, the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution, which works with and receives funding from Norway’s foreign ministry, flew in a U.S. mediation expert to try to launch dialogue between the two sides.

Then in March, the same group sponsored a meeting of opposition and government leaders on Venezuela’s Margarita Island, according to someone familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had not been previously disclosed.

Those secret talks were key in breaking an impasse on delivery of humanitarian aid: Shortly after the meeting, the Red Cross was granted permission from both sides to roll out a major relief campaign that effectively acknowledged a humanitarian crisis Maduro had long denied but also scuttled Guaido’s attempts to use the delivery of U.S.-supplied aid to weaken his rival.

“The only way forward is dialogue,” Maduro said Wednesday night celebrating what he sees as a victory for his longstanding call for dialogue. “We want a peace deal.”

The opposition has been less enthusiastic about the talks, fearing it will be burned again as it was in previous dialogue attempts. Since 2017, an array of potential mediators — including Spain’s former president and even Pope Francis — have tried to bring the two sides together with little to show for their efforts. The collapse of talks in the Dominican Republic last year paved the way for Maduro’s easy re-election in a race boycotted by his opponents and in which several leaders were exiled or banned from running.

Reflecting that pessimistic outlook, Guaido sent a lower-level delegation to Oslo, and called for more protests this week as his envoys were still returning from Europe.

But some believe the diplomatic gambit might just work.

Although Guaido enjoys wide international support, he is struggling to maintain his coalition together as the crisis drags on and has so far failed to break the military’s loyalty to Maduro despite leading a small barracks rebellion last month.

Meanwhile Maduro is under intense pressure from U.S. sanctions that squeeze his government’s revenues as he confronts a deepening social crisis marked by hyperinflation and shortages of food, fuel and electricity. Members of his inner circle face the threat of U.S. prosecution on drug or corruption charges.

“Almost by definition, a negotiated solution needs to have a win-win aspect,” said Bernard Aronson, who was the Obama administration’s special envoy to the Colombia peace talks. “Even if Maduro is ready to throw in a towel, you have to find a formula that for him and his inner circle to feel safe. Nobody is going to give up power just to go to jail.”

Aronson said that Nylander was careful to check his ego at the door and not get in the way during the Colombian negotiations. But he played a critical role saving the talks when a guerrilla ambush killed 11 soldiers in 2015 and triggered the government decision to resume an aerial bombing campaign. Aronson said he and Nylander worked closely with other facilitators — Cuba, Venezuela and Chile — to find a face-saving formula to bring both sides back to the table.

Jaramillo said Nylander’s discipline and professionalism impressed negotiators. To maintain a level head amid the stressful talks, he would go running early in the morning several miles (kilometers) around the manicured, mansion-strewn lawns where the delegations lived.

As the Venezuelan mediation effort moves forward, a major wild card is the U.S.

While the Trump administration is not a party to the talks, it has a virtual veto on any deal so long as crippling oil sanctions remain in place. One of the topics on a six-point agenda discussed in Norway included sanctions relief, according to a person familiar with the talks who requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the negotiations.

While the Trump administration publicly has distanced itself from any deal-making, insisting that the only things open to negotiation are the terms of Maduro’s exit, analysts say U.S. officials are likely to become more flexible if a potential deal begins to take shape.

One important stumbling block: whether Maduro, whom the U.S. considers a “dictator,” would be allowed on any ballot for an election to end the standoff.

Sen. Marco Rubio, a major driver of U.S. policy on Venezuela, said in an interview with The Associated Press prior to the latest round of talks that the U.S. backs Guaido’s team and “we’re going to be supportive of whatever they decide.” But as for allowing Maduro on the ballot, “My opinion is that it’s probably a non-starter.”

Trump’s special representative for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, has been in frequent contact with Nylander. He also recently met in Washington with one of the opposition negotiators most amenable to a dignified exit for the socialists, former electoral council member Vicente Diaz, and has privately told U.S. lawmakers that Norway will play a vital role in settling the dispute, according to two people familiar with the discussions and who requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the matter.

If the talks do gain momentum, Nylander can also help bring along the United Nations, which might be called upon to monitor eventual elections. Following the Colombian peace talks, Nylander spent more than a year shuttling between New York and Caracas as U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ special representative on a long-running border controversy between Venezuela and its neighbor Guyana. During that effort he met with Maduro on at least two occasions.

Nylander also has established relations with Cuba, which along with Russia and China is a key Maduro ally and has a big financial and geopolitical stake in keeping an anti-American government in power. Not surprisingly, some in the opposition have taken to social media to criticize Nylander’s perceived coziness with the Cubans.

“Dag can put to good use backchannels that were established by the Colombian peace process and that remain open,” said Jaramillo. “”But they don’t have many cartridges left, so I wouldn’t blow this one. It may be one of the last opportunities for a sensible solution.”

СММ ОБСЄ повідомляє про обстріли Горлівки: поранено жінку й дитину

Незаконні збройні угруповання на Донбасі обстрілюють окуповані населені пункти і звинувачують у цьому Збройні сили України. Такі дані української сторони Спільного центру контролю і координації, повідомляє штаб Операції об’єднаних сил.

Зокрема в штабі наводять дані Спеціальної моніторингової місії ОБСЄ щодо обстрілу вулиці в окупованій Горлівці 30 травня, внаслідок якої поранень зазнали кілька цивільних осіб.

«Під час перебування у даному будинку № 13 по вулиці Покидька спостерігачі бачили жінку (30 років) та дівчинку (5 років) з порізом над її лівою бровою. За словами жінки, пізно ввечері 27 травня вся сім’я була вдома, коли ззовні пролунав вибух. Вона розповіла, що на момент вибуху у вітальні перебувала її свекруха, яка внаслідок обстрілу отримала поранення голови, плеча та руки і її того ж вечора доправили до лікарні у місті Горлівка. Окрім того жінка зазначила, що її доньку, яка випадково порізалася друзками скла з дверей вітальні доправили до лікарні наступного вечора, через тривалий стресовий стан після інциденту», – йдеться в звіті СММ.

У штабі ООС стверджують, що обстріл не могли вести з позицій ЗСУ.

«При детальному вивчені топографічного положення пошкодженого будинку відносно сусідніх в населеному пункті Горлівка, відстані до позицій Збройних Сил України та збройних формувань Російської Федерації, а також вказаного напрямку з якого вівся обстріл, стає очевидним той факт, що дані пошкодження могли стати наслідком лише стрільби з позицій окупаційних військ РФ», – стверджують у штабі.

Крім того, штаб повідомляє про вісім обстрілів позицій ЗСУ з боку бойовиків, зокрема поблизу Мар’їнки, Водяного і Авдіївки.

Своєю чергою, бойовики незаконних збройних угруповань звинувачують ЗСУ як у обстрілі житлового будинку в Горлівці, так і загалом в порушеннях режиму тиші.

Унаслідок російської гібридної агресії на сході України з квітня 2014 року, за оцінками ООН станом на 31 грудня 2018 року, загинули від 12 тисяч 800 до 13 тисяч людей.

Перемир’я, про які домовлялися на засіданнях Тристоронньої контактної групи в Мінську, порушувалися практично відразу. При цьому сторони заперечують свою вину в цих порушеннях і звинувачують противників у провокаціях.

Manning Renews Effort to Be Released From Virginia Jail

Lawyers for former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning are renewing efforts to get her released from a northern Virginia jail.

Manning’s lawyers filed court papers Friday asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision to send Manning to the Alexandria jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

The motion argues that a new indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges makes Manning’s testimony irrelevant.

“What remains to be seen is whether the government can claim with a straight face to have an ongoing need for her testimony,” lawyers Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Sandra Freeman, and Christopher Leibig wrote in their motion.

Manning has been jailed for civil contempt since May 16. She could remain in jail for up to 18 months — the length of the grand-jury term. Judge Anthony Trenga also ordered fines of $500 a day to kick in after 30 days of confinement and $1,000 a day after 60 days.

This follows a two-month jail term earlier this year for refusing to testify to a previous grand jury.

Under federal law, a recalcitrant witness can only be jailed for civil contempt if there is a reasonable belief that incarceration will coerce the witness into testifying. If the jail time has no coercive effect and is purely punitive, the recalcitrant witness is supposed to be released.

Manning has said she believes grand juries in general are an abuse of power and that she would rather starve to death than testify. Trenga, in sending Manning to jail, said there is no dishonor in testifying to grand juries, which are referenced specifically in the U.S. Constitution, and that he hoped time in jail would allow Manning to reflect on that.

Manning, in response, penned a lengthy letter to the judge reiterating her rationale. She included a lengthy history on the use of grand juries around the world, and says that many Western countries have abandoned the system because it operates in secret and in a one-sided fashion to the benefit of prosecutors against those accused.

“I am positive that the founders never intended the grand jury to function like those we see today,” Manning wrote.

Manning spent seven years in a military prison for delivering a trove of classified information to Assange. Her 35-year sentence was then commuted by then-President Barack Obama.

US, China Defense Leaders Meet Amid Increased Tensions

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe held talks Friday in Singapore, as the secretary worked to build the U.S.-China military relationship while reprimanding Chinese “bad behavior.”

The two spoke on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La defense forum, as relations have been strained between the two countries by increased tensions over trade and security.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the meeting, Shanahan said he would point out China’s “excessive” militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea during a major speech Saturday.

“This part [of the speech] might be viewed as spicy,” Shanahan said. “They argue that it’s defensive; it looks like it’s a bit overkill.”

The Chinese have placed several surface-to-air missiles and built long runways for military planes to land on the controversial outposts.

During the 20-minute meeting Friday, the two leaders discussed ways to “reduce the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation,” according to Shanahan’s spokesman.

The two specifically talked about how they could better cooperate to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolutions related to sanctions on North Korea, an area where Shanahan said the Chinese have been helpful.

This is the first time since 2011 that a Chinese defense minister has attended the conference.

D-Day Ceremony Spotlights Trump’s Complicated Military Ties

World leaders will gather in solemn assembly next week above the sandy beaches of Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the world-changing D-Day invasion of France. It’s typically a heartfelt tribute to alliance and sacrifice and a unified vow for enduring unity, outweighing any national or political skirmish of the moment.

That’s what has some U.S. veterans and others worried about President Donald Trump’s attendance. The president has shown a repeated willingness to inject nationalistic rhetoric and political partisanship into moments once aimed at unity. For Trump, there is no water’s edge for politics, no veneer of nonpartisanship around military or national security matters.

The president, who did not serve in the military before becoming commander in chief, has feuded with Gold Star families, blasted political opponents on foreign soil, and mocked Sen. John McCain, a prisoner of war, for being captured by the enemy. Trump’s antipathy for the late senator was so well known that the White House this week requested that the Navy keep the USS McCain out of the president’s line of sight during a recent trip to Japan, so as not to rile the president.

It’s a pattern that is set to get more scrutiny in coming days, as Trump heads overseas for the D-Day memorial where he will be joined at the service by, among others, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat whom he has called “crazy Nancy” and warned not to try to impeach him.

“It’s unfortunate we have to be even concerned that this historic commemoration will be overly politicized, but this is the command climate he’s created and the reality we have,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and former head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “We have to send our president. You go with the president we’ve got, and this is the president we’ve got. So we’re rightfully holding our breath for an event like this.”

More than 9,000 Americans died in the D-Day operation that marked a turning point in World War II, beginning the Allied push to drive the Nazis out of France and eventually Europe. On a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, rows of white crosses and the Stars of David stretch as far as the eye can see — markers of sacrifices.

The president missed the other significant military commemoration of his term.

In November, also in France, Trump scuttled plans to honor the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. The White House said the president’s helicopter could not make it to the site because of bad weather. It did not explain why Trump could not make the 50-mile drive. His absence set off howls from many veterans.

Trump blamed the Secret Service and the next day went to a different cemetery outside Paris.

In recent days, he visited Arlington National Cemetery and spent Memorial Day on a naval ship in Japan.

“You are the ones keep going and striving, and keeping America safe, and strong, and proud, and free,” Trump said during the visit. He also wished everyone a “Happy Memorial Day,” a greeting some find off-key for a holiday dedicated to honoring dead servicemembers.

Ahead of the trip, the White House told the U.S. Navy to keep the warship rededicated in honor of Sen. McCain out of sight of the president. The president denied knowing about the request but said the gesture was “well-meaning” because he was no fan of McCain, a prisoner of war whom Trump once mocked by saying he preferred soldiers who “weren’t captured.”

Trump also sided with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden. Some veteran groups were pleased that Trump was attending the D-Day commemoration but urged him to leave the political broadsides at home.

“In situations like these, it’s best for President Trump to focus on his positive vision for reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs and advocating for a more restrained foreign policy,” said Dan Caldwell, a senior adviser for the conservative Concerned Veterans for America.

Plenty of previous presidents have embraced the military, identifying themselves with its power and patriotism. But Trump’s relationship with the armed forces — and the families of individual soldiers — has at times been uniquely fraught.

As a candidate, he feuded with the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq, and as president clashed with the mother of Sgt. La David Johnson, who died in Niger.

Though Trump has been a boisterous cheerleader for the Pentagon, he is part of a recent trend of commanders-in-chief who did not serve in the military. He received a deferment that allowed him to not serve in Vietnam War due to bone spurs, but has been unable to remember in which foot, leading to accusations of draft dodging, including this week from 2020 rivals.

“You have somebody who thinks it’s all right to let somebody go in his place into a deadly war and is willing to pretend to be disabled in order to do it,” said Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who served as a Navy intelligence officer in Afghanistan. “That is an assault on the honor of this country.”

And while a number of veterans groups have applauded Trump’s efforts to improve mental and physical health care to former officers, many of those same organizations sharply criticized Trump’s recent consideration to pardon several American military members accused of war crimes, including headline-grabbing cases of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive.

“It is mind-blowing that these are the persons this administration is considering for pardons,” said Kristofer Goldsmith, an associate director for policy at Vietnam Veterans of America, one of several veterans’ groups that oppose the pardons.

Trump considered issuing the pardons for Memorial Day but later said he may wait for some trials to conclude. But his international trips have repeatedly been interrupted by distractions back home, and many around him fear that even a solemn World War II observance may not be enough to prevent the president from tweeting an attack at special counsel Robert Mueller or escalating tensions with his hosts, outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May or French president Emmanuel Macron.

Russian, Japanese Leaders to Meet on Sidelines of G-20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet next month on the sidelines of a summit of world leaders in Japan.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday the two leaders agreed to discuss joint economic activities as a way to resolve a decades-long territorial dispute.

At issue is the sovereignty of four Russian-held western Pacific islands called the Northern Territories in Japan and Southern Kuriles in Russia.

The former Soviet Union seized the islands at the end of World War II, a move Tokyo claims was illegal. The seizure resulted in a long-running diplomatic dispute and created an obstacle to a peace treaty.

Lavrov, speaking to reporters after a meeting in Tokyo with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, said progress had been made in talks with Japan on a handful of economic projects on the islands. He did not elaborate.

Abe had previously planned to negotiate the return of two of the smallest islands at the upcoming meeting, but decided instead to hold talks on joint economic activities on the islands as a trust-building exercise with hopes of eventually producing a peace treaty.

The two leaders will meet in Osaka on June 29, the last day of a two-day summit of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations, which represents “a mix of the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies.”

Справа Гандзюк: суд дозволив Мангеру пересуватися Херсонщиною з електронним браслетом

Шевченківський районний суд Києва дозволив голові Херсонської обласної ради Владиславу Мангеру, якому інкримінують замовлення нападу на херсонську активістку Катерину Гандзюк, пересуватися в межах Херсонської області з електронним браслетом. Як повідомив речник Генеральної прокуратури Андрій Лисенко, суд ухвалив таке рішення 31 травня, продовживши запобіжний захід Мангеру до 1 липня.

«Проте клопотання прокурора було задоволено частково, оскільки суд дозволив підозрюваному переміщатися в межах Херсонської області. При цьому Мангер зобов’язаний прибувати до слідчого, прокурора, слідчого судді за першою вимогою у визначений час, а у разі зміни місця проживання – повідомляти їм про це», – написав Лисенко у Facebook.

За його словами, Мангера також зобов’язали здати на зберігання паспорт й інші документи, які дозволяють виїзд за кордон, і носити електронний засіб контролю.

Чиновниця Херсонської міської ради, активістка Катерина Гандзюк померла 4 листопада 2018 року. Це сталося через три місяці після того, як її облили концентрованою сірчаною кислотою у Херсоні.

Після смерті активістки справу перекваліфікували на «умисне вбивство», однак згодом ГПУ змінила кваліфікацію підозрюваного у замовленні злочину Владислава Мангера на «умисне тілесне ушкодження, вчинене способом, що має характер особливого мучення, або вчинене групою осіб, а також з метою залякування потерпілого або інших осіб, або вчинене на замовлення, або спричинило смерть потерпілого».

У справі про замах на Гандзюк були затримані підозрювані у виконанні і організації нападу, але замовників офіційно не встановили.

Мангер причетність до злочину відкидає.