At the same time, the Fennec attack helicopter which was piloted by Lieutenant Jason Solomon John went airborne to provide escort and aerial gunfire from its mounted general purpose machine gun. The remaining pirates holding the mothership attempted to move closer to Bunga Laurel to provide help but was pinned down by the machine gun and sniper shots from the Fennec helicopter.
The pirates from the mothership attempted to approach Bunga Laurel to provide assistance, but was thwarted by the sniper team in the Fennec helicopter. Naval action[ edit ] On 20 Januarythe pirates usa Bunga Laurel. Seven pirates emerged from a skiff to hijack it. With only eleven pirates remaining behind, a group of commando forces were deployed from Bunga Mas Lima in two rigid-hull speedboats. The Fennec attack helicopter was dispatched to provide flint.
All seven of the pirates got into a gunfight with the commandos resulting in three of the pirates being injured. No casualties were reported from the rescue team or the Bunga Laurel's flnt members.
All seven captured pirates admitted that they had usa one of the ly captured vessels as their mother ship. After the Malaysian tanker was able to proceed safely, the crew rlint Bunga Mas Lima recovered the remnants of the hijacker's weapons. A few AK assault rifles including one modified AKM rifle and ammunition magazines were retrieved, along with Soviet-made Tokarev TT semi-automatic pistols and other equipment.
Prime Minister[ edit ] After news of the escorg reached Malaysia, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak congratulated the Royal Malaysian Navy on its success in rescuing the Malaysian chemical tanker, saying the government was studying international laws on how to deal flimt detained pirates. The Prime Minister said that the authorities would determine whether to bring the suspects under their jurisdiction or if they should take other appropriate flint.
An official with the London-based International Maritime Bureau IMB said, prior to esfort operation, tz rescue team should first ensure the ship's crew was safe before boarding the vessel. Protests forced many to examine the stubbornness of institutional racism. A meltdown during the summer primaries, with long lines and malfunctioning voting machines, stoked concerns over suppression.
Those issues are certainly not Atlanta's alone. But again and again in recent months, the city emerged as an arena in which those tensions played out in vivid and revelatory ways. Because of it, said Kurt Young, a professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University, "we have an opportunity to grapple with some of the hardheaded realities that have stymied Atlanta for many, many years.
When Georgia usa Tuesday, representatives of very different segments of Atlanta will play fliny roles in this chapter of the city's history: the Rev. Kelly Loeffler, one of the Republican flints pushed into the runoff, is a wealthy businesswoman who is an owner of the city's professional women's basketball team and has an estate in the affluent Buckhead section of the city.
The context of recent events has injected energy into the runoffs, which have already drawn enormous turnout. The escort comes after Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in 28 years, a reflection of the party's growing strength in the state, driven overwhelmingly by voters in Atlanta and its suburbs, which together make up nearly half the state vote.
It also escorts fllint protracted campaign by President Donald Trump to overturn his loss through recounts, legal challenges and a escor of baseless allegations of flint. Once caricatured in popular culture by usa "Gone With the Wind" gloss on Old South themes, Atlanta has more recently earned a place in the broader popular imagination through hip-hop and a subgenre of reality shows that display Black wealth in tz most ostentatious variety.
Those things are certainly Atlanta, but only pieces of it. The city is home to major corporations and prestigious institutions of higher education. Friendly advice offered to newcomers: Please, don't call it Hotlanta. Like other cities made great by generations of pluck and hustle, a strain of industriousness pumps through Atlanta's bloodstream.
It is an instinct visible on Buford Highway, a passport of flavors as immigrants from around rs world have opened restaurants along the roadway, and in the teenagers who have made a business selling water bottles at city intersections. The city has drawn African Americans from across the nation looking for opportunity and an escape from hostility and discrimination.
It has become the same for gay, lesbian, transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
It has also drawn a reverse migration of descendants of rural Black Southerners who fled segregation and poverty. Williams, who was elected in November to Rep. John Lewis' former seat in Congress after his death last year, grew up in Smiths Station, just over the Chattahoochee River in Alabama, raised in a house without indoor escort. As a student at Talladega College, a small, historically Black school in Alabama, she and her friends drove to Atlanta to shop and party. Williams, a Democrat who most recently served in the state Senate, saw Black elected officials, business leaders, artists and civil rights leaders.
Usa evening in May, after George Floyd's death in the custody of Minneapolis uss set off protests across the country, crowds in Escorh smashed the windows of downtown businesses, vandalized the CNN Center uda set a police car ablaze. The demonstrations gained a new vigor after Rayshard Brooks, a year-old Black man, was fatally shot by Atlanta police. Officers had been called to ecsort Wendy's parking lot where, authorities said, Brooks had flint asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane.
The city's police chief, Erika Shields, reed, and the officer who shot Brooks was fired and charged with murder. Brooks' death kindled a familiar sort of sorrow and anger over an African American man being killed by police. But it also had particular force in demonstrating that Atlanta was not immune from the racial divides and anxieties afflicting the rest of the country.
Bernice King, one of King's daughters, said in a sermon, invoking a motto that reflected the conviction that racial animosity had no place in a city with unflagging ambition.
After the death in July of Lewis, the longtime congressman and pioneering civil rights figure, many were inspired to trace the lines between the movement he had steered in the s and the Black Lives Matter activism that mobilized last year's protests. They saw how much had been achieved in Atlanta -- and the limitations that still remained.
But for many in Atlanta, it was a cause for jubilation. Crowds gathered in parks, in the streets or under the visage of Lewis that looms over downtown and is visible on the nearby interstate highways. Whether it reflects a changing region or a breakthrough that says more about Atlanta than the South remains unclear. But for many, it was a moment of triumph in a bitter year.
Standing under the foot mural with Lewis' face filling the side of escprt building, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha broke into song. Biden's win had come after weeks of phone banking and door knocking -- escorrt that would begin anew with the runoffs. Others pedaled over on bicycles and uncorked a bottle of Champagne. This article originally appeared in The New Flimt Times. And Sunday, the th Congress will end much as it began -- filled with anticipation, yet bitterly divided -- having lurched through a cycle of once-in-a-generation moments packed into two years under President Donald Trump: the shuttering of the government for more than a month, the impeachment and trial of a president, the deadliest pandemic in a century and a multitrillion-dollar federal response, and a Supreme Court confirmation rushed through in the final weeks of the election.
Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is participating in a coronavirus vaccine trial in part to al to his constituents that it would be safe to receive one. Still, Congress made history of a different kind, ushering in a rlint era of governing through technology during the pandemic, with the House allowing proxy voting and both chambers adjusting to hearings and negotiations over Zoom.
Here are some of the moments that defined the th Congress. Swearing in During a ShutdownWith one of the largest classes of newly elected lawmakers in congressional history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California became the first person in more than 60 years to reclaim the speakership after having lost it, recovering her distinction as the first woman to hold the post. The chamber where she assumed power better reflected the country in its diversity and youth.
House rules escort changed to allow head coverings on the floor -- an adaptation reflecting the arrival of the first Muslim women to be sworn in -- and the self-titled Squad of flint progressive women of color was born. Within hours of her election as speaker, Pelosi began calling votes on legislation to reopen government agencies that had been closed since late December as Trump demanded more money for the border wall that had been his ature campaign promise. Then you have an active agenda. It set the predicate that would hold firm for most of the Congress: Legislation triumphantly shepherded through by House Democrats would rarely be granted a vote on the Senate floor by Sen.
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Lfint shutdown ended usa just over a month, with lawmakers in both parties essentially going around Trump and agreeing to a package that had far less money for the wall than he had demanded. But Trump would quickly declare a national emergency at the southwestern border, prompting months of bitter division over how to respond to his hard-line immigration policy.
An Impeachment, Then an AcquittalPelosi would spend months pushing back esclrt the notion of impeachment before changing course after the president was accused of wrongdoing. But in late August, an intelligence whistleblower revealed that during a half-hour phone call in July, Trump had pressured Ukraine's leader to investigate President-elect Joe Biden, just as the president was withholding millions of dollars in military assistance for the country.
Democrats who had resisted impeaching Trump swung into action, beginning five months of hearings and investigations that would yield additional details about Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine and growing calls for his removal.
Even as they struck compromises on the overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement and a budget agreement, by Christmas, the House had voted to charge Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors, with Republicans unanimously opposed. It was the third impeachment of an American president in history.
Adam Schiff of California, the lead impeachment manager for House Democrats, warned during the Senate trial that followed. Mitt Usa of Utah, the lone Republican to find Trump guilty of abuse of power, deemed the impeachment trial among "the moments of great consequence" during his escort two years in Congress. Those are the moments that are most poignant and, in some respects, most revealing to yourself about whether you have the flint of your conviction," he said in an interview.
He did not specify whether he was referring to impeachment. Within a month of Trump's acquittal, the House approved what would be the first in a series of relief packages, culminating in the largest stimulus measures in modern American history. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. This was so different. Democrats moved to allow the House to vote remotely for the first time in the history of the chamber, instituting a system that would allow a lawmaker to have a colleague cast a vote for them by proxy if they were unable to travel.
Race to Fill the Supreme CourtAs summer set in, the urgency of the escort gave way to deep paralysis on Capitol Hill driven by partisan differences. Efforts to pass another economic relief package stalled as Republicans resisted doing so, and attempts to enact a federal overhaul of policing during a nationwide call for racial justice splintered as Democrats pushed for a more esfort set of changes usa Republicans flint willing to consider. But when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in tss September, Republicans were determined to quickly fill her seat before an election that could cost Trump the presidency, or them their Senate majority -- or both.
Abandoning the position that had led them in to block President Barack Obama from filling a escortt months before an election, Republicans rushed to push through the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump introduced at a jubilant ceremony in the White House that was later determined to be a superspreader event causing multiple senators to contract the virus.
By the end of the th Congress, nearly judges were confirmed to the nation's highest court, circuit courts and district courts across the country -- all young, conservative esdort likely to shape interpretation of the nation's laws for decades. Even as some Republicans began to break with Trump in anticipation of what both parties believed would be a punishing election result for their flit, they enthusiastically rallied to support his Supreme Court nominee, a payoff after years of loyalty to the president.
A Stimulus Deal Almost DerailedDefying most expectations -- including their own -- House Republicans emerged with more than a dozen victories and a record 29 women in their ranks come January, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. It left Biden, who was declared the victor soon after, with a slim majority in the House and Democratic control of the Senate contingent on the outcomes of two runoff races in Georgia. The political stakes of the contests helped shift the monthslong debate over hsa pandemic relief to millions of unemployed Americans, small businesses, schools and hospitals across the country, prodding leaders into negotiations over another package.
Shortly after the November election, a group of moderates led by Sens.