News Roundup 11/15/19

US News

  • Mark Sanford ends his presidential primary run against Trump. [Link]
  • A federal court in Boston rules warrantless searches of cellphones and computers of international travelers violates the 4th Amendment. [Link]
  • The Watson Institute reports the US spent $6.4 trillion on the Terror Wars. [Link]


  • Bolivia’s interim president decares Morales and his vice president cannot run for president in upcoming elections. [Link]

North Korea

  • North Korea rebuffs an offer from the US to engage in December talks. North Korea said the offer was to appease Kim Jong-un’s year-end deadline. North Korea called on the US to call off scheduled war games with South Korea. [Link]


  • A car bomb killed seven people in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • An American diplomat says the planned prisoner swap for  American and Australian professors did not happen. [Link]


  • Israeli strikes killed thirteen people in Gaza on the second day of fighting. [Link]
  • After more than two days of fighting, a cease-fire has been reached between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed at least 34 people. Half of the dead are civilians, including eight children. [Link]

Middle East

  • Turkey removes four Kurdish mayors from office. Turkey has removed 20 Kurdish mayors since elections earlier this year. [Link]
  • The US sanctions 22 companies and individuals for assisting Syria’s WMD program. [Link] 
  • DefSec Mark Esper says about 600 troops will remain in Syria to defeat IS and guard the oil. [Link]
  • Iraqi government forces killed four more protesters. Over 300 protesters have been killed since October 1. [Link]
  • A Houthi missile kills five Saudi backed Yemeni soldiers at a major Yemeni army base. [Link]
  • Sources report talks are intensifying between Saudi and the Houthi. [Link]
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