News Roundup 11/27/19

US News

  • Three Baltimore men were free after spending 36 years in prison for a murder they did not commit. [Link]
  • Rand Paul highlights millions of US tax dollars going to waste on subsidizing Serbian cheese and getting fish addicted to nicotine. [Link]
  • The Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal for Adnan Syed. Syed was convicted of murder in 2000. However, a podcast and HBO series cast serious doubt about his guilt.  [Link]
  • The Energy Department IG says it has several cyber vulnerabilities that have not been fixed. [Link]
  • Trump says he is working to designate Mexican cartels as terror groups. [Link]
  • The US blacklists a Cuban company for doing business with a sanction Venezuelan company. [Link]

NATO

  • Turkey is refusing to sign off on a NATO defense plan until NATO starts to recognize the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG as a terror group. [Link]
  • NATO countries are working on a plan to pay more of NATO’s budget in an attempt to appease Trump. France has said they will not sign on to the plan and already contribute enough to defense. [Link]
  • Turkey says their newly purchased Russian-made S-400 air defense system will not be integrated into NATO’s air defense. Russia says Turkey is looking to purchase more S-400s. [Link] 
  • Russia showed US inspectors its hypersonic nuclear missile system under the auspices of the NEW START Treaty. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • An American civilian was killed by a grenade attack on a UN convoy in Afghanistan. [Link]

Middle East

  • A car bomb killed 17 people in a Turkish controlled Syrian city. Turkey blames the YPG for the attack. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia arrests several dissidents. [Link]
  • Iraqi security forces killed two protesters. [Link]
  • Three explosions killed six people in Iraq. [Link]
  • Iraqi Children born near a US military base are showing higher rates of serious birth defects. [Link]
  • The Saudi coalition says it has released 200 Houthi prisoners. [Link]

Libya 

  • Congressional Democrats have pushed the State Department to investigate US weapons sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE that ended up in the hands of AQAP in Yemen. [Link]
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