News Roundup 11/7/19

US News

  • Google will continue to contract with the Pentagon. [Link]
  • Two Twitter employees are charged with spying for Saudi Arabia. One employee has been arrested, and the other is in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi citizen has been charged as well. [Link]
  • The Treasury Department announces sanctions on five Venezuelans. [Link]

Iran

  • Iran announces it will begin using Uranium gas in centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear facility. Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed only to use the facility for research. The US broke the JCPOA last year, and Iran has been reducing its commitments to the broken deal. [Link]

Syria 

  • Israel says it is providing diplomatic and humanitarian assistance to the Syrian Kurds. [Link]  
  • At least 30 people were killed in fighting between Syrian Kurds and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels. [Link]
  • Syrian government forces are moving into areas near the oil fields the US is controlling. [Link]
  • The State Department says the oil produced from the US-occupied oil fields in Syria is going to local communities. [Link]
  • The US is building two bases in the region of the Syrian oil fields. [Link]

Iraq

  • At least 13 protests have been killed in Iraq since Monday. [Link]
  • Protesters blocking an Iraqi port have caused a $6 billion loss in commerce. [Link[ 
  • Iraqi officials say the prime minister has authorized increased violence against protesters. [Link]
  • The UN reports 97 Iraqi protesters have been killed since October 25th. [Link]

Africa 

  • Egypt claims to have killed over 80 jihadists in the Sinai over the past month. [Link]
  • Gunmen killed at least 37 people in Burkina Faso. The dead were workers for a Canadian mining company. [Link]
  • Militants murdered ten people in the Congo. The Democratic Republic of the Congo recently launched an offensive against a major rebel group. [Link]
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