News Roundup 12/5/19

US News

  • A US sailor killed two civilians Department of Defense employees before killing himself at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard. [Link]
  • The New York Times publishes drawings by CIA torture victim Abu Zubaydah of the abuse inflicted on him. [Link]
  • The Mexican President meets with AG Barr and says he will work with the US to prevent the flow of weapons into Mexico, but would not permit another operation like fast and furious. [Link]

NATO 

  • Trump and Canada’s prime minster clash at the NATO conference. Trump called Trudeau two-faced and complained Canada is not meeting the 2% defense spending target. [Link]
  • Trump suggests he could sanction Germany for not meeting NATO’s 2% defense spending target. [Link]
  • Hungary says it will block Ukraine’s NATO membership over Ukraine’s language law. [Link]

Ukraine

  • Ukraine’s president says he will look to swap the rest of the POWs from the Ukrainian Civil War in talks with Russia next week. [Link]
  • Trump’s 2020 budget requests $250 million in lethal aid to Ukraine. [Link]

Myanmar

  • The Myanmar army killed a woman and two children while attacking an area with an insurgent group. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Secretary of State Esper says the US withdrawing troops is not necessarily tied to negotiations with the Taliban. [Link]
  • The US Envoy for talks with the Taliban has returned to the region for talks. The US is demanding a ceasefire first, and the Taliban want a deal before they agree to put a ceasefire in place. [Link]
  • The US killed a family of six with a drone strike in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Militants killed the head of Japan’s aid agency in Afghanistan and five other people. The Taliban say they were not involved in this attack. [Link]

Africa

  • The government of Tripoli claims eastern Libyan forces killed 14 civilians with airstrikes. [Link]
  • East Libyan forces say they had to use airstrikes to turn back Chadian forces advancing on Libya’s largest oilfield. [Link]
  • The UNSC calls on the UAE, Turkey, and Jordan for supplying weapons to warring forces in Libya. [Link]
  • Fourteen people were killed in an attack on a church in Burkina Faso. [Link]
  • The US is planning to exchange an ambassador to Sudan for the first time in 23 years. [Link]
  • The UN deploys peacekeepers to South Sudan, where 80 people have been killed in the ethnic violence in the past week. [Link]
  • The UN will provide food aid to a quarter of Zimbabwe’s population. The country is suffering from an economic crisis and a drought. [Link] 
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