News Roundup 3/25/20

by | Mar 25, 2020

News Roundup 3/25/20

by | Mar 25, 2020

US News

  • Colorado abolishes the death penalty. The governor also reduced the sentences of the last three remaining death row inmates to life in prison without parole. [Link]
  • A commission examining if the US should include women in the draft or abolish it reached the finding the draft should be extended to women. [Link]

Coronavirus

  • The FDA’s coronavirus guidelines barred in-home testing for coronavirus. Several start-up testing companies had already sent sample kits and received samples to test. The FDA has ordered the samples be destroyed. [Link]
  • The FDA decided to relax rules on ventilator production to make up for shortages caused by the coronavirus. [Link]
  • US troops are concerned the Pentagon’s inconsistent response to the coronavirus will cause it to spread more. [Link]
  • US sanctions are preventing Iran from more effectively responding to the coronavirus outbreak. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Four NATO service members, who recently arrived in Afghanistan, test positive for coronavirus. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Pompeo met with the deputy head of the Taliban in Qatar. [Link]
  • The Islamic State killed 25 people in an attack on a Sikh complex in Afghanistan. [Link]

Middle East

  • Coronavirus has reached the Gaza strip. Residents are scared as they only have 20 ventilators that are not in use. [Link]
  • Turkey arrested 410 people for provocative posts about the coronavirus. [Link]
  • A Turkish prosecutor indicted 18 Saudis for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. [Link]
  • The Houthi are preventing a UN chartered ship from leaving Hodeida. The ship is carrying members of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government that is at war with the Houthi. [Link]
  • After five years of a US-backed Saudi war in Yemen, Yemen is unprepared to handle a coronavirus outbreak. [Link]

Africa

  • As Libya reports its first confirmed case of coronavirus, new fighting has broken out in the country’s civil war. [Link]
  • Chad says the Islamic State killed 92 of its soldiers. [Link]

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