News Roundup 5/15/2022

by | May 15, 2022

News Roundup 5/15/2022

by | May 15, 2022

US News

  • The VA purchased 10,000 iPhones and 85% were wasted sitting in storage. [Link]

Russia

  • Belarus says Western sanctions will block between $16-$18 billion in exports. [Link]
  • Rand Paul is blocking the Senate from passing the $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill. Paul is seeking the creation of an inspector general post to oversee the aid. [Link] The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. [Link]
  • Several Senators visit Kiev. [Link]
  • Zelensky says French President Macron urged him to cede Ukrainian territory to end the war. [Link]
  • Finland plans to join NATO without delay. [Link] Sweden’s ruling party announces support for NATO membership. [Link] Blinken says Sweden and Finland have support for NATO membership. [Link]
  • The US Army will revamp its forces in Alaska in anticipation of potential conflict with Russia. [Link]
  • A high-level Russian official warns NATO is risking nuclear war. [Link]
  • Russia accuses Ukraine of carrying out a cross-border attack that killed one. [Link]

Pakistan

  • A suicide bomber killed three soldiers and three children in Pakistan. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel plans 4,000 new settler homes in the West Bank. [Link]
  • A French diplomat said a quick fix to the Iran deal talks is unlikely. [Link]
  • A top EU official says Iran talks will resume. [Link]
  • The Iraqi foreign minister said Iran has provided no tangible evidence to justify its March strike in Irbil. [Link]
  • Israeli strikes killed five in Syria. [Link]
  • In Yemen, the Sanaa airport should reopen soon and fuel ships are making it to port with fewer delays from Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • A report links Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia to war crimes. [Link]

Africa

  • The US donates 2.8 million covid vaccines to five African nations. [Link]
  • Mali withdraws from a regional force working to combat jihadist groups. [Link]

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