News Roundup 6/16/20

by | Jun 16, 2020

News Roundup 6/16/20

by | Jun 16, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Black Americans are more likely to die from police using tasers. [Link]
  • The Supreme Court rules that existing civil rights laws extend to LGBTQ workers. [Link]
  • A Republican super-pac is giving money to help Democratic Rep Elliot Engle in his primary. [Link]
  • The Senate Armed Service Committee allocated $10 million in the Senate NDAA bill for live nuclear weapons testing. [Link] 
  • A US fighter jet went down off the coast of the UK. The pilot was killed. [Link]
  • The US has three aircraft carriers patrolling the Pacific Ocean for the first time since 2017. [Link]

Venezuela

  • Secretary of State Pompeo says the coming election in Venezuela is a sham. [Link]
  • Mexico’s President says his country will sell fuel to Venezuela if asked. [Link]

Ukraine

  • Ukraine says three people were arrested trying to give a $5 million bribe to get an investigation into Bersama dropped. Bersama is a large Ukrainian energy company that once had Hunter Biden on their board. Authorities report the bribe was unrelated to Biden. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Taliban and the Afghan government agreed to hold peace talks in Qatar. [Link]
  • Two Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo asking what happened to the $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan that was cut. [Link]
  • Doctors Without Borders will close its maternity ward in Kabul after an attack on the hospital killed 24 people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]

 Middle East

  • SIPRI reports that Israel likely added 10 nuclear weapons to its stockpile in 2019. The arms monitoring group believes Israel now has 90 nukes. [Link]
  • New US sanctions on Syria will take effect this week. [Link]
  • The UN removes Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of countries that kill children. Saudi killed or injured at least 222 Yemeni children with airstrikes in 2019. [Link]
  • A Saudi airstrike killed 13 Yemeni civilians, including four children. [Link]

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