Secretary of State Pompeo announces the US will stop exporting some “dual-use” items to Hong Kong because of his view that Hong Kong is not sufficiently independent from China. [Link]
Human rights groups report at least 129 children have been killed in the four-year drug war in the Philippines. [Link]
CBS News reports that the Russia-Taliban bounty story was uncorroborated and was not presented to Donald Trump. [Link] The NYT now admits there was disagreement among the intelligence community about the claim and the NSA did not feel confident with it. [Link]
Pakistan says it expects the Taliban and the Afghan government to begin peace talks soon. Pakistan says prisoner releases and a reduction in violence were the final hurdles. [Link]
At least 23 people were killed by a rocket attack on a cattle market in Afghanistan. [Link]
Israeli politician Benny Gantz says Israel must postpone annexation because of Covid. Israel Prime Minister says the process is moving forward and talks with the US are happening. [Link]
Iran issues an arrest warrant for Donald Trump for killing Soleimani. [Link]
The US Ambassador to Lebanon did an interview with a Saudi-owned outlet. The ambassador had been barred from doing interviews for a year due by a Lebanese judge. [Link]
As the US imposes crippling sanctions on Syria, the UN reports millions are facing food shortages. [Link]
The Iraqi government released 14 members of Kataib Hezbollah after they were arrested in a raid last week. [Link]
A Yemeni government official says the UAE now has imposed sovereignty over the island Socotra. [Link]
US News MIT and Harvard file a lawsuit against a Trump decision to bar foreign students from remaining in the US if they are only taking online classes. [Link] The California prison system moved prisoners with coronavirus to the San Quentin Prison. A third of the...
US News A new law in northeastern Italy gives the government the power to arrest people who refuse Covid treatment. [Link] CENTCOM top Gen. Kenzie says he did not see a “causative link” between the alleged Russian bounties to the Taliban and the deaths of US soldiers...
US News The NYPD culture of impunity has allowed a police officer to keep his job for 18 years and receive thousands in raises even though the officer has routinely raped people on the side of the road. The city has paid out nearly a million dollars because of the...
US News Two Oklahoma police officers were charged with second-degree murder after they tased a man to death by shocking him 50 times. [Link] The anti-privacy EARN IT Act passes out of a Senate committee. [Link] The US sent two aircraft carriers into the South China...
US News Jeffery Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested in New Hampshire by the FBI on charges related to the dead sex trafficker. [Link] Large US corporations are threatening to pull ads from Facebook in an effort to get the social network to censor...
US News Seattle’s mayor ordered the police to clear the CHAZ. [Link] Minneapolis’ city council has spent $63,000 of taxpayer money to hire private security for themselves. [Link] A family had to demolish their home after a SWAT team destroyed it trying to remove a...