News Roundup 6/30/20

by | Jun 30, 2020

News Roundup 6/30/20

by | Jun 30, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Reddit purged several subreddits, including a pro-Trump forum. [Link]
  • Twitch suspends Trump’s account. [Link]
  • 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]

The Philippines

  • Human rights groups report at least 129 children have been killed in the four-year drug war in the Philippines. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • 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] 

Middle East

  • 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]

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