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News Roundup 8/20/20

by | Aug 20, 2020

News Roundup 8/20/20

by | Aug 20, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Facebook banned over 900 pages that tied to the Q-Anon theory. Facebook also restricted over 10,000 Instagram accounts and 2,000 Facebook groups for supporting Q. [Link]
  • A Texas police department arrested a man who created a parody account of the police department’s Facebook account. He has been released. [Link]
  • Tennessee’s Department of Education will begin monthly inspections of every child under 18. The inspections will come by phone, email, or in-person. [Link]
  • Nashville police raided the home of a woman and her two children. They knocked down the door and pointed rifles at the children. The woman was forced to be exposed naked in front of several people. Cops then realized they had the wrong address. [Link]
  • The Justice Department reports Trump’s Operation Legend has resulted in over 1,000 arrests and charges pressed against 200. [Link]

Foreign Policy

  • The Air Force released a list of potential ICBM upgrades. The list includes making hypersonic missiles with nuclear warheads. [Link] 
  • The US Space Force now has ten units operating outside of the continental US. Some of the units are in the UK, Greenland, Diego Garica, and Hawaii. [Link]
  • The US is considering ending waivers for sanctions on Venezuelan oil in October. [Link]
  • The US officially notifies Hong Kong it has dissolved extradition agreements and tax exemptions. [Link]

Europe

  • The EU imposes financial sanctions on Belarusian officials who support the president. [Link]
  • Russia reports intercepting US spy planes over the Black Sea three times in the past week. [Link]

Africa

  • The UN reports at least 45 African migrants died in a shipwreck trying to cross from Africa to Europe. [Link]
  • France demands the release of Mali’s president. [Link] Pompeo says the US condemns the coup. [Link]
  • The leaders of the military coup that removed the president and prime minister say they are planning elections, and international forces will not be removed from Mali. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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