News Roundup 8/23/2022

by | Aug 23, 2022

News Roundup 8/23/2022

by | Aug 23, 2022

US News

  • Anthony Fauci will retire in December. Reuters

Russia

  • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says Moscow would only use nuclear weapons in defense. Daily Beast
  • Ukraine’s military chief Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi says nearly 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded. AP
  • The White House believes Dennis Rodman “is likely to complicate and hinder” efforts to free Brittany Griner. Reuters
  • A large car-bomb explosion tore apart a Toyota Land Cruiser outside Moscow Saturday night, the only person inside was the driver, journalist and political scientist Darya Dugina, the 30-year-old daughter of Alexander Dugin, the nationalist Russian philosopher. AWC
  • Turkey has doubled its import of Russian oil this year. MEE

China

  • Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and other state officials arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, marking the third US delegation to visit the island this month amid soaring tensions between the US and China. AWC
  • Taiwan says four Chinese aircraft crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait. Reuters
  • Japan is considering deploying 1,000 long-range missiles to counter China. CNN

Korea

  • Washington and Seoul will kick off live-action military drills in Korea on Monday. North Korea views the exercises as highly provocative rehearsals of removing the government in Pyongyang. The US canceled live war games with South Korea in 2018. AWC

Pakistan 

  • The Pakistani government charged former Prime Minister Imran Khan under an anti-terrorism law. Business-Standard

Afghanistan

  • Reuters reported on Monday that the Biden administration plans to continue talks with the Taliban on the Afghan central bank reserves that have been seized by the US as millions in Afghanistan are facing starvation. AWC

Israel

  • The Guardian reports two sources say the CIA disagrees with Israeli labeling six human rights groups as terror organizations. Guardian
  • The CEO of the Israeli firm NSO Group resigns. The company was sanctioned by the US after the proliferation of its Pegasus spyware was revealed. NSO Group sold the technology to several counties that spied on foreign officials, dissidents and human rights activists. Guardian
  • Ben and Jerry’s lost its court battle to prevent its parent company, Unilever, from selling ice cream in the West Bank. Guardian

Iran

  • The EU says it hopes the US will respond to its “final text” proposal that would save the Iran nuclear deal. AJ
  • The US says it is working as quickly as it can to respond to the EU proposal. Reuters
  • Iran on Monday accused the US of “procrastinating” as Washington is still reviewing Tehran’s response to an EU proposal to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. AWC

Middle East

  • A newly leaked video making rounds on social media shows Iraq’s new Interior Minister pledging loyalty to his political party while taking office. This is raising more talk of corruption. AWC
  • The UAE-backed Giants Brigades seized oil fields in Yemen. ABC News AWC

About Kyle Anzalone

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

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