News Roundup 8/4/21

by | Aug 4, 2021

News Roundup 8/4/21

by | Aug 4, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Twitter announces a new partnership with AP and Reuters to “promote trusted information.” [Link]

China

  • Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Southeast Asian nations to strengthen America’s anti-China relationships. [Link]
  • India deploys four warships to the South China Sea for operations with US, Japanese, and Australian ships. [Link]

Korea

  • South Korea says North Korea is looking for some sanctions relief before engaging in talks with the US. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Turkey criticizes the American plan to allow Afghans to wait in third countries to have their special visa to the US processed. Turkey says it will cause a migration crisis and it will not accept any new refugees. [Link]
  • The US Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad says the Afghan government and Taliban are far apart. Zalmay said the Taliban are demanding the lion’s share of the power. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Blinken told the Afghan government it needs to accelerate its negotiations with the Taliban. [Link]
  • A car bomb exploded in Kabul, killing six. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted the defense minister. A second bombing wounded three people. [Link]
  • The Taliban control almost all of Helmand Province’s capital Lashkar Gar. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says his country could “act alone” against Iran. [Link]
  • The UK reported a potential ship hijacking in the Persian Gulf. Iran denied involvement. [Link]
  • A German representative to the Geneva talks says substantial progress has been made, but now negotiations have stalled. The US is demanding Iran agree to discuss other issues. Iran wants a new mechanism to ensure US sanctions are lifted and the US does not leave the agreement a second time.  [Link]
  • Iran’s incoming president says he will get US sanctions lifted. [Link]
  • Two rockets fired from Lebanon caused small fires in Israel. Israel responded with artillery fire. [Link]

Ethiopia

  • The UN estimates 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. [Link]

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