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US News

  • Chelsea Manning has been subpoenaed to testify to a federal grand jury. It is suspected that the subpoena is for the sealed indictment against Julian Assange. Mannin will fight the subpoena. [Link]
  • California police officers who tased a man to death will not face charges. The officers attempted to stop for walking against a red light. [Link]
  • A study finds that black and hispanic drivers are more likely to be pulled over by police. [Link]

Mexico

  • A US Marine became a Mexican drug kingpin. [Link]
  • Mexico threatens to impose duties on American products if the US does not roll back tariffs on steel and aluminum. [Link]

Venezuela

  • Moon of Alabama breaks down Juan Guaido’s return to Venezuela as his claim to power is dying. [Link]
  • John Bolton invokes the Monroe Doctrine to defend US intervention in Venezuela. [Link] Daniel Larison explains how John Bolton misunderstands the Monroe Doctrine. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The US proposes a peace plan to the Taliban that keeps several thousand US troops in Afghanistan for the next five years. [Link]  
  • As many as 40 Afghan troops were killed in an attack by the Taliban in Helmand. [Link]

Middle East

  • Gareth Porter explains why Bolton and Pompeo are creating serious threats the US could end up at war with Iran. [Link]
  • Elijah Magnier explains why Iran’s Foreign Minister resigned then returned to work. [Link]
  • Friends of an Harvard educated American doctor say he was imprisoned and tortured by Saudi Arabia. He was arrested and detained in the Ritz Carlton in 2017. He remains imprisoned but the reason why is unclear. [Link]
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels now controls most of Idlib Syria. [Link]
  • A suicide bombing in Idlib Syria kills seven. In response, al-Qaeda fighters kill eight suspected IS fighters. [Link]
  • The US is using white phosphorus near civilians in Syria. [Link]

Africa

  • Al-Shabaab militants kill 29 civilians in an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu. [Link]
  • The US claims to kill 26 al-Shabaab militants with an airstrike. [Link]
  • Haftar’s forces claim to control Libya’s southern border with Algeria. [Link]
  • Libya’s largest oil field reopens. [Link]
  • US Special Forces are training the Burkina Faso Army for the growing threat of terror attacks. [Link]
  • Doctors Without Borders suspends their work to fight Ebola in the Congo. The decision was made after attacks on two Ebola treatment centers. During the second attack, patients believed to have Ebola fled the treatment center. [Link]