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U.S. News

The US has produced its first low yield nuclear weapons. The weapons have the power of about 5 kilotons of TNT. [Link]

Senator Mitch McConnell introduced an amendment that pushes Trump to keep US forces in Afghanistan and Syria. [Link]

The LA Times editorial board backs talks with the Taliban. [Link]

US intelligence agencies say that Russia and China are the largest threats to the US. [Link]

The US lifts sanctions on three Russian companies. The companies made changes to comply with complaints from the US. [Link]

 

Venezuela

Venezuela is seeking to set up payment methods to bypass US sanctions. [Link]

Venezuelan army defectors ask for weapons from the US. The defectors are living outside of Venezuela. [Link]

The US is attempting to transfer Venezuela’s offshore assets from the Maduro government to Juan Guaido. [Link]

 

Brazil

Hundreds of people are estimated to have been killed by a dam break in Brazil. [Link]

 

Syria

The Israeli military is using kamikaze drones to bypass Syrian air defenses. [Link]

Israel is pushing the US to not withdraw from the base at al-Tanf Syria. [Link]

Heavy fighting is ongoing in southeastern Syria between Kurds and ISIS. At least 47 people have been killed in the fighting including some civilians. [Link]

The Syrian Army attacked al-Qaeda linked rebels in Idlib. The attacks killed over ten people, including two children. The Syrian Army was responding to attacks for jihadists rebels. [Link]

 

Yemen

Representatives and Senators will introduce bills to use the War Powers Act to end the US involvement in the Yemen War. [Link]

A bombing in al-Mokha kills six. ISIS or AQAP is believed to have carried out the attack. [Link]

 

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