News Roundup

Syria has been in negotiations with the Kurds about fighting the Turks in the Afrin region

  • Syrian Kurdish forces and the Syrian government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the region, according to a senior Kurdish official on Sunday
  • Turkey has warned the Syrian government to not help the Kurds, with Turkey’s Foreign Minister warning that if the Syrian government forces defend the Kurds, “nothing and nobody can stop Turkish soldiers”

“Student Led” protests organized by Bloomberg, Woman’s March groups

Trump will support Romney in Utah Senate bid

  • Trump tweeted out support for Mitt Romney to run for Senate in Utah, replacing Orrin Hatch who announced his resignation earlier this year

New political map in Pennsylvania

  • The state’s Supreme Court yesterday issued a new congressional map after ruling that the previous map was so partisan as to violate the state’s Constitution
  • Republicans are protesting the new map, saying that it favors Democrats

Gen. Michal Flynn may be looking to withdraw his guilty plea

  • According to a report in The Federalist, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that reveals a motion by Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works
  • The previous judge in the case, Rudolph Contreras, recused himself, and as noted elsewhere also sits on the FISA court

In Peru, ex-President Fujimori being charged with death squad killings

  • After being controversially pardoned and released from a 25-year prison sentence in December, former president of Peru Alberto Fujimori is being ordered to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers

Facing new drought conditions, state of California may implement new permanent water restrictions

  • Members of the state Water Resources Control Board will decide today whether to permanently reinstate restrictions on the use of water
  • They’d prohibit such things as watering lawns so much that the water flows into the street, using a hose to wash down sidewalks, or using a hose without an automatic shut-off nozzle to wash cars

Russian curling athlete, and now a Slovenian ice hockey player, thrown out of Olympics for doping

  • After winning the bronze medal in doubles last week, the athlete has been found with meldonium, a heart medicine that increases blood flow and has been banned from most sports since 2016
  • Russian authorities have requested access to security camera footage at the Olympics to show who entered the premises
  • A Slovenian ice hockey player has also been suspended after testing positive

State of emergency declared in parts of New Zealand

  • The city of Christchurch and other districts on New Zealand’s South Island have declared a state of emergency after being hit by the tail-end of Cyclone Gita
  • Dozens of schools and roads have been closed in the South Island, and the country’s national airline has cancelled all flights in and out of the capital on the North Island

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