Geopolitical News, 14 Jan 2019

Welcome to the Monday edition of “Hawaii Intelligence Digest”–a Hawaii Island-based blog focusing on geopolitical news, terrorism, international affairs, world news, politics, cyber war, and cyber security.  Views expressed in this intelligence new summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post come from today’s issue of the “GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter.”

Before we dig deeper into today’s geopolitical news scene, here’s a look at the latest world news headlines from the BBC in London.  Please click link to download the BBC News video>

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/10462520/one-minute-world-news

Now that we have a general understanding of where the world is, let’s examine some of the top geopolitical news stories happening today.

Accessed on 14 January 2019, 1530 UTC, Post 891.

Source:  https://www.globalsecurity.org

“GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter”, 14 January 2019.

LATEST NEWS Jan 14, 2019
Trump: ‘Broken Border’ More Damaging Than Government Shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump contended Sunday that the damage from the country’s “badly broken border” with Mexico is “far greater” than the effects of the longest-ever partial government shutdown, now in its 23rd day. …

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Trump Dismisses New Allegations He Is Beholden to Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump is dismissing news reports suggesting he is beholden to Russia and President Vladimir Putin or hiding accounts of his private talks with the Russian leader the five times they have met, including at their July summit in Helsinki. …

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White House asked Pentagon for Iran military strike plans in 2018: Report

The White House National Security Council (NSC) had asked the US Defense Ministry to list available options to strike Iran after a militant attack near the American diplomatic mission in Iraq last year, a new report has revealed. …

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Iran taking first steps to design 20% modern nuclear fuel: nuclear chief

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the country has broken new ground in the field of nuclear technology and is now taking preliminary steps toward production of 20-percent modern nuclear fuel. …

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Joint Statement of the Second United States-Qatar Strategic Dialogue: Forward Together

The governments of the State of Qatar and the United States held the second Strategic Dialogue in Doha, Qatar on January 13, 2019.

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Washington, Doha Sign Deal to Expand al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar – Pompeo

Last year, Qatari Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said that the government of Qatar was expanding the US military’s al-Udeid Air Base and sought to make the facility and Washington’s presence there “permanent”. …

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Regional Bloc Urges Vote Recount in DRC Poll

A southern African regional bloc urged officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday to recount the votes of its recent contested presidential election. …

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NATO member Romania cancels $1.83bn Dutch warship purchase over political dispute

Romania’s defense ministry has cancelled a $1.83 billion deal for purchase of four Dutch warships after a dispute over which bid best suits the NATO member’s interests. …

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts

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