23 July 2020 Military News
- Twin bombings hit convoy carrying logistical aid for US forces Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- A convoy carrying logistical support for American troops in southern Iraq has been struck by two roadside bombs in the second attack of its kind in less than two weeks.
- US-led coalition forces to withdraw from another military base in Iraq Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- The US-led military coalition is preparing to evacuate troops from a military base southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and hand the facility over to government troops.
- Afghan Officials Say Taliban, Not Civilians, Killed in Air Strike VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Afghanistan's acting defense minister said the government would soon share evidence that an airstrike in Herat province Wednesday that locals say targeted a wedding party actually killed Taliban militants.
- Are Afghan Women Being Overlooked Under Peace Deal? VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Members of Congress and members of the Trump administration sparred Thursday over the fate of women in Afghanistan under the U.S.-Taliban peace deal and amid a recent drawdown of U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan.
- Airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan kill 45 Taliban members, civilians: Officials Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- At least 45 people, including civilians and members of the Taliban militant group, have been killed in airstrikes by security forces in Afghanistan's eastern province of Herat, officials say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Prince Sultan boosts CENTCOM AOR refueling capabilities CENTCOM 23 Jul 2020 -- As a KC-135 Stratotanker turns to approach Prince Sultan Air Base, the 378th Air Expeditionary Logistics Squadron Fuels Flight has prepared a different, more effective way to gas-and-go the massive refueling aircraft.
- DOD Awards $4.9 Million Contract to Pall Corporation to Increase Industrial Base Expansion for Medical Ventilator Components DoD 23 Jul 2020 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded Pall Corporation a firm fixed price undefinitized contract action, not to exceed $4.9M, to increase the domestic industrial base capacity for ventilator filters. This award includes, but is not limited to, special molding and tooling equipment, facility build costs, and FDA certifications.
- Esper: DOD Involved in COVID-19 Fight 'From Day One' DoD News 23 Jul 2020 -- Since the COVID-19 crisis first threatened the United States earlier this year, the Defense Department has been at the forefront of America's fight against the pandemic, said Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper.
- DOD on 'Aggressive' Track With Hypersonic Weapons Development DoD News 23 Jul 2020 -- One of the Defense Department's top priorities is developing hypersonic weapons capability, a particularly important goal, considering recent developments in this area by near-peer competitors China and Russia, the assistant director for hypersonics from the office of the undersecretary for research and engineering said.
- OIR Follows in Predecessors' Footsteps in Defeating ISIS, Official Says DoD News 23 Jul 2020 -- The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve coalition has achieved great success in its mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the deputy commander of CTJF-OIR said in a live satellite feed from Baghdad.
- USS Princeton, Indian Navy Conduct Cooperative Deployment NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG), conducted a cooperative deployment with ships and aircraft from the Indian Navy July 20 and 21.
- Sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator Certified aboard USS Gerald R. Ford NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- Program Executive Office (PEO) Aircraft Carriers announced the on-schedule certification and turnover of a sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator (AWE) aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), July 22.
- Nimitz Receives COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Administration Certification NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- The US Army Medical Research and Development Command approved the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as an authorized site to administer COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP), July 16.
- Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Leads Mine Countermeasure Exercise during Trident Warrior NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) led multiple units through a mine countermeasure exercise (MCMEX) to test tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) during Trident Warrior 2020, July 13-16.
- USS John P. Murtha Supports Firefighting Efforts Aboard USS Bonhomme Richard NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- At about 8:30 in the morning on July 12, a fire was called away aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) while it was moored pierside at Naval Base San Diego.
- Ukrainian-American Exercise "Sea Breeze" Started in the Black Sea NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the international exercise of the Sea Breeze series will be limited to the maritime phase with the involvement of aircraft. All joint events will take place in the Black Sea with strict limitations of personnel contact.
- USS Nitze Provides Aid to Mariners NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) provided aid to mariners aboard a distressed Ecuadorian fishing vessel about 200 nautical miles off the coast of Ecuador July 20.
- NMCB-3 Completes Turnover, Assumes Execution of Indo-Pacific Region NCF Operations NNS 23 Jul 2020 -- U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 assumed execution of Naval Construction Force (NCF) missions from NMCB-5 in the Indo-Pacific Region during a Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority (RIP/TOA) ceremony at Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan, July 20.
- Trump tells Putin hopes to avoid US-Russia-China arms race Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that he will avoid an "expensive" US arms race with Russia and China.
- Russia conducts space-based anti-satellite weapons test USSPACECOM 23 Jul 2020 -- U.S. Space Command has evidence that Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon. On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543, currently Satellite Catalog Number 45915 in Space-Track.org.
- US claims Russia just tested an 'anti-satellite weapon' in orbit Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- The US Space Command has claimed that it's found evidence that Russia recently conducted a test of anti-satellite weapons.
- First pilot cadets from Chinese advanced trainer jet program graduate with high scores Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- The first batch of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force pilot cadets trained on the JL-10 advanced trainer jet program recently graduated with high scores.
- Largest Solar Power Plant of Navy Commissioned India PIB 23 Jul 2020 -- Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command commissioned a 3 MW Solar Power Plant at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala on 22 July 2020, via virtual conferencing. This is in line with the Govt of India initiative of 'National Solar Mission' to achieve 100GW of solar power by 2022.
- Iran's Sidewinder air-to-air missiles can now travel 12 miles: Senior cmdr. Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- The deputy commander of the Iranian Army's Air Force has highlighted the country's progress in developing air-launched missiles, saying the Islamic Republic has successfully extended the range of its Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to 12 miles.
- Pakistan jumps 7 points in global nuclear security index IRNA 23 Jul 2020 -- The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in its latest report has ranked Pakistan as the most improved country in security of nuclear materials, improving its overall score by seven points.
- Scottish home for Poseidon fleet reaches major milestone UK MOD 23 Jul 2020 -- Facilities to house the Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet have been handed over to Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), marking a major milestone in the Poseidon programme.
- Chile - F-16 Modernization | The Official Home of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency DSCA 23 Jul 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Chile of equipment and related services for F-16 Modernization for an estimated cost of $634.70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Joint Statement on United States – New Zealand Virtual Strategic Dialogue US Dept. of State 23 Jul 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and New Zealand on the occasion of the 2020 U.S.-NZ Virtual Strategic Dialogue.
- 23 July 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 Jul 2020
- US sends spy planes to S.China, Yellow seas for info on PLA submarine, aircraft carrier moves: experts Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- On the same day news came out that the US asked China to close its Consulate General in Houston, the US military sent reconnaissance aircraft to the South China Sea and Yellow Sea, a move likely aimed at gathering intelligence on possible submarine and aircraft carrier movements by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), experts said on Thursday.
- China rejects Japan's protests against CCG patrol in waters off Diaoyu Islands PLA Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- According to Japanese media report, Chinese coast guard ships have been patrolling in waters off Diaoyu Islands for 100 consecutive days, setting a record for the longest consecutive cruising period of time since Japan's so-called nationalization of Diaoyu Islands in September 2012.
- Food insecurity in Yemen to rise from 2mn to over 3mn in just 6 months: UN agencies Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- United Nations agencies warn of an "alarming increase" in the number of people facing "acute food insecurity" in Yemen amid a crippling siege by the Saudi-led military coalition and the coronavirus pandemic.
- Security Council stalemate frustrates families of Syria's missing detainees UN News 23 Jul 2020 -- Families of the more than 130,000 people believed to be detained and forcibly disappeared in Syria, are deeply frustrated by the Security Council's failure to unite and make progress on the issue, the 15-member organ was told on Thursday.
- Turkey made no coordination with Iraq for military op in Kurdistan region: Foreign ministry Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has vehemently condemned an ongoing Turkish operation in the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, saying the cross-border offensive is being carried out without any coordination with the Baghdad government.
- Turkey warns Egypt of 'dangerous military adventure' in Libya Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- Turkey has warned that Egypt would embark on a "dangerous adventure" if it went ahead with a plan to deploy troops in the North African country.
- RFE/RL Investigation Identifies Several Who Served On Deadly Separatist Military Tribunals In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- RFE/RL has determined the identities of and new details about seven of the nine men who served on so-called "military tribunals" and carried out several executions of those it "convicted" in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.
- Swiss, Ukrainian Presidents Visit War-Torn East, Inspect Humanitarian Aid RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- Visiting Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy have visited Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, known as the Donbas, parts of which have been under the control of Russia-backed separatists since April 2014.
- Deal Reached For Ukraine Cease-Fire From July 27 RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- Negotiators from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have reached an agreement for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine from July 27.
- Israel orders demolition of more Palestinian facilities in West Bank Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- Israel has ordered the demolition of several more Palestinian facilities, including a number of homes, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian media says.
- Gunmen kill 11 villagers in Nigeria's volatile northwest after wedding bloodshed Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- Unknown gunmen have raided a village in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna State, leaving nearly a dozen people dead and forcing hundreds of others to flee their homes in panic.
- Text of a Message to the Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Mali The White House 23 Jul 2020
- Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Mali The White House 23 Jul 2020
- Portland Riots Read-Out: July 23 Department of Homeland Security 23 Jul 2020
- Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Federal Agents in Portland VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- A judge has issued a restraining order against federal agents deployed in Portland, Oregon, who U.S. President Donald Trump said he sent to protect federal property against anti-police and anti-racism protesters.
- Portland Mayor Among Those Tear-Gassed by Federal Agents at Protest VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was tear-gassed early Thursday morning when federal agents tried to break up an anti-police and anti-racism protest outside the U.S.federal courthouse in Oregon's largest city.
- Trump announces 'surge' of federal agents as crackdown on anti-racism protests widens Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- President Donald Trump has announced plans to send a "surge" of federal agents to US cities amid widening crackdown on anti-racism protests that erupted over the killing of African American George Floyd by the police in May.
- Trump And Putin Discuss Arms, Coronavirus In First Call Since Afghan Bounty Claims RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about an arms agreement and fighting the coronavirus in their first call since explosive allegations emerged last month that Moscow had put bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
- Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, July 23, 2020 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 23 Jul 2020
- An Isolated Case? Observers Doubt Far East Unrest Will Spread Across Russia RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- For nearly two weeks, residents of the Russian city of Khabarovsk have been protesting following the July 9 arrest of the region's popular governor, Sergei Furgal. After President Vladimir Putin named a Moscow-based politician with no ties to the Far Eastern region as Furgal's temporary replacement, the protests took a sharply anti-Moscow turn.
- Russian Police Question First Khabarovsk Activist As New Governor Refuses To Meet Protesters RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- Russian law enforcement have questioned a Khabarovsk activist for the first time since mass protests broke out in the Far East region two weeks ago following the arrest of the local governor.
- Russia's Media Watchdog Seeks To Tighten Restrictions On 'Foreign Agent' Outlets RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- The Russian state media watchdog has posted a draft instruction on how media outlets who have been registered as "foreign agents" must identify that fact in published or broadcast materials.
- Putin Names Kadyrov Major General, Transfers Him To The National Guard RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the rank of military major general to the head of the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
- Scottish Nationalists Urged to Boycott Russian State Media VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Scotland's nationalists are coming under mounting political pressure to stop appearing on Russian state-backed broadcaster RT following an explosive report earlier this week by Britain's parliamentary intelligence watchdog, which said Moscow has been actively seeking to boost the campaign for Scottish independence.
- Researchers Charged with Visa Fraud After Lying About Their Work for China's People's Liberation Army US Dept. of Justice 23 Jul 2020 -- China's San Francisco Consulate Harboring Known Fugitive from Justice
- Chinese Scientist Wanted for Visa Fraud Hiding in San Francisco Consulate, US Prosecutors Say VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- U.S. prosecutors say the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco is harboring a scientist who hid her affiliation with the Chinese military.
- Taiwan closely monitors U.S.-China tensions: President Tsai CNA 23 Jul 2020 -- Taiwan's government will closely monitor the development of the latest round of the Washington-Beijing frictions and take necessary actions to respond to the situation, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Thursday.
- Taiwan will deal with Hong Kong visa issue based on parity: MAC CNA 23 Jul 2020 -- The Taiwan government said Thursday that it will deal with the issue of work permits for Hong Kong officials based on the principles of parity and reciprocity, after several Taiwanese officials in Hong Kong were denied work visa extensions and had to return home.
- Communist China and the Free World's Future US Dept. of State 23 Jul 2020 -- Speech by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Longtime Engagement with China No Longer Working, Pompeo Says VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Nearly 50 years of U.S. engagement with China is no longer working and a different, tougher approach is needed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
- Sec State Pompeo Signals Break on China Policy, Suggests US-led Alliance Against Beijing Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2020 -- Washington must make a clean break with its existing policy of trusting China and should lead a global "alliance of democracies" to counter its increasingly aggressive actions, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, in the latest of a series of hawkish Trump administration speeches about Beijing.
- US Closure of Chinese Consulate Expected to Bring Retaliation VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Analysts say China is likely to soon order the closure of a U.S. consulate in China - possibly in the cities of Shenyang or Wuhan – in retaliation for the U.S. decision to close China's consulate in Houston, Texas, by Friday.
- FM slams Pompeo's IP theft slander against Chinese Consulate General in Houston Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- Chinese consulates in the US, including the one in Houston, have always been dedicated to enhancing the bilateral friendship and abided by international and local laws, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a press briefing on Thursday.
- Expelling US consular spies an option for China: analysts Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China on Thursday defied widespread expectations for announcing looming countermeasures against the US order to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, indicating what analysts call China's "strategic patience and calm" to ensure that its response is both proportionate and painful for the US.
- U.S. request to close Chinese Consulate General in Houston "political provocation": Chinese embassy People's Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. government's request to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston is "a political provocation," and "an outrageous and unjustified move which sabotages China-U.S. relations," said the Chinese embassy in the United States on Wednesday.
- China says US closure of consulate "severely harmed" Beijing's relations with Washington Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- China has warned that it will be forced to respond and take reciprocal measures after Washington ordered Beijing to shut its consulate in the Texan city of Houston over spying allegations, noting that the move has done severe damage to bilateral relations.
- China Slams Closure of Its Houston Consulate by Washington Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2020 -- China's state media reacted on Thursday to what it called the "shocking" decision by Washington to shut down the Chinese consulate in Houston.
- US consulate in HK loathed as 'spy center' Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- The US consulate in Hong Kong and Macao tops social media polls on the "US consulate in China most likely to be closed," after the US asked the Chinese consulate in Houston to close, which observers said reflects the Chinese public's anger over US meddling in Hong Kong affairs and a warning to American "intelligence hegemony."
- China may not recognize BNO passport as viable travel document: FM Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that China is considering not recognizing British National (Overseas) passports as a viable travel document after the UK released more information on the new Hong Kong BNO visa that allows their holders to move to the country for residency.
- China marching to Mars for humanity's better shared future People's Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- the United Arab Emirates, China and the United States -- have either launched or prepared to send up unmanned spacecraft to the planet more than 55 million km away.
- China's successful launch of Mars mission heralds new era of deep-space probes beyond the Moon Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China successfully launched its first Mars probe, named Tianwen-1, via a Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan Province into planned orbit on Thursday. The move heralds a new era in China's deep-space exploration, which has steadily progressed beyond moon probes to interplanetary missions, mission commanders and developers said.
- China successfully launches first Mars mission PLA Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- China launched a Mars probe on Thursday, designed to complete orbiting, landing and roving in one mission, taking the first step in its planetary exploration of the solar system.
- US warplanes in aggressive maneuvering near Iranian airliner: Reports Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- Various reports say warplanes deployed by the so-called United States-led coalition operating illegally in Syria have conducted some aggressive and "dangerous" maneuvering close to a Beirut-bound Iranian passenger airplane.
- Iran Parliament Decision To Distribute $600 Million 'Free Asphalt' Ticket To Corruption Radio Farda 23 Jul 2020 -- Critics say the ratification of a controversial motion by Iran's hardliner-dominated parliament that obligates the government to distribute free asphalt (Bitumen) worth around $600 million to contractors will lead to massive corruption.
- Iran says recent fires have nothing to do with cyber attacks Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has rejected claims that recent fires in Iran were caused by cyber attacks, but said the country reserves the right to deliver a "proper" response to any such operation in the future.
- Iran dismisses media hype on fire-cyberattack relation IRNA 23 Jul 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Thursday dismissed the media hype on the relationship between the recent fire incidents and cyberattacks against the country.
- US Democratic Party Rules Out Regime Change In Iran And Supports Nuclear Deal Radio Farda 23 Jul 2020 -- The Iran policy part of a new draft of Democratic Party's 2020 platform which calls for "a responsible end to forever wars" has received mixed reactions in the United States and worried some in Israel, while politicians in Iran have remained silent about It.
- US turned into rogue state after leaving Iran nuclear deal: Zarif Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif says the US has turned into a "rogue" country after leaving the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal in defiance of international law and re-imposing economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
- Iran starts pipe-laying for longest subsea gas artery Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- An Iranian contractor has started laying pipes for a long underwater gas transfer project connecting the Kish Island in the Persian Gulf to the country's national gas network.
- Iran Central Bank Spent Nearly $1 Billion Recent Days To Support Falling Currency Radio Farda 23 Jul 2020 -- Figures released by Central Bank Of Iran (CBI) show that during four days since July 18, it injected $921 million into the foreign exchange market to boost the country's currency against the U.S. dollar.
- Iran's Deteriorating Economy, Raging Coronavirus Have Raised Fears Of Renewed Street Protests RFE/RL 22 Jul 2020 -- A provocative street protest in southwestern Iran last week that was critical of the Islamic establishment has many predicting more demonstrations are coming amid the country's faltering economy and anger over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Iraq to soon begin construction work on railway link to Iran: Iraqi official Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- A senior Iraqi official says that work for a key rail link connecting the country to the neighboring Iran will begin in the very near future.
- Spanish Officials Say Anti-Corruption Party Received Money From Iran Radio Farda 23 Jul 2020 -- Spain's El Mundo on Thursday reported that the Economic and Fiscal Crime Division of the Spanish Police (UDEF) has announced that between 2012 and 2015 the media company belonging to Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the leftist, anti-corruption Podemos Party, received more than nine million euros from Iran through other companies.
- Experts Warn Cambodia's Trade Deal With China is Poor Substitute For EU Scheme Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2020 -- Cambodia's bid to offset the partial loss of a European Union preferential trade scheme by pursuing a free trade agreement (FTA) with China will leave the country poorer and beholden to Beijing, unions and analysts said Thursday, ahead of an expected signing of the deal next month.
- Kyrgyz Officer Who Raised Issue Of Graft In Border Guard System Dies Suddenly RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- An officer of the Kyrgyz Border Guard Service who publicly raised concerns about corruption in the agency has suddenly died of what officials called a "heart attack," though relatives insist that he had no health problems.
- Women Lead The Charge Against Belarus's Longtime Ruler RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- A few months ago, she was a homemaker raising two kids and living in the shadow of her husband, an outspoken vlogger with presidential ambitions who was crisscrossing Belarus railing against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
- Lukashenka Threatens Expulsion For Foreign Journalists Who Call For 'Mass Disturbances' RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says journalists who call for "mass disturbances" as a presidential election approaches should be expelled from the country.
- Prime Minister Reshuffles Bulgarian Government Amid Anti-Government Protests RFE/RL 23 Jul 2020 -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has replaced three key ministers in a reshuffle meant to appease weeks-long anti-corruption protests that have called for his resignation.
- U.S. Sanctions Moron Brothers for their Role in Regime Corruption US Dept. of State 23 Jul 2020 -- The United States is sanctioning brothers Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez for their sustained support of corruption by the illegitimate Maduro regime.
- Treasury Targets Individuals Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime's Corruption US Treasury 23 Jul 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated brothers Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez (Santiago) and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez (Ricardo) for, respectively, providing support for Nicolas Ernesto Maduro Guerra (Maduro Guerra) and the corrupt activities of members of the illegitimate regime of his father, Nicolas Maduro Moros (Nicolas Maduro).
- Tunisia Searches for New Prime Minister VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Nine months after general elections, Tunisia again faces gridlock, with a fractured and bickering parliament and government in disarray, after last week's resignation of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh.
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