MIDDLE EAST: The US and the Taliban are inching closer and closer to reaching a peace deal. The conditional deal would have the US withdrawing most of the 12,000 troops currently in Afghanistan, while the Taliban would shake its head to harboring terror groups - plus intro negotiations with the Afghan gov for lasting peace. Problem, since nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to Sec of State Mike Pompeo and Sec of Defense Mark Esper expressing “serious concerns.” Because, security. Meanwhile, recently, at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike on the Syrian province of Idlib. The Syrian gov - which is backed by Russia - is reportedly responsible.
WORLD: Scotland’s got its eyes on the future. Hint: the country is set to become the first to provide free pads and tampons to women of all ages - effectively ending “period poverty.” Hi, 2020. In other news, a new study found that an apparently state-of-the-art tool used to detect polar bear dens in the snow is not all that effective. Reminder: oil development is pretty common in Alaska - but for years, there have been public concerns over potentially harming wildlife. Think: polar bears. Enter: this tool that’s supposed to identify polar bear dens so developers can avoid injuring or disturbing the animals. Only a slight problem...in the past decade, the tool located less than half of the known dens. Not good.
USA: Yesterday, a federal judge in Washington blocked the Trump team from diverting millions of dollars in funding from a military base to help build the wall along the US-Mexico border. Quick refresher: when Prez Trump declared a national emergency back in 2019, it let him snag Pentagon funds for the construction of his wall. Cue lots and lots of lawsuits - one of which it looks like the Trump team just lost. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, recently, the Trump team intro’d a new proposal that’d triple some fees for immigration court filings. And meanwhile in the US, the FBI arrested 5 alleged neo-Nazis for intimidating journalists.