Todays News 9/29/16

  • Iowa police and courts are using civil asset forfeiture at a growing rate. The state seized a record $4.9 million in cash and 129 cars in 2014. Many times the police seize the assets without a person being convicted of a crime. [Link] Police Fyle
  • OPEC countries agree to a deal that will cut oil production. The deal will cut oil production by about 750,000 barrels a day. Iran was exempted from the cut to oil production. [Link]
  • The US sends another 615 troops to Iraq in preparation for the battle for Mosul. This troop increase would have exceeded the cap for US troops allowed in Iraq. The total number of troops will be near 7,000. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Congress votes to override President Obama veto on a bill that will allow victims of 9/11 and their families to seek justice from Saudi Arabia. The vote in the Senate was 97-1, with Harry Reid being the lone no vote. The vote in the House was 348-77. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • A new agreement between the US and Japan will allow Japan to assist the US in interventions around the world. [Link] Japan Fyle
  • Syrian and Russian bombers destroy 2 hospitals in Aleppo. At least 2 patients died in one of the hospitals. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • US threatens Russia that the US will suspend engagement with Russia in the Syrian conflict. The US will cut off engagement with Russia for Russia’s role in the heavy bombing of Aleppo. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Turkey plans to expand the state of emergency that has given Turkish President Erdogan near dictatorial powers. Under the current state of emergency Erdogan has arrested 32,000 people. The state of emergency, that was put in place after the July attempted coup, is set to expire mid October. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle

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