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Iran’s foreign minister calls for an end to U.S. ‘economic terrorism’

  • Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, penned a letter to the U.N. Secretary General charging U.S. sanctions with making it difficult to export oil and import meds needed to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients
  • There are concerns that the “maximum pressure” strategy that the U.S. has taken against Iran in response to escalating Iranian military action against U.S. bases is making the country more unstable in the wake of COVID-19
Listen: short interview with an Iran specialist about the effects of the sanctions (~3 mins)


Trump announces Europe travel ban

Watch: Trump’s full address to the nation announcing the travel ban (~10 mins)


Federal Reserve announces plans for $1.5 trillion asset purchases

Read: The Federal Reserve’s official statement


Majority of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts linked to biotech meeting

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U.S. surveillance powers to temporarily expire on Sunday

  • A bipartisan bill that would renew three surveillance powers and impose new restrictions has been postponed after three senators stated that they would object the bill 
  • The three senators are Rand Paul, R-Ky., Mike Lee, R-Utah and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
  • The three surveillance powers in question are (1) allows the FBI to obtain court orders to collect business records on subjects in national security investigations (2) permits surveillance on subjects even after they’ve changed phones (3) allows agents to monitor subjects who do not have ties to international terrorism investigations


Several U.S. sports leagues have suspended or delayed their seasons


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