Russia blocked the extension of the U.N. investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Washington Post reported. Russia’s representative to the Security Council vetoed a resolution that the U.S. introduced to prolong the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), the U.N.
Garrett Hinck is a research intern at the Brookings Institution. A senior at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, he is particularly interested in cyber security and Internet law. He has held previous internships at the policy team of an Internet domain company and at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
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Zimbabwe’s military put President Robert Mugabe under house arrest as soldiers occupied government and media offices, Reuters reported. A military spokesperson said the dramatic seizure of power is aimed at stopping “criminals” close to the president. The takeover appears to be in response to the 93-year old Mugabe’s attempts to position his wife as his successor.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that he did not perjure himself in previous congressional testimony about Trump campaign interactions with Russians, the New York Times reported. Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee that when he last appeared before Congress in October, Sessions forgot a meeting at which campaign aide George Papadopoulos discussed the latter’s Russian connections.
Video and Testimony: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons
Expert witnesses testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the president's authority to use nuclear weapons.
President Donald Trump praised his “great relationship” with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after meeting with him during a summit in Manila, the New York Times reported.
On Friday, the news broke that the special counsel is investigating whether Michael Flynn and his son plotted to deliver Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey. Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes analyzed the legal and political significance of this development.