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The Pentagon is considering a new system for awarding contracts to defense manufacturers, reports the Washington Post. The approach would incentivize greater supply-chain security.
Prosecutors in the Manafort trial are expected to rest their case today, according to the Associated Press. The trial enters its ninth day on Friday. So far, the prosecution has called over 20 witnesses, including Rick Gates—Manafort’s deputy in the Trump presidential campaign—and Heather Washkuhn—Manafort’s bookkeeper—and submitted over 500 pieces of evidence. Prosecutors have also contended with multiple scoldings from Judge T.S.
The U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year in the United Kingdom, reports BBC.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to propose new nuclear treaties with the United States during his meeting with President Trump in Helsinki, according to a leaked Russian document, seen by Politico, that lists proposed discussion topics. The individual who provided the document obtained it from Russian officials, who claim that it represents what Putin said to Trump during their closed-door meeting. The White House declined to comment on the document.
A U.S. airstrike mistakenly targeted a police outpost in Afghanistan, killing at least a dozen members of Afghan security forces, according to a spokesman for the Afghan governor of the Logar Province, reports the New York Times.
Saudi Arabia’s military coalition in Yemen made secret deals with hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters, including paying them to abandon key cities and allowing fighters to retreat from disputed areas unmolested, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Senior intelligence officials described Russian interference as an ongoing threat to the United States during a Thursday press briefing at the White house, according to the Wall Street Journal. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters that President Trump had instructed intelligence agencies to prioritize election hacking.
The Russian government has allowed thousands of North Koreans to enter and work in Russia, potentially violating United Nations sanctions, says the Wall Street Journal. The U.N. Security Council barred governments of all member countries from issuing new work permits to North Koreans in September 2017, since then, however, Russia has registered more than 10,000 North Korean workers and provided more than 700 permits. U.N.
The trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort began Tuesday in the Eastern District of Virginia, reports Politico. Judge T.S. Ellis III ushered the attorneys through a brisk jury selection and began opening statements after lunch. Manafort faces bank and tax fraud charges related to a series of foreign bank accounts that he used for his political consulting work in Ukraine.