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DGI Brief - June 15, 2016

Happy Wednesday! Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #Afghanistan #health #Russia #Syria and #Iran

- NATO announced its allied forces will stay in all 4 sections of AFGHANISTAN until 2017, while committing $5 billion to Afghan security forces through 2020. This resulted in US Defense Secretary Carter saying US will review its troop reduction strategy (from 9,800 to 5,500). Given that White House expanded the use of US airstrikes & participation in combat earlier this month, Afghanistan will not be abandoned. I’m not a proponent of war, but our Afghan friends need help.

- HEALTH: Good news for coffee drinkers, however more studies show possible link between esophageal cancer and drinking very hot beverages, especially in South American countries, China, Iran etc. where teas & coffee are drunk at extremely high temperatures. Cool it before you drink it.

- RUSSIA denies the allegation it hacked the DNC network, in particular its research on Donald Trump. If true, what are the chances Russia will use the information for the good?

- SYRIA: To live in besieged area means no freedom of movement but more tragically it means limited or no access for humanitarian aid. More than half a million people are starving, lacking medicine & proper services. We can do better as humanity!

- As long as the jets are used for commercial passenger aviation, the deal is not limited by remaining sanctions on IRAN. Congrats Boeing.

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