SITREP: A glance at the news for March 29, 2015

Welcome to the SITREP.

Welcome to the SITREP.

(TFC) – A SITREP is a situation report covering stories of global importance. These reports will provide you with crucial details of world events at a glance. Here’s your briefing for this morning.

‘Religious Freedom’ Bill in Indiana Draws Fire: The governor of Indiana signed a bill into law that legalized discrimination on religious grounds and protests erupted. The sweeping law opens the door for religious extremists of all sorts to openly discriminate.

Capital Airport in Yemen Becomes Collateral Damage: The Saudi Arabian led coalition was targeting rebel forces backed by Iran when the runway at the capital’s international airport was hit. It is currently out of service. The government has been ousted and many are calling the nation a “failed state.”

Afghan Cop That Killed Journalist Sentenced: A German photographer working for the Associated Press was shot and killed by a cop who opened fire on journalists during last year’s election. Anja Niedringhaus’s murder was reportedly in response to US airstrikes that killed civilians a month before. The shooter was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He originally earned a death sentence for his actions.

Bill Introduced to Limit Surveillance State in US: A bill has been introduced to repeal the Patriot Act. The bill is seen by many to be a symbolic gesture that has little hope of passing and even slimmer chances of being signed into law by the President.

Boeing Patented A Force Field: Boeing patented a design for a protective force field that detects explosions then quickly heats up the air around the protected vehicle to create a plasma shield. To be clear, this isn’t a joke to see if you’re actually reading. Boeing believes it can produce this item.

Russia Working On Arms Deals With Nicaragua: Moscow is working on a deal that would provide MiG-29 fighters to Nicaragua. This is an escalation caused primarily by US intervention in Ukraine. There are also negotiations underway to build refueling stations for the Russian military.