For the First Time Egyptian Navy Goes to Black Sea for Joint Drills with Russia
For the first time a group of vessels from the Egyptian Navy has arrived at the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk for joint naval drills.
‘Friends in Need’ Russia, China Coming to Belarus’ Aid, Embattled Leader Lukashenko Says
Embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been facing mass street protests demanding his resignation since early August 2020, has praised the support that his regime has been receiving from “friends in need” Russia and China.
Iran Vows ‘Crushing Response’ to Any US Attack over Reports on Trump’s Bombing Musings
Any potential American assault against Iran would be met with a “crushing response”, an Iranian government spokesperson has said in reaction to reports in US media that outgoing President Donald Trump just recently considered striking the Iranian nuclear program.
Trump Mulled Bombing Iran over Nuclear Program in ‘Lame Duck’ Election Aftermath, Report Says
US President Donald Trump, who appears to have lost his reelection bid, considered attacking Iran because of the Iranian nuclear program, mulling the option last week despite the seeming status of a “lame duck” president with several weeks left to…
Ally McConnell Lambasts Trump for Plans to Pull Out US Troops from Iraq, Afghanistan
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been a close ally of outgoing President Donald Trump, has criticized him for potential plans to cut dramatically the number of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Iran Eager to Seize ‘Any Opportunity’ to Lift US Sanctions in Wake of Trump’s Election Defeat by Biden
Iran’s government is going to try to use “any opportunity” to get the US sanctions over its nuclear program lifted, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated in the wake of the 2020 US presidential election
Cambodia Destroys 2nd US-Funded Facility, US Suspects Turn to China for Ream Naval Base
The Kingdom of Cambodia has demolished a second US-funded military facility within a couple of months in its Ream Naval Base as part of an arrangement to expand the base with aid from China.
Germany to Stand ‘Side by Side’ with America Led by Biden, Merkel Vows
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose strained relations with outgoing US President Donald Trump have been no secret, has sent a strong message of support to projected US President-elect Joe Biden, vowing a resurgence of the key Trans-Atlantic alliance between the…
France Set to Ban Turkish Ultra-nationalist Group ‘Grey Wolves’ after Defacing of Armenian Genocide Memorial
The government of France is planning to ban the “Grey Wolves”, a Turkish ultra-nationalist group, after an incident over the weekend involving the defacing of an Armenian genocide memorial center in the town of Decines-Charpieu near the city of Lyon.
New Caledonia Rejects Independence from France but Margin Narrows from 2018 Referendum
The Pacific island archipelago of New Caledonia has rejected becoming independence from France in a referendum held on Sunday, October 3, 2020.
South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda Surpass 1 Million as South Sudan’s Civil War Crisis Deteriorates
The number of refugees from South Sudan who have fled to Uganda has surpassed 1 million, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has announced, reiterating calls for urgent financial support.
Austria, Bulgaria Send Troops to Borders with Italy, Turkey to Try to Stop Migrant Influx
Austria has fulfilled its threats to send soldiers to the border Brenner Pass to stop migrants from coming from Italy, while another EU member Bulgaria is deploying military force on its border with Turkey for the same reason.
Trump Welcomes North Korean Leader Kim’s ‘Wise Decision’ Not to Target Guam
US President Donald Trump has declared that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has made the right decision by not going ahead with a military plan to “envelop” the US Pacific territory of Guam with ballistic missile fire.
FARC Surrenders Last Weapons, Colombia Declares ‘True’ End of 50-Year-Long Civil War
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has declared the end of the country’s 50-year-long civil conflict with the leftist group FARC after the guerrillas handed over their last weapons.
Indian, Chinese Forces Skirmish at Himalayan Border, Indian Sources Say
Indian and Chinese troops have clashed in a melee using stones and iron rods in the latest episode of a two-month military standoff at the disputed border between India and China in the Himalayas.
Kurdish Independence Referendum Will Cause Civil War in Iraq, Turkey Warns
The referendum for independence of Iraqi Kurdistan set for September – to which Turkey has been adamantly opposed – will likely lead to a civil war in Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has declared.
Britain, Germany Resent Trump’s ‘Blame on Both Sides’ Stance on Charlottesville Violence
Some of America’s closest allies have condemned US President Donald Trump for his comments there was “blame on both sides” for the violence during Saturday’s far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Vietnam Gets US Defense Assurance amid Tension with China in South China Sea
The US Department of Defense has promised Vietnam deeper defense cooperation amid ongoing tensions between the latter and China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.
US Slaps Sanctions on Venezuela’s ‘Dictator’ Maduro in Wake of ‘Constituent Assembly’ Vote
The US government has imposed personal sanctions targeting Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in response to Maduro’s ‘Constituent Assembly’ election held on Sunday amid growing violence over the long-standing antigovernment protests led by the Venezuelan opposition.
Putin Deems New US Sanctions against Russia ‘Special Cynicism’ as Moscow Hit over Ukraine, Election Meddling
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that if the bill on new US sanctions against Russia is adopted, that would constitute “special cynicism”.
Erdogan Sees ‘No Harm’ in Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Missiles S-400 despite NATO Criticism
There will be “no harm” in Turkey’s upcoming purchase of a S-400 ballistic missile system from Russia, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has said, retorting to NATO criticism over the long-negotiated arms deal between Ankara and Moscow.
Yemen’s Horrendous Cholera Outbreak to Get Worse over Rainy Season, UN Alarms
Yemen is facing the world’s largest cholera outbreak, and it is only going to get worse with the advent of the rainy season, the World Health Organization, the UN health agency, alarms.
Ukraine, Georgia Denounce ‘Common Aggressor’ Russia, Pro-Russian Separatists
Former Soviet republics with pro-Western governments Ukraine and Georgia are going to coordinate their efforts to reclaim areas taken by pro-Russian separatists, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has declared on a visit to Georgia.
EU Adopts Deal That Ignited West’s Rift with Russia Rift: Ukraine’s Association Agreement
The European Council, the top decision-making body of the European Union, has approved Ukraine’s embattled Association Agreement with the EU – the deal that ignited the 2013-2014 pro-Western Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine leading Russia‘s leader Vladimir Putin to react by…
NATO Expands with Montenegro as 29th Member in Defiance of Russia
Montenegro, the smallest former Yugoslav Republic, has officially become the newest, 29th member of NATO in the first expansion of the Alliance in almost a decade.
Turkey’s ‘Rift with West’ Paving Way for S-400 Missile Deal with Russia, Moscow’s First with NATO Member, Russian Paper Says
What is described as Turkey’s widening “rift with the West” may clear the way for its purchase of a S-400 ballistic missile system from Russia, a deal which is still in the making but has come closer to being realized,…
US Mulls Violating Iranian Nuclear Deal Although Iran Keeps It, Tillerson Says
The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering whether to break the 2015 deal on the Iranian nuclear program, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, while admitting that Iran is upholding the deal’s terms.
US to Send Troops to Somalia for the First Time since ‘Black Hawk Down’ Pullout in 1993 under Clinton
The US military is going to send several dozens of regular troops to Somalia for the first time since a total of 18 US special force personnel were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu back in 1993, a battle made…
NATO Allies Greece, Turkey Threaten Each Other in Aegean Dispute over Imia / Kardak Islands
Supposed NATO allies Greece and Turkey have begun threatening one another once again in their dispute over two uninhabited islands, the Imia / Kardak Islands in the Aegean Sea, following a revival of the dispute from the end of January.