20 Feb 2019

Pulwama attack: UN chief urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions

The United Nations Secretary-General is calling on India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps” to de-escalate tensions between the two countries that have risen in the wake of a recent suicide attack in Kashmir, in which 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were killed. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed

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20 Feb 2019

House launches probe of US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia

A report by the Oversight Committee of the US House of Representatives claims that the Trump administration has actively sought to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. The report, which is largely based on testimonies from whistleblowers, states that “within the US, strong private commercial interests have been pressing aggressively for

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20 Feb 2019

South Korea Proposes Joint Economic Projects to Prod North to Denuclearize

In a Tuesday phone call with US president Trump, South Korean president Moon Jae-in proposed that the two countries work together to offer North Korea an incentive for denuclearization in the form of cross-border economic projects in North and South Korea. After the call, Trump stated that he would “like to see ultimately denuclearization

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19 Feb 2019

Slowly but surely, China is moving into Afghanistan

While Afghans are fearing that the US may be about to “betray” them by significantly reducing its military presence in the country, China seems interested in getting more involved in Afghanistan by making it part of its 2013 Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI comprises Chinese infrastructure projects in over

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19 Feb 2019

Google Earth accidentally reveals secret military sites

Google has accidentally revealed the locations of various secret Taiwanese military sites through an update of its 3D satellite imagery platform Google Earth. The update includes new 3D depictions of the Taiwanese cities Taipei and Taichung and the special municipalities New Taipei and Taoyuan. This allows users to see various Taiwanese military sites, including

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19 Feb 2019

Ahead of MBS visit, China seeks ‘deeper trust’ with Iran

At a Beijing meeting between the top foreign policy diplomats of China and Iran, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said that his government aims to “deepen the strategic trust” between the two countries. His Iranian counterpart stated that Iran very much values the relationship with China and that it considers “the

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18 Feb 2019

Land Mines Block Saudi-Led Assault in Yemen, Killing Civilians

In an attempt to thwart the advance of Saudi-led forces in the civil war in Yemen, Houthi fighters have laid over one million land mines. Since the Yemeni population does not exceed 30 million citizens, this represents the highest concentration of landmines in a single country since World War II. For

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18 Feb 2019

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

US military officials believe that in the last half year, over 1,000 ISIS fighters including former members of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled from Syria into neighboring Iraq. The fighters could have taken along up to $200 million in cash. While the officials are convinced that the physical caliphate of

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18 Feb 2019

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered rather contrasting addresses at the recent Munich Security Conference. Whereas Merkel defended the Iran nuclear deal, of which her country is part, Pence once again urged Germany and other European allies to follow his government’s lead and withdraw from the arrangement.

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18 Feb 2019

More Than 300 Chemical Attacks Launched During Syrian Civil War, Study Says

According to a new study by the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute, at least 336 chemical weapons attacks have been launched during the Syrian civil war since 2012, with the total death toll of the illegal attacks in the hundreds of thousands. The researchers claim that the regime of Syrian President Bashar

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