26 Mar 2021

Suez Canal authorities need to remove up to 706,000 cubic feet of sand to free the Ever Given

The Suez Canal has been blocked by a container ship since Tuesday and up to 20,000 cubic meters of sand needs to be removed to free it. The Ever Given is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall and was caught in the busy waterway after 40-knot

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25 Mar 2021

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles for First Time in Nearly a Year, U.S. and Japan Say

On Thursday, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off of its east coast. This marks the first time the country has performed an exercise with ballistic missiles in almost a year, according to the US and Japanese governments. The move shows Kim Jong Un’s frustrations with the Biden administration and

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25 Mar 2021

Russia says Alexey Navalny is in ‘generally good health’ after his team voices concerns

Russia’s prison service has declared that detained opposition figure Alexey Navalny is in good health after Navalny’s team expressed concern over his physical condition. They also reported that they were repeatedly denied access to see him. Navalny and other prisoners in the country’s Vladimir region allegedly received medical examinations on

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24 Mar 2021

Netanyahu falls short of majority amid vote count

Current Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to secure enough parliamentary seats to stay in power, according to incomplete results from Tuesday’s election. With almost 90% of the votes counted, his bloc is on course to win roughly 59 seats, which is two short of the threshold needed to preserve

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24 Mar 2021

Grounded ‘Mega Ship’ Blocking Suez Canal in Both Directions

A massive containership is reportedly aground and blocking almost all ship traffic in the Suez Canal in Egypt. Ships can’t maneuver around the large containership, preventing all cargo from leaving or arriving. Several tugs have been on the scene for hours working to dislodge the ship, to no avail. Shipping

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23 Mar 2021

U.S. and Its Allies Sanction China Over Treatment of Uyghurs in a Collective Action

The US, Canada, and their European allies have levied sanctions against Chinese officials in collective action in response to China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and significant human rights violations. The coordinated blacklisting is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to forge coalitions against Beijing for several different conflicts. The European

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23 Mar 2021

Alleged North Korean Operative Makes First U.S. Court Appearance

On Monday, alleged North Korean intelligence operative Mun Chol Myong appeared in federal court in Washington. Myong faces charges of laundering funds for North Korea to evade US and UN sanctions. Myong’s trial marks the first prosecution of its kind as relations between the Biden administration and North Korea struggle.

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23 Mar 2021

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes, hits grains port

Dozens of airstrikes were launched at Houthi military targets by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen earlier this week. According to the coalition, the military targets were located in the capital of Sanaa and the port of Salif, located on the Red Sea coast. The military alliance has been at

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22 Mar 2021

APT31 Fingered for Cyber-Attack on Finnish Parliament

On Thursday, the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service announced that they had determined that the threat actor group APT31 was responsible for a cyber-espionage campaign that targeted the Finnish Parliament last fall. The APT group has links to the Chinese government, according to security companies Checkpoint and FireEye. The operation

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22 Mar 2021

Algeria issues ‘terrorism’ warrants for exiled activists

A former diplomat, a blogger and a journalist have been issued arrest warrants by a court in Algeria. The three exiled activists are outspoken but are being accused of attempting to turn a peaceful protest movement, the Hirak, into violence. The warrants were issued on Sunday after anti-government protests are

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