20 Jan 2022

North Korea says it will reconsider its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests

On Thursday, North Korea stated that it plans to evaluate all of its temporally suspended activities and bolster its defense against the United States. The announcement may be a reference to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons. The moratorium has been in place since 2017. Pyongyang is banned from

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14 Jan 2022

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles After Lashing Out Over Sanctions

On Friday, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles, its third missile test this month. These missiles were fired hours after North Korea warned of a stronger and certain reaction if the United States helped impose more sanctions as a response to its recent series of missile tests. Two short-range ballistic

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13 Jan 2022

Energy Dependence Ties Europe’s Hands in U.S.-Russia Crisis

Europe’a dependence on Russian gas and oil has limited the continent’s ability to maneuver or take action in the mounting crisis between Washington and Moscow over security in the region and is resulting in significant vulnerability in the event of an escalation. Officials from the US, Russia, and Europe met

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10 Jan 2022

West African nations sever links with Mali over election delay

West African nations plan to impose economic sanctions, sever diplomatic ties, and close their borders with Mali following a delay in its elections following a 2020 military coup. Mali’s interim authorities have proposed holding elections in December of 2025 rather than February 2022. The February 2022 date was agreed on

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31 Dec 2021

Ukraine tensions: Putin tells Biden new sanctions could rupture ties

In a phone call late Thursday, Vladimir Putin warned Joe Biden that new sanctions over Ukraine could lead to the breakdown of all relations between the US and Russia. He warned that new sanctions would be a “colossal mistake.” Biden warned that the US and its allies would respond strongly

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30 Dec 2021

Biden signs bill banning goods from China’s Xinjiang over forced labor

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden signed legislation that bans imports from the Xinjiang region of China. The legislation, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, was constructed due to concerns about the treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China. Washington has previously referred to acts of the Chinese

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09 Dec 2021

U.S. Accuses El Salvador’s Government of Cutting a Deal With Gangs

The US has accused El Salvador’s government of cutting a deal with the imprisoned leaders of the country’s top criminal gangs after learning that the administration of El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele secretly negotiated a truce in exchange for financial and prison benefits. The US Treasury addressed the incident on

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18 Nov 2021

Belarus Moves Some Migrants Away From Poland’s Border

According to officials from Poland’s Interior Ministry, the number of migrants camped out on the Belarusian side of the country’s eastern border has fallen. This may mark a sign of de-escalation in the multi-faced confrontation between the European Union and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. According to authorities. Belarusian officials have

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15 Nov 2021

Poland border crisis: EU to widen Belarus sanctions as row intensifies

In response to the widening migrant crisis at the border between Poland and Belarus, the EU plans to escalate sanctions on the country and those closest to its leader. The sanctions may target anyone involved with trafficking migrants through the country. There are accusations that Belarus is leading migrants towards

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11 Nov 2021

Belarus threatens EU gas as bloc considers sanctions

Amid heightened tensions, Belarus has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed due to an escalating migrant crisis at the country’s border with Poland, where thousands of people are enduring freezing conditions in hopes of crossing into the EU. Western officials have accused Belarus of

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