18 Sep 2019

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Iran on Wednesday warned the United States that it will “immediately” respond to “any action” taken by Washington against the country over its alleged involvement in the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Both Washington and Riyadh are accusing Iran of carrying out the attack,

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12 Sep 2019

China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

China wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in due course” to consider reversing some of the sanctions on North Korea to help the country “alleviate the difficulties brought to the economy and people’s livelihoods by the sanctions,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday. Wang expressed hope that

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04 Sep 2019

North Korea Denies Making $2bn from Cyber-Attacks

North Korea has denied a recent United Nations report stating that the country has used “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal around $2 billion from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges. According to the UN, Pyongyang has used these funds to pursue the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

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02 Sep 2019

Israel, Hezbollah engage in brief, intense fighting

On Sunday, days after Israel attacked Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, the Iranian-backed militant group retaliated by firing anti-tank missiles into the country. Israel responded to the attack with heavy artillery fire. Hours after the escalation, a spokesman of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that “calm has

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21 Aug 2019

Pompeo announces ‘countdown’ clock as Iran weapons embargo ends in 2020

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the United Nations to extend a weapons embargo on Iran that is set to expire in 2020, which will mark five years after the adoption of the Iran Nuclear Deal that was abandoned by the US last year. Pompeo said

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21 Aug 2019

Fresh Kashmir border clashes leave several dead

More than two weeks after the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its autonomous status and revoked a ban on property purchases by non-residents, tensions in the disputed region continue to escalate. On Tuesday, several people were killed in clashes between Indian and Pakistani border forces, although both countries provided conflicting

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13 Aug 2019

UN Probing 35 North Korean Cyberattacks in 17 Countries

The United Nations (UN) is investigating at least 35 cyberattacks in 17 countries that are believed to be the work of hackers working for the North Korean government, an extended version of a recent UN report shows. A summary of the report released last week mentioned that Pyongyang has used

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06 Aug 2019

North Korea took $2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. report

A new United Nations report to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee states that North Korea has used “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal around $2 billion from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges. North Korean hackers also used digital services to launder the money. In addition, the

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30 Jul 2019

NATO, Afghan forces killed more civilians than Taliban: UN

During the first half of 2019, the war in Afghanistan resulted in 1,366 civilian deaths, which is 30% lower than in the same period last year, a new report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows. Shockingly, pro-government forces including NATO troops were responsible for the majority of

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04 Jul 2019

US ‘hell-bent’ on hostility despite talks, North Korea says

The North Korean delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday lashed out at the US, stating that the US government is “practically more and more hell-bent [on] hostile acts against the DPRK [North Korea]” and is “obsessed with sanctions”. The timing of the remarks is striking since both countries recently

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