NATO at 75: Uncertainty looms large

It should be a time of celebration for the world’s most powerful military alliance as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization marks its 75th anniversary this week. But this is not…

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Two Moscow attack suspects travelled ‘freely’ because no arrest warrant: Turkish official

Istanbul, Turkey – A Turkish security official on Tuesday said two of the Moscow concert hall attack suspects travelled “freely” to Russia as no arrest warrants were issued against them. Russian…

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A man suspected of taking part in the attack of a concert hall that killed 137 people, the deadliest attack in Europe to have been claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, is escorted by Russian law enforcement officers prior to his pre-trial detention hearing at the Basmanny District Court in Moscow on March 24, 2024. At least 137 people, including three children, were killed when camouflaged gunmen stormed the Crocus City Hall, in Moscow’s northern suburb of Krasnogorsk, and then set fire to the building on March 22 evening. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)

Four Moscow attack suspects charged with terrorism

Four men accused of involvement in the Moscow concert hall attack that killed at least 137 people were charged with terrorism Sunday and ordered to be detained pending trial. All…

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In this pool photograph distributed by the Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers his address in Moscow on March 23, 2024, the day after a gun attack on the Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk. Camouflaged assailants opened fire at the packed Crocus City Hall in Moscow’s northern suburb of Krasnogorsk on March 22, 2024, evening ahead of a concert by Soviet-era rock band Piknik in the deadliest attack in Russia for at least a decade. Russia on March 23, 2024, said it had arrested 11 people – including four gunmen – over the attack on a Moscow concert hall claimed by Islamic State, as the death toll rose to over 100 people. (Photo by Pavel Byrkin / POOL / AFP)

Putin vows retribution for ‘barbaric’ Moscow attack

Moscow, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called an attack on a concert hall that killed more than 100 a “barbaric terrorist act” and vowed harsh retribution to all…

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A woman lays flowers at a makeshift memorial in front of the Crocus City Hall, A day after a gun attack in Krasnogorsk, outside Moscow, on March 23, 2024. Gunmen who opened fire at a Moscow concert hall killed more than 60 people and wounded over 100 while sparking an inferno, authorities said on March 23, 2024, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Russia arrests concert hall gunmen as death toll rises to 115

Russia on Saturday said it had arrested 11 people — including four gunmen — over the attack on a Moscow concert hall claimed by the Islamic State, as the death…

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People lay flowers and lit candles in memory of the Moscow concert gun attack victims in the center of Simferopol, Crimea, on March 22, 2024. Gunmen opened fire at a Moscow concert hall on March 22, 2024 killing at least 40 people, wounding more than 100 and sparking an inferno, authorities said, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Gun attack at Moscow concert leaves at least 60 dead

Gunmen opened fire at a Moscow concert hall on Friday killing at least 60 people, wounding more than 100 and sparking an inferno, authorities said, with the Islamic State group…

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Analysis – American election and Russian nukes

The world we live in today is facing ominous man-made danger. Whoever is elected the new president of the US in November will face the same old rival, Russian President…

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Russian “kicking” suspect surrenders to Pha-ngan island police

A Russian woman surrenders to police on Pha-ngan Island today, after a Thai woman, who is eight months pregnant, had reported that the Russian kicked and injured her. The Russian…

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This handout photograph released by Bi-2 rock band on March 17, 2024, shows the founder of the Bi-2 rock band Egor Bortnik known as Leva Bi-2 sitting on the floor at the immigration detention centre in Phuket on January 27.

Dissident Russian band returns to stage after Thai detention

Warsaw, Poland – A Russian-Belarusian rock band that denounces Moscow’s Ukraine invasion returned to the stage this week, voicing defiance after being detained in Thailand in January and threatened with deportation to Russia….

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Vladimir Putin speaks at his election campaign headquarters in Moscow, March 17, 2024. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Putin wins Russia election in landslide with no serious competition

MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin won a record post-Soviet landslide in Russia’s election on Sunday, cementing his already tight grip on power in a victory he said…

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Service members register to vote in Russia’s presidential election in Moscow on March 15.//AFP

Polls open in Russian vote to extend Putin’s reign

Moscow, Russia – Russians started voting on Friday in a three-day presidential election set to hand hardline leader Vladimir Putin another six-year term as fresh attacks bring the raging conflict in…

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File photo : Russian President Vladimir Putin.//AFP

Five things to know about Russia’s presidential vote

Moscow, Russia – Russia is holding a presidential election from Friday to Sunday that is set to hand President Vladimir Putin another six-year mandate despite the tumult triggered by Russia’s campaign…

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People lay flowers for late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at the monument to the victims of political repressions in Saint Petersburg on February 24.//AFP

Navalny’s body given to his mother: Navalny spokesperson

Warsaw, Poland – The body of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed to his mother, more than a week after he died in an Arctic prison colony, his…

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This combo photo shows US President Joe Biden Republican presidential hopeful and former US President Donald Trump.//AFP

China-US relations during the electoral cycle

No one will know who will become the 47th president of the United States until November 5 after the votes have been counted. What is clear, however, is the growing…

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People lay flowers and candles at a memorial on February 18 in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, following the death of the Kremlin’s most prominent critic Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison.//AFP

Russian courts hand jail terms to dozens of Navalny mourners

Moscou, Russia – Russian courts have sentenced dozens of people detained at events commemorating Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to short prison sentences, official court announcements showed, with 154 sentenced in Saint…

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Demonstrators hold a portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny beside placards reading ‘Killers’ and ‘Russia without Putin’ during a rally in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw on February 16.//AFP

Mourners in Europe, US pay tribute to Navalny

Berlin, Germany – Supporters of Alexei Navalny turned out across Europe and in the United States on Friday to pay tribute to the man widely acknowledged as Russia’s main opposition figure,…

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Anti-war Russian rockers held in Thailand arrive in Israel

A Russian-Belarusian band that denounces Moscow’s Ukraine invasion arrived in Israel Thursday after being held in Thailand on immigration charges that had sparked fears they could be deported to Russia…

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NSC to probe arrests of dissident Russian musicians in Phuket – Panpree

National Security Council (NSC) is looking into a report that members of the Russian rock band “Bi-2”, known for their outspoken criticism of the Russian government, were arrested in Phuket…

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Human Rights Watch asks Thailand not to deport rock band to Russia

Human Rights Watch has pleaded with the Thai authorities not to deport a Russian rock band members back to their homeland. Elaine Pearson, the Asia Director of the Human Rights…

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Russian-sanctioned rock band arrested in Phuket and face deportation to Russia

The Russian-sanctioned rock band Bi-2, which includes four Israeli citizens was arrested in Phuket last Thursday for performing without appropriate permits, Israeli media reported. The members of the band were…

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File photo : PM Srettha Thavisin

Srettha’s zealous diplomatic outreach to secure investments yet to bear fruit

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has set a record for the most number of foreign trips by a premier in just four months in office, but he has little to show…

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File photo : New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023.//AFP

World prepares to ring in 2024

Sydney, Australia  – Jubilant crowds will bid farewell to the hottest year on record Sunday, closing a turbulent 12 months marked by clever chatbots, climate crises and wrenching wars in Gaza and…

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Pope Francis gives sweets to children during the private audience for Christmas Greetings from Vatican Employees in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on December 21.//AFP

Pope kicks off Christmas celebrations in shadow of war

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories – Pope Francis has kicked off global Christmas celebrations with a call for peace, as Israel’s war on Hamas and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cast a shadow over…

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Visa-free visits for tourists from India and Taiwan from November 10

The Cabinet agreed on Tuesday to exempt tourists from India and Taiwan from requiring an entry visa to say in Thailand for up to 30 days, effective from November 10 until…

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Sri Lanka offers free visas to seven nations including Thailand

Colombo – Sri Lanka has approved issuing free tourist visas to visitors from seven countries including Thailand to boost tourism and help revive its crisis-hit economy. Other countries are China,…

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Immigration process eased for Malaysians using Sadao checkpoint

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to exempt Malaysian tourists from needing to submit the “tor mor 6” immigration form to enter Thailand through the Sadao border checkpoint, to speed…

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This photo shows Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meeting with Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on the sidelines of the Third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on October 17.//AFP

Putin accepts invites to visit Thailand, Vietnam

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted invitations to visit Thailand and Vietnam, according to government statements from the two Southeast Asian nations. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown Putin into…

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Srettha invites Putin to visit Thailand

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Thailand to strengthen the two countries’ ties. Srettha said he extended the invitation to the Russian president…

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Wounded Palestinians wait for treatment in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, after arriving from al-Ahli hospital following an explosion there, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. The Hamas-run Health Ministry says an Israeli airstrike caused the explosion that killed hundreds at al-Ahli, but the Israeli military says it was a misfired Palestinian rocket.//AP

After blast kills hundreds at Gaza hospital, Hamas and Israel trade blame as rage spreads in region

Khan Younis, Gaza Strip – A massive blast rocked a Gaza City hospital packed with wounded and other Palestinians seeking shelter Tuesday, killing hundreds of people, the Hamas-run Health Ministry…

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on the sidelines of the Third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on October 17.//AFP

Srettha meets Putin in Beijing

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing this evening to discuss bilateral issues, according to the Thai Government House. It said in a Facebook…

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The photo shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (C) giving a speech during a welcome banquet at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Amur region.//AFP

Rising tension on Korean Peninsula is dangerous 

This week’s visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is extraordinary, given the circumstances in both countries. The meeting was intended to strengthen…

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) during their meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur region on September 13.//AFP

North Korea will make Russia ties ‘number one priority’ : Kim

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that his country would make bilateral ties with Russia its “number one priority”, as he held a rare summit with President Vladimir Putin….

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

N.Korea’s Kim stresses ‘strategic importance’ of Russia ties ahead of Putin summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his visit to Russia shows the “strategic importance” of the two countries’ ties, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday ahead of an expected summit…

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Myanmar receives first shipment of Russia’s Su-30 fighter jets

Myanmar has received the first shipment of two Russian Su-30 fighter jets, Charlie Than, Myanmar’s trade minister, told the Russian RIA state news agency in remarks published on Sunday. “Two…

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US President Joe Biden attends the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance at the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 9,.//AFP

US and Vietnam set to expand ties as China worries grow

US President Joe Biden arrives in Vietnam on Sunday set to deepen cooperation between the two nations, in the face of China’s growing ambitions in the region. Biden — who…

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An H2-A rocket carrying a small lunar surface probe and other objects lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island, Kagoshima prefecture on September 7.//AFP

Japan launches ‘Moon Sniper’ mission

Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s “Moon Sniper” mission blasted off Thursday as the country’s space programme looks to bounce back from a string of recent mishaps, weeks after India’s historic lunar…

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The expansion of BRICS and its implications

The recent BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summit has dominated the global news headlines for weeks because of its growing membership and bold visions. Obviously, for developing…

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Korea reopens its borders to citizens living abroad: KCNA

North Korea has moved to further open up from strict pandemic-era isolation, with state media reporting Sunday that citizens living abroad have been allowed to reenter the country. State-run KCNA…

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PM to look into extending tourist visas to 90 days

The new government will consider extending tourist visa validities from 30 days to 90 days and the easing of immigration procedures, to make them more convenient for foreign tourists, said…

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A view of a damaged office block of the Moscow International Business Center (Moskva City) following a reported drone attack in Moscow on August 1.//AF{P

Drone hits office tower in Moscow: mayor

A drone hit an office tower in Moscow on Tuesday that was struck over the weekend, while at least one other drone was downed, the city’s mayor said. “Several drones…

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At least two dead after Russian missile strike on Zaporizhzhia – authorities

Ukrainian authorities in Zaporizhzhia said on Saturday (July 29) that at least two people were killed in a Russian missile strike on the south-eastern city. Anatoliy Kurtiev, the city’s council…

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North Korea’s Kim shows off banned missiles to Russian minister

Russia’s defence minister accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a defence exhibition that featured the North’s banned ballistic missiles as the neighbours pledged to boost ties, North Korean…

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George Orwell inspired Russian restaurant in Bangkok

George Orwell, the author of the dystopian “1984”, is known to have frequented London pubs, and half of the gin mills in the city are said to have had him…

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Why allowing Ukraine to ship grain during Russia’s war matters to the world

Agreements that the United Nations and Turkey brokered with Ukraine and Russia to allow food and fertilizer to get from the warring nations to parts of the world where millions…

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NATO, be careful what you wish for

The latest NATO summit in Lithuania seemed to please the Western alliance and Ukraine, its key beneficiary. If nothing else, they have come up with a strong plan to help…

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NATO’s common defense pledge that stands in the way of Ukraine’s admission while at war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may have gotten support and vague assurances from NATO leaders in Vilnius this week, but he ultimately returns home without a clear commitment that his country…

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NATO prepared to back Ukraine in its fight against Russia but not to extend membership

NATO leaders prepared to provide Ukraine with more military assistance for fighting Russia but only vague assurances of future membership as the alliance’s summit draws to a close on Wednesday….

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US to send Ukraine cluster munitions, NATO makes membership pledge

The United States announced on Friday that it would supply Ukraine with widely banned cluster munitions for its counteroffensive against occupying Russian forces, and NATO’s leader said the military alliance…

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Blinken to seek ASEAN pushback on China, pressure on Myanmar

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will seek in talks with Southeast Asian nations next week to push back on China and to pressure Myanmar’s junta, a top aide said…

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Oil prices fall despite output cuts, equities wobble

Oil prices reversed into the red Monday on global growth concerns, despite fresh output cuts by key producers Saudi Arabia and Russia aimed at propping up prices. Although Asian stock markets advanced as easing inflation data fuelled hopes…

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A resident walks in front of a heavily damaged residential building in the frontline town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, on June 28, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Genya SAVILOV / AFP)

Ukraine says Russian troops advancing in ‘fierce fighting’

Ukraine said on Sunday that Russian troops were advancing in four areas in the east of the country amid “fierce fighting” but reported its forces moving forward in the south….

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Russia seeks calm after aborted mutiny, West sees cracks in Putin’s power

Russia’s defence minister was shown on Monday discussing the war in Ukraine with troops – sending a message of business as usual after mercenaries trying to remove him briefly occupied…

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Wagner chief to leave Russia in deal to ease crisis

The chief of the rebel Wagner mercenary force will leave Russia and won’t face charges after calling off his troops’ advance on Saturday,  Moscow said, easing Russia’s most serious security crisis in decades….

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Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s forces had entered the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don after vowing to topple the top military brass © Handout / TELEGRAM/ @concordgroup_official/AFP

Putin slams ‘treason’ as forces tackle Wagner revolt

President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that treason against his rule threatens Russia with civil war, as Moscow’s military launched an operation to tackle a revolt by the Wagner mercenary group.  The rapidly…

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Mercenary boss seizes southern city in Russia’s first insurrection for decades

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to crush an armed mutiny after the private army of mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin seized control of a southern city as part of an attempt…

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FILE – In this handout photo taken from video released by Prigozhin Press Service on Friday, March 3, 2023, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the owner of the Wagner Group military company, addresses Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asking him to withdraw the remaining Ukrainian forces from Bakhmut to save their lives, at an unspecified location in Ukraine. Prigozhin’s criticism of the top military brass is in stark contrast with more than two decades of rigidly controlled rule by President Vladimir Putin without any sign of infighting among his top lieutenants. (Prigozhin Press Service via AP, File)

Russian mercenary chief says his forces are rebelling, some left Ukraine and entered city in Russia

The owner of the Wagner private military contractor made his most direct challenge to the Kremlin yet, calling for an armed rebellion aimed at ousting Russia’s defense minister. The security…

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, June 19, 2023. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool

Xi, Blinken agree to stabilize US-China relations in Beijing talks

China and the United States agreed on Monday to stabilize their intense rivalry so it does not veer into conflict, but failed to produce any major breakthrough during a rare visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary…

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G7 leaders’ statement: Ukraine has budget support for 2023 and early 2024

Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Friday said they had ensured that Ukraine had the budget support it needs for this year and early 2024 as they renewed their commitment to provide…

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THIS CORRECTS THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S NAME TO MCGUIRK – The Australian flag flies on Parliament House, seen behind an unoccupied building on the grounds of a proposed new Russian embassy near the Australian Parliament in Canberra, Feb. 28, 2023. / AP

Australia creates law to stop Russia from building new embassy near Parliament for security reasons

Australia’s Parliament passed legislation on Thursday to prevent Russia from building a new embassy near Parliament House on security grounds as tensions grow between Moscow and a major supporter of…

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Zelenskyy says ‘counteroffensive, defensive actions’ taking place in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday that counteroffensive and defensive actions are underway against Russian forces, asserting that his top commanders are in a “positive” mindset as their troops engaged…

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Houses are seen underwater in the flooded village of Dnipryany, in Russian-occupied Ukraine, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, after the collapse of Kakhovka Dam. (AP Photo)

Drone footage of collapsed Ukrainian dam shows ruined structure, devastation and no sign of life

Exclusive drone footage of the collapsed Ukrainian dam and surrounding villages under Russian occupation shows the ruined structure falling into the flooded river and hundreds of submerged homes, greenhouses and…

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Indonesia proposes peace plan for Russia-Ukraine war; says conflict is no advantage for anyone

Indonesia’s defence minister proposed a plan Saturday to end the war between Russia and Ukraine at a defence summit in Singapore, an initiative that drew quick criticism from attendees. “I…

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Russia launched ‘largest drone attack’ on Ukrainian capital before Kyiv Day; 1 killed

Ukraine’s capital was subjected to the largest drone attack since the start of Russia’s war, local officials said, as Kyiv prepared to mark the anniversary of its founding on Sunday….

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Russia to shut Swedish consulate in Saint Petersburg, expel five diplomats

Moscow said Thursday it was expelling five Swedish diplomats and closing Russia’s general consulate in Gothenburg and Sweden’s diplomatic mission in Saint Petersburg. “A decision was made to declare five…

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, left, and Chinese Premier Li Qiang attend a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, China, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. / AP

On Beijing visit, Russian prime minister says pressure from West is strengthening ties with China

Pressure from the West is strengthening Russia’s ties with China, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing Wednesday. Mishustin’s visit comes as…

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin / AFP

Russian PM arrives in China for talks with Xi, business forum

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has arrived in China, Moscow’s foreign ministry said, for a visit in which he will meet with President Xi Jinping and ink a series of…

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Indonesia says it’s ready to broker Ukraine-Russia peace efforts

Indonesia is ready to broker peace efforts between Ukraine and Russia, said Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on the sidelines of the…

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A full 60.9 million new internal displacements were meanwhile reported in 2022 including in Sudan © – / AFP/File

More than 71 mn people internally displaced worldwide in 2022

A “perfect storm” of overlapping crises forced tens of millions to flee within their own country last year, sending the number of internally displaced people to a record high, monitors said on Thursday. An…

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“Meet the Ambassador” event – Image resource: Jatechan Kirdsuk

Russian Ambassador to discuss bilateral cooperation

Combining resources, materials and innovative products from Russia and Thailand can boost industrial competitiveness, according to H.E. Evgeny Tomikhin, the Russian ambassador to Thailand. Speaking at a “meet the ambassador”…

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Real or not, reported Kremlin drone attack unsettles Russia

As Russian officials tell it, two Ukrainian drones flew into the very heart of Moscow under the cover of darkness, reaching the Kremlin before they were shot down at the…

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Russia says Ukraine tried to kill Putin with drone attack on Kremlin

Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of attacking the Kremlin with drones overnight in a failed bid to kill President Vladimir Putin. There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian authorities on the statement from Moscow,…

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People pay their respects in front of a damaged multistory residential building, where a Russian strike killed 23 people, in Uman, Cherkasy region, on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Genya SAVILOV / AFP)

34 wounded in Russian strikes on central Ukraine

Russian missile attacks across Ukraine early Monday wounded 34 people in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, including children, regional authorities said. The barrage followed another wave of attacks last week that…

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Ahead of the talks, Afghan women protest in Kabul against any international recognition of the Taliban government © – / AFP

UN chief, envoys in key talks on Afghanistan crisis

UN chief Antonio Guterres will gather international envoys at a secret location in Doha on Monday in an increasingly desperate bid to find ways to influence Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. Considered…

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Russian missile and drone attack in Ukraine kills 23 people

Russia fired more than 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine early Friday, killing at least 23 people, almost all of them when two missiles slammed into an apartment…

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World military spending up to an all-time high – Watchdog

Global military spending grew for the eighth consecutive year in 2022 to an all-time high of $2.24 trillion, with a sharp rise in Europe, chiefly due to Russian and Ukrainian…

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Why Sudan’s conflict matters to the rest of the world

Fighting in Sudan between forces loyal to two top generals has put that nation at risk of collapse and could have consequences far beyond its borders. Both sides have tens…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Governor of Primorsky Region Oleg Kozhemyako at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia April 10, 2023. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

Putin visits military headquarters in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited military headquarters in Ukraine’s Kherson and Luhansk regions which are partly held by Russia, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin attended a military command meeting in the Kherson region to…

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Thailand and Russia will hold high level talks later this month

Thailand and Russia will hold a Joint Thai-Russian Commission on Bilateral Cooperation in Bangkok on April 26th and 27th to strengthen cooperation of mutual interest, according to an informed source. …

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Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang speaks during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Friday, April 14, 2023. (Suo Takekuma/Pool Photo via AP)

China vows not to sell arms to any party in Ukraine war

China won’t sell weapons to either side in the war in Ukraine, the country’s foreign minister said Friday, responding to Western concerns that Beijing could provide military assistance to Russia….

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A Ukrainian APC seen on the road on the frontline in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, April 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos)

What we know so far on the leaked Pentagon documents

It’s been less than a week since news of highly classified military documents on the Ukraine war surfaced, sending the Pentagon into full-speed damage control to assure allies and assess…

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Macron says ‘counting’ on Xi to ‘bring Russia to its senses’

French President Emmanuel Macron told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday that he was counting on him to “bring Russia to its senses” over its war in Ukraine. The…

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Finland to join NATO Tuesday April 4

Finland’s accession to NATO on Tuesday will be a direct result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said, adding the alliance would ensure that Sweden also becomes a full-fledged member. DIPLOMACY…

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Ukraine calls Russia UN presidency a ‘slap in the face’

Ukraine on Saturday branded Russia’s presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of April “a slap in the face”, joining a chorus of outrage from Western countries. Moscow…

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World’s usable nuke arsenal rose in 2022: study

The global number of operational atomic warheads increased in 2022, driven largely by Russia and China, a new report out Wednesday said as nuclear tensions have risen since the war…

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Putin says Moscow to place nuclear weapons in Belarus, US reacts cautiously

Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, sending a warning to NATO over its military support for Ukraine and escalating a standoff with the West. Although…

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UN accuses Russia, Ukraine forces of ‘summary executions’ of prisoners

The United Nations said Friday it was “deeply concerned” by what it said were summary executions of prisoners of war by both Russian and Ukrainian forces on the battlefield. The…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping make a toast during a reception following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21, 2023. / AFP

Russia tightens ties with China as West offers $16 bln lifeline to Kyiv

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin cemented friendship between China and Russia and jointly criticised the West, which moved to buttress Ukraine against Moscow’s invasion with nearly $16 billion in financial aid and faster delivery…

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‘Dear friends’ Xi and Putin meet in Moscow as Ukraine war rages

Chinese President Xi Jinping met his “dear friend” Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday, seeking both to deepen economic ties with an ally he sees as a useful counterweight to…

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ICC judges issue arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Friday against Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of the war crime of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine. The bold legal move will obligate the court’s…

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Slovakia sends MIG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine

Slovakia on Friday became the second of Ukraine’s allies to provide MIG-29 fighter jets which Kyiv believes are crucial to repel Russia’s year-long invasion. Slovakia joined Poland, which announced its delivery of…

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China urges Russia-Ukraine talks, UN supports no nukes clause

China called Friday for urgent peace talks as it released its plan to end the war in Ukraine, but several Western powers rebuffed the proposals while warning against Beijing’s closening…

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Bad week for world peace

More resounding than explosions in Ukraine are words uttered over the past few days by top politicians of the rival superpowers. The statements did not quite offer anything new that…

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“Formula for Peace” to end Russia-Ukraine conflicts

Considering the time frame, it is not correct to assume that russia’s war against Ukraine started after 24, February 2022. In February last year, the world witnessed the escalation of…

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Germany’s foreign minister Annalena Baerbock address the United Nations General Assembly before a vote for a U.N. resolution upholding Ukraine’s territorial integrity and calling for a cessation of hostilities after Russia’s invasion, Thursday Feb. 23, 2023 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN approves resolution calling for Russia to leave Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution Thursday that calls for Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine and withdraw its forces, sending a strong message…

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with China’s Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi during a meeting in Moscow, Russia February 22, 2023. Sputnik/Anton Novoderezhkin/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. concerned by China-Russia ties as Putin signals Xi visit

The United States is concerned by greater alignment between China and Russia, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed “new frontiers” in ties with Beijing and signalled China’s Xi Jinping…

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Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang looks on during his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo, Egypt, January 15, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

China says it is ‘deeply worried’ about escalation of Ukraine conflict

China is “deeply worried” about the escalation of the Ukraine conflict and the possibility of the situation spiralling out of control, China’s foreign minister Qin Gang said on Tuesday. Beijing,…

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A year of disinformation around the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has been accompanied by a ferocious battle of disinformation, waged in particular by pro-Russian agitators seeking to distort and shift the blame for many atrocities on…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of public patriotic and youth organisations at the Battle of Stalingrad Museum and Panorama in Volgograd on February 2, 2023, during commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory at the Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Putin draws parallels between WWII and Ukraine conflict

President Vladimir Putin leveraged a World War II commemoration on Thursday to whip up support for his army’s intervention in Ukraine, comparing the fighting to Nazi Germany’s invasion and hinting…

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JANUARY 31: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hold a joint media briefing on January 31, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS

NATO, Japan pledge to strengthen ties in face of ‘historic’ security threat

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and Japanese premier Fumio Kishida pledged on Tuesday to strengthen ties, saying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its growing military cooperation with China had created the…

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Russia decries German decision to send tanks to Ukraine, West applauds

Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and approve their re-export from partner countries, German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said on Wednesday. Russia has cast deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine as proof that the…

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