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Russians troops to engage in Belarus war games in West

Russia is sending troops from the country’s far east to Belarus for major war games, officials said Tuesday, in a deployment further beefing up Russian military assets near Ukraine amid Western fears of an invasion. Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said the drills are intended to practice a joint response …

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EU to shelter Ukraine after massive cyberattack

The European Union is mobilizing “all its resources” to aid Ukraine after a cyberattack on the country’s government websites, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday. Borrell said the EU’s political and security committee would convene later on Friday for an urgent meeting on the attack, which he …

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Sisi calls Putin while visiting Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made a phone call on Saturday to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the current situation in Libya. The two sides agreed to intensify joint efforts and coordination to settle the crisis in Libya, achieve the desired aspirations of the Libyan people, combat armed militias and …

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Putin wants guarantees NATO won’t expand eastwards

The Russian president on Tuesday reiterated his demand for guarantees from the U.S. and its allies that NATO will not expand eastwards, blaming the West for “tensions that are building up in Europe.” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at a meeting with Russia’s top military brass came just days after …

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Ukraine positive about Biden-Putin talks

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that a video call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin was “positive.” “I think it is positive that the president of the United States spoke with the president of Russia,” Zelensky said, a day after Biden warned Putin of …

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ICC refuses to prosecute Americans, goes after Taliban, ISIS instead

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor Monday defended omitting the United States from a probe in Afghanistan, saying the “worst crimes” were committed by the Taliban and the Islamic State group. Rights groups criticized Karim Khan’s decision in September to “deprioritize” the investigation into American forces, and focus instead on Afghanistan’s …

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Biden warns Russia never to invade Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday vowed to make it “very, very difficult” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine, saying his administration is putting together a comprehensive set of initiatives to curb Russian aggression. The president offered the measured warning to Putin amid growing concern …

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Putin wants guarantees NATO doesn’t expand to Russian border

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would seek Western guarantees that would preclude any further NATO expansion and deployment of its weapons near Russia’s borders. Putin’s statement came amid Ukrainian and Western worries about an alleged plan by Moscow to invade Ukraine. Russian diplomats countered them Wednesday by expressing …

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Russia tests supersonic missile

Russia’s navy successfully test-fired a prospective hypersonic missile, the military said Monday. The Defense Ministry said that the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile, hitting a practice target 400 kilometers (215 nautical miles) away. The launch was the latest in a series of tests …

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UAE wants to run Kabul airport for Taliban

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle for influence with Afghanistan’s new rulers, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter. UAE officials have held a series of discussions with the group …

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UN warns that ISIS located everywhere in Afghanistan

The U.N. envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday delivered a bleak assessment of the situation following the Taliban takeover, saying that an affiliate of the Islamic State group has grown and now appears present in nearly all 34 provinces. U.N. Special Representative Deborah Lyons told the U.N. Security Council that the …

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Taliban wants Turkish help to get refugees back

Afghan Taliban leaders said they would do all they can to help Afghan migrants in Turkey wanting to return home, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday after talks in Ankara, adding that both sides discussed how to prevent another “migrant wave”. Turkey hosts some four million migrants, mostly Syrians, …

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EU faces new crisis after Polish court ruling

A Polish court ruling challenging the supremacy of European Union law plunged the EU into an existential crisis on Friday, increasing fears among EU policymakers and many Poles that Poland could eventually leave the bloc. Politicians across Europe voiced dismay at the ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal here on Thursday that parts …

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Erdogan set to meet with Biden at G20

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on the margins of the G20 summit in Rome, state broadcaster TRT Haber said on Tuesday. The summit is scheduled for Oct. 30-31. Plastic straw bans are not helping the oceans Erdogan has recently said that relations between Ankara …

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Saudi diplomacy in India targeted at Taliban

India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar held talks with his Saudi counterpart on Sunday that included measures to bolster bilateral and trade ties, cope with COVID-19 challenges, and a “very useful” exchange on political developments in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al-Saud arrived …

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Erdogan, Putin eager to discuss Syria in Sochi

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia later this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin about the violence in northwestern Syria, where Moscow and Ankara back opposing sides, two Turkish officials said on Friday.Turkey supports fighters who sought to topple President Bashar Assad, while Russia has helped shore up …

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Last US soldier leaves, Taliban celebrates

Celebratory gunfire echoed across Kabul as Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn on Tuesday following the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops, ending 20 years of war that left the Islamic militia stronger than it was in 2001. Shaky video footage distributed by the Taliban showed fighters …

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ISIS retaliate with rocket attack on airport

US anti-missile defenses intercepted as many as five rockets that were fired at Kabul’s airport early on Monday morning, a US official said, as the United States rushed to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan to end its longest war. US and allied forces are hurrying to evacuate their remaining citizens …

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Macron in evacuation talks with Taliban

President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that France was holding preliminary talks with the Taliban on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the possible evacuation of more people from the country. Macron, who spoke in Baghdad where he was attending a summit with several Middle East leaders, said France was …

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US prepares for fight with ISIS after 85 killed in Kabul airport attacks

U.S. forces helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule braced for more attacks on Friday after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 85 people, including 13 U.S. soldiers outside the gates of Kabul airport. Two blasts and gunfire https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/i-saw-doomsday-says-kabul-airport-blast-survivor-2021-08-26 rocked the area outside the airport on Thursday evening, …

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Taliban face-off to ISIS, Kabul airport under threat

 The United States and allies urged people to move away from Kabul airport on Thursday due to the threat of a terror attack by Islamic State militants as Western troops hurry to evacuate as many people as possible before an Aug. 31 deadline. Pressure to complete the evacuations of thousands …

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Biden says Afghan evacuation results uncertain

US President Joe Biden said Friday he could not guarantee the outcome of emergency evacuations from Kabul, calling it one of the most difficult airlift operations ever, but added he would mobilize “every resource” to repatriate Americans. “This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history,” Biden said …

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