Pakistan Government and TTP Group Strike Ceasefire Deal In Kabul

The Pakistani government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement reached a ceasefire agreement after the two sides held a meeting in neighboring Afghanistan. Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed they hosted and mediated talks between the government of Pakistan and …

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27 Burned Villagers Discovered in Sagaing After Junta Arson Attack

Villagers in Myanmar’s Sagaing area discovered 27 charred bodies inside burned homes on Thursday, May 12. Radio Free Asia (RFA) indicated in a report that the ruling military junta has been conducting an arson campaign against rural villages for months, …

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US Could Ratify Finland’s NATO Membership Before August, Says Senate Republican Leader

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The U.S. Congress will work on ratifying Finland’s application to join the Western military alliance NATO before August, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said during an official visit to Finland. “Certainly we hope to achieve it before the August recess …

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Siemens Leaves Russia After Almost 170 Years in Operation

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The German Industrial Giant Siemens announced Thursday that it would exit the country after almost 170 years of operation. “We condemn the war in Ukraine and have decided to carry out an orderly process to wind down our industrial business …

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15 European Nations Urges Israel To Stop Settlement Expansion

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Several European countries on Friday urged Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans to construct around 4,000 housing units in the West Bank. In a joint statement by fifteen spokespersons of the Foreign Ministries of France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, …

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US Congress Asks Big Tech to Document Russian War Crimes

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At least four Democratic lawmakers requested the CEOs of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook owner Meta to archive content to use as evidence of suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday. In a press release from the House Committee …

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Russia Suddenly Makes Orders for 174,000 New Diplomatic Passports

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Russia has ordered the printing of 174,000 new diplomatic passports prompting suspicions of a scam to bypass Western sanctions. Russia’s foreign ministry has prompted speculations over the sudden printing of tens of thousands of diplomatic passports worth £3.3 million. The …

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Ukraine Claims to Have Damaged Another Russian Ship

Ukraine’s Bayraktar drones have successfully attacked Russia’s air defenses and support vessels at Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island). According to a report by the British Ministry of Defense, “Russia’s resupply vessels have minimum protection in the western Black Sea, following the …

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Iran and Qatar Leaders Discus Bilateral, Regional issues

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi discussed bilateral and regional issues with Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hama Al Thani, who arrived in Tehran today for a one-day visit. During the meeting, Raisi and Al Thani stressed the importance of strengthening the relations …

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Ukraine Claims Mine Clearing Might Take up to 10 Years

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Oleh Bondar, Head of the Pyrotechnic Works and Humanitarian Demining Department of the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine, said that “mine clearance might take 5 to 10 years based on worldwide experience.”  Bondar, quoted in a report by Ukrinform, …

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