Lithuania says Russian troops in Belarus pose “direct threat”

Russian troops arriving in Belarus for what Moscow and Minsk say will be joint military exercises are a direct threat to NATO member Lithuania, and could prompt Washington to station more troops in the region, Lithuania’s defence minister said. Russian military forces and hardware began arriving in ex-Soviet Belarus on Monday for “Allied Resolve” drillsContinue reading “Lithuania says Russian troops in Belarus pose “direct threat””

Sweden redeploys troops to the island of Gotland near Russia – euronews

Sweden reinforces its military presence on the island of Gotland, which is the closest part of the country to Russia.

Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says

Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Republican Senator Mitt Romney told NBC on Sunday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish a “type of Soviet Union.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no bones about the fact that heContinue reading “Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says”

Blinken warns Ukraine faces ‘unprecedented threat’ from Russia – Al Jazeera

Russia could invade Ukraine at “very short notice”. That is the warning from the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who is in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to reaffirm Washington’s commitment. Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

Far-right French presidential candidate found guilty of racist hate speech

Éric Zemmour drew widespread outrage in September 2020 after a tirade against child migrants A French court has found the far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour guilty of racist hate speech for a tirade against unaccompanied child migrants. Zemmour drew widespread outrage in September 2020 when he told the CNews channel that child migrants were “thieves,Continue reading “Far-right French presidential candidate found guilty of racist hate speech”

UK bill ‘limiting’ right to protest sparks outrage – DW News

People have been rallying in cities across the UK to protest against a new bill they say is an attack on the right to demonstrate. The controversial ‘police and crime bill’ would grant police greater powers to crack down on disruptive protests, but critics say it will also make it more difficult to hold peacefulContinue reading “UK bill ‘limiting’ right to protest sparks outrage – DW News”

Thousands in India gather for Magh Mela festival amid COVID surge – DW News

In northern India, tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims have gathered for a festival, despite a huge jump in COVID-19 infections. The Magh Mela festival, which includes bathing in the Ganges river, is one of the holiest pilgrimages in the Hindu faither. Last year’s festival was described as a COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ event. How are pilgrimsContinue reading “Thousands in India gather for Magh Mela festival amid COVID surge – DW News”

Swedes step up military contingency over Russian activity

A top military chief in Sweden said Friday that there is increased Russian activity in the Baltic Sea which “deviates from the normal picture,” leading the Scandinavian nation’s military to raise its preparedness. “We have decided to reposition our troops. It does not have to mean an increased threat, but we always want to adaptContinue reading “Swedes step up military contingency over Russian activity”

North Korea’s second missile launch this week – GMA

Martha Raddatz has the latest on reports that North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles, marking its third weapons launch this week. North Korea was quick to react to the U.S.’ latest sanctions on the North. The regime says it’s going to HAVE TO take tougher action if Washington keeps an aggressive attitude towards theContinue reading “North Korea’s second missile launch this week – GMA”

Ukraine cyber-attack: Russia to blame for hack, says Kyiv

The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of being behind Friday’s cyber-attack on dozens of official websites. About 70 government websites were temporarily down, in the largest such attack on Ukraine in four years. Before the sites went offline, a message appeared warning Ukrainians to “prepare for the worst”. Access to most of the sites wasContinue reading “Ukraine cyber-attack: Russia to blame for hack, says Kyiv”

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