What is SWIFT and why does Ukraine want Russia banned from it?

The European Union is being criticized for not cutting off Russia from the global payments system. But what exactly is SWIFT? What would a ban mean for Russia? And why is the EU dragging its feet? DW explains. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba didn’t mince his words in calling out the European Union for draggingContinue reading “What is SWIFT and why does Ukraine want Russia banned from it?”

Sweden Launches Psychological Defense Agency To Counter Disinformation

Sweden has created a new government agency dedicated to fighting disinformation, particularly from foreign governments such as Russia, China and Iran. The Swedish Psychological Defense Agency, based in Karlsbad and with an office in Solna, will be headed by director general Henrik Landerholm, a former ambassador, and will have 45 staff. It will work withContinue reading “Sweden Launches Psychological Defense Agency To Counter Disinformation”

Second Israeli Strike on Latakia Port This Month, Syria Reports Major Damage

According to reports in Syria, Israeli fighter jets attacked the container complex at the port with missiles, in the second attack on the vital facility this month Fires erupted in Syria’s Latakia Port’s container storage area following an Israeli missile attack, Syrian state media reported early Tuesday morning. The attack, the second in this month, damagedContinue reading “Second Israeli Strike on Latakia Port This Month, Syria Reports Major Damage”

Saudi Arabia appears to be building its own ballistic missiles with China’s help, report says

CNN reported that US intelligence believes Saudi Arabia is developing its own ballistic missiles. It said intelligence found recent transfers of missile technology between China and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has foreign-made ballistic missiles, but is not believed to have made its own before. US intelligence agencies believe Saudi Arabia is building its own ballisticContinue reading “Saudi Arabia appears to be building its own ballistic missiles with China’s help, report says”

Iran nuclear talks to resume ‘soon’ after modest gains in Vienna – Al Jazeera

European diplomats are calling the adjournment of nuclear talks with Iran ‘a disappointing pause’. But they said some technical progress has been made. This is the seventh round of negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. Al Jazeera’s @Dorsa Jabbari reports from Vienna, Austria.

Gantz: I told the US I’ve ordered the IDF to prepare a strike against Iran

Defense minister says US still aligned with Israel, but has ‘broader priorities’ in region; senior defense official says attack on Iran will be hard without coordinating with US Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Friday that he notified US officials during meetings this week in Washington that he had instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepareContinue reading “Gantz: I told the US I’ve ordered the IDF to prepare a strike against Iran”

The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa. A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow theContinue reading “The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread”

Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against severe water shortages

Thousands of protesters have converged on Isfahan in central Iran to voice their anger after the city’s lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion. The massive protest, that drew in farmers and other people from across Isfahan province, was the biggest since demonstrations over the water crisis started on November 9. “Thousands ofContinue reading “Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against severe water shortages”

Eight soldiers killed in Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashes

Baku and Yerevan trade barbs as flare-up along shared border threatens fragile ceasefire agreement. Seven Azerbaijani service members were killed and 10 more were wounded in clashes with Armenian troops on the countries’ shared border, according to Azerbaijan’s defence ministry. Armenian officials reported one casualty and said 13 soldiers were captured during Tuesday’s hostilities, whileContinue reading “Eight soldiers killed in Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashes”

Iranian commander says Israel can start the war, but Iran will end it – Tasnim

A top Iranian commander said on Thursday that if Israel starts a war, Iran will be the one to end it. “Any mistake by Israel in dealing with Tehran will accelerate its destruction,” IRGC Commander of Aerospace Force Amir Ali Hajizadeh was reported as saying by semi-official media Tasnim. Israel has pressed for a tougherContinue reading “Iranian commander says Israel can start the war, but Iran will end it – Tasnim”

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