Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister

Tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border have increased in recent days. If similar scenarios were repeated in Lithuania, the country’s soldiers would not hesitate to use their weapons, according to Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas. On Monday night, a group of 60-70 irregular migrants attempted to break the barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Polish StateContinue reading “Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister”

Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country

A cyberattack crippled gas stations across Iran on Tuesday, leaving angry motorists stranded in long lines. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which rendered useless the government-issued electronic cards that many Iranians use to buy subsidized fuel at the pump. It bore similarities to another attack months earlier that seemed to directly challengeContinue reading “Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country”

Syria, Iran on agenda as Putin hosts Israel’s new PM in Russia

Meeting in Sochi marks first in-person talks between the two world leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the pair’s first in-person meeting, with talks focused on Iran and the situation in Syria. Welcoming Bennett at the start of their meeting on Friday in Russia’s Black Sea resortContinue reading “Syria, Iran on agenda as Putin hosts Israel’s new PM in Russia”

Deadly bomb blasts hit Syria military bus – BBC News

A double bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported. Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, suchContinue reading “Deadly bomb blasts hit Syria military bus – BBC News”

EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals

EU foreign ministers are considering possible sanctions against Belarusia’s national airline over allegations that it is transporting migrants from Iraq in order to push them across the country’s border into the bloc. Several ministers want to stop EU-registered companies leasing aircraft to the country’s national airline Belavia. This would ban European companies from doing anyContinue reading “EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals”

Cyprus’ top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire

The foreign minister of the divided island of Cyprus is accusing Turkey’s president of attempting to promote a new Ottoman empire in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East — and says such an approach to geopolitics could adversely impact regional security. Nikos Christodoulides, whose Mediterranean island nation is divided into a breakaway Turkish CypriotContinue reading “Cyprus’ top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire”

Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn

Global warming is already affecting people’s health so much that emergency action on climate change cannot be put on hold while the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, medical journals across the globe warned on Monday. “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world,” read an editorialContinue reading “Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn”

Huge Oil Spill From Syrian Power Plant Spreads Across Mediterranean Coast

Satellite images show the leak spreading some 20 kilometers north of its source, and authorities say ​work is underway to clean the coast in the rocky areas A massive oil spill caused by leakage from a power plant inside one of Syria’s oil refineries is spreading along the coast of the Mediterranean country, Syria’s stateContinue reading “Huge Oil Spill From Syrian Power Plant Spreads Across Mediterranean Coast”

Poland to build Belarus border fence after migrant influx

Poland has said it will build a fence on its border with Belarus to curb an influx of migrants it has accused the Belarusian government of driving. Poland and fellow EU states Lithuania and Latvia have seen sharp increases in migrants from the Middle East and Asia. They say many of the migrants are beingContinue reading “Poland to build Belarus border fence after migrant influx”

Poland reports record number of migrants at Belarusian border

A record number of migrants have crossed the Polish border with Belarus since Friday, the Border Guard said on Monday, amid accusations Minsk is using illegal crossings to pressure European Union states. Poland and Lithuania have seen a surge in illegal migration in recent weeks that is so severe the countries have appealed to theContinue reading “Poland reports record number of migrants at Belarusian border”

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