Lithuania toughens Belarus border with razor wire to bar migrants

Lithuania began building a 550-km (320-mile) razor wire barrier on its border with Belarus on Friday after accusing Belarusian authorities of flying in migrants from abroad to send illegally into the European Union. The government said the military-style wire coil would cost 4.9 million euros ($5.81 million) to put up and run along most ofContinue reading “Lithuania toughens Belarus border with razor wire to bar migrants”

Rockets fired at US embassy in Iraq after series of attacks

Rocket and drone raids come after a series of attacks targeting the US military in Iraq and Syria this week. American diplomats and troops in Iraq and Syria were targeted in three rocket and drone attacks in the past 24 hours, US and Iraq officials said on Wednesday, including at least 14 rockets hitting anContinue reading “Rockets fired at US embassy in Iraq after series of attacks”

U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers

The United States on Thursday added Turkey to a list of countries that are implicated in the use of child soldiers over the past year, placing a NATO ally for the first time in such a list, in a move that is likely to further complicate the already fraught ties between Ankara and Washington. TheContinue reading “U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers”

Myanmar coup displaces thousands as global refugee numbers rise

Number of refugees worldwide increases for a ninth year in a row as people continue to be displaced amid the COVID crisis. A record 82.4 million people have been displaced around the world in 2020 due to violence and persecution, including an estimated 680,000 in Myanmar following ethnic conflict and the recent military coup, accordingContinue reading “Myanmar coup displaces thousands as global refugee numbers rise”

Syrian hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 killed

At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, local medical sources and Turkey’s government said. The first attack struck a residential area, while the second hit a hospital shortly afterwards, civil defence sources said. Video footage on social media showedContinue reading “Syrian hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 killed”

Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for Moscow and the two powers reached an agreement to that effect. Putin made the comments in an interview aired in excerpts on state television on Sunday ahead of a June 16Continue reading “Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.”

Denmark passes law to relocate asylum seekers outside Europe

UN opposed bill for fear it would erode refugees’ rights and encourage other EU states to follow suit Denmark has passed a law enabling it to process asylum seekers outside Europe, drawing anger from human rights advocates, the UN and European Commission. Politicians in the wealthy Scandinavian nation, which has gained notoriety for its hardlineContinue reading “Denmark passes law to relocate asylum seekers outside Europe”

Syria’s al-Assad re-elected for fourth term with 95% of vote

Western powers dismissed the poll as ‘neither free nor fair’, while Syria’s opposition called it a ‘farce’. Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for a fourth term as president of war-torn Syria with 95.1 percent of the votes cast in government-held areas, official results have shown, after a vote dismissed by the opposition and Western powersContinue reading “Syria’s al-Assad re-elected for fourth term with 95% of vote”

Russia says it can now operate nuclear capable bombers from Syrian air base

Russia said on Tuesday it had the ability for the first time to operate long-range strategic nuclear-capable bombers from its air base in Syria, expanding its capabilities and allowing such planes to train in new regions. Russia operates the Hmeymim base on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, from which it has launched air strikes in the pastContinue reading “Russia says it can now operate nuclear capable bombers from Syrian air base”

German soldier on trial accused of planning far-right attack posed as Syrian refugee

A young German army officer has gone on trial accused of planning to attack one or more politicians while posing as a Syrian asylum seeker to try to whip up anger against migrants. A German soldier who posed as a Syrian refugee denied plotting an attack on high-ranking politicians as he went on trial inContinue reading “German soldier on trial accused of planning far-right attack posed as Syrian refugee”

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