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IRAN:

  • Iran’s foreign ministry has said the country is open to direct talks with Saudi Arabia after media reports said the two regional rivals recently held secret talks. The two countries have not had formal diplomatic ties since January 2016 when Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran was stormed after a prominent Shia Muslim leader was executed by Riyadh.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA


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  • Iran began enriching uranium to its highest level ever, edging closer to weapons-grade levels to pressure talks in Vienna aimed at restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on its main atomic site. The move is likely to raise tensions even as Iran negotiates in Vienna over a way to allow the U.S. back into the agreement and lift the crushing economic sanctions it faces.

SOURCE: AP NEWS


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RUSSIA:

  • The United States imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia to punish it for interfering in last year’s U.S. election, cyber hacking, bullying Ukraine and other alleged malign actions. The sanctions are hostile steps that heighten the countries’ confrontation. NATO backs US sanctions on Russia.

SOURCES: REUTERSYENISAFAK


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RUSSIA:

  • The United States will sanction on Russia for alleged election interference and malicious cyber activity, targeting several individuals and entities. The action will add a new chill to the already frosty relations between Washington and Moscow, which has tested the West’s patience with a military buildup near Ukraine.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


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JAPAN:

  • Japan held consultations with the European Union on security and defence, in particular operational cooperation for maritime security, following joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Aden and in the Arabian Sea, as well as a joint port call on Djibouti. The EU and Japan are determined to pursue their cooperation to protect freedom of navigation and promote maritime security through training initiatives and operational activities at sea. They aim to extend their cooperation to other partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

SOURCE: EEAS


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EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN:

  • Turkey and Greece will hold talks on Thursday on Mediterranean gas row, after coming to the precipice of an open military conflict last year. The two sides have also clashed over the island of Cyprus and the flow of refugees between the neighboring countries.

SOURCE: DW


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JAPAN:

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit on Friday U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House. The meeting underscores the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance, especially as the countries’ shared rival, China, grows in strength and aggressiveness.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


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INDIA:

  • India is concerned about a vacuum developing in Afghanistan following the proposed withdrawal of United States and NATO forces from the country. India’s big worry is that instability in Afghanistan could spill over into its Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir where it has been fighting militants for three decades. It is also concerned that arch rival Pakistan will gain a bigger hand in Afghanistan because of its long-standing ties with the hardline Taliban, who are expected to play a dominant role once the United States leaves.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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HONG KONG:

  • Hong Kong’s electoral reform bill has been introduced in the city’s legislature, setting in motion changes that will give Beijing greater control over the process while reducing the number of directly elected representatives. The bill is part of efforts to rein in political protests and opposition in Hong Kong, which is part of China but has had a more liberal political system since the 1997 handover from Britain.

SOURCE: IRISH EXAMINER


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INDIA-CHINA:

  • A United States intelligence report has said that despite some force pullback from the Line of Actual Control, the tension between India and China remains high as China seeks to use coordinated tools to demonstrate its growing strength and compel regional neighbours to acquiesce to Beijing’s preferences, including its claims over disputed territory.

SOURCE: NEWS 18


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