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IRAN:

  • 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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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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UKRAINE:

  • U.S announced that will station 500 more troops in Germany. The announcement comes as Russia builds up its troop presence at its border with Ukraine, prompting fears among NATO countries. The strategy contrasts with that of former President Donald Trump, who tried to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany before it was halted by President Joe Biden.

SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER


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MIDDLE EAST

IRAN:

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due to pay a visit to Iran to sign an action plan for economic cooperation. They suggested that Iran, Russia and China could play a pivotal role in creating a sanctions-resistant block to gather countries sanctioned by the US and Europe together.

SOURCE: IRNA


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SOUTH ASIA

CHINA:

  • China is planning a mega dam in Tibet stoking fears in neighbouring India that in reactions has floated the prospect of building another dam on the Brahmaputra.

SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA


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ASIA PACIFIC

SOUTH CHINA SEA:

  • Military activity in the South China Sea spiked over the weekend as a Chinese aircraft carrier entered the region and a US Navy expeditionary strike group wrapped up exercises. Meanwhile, the US and Philippines were preparing for joint drills as the US secretary of defense proposed ways to deepen military cooperation between Washington and Manila after China massed vessels in disputed waters.

SOURCE: CNN


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TAIWAN:

  • The Chinese air force sent a fleet of aircraft close to Taiwan for the second time this week in the latest sign of military intimidation against the separately ruled island. Military action has steadily escalated in the seas and skies around Taiwan in recent months as the U.S. pushes back against Chinese attempts to intimidate the government in Taipei.

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES


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INDIA:

  • India protested to the United States for a navy vessel conducting a transit through its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, in a rare row between the friendly navies of the two countries. India’s military monitored the movement as it transited from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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