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RUSSIA-CHINA:

  • The Russian government has approved the participation of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) in a large petrochemical project, in accordance with Moscow’s strategy of establishing closer economic relations with Beijing.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ


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AFRICA:

NIGERIA:

  • Six years after the abduction of 276 schoolgirls, jihadist group Boko Haram had seized students from an all-boys boarding school in Katsina, northwest Nigeria, to punish them for “un-Islamic practices.” 333 were missing and assumed captive. Boko Haram claim of responsibility, surprising some analysts, marking a departure from the extremist group’s usual area of operation in the country’s northeast.

SOURCE:  WALL STREET JOURNAL

 


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MEDITERRANEAN:

  • The US accused Russia of working to destabilize the Mediterranean region, pointing to a series of actions from Libya to Syria. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Moscow “continues to threaten Mediterranean stability using a variety of techniques to spread disinformation, undermine national sovereignty, and sow chaos, conflict, and division within countries throughout the region.”

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY


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TURKEY:

  • US sanction Turkey over the purchase of a Russian-made S-400 missile defense system. Turkish gov’t and parliament denounced the move.

SOURCE: TURKISH MINUTE


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MIDDLE EAST:

ISRAEL:

  • Israel has approved the construction of thousands of illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank, on Palestinian land. According to the PLO, several indicators on the ground show that Israel is going ahead with its annexation plan even though it had announced that it had been postponed.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR


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BOLIVIA:

  • New Bolivia president puts re-establishing ties with Iran top of his agenda (damaged by the previous de facto government, led by interim president Jeanine Anez). He also wanted to re-connect with Venezuela, which already boasts economic ties with Iran.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR


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SUDAN:

  • The US has officially removed Sudan’s classification as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move saw Sudan follows the country’s normalization of ties with Israel in another Trump-brokered deal, known as the ‘Abraham Accords’, that recognize Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates’ normalized relations with Israel.

SOURCE: RT


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SAUDI ARABIA:

  • A ship was hit by an explosion at the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah. The incident comes just three weeks after an oil tanker was damaged at the Saudi terminal of Shuqaiq and Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed a missile strike on a Saudi Aramco fuel depot in Jeddah. Tensions in the area have risen as the U.S., a Saudi ally, ramps up sanctions on Iran, which backs the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war.

SOURCE: WORLD OIL


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AFGHANISTAN:

  • Peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents will resume in early January. Despite the peace process, violence in Afghanistan has not ended. There are regular clashes in various parts of the country and bomb and rocket attacks in Kabul.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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PAKISTAN:

  • Pakistan recently cleared a bill in Parliament that will virtually give the powerful army sweeping control over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Greater involvement of the army will serve to address China’s security concerns vis-a-vis Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. Beijing is worried about terrorism in Balochistan, where separatists have stepped up attacks on Chinese targets in recent years.

SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA


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