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  • BELARUS: Thousands marched through Minsk calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Belarus has been in a political crisis since a presidential election in August that the opposition says was rigged.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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ASIA PACIFIC

  • CHINA/MALAYSIA: China and Malaysia, usually friends, land in another maritime standoff, and each side is showing increased resolve to stand tall against the other.  Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam contest some or all of China’s claims to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea that’s rich in fisheries as well as energy.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

 

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  • CHINA: China lodged strong protests to the United States after the latter imposed new sanctions related to Iran on Chinese entities. US would impose sanctions on four Chinese entities, accusing them and Russia of “carrying out activities in promoting Iran’s missile programme.”

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • THAILAND: Thousands of activists protested in front of the Siam Commercial Bank highlighting the wealth of the king, a day after the government deployed a law criminalizing criticism of the royal family for the first time since pro-democracy protests began in July.

SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW

 

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  • BELARUS: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States and several European countries of “gross interference” in the domestic affairs of Belarus. He met Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has faced months of protests over his disputed reelection.

SOURCE: RFERL ORG

 

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  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: MEPs have adopted an amendment calling on the European Council to impose sanctions on Turkey, after they unanimously voted to condemn its recent “unilateral and illegal” behavior in Cyprus and the surrounding territorial waters.

SOURCE: RT

 

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  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Greece has rejected new calls by Turkey to start exploratory talks to settle their maritime differences, feeding into a long-running and dangerous energy standoff in the eastern Mediterranean. The snub comes as Greece tries to increase pressure on its European allies to impose sanctions on Turkey during a summit next week.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

 

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MIDDLE EAST

  • ISRAEL-SAUDI ARABIA: Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia to meet with Bin Salman in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The visit confirmed that Riyadh has entered the normalization game and suggests that the wave of Gulf normalization was not simply an attempt to give US President Donald Trump’s election campaign a foreign policy boost.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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AFRICA

  • ETHIOPIA: Fighting between Ethiopia’s military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilizing the East African and Horn region, the EU warned. A 72-hour government deadline for Tigray forces to surrender is due to expire, while the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party spearheading the fighting, has rejected the ultimatum. Ethiopian PM refuses ‘unwelcome’ international offers to end war in Tigray.

SOURCES: REUTERSCP24

 

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  • CHINA/JAPAN: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi flew to Japan for talks amid regional tensions (China claims the Japanese-controlled islands, which it calls Diaoyu, and routinely sends its warships to the surrounding waters). The visit comes after China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with 14 other economies, including Japan and South Korea, which are close allies of the US in the region.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

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