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US President Joe Biden recognizes and establishes diplomatic relations with Niue and the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean during the Pacific Island Leaders Summit, saying it promotes a free and open Pacific region, during World War II the US built airstrips in the Cook Islands and it has now expanded its military presence in the area

French President Emmanuel Macron says they will bring home the ambassadors from Niger and end all military cooperation, the military junta celebrates what they say is another step for independence, France has 1,500 soldiers in place and the US more than 1,000

The governor of the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki, says during a UN-session that US military bases in the region threaten peace and that the Japanese government is proceeding with the work of moving a US naval base within the region despite the opposition in a held referendum

228 Eritreans arrested and six police officers injured during festival in Stuttgart, Germany after police were sent there due to violent clashes between different Eritrean phalanxes, similar situations have recently arisen in Stockholm, Israel and Canada

Turkish President Recep Erdogan says he has offered Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia a summit on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and has received neither positive nor negative responses

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un have a meeting at a rocket base in eastern Russia and eat a menu consisting of salad of ducks, figs and nectarines, pelmeni with Kamchatka crab, grass carp soup and sea buckthorn sorbet, a selection of sturgeon, mushrooms, entrecote and grilled vegetables for mains and red blueberries from the taiga with pine nuts and condensed milk for dessert

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in the fall of 2021, Vladimir Putin sent a draft treaty where he wanted to get NATO to commit to not expanding, Stoltenberg says that of course they did not sign and that Putin went to war to prevent NATO near Russia's borders but that the result has been the opposite

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman becomes the first to get new type of Indonesian visa established to attract international capital, investment of USD 350,000 required to stay for five years

Turkish President Recep Erdogan travels to Russia's Sochi and meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who says Russia may consider resuming the grain deal on Ukrainian grain exports if the West lifts sanctions on Russian agricultural products

EU employee and Swede Johan Flodeus has been held captive in Iran since April 2022, Iran's intelligence service said last July that they had arrested a swedish national for espionage and said he had visited the country several times and had been in contact with several European and non-European suspects as well as visited Israel in connection with a trip

Israeli police with live ammunition intervene between Eritrean phalanxes outside the Eritrean embassy in Tel Aviv and 150 people are injured including 27 police and 39 people are arrested

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán says in an interview with Tucker Carlson on X that the only way to end the war is to reinstall Donald Trump as president of the United States and any expression of the possibility of Ukraine winning the war is not only wrong but a lie

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he is ready to call elections in 2024 if other countries share the costs and if the country's lawmakers agree during discussions with US Senator Lindsey Graham

Ukrainian commando destroyed the Nord Stream pipelines, using charter yacht Andromeda sailing out of Warnemünde in Rostock, according to detailed reporting by a group of German journalists based on sources, German intelligence services are said to have been warned by the Dutch in June 2022 and Washington has reportedly asked Kiev to cancel the plans

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov ponders whether leaders of Muslim states fear backlash and US and European sanctions more than the wrath of Allah over what he says is lack of action on Koran burnings and announces that after they take Ukraine they will come to the countries that have desecrated the Koran

White House representative John Kirby says that Joe Biden is ready to meet with Kim Jong Un without preconditions to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but that North Korea has so far not responded positively to the offer

Al-Qaeda demands attacks on Swedish and Danish soil and believes that all faithful Muslims have a duty to avenge the Koran burnings, pointing out that the countries are small and that their populations are not even a tenth of their nation

Algeria bans the movie Barbie for damaging morals and official source says it promotes homosexuality and western deviance and that it is not compatible with Algeria's religious and cultural beliefs, Kuwait has also banned the movie and Lebanon is considering it

A Molotov cocktail that does not explode is thrown at the main entrance to the Swedish embassy in Beirut in Lebanon, and Sweden's foreign minister Tobias Billström says it was pure luck that no one was injured

The ADL believes that the accusations of white genocide are baseless regarding the song "Kill the Boer" and that although the song is a historic protest song that called for the dismantling of the apartheid system in South Africa, its crude lyrics can be interpreted as a call to violence, the group is also emphasizing that the wild accusations of white genocide is used to excuse hatred and righteous harassment

U.S. State Department were involved in the ouster of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over his neutral stance on the war in Ukraine, according to classified documents obtained by the online newspaper Intercept, a month after a meeting between Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. and two U.S. government officials, Khan was voted out in vote of confidence in parliament

The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, calls on Muslim countries to expel Swedish ambassadors, says that one should not be deceived by the Swedish and Danish governments' explanations and that if Sweden continues on the set course, it will be considered a country that fights Islam and Muslims

The Wagner group's Yevgeny Prigozhin says he aided the rebels in Niger and that the coup is an anti-colonial independence movement, the European Union stops it aid to the African country and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has spoken to the apparently ousted president Bazoum, says their aid is also strongly in jeopardy and that this was clearly communicated to those responsible

Iran's highest spiritual and political leader, 84-year-old Ali Khamenei, says in reference to the Koran burnings that Sweden adopted a warlike stance against the Islamic world when, according to him, they supported criminals, he also wants Sweden to hand over the culprit to the legal systems of Muslim countries

A court in the Turkish capital Ankara issues an arrest warrant against Danish politician Rasmus Paludan on charges of publicly insulting religious values ​​and wants his testimony regarding the Quran burning outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm

The Swedish embassy in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, was stormed on Thursday and the country's prime minister broke off diplomatic relations with Sweden ahead of the announced burning of the Quran, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs writes that the embassy staff is safe

African-American soldier Travis King, 23, crossed the border into North Korea during a tour of the demilitarized zone the day after he was due to return to the United States after being released a week earlier from a South Korean prison where he had served 47 days for abuse, he is the first American to be held in North Korea for almost five years

Police give permission for the burning of Torahs and Bibles outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm on Saturday, Israeli President Herzog calls the act pure hate and Prime Minister Netanyahu says that Israel takes the decision very seriously, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau writes a letter to Ulf Kristersson

Chinese central banker Zhou Chengjun compares the EU's new environmental rules CBAM, which involves a climate tax on imports in relation to the exporting country's emissions, with tariff barriers that goes against basic economic principles and believes that the new rules will have a major impact on Chinese industry

Afghanistan bans all Swedish activities in the country as a result of the latest Quran burning, the decision came after the intergovernmental Islamic Conference Organization requested measures to prevent future desecration of the Koran

Iranian intelligence services says that the Iraqi Salwan Momika, who two weeks ago burned the Quran in Stockholm, has been working for the Israeli intelligence service Mossad since 2019 and that he, as a reward for his betrayal of the Iraqi nation, with the help of what they call Zionists, received Swedish citizenship

Sweden's Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer says they are analyzing the legal situation after the Koran burnings, believes that they pose a threat to national security and that they will come back with any conclusions, Iraq's foreign minister has requested the extradition of the Iraqi Salwan Momika, who at the end of June burned the Koran outside a mosque in Stockholm

The US Department of Defense is updating its rules for cooperation with film makers, now banning all assistance to those who succumb to Chinese censorship demands, for example in the recently launched Top Gun: Maverick, the flags of Japan and Taiwan were removed from the main character's flight jacket to satisfy Chinese investor Tencent

Pope Francis condemns the burning of Islam's holy book and dismisses concerns over freedom of expression, telling the Al Ittihad newspaper of the United Arab Emirates that any book considered holy should be respected to show respect to those who believe in it

Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, a member of Iran's Constitutional Council, says during the conference on America's human rights that it is time for the United States to be tried in international court and believes that IS was born as a result of American policies, he believes that it is the duty of all oppressed nations to stand up against the country's countless crimes

Joe Biden says he was clear with his allies that the US had nothing to do with the coup in Russia and that it was a struggle within the Russian system, the president who spent the weekend with his son Hunter Biden at Camp David will visit Lithuania and Finland in mid-July

The Swiss intelligence service writes in a report that the number of Russian and Chinese spies in the country remains high, partly due to its role in international organizations such as the UN's European headquarters, and it further states that we are heading towards a bipolar world order shaped by the rivalry between the US and China

The US Navy's acoustic system detected an anomaly that could have been the implosion of the submarine Titan already on Sunday and the information was shared, due to the fact that it was not completely determined that it was correct, the decision was made to continue the search

The first Russian tactical nuclear weapons have arrived in Belarus and full deployment will be completed by the end of the year, according to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin who previously compared the move to NATO's nuclear weapons sharing program, under which US B61 nuclear gravity bombs are stored in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands

The president of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, refers to the cost of the war and wishes for surveillance on an ethnic basis, when he points out Russians in the Western world in an interview, he believes they should be controlled harder than before and compares to the situation with the Japanese, who in the United States during World War II were strictly monitored

Bill Gates meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and is called an old friend, according to Jinping, the financier is the first American friend he meets in the city this year, in January 2020 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated 5 million USD to China for help to deal with covid-19

Germany is in 2024 giving the equivalent of USD 1,5 billion to Jews around the world, including to Russian Jews, who were not in ghettos or camps and who are not eligible for general pension programs, the lobby organization Jewish Material Claims on Germany is based in New York and has negotiated with the German Ministry of Finance

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as the heads of state of Zambia, Congo, Egypt, Senegal and Uganda, will travel to Ukraine and Russia respectively to broker peace, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says that any peace initiative should respect the country's territorial integrity and not even between the lines imply any cessation of territory

Honduras opens an embassy in China after closing it in Taiwan a few months ago; President Xiomara Castro travels to China and visits, among other things, the New Development Bank established by the BRICS countries

One of NATO's largest air exercises ever, Air Defender 23, will take place between June 12 and 22 and will be centered over German airspace, it will involve 10,000 military personnel and 250 fighter jets from 25 countries

Iran's membership in BRICS will soon be materialized, according to the statement of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on a visit to Azerbaijan

Food aid to Ethiopia is being suspended due to widespread and organized thefts, following decisions from both the United Nations' World Food Programme and the USA, according to an internal document from foreign aid donors it is said that government officials are involved

The US was aware of Ukrainian plans to destroy Nordstream after European intelligence warned the CIA three months before the attack, according to the Washington Post which says the intelligence report was allegedly leaked by now-arrested Jack Teixeira on Discord and shared by one of his internet friends

Expansion and common currency on the agenda when the foreign ministers of the BRICS countries, as well as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Kazakhstan, meet in Cape Town, South Africa, 13 countries have formally applied to join the cooperation

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is visiting the Qatar Economic Forum to do business and says the political relations between Hungary and Sweden are terribly wrong and says they do not want to import conflicts into NATO, still unclear when the country will vote on Swedish membership

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says in an interview that as long as Sweden continues to allow offshoots of terrorist groups to roam freely in the country they cannot look favorably on Swedens membership in NATO, says regarding Russia that they do not plan to impose sanctions on Russia and that they are not not bound by Western sanctions

The damage to the US Patriot air defense system after the Russian robot attack near Kiev is minimal, according to three US officials to CNN and is still operational, it is not yet clear whether it was damaged by a direct hit or indirectly by falling material

The umbrella organization for Turks in the Netherlands IOT urges Turks in the country to pass by calm and keep a cool head regardless of the results in Sunday's election in Turkey, the organization has not called for voting and chairman Zeki Baran says the election is taking place 3,500 kilometers away and we live here in the Netherlands and do not interfere in the elections in Turkey

The World Health Organization announces that Covid-19 no longer constitutes a global health emergency after the organization's expert committee held a meeting, and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says, however, this does not mean that Covid-19 no longer constitutes a global health threat, citing as example that last week the virus claimed a life every third minute

Finland returns to Namibia two fragments from sacred stones that was taken during colonial times, visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinistö says the Ondonga Power Stone is part of Ondonga kingdom's identity and heritage

Florida passes anti-hate crime law as Gov. Ron DeSantis signs law on site in Israel and delivers speech in which he shares, among other things, his oft-told story of using water from the Sea of Galilee to baptize his children, the Republican also signed measure against antisemitism on a trip to the country in 2019

Iran seizes Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker en route from Kuwait to the US, the US Navy says Iran's actions violate international law, while Iran says the vessel collided with an Iranian vessel and tried to flee the scene in violation of maritime laws

As part of agreement with the relatives of the 11 Israeli victims, Germany sets up commission to investigate the attack during the 1972 Munich Olympics, days before the memorial ceremony at which the German president apologizes for the country's failure to decide on compensation of 28 million euros to relatives to avoid boycott of the event

NATO's annual Locked Shields cyber defense exercise kicks off in Tallinn, runs for four days and 3,000 people from 38 countries are taking part and pits attacking red team against defending blue

Brazil's re-elected President Lula Da Salva is calling on the US and the EU to start talking about peace and to stop sending arms to Ukraine, which he says is the biggest obstacle to a ceasefire, according to a statement after a state visit to China

Classified documents on US and NATO plans for military aid to Ukraine ahead of potential counteroffensive leaked and posted on social media, Deputy Press Secretary at the Pentagon Sabrina Singh confirms the leak is being reviewed and officials work to have posts deleted

Russia will according to the rotating system with the 15 member states for a month assume the presidency of the UN Security Council, which is responsible for maintaining international peace and security, the role is mostly procedural but Moscow's UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzia says he wants to discuss a new world order that will replace the unipolar

Turkey ratifies Finland's NATO application by 276 votes to 0, the application will be sent to Washington for final signature after Turkish President Erdogan signs the bill within two weeks

Russian and Iranian foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov and Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meet in Moscow and agreed to increase cooperation with an emphasis on energy and economic issues, despite sanctions from the United States and its allies, trade between the countries increased compared to 2021 by 20 percent to USD 4.86 billion

Pentagon says US launches airstrikes against Iran-linked groups in eastern Syria in response to drone attack that killed one and injured five Americans, 19 pro-Iranian soldiers die, US has 900 troops stationed in the area and comes under frequent attack

Journalist Seymour Hersch says CIA spread disinformation about the explosions of the Nord Stream gas pipelines by planting stories published in The New York Times and Die Zeit to divert attention from possible involvement by the United States or its allies, the assignment was allegedly given after President Joe Biden met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a meeting that took place without the routine subsequent press briefing

US military says Russian fighter jet collided with US drone over Black Sea, US claims reckless behavior while Russia denies contact

After demonstrations and pressure, Georgia withdraws a bill that meant that organizations in the country that are more than 20 percent finance from abroad need to register as foreign agents, the government says the law is based on the American model that has been in place there since the 1930s

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meet for the first time since the outbreak of war when, according to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they spoke for less than ten minutes on the move at the G20 meeting in India, Blinken called during the

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says reports that the US was involved in the sabotage of Nord Stream are completely false and that neither the US nor any of its proxies have anything to do with it, Russia has relied on income from energy exports to finance the war and Joe

Joe Biden visits Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev for five hours on Monday and says that one year later, Kiev, Ukraine and democracy are standing, noting that it was important that the US president was there the day the attacks began to show that there are no doubts about the support for Ukraine,

Jens Stoltenberg is not seeking an extension to his position as head of NATO and will leave later in the year, no successor has yet been appointed, he has held the office for close to nine years

Chinese state media reports authorities are preparing to shoot down unidentified flying object over Shandong province, last week US shot down Chinese balloon and unidentified objects over Alaska and Canada

The US government is warning its citizens on the ground in Sweden of retaliatory attacks by terrorists in the wake of the Quran burnings and urging them to be cautious around public gatherings, places of worship and diplomatic buildings

Chinese spy balloon is seen flying over the USA on Thursday and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken postpones trip to China, according to the Pentagon must have flown at such a high altitude that there was a military or physical danger to those on the ground, according to China it was a civilian

Jordan Peterson says in Joe Rogan's podcast that he plans to start a competitor to the World Economic Forum, will gather a consortium in London in the late fall that will discuss issues related to global philosophy and politics, such as how to get energy as quickly as possible, to the lowest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls allowing Rasmus Paludan’s Quran-burning outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm an attack on 85 million Turkish citizens and a vileness that makes it clear that Sweden can no longer expect any charity from Turkey, also criticizes Sweden for

US says about 30 Islamist al-Shabab militants were killed in a US air strike assisting government troops in Somalia, the Somali army and al-Shabab militants have fought for control of the town of Galcad about 260km northeast of Mogadishu the past few days, the air strike came as the army was

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia among other Arab countries condemn Rasmus Paludan's Quran burning outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, Saudi Arabia comments that it calls for spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance and coexistence while rejecting hatred and extremism, Turkey calls it a

For the first time ever, Iran's navy will establish a presence in the Panama Canal later this year, according to the statement of Rear Admiral and Commander Shahram Irani, in recent years the country has strengthened its presence in Latin America and sought to strengthen relations with

The World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos in Switzerland kicks off next week with a record number of 52 heads of state and government, nearly 300 ministers and 600 CEOs, the agenda is filled with discussions on ideas, innovations and public-private cooperation on issues such as

NATO rejects Serbia's request to deploy 1,000 Serbian military personell in Kosovo on the grounds that there is no need for the Serbian army to return to the territory according to President Aleksandar Vučić, in June 1999, a UN Security Council resolution was passed authorizing the

Iran shuts Tehran-based French research institute in protest against cartoons of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo to mark the anniversary of the 2015 terror attack on its Paris office, the cartoons are published as a special edition in support of the

WHO warns that China under-represents the Covid-19 impact in general and deaths in particular, WHO emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan says they believe that the country's definition where only those who die of respiratory illnesses are counted and 22 deaths have been announced since December

Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Nishimura Yasutoshi says free trade and economic inter-dependence has bolstered authoritarian regimes and asks for a new world order based on the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, promises to work more

Former Pope Benedict XVI dead at 95, led the Catholic Church for eight years before resigning in 2013 as the first Pope since Gregory XII in 1415

Russia bans oil sales to the countries that implemented a price cap on Russian oil from February 1, Vladimir Putin has the option to make exceptions, applies to the G7 countries, the EU and Australia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says he wants a peace summit at the UN in February with Secretary-General António Guterres as mediator, but does not expect Russia's participation, also makes it clear that for direct talks between the countries to take place, Russia must first be

No evidence that Russia is behind the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines as reported by the Washington Post citing interviews conducted with 23 diplomats and intelligence officials from nine different countries, Russia has previously blamed Britain for the explosions

Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits the United States, holds press conference with Joe Biden and addresses Congress on the verge of approving $45 billion in aid to Ukraine that its president said was not charity but an investment in global security and democracy, his first foreign visit since the

The Supreme Court in Sweden stops the extradition of Bülent Kenes to Turkey, was the editor-in-chief of the English-language newspaper Today's Zaman and is accused of being involved in the coup attempt in 2016 and associated with the Gülen movement, and was singled out by President Recep

Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologizes for the Netherlands' historical role in slavery, before the speech Surinam-born pensioner Waldo Koendjbiharie said that an apology is not enough as he thinks it's about money and you can't buy anything with apologies, no compensation is given to slave

Henry Kissinger: The time is approaching to start peace negotiations in Ukraine with the strategic changes already achieved as a basis, establish a ceasefire on the borders that existed before the war and let Russia keep Crimea, possibly self-determination can be explored with supervised

14-year-old Ukrainian boy found dead in Hong Kong at the room of 56-year-old man from the Bahamas, the man with a temporary visa had rented the room for a few months and claims to have known the boy who, together with a friend, visited the man in the wee hours of Saturday, for a year, no

Prisoner exchange between Russia and the USA when the arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison in the USA in 2012, is exchanged for the American basketball player Brittney Griner, convicted of importing cannabis oil into Russia, the Russian nicknamed the Merchant of

Whistleblower Edward Snowden becomes a Russian citizen, has sought protection in the country from US authorities since 2013 and, according to the Russian constitution, cannot now be extradited to a foreign state

Volodymyr Zelensky believes it is only a matter of time before stronger tools must be used than the $60 price cap on Russian oil agreed by the EU and G7 countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia is prepared and will not accept the price cap

EU donates five motorbikes with helmets and 50 document verification machines to Ghana's migration agency GIS worth €1 million EU envoy to Ghana Irchad Razaaly who hails from Madagascar says the EU will continue to strengthen its partnership with the country in the fight against transnational organized crime and border security

WHO to rename monkeypox as MPOX to destigmatize the virus especially among black people, the decision comes in response to growing pressure from senior Biden officials who told WHO that the US would otherwise change the name unilaterally as it hurt the vaccination campaign, less than 20 new cases in the US in the last week

World BEYOND War launches online world map showing 867 US military bases, the tool provides detailed information about each base and can for example be filtered by country, government type, opening date and number of employees, writer David Swanson claims that the country's bases in foreign countries often increase geopolitical tensions and act as recruiting tool for anti-American militant groups