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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

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu rejects the condolences from the United States, which he equates to murderers who are the first to arrive at the scene of the crime, Turkey blames the bombing in Istanbul on the Kurdish PKK, which both countries consider to be terrorists, but on the other hand, they do not agree on Kurdish forces in Syria from which country the arrested woman originates

The German government blocks two sales of semiconductor manufacturers to Chinese companies, one concerns Swedish Silex, a subsidiary of Chinese Sai Microelectronic, which is denied the acquisition of Elmos Semiconductor's factory in Dortmund, but the other deal, Industry Minister Robert Habeck does not comment on, citing business secrets

Russian state media reports that Zimbabwe's Defense Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says Russia is indispensable to the world balance that stands against the global paranoia based on the domination of some and the humiliation of others, and that Zimbabwe supports the approach to what she calls the special military operation and the protection of the Slavic population

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits China together with business leaders such as the CEOs of Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, Siemens and BASF, the first visit to the country by a G7 leader in three years, China's zero-tolerance policy against Covid-19 has become a major problem for German companies because the country is Germany's largest trading partner

Iran now admits after a period of denial that they supplied Russia with drones before the outbreak of war but denies that the deliveries have continued, the rumors about missile deliveries are however completely wrong, says Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, last month the EU decided on new sanctions against the country due to the drone deliveries

The US is sending an undisclosed number of weapons experts to Ukraine to inspect american-supplied weapons, among the first from the US military on the ground apart from security personnel at the embassy in Kyiv, Joe Biden pledges to not send troops into combat

The prime ministers of Finland and Sweden do not rule out nuclear weapons on the countries' territory as they do not set preconditions for joining NATO, a similar comment also comes from the Swedish Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén, Vladimir Putin has said that he does not see the countries' joining NATO as a threat but that he would provide answers to the expansion of the alliance's infrastructure in the region

Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles is asking everyone to take a deep breath after China condemned US plans to station up to six B-52 long-range bombers in northern Australia, saying US bombers have been coming to Australia since the 1980s

Russia suspends agreement with Ukraine on the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea, refers to drone attacks on the port where Russia's Black Sea fleet is stationed, something that Ukraine denies has happened, the grain export deal has meant that more than nine million tons of grain have been exported

Poland builds its first nuclear power plants, plans to spend USD 40 million to build two power plants with three reactors each, cooperates with the US and Westinghouse in the project which is planned to start producing electricity in 2033, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the project which will result in more than 100,000 jobs for American workers sends a clear message to Russia that they will not be allowed to weaponize energy anymore and that the West stand together against the unprovoked aggression

Australia is sends 70 soldiers to Britain to help train Ukrainian troops but will not be sent to the war zone, Defense Minister Richard Marles says it recognizes Ukraine needs long-term support to resolve the conflict on its own terms

Three Swedish citizens in India violate their tourist visas and are deported as they are suspected of trying to convert people to Christianity, traveled on the pretext of visiting the Peace and Healing Prayer Festival but are said to have given sermons, a spokesman for the organizer Assam Christian Forum says the accusation is baseless as only Christians participated in the program

Hungary will ratify Sweden's NATO application by the end of the year, together with Turkey the only one of the member states that has not yet approved Sweden and Finland's application

Salman Rushdies will survive but is unable to use one hand and has lost the sight of one eye after the attack in New York in August, his literary agent Andrew Wylie said in an interview, as for the situation of the agent's other clients, he says he is worried that nationalism is on the rise and that half of America seems to believe that the election was stolen from Donald Trump who is completely incompetent, a liar and a crook

The government of Ukraine decides to donate 50,000 tons of grain to Ethiopia and Somalia as aid because the countries of the horn of Africa, which have received insufficient amounts of rain for the past four years, are severely affected by famine

Iran continues to deny accusations from Ukraine that it supplied Russia with Shahed-136 drones, government spokesman Nasser Kanani says it is ready to engage in dialogue and negotiation to clear up the allegations, kamikaze drones are relatively cheap and reliable, flies long distances to crash and set off built-in explosives

WHO warns that peoples increasing inactivity costs over $27.4 billion USD a year, 70 percent of the costs are estimated to come from depression, dementia and high blood pressure, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says more countries need to scale up implementation of policies to support people to be more active through walking, cycling, sport, and other physical activity

Russia and Ukraine exchange a total of 218 prisoners of war, 108 Ukrainian women and 110 Russians, mainly sailors, the swap confirmed by both sides

Britain wants to change law to stop former RAF pilots from being recruited by China to train the Chinese military, about 30 pilots are said to have accepted generous offers

Protests outside the Chinese consulate in Manchester lead to Hong Kong protester saying he was dragged in and beaten, Britain calls in senior Chinese diplomat to express deep concerns, China's foreign ministry disagrees, saying protesters entered illegally and threatened security and that the diplomatic missions of all countries have the right to take the necessary measures so that its peace and dignity must not be violated

Saudi Arabia provides $400 million in aid to Ukraine following phone calls between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, this comes after the US expressed a willingness to reassess its relationship with and calls in the US Congress to end military sales to the kingdom

After OPEC announces oil supply cuts, US comments the Joe Biden has no plans to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at G20 summit in November, evaluates further response options, Democrats in Congress propose cutting the military sale and expresses concern about the war in Yemen

11 dead on Russian soil in what Russian Ministry of Defense calls a terrorist attack, state media reports it was carried out by two residents of the CIS countries during a shooting exercise in Belgorod Oblast near the Ukrainian border, both suspects dead

The US is extending its battalion in Lithuania, as the threat from Russia remains, according to Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas it will stay at least until 2026, he also says that having a persistent presence of the US military is one of the most essential objectives put forward by the sitting government

Reviving the nuclear deal with Iran is not the US State Department's focus right now since negotiations between the countries have stalled according to spokesman Ned Price, the US has issued sanctions and supports the current protests

The world's population has doubled since 1973, while Germany has grown by 6%, Pakistan and Nigeria have quadrupled, India is expected to overtake China next year and by 2100 a quarter of the world's population will be African

WHO warns of new Covid-19 wave in Europe, its Europe director Hans Kluge and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control director Andrea Ammon say that although we are not where we were one year ago it is clear that the pandemic is still not over and urge European countries to administer both flu and Covid-19 vaccines especially for vulnerable groups

Vladimir Putin may consider meeting Turkish President Erdogan to discuss possible future talks between Russia and "the West" according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, during the week the two leaders are expected to visit Kazakhstan, saying further that they are open to discuss the idea but have not received any requests , Turkey hosted the last known meeting between Ukraine and Russia in March

President of Poland Andrzej Duda says in interview that there has been discussion about whether US considers to have the country host nuclear weapons, he emphasize that this would not be a nuclear weapon under the control of Poland

Russian Duma unanimously ratifies annexation of four Ukrainian teorritories, no votes against, Ukraine states that the four regions are not currently under control of the Russian forces

EU statement on behalf of all 27 members says the bloc is deeply concerned about the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, promises to meet any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure with a robust and united response, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the country will remain committed to promoting European energy security

Vladimir Putin signs a decree granting Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden, the 39-year-old US whistleblower has been living in Russia since 2013 and applied for citizenship in 2020 when his wife was pregnant with their son

Global Covid-19 cases drop to the lowest level since March 2020 after 28% decrease of new cases during week 36, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the world is in a winning position where it is time to run harder and make sure to cross the line to reap the rewards of all the hard work, adds that he is incredibly proud of WHO's people and their work during the pandemic

Cary Yan and Gina Zhou extradited from the Marshall Islands to US for attempting to set up a mini-state on one of the country's atolls and in the process bribing several Marshalls officials as well as nearly toppling the president of the nation, the couple allegedly engaged in a multi-year scheme and are charged with violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering and conspiracy to commit those offenses in connection with a bribing scheme

Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech for patent infringement in the development of the first Covid-19 vaccine approved in the United States, alleges that the companies copied technology that Moderna patented between 2010 and 2016, lawsuit filed in US district court in Massachusetts and the regional court of Düsseldorf in Germany, says the lawsuit is not meant to stop people from getting vaccines, Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine has brought in USD 10.4 billion in revenue this year while Pfizer's has brought in about USD 22 billion

WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency which is its highest alert level, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the outbreak has spread rapidly and that they understand too little about the transmission, more than 16,000 cases of the zoonosis have been reported across 75 countries so far this year, 98% of infections among men who have sex with men and primarily those who have had multiple recent anonymous or new sexual partners

Russia and Ukraine reach deal to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, the deal also signed by UN and Turkey

Switzerland objects to a NATO request to treat Ukrainians wounded in the war on the grounds of neutrality, instead helps by channeling humanitarian aid to civilian hospitals in Ukraine

18 migrants dead and 76 injured after two-hour skirmish as 2,000 adult men stormed the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave Melilla, 130 people breached the border and are evaluated at a local migrant center, 140 Moroccan security officers injured

Swimming's world governing body Fina votes to stop transgender athletes from competing in women's elite races if they have gone through any part of male puberty, requires that the sex change is finished by the age of 12, aims to establish an open category for swimmers who do not identify with their sex

Travel mayhem predicted for the summer, extreme airport lines and canceled flights in Ireland, the Netherlands, UK and US among other countries, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has commented that the UK should bring in the army to help ease the chaos

WHO comments that monkeypox is not a gay disease just because the cases have mainly been identified among men who have sex with men, explains that the overrepresentation can be explained by the community's tendence to contact health services regarding sexual health concerns

G7 finance ministers announce commitment of USD 19.8 billion in financial support to Ukraine, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner says they stand by Ukraine during this war and after that and are ready to do more, rules out EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans' idea of a borrowing scheme similar to EU's Covid-19 recovery fund Next Generation EU as that was a one-off opportunity

Finland to apply for Nato membership after the approval by the legislature during week 20, President Sauli Niinistö says the country is entering a new era

Bill Gates: The risk of a new more transmissive and fatal Covid-19 variant way above 5 %, still considers himself optimistic as the pandemic may be our last

Joe Biden asks Congress for USD 33 billion in funds for Ukraine, includes USD 20 billion in additional security and military assistance, $9 billion in economic assistance and $3 billion in humanitarian assistance, also wants to sell yachts and apartments seized from Russians and donate the money to Ukraine

Joe Biden tells US troops in Poland that they will witness Ukrainians' bravery "when you're there", White House official quickly clarifies that Biden is not changing his stance on deploying military into Ukraine, officials also clarify that US has no intention of using chemical weapons under any circumstances after Biden's remark in Belgium that the US will respond in kind to such attacks

Russia invades Ukraine after speech by Putin where he says the country will conduct a special military operation to denazify Ukraine, Russian tanks roll over the border from Belarus, Crimea and Russia, aerial attacks reported on strategic locations throughout Ukraine

Bill Gates says that omicron has sadly done a better job than vaccines in spreading immunity, urges health officials around the globe to respond more quickly to the next pandemic, hopes sufficient funding leads to a new generation of vaccines eradicating entire families of respiratory viruses including influenza and coronaviruses within a decade

76-year-old French modeling agency manager Jean-Luc Brunel found hanging in his cell in Paris, was suspected of procuring over a thousand women and girls for Jeffrey Epstein and was charged with raping a minor over 15 years old and harassing two other women, the cell was not under video surveillance but an investigating source says early evidence points to suicide

The Canadian Freedom Convoy protests spread across the world, demonstrations held in US, UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands, Paris and Brussels have banned the protests, more than 120 people arrested outside Wellington's parliament

Israel asks Amnesty UK not to release a report accusing Israel of apartheid, calls the report false, biased, and antisemitic, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says that the country absolutely rejects all allegations and that the formerly respected organization is now just another radical organization which echoes propaganda

Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia after the Federal Court upholds the government's decision to cancel his visa, Chief Justice James Allsop stresses that the court is only ruling on the lawfulness and legality rather than the wisdom of the decision

WHO says more than half of Europeans are on track to contract the Omicron coronavirus variant in the next two months if infections continue at current rates, says it's too early to treat the disease as endemic despite reports of a higher degree of asymptomatic cases and lower proportion of hospitalisations for Omicron cases

Eight countries including Iran, Venezuela and Sudan lose UN voting rights due to unpaid membership dues

Vladimir Putin reiterates demand Nato deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries and roll back alliance’s military deployments, saying West is to be blamed for tensions building up in Europe and that Russia has been forced to respond at every step, adding that Russia needs more than verbal assurances and promises that Moscow can't trust

Dr Angelique Coetzee who is also board chair of the South African Medical Association says all Covid-19 Omicron variant symptoms so far in the country have been mild and that no patients have needed hospital admission, says that things might change but that there currently is no need for panic

US Justice Department stonewalls Spanish authority probe into CIA's role in aggressive and potentially illegal surveillance of Julian Assange by local security firm UC Global, investigating judge Santiago Pedraz says weeks after report that CIA in 2017 launched plans to abduct Assange in a snatch operation and a plot to assassinate him

EU temporarily halts funding to WHO in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an independent investigation identified more than 80 alleged cases of sexual abuse implicating 20 staff members in the country since 2018, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus apologizes to the victims and promises a profound transformation with zero-tolerance plan against sexual exploitation and abuse in crisis zones

Donald Trump slammed for stating that the late Colin Powell was a republican in name only and that he made many big mistakes including Iraq, critics say that he dances on Powell's grave and is just jealous, respect has been paid to Powell by current and former government officials and every other living president across the political spectrum

Newly declassified papers show role of British black propaganda campaign in eliminating up to three million Indonesian communists between 1965 and 1966, both a newsletter and a radio station were supplied calling for elimination of the PKI party and all communist organisations, stating procrastination and half-hearted measures could only lead to the nation's ultimate and complete destruction

Record cold season at South Pole from April to September, minus-61 Celsius is lowest temperature ever noted at Amundsen-Scott station, 4.4 degrees lower than second lowest measurement in 40 years, average temperature during September also lowest ever, ice levels around Antarctica grow to fifth highest on record

Hunter Biden offered to unfreeze Libyan assets in exchange for a USD 2 million retainer fee plus success fees, according to leaked 2015 email conversation between Libyan government and Democratic donors Sam Jauhari and Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani

UK High Court justices grant US government permission to challenge January court decision not to extradite Julian Assange, as psychiatric expert witness Professor Michael Kopelman is found to have misled the court about the existence of Assange's children

Ecuador revokes the citizenship of Julian Assange, citing multiple inconsistencies in the naturalisation letter, different signatures, the possible alteration of documents and unpaid fees, Assange’s lawyer will file appeals, saying the decision was made without due process and Assange was not allowed to appear in the case

Lufthansa stops using "ladies and gentlemen" to greet passengers, replacing it with "dear guests" or "good morning", saying they respond to a discussion that is rightly being held, comes after EasyJet, Air Canada and Japan Airlines modified their greetings during the last couple of years

Julian Assange could be permitted to serve any custodial sentence he receives in an Australian prison if convicted in the US and would not be held in its strictest maximum-security jails, according to new assurances made by the US government, seen as concessions in attempt to extradite the 50-year-old from the UK

Vladimir Putin says US threats are done within the context of its domestic political process, with assumptions that the US has such might it can get away with it and can make some mistakes, adding that problems accumulate and a moment comes when they cannot be solved anymore, a mistake which led to the downfall of the Soviet Union

Simple drones and balloons explain large part of US military UFO observations, most likely Russia or China is exploiting UFO stigmatization to conduct extensive and exceptionally successful espionage operations, according to team of military analysts who have spent years analyzing the available data

Britain to sail a Type 45 destroyer and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate to the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, aiming to show solidarity with Ukraine and Britain's Nato allies, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will stand ready to support with RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters

US State Department announces new guidelines encouraging engagement between US and Taiwan government officials in federal buildings or Taiwan’s de facto embassy in New York, following the Trump administration’s elimination of old hampering guidelines

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pledges to work on global corporate minimum tax rate among more than 140 countries, with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz now hoping to put an end to worldwide race to the bottom in taxation and the Biden administration wants to raise minimum corporate tax from 10.5% to 21%

Russia bewildered after US Secretary of State unveiles an export ban on defense articles and defense services to the country, despite Moscow not receiving any US arms since the lend-lease program during World War II in 1945

Denmark first European nation to tell Syrian migrants to return home after deeming Damascus and surrounding area safe, stripping 94 Syrians of residency permits and sending them to deportation camps, saying country has been clear from the start that the residence permit is temporary

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says US must pay if it wants to keep the two-decade-old troop deployment agreement, when speaking to military troops, adding that it is a shared responsibility, but the US share of responsibility does not come free

The UK will introduce a new visa for eligible Hong Kong residents at the end of January granting them the right to come and live in the UK, and eventually become citizens, 5.4 million Hong Kong residents are eligible, Britain estimates that about 300,000 will take up the visa offer over the next five years

6,500 Honduran migrants in caravans trying to cross the border into Guatemala heading north to the US, less than a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, whose aides have expressed concerns about growing numbers of migrants seeking to enter the country in the early days of his administration

The number of US troops in Afghanistan reduced to 2,500 in accordance with President Donald Trump’s plan presented in November, the lowest level of American forces in the country since 2001 according to Pentagon

Number of galaxies in universe far lower than previously thought, say NASA astronomers after studying data from space probe New Horizons, Milky Way has hundreds of billions of cousins rather than thousands of billions

Julian Assange denied bail by judge at Westminster Magistrates Court, citing risk of him trying to flee while US officials appeal UK judge's extradition ban, meaning Assange will continue to be held at Belmarsh high-security prison for at least two weeks

Australia changes National Anthem wording from "for we are young and free" to "for we are one and free" in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement to recognise the Aborigines as the oldest continued civilization in the world

Boeing 737 Max makes first US commercial flight since jet was grounded in March 2019 after two deadly crashes, approved by FAA following flight control updates, maintenance work and fresh pilot training, first worldwide passenger flight with revamped Max took place this month in Brazil

Ryanair buys 75 Boeing 737 Max aircrafts after regulators lifts 20-month safety ban, budget airline believed to have received a big discount in return for a headline-grabbing relaunch of the Max and compensation for the 18-month delay to first delivery of the jet

Iran has a longstanding campaign to amass foreign - particularly US and European — hostages so they can be used as pawns in future diplomatic deals with their countries, a European intelligence official described the agreement to release Kylie Moore-Gilbert as a way for the Iranians to reduce tensions with the US and Europe

China’s Coast Guard will be empowered to fire on foreign vessels that intrude into territorial waters and to protect the safety of “important islands and reefs, the exclusive economic zone as well as manmade islands and facilities constructed on the continental shelf” according to new draft legislation posted online

New narco-submarines capable of long-distance travel from South America to Europe have been discovered, designed to evade detection rather than outrun pursuers the subs are camouflaged and when filled only the small cockpit is visible above the water making them very difficult to pick up on radar

Malaysia's former Prime minister Mahathir Mohamad tweets Muslims have a right to kill millions of French people, following the terror attack in Nice, says freedom of speech does not include insulting other people and that French should teach their people to respect other people's feelings

People having the freedom to express what is in their thoughts stops when it comes to offending the feelings of more than 1.5 billion people, according to Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Muslims also have rights, they have the right for their feelings not to be hurt and for their values not to be hurt

France urges Arab countries to stop calls for boycotts of French products over the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad after French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and vowed not to "give up cartoons" depicting the Prophet Mohammed

Taiwan indicts a Chinese captain of a Taiwanese fishing vessel for ordering the killing of four suspected Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, pirates shot at his boat and three other boats fishing in the area, before one of the fishing boats managed to knock the men into the sea, the captain then ordered his Pakistani security guards to shoot them to protect himself and his vessel, the killings were exposed after a mobile phone containing footage of the incident was left in a taxi in Fiji, and found by someone who posted the video on YouTube in 2014

French officials plan to expel 231 radicalized foreign nationals after the brutal slaying of Samuel Paty, Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had planned to expel the people already, having traveled to Morocco the previous week to ask the government to accept nine of its radicalized nationals, he plans to meet with officials in Algeria and Tunisia to discuss similar deals

Russian-brokered ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh under severe strain with both Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of serious violations, ceasefire clinched in Moscow advocated by President Vladimir Putin meant to allow ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead

Vladimir Putin makes a positive resemblance between Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Soviet communists in a wide-ranging interview with the Rossiya TV channel, Putin also reminisced on the Soviet Union's rhetorical support for African-American civil rights struggle

UK secures agreement with Japan on first major post-Brexit trade deal after only three months of talks, trade minister Liz Truss says agreement goes far beyond the existing EU deal with 99% of Britain's exports to Japan tariff-free

2019 Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole in first ever use of the penalty in New Zealand, Tarrant choose not to speak at his own sentencing despite opting to represent himself and did not oppose the sentence

New Zealand's High Court rules country's lockdown from March 26 to April 3 was unlawful, as directives to stay at home under threat of punishment breached section 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, but judges agree measures were a necessary, reasonable and proportionate response to pandemic

1.116 million barrels of Iranian oil bound for Venezuela on four Liberian flagged, Greek owned tankers confiscated as the countries defied US sanctions, the fuel is transferred to other ships and taken to Houston, Texas