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Michael Kabuni, lecturer in political science at the University of Papua New Guinea, says Joe Biden's claim that his uncle, Ambrose J Finnegan Jr, was eaten by cannibals in Papua New Guinea when he crash-landed there and the body was never recovered, is offensive, not because of the cannibalism which is a fact but that the president implies that the islanders thought it would have been a good meal

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel who was stabbed during mass last Thursday in Sydney says he forgives the perpetrator on the grounds that Jesus never said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and that you should never return evil for evil but for good

15-year-old Muslim stabs Assyrian Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, at the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, during ongoing mass on Monday night that was broadcast live on the Internet, the church writes that they ask for your prayers at this time and that it is the bishop’s wish that you also pray for the perpetrator

Norway and the US are building a satellite station on the island of Andøya in northern Norway, where a base for long-range drones is also planned, located 800 kilometers west of the capital of Russia's Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, outside Murmansk

The Canadian intelligence service CSIS says in a report that Pakistan and India probably tried to influence elections in Canada, the Indian influence is said to be in regards to concerns that diaspora Indians in Canada will be sympathetic to the Sikh separatist Khalistani movement or harbor pro-Pakistani political views

French President Emmanuel Macron writes on X that some have compared the photos of him together with Brazilian President Lula da Silva as wedding photographs, which he admits it was because he thinks France loves Brazil and Brazil loves France

Black wheelchair-bound Ade Adepitan visits the whites-only village of Orania in South Africa on behalf of Britain's Channel 4 for the documentary Whites Only: Ade's Extremist Adventure and says first, in disappointment after being kicked out of the church, that he thought this was just about friendship and community, and then that it is too simplistic to brand everyone in Orania as racist but that if you live in the desert for 30 years not mixing with anyone, that’s going to lead to prejudice

Chairman Alexander Soros appoints Indian-Kenyan human rights lawyer Binaifer Nowrojee as president of the Open Society Foundations and outgoing Briton Mark Mallock-Brown says he is very proud of what they have done to prepare the organization for a future where all the obvious truisms of the international liberal order have been turned on their head and that they have had to reinvent how they promote human rights and open societies

US Senator Chuck Schumer says in a speech as a lifelong supporter of Israel it has become clear to him that the Netanyahu coalition no longer fits Israel's needs since October 7 and that he believes a new election is the only way to allow for a healthy and open decision-making process about the future of Israel

Sweden becomes NATO:s 32nd member state on Thursday and thus officially leaves its historic policy of neutrality behind, Ulf Kristersson (M) in Washington and will attend as guest of honor during Joe Biden's State of the Union address

European Commission will pay EUR 50 million to the UN organization for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, next week, as part of the planned total support of EUR 150 million during 2024, in addition to the support to UNRWA, the EU will this year send EUR 68 million to Palestine

The New York Times writes that for the past eight years the CIA has financed and established at least twelve spy bases in Ukraine along the Russian border, that in 2016 they began training an elite group to defeat Russian drones and their encryption, and that director William Burns visited Kiev for the tenth time in February, the collaboration is said to have started in 2014 when the pro-American government took over in Ukraine after Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a coup

Hungary, as the last country of the 31 member countries, approves Sweden's application to NATO on Monday and now only formalities remain, Victor Orbán says that being a member of NATO together with another country means that we are ready for each other and Ulf Kristersson (M) writes on X that it is a historic day and that Sweden is ready to shoulder its responsibility for Euro-Atlantic security

American and British fighter jets strike 18 targets in Yemen on Saturday in response to the Houthi rebels' attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says there will be consequences if they do not continue their illegal attacks, while the Houthi rebels write in a statement that they will confront the escalation with more military operations to defend their country, their people and their nation

US, UK and Germany support Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as a candidate for NATO's next Secretary General, to be elected approval is required from all member states, former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer says that it can be confirmed as early as April 4 when the countries' foreign ministers are to meet in Berlin for the alliance's 75th anniversary

China's imports of manufacturing equipment used in semiconductor production record high in 2023, including 270 percent increase in imports of lithography machines and Dutch lithography maker ASML's sales to China rose from 14 percent in 2022 to 29 percent in 2023 despite overall sales growth of 42 percent, The US is trying to reduce China's imports through export bans among other things

Australia's parliament votes to allow Julian Assange to return home by 86 votes for and 42 against and the country's prime minister since 2022, Anthony Albanese, raised the issue with Joe Biden in October, next week Assange will appear before the UK High Court in connection with the final appeal against extradition to the US

Tucker Carlson publishes two-hour interview with Vladimir Putin that begins with the president going over his view of the history of Russia and Ukraine for 20 minutes, continues with the role of NATO and the United States in the conflict, the possibility of peace, Russia's interest in more areas, who is behind the sabotage of Nord Stream and Elon Musk

Germany opens its third migration center in Nigeria which were opened with the motive of helping the Nigerians who want to come to Germany for work as well as those who have been sent back, German Development Minister Svenja Schulze says there are many motivated young people in the country who are thinking of migrating

U.S. drone strike in Iraqi capital Baghdad kills leaders of Iranian paramilitary group Kata’ib Hezbollah which sparks outraged protests

Joe Biden says he has decided how the US will respond to the drone attack on an American base in Jordan that killed three Americans for which he holds Iran responsible for supplying weapons to the militia behind it, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) writes "hit Iran now, hit them hard” and Sen. Tom Cotton (R) calls for devastating military retaliation, both in Iran and throughout the Middle East

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban invites Ulf Kristersson to Hungary to negotiate Sweden's possible entry into NATO, Turkey is expected to vote on the membership this week

Parliament House in Tasmania takes down the Aboriginal flag to make room for the Danish flag when Denmark's new Tasmanian Queen is honored while allowing the Australian and Tasmanian flags to remain, prompting activist Nala Mansell to say it is a classic example of Parliament's lack of respect for the Aboriginal people, their country and their flag

American-Chilean and political commentator, Gonzalo Lira, dies in hospital in Ukraine after prison term on charges of justifying Russia's war in Ukraine, his father says he cannot accept the way his son died as he was tortured and extorted for eight months and received no help from the US embassy, ​​Lira saw the war as a US proxy war against Russia and Elon Musk and Tucker Carlson have called for his release

The US and the UK begin airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen on Friday, which is the largest military effort by the United States since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, other countries that President Joe Biden says helped in the attacks in Yemen are Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani says the EU should have its own army, to which Russian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responds by writing that it is important to find out what energy source will be used because otherwise the US will be able to pressure Brussels to get troops sent where Washington wants

Australia bans Roman salute and symbols associated with National Socialism in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s on the grounds that anti-Semitism has risen since the conflict in Gaza flared up, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus says the vote sends a clear message that there is no place for glorification of the Holocaust in Australia

Documents from the lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein's close associate Ghislaine Maxwell, with more than 100 people named, is being released by Judge Loretta Preska this week, naming Michael Jackson, Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton, Stephen Hawking, Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and Naomi Campbell, among others

South Africa's lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Israel on charges of genocide against Palestinians begins on January 11 when South African representatives present their case and Israel will present its defense on January 12

Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia formally join BRICS and Russia takes over the rotating chairmanship in 2024

Chinese companies are contracted to build a city outside Baghdad, Iraq, with 250,000 to 300,000 homes for low- and middle-class families with a university, commercial centers, schools and health centers, to be completed in four to five years

The US Navy opens fire and kills several Yemeni Houthi rebels after an attack on a cargo ship in the Red Sea according to the US military, US destroyers shot down two robots on their way to a ship and three of four boats whose crew tried to board the same ship were reportedly shot down

American President Joe Biden on Tuesday gives orders to attack Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, which then takes place 13 hours after three Americans were injured in a drone attack in Iraq on Monday, 1 dead and 18 injured in the American attack

Vladimir Putin has been open to peace talks since at least September, Russian, American and international sources told the New York Times, which a US official said would mean a sovereign Ukraine while occupied territories become Russian

France closes its embassy in Niger and withdraws all troops on Friday, diplomatic representation remains in Mali and Burkina Faso where the military rule also has driven out the French troops

China's leader Xi Jinping told Joe Biden during the November 15 summit in San Francisco that he intends to unite Taiwan with mainland China, according to NBC News sources, several American and Chinese government official where in attendance, and Xi said China prefers a peaceful solution

Four major shipping companies, including Danish Maersk, stop their traffic in the Red Sea since Yemeni Houthi rebels have attacked several ships recently, the sea accounts for 40 percent of the world's international trade

Sweden signs a defense agreement with the United States which means that the American military gets access to a dozen bases in Sweden, the first of its kind between the countries as Sweden has had a policy of neutrality since the 19th century and did not participate in any of the world wars

Argentina's President-elect Javier Milei and Elon Musk talk on the phone and agree to meet in 2024 after Elon Musk shares clips with the Argentinian libertarian saying there is nothing more unjust than social justice, and they thank each other for their respective effort for freedom

American warship and several commercial ships are attacked in the Red Sea according to the Pentagon and Yemeni Houthi rebels claim two attacks on Israeli ships and say they are not aware of any American targets

Dutchman Geert Wilders, whose party recently became the largest party in the country, believes that Palestinians should be moved to Jordan and writes on the X that Jordan is Palestine, King Abdullah II has long said that Jordan is Jordan in response to similar views

US forces in Iraq and Syria were attacked four times within hours on Thursday by rockets and drones without any damage on troops or infrastructure, the day after the US attacked Hezbollah's Kataib Brigade south of Baghdad, killing eight people

U.S., Israel and Hamas near agreement to pause conflict for at least five days and release hostages, sources told The Washington Post, White House National Security Council spokesman Adrienne Watson says there is no deal yet but that they continue to work hard to get a deal

The number of Japanese restaurants outside of Japan is 187,000 and has tripled over the past decade and since the last survey in 2021 increased by 20 percent, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries attributing some of the growth to increased interest from anime fans in Central and South America

Turkish President Recep Erdogan says during a visit to Germany at a press conference with Chancellor Olaf Shultz that he can speak freely because Turkey does not owe Israel anything and that they did not go through the Holocaust and are therefore in a different situation

China's leader Xi Jinping visits US for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC summit and Joe Biden calls him dictator during press briefing and says he made it clear the US does not expect any intervention in the upcoming elections in Taiwan

Osama Bin Laden's text Letter to America, written in 2002 and giving a different view of US foreign policy than the official one, goes viral on Tiktok and The Guardian removes the letter after having it available for 20 years

Indonesia's ambassador to Sweden, Kamapradipta Isnomo, gives full support for Palestine during a meeting with Sweden's foreign minister Tobias Billström (M) in Stockholm, and on Thursday the ambassadors to the 57 member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation asked for Sweden to call for a ceasefire and continue with international aid to Palestine

G7 foreign ministers write in statement that Russia must stop its aggression against Ukraine and bear legal responsibility for all its international illegal actions and that Russian assets will remain frozen until it has paid for the damage it has caused to Ukraine

Finnish prime minister Petteri Orpo says on Tuesday that Chinese authorities are now cooperating in the investigation into the sabotaged underwater cable between Estonia and Finland who suspects a Hong Kong-flagged and Chinese-owned ship that was nearby in time and place

Proposals in documents from the Israeli Intelligence Ministry include the evacuation of everyone from the Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and that the United States be tasked with putting pressure on Egypt and Europe to accept the Palestinian refugees, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has declared that such displacement of the Palestinians threatens peace with Israel

Israel is delaying the ground invasion of Gaza at the request of the United States, which says it needs time to mobilize air defense systems in the region for its troops in Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces that Chinese-owned Syngenta company is being forced to sell its land after recently passed law barring foreign parties from owning land in the state, says Chinese government in 2017 passed law requiring Chinese nationals abroad to cooperate with security services

Largest Hindu temple outside India, Akshardham Mahamandir, opens in Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, after 15 years of work, is 61 meters high and covers 510,000 square meters

Joe Biden says one of the reasons Hamas attacked Israel was because Saudi Arabia wanted to recognize Israel and the White House is now asking Congress for $14 billion to support Israel's military

Greta Thunberg shows her support for Palestine by posting a photo with a message signs and a toy octopus that can be seen as an anti-Semitic symbol, something she says she was completely unaware of, she deletes the photo and posts a new one without the octopus

Scotland's Muslim and Pakistani First Minister, Humza Yousaf, whose wife is Palestinian, offers Scotland to become the first in the UK to accept refugees from Palestine and calls on the international community to organize a worldwide refugee program

Left-wing Jewish activists are doing a sit-in protest against Israel in House of Representatives office building, Cannon Building, near White House and nearly 400 detained, ADL says they are not representative of fellow Jews

US President Joe Biden visits Israel but Jordan visit canceled after hospital explosion in Gaza, where he would have met King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

22-year-old Miles Routledge from Birmingham, UK, known as Lord Miles and for traveling to dangerous places, is released in June 2023 by the Taliban after being captured in March 2023 in Afghanistan and was suspected by the outside world to be dead

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and says the meeting was very productive, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller says the two reaffirmed their shared commitment to protecting civilians and promoting stability in the Middle East

Scotland's first minister, the Muslim Humza Yousaf's mother-in-law and Palestinian father-in-law are stuck in Gaza and Yousaf's current wife Nadia El-Nakla says she has relatives whose houses were destroyed by Israeli bombings, the minister's wife has worn traditional Palestinian clothes in the British monarch's official residence in Scotland, Holyrood

Multiple demonstrations in Europe on both sides of the conflict in the Middle East, including thousands demonstrating in London for Palestine under threats from British police that those seen supporting Hamas could be arrested

CIA spokesman Walter Trosin and CIA historian Brent Geary say the majority of the agency's activities have strengthened popularly elected governments, but that its involvement in the 1953 ouster of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq was an exception to that rule, it was said in the CIA's podcast The Langley Files and Iran responds that the recognition did not lead to compensation or a commitment to refrain from future interference

50-year-old Israeli employee at Israeli embassy in Beijing, China stabbed and 53-year-old foreigner arrested, Israel has complained about China's lack of unequivocal condemnation of Hamas' attack on Israel and lack of statement that Israel has the right to defend itself

White House spokesman John Kirby says they will continue to support Ukraine as long as they can but that it will not be forever and when asked how the United States monitors the protests in Guatemala, he replies that of course they will not get involved in internal politics in the country and that they obviously believe in free and fair elections

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, appeals to states with influence to defuse the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, saying that we are facing an explosive powder keg situation and we know how this plays out time and again through the defeat of Israeli and Palestinian lives and incalculable suffering inflicted on both communities

Nobel Peace Prize 2023 goes to 51-year-old Iranian women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi, she has campaigned against the forced wearing of the hijab and against the death penalty for two decades and is now imprisoned

Israel declares war after Palestinian Hamas enters country and fires more than 2,000 rockets, reports say at least 40 Israelis are dead and 545 injured and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says they will win

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is visited in Belmarsh prison in London by Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the visit lasts two hours and according to Varoufakis, Assange conveys a starkly deteriorating condition, holding onto the remnants of his self, preparing to rebuild himself once his days behind bars come to an end

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