Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

The number of coronavirus infections in the world have been rising even as countries take precautionary measures to slow the spread down.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Boris Johnson Steps Up Plans To Tackle Coronavirus As Criticism Mounts

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Boris Johnson Steps Up Plans To Tackle Coronavirus As Criticism Mounts

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will step up government action this week in a bid to slow the spread across Britain of the potentially deadly coronavirus by accelerating plans to make the elderly stay at home — possibly for months — and for whole families to self-quarantine when any family member displays COVID-19 symptoms.

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Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

A lingering dispute over Afghanistan’s presidential election and an outbreak of coronavirus in the country appear to have complicated further an already troubled effort the United States is making to help find a negotiated end to nearly 19 years of war.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

The blueprint reportedly stipulates the development of the Hypersonic Cruise Missile (HCM) and the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) which are expected to enter service in the early 2030s.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus

Israel plans to deploy electronic counterterrorism measures to track the movements of people who might be infected with the coronavirus, officials said, a confluence of crime fighting and public health that could become more common even as it sparked civil liberty concerns.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Turkey Orders 4 Baghdadi Relatives Jailed for Joining ISIS

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Orders 4 Baghdadi Relatives Jailed for Joining ISIS

A Turkish court ordered the imprisonment of four relatives of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for joining the terrorist group.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Islamic State: US military says RAF airstrikes may have killed civilians

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State: US military says RAF airstrikes may have killed civilians

There is “credible” evidence British airstrikes against the Islamic State group have killed civilians in Iraq and Syria, the US military has said.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Hezbollah commander prosecuted in Austria for terror finance

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah commander prosecuted in Austria for terror finance

Prosecutors in the Austrian state of Carinthia have started a trial against an alleged Hezbollah commander who spent 13 years in the central European country while reportedly being involved in financing terrorism.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Purported new Iraqi Shia group claims attacks on Camp Taji

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Purported new Iraqi Shia group claims attacks on Camp Taji

A likely Iranian-backed militant group called “League of the Revolutionaries” published a video Sunday claiming responsibility for recent attacks against a base housing American-led coalition troops in Iraq.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

EU Monitors Say Pro-Kremlin Media Spread Coronavirus Disinformation

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on EU Monitors Say Pro-Kremlin Media Spread Coronavirus Disinformation

Pro-Kremlin media outlets are actively spreading disinformation about coronavirus in an attempt to “undermine public trust” in Western countries, according to an internal European Union document.

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Central Asian Countries Use Different Strategies To Deal With Coronavirus Crisis

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Central Asian Countries Use Different Strategies To Deal With Coronavirus Crisis

A glance at a global map tracking the spread of the coronavirus just one week ago would have shown a large blank space south of Russia, north of Iran, and west of China as an area completely free of the virus.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

People Promoting Facts, not Fake News, in Balkan Coronavirus Fight

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on People Promoting Facts, not Fake News, in Balkan Coronavirus Fight

With hundreds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Balkans, a few people have taken on the burden of keeping the public calm and well-informed. BIRN takes a look at some of them.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia

Kosovo’s Thaci Takes Aim at EU, Trying to Preserve Negotiating Role

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo’s Thaci Takes Aim at EU, Trying to Preserve Negotiating Role

In cosying up to Washington and criticising Brussels, Kosovo’s president is trying to protect his place at the negotiating table with Serbia, analysts say. Since returning from a week-long trip to Washington in early March, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has turned his fire on the European Union, seeing the United States as the best address […]

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia

Chinese major homemade aircraft conducts test flights despite epidemic

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese major homemade aircraft conducts test flights despite epidemic

Major Chinese home-grown aircraft, including the C919 large passenger jet, AG600 large amphibious aircraft and Y-20 large transport aircraft, have managed to conduct test flights and operations despite the novel coronavirus epidemic.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Sharing the Burden: Revisiting the EU-Turkey Migration Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Sharing the Burden: Revisiting the EU-Turkey Migration Deal

On the night of 27-28 February, Turkey lifted the strict controls it has enforced at its sea and land borders with Greece since March 2016, prompting thousands of migrants to head for the frontier in order to attempt passage into Europe. Ankara’s decision came just an hour after news broke that at least 34 Turkish […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Battle for the Sahel: the new frontline in the war on terror

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Battle for the Sahel: the new frontline in the war on terror

International forces are struggling to contain a brutal Islamist insurgency, with the death toll rising alarmingly. The Trump administration shook hands with the Taliban on Saturday to end a near two decades-long war in Afghanistan. But just as one front in the battle on terror is closing a new one is opening up.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

What will happen to Iraqi Shiite militias after one key leader’s death?

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on What will happen to Iraqi Shiite militias after one key leader’s death?

The U.S. decision to assassinate Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in January inadvertently also caused the death of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the powerful and influential head of Kataib Hezbollah and de facto head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). While commentators have focused on Soleimani, the death of Muhandis has broad implications for Iraq’s Shiite militia […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Turkish strike in Syria kills nine Hezbollah members, wounds 30: source

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish strike in Syria kills nine Hezbollah members, wounds 30: source

Turkish strikes on northwest Syria late on Friday killed nine members of Iran-backed Hezbollah and wounded 30 others, a commander in the regional alliance backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said. The commander said on Saturday that the Turkish strikes targeted Hezbollah headquarters near the city of Saraqeb in Idlib, a flashpoint of fighting in recent […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Berlin tightens security measures in mosques after deadly terrorist attack

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Berlin tightens security measures in mosques after deadly terrorist attack

Berlin has increased security measures at mosques across the country to shore up the safety of its Muslim residents in the wake of far-right terrorism that recently rocked the country with a number of deadly attacks.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

UK to launch specialist cyber force able to target terror groups

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on UK to launch specialist cyber force able to target terror groups

GCHQ and Ministry of Defence to roll out national task force of hackers after months of delay.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

U.S. targets Iranian-backed militia active in Iraq – State Department

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. targets Iranian-backed militia active in Iraq – State Department

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted a senior member of Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, punishing it for its attacks targeting U.S. forces, most recently for killing an American contractor in an Iraqi military base near the northern city of Kirkuk.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

France jails ISIS fighter trained by leader of Paris attacks

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on France jails ISIS fighter trained by leader of Paris attacks

A French court on Tuesday handed a 12-year jail term to a computer technician who travelled to Syria to join ISIS and trained to fight under the ringleader of the 2015 Paris attacks.

This was posted under category: Eurasia News

Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza

Truce implemented after Islamic Jihad armed group and Israeli army traded rocket fire and air raids since Sunday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Hezbollah says it opposes IMF management of Lebanon crisis

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah says it opposes IMF management of Lebanon crisis

Hezbollah is against allowing the International Monetary Fund to manage Lebanon’s financial crisis, the powerful group said on Tuesday, indicating opposition to any IMF bailout that would impose tough conditions on the heavily indebted state.

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What’s at Stake in Idlib, Last Battle in Syria’s War

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on What’s at Stake in Idlib, Last Battle in Syria’s War

After nine years of civil war, the fighting over who controls Syria has come down to one province: opposition-held Idlib, in the northwest. Backed by Russian air power, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad began to advance on the area early this year. Because the drive left rebels and civilians caught in the crossfire with […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Political

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Comments Off on The Coronavirus Crisis Is Political

In 2008, they told us not to ‘politicise’ the crash. We ended up with a decade of austerity. The coronavirus crisis will reshape the economy in profound ways – now is the time to make socialist arguments about how to respond, argues Grace Blakeley.

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China Locked in Hybrid War with US

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Comments Off on China Locked in Hybrid War with US

Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident. China has re-positioned itself. For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the […]

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The Oil Price Crash: Bad News for Putin’s Ambitions in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on The Oil Price Crash: Bad News for Putin’s Ambitions in the Middle East

Last week’s dramatic fall in the value of global stock markets was prompted, in part, by Moscow’s decision at the end of last week to end its cooperation with the Saudis to agree to new oil production targets, a measure designed to maintain global oil prices at a sustainable level.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

War in Syria: ‘Carnage’, flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on War in Syria: ‘Carnage’, flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres

UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that “we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

US Hits Back in Iraq, Targeting Militia Behind Deadly Rocket Attack

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on US Hits Back in Iraq, Targeting Militia Behind Deadly Rocket Attack

U.S. warplanes soaring through the skies of Iraq hit a series of sites belonging to an Iranian-backed militia, exacting revenge for a deadly attack on American and coalition troops just 24 hours earlier.

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MBS orders arrest of 3 senior Saudi princes including King’s brother

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on MBS orders arrest of 3 senior Saudi princes including King’s brother

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) detained three senior members of the kingdom’s royal family yesterday.

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Antagonizing the Neighborhood: Putin’s Frozen Conflicts and the Conflict in Ukraine

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Antagonizing the Neighborhood: Putin’s Frozen Conflicts and the Conflict in Ukraine

Good afternoon, Chairman Keating, Ranking Member Kinzinger, and distinguished members of the Committee. In recent years, international attention has focused on Russia’s efforts to keep its neighboring country, Ukraine, within its sphere of influence. Today, at this important hearing, I will speak about the situation in another country affected by Russian policies and military actions […]

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Turkey, Russia flesh out Syria ceasefire deal: Ankara

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey, Russia flesh out Syria ceasefire deal: Ankara

Turkey and Russia have agreed to begin joint patrols along a key highway in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib as part of a recent ceasefire agreement between the two sides, Turkey’s defense minister says.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Turkey

Iraq calls in US, British envoys after multiple airstrikes on Hashd Sha’abi positions

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq calls in US, British envoys after multiple airstrikes on Hashd Sha’abi positions

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has summoned the US and British ambassadors to Baghdad over a string of airstrikes carried out by the United States against multiple locations of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Chinese Diplomat Accuses US of Spreading Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese Diplomat Accuses US of Spreading Coronavirus

Tensions between the U.S. and China may re-escalate after officials of both countries hurled verbal attacks at each other about the origin of the coronavirus, observers say.

This was posted under category: Eurasia