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UN extends Syria cross-border aid without challenge from Russia

The Biden administration eased restrictions on aid groups working with the Syrian government in November. The United Nations has extended authorization to deliver aid from Turkey into Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province for another six months. Bab al-Hawa is the last Syrian border crossing authorized for direct aid deliveries into parts …

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Iraq’s speaker re-elected with backing of Muqtada al-Sadr

Mohammed al-Halbusi is Iraq’s speaker of parliament for a second term despite opposition from Shiite parties aligned with Iran. The first session of Iraq’s new parliament was held on Jan. 9. In that session, new parliament members voted that Mohammed al-Halbusi will serve a second term as speaker of the …

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Putyin már a NATO feloszlatását követeli – Orbán Viktornak is döntenie kell, ki mellé áll

Lényegében a NATO feloszlatásával, Közép-Európa, s benne Magyarország szuverenitásának csorbításával egyenértékű az Oroszország által decemberben előterjesztett két szerződéstervezet. Noha mind az Egyesült Államok, mind a NATO elutasította az orosz ultimátumot, a hétvégén Genfben tárgyalások kezdődnek, amelyen az Ukrajna megtámadásával fenyegető Moszkva jelentős engedményeket akar kicsikarni Washingtontól. Ebben a környezetben kerül …

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Kazakistan’da Rus askerleri

Kazakistan’da LPG’ye yapılan astronomik zammı protesto olarak başlayan ve hızla büyüyen, yayılan, şiddetlenen, ayaklanmaya dönüşen nümayişler o zammın geri alınmasına, hatta hükümetin istifa etmesine, üstelik protestocuların “İhtiyar, git!” sloganında kastedilen Nursultan Nazarbayev’in Milli Güvenlik Konseyi Başkanlığından alınmasına rağmen devam ediyor. Demek ki, onca yer altı zenginliğine (petrol, doğalgaz, uranyum) rağmen …

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«Касым-Жомарт Токаев стал полноправным президентом Казахстана»

Президент Казахстана Касым-Жомарт Токаев поручил новому правительству ограничить доступ олигархов к экономике. Кабинету министров, в частности, предстоит остановить необоснованный вывоз капитала. Выступая перед парламентом, глава республики впервые с начала протестов упомянул Нурсултана Назарбаева. При нем в Казахстане появились очень богатые люди, и теперь пришло время поделиться с рядовыми гражданами. Токаев …

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Sahel violence threatens West African coastal states

Concerns grow that violence that has long crippled countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger will spill over further south. Benin, a small coastal country in West Africa, has been relatively unscathed from a security crisis that has wreaked havoc in its northern neighbours across the Sahel region for …

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Putin’s Next Move on Ukraine Is a Mystery. Just the Way He Likes It.

The contradictory, sometimes menacing messages from the Kremlin have stumped Western officials and Russia experts, showing the Russian leader’s desire to keep his rivals on edge. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has spent months massing close to 100,000 troops near the Ukraine border. But Moscow says it has no …

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Iraq Is One Step Closer to Forming a New Government

Negotiations to form a new government in Iraq have entered a final, decisive phase, with the process shaping up to be a dispiriting contest among several factions that unfortunately share broadly similar authoritarian characteristics. The disputes over power-sharing arrangements and government positions are complicated, and the final lineup is still …

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The U.S.-China Rivalry According to China

Much has already been said about the recent heightening of U.S.-China tensions and its potential fallout. What gets less attention is how the U.S. and China themselves perceive the status of their relationship, and how that affects their plans for the future. An analysis of prevailing elite opinion in the …

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Nazarbayev’s Fate in Kazakhstan Is a Cautionary Tale for Putin and Xi

More even than most crises, the events unfolding in Kazakhstan in recent days can be read in myriad ways. On one level, it clearly appears to have resulted in yet another opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to claw back control over domains lost by the Kremlin following the demise …

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