Author: Chloe Jackson

Blinken Travels To Middle East Amid Gaza Ceasefire

United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit the Middle East on 24 May, amid Israel-Palestine tensions. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, that now holds for four consecutive days, allows Blinken to meet with Israeli, Palestinian and other regional leaders in hopes of reaching peace agreements, says Reuters. This

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India To Receive $100 Million Worth Of COVID-19 Supplies From U.S.

On Wednesday April 26th, 2021, the White House announced a plan to send over $100 million worth of COVID-19 supplies to India in light of their surge in COVID-19 cases, says Reuters. India’s death toll surpasses 200,000, a staggering statistic that has been worsened by shortages of hospital beds and

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Venezuelans Flee to Colombia Amidst Drug Trafficking Disputes

Thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing to Colombia in response to violence over drug trafficking disputes. According to Reuters, Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said on March 28th that the power struggle between the Venezuelan military and illegal armed groups is the root of violence that persists in the country. While

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Iran Releases New Footage Of “Missile City” Weaponry Base

On Monday, March 15th, 2021, Iran released video footage and images of what they described as a Revolutionary Guards base or “missile city.” The base is equipped with cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as “electronic warfare” in a cement walled depot, tells U.S. News via a report on state

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Iran Enriching Uranium With New Centrifuges At Natanz

On March 8th, 2021, Iran began enriching uranium with a third set of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its undercover Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz, according to reports from Reuters. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported this violation of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other

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New WTO Chief Requests Tripling Of Vaccine Production

New head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala requested tripling of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing on March 1st, 2021. According to Reuters, she urged pharmaceutical companies to boost production so that developing countries can effectively combat the virus. “People are dying in poor countries,” says the WTO chief, who

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Blinken Criticizes Russia, Gives Input On Other Diplomatic Affairs

Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Russia’s crackdown on protesters supporting jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is known for his arguments against President Vladimir Putin. Reuters reports that over 5,300 people have been detained for demanding the release of Navalny, and the U.S. contemplates an appropriate

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EU To Sanction Four Russian Officials Over Navalny Conflict

European Union foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on four Russian officials on February 22nd, 2021, and the motion is to be formally ratified in early March. The agreement to sanction senior members of President Vladimir Putin’s staff comes as a predominantly symbolic response to the arrest of Russian opposition

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Prime Minister Hamdok Appoints Jibril Ibrahim As Sudan’s Finance Minister

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed veteran Darfur rebel group leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Jibril Ibrahim as Sudan’s Finance Minister on February 8th, 2021. Some Sudanese citizens and analysts have questioned Ibrahim’s new role because of his Islamist stance and former alliance to Omar al-Bashir. The

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Merkel And Biden Agree On U.S.-Germany Cooperation During Phone Call

U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel consented to strengthen transatlantic cooperation after a phone call on January 25th. A government spokesperson in Berlin reported that the leaders agreed upon collaboration in the COVID-19 pandemic and other global conflicts, states Reuters. Foreign policy, trade and climate change were

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