Author: Sydney Stewart

North Korea’s Missile Launch Sends Message to United States

Beginning at 7:04 AM on Thursday, March 25th, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into eastern waters, violating the United Nations Security Council resolution on nuclear weapons. This move follows last weekend’s release of two “cruise missiles” into the Yellow Sea. While the United States dismissed the first launch as

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International Criminal Court Claims Jurisdiction Over Palestinian Territories

On Friday, February 5th, the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that its jurisdiction rightfully extends to Palestinian territories. This landmark ruling is significant given that Palestine is not internationally recognized as an official state, even by the United Nations where it holds non-member observer status. The response to the ICC’s

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Kremlin Corruption: Russia Demands Navalny Return And Face Jail Time

  On December 28th, the Russian Kremlin ordered Alexei Navalny’s immediate return from Germany for a hearing. Navalny, Putin’s primary opposition, is currently recovering in Berlin after his suspected poisoning in August. This petition was issued by Russia’s Federal Prison Service (FSIN), who claimed Navalny had been actively avoiding a

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New Strain Of COVID-19 Discovered In The U.K.

After a year of researching and combatting COVID-19, a new strain of the novel coronavirus was discovered in the U.K. last week. This variant is becoming the most prominent strain throughout southern England, but has also been discovered in Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, and South Africa. While scientists do not believe

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Iran’s Conflicting Reports On Nuclear Scientist Death Raises Concerns

On November 27th, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head scientist for Iranian nuclear development, was shot in his car in Tehran. Following the assassination, Iranian authorities released various conflicting reports on how Fakhrizadeh was killed. At first, officials believed that both Fakhrizadeh and one of his bodyguards died in a gunfight between

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Four Killed And Twenty-Three Wounded In Vienna Terrorist Attack

Four people were killed and twenty-three wounded in a terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria last Monday, November 2nd , after a gunman wielding an automatic rifle and a machete fired into crowds enjoying one final evening in the city before another coronavirus curfew. The Austrian police shot and killed the

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Three-Way Nile Dam Negotiations Resume Amidst U.S.-Ethiopia Tensions

On Tuesday, October 27th, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan resumed long-term negotiations over the construction and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa. This 4.6 billion dollar structure which sits on the Ethiopia-Sudan border has caused tensions since its beginnings in 2011. Although the

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Netherlands Commits To Long Overdue Compensation For Indonesian Victims

On Monday, October 19th, the Netherlands promised to compensate the children of any Indonesian citizen killed through summary execution by Dutch soldiers during the Indonesian War of Independence. Any children that can credibly prove their relation to a victim and confirm that his death was a result of execution are

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History Repeated: Past Tensions Flare Between Armenia And Azerbaijan

Remnants of a conflict seemingly settled 26 years ago have flared up again this past week in the South Caucasus region. Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed conflict on September 27th, reviving long-existing tensions between the two previous Soviet republics. The current battle is concentrated on Nagorno-Karabakh: an Armenian ethnic enclave located

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