Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized his Western counterparts Friday for what he described as their selective interpretation of international treaties, and poured scorn on a former US Ambassador over his understanding of the 2015 Minsk Agreements. Since December, upwards of 100,000 Russian troops have massed along the Ukrainian border. Diplomatic negotiations between Moscow, Kyiv [...]

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Claiming that he was “restoring law and order” in Kazakhstan, President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev announced Friday that he has ordered armed forces to “shoot and kill without warning” to quash an uprising ignited by surging consumer fuel prices. “I have ordered law enforcement organizations and the army to shoot and kill without warning,” Tokayev said in [...]

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Kazakh President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday called participants in the fuel-price protests that have swept the Central Asian nation this week “terrorists,” accusing them of attempting to undermine their country at the behest of foreign powers, and ultimately asked Russia and the other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to come to Kazakhstan’s [...]

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A Swedish woman has been charged with war crimes for bringing her young son to Syria, where he was enlisted as a child soldier, and ultimately killed in the country’s long-simmering conflict, prosecutors announced Tuesday. The Swedish Prosecution Authority alleges the unidentified woman brought her son to Syria in August 2013, when he was 12 [...]

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In an exceptional instance of diplomatic harmony, China, France, Russia, the UK and the US released a joint statement Monday advocating for nuclear non-proliferation, and citing the historic refrain, “nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” The statement, which urged the imperative of compliance with international nuclear security accords, was issued as [...]

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Citing concerns for the safety of its reporters amid Hong Kong’s ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy journalism, independent media outlet CitizenNews announced the decision to shutter its operations Sunday. The move comes five years from the day the news outlet was established with the aim of advancing press freedom in Hong Kong, whose status as a [...]

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US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agree that principles of international law will play a key role in determining how their tensely coiled diplomatic relations will unfold. But statements released by the White House and the Kremlin projected differing views of what took place during bilateral talks Thursday on the latest [...]

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In the aftermath of a large-scale looting attacks, and amid deteriorating economic conditions in the region, the World Food Program (WFP) announced that it has suspended operations in El Fasher, the capital city of the Sudanese State of North Darfur. The shuttering is expected to affect some two million people in the area. All of [...]

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Exercising a form of injunction reserved for exceptionally serious cases, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR, Court) has instructed Russia to halt efforts to shutter Memorial International and its subsidiary organization, the Court announced Wednesday. The move followed two high-profile decisions by Russian courts this week to dissolve respected non-governmental organizations that were created [...]

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Washington renewed calls for the release of former US Marine Paul Whelan on the third anniversary of his arrest in Moscow on dubious espionage charges. “ traveled to Russia as a tourist and was imprisoned and sentenced on false charges,” the US State Department said Tuesday. The statement called on the Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Whelan, along [...]

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