June – Week 3

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25th June 2017:

  1. China and the United States, often at odds over how to handle the regime of Kim Jong-un, have agreed that denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible.”
  2. Over 40 foreign terrorists have managed to remain in the United Kingdom due to the existing human rights laws in the country, media reported citing an unpublished Home Office report.
  3. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt handed a 13-point ultimatum to Qatar. The list contains demands Doha needs to meet in order to restore ties with other Arab nations.
  4. The Russian military has delivered 5.2 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians in Syria’s provinces in the past 24 hours, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said.
  5. A car rammed into a crowd celebrating Muslim religious holiday Eid al-Fitr outside Westgate Sports Centre in Newcastle in the UK.
  6. Russia does not need any conflicts over the Arctic and the area should remain in peace and serve as a cooperation platform, however, but Russia will further insist on its rights to the Arctic shelf.
  7. Moscow has no reason to retaliate new Western anti-Russia sanctions introduced in June and considers existing agricultural restrictions a sufficient response.
  8. The Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo and the Khalid ibn Walid Mosque in Homs will be restored by the Chechen Republic’s Akhmad Kadyrov Fund.
  9. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange criticized the policy of the Democratic Party “elite” in the United States and urged ordinary Democrats to create a new political force.

 


 

24th June 2017:

  1. Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging US lawmakers to use their oversight powers to press the White House for answers on whether American troops were complicit in the torture of detainees in Yemen.
  2. Ukrainian troops opened fire seven times at militia positions in the eastern region of Donetsk, just two hours after a new truce came into force there at midnight.
  3. The deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism, Rostourism, said that by easing visa rules for Russian nationals, Qatar is sending a politically oriented message.
  4. Nearly a quarter of US adults say they are not ready to cover unexpected expenses.
  5. The Russian military has signed a ceasefire deal with the government of Syria’s Latakia province that became the first agreement of its kind made since the breakout of the bloody conflict.
  6. Jordan will not back out of the promise it made years ago not to put boots on the ground in neighbouring Syria.
  7. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) remains in the lead of 14 percent over the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
  8. Several projectiles, launched from the Syrian territory, landed in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said.
  9. The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning launched tests to stop leakage of highly contaminated water at the Japanese Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).
  10. US President Donald Trump said he was looking forward to meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, adding that a number of strategic issues were on the agenda.

 


 

23rd June 2017:

  1. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said that the liberation of Mosul from Daesh terror group is a “matter of days,” adding that the government will restore the ancient monuments destroyed by the extremists.
  2. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson still believes the Gulf States and Qatar can resolve the blockade crisis themselves, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing.
  3. Snooping by Berlin’s federal intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), targeted US entities all the way up to the State Department, the Department of the Treasury and even the White House, according to documents reviewed by Der Spiegel.
  4. A volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, was caught on video dumping the mutilated bodies of Syrian Army troops.
  5. Two Russian directors in Rosneft’s new board have been replaced by new shareholders, namely the Qatar state fund and Swiss trading and commodities giant Glencore, after they had bought almost a 20 percent stake in company earlier this year.
  6. The new strategy of Russia’s Rosneft oil company will be based on a qualitative change in its business through technological breakthrough and the use of digital technologies, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said Thursday, adding that the company will create an expert council to oversee these changes.
  7. A US presidential delegation is set to attend the inauguration of Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, the White House said.
  8. Western Europe’s leading oil and gas exporter Norway offered a record number of blocks for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. At the same time, Oslo brushed aside environmental concerns about the risks of drilling in the Arctic region.
  9. A new Swedish government decision paves the way for the Swedish police to strike a long-anticipated deal with their US counterparts to use each other’s fingerprint databases when looking for suspects.
  10. Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia is interested in the European Union overcoming the difficulties connected with Brexit.
  11. France is now pursuing a state policy to increase the use of renewable energies.
  12. Kiev appealed the ruling of the High Court of London on the $3-billion debt to Russia, according to official statement of the Ukraine’s Finance Ministry.
  13. Recent reports that Daesh has ordered its fighters to stop using social networks represents a shift in tactics following the loss of huge areas of territory.
  14. US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner have accepted an invitation to visit China later this year.

 


 

22nd June 2017:

  1. The Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament has approved the government’s decision to withdraw German troops from the Turkish Incirlik airbase
  2. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Acting Director Andrew McCabe said in a congressional testimony on the FBI’s 2018 budget request that he will meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ensure he has adequate resources for the Trump-Russia investigation
  3. Not long after Chinese and Vietnamese state-run media announced that senior military officials from Beijing and Hanoi would meet, the arrangements fell through
  4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that it is not necessary to change the Normandy Four format on settling the conflict in Donbas or create another platform for the talks
  5. Panama has recently cut ties with Taiwan in favor of the Chinese mainland. Will Burkina Faso be the next one to follow suit? Although Taiwan’s aid to the African country is extremely generous, the economic assistance, which is politically motivated, has proved to be insufficient
  6. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud held a phone talks to discuss the ongoing diplomatic crisis around Qatar and the appointment of the new Saudi crown prince
  7. Japan and South Korea will open a communication channel between the defense ministers of their two countries in order to enhance cooperation amid the nuclear and missile activities of North Korea
  8. It is “highly likely” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in Russian airstrikes last month
  9. The United States is mulling the decision to impose new targeted sanctions against Venezuela within the coming weeks, accusing it of autocratic tendencies
  10. Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said that the relations between Cyprus and Russia are “excellent” with “equally strong economic ties.”
  11. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) could give Greece the debt relief, according to IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice
  12. US President Donald Trump said that he did not make any recordings of conversations with former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey

 


21st June 2017:

  1. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has rolled out proposals for the United States to participate more actively in the settlement of the Donbass crisi
  2. Russia and the United States could restore cooperation in strategic stability, but the White House is restrained by Congress in its moves
  3. The government of the Iraqi Kurdistan autonomous region invites all international organizations to monitor the upcoming independence referendum in order to ensure that the vote will be held in a legal and democratic manner
  4. Whilst Russia’s Rosatom state nuclear corporation is determined to participate in wind farm building projects abroad, the company must first receive the necessary experience from building wind farms in its own country
  5. Whilst there are certain reservations with regards to European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) decisions,it is deemed too early to estimate the prospects of an alternative to the organization proposed within the framework of the BRICS organisation
  6. Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley is starting his three-day official visit to Moscow, coming three weeks after Indian PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the St. Petersburg Summit
  7. Russian scientists have managed to discover the secret of a bio-oil made from microalgae which may help turn it into a more efficient fuel
  8. Pyeongchang 2018 will be the first Winter Olympic Games hosted by South Korea. According to reports, South Korea is discussing ways of co-hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games with North Korea
  9. Amidst the recession and ‘junk’ international credit ratings, South Africa’s ruling party might be seeking to eliminate central bank independence
  10. European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini has suggested the bloc may dispatch a security mission to help stabilize Iraq after the expected recapture of Mosul from Daesh. Whilst plans are only at an embryonic stage, it has already been subject to much criticism and doubt
  11. The Romanian Parliament has passed a motion of no confidence in the government and its Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu
  12. The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine supported the idea of ​​the so-called ‘grain ceasefire’ – a ceasefire regime for harvesting, starting from 00-00 on June 24 in Donbass
  13. Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine are unable to determine who exactly starts the shooting in Donbass, violating the ceasefire
  14. Moscow and Riyadh could cooperate on building wind farms in Saudi Arabia

 


 

 

20th June 2017:

  1. The personal data of nearly 200 million Americans was found to be stored on an unprotected, publicly accessible Amazon server. The data was collected by a data analysis firm working for the Republican National Committee (RNC), which failed to secure their internal data online
  2. Republicans in the US Senate are hoping to hold a vote on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as soon as next week
  3. The leaders of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have agreed on the need to join forces in the fight against terror funding
  4. The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires, who represents the United States diplomatically in Iran, to protest against the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remarks on Iran
  5. Israel has started cutting its electricity supply to the Gaza Strip, in accordance with a request from West Bank authorities. If cuts come into full effect, the Gaza Strip will have electricity for just a couple of hours a day
  6. Russia and South Africa are in talks on the cooperation of companies in the production of hydrocarbon raw materials
  7. With Crimea continuing to lack fresh water, an international group of scientists is being created in the Czech Republic to prevent the Crimean Peninsula from “turning into a desert”
  8. French Armed Services Minister Sylvie Goulard has resigned after the French Prosecutor’s Office launched a preliminary investigation into the misuse of European Parliament assistants by her Democratic Movement (MoDem) party
  9. With India on the verge of seeing the world’s biggest oil companies set up fuel stations on its soil, India’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said Russian oil giant Rosneft has planned to tap the retail fuel market in India
  10. The US Federal Reserve Bank, in addition to raising interest rates and reducing their balance sheet, will introduce more stress tests for banks amid the White House-led deregulation of the industry in order to stave off the hazards to economic stability amid the reforms undertaken by the Trump administration
  11. The number of Chinese individuals with net worth of at least 10 million yuan grew to 1.58 million in 2016, almost 900 percent greater than in 2006, which stood at 180,000, according to a report on private wealth in China
  12. The United States has imposed sanctions on three banks that operate in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and high-ranking officials and entities of the self-proclaimed people’s republics

 


 

19th June 2017:

  1. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow is convinced that the 2017 BRICS Summit, scheduled to take place in Xiamen in China’s eastern Fujian province in September, will contribute to further partnership of the association member states
  2. According to the Polish prime minister, a wave of terrorist attacks in Europe is a result of irresponsible migration policy
  3. A meeting of the BRICS foreign ministers announced its strong support for the Geneva and Astana peace talks on settling the Syrian conflict and welcomed the establishment of de-escalation areas in the country
  4. The United Arab Emirates intends to buy several dozen Su-35 fighters from Russia
  5. Syrian government troops have regained control over the historical complex of the ancient city of Sergiopolis, known as Resafa in Arabic, which is located just southwest of the city of Raqqa
  6. Saudi authorities are planning to increase the country’s gas output capacities by 50 percent in the next three years, which should result in a decrease of liquid fuel usage
  7. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French right-wing National Front (FN) party, announced plans to search for political allies and form a parliamentary group following the results of the legislative election’s second round
  8. The Cuban authorities confirm their intention to conduct constructive bilateral dialogue with the US administration
  9. Israel’s government has handed a tender to build a national quantum communications system to Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The project aims to develop homegrown technology to protect data privacy, although given the privacy risks inherent in quantum computing, there are questionsas to how this system will be implemented
  10. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Thani said  that the editorial policy of Al Jazeera television channel and relations between Doha and the region’s countries, including Iran, were the country’s internal matter and not subject to negotiations
  11. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will meet with his Turkish Counterpart Fikri Isik next week to discuss US arms supplies to the Kurdish fighters in Syria
  12. A Russian lawmaker said that the suspension of the memorandum of understanding between Russia and the United States will help prevent such incidents as the American attack on the Syrian fighter jet.
  13. The United States will keep an open line of communication with its Russian counterparts to deconflict operations in Syria after the US military shot down a Syrian jet