Week 1

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1st December 2016:

  1. Russia and Japan will continue negotiations on signing a formal World War II peace treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Wednesday.
  2. Colombian Parliament unanimously approved a new version of the peace agreement between the government and the FARC rebel group, media reported Wednesday.
  3. The donation scandal around the Clinton Foundation is attracting more and more attention. Recently, it turned out that not only GIZ donated 2.4 million euro of taxpayers’ money to the American institution, but that the Federal Ministry of the Environment is also involved in the scandal and donated 4.5 million euro to the foundation.
  4. US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Steven Mnuchin for the post of Treasury Secretary.
  5. The Paris court of appeals has upheld a ruling requiring Ukraine to pay Russia’s Tatneft oil and gas company $112 million with interest, Tatneft said Wednesday.
  6. An agent employed by German intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of leaking sensitive information to Daesh extremists, media reported Wednesday.
  7. Russian energy giant Gazprom and the Japanese authorities may hold talks on construction of a gas pipeline in Tokyo mid-December, media reported on Wednesday.
  8. UK parliament on Wednesday voted against the Scottish National Party (SNP) motion accusing former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair of misleading the parliament over Iraqi war in 2003.
  9. Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Robert Grey has been dismissed from his post over links to US intelligence, local media reported Wednesday.
  10. China and Russia have proceeded in testing high-speed maneuvering weapons (HSMWs), causing anxiety in some circles that the US may be falling behind in its development of hypersonic missiles.
  11. A Saudi Prince is bucking custom in the kingdom by asserting women’s right to drive in the country. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women from obtaining driver’s licenses.
  12. The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed intelligence-policy legislation that would form an interagency panel of senior officials tasked with countering what Washington claims is political interference by Russia in various countries.
  13. Russia could shoot down Ukrainian missiles in case they represented a threat. Ukraine Starts Missile Launches in Country’s South, Russian Fleet Takes up Guard Positions West of Crimea. According to Ukrainian Air Force’s Air Command South spokesperson, missile launches in the Southern region of the country are underway.
  14. Newly-appointed Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic said that his government will try to complete the country’s accession to NATO and “overcome misunderstandings in relations with its historic ally Russia.”
  15. The construction of a bridge from mainland Russia to Crimea is prearranged, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.



30th November 2016:

  1. Investigations were initiated in both Germany and Israel over a week ago after media reports about Jerusalem purchasing German submarines indicated a possible conflict of interest involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  2. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that the United States and France will finalize arrangements to deepen bilateral military space cooperation and defense cooperation more broadly.
  3. The outgoing Obama administration recently broadened the umbrella of the war on terror by placing the jihadist Somali group al-Shabaab (the youth) under armed conflict legislation drafted by Congress to target terrorist groups involved with the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  4. The US and European sanctions against Russia impede successful fight against terrorism, Vice President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies Luigi Di Maio.
  5. Luigi Di Maio also thinks that the Western states should give up the idea of democracy crusades with the help of weapons.
  6. Luigi Di Maio also believes that EU states need to hold referendums on giving up the eurozone common currency.
  7. US President-elect Donald Trump has decided to nominate Georgia Representative Tom Price, who is also the author of an Obamacare replacement plan, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services under his administration, media reported, citing sources.
  8. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bodyguards were injured in a militants’ attack on the presidential convoy.
  9. Due to the absence of sizable fossil fuel deposits of its own, Sweden has to rely on imports of oil and gas from overseas. Remarkably, the percentage of Russian oil imports has been rising steadily, despite Sweden’s sometimes overtly anti-Russian rhetoric.
  10. Indonesia hopes to sign a final agreement with Rosneft on the Tuban oil refinery construction in 2017.
  11. The advanced medium-range anti-aircraft missile system under development by Russian defense contractor Almaz-Antey will be outfitted with highly maneuverable and high-speed missiles capable of intercepting hypersonic and ballistic targets, defense analyst Vladimir Korovin asserted.
  12. No progress has been achieved in talks on the Ukrainian crisis in the Normandy Four ministerial format on Tuesday in Minsk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
  13. After a recent discovery of a night vision device marked “US government property,” members of the Indian Army have cited the discovery as evidence that the Pakistani Army was involved in the beheading of Indian Army rifleman Prabhu Singh along with the killings of two others on November 22.
  14. Senior trade and economic-affairs counselor Siarhei Nahorny at the Belarusian Embassy in Washington claims that Belarus’ economic relations with the United States have improved somewhat due to a relaxation of sanctions, but they could be better.
  15. Senior trade and economic-affairs counselor Siarhei Nahorny at Belarus’ Embassy in Washington said that Belarusian companies that make transportation equipment and provide related services need to have limits removed by the Eurasian Economic Union in order to operate at full capacity.
  16. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Armenian counterpart signed an agreement on establishing combined forces, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Wednesday.


28th November 2016:

  1. Newly-elected UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to arrive in China on Monday with a two-day working visit at the invitation of the Asian nation’s authorities. Guterres called on China on Monday to play a greater role in addressing global challenges, stressing that the country is “a solid pillar of the multilateralism in the world.”
  2. Venezuela will obtain soon new military technologies for the national Air Force from Russia and China, country’s President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday.
  3. France’s former prime minister Francois Fillon is winning the nomination of The Republicans party with 66.5 percent of center-right votes in Sunday’s runoff, the preliminary results of the vote revealed.
  4. While the European Commission has been seeking to set up rules to give citizens back control over of their personal data by reforming data protection rules, a draft law has been released by the German Interior Ministry that takes aim at the privacy rights of German citizens.
  5. Philippines inclines more to cooperate with Moscow and Beijing rather than with Washington. It is possible for Manila to cooperate with newly elected US President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday, amid increased tensions in the US-Philippines relations.
  6. The Russian Investigative Committee launched criminal cases against Ukrainian armed forces commanders due to their actions against Russian troops.
  7. A Finnish citizens’ initiative to hold a referendum on the withdrawal from the Eurozone has been ditched by parliament’s constitutional law committee despite having gathered the required number of signatures.
  8. The Chinese and Chilean presidents met in Santiago on November 22 to sign a raft of bilateral accords on mutual understanding between their two countries.
  9. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo met her British counterpart Theresa May in London, November 28, for what are crucial talks over Britain’s negotiations with the European Union over its post-Brexit relationship, with the historical Warsaw-London alliance likely to play an important role.
  10. Turkish farmers staged a protest in Antalya urging the government to speed up negotiations with Russia on the relief of its food embargo on Turkish.
  11. Moscow is ready to participate in the preparation of new agreements on nuclear weapons on condition that Russia’s national interests will be respected, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
  12. Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Maeland stressed at the meeting with Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi, Oslo’s willingness to resume trade and economic cooperation with Russia, the Norwegian government said Monday in a statement.
  13. Putin, Rouhani Discuss Syrian Crisis, energy Cooperation in Phone Talks. The Russian president discussed the Syrian crisis with his Iranian counterpart.