Finland’s parliament approves NATO membership bid

Finland’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to apply for membership of the NATO military alliance in a historic policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. President Sauli Niinisto and the government decided officially on Sunday that Finland would apply for membership but the decision was pending parliament’s approval. Of the 200 lawmakers,… Read More Finland’s parliament approves NATO membership bid

Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo dissolves parliament

Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo has dissolved the country’s parliament, accusing deputies of corruption among other issues, he said on Monday. The tiny West African country has seen frequent political turmoil, with ten coups or attempted coups since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. In February, Embalo survived the latest failed coup and assassination… Read More Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo dissolves parliament

Tunisian military court jails four opposition lawmakers

Four opposition lawmakers from Tunisia’s dissolved parliament were jailed on Tuesday by a military court, their lawyer said, amid growing concern over human rights abuses following President Kais Saied’s seizure of power last year. Saif Eddine Makhlouf, the head of the conservative Karama Party, and three other party members were charged with assaulting policemen last… Read More Tunisian military court jails four opposition lawmakers

Clashes erupts in Libyan capital of Tripoli following political deadlock

Clashes erupted in Libya’s capital on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over government there but was forced back by a rival administration that refuses to cede power. Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight after two months of stalemate between Libya’s rival administrations, but withdrew hours later as fighting rocked the capital,… Read More Clashes erupts in Libyan capital of Tripoli following political deadlock

Uganda to withdraw troops from eastern DR Congo

Uganda will pull troops from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo in two weeks, the military said on Tuesday, after a joint operation against Islamist insurgents since late last year. President Yoweri Museveni’s government sent hundreds of soldiers into east Congo in December to join the Congolese military in an assault on the bases of the… Read More Uganda to withdraw troops from eastern DR Congo

Sweden set to apply for NATO membership

Sweden’s government has formally decided to apply for NATO membership, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, setting it on the road toward ending military non-alignment that lasted throughout the Cold War. Sweden’s governing Social Democrats dropped their 73-year opposition to joining NATO on Sunday and are hoping for a quick accession, following Russia’s February… Read More Sweden set to apply for NATO membership

U.S. President Joe Biden authorises redeployment of ground troops to Somalia

U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized the redeployment of several hundred American troops into Somalia, two U.S. officials said on Monday, after Donald Trump ordered their withdrawal during his presidency. Prior to Trump’s withdrawal, the United States had about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden authorises redeployment of ground troops to Somalia