NATO restricts Belarusian access to alliance headquarters

Personnel at Belarus’ diplomatic mission to NATO will have their access restricted at the alliance’s headquarters, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, following the forced landing of a passenger plane by Minsk. Belarus is not a member of NATO but has had ties with the military alliance since 1992 following the fall of the Soviet… Read More NATO restricts Belarusian access to alliance headquarters

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong appears in court over defamation case against news writer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appeared in court on Monday in his defamation suit against a Malaysian writer, over an article he has said contained false statements about the home of his late father, the city-state’s first premier. Lee filed a lawsuit against Rubaashini Shunmuganathan for her story on a Singapore news site in… Read More Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong appears in court over defamation case against news writer

Somaliland holds first parliamentary election in sixteen years

Somalia’s breakaway Somaliland region held its first parliamentary election for 16 years on Monday, in what politicians there describe as evidence of its comparative stability. The region, which broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for its independence, has been largely peaceful while the rest of Somalia has suffered… Read More Somaliland holds first parliamentary election in sixteen years

Egypt’s intelligence chief meets with Hamas leaders for Gaza truce talks

Egypt’s intelligence chief met Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday in an effort to bolster a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel and to discuss reconstruction plans following the recent hostilities, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The visit was the first by an Egyptian intelligence chief to the enclave since the early 2000s.… Read More Egypt’s intelligence chief meets with Hamas leaders for Gaza truce talks

China increases births limit to three in major policy shift

Married Chinese couples may have up to three children, China announced on Monday, in a major shift from the existing limit of two after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births in the world’s most populous country. Beijing scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit to try and… Read More China increases births limit to three in major policy shift

Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

Russia will defend Belarus and help it if the European Union imposes economic sanctions on Minsk over the grounding of a plane and arrest of a dissident blogger, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry official as saying. Many European nations have imposed flight bans on Belarusian aviation over the forced landing of… Read More Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions