UAE gets American drones as China ramps up sales

UAE gets American drones as China ramps up sales

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The White House's recent decision to allow the sale of advanced weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates highlights the deliberate shift in US policy towards the UAE after it signed "normalisation" accords with Israel. Why would the UAE want American drones as it already has dozens of Chinese armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its…
‘Technically alive’: Navalny posts Instagram photo of him walking

‘Technically alive’: Navalny posts Instagram photo of him walking

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Alexey Navalny walks down stairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this image obtained from social media [Courtesy of Instagram/Reuters] Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been seen walking down stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed, five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ventilator and…
Thai protesters back on streets to demand political change

Thai protesters back on streets to demand political change

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Bangkok, Thailand - Pro-democracy protesters are gathering in Thailand's capital, in what is expected to be the largest rally in weeks of anti-government demonstrations and the biggest since a military coup in 2014 that brought Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to power. Thousands of protesters on Saturday forced their way onto the campus of Bangkok's Thammasat…
Colombia police officers charged with killing that sparked riots

Colombia police officers charged with killing that sparked riots

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A family member of Javier Ordonez wears a t-shirt that reads 'Justice for Javier' during his funeral in Bogota [Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters] Authorities in Colombia have arrested two police officers accused of killing an unarmed man, in a case that triggered deadly protests in the capital, Bogota, and other cities. The two officers involved in the…
China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honours Lee Teng-hui

China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honours Lee Teng-hui

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Multiple Chinese military aircraft approached Taiwan for a second consecutive day on Saturday as the island's leader, government officials and a senior United States envoy bid farewell to the late Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, dubbed "Mr Democracy" for ending autocratic rule in Taipei in favour of free elections.  The Taiwanese defence ministry said 19 Chinese…
Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra survives impeachment vote

Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra survives impeachment vote

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Peru's President Martin Vizcarra has survived an impeachment vote after opposition legislators failed to amass enough support to remove him from office, quelling political tensions in the Andean country as it battles one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks. After Friday's debate, which lasted for 10 hours, only 32 legislators voted for Vizcarra's dismissal, while…
Erdogan willing to meet Greek PM over east Med tensions

Erdogan willing to meet Greek PM over east Med tensions

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is ready to meet with Greece's leader to resolve the standoff over energy exploration in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean. The search for gas and oil in the region has sparked a dispute that has seen the two NATO neighbours stage rival air and navy drills in strategic…
US election live updates: Early voting starts in four states

US election live updates: Early voting starts in four states

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden will campaign in Minnesota, which Trump lost by a slim margin in 2016. In-person early voting begins in four states today, including Minnesota.  Biden released a new TV advertisement about Trump's alleged insults of military veterans.  Trump is trying to capitalise on his Middle East deal by touting it in…
Indian army admits wrongdoing in killing three Kashmiris

Indian army admits wrongdoing in killing three Kashmiris

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Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - The Indian army says its soldiers exceeded powers under the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the killing of three local civilians in southern Indian-administered Kashmir earlier this year. On July 18, Indian armed forces said they killed three unidentified "rebels" in Amshipora village in Shopian. An Indian army…
Haftar announces conditional lifting of Libya oil blockade

Haftar announces conditional lifting of Libya oil blockade

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Libya's renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar has announced a conditional lifting of a months-long blockade on oilfields and ports by his forces. In January, backers of Haftar, the commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), shut down the country's oilfields and terminals in a bid to put pressure on their rivals, the UN-recognised Tripoli-based…