U.S. holds "extremely frank" talks with Niger military leaders as airspace is closed
Senior United States official, the Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, has held talks with the military leaders of Niger following a coup last month. Speaking to reporters from capital Niamey, Nuland said that, in talks lasting more than two hours, the U.S. had offered its help "if there is a desire on the part of the people who are responsible for this to return to the constitutional order". The U.S. was not "in any way taken up on that offer", she said.
patrickn97 Tue, 08/08/2023 - 07:49
Bridging the divide: the need for unbiased reporting in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

"Today, the media in both Armenia and Azerbaijan, and also among those niche market publications based abroad that report on the region, amplify the negative and nearly always ignore any positive developments or glimmers of hope," writes Onnik James Krikorian in this op-ed for commonspace.eu. "The masses in both countries have already turned off from such coverage.

patrickn97 Tue, 08/08/2023 - 07:39
Saudi Arabia to host summit on peace in Ukraine on Saturday
The Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah is to host a global summit on reaching peace in Ukraine on Saturday (5 August). The summit will be attended by some 40 countries including many countries of the "Global South", as well as China. Russia was not invited to the talks, however, and Moscow has said that they will "monitor" the summit. The discussion and future implementation of Ukraine's Peace Formula, set out by President Volodymyr Zelensky during an address to the G20 in November, will be the subject of the summit in Jeddah.
patrickn97 Sat, 08/05/2023 - 08:45
At least 11 killed in landslide in northern Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan offer assistance
At least 11 people have been killed in a landslide in Shovi, northern Georgia, on Thursday afternoon (3 August). Immediately after the disaster struck around 70 people were moved to a safe area, and according to a statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, two border police helicopters and around 400 rescuers had been deployed in the first night of the rescue operation.
patrickn97 Sat, 08/05/2023 - 08:17
Further Russian drone strike on Ukrainian port facilities

Another Russian drone strike has hit port and industrial facilities in the south of Ukraine's Odesa region on the Black Sea, starting fires, Ukrainian authorities have annnounced on Wednesday (2 August).

Regional head Oleh Kiper said that a grain silo had been damaged, but did not give any further details. He said that emergency services were working on the site and did not report any casualties.

Before the drone hit, the Ukrainian air force said that Russian drones were heading towards Izmail, a key Ukrainian port on the Danube river.

patrickn97 Wed, 08/02/2023 - 08:19
Kazakhstan-Afghanistan business forum to take place from 3-5 August
A Kazakhstan-Afghanistan business forum is set to begin in the Kazakh capital Astana tomorrow on Thursday (3 August), lasting until Saturday (5 August). According to a statement from the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, around 150 Afghan entrepreneurs from different sectors of the economy including second-level banks will be in attendance, while from the Kazakh side the Ministry of Trade and Integration, the company Kazakeksport, second-level banks, and logistics companies will also attend.
patrickn97 Wed, 08/02/2023 - 07:53
2nd EU-Saudi Arabia high-level political dialogue held in Brussels
The 2nd High-level Political Dialogue between the European Union and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was held on 31 July in Brussels, the European Union's External Action Service has announced in a press release. It was co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Mr. Enrique Mora and Ambassador H.E. Dr. Rayed Krimly, Head of Policy Planning at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
patrickn97 Tue, 08/01/2023 - 09:21
West African nations impose sanctions on Niger following coup, threaten military action

National leaders of West Africa's regional ECOWAS group on Sunday (30 July) imposed sanctions on the leaders of a coup that began unfolding in Niger on Wednesday (26 July). They also threatened military action against Niger if the ousted President Mohammed Bazoum is not reinstated within a week.

patrickn97 Mon, 07/31/2023 - 10:55
Protests greet Russian cruise ship as it docks in Georgia for the second time
Large protests have greeted a Russian cruise ship docking in the Georgian port city of Batumi on Monday (31 July). It is the second such protest in less than a week after the Astoria Grande docked on Thursday (27 July) despite protests, and left Georgia two days earlier than scheduled. Major demonstrations had already begun outside the port in Batumi around midnight on Monday, hours before the cruise ship, which is reported to be carrying a number famous Russian media personalities and celebrities who have expressed support for Russia's ongoing invasion, docked in Batumi. 
patrickn97 Mon, 07/31/2023 - 10:04
Opinion: Russia determined not to be marginalised in the Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiation process
The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers meet in Moscow today at the invitation of their Russian counterpart. It is the latest attempt by Russia to ensure that it is not marginalized, as Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations continue in earnest with western mediation. In this op-ed for commonspace.eu, Benyamin Poghosyan says that Russian demands to include in the peace agreement the issue of rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh may allow Armenia to take a more flexible position during the upcoming negotiations and seek to create minimally acceptable conditions for Armenians living in Nagorno Karabakh. 
dennis2020 Tue, 07/25/2023 - 09:23