Poland says it has stopped supplying weapons to Ukraine amid an escalating dispute over grain shipments threatening to break a critical alliance in Kyiv’s fight against Russia. The announcement came after Ukraine lashed out over Poland and other neighbors’ decision to halt Ukrainian grain imports.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander says the Netherlands must continue coming to grips with the country’s dark historical ties to slavery, even beyond this anniversary year. “So that after acknowledgment and apology, we can work together to foster healing, reconciliation, and recovery.”
Azerbaijan’s president claimed late Wednesday that his Muslim nation “restored” its sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Christian Armenians live, in a military offensive that may have killed hundreds of people.
China’s military sent over 150 warplanes toward Taiwan this week in an unprecedented military action that the island’s government swiftly condemned as “harassment.”
Officials say that 24 hours after Azerbaijan’s army launched an offensive in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh that killed dozens of people, ethnic-Armenian forces have agreed on Russia’s terms for a ceasefire. At least 32 people were reportedly killed and about 200 injured since skirmishes were confirmed Tuesday in the South Caucasus enclave, impacting the predominantly Christian population in the region.
Iranian Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Mohammad Reza Ashtiani stated Wednesday that bilateral relations between Russia and Iran have developed to reach an unprecedented new level of cooperation and understanding, the Interfax news agency reports.
The Azerbaijani military on Tuesday broke through lines of Armenian troops in Nagorno-Karabakh in an effort to drive Armenian forces out of the region, Reuters reports. While Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as Azerbaijani territory, its mostly ethnic Armenian population claims the area is their ancestral homeland and has actively resisted Azerbaijani control of it for over 100 years.
World leaders should quickly consider creating a global organization akin to the International Atomic Energy Agency to address both the benefits and the dangers of artificial intelligence — specifically, those associated with the fast-emerging realm of “generative A.I.” capable of creating text, images and videos.
The European Union has temporarily halted its funding for the World Food Program (WFP) in Somalia after a United Nations investigation revealed widespread theft of aid intended for Somalis facing famine, Reuters reported. The European Commission received donations of over $1 billion last year, and gave around $7 million in aid to the WFP in Somalia.
The Taliban regime in Afghanistan has detained an American volunteer surgeon among 18 team members from the International Assistance Mission humanitarian aid NGO (IAM), Radio Free Europe (RFE) reports. The detainees were taken into custody over a period of 11 days, starting on September 3, with no explanation given for the move.
Ukraine on Monday said it plans to sue neighbors Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia over bans on Ukrainian agricultural products.
Russia has asked the United Nation’s top court to throw out a case challenging Moscow’s argument that it invaded Ukraine to prevent genocide.
India has expelled a senior Canadian diplomat after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Delhi may have been involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader.
Five American citizens jailed for years in Iran were on their way home to the United States Monday after being released in exchange for billions of dollars in a controversial prisoner swap.
Russia fired nuclear-capable cruise missiles at “mock targets” in the seas separating it from the U.S. state of Alaska on Monday in what it said was an exercise to protect its northern shipping route in the Arctic.
A summit in Budapest dedicated to the demographic winter hitting the industrialized world has ended with appeals by government and faith leaders for people to have more children and pro-family lives.
The government of the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, denied late Sunday that an alleged coup was underway against longtime President Denis Sassou.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni says the nation is under “unsustainable pressure” due to an influx of migrants fleeing war, persecution, and poverty as a dead newborn baby has been recovered.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey may part ways with the European Union, implying that the country is thinking about ending its bid to join the 27-nation bloc.
Iran began barring U.N. inspectors from nuclear sites over the weekend, days after the Biden administration freed up $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds in pursuit of a prisoner swap with Tehran.