Dutch Thriller Election Overshadowed By Polarization And Attacks

Dutch voters cast ballots Wednesday in an unpredictable election overshadowed by two violent attacks on a nationalist leader who had been critical about migration, climate change, the war in Ukraine, and perceived LGBTQ+ propaganda among children.

U.S. Strikes Iraqi Hezbollah Group; At Least 5 Killed

In reaction to increasing attacks on U.S. bases, U.S. fighter aircraft targeted two operations centers affiliated with Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah militia group. The Iranian-backed militia reported the death of five of its members in Jurf al-Sakhar, located south of Baghdad.

BRICS Calls for a ‘Sustained’ Ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict

China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and other BRICS leaders expressed condemnation for “acts of violence” affecting both Palestinian and Israeli civilians amid the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza. This stance was conveyed through a joint statement released on Tuesday.

U.S. Warns Iran on Sending Short-Range Missiles to Russia

U.S. officials expressed concerns on Tuesday that Iran is gearing up to supply Russia with sophisticated short-range ballistic missiles for its military operations in Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

South Africa Votes To Close Down Israeli Embassy

South Africa’s Parliament voted to close down Israel’s embassy in Pretoria after President Cyril Ramaphosa accused the Jewish nation of committing “genocide” in Gaza.

Cashless System Being Developed as IMF Releases Virtual Digital Currency Handbook

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a virtual handbook on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to serve as a reference guide for Central Banks, aiming to facilitate the implementation of CBDCs and the transition towards a cashless society. However, concerns have been raised about potential heightened government interference in individuals’ personal finances.

Russia Readying For Peace Talks

More video evidence emerged this weekend of Russia readying for peace talks with Ukraine as hundreds of thousands were killed and injured since Moscow invaded the country in February last year.

IMF Warns Digital Currencies Will Replace Cash

The chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told the world to prepare for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) to replace cash, despite concerns that this will increase government control over people’s personal (financial) lives.

US President Calls China’s Counterpart Dictator

U.S. President Joe Biden still believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is “a dictator,” prompting a rebuke from Beijing after the two leaders initially reported progress during their meeting in the United States.

Britain’s The Guardian Removes Bin Laden’s Letter

Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has removed Osama bin Laden’s 21-year-old ‘Letter to America’ from their website late Wednesday, following its viral spread on social media outlet TikTok.

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