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Suu Kyi's party demands her release as Myanmar generals tighten grip
World

Suu Kyi's party demands her release as Myanmar generals tighten grip

  • The party of Myanmar’s detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on Tuesday for her immediate release and for the junta to recognise her victory in November elections, a day after a military coup sparked global outrage.
  • The United States threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar’s generals after they seized power and arrested Suu Kyi and dozens of her allies in dawn raids on Monday.
Published 02 Feb, 2021 03:16pm
U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end
World

U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end

  • The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese company that makes elements for steel production, 12 Iranian steel and metals makers and three foreign-based sales agents of a major Iranian metals and mining holding company.
  • This move sought to deprive Iran of revenues as U.S. President Donald Trump’s term winds down.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 11:00am
Senate Investigation reveals Obama Administration knowingly funnelled aid funds to terrorist affiliate
World

Senate Investigation reveals Obama Administration knowingly funnelled aid funds to terrorist affiliate

  • The Obama Administration sent public funds to a non-profit humanitarian agency, which improperly transacted with an organization that had previously been sanctioned over its ties to terrorist groups.
  • The probe revealed that World Vision funnelled rough $5 million to Maktab al-Khidamat, the predecessor to Al-Qaeda; adding that insufficient vetting practices led to such dangerous levels of ignorance.
Updated 02 Jan, 2021 03:52pm
China completes maiden flight for passenger jet, challenging global aviation giants
World

China completes maiden flight for passenger jet, challenging global aviation giants

  • Using the Chinese-made ARJ-21, the nation's main aircraft maker seeks to bolster the utilisation of domestically produced planes, in an effort to compete with international aviation behemoths such as Airbus and Boeing.
  • China seeks to leverage the nation's massive aviation network and growing domestic market to gain a larger chunk of the global aviation services industry.
Updated 31 Dec, 2020 12:23pm
Iran says U.S. approved its funds transfer to buy COVID vaccines
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Iran says U.S. approved its funds transfer to buy COVID vaccines

  • Iran has won U.S. approval to transfer funds for coronavirus vaccines from overseas, the central bank chief said on Thursday, as its daily death toll fell to a three-month low.
  • Hemmati said Iran would pay around $244 million for initial imports of 16.8 million doses of vaccines from COVAX, a multi-agency group dedicated to assuring fair access to vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.
Published 25 Dec, 2020 07:05pm
Turkey says will not turn back on Russian S-400S purchase despite sanctions
World

Turkey says will not turn back on Russian S-400S purchase despite sanctions

  • Turkey will not turn back on its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems and will take reciprocal steps after evaluating U.S. sanctions imposed over the acquisition.
  • President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday the sanctions were a “hostile attack” against Turkey’s defence industry, and they were bound to fail.
Published 17 Dec, 2020 05:05pm
US imposes sanctions on Turkey for purchasing Russian S-400 missile system
World

US imposes sanctions on Turkey for purchasing Russian S-400 missile system

  • As of today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), under the auspices of the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" (CAATSA).
  • These sanctions are predicated on Turkey's main defense procurement entity knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport (ROE), Russia’s main arms export body, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system.
Updated 15 Dec, 2020 01:42pm
Pakistan gets U.S. Presidential waiver to avoid sanctions on religious freedom
World

Pakistan gets U.S. Presidential waiver to avoid sanctions on religious freedom

  • United States Secretary of State Michael 'Mike' Pompeo has issued a Presidential waiver for Pakistan, exempting it from any subsequent sanctions that follow a country's designation as a violator of religious freedom.
  • Furthermore, Pakistan also pointed out that "the glaring omission of India, where the RSS-BJP regime and their leaders openly disregard religious freedom and discriminate against minorities communities in an institutional manner".
Updated 10 Dec, 2020 07:41pm
European powers rebuke Iran after uranium enrichment announcement
World

European powers rebuke Iran after uranium enrichment announcement

  • France, Germany and Britain said on Monday that they were alarmed by an Iranian announcement that it intended to expand its nuclear programme.
  • The powers further stated that this move was also incompatible with the accord and Iran’s wider non-proliferation commitments.
Published 07 Dec, 2020 03:47pm