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The planned visit is intended to demonstrate Britain’s ‘support’ for the island, according to the Guardian
Despite China’s outrage over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan, British lawmakers are reportedly planning a similarly provocative trip to the self-governing island later this year, the Guardian has reported, citing multiple sources.
The UK delegation will likely be headed by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Tom Tugendhat, or “whoever becomes the next chair,” one source told the newspaper. The trip was initially supposed to take place earlier this year, but was rescheduled to November or early December, apparently due to one of the delegates testing positive for Covid.
Like Washington, London officially adheres to the “One China policy”, but maintains unofficial ties with Taiwan. The Taipei representative office in London told the Guardian it “welcomes any opportunities to strengthen its relations with Britain, including through visit..
American and Israeli forces have begun a four-day maritime drill in the Red Sea amid rising tensions with Iran
The US and Israeli navies have launched a four-day joint exercise in the Red Sea amid rising concern over the alleged threat posed by Iran’s maritime forces.
The joint war games began on Monday and will run through Thursday, according to a statement by the US 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain. The exercise will focus on “mission planning, maritime interdiction and other drills at sea,” the 5th Fleet said.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the joint maneuvers, saying its INS Keshet missile ship and INS Eilat corvette will participate in a variety of missions alongside US warships and a refueling tanker. US Navy vessels involved in the exercise include the USS Nitze guided-missile destroyer, the USS Lewis B. Puller mobile base vessel and the USNS Matthew Perry cargo ship.
Naval forces from Israel and the United States began a four-day maritime exercise in the Re..
The US has authorized $550 million in additional aid to Kiev, including more rockets for its previously shipped HIMARS launchers
US President Joe Biden has ordered an additional $550 million in weapons shipments to Ukraine, largely to restock ammunition for the HIMARS rocket launchers that Kiev has touted as a “game-changer” in its conflict with Russia.
The latest round of weaponry for Ukraine was approved under Biden’s so-called “drawdown authority” on Friday, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a White House briefing. The new aid package will include rounds for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and 155-millimeter artillery shells.
Top Biden administration officials – including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan – spoke with their Ukrainian counterparts earlier on Friday to inform them of the latest aid approval, Kirby said.
Cameron, Starmer and Piers Morgan join the previously sanctioned Johnson and Truss
Moscow on Monday blacklisted 39 British officials, consulting executives and journalists as part of retaliatory measures against London’s “hostile course aimed at demonization” of Russia. Former Prime Minister David Cameron was at the top of the list, which also includes Labour leader Keir Starmer as well as prominent members of the Liberal Democrats, SNP and Greens. At the bottom of the list are journalists, among whom is television personality Piers Morgan.
The “pernicious actions of Great Britain in planting Russophobia, spreading false information about our country and supporting the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev will receive an adequate and decisive response” from Russia, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The choice in favor of confrontation is a conscious decision of the British political establishment, which bears all responsibility for the consequences,” the ministry said.
Cameron leads ..
A “counterterrorism operation” in Afghanistan took out Al Qaeda’s leader
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed over the weekend in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden announced on Monday evening, after multiple media outlets reported it citing anonymous sources within the government. Biden made a brief televised appearance while quarantining with Covid-19.
“Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties,” a senior administration official told reporters in a background briefing. While Zawahiri’s name was not initially mentioned, AP reported it shortly thereafter, followed by Reuters and the Washington Post.
Addressing the nation at 7:30 pm, Biden said that the strike killed Zawahiri, calling him the right hand man of deceased former Al Qaeda boos Osama Bin Laden and a “vicious and determined killer.”
A White House official has suggested that Beijing may further escalate tensions over Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan
President Joe Biden’s administration has warned that China is poised to stoke geopolitical tensions around Taiwan, perhaps through military “provocations,” raising the risk of an unintended escalation in Beijing’s row with Washington over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to the self-governing island.
“China appears to be positioning itself to potentially take further steps in the coming days and perhaps over longer time horizons,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday. “These potential steps from China could include military provocations, such as firing missiles in the Taiwan Strait or around Taiwan, operations that break historical norms such as large-scale air entry into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone . . . air or naval activities that cross the median line and military exercises that could be high..
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that humanity faces the greatest risk since the Cold War
Rising geopolitical tensions around the world have put the global populace at its greatest risk of being wiped out by nuclear weapons since the Cold War ended, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.
“Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” Guterres said on Monday at the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference in New York. He urged the world’s nations to “put humanity on a new path toward a world free of nuclear weapons.”
The UN chief claimed that conflicts around the globe, human rights violations, the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic “have put our world under greater stress than it has faced in our lifetimes.” Risks of nuclear warfare are at the highest level since the height of the Cold War, he added.
“Humanity is in danger of forgetting the lessons forged in the terrifying fires of Hiroshima ..
At least 30 people in Kentucky have been killed by torrential rains, while hundreds remain missing
The death toll from last week’s devastating flooding in eastern Kentucky has climbed to at least 30 and, with hundreds of people still missing, the search for survivors will likely drag on for weeks, Governor Andy Beshear said on Monday.
“If things weren’t hard enough on the people of this region, they’re getting rain right now,” Beshear said at a press briefing, noting that four of the counties that were walloped by last week’s storm are under new flood warnings. “There is severe storm potential today in all of the impacted areas. That is just not right.”
Among the dead were at least six children, including four siblings – ages two to eight – who were swept away by the floodwaters as their family clung to a tree. Beshear said state officials are aware of additional victims’ remains beyond the 30 people who are confirmed to have been killed.
Dozens dead in US flood
Retired colonel claims funds meant for Ukraine end up in the hands of the military-industrial complex and will eventually dry up
The West will eventually lose interest in the Ukraine conflict and run out of resources to support Kiev in its war against Russia, a top former US military official said.
“There is no strategy. What we have is impulse,” retired Colonel Douglas MacGregor told Judge Andrew Napolitano on his YouTube channel on Friday.
In a wide-ranging interview, MacGregor said much of the military aid earmarked for Ukraine never reaches the country itself.
“Most of the money goes to the Department of Defense to compensate the armed forces for the movement of equipment and resources over to Europe. That money in turn is then transferred to the defense industries, the contractors who support and provide the replacement equipment,” he said, adding that the “whole circular operation enriches everyone who is important to Capitol Hill in terms of re-election.”
Tehran, however, maintains that resurrection of the landmark deal depends solely on Washington’s “will”
Washington has developed a proposal for a mutual return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, US President Joe Biden said Monday. The president made the remark in a statement ahead of the tenth Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference.
“Through diplomacy – in coordination with our Allies and regional partners – we have developed a proposal to secure a mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Biden said, without elaborating any further.
Iran, in turn, said that the revival of the nuclear deal relies primarily on the US’ “will” and that Washington must show its readiness to achieve a long-term result. In the near future, “we can possibly witness a new round of the talks,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.
Iran outlines its nuclear capabilities..