The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced the completion of the national nuclear forces. The disclosure occurred during the VIII Congress of the Workers Party Of Korea. The 8th Congress also elected Kim Jong-un as the General Secretary of the Workers Party of Korea. The Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) is the top organ of the party.
Russia is to start production of the Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine in Brazil this week. Currently, Russia has seven factories that are producing two Russian-developed vaccines. The Brazilian Pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund to produce the vaccine in Brazil.
In an interview with official media, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi condemned the Trump administration’s actions to contain China and provoke a new Cold War, saying that this has brought harm to the world. He also hoped that the new administration led by Biden would “regain rationality and reopen dialogue.”
Iran has denied allegations that it was involved in last week’s US Embassy attack in Bagdad in which 21 rockets were fired. The attack led to one Iraqi casualty. A building in Baghdad’s Green Zone was also damaged during the attack. In the aftermath, US President Donald Trump issued a warning to Tehran cautioning that if one America gets killed, there will be a huge price to pay.
The global economy will be in trouble in the 2021. The economic challenges have been blamed on the Coronavirus pandemic,, which crippled the majority of the world. Even though, Covid-19 did cause an economic crisis, it is a mere smoke screen to shift the responsibility for the bad decisions certain politicians and organizations actually made.
The 2020 has been the worst year of this century. The Coronavirus pandemic has crippled the majority of the global economies. The Covid-19 lockdowns still continue and there is a talk of the third wave coming in the spring of the 2021. The realism suggests that the position of the leaders of an individual states is not differing from the past experience.
China admitted that Russia is superior in the defense aerospace. The revelation came during the joint patrolling exercise, which utilized the Russian Tu-95 MS strategic bombers and the Chinese Hong-6S. China is having difficulty with production of the technology.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world. Currently, there are over 80 million infected and over 1.7 million deaths around the globe. At present, over 1% of the global population has been infected with the Coronavirus.
The Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, announced the completion of a Russian military base on Alexandra Land, an island in the Franz Josef Archipelago. The base is fully built and equipped. The base has 334 buildings and the runaway at the Nagurskaya Airfield has been increased to seven miles.
The First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, made a statement regarding retaliatory measures against the United States for imposing new sanctions against Russia. These sanctions would stem from the poisoning of dissident Alexey Navalny in August 2020.
The Turkish Grand National Assembly announced an extension of the Turkish armed forces’ presence in Libya. According to a decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish military personnel will be stationed in Libya for the next 18 months. Former dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi was killed nine years ago in Libya.
The study has been conducted pertaining the radiation level on the Marshalls Islands. The Marshall Islands consist of two chains of 29 coral atolls, and are located north of the equator, between Hawaii and Australia. On each atoll there are a number of islands.
Russia and China believe that Germany will not be able to upgrade to permanent member status on the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, a Russian diplomat stated that Russia will not miss Germany when its term expires a the end of this month. The comments came on the heels of a scandal that broke out during the UN Security Council meeting.
The Afghan government has proposed that the remaining steps of intra-Afghan negotiations with the Taliban be executed in the country. National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib, stated that they had no specific concerns on the location in the country, adding that the Taliban was free to pick on any area in the country.
The experts predict new sanctions will be laid against Russia within a year. The predictions are based on Joe Biden favoritism to the Ukraine. Ukraine has been vocal to remove Russia from the Swift payment system. SWIFT is a vast messaging network used by banks and other financial institutions to quickly, accurately, and securely send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions.
Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), strongly criticized the release of a confidential report by the organization on Iran’s plan to install three new cascades of centrifuges in Natanz. The IAEA provided the information to the member nations pertaining to Iran’s decision to install the advanced IR-2M centrifuges.
The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited a hospital in Minsk. At present, Belarus is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been 1,691 new cases of Coronavirus infection on November 28th. This is the highest number in one day ever recorded in Belarus.
Russia and China are working on the conjoined CR929 jet project. This is the first Eurasian project of such kind. However, what is surprising is that Russia is willing to share technology with China at all. China has been caught stealing classified information, trade secrets, and continuously violating copyright and patent laws.
Swiss Prosecutors dismissed a nearly decade-old money laundering case brought by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax advisor who worked with Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder. Magnitsky was arrested on fraud allegations in 2008 and died of “untreated illness” within a year in custody.
This weekend Russian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs announced the new sanctions against 25 British nationals. The 25 individuals will also be banned from travel to Russia. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry “the UK was guided by far-fetched and absurd pretexts when imposing sanctions against the Russians.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin , on Saturday extended an embargo on Western food imports introduced in 2014 until the end of 2021. In a decree, the Russian head of state directed the Cabinet to ensure implementation of the measures excluding food prodcuts from the US, the EU, Norway, Australia, and Canada.
Russia was granted a trial suspension in the US District of Columbia Federal Court on November 20th. The request was filed by Russia In September on the grounds of the former shareholders of Yukos failed to mitigate the reasons to continue these proceedings in the US court.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that he and senior Republican lawmakers will try to draft a targeted stimulus package with the Democratic Party in the coming weeks. Steven Mnuchin believes that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may be more willing to compromise after the election.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President-Elect Joe Biden talked on the phone on Monday. Prime Minister Trudeau said that the two sides talked about two Canadians being imprisoned in China, and he hoped that the Biden administration could help in lobbying China to release the two.
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk created a new brand name Tequila. Tesla, Inc. is an American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla‘s current products include electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid scale, solar products and related products and services.
Currently, majority of the manufacturing and production facilities use heat intensive processes. The use of the process requires the burning of the fossil fuels. According to the Pew Research Center Survey conducted this year, 77% of Americans stated that it’s important for the United States to develop alternative energy sources.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the Hezbollah terrorist group against attacking Israeli army positions. This is while on a visit to northern Israel, where the IDF Lethal Arrow drill is taking place. The annual exercise simulates attacks on terror groups that continue to threaten the nation.
The unabated momentum of the epidemic and the weak economic recovery, the United States will usher in the end of the election in three days and give a vote of confidence in Trump’s four years in power. Statistics show that Americans’ enthusiasm for participation is unprecedentedly high.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on Friday evening (October 30th) accusing Iranian hackers of sending threatening emails to thousands of American voters. The emails were apparently sent to a pro-Donald Trump far-right group.
According to Reuters, a Fars Air Qeshm plane, belonging to Mahan Iran, landed in Venezuela on Tuesday. The airline had started operating to transport cargo and personnel on the orders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The United States and Iran have not commented on the matter.
The escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict happened in September and continues today. The President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan is supporting Azerbaijan. The conflict is pertaining the Nagorno Karabakh region. Azerbaijan believes the territories should be returned to them.
The Russian state media has been dumping information over the weekend pertaining the US authorities plan to use a blood-sucking weapon-an army of mosquitoes for biological warfare. Russia is using social media and a number of websites to spread disinformation to cause fear and trouble in the US.
While the Taliban and government officials talk about peace, the conflict in Afghanistan continues. Nine civilians died in a bomb explosion in the east of the country and elsewhere, a suicide bomber killed several students in Kabul. Almost 30 people were killed and numerous others injured in attacks in Afghanistan.
Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize relations between them through American mediation. Sudan is the third Arab country to establish relations with Israel within two months. The Palestinians condemn the agreement and consider it a “new stab in the back of the Palestinian people” and a “political sin.”
Russia and the President, Vladimir Putin, have been on the forefront of the Western news. A large amount of the attention on Russia stems from the Alexei Navalny poisoning in August. However, it has not been conclusive who is behind the poisoning. While the West glorifies Navalny as an opposition martyr, he is far from such.
The financial report released in the past week shows that the five largest banks in the United States (JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo) achieved a rebound in profits in the third quarter. The main contributing factors were the sharp drop in provisions, transaction and investment banking income.
Recently, the processor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in commercial negotiations to acquire the leading FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array Chip) manufacturer Xilinx (Xilinx), the transaction value may exceed $30 billion. Affected by this news, Xilinx shares rose 14.11% on October 9 to close at $120.94.
The Trump administration announced a comprehensive reform of the H1-B visa program early this month. The Department of Labor has led to a substantial increase in the minimum wage that U.S. companies need to pay to H-1B employees, while the Department of Homeland Security has reduced the types of degrees eligible to apply and shortened the visa period for certain contract workers.
Apple held its second new product launch conference this year and introduced the HomePod mini smart speaker and the new iPhone. At 8 o’clock in the evening on October 16, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro officially opened for pre-orders. E-commerce platforms such as JD.com and Tmall were all sold out within a few hours.
This week, NASA announced the creation of the Planet Patrol Website. The purpose of the website to aid scientists in the research of the new exoplanets in the data of the TESS space telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is a space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission.
On Monday, Russia published information that Twitter removed Ria Novosti from the search results. Additionally, users who were not subscribed to the Ria Novosti page will now be unable to find it in Russia or other countries. Earlier, Twitter blocked the profiles of KE and Sputnik in the same manner.
Recently, the American strategic bombers were observed over Ukraine skies near the capital and the Black Sea. Kiev and Odessa residents reported seeing them in the sky, during the active phase of the joint efforts exercise. Hence, the US bombers seen did not enter the Ukraine air space by accident.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of spreading insecurity around the world as it seeks to impose its will upon smaller nations that have resisted its policies. He said that the world is less peaceful now because of the aggression projected by the United States.
Tesla is among a list of companies that are suing the US government over increased taxes that have affected imported spare parts from China. According to legal documents filed by the company, the tariffs are “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.”
The president of China, Xi Jinping, made a statement that China needs to be united. He suggested for Chinese private companies to unite with the Communist Party of China. Furthermore, Xi stated that China expects a long-running economic and technological stand off with the United States.
On Saturday during the morning ceremony, the Iranian Lieutenant General Hussein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stated “The Islamic Republic will take revenge on all those who are indirectly or directly involved in the martyrdom of General Suleimani, and this is a very serious message.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin and the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, held an official meeting in Sochi on Monday. The closed talks between the presidents of the two nations lasted almost five hours. Lukashenko’s visit to Sochi brought a lot of attention, not only from the former Soviet Bloc but also the West.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered the execution of five Economic Ministry officials by firing squad on the 30th of July after they discussed his lackluster handling of the country’s dire economic situation. Information of those involved was leaked by one of the participants.