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Somalia Approves Defense Agreement With Turkey

Somalia Approves Defense Agreement With Turkey

Somalia’s executive and legislative branches have approved a crucial 10-year defense and economic cooperation agreement with Turkey, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has announced. Following a meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s Cabinet approved the “Defense and Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement.” Shortly after the Cabinet approval, the two houses of Somalia’s parliament voted to endorse the pact in a 213-3 vote. Under the agreement, Turkey will build, train and equip the Somali navy, said Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, addressing members of the cabinet. Barre said the agreement will help to remove “any fears of terrorism, piracy, illegal fishing, toxic dumping and any external violations or threats” to Somalia’s sea coast. Somalia has Africa’s longest coastline. He described Turkey as a “true and reliable brother.” President Mohamud, who also spoke to the media, noted Turkey is already helping Somalia with humanitarian assistance, budgetary support and the training of security forces. The new agreement comes amid increasing tension between Somalia and Ethiopia, sparked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, between Ethiopia and Somalia’s breakaway …

US Lawyers Say Assange Wanted for ‘Indiscriminately’ Publishing Sources’ Names

US Lawyers Say Assange Wanted for ‘Indiscriminately’ Publishing Sources’ Names

LONDON —  Julian Assange is being prosecuted for publishing sources’ names and not his political opinions, lawyers representing the United States said on Wednesday as the WikiLeaks founder fights to stop his extradition from Britain. U.S. prosecutors are seeking to put Assange, 52, on trial over WikiLeaks’ high-profile release of vast troves of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables. They argue the leaks imperiled the lives of their agents and there was no excuse for his criminality. Assange’s supporters, however, hail him as a journalist and a hero who is being persecuted for exposing U.S. wrongdoing. Assange’s lawyers told London’s High Court on Tuesday that the case was politically motivated, arguing Assange was targeted for his exposure of “state-level crimes” and that former U.S. President Donald Trump had requested “detailed options” on how to kill him. But, on Wednesday, lawyers for the U.S. said Assange’s prosecution was “based on the rule of law and evidence.” People take part in a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Brussels as the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s last-ditch …

Ukraine is switching to self-reliance mode | Russia-Ukraine war

Ukraine is switching to self-reliance mode | Russia-Ukraine war

As the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion approaches, Ukraine finds itself at a crossroads. Waning external assistance is now a reality that threatens its future. For months now, United States President Joe Biden has been unable to push through Congress an aid package for Ukraine due to opposition within the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Europe is grappling with its own limitations. Germany, despite increasing its military aid, has stopped short of providing pivotal Taurus missiles. The United Kingdom’s ongoing support is also clouded by uncertainties surrounding its upcoming general election. But even if European assistance were to remain at its maximum potential – a scenario far from the current reality – the aid remains woefully inadequate when compared with Russia’s firepower and resources. For instance, France’s recent plan to provide 3,000 155mm shells monthly pales in comparison to Russia’s daily barrages of up to 20,000 shells. As support for the Ukrainian army from its allies has declined, the Russian war machine – adept at circumventing sanctions and fuelled by unchecked oil sales – has …

‘Tribute to ordinary people’: Ukraine drama In Her Car to air across Europe | Ukraine

‘Tribute to ordinary people’: Ukraine drama In Her Car to air across Europe | Ukraine

It was while driving his family and others to the relative safety of Kyiv at the start of the full-blown Russian invasion of Ukraine that Eugen Tunik came up with the idea for a wartime on-the-road TV drama. “Train and bus stations became overcrowded and people couldn’t easily move around, so a lot of people, including myself, suddenly became so-called ‘transporters’, helping to carry people abroad or to wherever they needed to get to,” the writer said. “It’s a good opportunity to get to know your fellow human beings and to understand them better. And while on one of these journeys, I thought, why not develop this idea further?” The result of that spring 2022 epiphany is the 10-part television series, In Her Car, filmed in Ukraine, in which a forthright, stoical psychologist ferries people to safety in her slate-blue Škoda. It may be set in wartime, but a military drama this is not: Tunik calls it “a tribute to ordinary people and how they cope with the reality of war”. Watch the trailer for …

Ukrainian Factory: two years of war for a Mykolaiv key worker | World news

Ukrainian Factory: two years of war for a Mykolaiv key worker | World news

The film offers a poignant glimpse into the life of Vitalii Velychurov, a key worker in the main bread factory of Mykolaiv, once a frontline city. Russian troops destroyed Mykolaiv’s major infrastructure and most of the city’s residents have left – including Vitalii’s wife and children – but the factory has delivered bread to the besieged population every day since the full scale invasion broke out. Lost in memories of the past and an uncertain future, Vitalii finds solace in the continued rhythm of the factory Source link

US to impose ‘major sanctions’ on Russia over Navalny death, Ukraine war | Russia-Ukraine war News

US to impose ‘major sanctions’ on Russia over Navalny death, Ukraine war | Russia-Ukraine war News

Biden does not give details of measures to be announced on Friday ahead of second anniversary of Russian invasion. The United States is set to announce new sanctions against Russia over the death of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the two-year war in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden did not give details but said he would provide more information about the package of measures on Friday, ahead of the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said that the “major sanctions package” would hold Russia “accountable” for what happened to Navalny and respond to the “vicious and brutal war that has now raged on for two years”. The new sanctions will target a range of items, including Russia’s defence and industrial bases, along with sources of revenue for the economy, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. According to a senior US official, a sanctions package was already being planned to mark the second anniversary of the war, which Washington will now reconsider and …

Farmers Paralyze Greek Capital with Massive Protest

Farmers Paralyze Greek Capital with Massive Protest

ATHENS —  Farmers in Greece have stepped up their protests, storming the country’s capital with tractors and farming equipment, gathering outside the nation’s parliament. In the largest agricultural demonstration in recent memory, thousands of farmers drove colorful tractors through the streets of Athens, paralyzing traffic and then parking outside Parliament. They are complaining of rising production costs, but the government says it has no money to spare to meet their financial demands. Many chanted slogans and lit flares, others waved black flags, dragged out coffins and hung funeral wreaths on their vehicles, showcasing, as they put it, the plight of their dying trade. One farmer said he drove 14 hours to be at the protest. He said the cost of production is rising and while farmers sell their products at low prices, they end up in the supermarket basket three and four times over that base price. Police said at least 6,000 farmers and about 200 tractors stormed the Greek capital. Their anger and frustration over rising costs echo similar concerns by farmers staging rolling …

Usher announces UK and Europe tour dates – here’s all you need to know

Usher announces UK and Europe tour dates – here’s all you need to know

Welcome to the Daily Lowdown podcast from HELLO!. In this episode, we’re talking about Usher finally dropping the UK and Europe dates for his Past, Present and Future tour. The singer will be heading to London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam in 2025 for a string of gigs next year. Only six dates have been revealed so far, but fans can hope that if demand is high, he may release more. Watch this space. Not only that, Madonna takes a tumble while performing on her tour, Beyonce is on track for her sixth number one on the UK Charts, and BAFTA speaks out about stage intruder during the ceremony.  Listen to the episode in full below… It’s the news we’ve been waiting for – Usher is coming to the UK. The superstar has announced that he will be bringing his Past Present and Future tour to London and beyond in 2025 for a string of gigs. Usher will head to London’s O2 arena on the 1st, 2nd, and 5th of April next year, before heading to mainland …

Dead satellite hurtles towards Earth in new grainy images

Dead satellite hurtles towards Earth in new grainy images

A 5,000-pound dead satellite resembling a spaceship from Star Wars is hurtling towards Earth, but don’t worry—experts say situations like this happen “every week or two.” Launched in 1995 by the European Space Agency from Kourou, French Guiana, the European Remote Sensing 2 (ERS-2) array spent over a decade-and-a-half observing the planet’s topography and weather events, including natural disasters in remote, hard-to-document regions. Alongside its sibling, ERS-1, the pair were considered the “most sophisticated Earth observation spacecraft” ever developed at the time of their deployment. ERS-2 spotted! ????????️ The ESA satellite is on a tumbling descent that will lead to its atmospheric reentry and break up this week. These images of ERS-2 were captured by @heospace for @spacegovuk using cameras on board other satellites.#ERS2reentry pic.twitter.com/GTuubP6apJ — ESA Operations (@esaoperations) February 19, 2024 In July 2011, however, the ESA decided to retire its “nominally” functioning ERS-2 and begin a scheduled deorbiting process. The satellite underwent 66 maneuvers over the ensuing month, using up its remaining fuel to descend from an altitude from roughly 487-miles to 356-miles …