Turkey says Sweden was complicit in burning Quran amid tensions over NATO membership bid

Turkey says Sweden was complicit in burning Quran amid tensions over NATO membership bid

CNN — The Swedish government was complicit in the burning of the Quran during a protest in Stockholm last weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reportedly said Thursday. Rising tensions between the two countries come as Sweden relies on Turkey to support its bid for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance, … Read more

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Group, a Russian private mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraine, as a major transnational criminal organization, imposing a slew of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The U.S. State Department simultaneously announced a number of sanctions designed to “target … Read more

Israeli troops kill nine in Jenin clash with Palestinian gunmen, deadliest day in West Bank in more than a year

Israeli troops kill nine in Jenin clash with Palestinian gunmen, deadliest day in West Bank in more than a year

CNN — Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and wounded several others during a raid on the restive West Bank town and refugee camp of Jenin on Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The death toll makes Thursday the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank in more than a year, … Read more

Remains of fallen soldiers in the Battle of Waterloo found in Belgian attic

Remains of fallen soldiers in the Battle of Waterloo found in Belgian attic

CNN — Bones believed to belong to soldiers killed in the Battle of Waterloo have been found in an attic in Belgium. Scientists are now analyzing the human remains to learn more about the identities of the deceased. The battle was fought near the village of Waterloo, south of Brussels, on 18 June 1815. Napoleon … Read more

DRC denies fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace; accuses Rwanda of “act of war”

DRC denies fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace;  accuses Rwanda of “act of war”

CNN — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday denounced Rwanda’s allegation that a Congolese fighter jet had violated Rwandan airspace, claiming the plane was attacked by Rwandan troops in a “deliberate act of aggression amounting to an act of war” . The Rwandan government’s communications office has a pronunciation on Twitter Tuesday stating: … Read more

Germany approves long-awaited delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as US finalizes plans to send Abrams

Germany approves long-awaited delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as US finalizes plans to send Abrams

CNN — Germany confirmed it will send a long-requested contingent of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as a major sign of support for Kiev, which is expected to be matched by the United States. The announcement by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday, coupled with an expected US decision to send about 30 M-1 Abrams tanks … Read more

Lemekani Nyirenda: Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, buried

Lemekani Nyirenda: Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, buried

CNN — The Zambian student who died fighting in Ukraine was buried in a private ceremony in his home country on Wednesday, a family spokesman told CNN. Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda died last September on the frontline of the war in Ukraine while fighting for the Russian mercenary group Wagner. His family representative Dr Ian Banda … Read more

Der Spiegel reports that Germany is ready to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

Der Spiegel reports that Germany is ready to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

CNN — Germany plans to send its sought-after Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to bolster the country’s war effort, Der Spiegel reported Tuesday night, according to unnamed sources. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to deliver the main battle tanks after “months of discussion,” the German news outlet’s exclusive report said. The German parliament will … Read more

Russia Wagner’s ruthless tactics in Ukraine revealed by intelligence report

Russia Wagner’s ruthless tactics in Ukraine revealed by intelligence report

Kiev CNN — Wagner Group fighters have become the available infantry of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, but a Ukrainian military intelligence document obtained by CNN shows how effective they have been around the town of Bakhmut — and how difficult they are to fight. Wagner is a private military contractor run by oligarch … Read more

Burkina Faso’s military government is demanding that French troops leave the country within a month

Burkina Faso’s military government is demanding that French troops leave the country within a month

CNN — Burkina Faso’s military government has demanded the departure of French troops from the country, according to the government news agency Agence d’Information du Burkina (AIB). France has exactly one month to withdraw its troops from Burkina Faso, under the terms of the 2018 agreement, AIB reported citing sources. The military government “last Wednesday … Read more