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Does the world even need the UN?

•Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping,  Justin Trudeau absent at 2019 UNGA  Annalisa Merelli  (Quartz Editorial) The world’s biggest diplomatic festival, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is about to kick off in earnest. But with high-profile absentees that include Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, and Justin Trudeau, and governments raising doubts about the UN’s

Russia trains over 1,000 central African military personnel

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera presided over a ceremony to mark the completion of training of the fourth group of Central African Armed Forces (FACa) personnel by Russian instructors on Monday, September 17. According to a report by the Network of Journalists for Human Rights in Central African Republic (RJDH), 154 FACa personnel

Sudan, Russia discuss security cooperation against terrorism

Director of National Intelligence and Security Services Salah Abdallah has discussed with the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev ways to enhance security cooperation between the two countries. In a press statement, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation said the meeting focused on ways

US, Russia block consensus at ‘killer robots’ meeting

A key opponent of high-tech, automated weapons known as “killer robots” is blaming countries like the U.S. and Russia for blocking consensus at a U.N.-backed conference, where most countries wanted to ensure that humans stay at the controls of lethal machines. Coordinator Mary Wareham of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Russia warns Google against election meddling

Russia on Tuesday said it has officially warned US internet giant Google against meddling in next Sunday’s local elections by posting opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s videos calling for mass protests. Representatives of Russia’s electoral commission, the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the state internet watchdog at a meeting alleged Navalny uses Google’s services

CyberNews: Design flaw compromises CIA agents in China

Editor's note:  The insight from Sean Kanuck, IISS Director of Cyber, Space and Future Conflict states... The US President Donald Trump has reportedly rescinded Presidential Policy Directive 20 (PPD-20), an Obama-era policy governing how offensive cyber operations are approved by the federal government. The move is arguably designed to make it easier for

CAR armed groups present peace demands to AU panel

Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have presented nearly 100 demands, including a general amnesty, to an African Union (AU) expert panel seeking to broker peace in the country. An AU document, seen by AFP, lists 97 demands by the armed groups in return for peace, with a government of

18 killed in mid-air helicopter collision

  A Mi-8 helicopter crashed in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia, killing 18 people on board, according to a source as told to Sputnik on Saturday. According to the regional emergency services, Mi-8 crash was caused by a technical failure due to which the helicopter fell apart and caught fire. However, law enforcers

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