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US approves weapons sales to Taiwan

The Biden administration sent formal notifications to the US Congress on Friday of the intent to sell radars, anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to Taiwan. The total value of the equipment and maintenance contracts adds up to just over $1.1 billion. This is the fifth – and the largest so far …

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Germany approves energy saving plan

The German government has approved a package of measures aimed at reducing gas consumption during the upcoming heating season, Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday. The measures include reducing the heating temperature in offices and public institutions – with the exception of …

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Macron approves NATO enlargement

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday signed the official documents approving Finland and Sweden’s applications to become NATO members. While Macron once called the US-led military bloc “brain dead,” he has switched tack since Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine.  France’s parliament approved the enlargement proposal earlier this month, …

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US Senate approves NATO expansion

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to ratify Sweden and Finland’s membership in the NATO alliance, another step toward expanding the US-led military bloc after its 30 members formally committed to the move.  Lawmakers approved the measure 95-1 on Wednesday, in what President Joe Biden called a “historic vote” which …

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US approves arms deal with Taiwan

US President Joe Biden’s administration has green-lighted a new arms sale to Taiwan, including armored vehicle parts and technical assistance, potentially ratcheting up tensions with China over the breakaway republic. The US State Department approved the transaction, which is valued at up to $108 million, at Taiwan’s request, the Pentagon …

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UK Home Secretary approves extradition of Assange to US

The extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US moved a step forward on Friday after British Home Secretary Priti Patel gave the green light to hand the journalist over to American custody. “The UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of …

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US Senate panel approves NATO expansion

The Senate committee passed the resolution on Thursday without a single voiced objection, indicating bipartisan support for the move in Washington, and urged other NATO members to follow suit and show unity in welcoming Stockholm and Helsinki into the US-led military bloc. “A powerful alliance rooted in shared values, Sweden and …

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Sweden approves NATO membership bid

Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party has announced its support for the country’s NATO membership bid, following a similar move by the Finnish government. In a statement published on Sunday, the Social Democrats pledged “to work for Sweden to apply for membership in NATO.” However, the party leadership stressed that if …

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US House approves $40bn in Ukraine aid

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a mammoth $39.8 billion package of military and other assistance to bolster Kiev against Moscow – more than 5% of the entire 2022 national security budget of the United States. Only 57 Republicans rejected the measure in a Tuesday vote that took place just …

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US Congress approves WWII-like weapons program for Ukraine

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would remove several constraints on sending weapons to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian offensive. Adopted by the Senate earlier this month, the “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act” revives the program Washington used to send military equipment to belligerents in WWII …

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