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Israel confirms Gaza ceasefire

Israel has announced a ceasefire between its forces and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), due to take effect at 11:30pm local time. The agreement ends three days of tit-for-tat airstrikes and rocket attacks, which left the leadership of the PIJ decimated and dozens of Palestinians dead. In an official statement, …

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Bellingcat confirms involvement in Ukrainian plot to steal Russian jets

Christo Grozev, self-styled ‘lead Russia investigator’ with Bellingcat, confirmed on Monday his involvement in a Ukrainian intelligence plot to incite Russian military pilots to defect and hijack their planes. The senior member of the controversial Western-funded group, however, challenged the story told by the Russian side. Russia’s Security Service (FSB) …

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Italian PM Draghi confirms resignation

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned on Thursday after the ruling coalition collapsed. Draghi’s government will remain as a caretaker until a new one is formed, a statement from the president’s office says. Draghi met with President Sergio Mattarella to tender his resignation. The government will continue to work for …

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Russia confirms use of 5th generation fighter jet in Ukraine

The Russian Su-57 fifth-generation stealth air superiority jet fighters have been used in combat missions in Ukraine, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov has confirmed. The jets have been “repeatedly” used in Ukraine, both individually and as part of squads, Borisov told reporters on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg …

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Axed Russian F1 star confirms next racing move

Russian driver Nikita Mazepin has confirmed that he will race in the Silk Way Rally as he returns to action following a contentious exit from Formula One team Haas. Mazepin was dropped by Haas in March ahead of what was set to be his second season with the US team. …

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Siemens confirms it failed to return turbines to Gazprom

German company Siemens has confirmed that Ukraine-related sanctions imposed on Russia have made it impossible for the equipment supplier to return gas turbines to Gazprom after they were repaired in Canada. The Russian energy company was forced to reduce gas supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline this week …

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China confirms water on the Moon

Indications that water could be present in the rocks gathered by Chang’e 5 lander on the Moon have been confirmed by testing on Earth, Chinese scientists have reported. They’ve shared their findings in an article, published this week in the magazine Nature Communications. The lunar lander touched down on the …

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US confirms new heavy weapons for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden formally confirmed on Wednesday that Washington will be sending HIMARS rocket artillery systems to Ukraine, as part of the latest “security assistance package” to Kiev. The launchers will come with “battlefield munitions,” as Biden and multiple officials in his administration have insisted that the US doesn’t …

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US confirms new ‘major non-NATO ally’

US President Joe Biden has signed a memorandum designating Colombia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States on Monday, a special status that will grant Bogota multiple defense and trade privileges in its relations with Washington. Although the Biden Administration made a pledge to grant the special status …

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US confirms first case of rare disease that spread in Europe

A Massachusetts man has been diagnosed with monkeypox after traveling to Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health have confirmed on Wednesday.  While the agencies are working with the man’s healthcare providers and local health boards to identify anyone who had contact with him, they …

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