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Trump scores major election victory

Former President Donald Trump won a landslide victory in the first Republican primary of the 2024 presidential race, taking home three times more delegates than his closest opponent and over 50% of the popular vote. With more than 95% of the votes counted following Monday’s caucus in Iowa, Trump had …

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Russia and Ukraine conduct major New Year’s prisoner exchange

The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that on Wednesday 248 of its service members have been released from Ukrainian captivity. Kiev has claimed that 230 of its personnel have been exchanged with Moscow. The swap of captured personnel was the result of a “complex negotiation process” facilitated by the “humanitarian mediation” of the United Arab …

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Russian nuclear forces conduct major test

Russia has conducted a major exercise aimed at testing its strategic nuclear forces, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. The drills involved all three components of the nuclear triad: intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear-armed submarines, and strategic bombers, the statement said. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, the drills focused on …

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US warning Israel against major attack on Hezbollah – NYT

The administration of US President Joe Biden is trying to dissuade Israel from a large-scale attack on Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Islamist military group, fearing that it would throw the entire Middle East into turmoil, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing sources. According to US and Israeli officials interviewed …

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Hamas launches major attack on Israel

Militants have launched rockets from Gaza into southern and central Israel on Saturday morning, the IDF said. At least five people have reportedly been killed.  “Hamas carried out a combined operation involving rocket fire and infiltrations by terrorists into Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement.  At least five …

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US lawmakers propose major cut to Ukraine aid

The US Senate has reached a provisional deal on a spending bill needed to avert a federal budget crisis, with lawmakers agreeing to slash nearly $20 billion in proposed aid for Ukraine following push-back by some Republicans. The upper chamber ended debate on the budget legislation on Tuesday night, garnering …

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Russian central bank announces major interest rate hike

The Bank of Russia raised interest rates by 350 basis points to 12% at an emergency meeting on Tuesday in a bid to halt the rapid depreciation of the ruble against world currencies. “Inflationary pressure is building up… The decision is aimed at limiting price stability risks,” the regulator said …

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Russian reactor for major Chinese nuclear power plant arrives

Russia has delivered some 1,700 tons of state-of-art nuclear equipment to China, including a reactor hull and four steam generators for the Tianwan nuclear power plant. The facility already has four older VVER-1000 water-water energetic reactors among its six operational units and is set to receive two more VVER-1200 reactors, …

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