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Asian nation seeks NATO mission

South Korea is planning to set up a mission to NATO headquarters in Europe, the country’s National Security Adviser Kim Sung-han revealed Wednesday. Seoul, a long-time close ally of Washington, is seeking to bolster its cooperation with the US-led bloc in the face of an “unpredictable” international situation, the official …

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China seeks stronger security ties with Pakistan

Chinese and Pakistani officials have agreed to increase their cooperation in countering terrorism and other security concerns, deepening their alliance amid efforts by “outside forces” to divide the two countries. “Pakistan and China reaffirmed their strategic partnership in challenging times and agreed to continue regular exchange of perspectives on issues …

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Murdered journalist’s widow seeks majors ban for LIV rebels

The widow of slain Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi has made a call for golfers who have competed in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf League’s inaugural event to be banned from major tournaments. Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018, with a declassified US intelligence report last …

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US seeks to ban Russian uranium – Bloomberg

A $4.3 billion plan aimed at weaning the US off Russian supplies of enriched uranium is awaiting approval from Congress, according to unnamed sources close to the matter, as quoted by Bloomberg. If approved, the plan will provide funds to purchase the nuclear-reactor fuel directly from US producers, allowing Washington …

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UK seeks to arm Ukraine with weapons US won’t send

Britain wants to send to Ukraine the M270 MLRS systems, the heavier cousins of the M142 HIMARS included by Washington in the latest batch of arms aid to Kiev. Both rocket artillery systems are US-made, so the UK will need American permission for the proposed weapons transfer. London’s intention was …

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Poland seeks control of world fund to rebuild Ukraine

The headquarters of the UN’s fund for the reconstruction of Ukraine after its conflict with Russia should be situated in Poland, the country’s deputy prime minister Jacek Sasin has insisted. Jacek, who attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos last week, told Polish Radio on Sunday that the issue …

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UK seeks to lift restrictions on genetically altered foods

British lawmakers could soon relax restrictions on genetically altered foods, with new legislation proposing to allow for more “gene editing” on certain crops while insisting they will not constitute “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs), which are subject to heavy regulation.  The new ‘Genetic Technology’ bill was introduced in parliament on Wednesday, …

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EU seeks to criminalize sanctions evasion

The European Commission has insisted that breaching EU sanctions must be made a crime and that it was especially important to ensure strict adherence to the restrictions against Russia amid the Ukraine conflict. “The European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of …

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Disputed territory seeks NATO and EU membership

Kosovo wishes to become a member of NATO and the European Union, the self-proclaimed republic’s prime minister Albin Kurti said on Wednesday, while visiting Washington. Serbia’s breakaway province had declared independence with US support in 2008, but has not been recognized by Belgrade, the UN, or even all the EU …

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New US strategy seeks to arm Japan against China

None of the US allies in the Pacific are currently willing to host intermediate-range missiles, says a new report by the RAND corporation, a think-tank tasked with developing strategies for the Pentagon. Instead, its author advises, Washington should encourage Japan to develop a missile arsenal of its own in order …

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