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EU state launches criminal cases over V-Day celebrations

Three criminal cases and 20 administrative ones have been launched against people who laid flowers at the World War II memorial in the Latvian capital, Riga, on May 10, the police said on Friday. A young man who brought Russia’s national flag to the monument to Soviet soldiers has been …

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SpaceX launches spy satellite

Private aerospace firm SpaceX has successfully launched another US spy satellite into orbit, this time deploying a used Falcon 9 rocket to carry its payload into space. Sunday’s mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California marked the first time that a US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite has been …

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Turkey launches military operation in Iraq

Ankara has begun a major cross-border military offensive, targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the northern part of Iraq, according to Turkey’s Defense Ministry.  The operation involves an extensive airstrike campaign using jets, helicopters and drones, as well as a ground incursion by commando troops, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced …

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Russia launches probe over Ukrainian ISIS-style ‘social ad’

Russia’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal probe on Monday over a Ukrainian social advertisement, calling for violence against Russian soldiers. The advertisement, shot in distinctive style resembling propaganda videos by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, features mock execution of a Russian soldier. The controversial video emerged on social media …

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Azerbaijan launches airstrikes in Nagorno-Karabakh as tensions flare

The Azerbaijani military has violated the November 2020 ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, launching airstrikes against the forces of the breakaway region, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. The region, which is currently patrolled by Russian peacekeepers, is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan, yet it is predominantly populated by …

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Saudi-led coalition launches new operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and its allies in the so-called Arab coalition that is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen have launched a new military operation in the war-torn country. The decision came on the back of a Houthi missile and drone attack on Saudi oil depots on Friday. On Saturday, the coalition …

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North Korea launches suspected ballistic missile

North Korea has launched an unidentified missile toward the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s military and Japan’s coast guard reported on Thursday, with conflicting media reports regarding where the projectile landed. Japan’s coast guard issued a statement which claimed the missile fell inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with the projectile …

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EU launches Ukraine civil protection hub in Romania

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday with Romania’s president, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen redeclared the European Union’s support for Ukraine’s membership application. “There is no doubt that these brave people who defend our values with their lives belong in the European family,” von der Leyen told …

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Russia launches legal bid against FIFA & UEFA bans

The Russian Football Union (RFU) has announced it will appeal suspensions imposed by governing bodies FIFA and UEFA, which have indefinitely removed the Russian national team from international competition as well as banning Russian clubs from taking part in European competitions. The FIFA and UEFA measures were implemented after several …

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Trump launches social media network

Former US President Donald Trump’s social media network launched for a wide array of users on Monday. Truth Social is welcoming its first users via the App Store and is expected to be fully operational in the country by the end of March. Apple users were able to pre-subscribe while …

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