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Israel-Hezbollah Tensions Flare Up

Israel-Hezbollah Tensions Flare Up

Cross-border missile exchanges between Israel…

Exxon Carries on Drilling Off Essequibo Despite Venezuela's Objections

Exxon Carries on Drilling Off Essequibo Despite Venezuela's Objections

Despite Venezuela’s objections, Exxon said…

Crew Abandons Cargo Ship After Houthi Attack

Crew Abandons Cargo Ship After Houthi Attack

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Kremlin Warns of Escalation if NATO Troops Fight in Ukraine

Feb 27, 2024 at 09:02 | RFE/RL staff

The Kremlin has warned Kyiv's European allies that sending troops to fight in Ukraine would lead to the "inevitability" of war between Russia and NATO after France said…

Iran’s Syria Strategy Is Coming Unravelled

Feb 26, 2024 at 08:44 | RFE/RL staff

Iran is eager to build on its longstanding alliance with Syria, but Tehran's achievements in expanding its influence in the Arab country are threatening one of its primary…

The Armenia-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Dance Continues

Feb 21, 2024 at 08:02 | Eurasianet

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Munich on February 17 with the mediation of…

A Look Inside Iran’s Shadowy ‘Axis of Resistance’

Feb 20, 2024 at 08:23 | RFE/RL staff

Iran's so-called axis of resistance is a loose network of proxies, Tehran-backed militant groups, and an allied state actor. The network is a key element of…

Crew Abandons Cargo Ship After Houthi Attack

Feb 19, 2024 at 09:33 | ZeroHedge

Attacks on Red Sea shipping from Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis escalated overnight when missiles hit a commercial vessel and forced the crew to evacuate. There are also reports a US drone…

Exxon Carries on Drilling Off Essequibo Despite Venezuela's Objections

Feb 16, 2024 at 09:38 | Editorial Dept

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict -Ukraine said this week that it had destroyed a Russian warship off the coast of occupied Crimea, sinking the vessel with navy drones. This comes amid…

Israel-Hezbollah Tensions Flare Up

Feb 16, 2024 at 09:27 | Editorial Dept

Cross-border missile exchanges between Israel and Lebanon intensified this week, with Hezbollah launching missiles at northern Israel and Israel responding with its own missile barrage on southern Lebanon, both resulting…

Starlink Terminals Are Falling Into the Hands of the Russian Military

Feb 16, 2024 at 06:31 | RFE/RL staff

Russian troops in Ukraine increasingly have access to Starlink, the private satellite Internet network owned by Elon Musk that Ukraine's military relies on heavily for battlefield communications. The findings from 

The U.S.' Return To Its "Denial Oil" Strategy Is Critical

Feb 14, 2024 at 07:25 | Shahriar Sheikhlar

Amidst the growing influence of American rivals in the Middle East, the United States appears to be reassessing its ties with regional allies just as it nears completion of its…

Uzbekistan's Trade Deficit with China Deepens

Feb 12, 2024 at 08:03 | Eurasianet

Uzbekistan wants to develop an “all-weather strategic partnership” with China. But trade statistics for 2023 indicate the developing relationship between Tashkent and Beijing is far from one of…

90,000 NATO Troops Mobilize in "Biggest Exercise" Since Cold War

Feb 12, 2024 at 07:55 | RFE/RL staff

In late January, NATO began what it has called its “largest military exercise since the Cold War.” Steadfast Defender 24 involves 90,000 troops from all 31…

Iran's Calculated Approach to Regional Tensions

Feb 09, 2024 at 09:43 | RFE/RL staff

Since Israel launched its war in the Gaza Strip, Iranian-backed militant groups have attacked Israeli and U.S. targets across the Middle East in a show of support for…

Kazakhstan Forges Water Management Pact with China and Uzbekistan

Feb 09, 2024 at 09:42 | Eurasianet

Water resource management is emerging as a top regional policy issue for Kazakhstan. In just one sign of the government’s growing concern, the Ministry for Water Resources and…

Japanese Shipping Giant: Global Supply Chain Disruptions Could Last Up to a Year

Feb 07, 2024 at 08:02 | ZeroHedge

President Biden's Operation Prosperity Guardian to shield commercial vessels in the Red Sea, along with US and UK bombing raids across the Middle East, have yet to stop…

Sweden Ends Probe into Nord Stream Sabotage Without Verdict

Feb 07, 2024 at 07:42 | RFE/RL staff

Sweden has ended its investigation into the explosions that rocked the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in 2022, saying it has no jurisdiction to proceed.

Uzbekistan and China Quietly Cement Regional Alliance

Feb 06, 2024 at 08:11 | James Durso

While the U.S., Russia and Europe are trying to quell (or aggravate) crises simultaneously in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Israel/Gaza, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea/Yemen, Uzbekistan and China have…

Ecuador on the Brink: Spiraling Violence Threatens National Stability

Feb 05, 2024 at 07:57 | Matthew Smith

Ecuador, a tiny South American country of around 18 million, stands on the precipice of disaster. The Andean country, once considered an island of peace in a violent region, has…

U.S. and Iran Locked in a Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

Feb 05, 2024 at 07:44 | RFE/RL staff

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said during a trip to an impoverished southern region that Tehran is not looking for military conflict but would respond forcefully to any…

China’s Diplomatic Gesture to Taliban Stirs International Debate

Feb 02, 2024 at 08:44 | RFE/RL staff

Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 30 formally accepted the credentials of the Taliban-appointed ambassador, becoming the first head of state to do so.

Red Sea Crisis Tests China’s Sway in the Middle East

Feb 01, 2024 at 08:22 | RFE/RL staff

U.S. officials have been asking China to urge Tehran to rein in Iran-backed Houthis, but according to the Financial Times, American officials say that they…

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