The Guardian • Issue #2093

GLOBAL BRIEFS

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  • Issue #2093
Global briefs

MIDDLE EAST: Members of Yemen’s Houthi movement have attacked a total of 86 vessels in the Red Sea, the Arab Sea and the Indian Ocean since last October. Following the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis warned that they would launch strikes on Israeli territory as well as preventing ships associated with Israel from passing through the waters of the Red Sea and Bab el-Mandeb Strait until Israel ceased its military operation in Gaza.

RUSSIA: The Russian president has described the possibility of launching an attack on a NATO member as ‘sheer nonsense.’ At the same time he warned that any Western air base hosting US-made F-16 fighter jets that are due for deployment in Ukraine would be a “legitimate target.” F-16s are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, and several NATO member states have trained Ukrainian pilots to fly them, but no deliveries have been made yet. Russia has warned the West that fielding the nuclear-capable jets will represent an unacceptable escalation of the Ukraine conflict.

PALESTINE: The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced the formation of a new Cabinet under the new Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa. President Mahmoud Abbas, who has led the Palestinian Authority for nearly two decades, remains in overall control. Mustafa, an economist, has vowed to create a trust fund to help rebuild Gaza.

ROMANIA: The military base in southwest Romania, on the Black Sea coast, will become the largest NATO military base in Europe. It will surpass the US military base in Ramstein, Germany, both in size and the number of the military personnel there. It will be able to host 10,000 soldiers and civilians by 2030. Expansion works will cost US$2.7 billion (AU$4.15 billion) and the base footprint will cover almost 3,000 hectares.

TURKIYE: Turks voted to elect mayors of 81 cities, including 30 megacities, heads of municipalities, village and district heads, and village councils. For the first time in 20 years Türkiye’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is ahead of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). In total, CHP prevailed in 36 out of 81 provinces. Some 61 million people were eligible to vote and the nationwide local elections were seen as a gauge for both President Erdogan’s support and the opposition’s durability amid a severe economic crisis.

RUSSIA: 15-year-old Islam Khalilov has been awarded the Russian Muslim Medal for his courage during the terrorist attack in the Crocus Concert Hall in Moscow. The teenager helped to save the lives of over 100 people by directing them to safety out of the building when the shooting started. The boy worked as a cloakroom attendant after school hours. “What I did, anyone in the world would do, I am sure of that,” he said at the ceremony. The award was presented by the Grand Mufti of Russia, who said that Khalilov displayed characteristics of a rare hero – one that chose to save others, instead of saving themself. Earlier, Khalilov and another student, who also helped evacuate people, received awards from Russian officials.

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