The FRN Daily News Brief 2019-12-20

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This Daily FRN News Brief is a summary of 10, articles about Anglo-5, Eu, Eurasia, Finance, Germany, Headline-News, Politics, Russia, Ukraine, United-States, China, Defense, North-Korea, Iran, Iraq, Mena, Afghanistan, India, Nato, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Faith, Scotland, Argentina, Latin-America, United-Kingdom, Syria.

Tags in this brief: Economy, Eu, Geopolitics, Germany, Nord Stream 2, Russia, US Imperialism, China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Diplomacy, Christianity, Faith, Britain, Scotland, UK, Argentina, Brexit, Falkland, Malvinas, Su-57, Syria, NATO, India.

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Germany Calls for US Not to Interfere in Russia-Ukraine Gas Row

Published 2019-12-20 12:00:58 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Eu, Eurasia, Finance, Germany, Headline-News, Politics, Russia, Ukraine, United-States

BERLIN/WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States, which pursues its own goals, should step aside from the gas spat between Russia and Ukraine – this is the only way to get closer to the signing of a bilateral transit agreement, Steffen Kotré, a member of the Alternative for Germany faction in the Bundestag, said. “I am not willing to speculate on the chances of reaching an agreement. However, I can see that Ukraine is getting one-way support from the US in its partly unclear demands. It would be necessary for the US with its own interests to step aside,” he explained,… Continue ->

Tags: Economy, Eu, Geopolitics, Germany, Nord Stream 2, Russia, US Imperialism


China: Concessions Necessary to Revive North Korea Talks

Published 2019-12-20 11:00:14 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, China, Defense, Eurasia, Headline-News, North-Korea, Politics, Russia, United-States

BEIJING – China announced that the United States needs to grant some concessions by agreeing to the lifting of certain United Nations (UN) sanctions on North Korea in order for diplomacy to kick-start between Washington and Pyongyang. China, jointly with Russia, has proposed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that would lift bans on North Korean exports of statues, seafood, and textiles, and would ease restrictions on infrastructure projects and North Koreans working overseas, according to Reuters, which says it has seen a copy. Beijing and Moscow say the limited sanctions relief is necessary if Washington aims to… Continue ->

Tags: China, Geopolitics, North Korea, Russia, US Imperialism


Report: US Plans to ‘Dramatically Reduce’ Presence in Iraq

Published 2019-12-20 10:00:34 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Headline-News, Iran, Iraq, Mena, Politics, United-States

WASHINGTON, D.C./BAGHDAD – The US State Department reportedly plans to significantly and permanently draw down the number of its personnel in Iraq. CNN reported that it had obtained a memo sent in early December by the State Department to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, outlining the plan to cut the number of its Iraq-based staffers by 28% by the end of May 2020. The reduction would mean 114 fewer people at the US Embassy in Baghdad, 15 fewer people at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, and eight fewer people at the Consulate General in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous… Continue ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US Imperialism


China Slams Unilateralism as the Main Challenge of the Modern World

Published 2019-12-20 09:00:39 by Drago Bosnic in Afghanistan, China, Defense, Eurasia, Headline-News, India, Iran, Mena, Nato, Politics, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

BEIJING – Chinese Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing blasted some of the world countries which have imposed major challenges on the contemporary world through their bullying and unilateral policies. Wenqing made the remarks in Tehran on Wednesday, addressing the “2nd Session of Regional Security Dialogue with a Focus on Afghanistan”. He also described dependency, security and development as the top requirements of Afghanistan. “Security challenges in Afghanistan are complex with various political, military, cultural, economic and social aspects,” Wenqing said. “Afghanistan is the heart of Asia and the junction where Asian and European civilizations meet,” he said, “To provide… Continue ->

Tags: China, Diplomacy, Economy, Geopolitics, Iran, Russia


FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD: Homily on the Day of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called

Published 2019-12-20 08:00:27 by Guest Author in Faith, Headline-News

By Archbishop Dimitry (Muretov) – Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven (Matt. 10:32), said the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples, requiring of them not only faith and following Him, but also confession and preaching this faith before men. How faithfully and exactly they fulfilled this commandment can be seen from their labors of preaching and asceticism and their painful deaths. Their beautiful feet covered the entire universe, their spirit-bearing sermons sounded forth in all languages, and their apostolic labors were accompanied everywhere by persecutions, sufferings, and… Continue ->

Tags: Christianity, Faith


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Scotland to consider ‘all options’ for new independence referendum

Published 2019-12-20 04:30:50 by Guest Author in Anglo-5, Headline-News, Scotland

EDINBURGH – Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the UK government has a “democratic duty” to allow Scotland to vote for its independence for the second time, otherwise “all options” will be considered. Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Sturgeon made his remarks on Thursday, a week after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the parliamentary election. “The question is often posed to me: ‘what will you do if Boris Johnson says no?’ As I’ve said before, I will consider all reasonable options to secure Scotland’s right to self-determination,” said Sturgeon in a speech. The SNP, which has long opposed Brexit,… Continue ->

Tags: Britain, Scotland, UK


Brexit Could See the Return of the Falkland Islands to Argentina

Published 2019-12-20 03:30:21 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Argentina, Headline-News, Latin-America, United-Kingdom

The Islas Malvinas, or more commonly known as the Falkland Islands, archipelago was invaded by the United Kingdom in 1833 and its occupation has continued to date. Argentina’s claim for sovereignty through diplomatic means has been a state policy since the failed liberation attempt through military means in 1982. Although it lost intensity during the Mauricio Macri government, President Alberto Fernández of the leftist Justicialist Party, reinforced in October his commitment to “renew the claim of sovereignty” of the 750 islands of the archipelago. In a patriotic tone, the then presidential candidate criticized the relations Macri had with the United… Continue ->

Tags: Argentina, Brexit, Britain, Falkland, Malvinas, UK


Su-57 completed 2nd test phase in Syria with distinction

Published 2019-12-20 02:30:45 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Mena, Russia, Syria

Su-57 has had great success in its new phase of testing on operations in Syria, said the Russian Armed Forces chief of staff. The fifth-generation Su-57 fighter successfully passed the second test phase in Syria, Russian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov announced at a briefing. “The experience of the recent armed conflicts, and in particular of counter-terrorist operations in Syria, has given new impetus to improving the system of attack against the adversary,” said the senior official. “Testing of the fifth-generation Su-57 aircraft continues. They were retested in Syria, where all planned tasks were successfully completed,” said the… Continue ->

Tags: Russia, Su-57, Syria


Russia prepared to repel NATO aggression, says Russian senator

Published 2019-12-20 01:30:56 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Nato, Russia

Russia is poised to face a large-scale military conflict that NATO could unleash, and the Russian high command has already taken the necessary steps, Franz Klintsevich, a member of the Federation Council’s Senate Defense and Security Committee said on Wednesday. Russian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Valery Guerasimov spoke on Tuesday to military attaches from foreign countries and stated that the intensification of NATO exercises means that the alliance is preparing a major military conflict. “Russia’s defensive capability is of a very high standard, the country’s military leaders have already taken all the necessary steps to act effectively in case… Continue ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Is the 3rd time for good? Russian-Indian BrahMos missile fully integrated with Su-30 platform

Published 2019-12-20 00:06:32 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, India, Russia

After previous tests in 2017 and 2019, the Indian Air Force announced that the air launch missile has reached its targets after launch, meaning its complete integration. The integration of the weapon system with the Sukhoi Su-30MKI platform is complete, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said after the last test launch on Tuesday of the BrahMos-A air version of a supersonic air launch cruise missile. Both products were developed in Russian-Indian partnership. BrahMos-A was fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI off the eastern coast of Orissa, and hit its target directly at sea. The launch was a two-phase BrahMos test conducted by… Continue ->

Tags: India, Russia


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