Politics

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Finland & Sweden announce intent to join NATO; Russia responds
Finland and Sweden have announced their intention to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), signaling a historic policy shift - one which was reportedly influenced by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that while the two nations' NATO membership would be "no direct threat" to Russia, the territories' military infrastructure expansion would "certainly provoke" a response from Moscow.
 
Elisabeth Borne to be France’s first female PM in 30 years
On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Elisabeth Borne as the new Prime Minister. Borne is the former Labor Minister of France.
 
Trial of Michael Sussmann begins
On Monday, a jury was seated in the trial of former Clinton attorney Michael Sussmann — the first trial stemming from Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. US District Judge Christopher Cooper presided over the first day of the Sussmann trial, which consisted of nearly eight hours of jury selection.
 
Lebanon conducts parliamentary elections on Sunday
On Sunday, Lebanon held its first parliamentary election since both the 2020 Beirut blast and the country's economic collapse, a collapse which plunged the majority of its population into poverty. A total of 718 candidates from 15 electoral districts are contesting the elections for a seat in Lebanon's 128-member parliament.
 
Sheikh Mohammed elected as president by the Federal Supreme Council
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday. Sheikh Mohammed succeeds his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed who died on Friday.
 
Sri Lanka appoints new PM amid ongoing crisis
On Thursday, Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. This term will be Wickremesinghe's sixth term as Prime Minister of the country, coming amid a time of escalating political and economic crises.
 
Al-Jazeera reporter shot dead during Israeli raid in West Bank
On Wednesday morning, Shireen Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist, was shot dead while covering an Israeli military raid. Shireen Abu Akleh had been covering a raid in the city of Jenin on the West Bank at the time.
 
UK signs pacts pledging to defend Sweden and Finland in the advent of an attack
The UK has agreed on mutual security pacts with Sweden and Finland, effectively agreeing to come to their aid should either nation come under attack. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited both countries to sign the deals amid debate about joining NATO.
 
Sri Lanka has granted emergency powers to police in attempt to quell violence
Sri Lanka granted its military and police emergency powers, effectively enabling them to detain people without warrants. Riots followed nationwide shortages of fuel, food, and medicine, bringing thousands of protesters out to the streets of Sri Lanka.
 
Yoon Suk-yeol inaugurated as South Korea’s new President
On Tuesday, Yoon Suk-yeol was inaugurated as South Korea's president and promised a harder line on North Korea and closer ties with the United States. Yoon, 61, won a tight election in March, less than a year after entering politics following a 26-year career as a prosecutor.