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National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine takes up anti-corruption drive
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the NSDC has made personnel decisions "regarding officials of various levels in ministries and other central government bodies, in the regions, and in the law enforcement system." In his video address on January 24th, President Zelenskyy said, "any internal issues that hinder the state are being removed and will continue to be removed. It is fair, it is necessary for our defense, and it helps our rapprochement with European institutions."
 
Peru calls for “national truce,” police tank crashes through university gates amid protests
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte called for "a national truce" with the aim "to establish dialogue tables" as she met with foreign media in Lima on Tuesday. The meeting was intended to appease the protestors demanding her resignation. Protests have claimed 46 lives in the five weeks since the removal of former-President Pedro Castillo. Riot police used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters amid the unrest, as reported by Peruvian media.
 
Four Oath Keepers found guilty of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Four members of the Oath Keepers were convicted on Monday of seditious conspiracy for their role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riots. This was the second major trial concerning defendants accused of plotting to forcibly keep President Donald Trump in power. The defendants included Roberto Minuta, 38, of Prosper, Texas; Joseph Hackett, 52, of Sarasota, Florida; David Moerschel, 45, of Punta Gorda, Florida; and Edward Vallejo, 64, of Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Poland ready to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine without German approval
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggested that Poland is ready to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, even without Germany's consent. "We will ask Germany for permission ... but this is of secondary importance," said Morawiecki. Berlin has come under heavy pressure to supply Ukraine with military aid after failing to make a decision at the U.S. military base of Ramstein in south-west Germany on Friday.
 
West imposes sanctions on Iran over human rights violations
On January 23rd, the European Union, Britain, and the U.S. imposed sanctions on more than 30 Iranian officials and organizations. The sanctions have been imposed in response to the suppression of recent protests in Iran.
 
Turkey tells Sweden not to expect support for NATO bid
On January 22nd, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sweden should not expect Turkey's support for its NATO membership. The announcement comes after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend, including the burning of a copy of the Koran.
 
Russian leaders warn West of global catastrophe
Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Duma (Russia's lower house of parliament), warned that politicians who covered Kyiv’s preparations for war with Russia should be held accountable. According to him, those leaders “plotted to start a world war with predictable consequences” and “they should be held accountable for their crimes.”
 
Netanyahu fires health minister after SC bars him from holding office
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has fired his Health Minister, Aryeh Deri. The decision came after the Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday barred Deri from serving in the cabinet. Deri was given a suspended sentence for tax evasion in February 2022. The Supreme Court judges say this disqualifies him from being a minister.
 
Labour Party names Chris Hipkins New Zealand’s next Prime Minister
On January 22nd, New Zealand's ruling Labour Party confirmed former COVID minister Chris Hipkins will replace Jacinda Ardern as its new leader. Chris Hopkins is set to become the next prime minister of the country.
 
Six more classified documents found at Biden home during DOJ search
U.S. President Joe Biden’s personal attorney Bob Sauer says the Department of Justice has found another six classified documents in the president’s Delaware home during a search on Saturday morning. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) says Democrats are expecting honest answers from the White House and president about the classified documents found in his possession. Porter said oversight is not a partisan issue and that anyone who breaks the law should be held accountable.