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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.
Brussels protesters demand release of aid worker from Iranian detention center
On Sunday, hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Brussels to demand the release of Belgian Olivier Vandecasteele from imprisonment in Iran. Vandecasteele, an international aid worker, was arrested in Tehran in February 2022.
Somalia: Five civilians dead following attack on Mogadishu mayor’s office
At least five civilians have been killed in an attack on the mayor's office in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalia's Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism tweeted that the attack had been carried out by Khawarij forces.
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.
Pope calls for end to violence in Ukraine, Peru, and Myanmar
Following his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis appealed for an end to the violence in Myanmar, Peru, and Ukraine. In his address, the Pope expressed his sorrow at recent events in Myanmar, which saw the destruction of a Catholic church in the village of Chan Thar.
Brazil’s Pres. replaces army general in wake of Jan. 8th riots
Following riots that took place on January 8 at government buildings, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has appointed General Tomás Miguel Ribeiro Paiva as the new commander of the army. Ribeiro Paiva replaces Júlio Cesar de Arruda as the army general. Arruda had been commander of the army since December 28.
Turkey cancels Swedish Defense Minister’s planned visit
The Ministry of National Defense of Türkiye says a planned visit by Swedish Defense Minister Pål Jonson to the country has been cancelled. "At this point, the visit of Swedish Defense Minister Jonson to Turkey on January 27 has neither significance nor meaning," said Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.