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Perspective from Geneva Summit – Can Biden trust Putin?

  • The summit gave the leaders a chance to size each other up, but Putin deflected questions about thorny issues, including opposition figure Alexei Navalny
  • Putin broke one of his own rules of engagement with world leaders. He showed up on time.

Washington DC, June 16.– President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded their first in-person summit in Geneva on Wednesday, with both leaders saying the meeting had been constructive but with divisions between the two countries clearly on display.

The meeting, which took place at an 18th century villa, lasted three hours and gave the two leaders a chance to discuss a range of issues including cyberattacks, Moscow's crackdown on supporters of democracy and Russian interference in U.S. elections.

"I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by," Biden told reporters in a solo news conference after the meeting.

Biden said he emphasized areas where "there's a mutual interest for us to cooperate for our people – the Russian and American people – but also for the benefit of the world."

Putin, speaking through an interpreter, called the meeting "a fundamental one" and said ...

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NIGERIA: June 12 and the lessons not learnt

June 11."There is only one thing, which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression,” once wrote an English philosopher, John Locke. Once again, as the country marks ‘Democracy Day’ on Saturday, June 12th, the malignant ghost of the criminal annulment, 28 years ago, of the presidential election hovers over the land. In the struggle that followed the abrupt voiding of the result by the military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, hundreds of innocent people were killed, and media houses proscribed. It was, really, an ugly time for the country.

Yet, almost three decades down the road, Nigeria’s rulers, like the Bourbons, appear to “have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” Instead of the promised bright summer of liberty, unity and prosperity built around the June 12, 1993 election, anger, division, despair, and insecurity are palpably evident now. Chosen only last year as Democracy Day, June 12 will be celebrated amid mass discontent, devoid of the great hope of inclusive, participatory democracy that the election signposted.

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‘Increasingly difficult’ to extend Iran monitoring agreement, UN nuclear watchdog chief says

KAEA Director General Rafael Grossi June 7.– Talks to extend the agreement allowing UN inspectors to monitor Iranian nuclear activity are becoming increasingly arduous, the head of the organization’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said.

In May, the nuclear watchdog and Iran agreed on a one-month extension to the monitoring deal until June 24 after the original three-month agreement expired.

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Turkish Parliament to draft new constitution with 'conciliation'

President Erdogan proposal came four years after the 2017 constitutional referendum asked voters to decide on an 18-article bill to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, among other changes."

  • The AK Party has 289 seats in the 600-seat Parliament, while the MHP has 48, together adding up to a majority of 337, but this falls short of the 360-vote supermajority needed to pass a new constitution.
  • Even if all 600 deputies in Parliament say "yes" to the proposal, a national referendum will be held to assess the will of the people, Erdoğan had previously stated. Turkey's Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül

Ankara, June 1.– Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said he has full faith that the Turkish Parliament will embrace the same conciliatory attitude as it had in electing the members for the Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) during the new constitution-drafting period.

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US envoy and Pakistani General Bajwa discuss post-withdrawal Afghanistan

Islamabad, May 29.– United States envoy Angela Aggeler on Friday met Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to continue bilateral discussions on post-withdrawal Afghanistan and the peace process.

“During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation, including recent developments in Afghan peace process, and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

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