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‘Parliaments need to move closer to the people’ [A view from Cyprus]

Aug.19.– There is strong need for more vigorous efforts to bring parliament closer to the people, especially the young and women, House President Demetris Syllouris believes, saying new information technology creates opportunities for more collaboration between parliaments and the people.

Syllouris will be one of five speakers that submitted a report to the 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, held every five years. The Virtual Meeting is being held on Wednesday and Thursday on the theme of ‘Parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and sustainable development for the people and planet’.

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Belarus: Europe walks on a thread of fear of robbing Moscow

  • The fear of a Russian military intervention pushed Brussels to organize an extraordinary summit by videoconference.
  • Sanction those responsible for violence and electoral fraud: this is one of the lines of action confirmed by the leaders of the Twenty-Seven. 

Brussels, Aug.19.– Gestures and words are not confusing. Gathered, virtually, for an extraordinary summit, European leaders are increasing the pressure on Alexander Lukashenko. The August 9 presidential elections in Belarus “were neither free nor fair. We do not recognize the results ”, said the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen. In unison, the Twenty-Seven condemn “disproportionate and unacceptable violence” and call for a “full and transparent investigation” .

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UAE-Israel peace treaty: Phone link between two countries inaugurated

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel on Thursday announced an agreement that will lead to a full normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two states. 

Dubai, Aug.16.– Telephone lines between the UAE and Israel were open on Sunday, calls made by Reuters reporters showed, after the two countries moved to normalise diplomatic relations last week.

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Estonian Foreign Minister raises issue of situation in Belarus in UN Security Council

Tens of thousands march in a show of anger in Belarus
over the brutal police crackdown.

Tallinn, Aug.12.– Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu on Wednesday made a speech at an open high-level virtual sitting of the UN Security Council on the pandemic and the challenges of sustaining peace, in which he raised the issue of post-election demonstrations in Belarus. 

"At the outset, please allow me to say few words about very worrying situation in Belarus," Reinsalu said. "The presidential elections in Belarus on Sunday cannot be considered free, fair and democratic. As a result we are now witnessing unprecedented nationwide protests and excessive use of force by the government. Let me underline that violent crackdown of peaceful protests is unacceptable."

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As tensions rise in Asia Pacific, South Korea is building its first aircraft carrier ... complete with US-made fighter jets

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)South Korea plans to start building its first aircraft carrier next year, and acquire fighter jets to operate on it, the country's Defense Ministry has announced.

Last year, South Korea hinted at its interest in an aircraft carrier, saying it would build a "multi-purpose large transport vessel."Photo: Aircraft carrier. Ministry of National Defense. Republic of Korea. But in its national plan for 2021-2025, published this week, the government for the first time explicitly committed to buildingthe billion-dollar equipment.

"The 30,000-ton level aircraft carrier can transport military forces, equipment and materials and can operate fighter jets that are capable of vertical take-off and landing," said the Defense Ministry release.

"It will enable the military to more effectively suppress threats and dispatch forces and materials to a disputed region in the sea by playing a role of a controlling vessel for the navy unit."

It is expectedSouth Korea will purchase US-made F-35B fighter jets, which have short takeoff and vertical landing capability, compatible with a small aircraft carrier. F-35Bs are the only short take-off and vertical landing fighter jets in production in the world.

Read more: CNN

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