US Senate passes record $858b defense act, sending bill to Biden

People pass by US National flags in Washington, DC on Jan 9, 2021. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) WASHINGTON – The US Senate passed legislation on Thursday authorizing a record $858 billion in annual defense spending, $45 billion more than proposed by President Joe Biden, and rescinding the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Senators supported the National Defense […]

Finnish president urges diplomacy to attain peace in Ukraine

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto addresses a joint press conference with the Lithuanian President following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania on Nov 4, 2022. (PETRAS MALUKAS / AFP) HELSINKI – Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday underlined the need to assess the possibility of peace in the Ukraine conflict "also elsewhere than […]

Period of West-dominated world is ending, says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the plenary session of the 19th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (Sergei Karpukhin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the historical period of boundless Western domination in world affairs is coming […]

Pentagon: US successfully flight-tests Raytheon hypersonic arms

A flag flies in front of the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility on June 10, 2019, in Woburn, Massachusetts. (ELISE AMENDOLA / AP) WASHINGTON – The United States has successfully tested a Raytheon Technologies Corp air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound, making it the third […]

Inaugural meeting of UN nuclear weapon ban treaty opens

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (on screen) speaks during The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Meeting of States Parties at the Austria Center in Vienna, Austria, on June 21, 2022. (ALEX HALADA / AFP) VIENNA – States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons started examining the accord's implementation, reviewing its […]