EU to tighten Iran sanctions after Israel attack

The EU has agreed to expand sanctions on Iranian producers of drones and missiles following Tehran’s unprecedented attack on Israel. The bloc already has multiple sanctions in place against Iran, including for selling drones to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine. The US has also hinted it will impose its own new penalties […]

Vladmir Putin Secures Another Six-Year Term

 Vladimir Putin has secured another six-year term as Russian president, exit polls showed Sunday. The victory paved the way for the 71-year-old hardline former spy to become the longest-serving Russian leader in more than 200 years. After the win, Putin told reporters that Russia must make its army stronger and that the ‘noon against Putin’ […]

UK sanctions Russian prison chiefs after activist Navalny’s death

The UK has frozen the assets of six Russian prison bosses in charge of the Arctic penal colony where opposition leader Alexei Navalny died.  The sanctioned individuals will also be banned from travelling to the UK. Western leaders say the blame for Navalny’s death lies with the Russian authorities, including President Putin. UK Foreign Secretary […]

Mali signs agreement with Russia

Mali’s military government has signed an agreement with Russia that includes a goldrefinery project in the Malian capital Bamako. The deal involves building the refinery to process 200 tonnes of gold annually. It is validfor four years and does not specify the timelines for the construction.