After 44 hours of fighting for the activist's life, medics managed to stabilise his condition and allowed his relatives to have him transported to a hospital in Germany. After Navalny spent more than a week there without any significant improvement, German authorities announced that the activist's blood tests suggested that he could have been poisoned by a military-grade Soviet-era nerve agent from the Novichok group, and accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. Chancellor Merkel requested that the Kremlin explain the situation, vowing to act according to Moscow's response. … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel Doesn’t Rule Out Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Amid Pressure From German Politicians
Spain is facing a re-run of its December 2015 general election after an inconclusive result meant no party was able to form a minority or coalition government. "There are going to be elections on the June 26 in Spain and we don't have of course a government that's ready to be taking the necessary measures," Moscovici said. … [Read more...] about Spain Spared Brussels Deficit Sanctions Before Election
"American officials planning to visit Taiwan should think twice," Hu wrote. "You should understand the weight of the Taiwan question in the hearts of Chinese people. For Americans who dare to provoke China on the Taiwan question, the Chinese people will remember you for a lifetime. Do not come to China anymore, you are not welcome here. You and your affiliated companies will have to stop doing business with China and face sanctions. You will face consequences." … [Read more...] about Taiwan appears determined to create an anti-Beijing alliance as Chinese state media warns of potential sanctions against US
Damascus — Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov pledged on Monday that his country would help Syria's government survive crippling U.S. economic sanctions. Borisov spoke during a visit to Syria's capital five years after Moscow launched its military intervention in Syria, which helped turn the tide of the war with U.S.-backed rebels back in President Bashar Assad's favor. … [Read more...] about Russia vows to help Syria “break through” crippling U.S. sanctions
"Assad will not yield. That is a clear path for a regime that has proven its durability despite all unending challenges," predicted Faten Shallah, a 44-year-old math teacher at a secondary school in Damascus. "Assad didn't budge after losing three-quarters of Syria and suffering thousands of loyalist casualties. He is unlikely to be more flexible to secure investment money." … [Read more...] about U.S. says new sanctions won’t hurt Syrian people. Syrians disagree, and they’re already hurting.
Seoul: Memory chipmakers, including Samsung Electronics, will feel the pinch of additional US sanctions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies that take effect next week, industry sources said. The new sanctions, which ban the supply of semiconductors made with US equipment, software and design to Huawei without prior approval from Washington, are set to become effective from next Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported. It will hit the shipments of Samsung Electronics, the world's top memory chip maker, SK hynix Inc. and most other global players will virtually stop shipments to the Chinese company next week, they said. "I understand that Samsung Electronics will stop shipping chips to Huawei from next Tuesday, though there is a possibility of selling products after winning US approval," an industry observer said. That is because US technologies are used in almost all sectors of chip production from design software to production equipment, according to the sources. Huawei is … [Read more...] about US sanctions on Huawei to hit Samsung, other chipmakers: Sources