Russian President secured 6 more years in power amid increasingly strained relations with the West
Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after an expected victory in 18 March presidential election. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, recorded his best ever election performance with more than 76% of the vote, official results show. Speaking to reporters after the results announcement, he laughed off a question about running again in another six years. “What you are saying is a bit funny. Do you think that I will stay here until I'm 100 years old? No!” he said.
Mark Zuckerberg called to testify in European Parliament and US Congress
The snowballing scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of Facebook users, forced Mark Zuckerberg to admit last Wednesday that his social media network “made mistakes” and was involved in a “breach of trust”. Meanwhile, the Facebook co-founder and CEO faced more calls from politicians in the US, Britain and across Europe to testify in front of them to explain the data breach.
Welcoming Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince in the Oval Office at the White House last Tuesday, US President Donald Trump asked him to share his nation's wealth by continuing to purchase American-made weapons, news wires reported.
After Afrin Turkey vows to expand Syria's clearing
Turkish forces will press their offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters along the length of Turkey's border with Syria and if necessary into Iraq's Sinjar mountains,
Tear gas in Kosovo parliament
Kosovo's opposition last Wednesday tried to block ratification of a border agreement with Montenegro by releasing tear gas at a parliamentary session, news wires reported.
Sisi: Egypt not ready for democracy
Egypt is not “ready for democracy” according to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who was speaking ahead of this week's presidential elections where he is expected to win an overwhelming majority in a virtually uncontested campaign.