• Trump signs executive order banning tech posing a security risk

      Trump signs executive order banning tech posing a security risk

      US President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared a national emergency over threats against American technology. The move, done via executive order, authorised the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in consultation with other top officials, is aimed at banning all transactions that involve information or communications technology that “poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.” The executive order gives now the Commerce Department 150 days to write regulations implementing it.

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    • Opposition rallies turned violent in Albania

      Opposition rallies turned violent in Albania

      Anti-government protesters in Albania's capital, Tirana, hurled gasoline grenades and flares at riot police in front of the main government building and national police headquarters Monday evening, despite the US diplomats and EU lawmakers appealed for order and calm. Police officers did not respond to the violence, news wires reported.

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    • Montenegro coup plotters colleagues of Skripal’s poisoners

      Montenegro coup plotters colleagues of Skripal’s poisoners

      The passports of the two Russians who were tried and sentenced in absentia for organising the 2016 attempted coup d'état in Montenegro were part of a series “reserved” for the Russian military intelligence GRU. The information was unearthed in a probe conducted jointly by the British website for investigative journalism Bellingcat and the Russian publication Insider. The special series of passports also connects the leaders of the Montenegro plot to three GRU agents involved in the use of the nerve agent Novichok in the UK town of Salisbury against the former double agent Sergei Skripal.

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    • Albanian protesters hurl Molotovs, seek snap elections

      Albanian protesters hurl Molotovs, seek snap elections

      Albanian opposition protesters hurled petrol bombs at the entrance of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office on Saturday, after three months of demonstrations calling for him to quit over alleged election fraud and corruption. Chanting “We want a European Albania”, the slogan of pro-democracy protests when the Balkan country dumped communism in 1990, they renewed the call they made since February for early elections after their lawmakers also cut ties with parliament.

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    • Guaido wants 'direct communication' with US military

      Guaido wants 'direct communication' with US military

      Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said Saturday he has instructed his representative in the US to open "direct communication" with the US military. According to the AP, Guido asked Carlos Vecchio, who the US recognises as Venezuela’s ambassador, for the communication on possible military “coordination.”

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    • The coup plotters in Montenegro were financed by GRU

      The coup plotters in Montenegro were financed by GRU

      This should have happened on the eve of the elections on 16 October 2016. The coup plotters planned to break into the parliament afterwards, guised in police uniforms and launch into power a pro-Russian government. Their aim was to block the country’s membership in NATO, BBC broadcast reminding that Montenegro joined the Alliance in 2017.

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    • More missiles sent by the US to the Middle East

      More missiles sent by the US to the Middle East

      The Pentagon approved the deployment of a Patriot missile defence battery and a Navy ship to the Middle East amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran. The USS Arlington and a Patriot battery on Saturday joined the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a US Air Force bomber task force, which were deployed earlier in the week to the region in response to "heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations."

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    • Tripoli threatens to suspend activities of foreign firms

      Tripoli threatens to suspend activities of foreign firms

      Libya’s internationally recognised government asked 40 foreign firms to renew their licences or have their operations suspended, pressuring Europe to stop an eastern military offensive against Tripoli, news wires reported. The firms, including French oil major Total, have three months to renew their licences, the economy and industry ministry said in a decree, after an official earlier said their operations had been suspended.

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