Russian senator threatened to block Sea of Azov for Ukrainian ships
Russia is capable of blocking the Azov Sea for any Ukrainian ship in minutes, said the Russian senator, member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Franz Klintsevich, commenting on the detention of 15 ships by the State Border Service of Ukraine for illegal calls to the Crimean ports. Klintsevich called the detention of the vessels by the State Border Service of Ukraine an "obvious lawlessness". He said that it is Ukraine who "actually breaks the agreement on the Sea of Azov", and threatened that "it will only suffer from this.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, tweeted that there was a "special place in Hell" for people who "promoted Brexit" without a plan – February 6, 2019
“Today our most important task is to prevent a no-deal scenario," Donald Tusk told reporters in Brussels. Besides, Tusk underlined that the withdrawal agreement with the European Union is not open for renegotiation. May is visiting Brussels to seek further concessions from the rest of the EU over how Britain will exit the EU next month.
On Sudan’s Streets, young professionals protest against al-Bashir-February 1, 2019
The demonstrations that started in the city of Atbara in Sudan on December 19, 2018 have been going on for 6 weeks. The protesters want the end of the Umar al-Bashir era. Many protesters have been arrested and dozens have been killed by the regime.  
30 leading historians and writers warn of the rise of populism ahead of Brexit!-January 26 , 2018
A group of leading intellectuals from 21 countries have published a manifest that liberal values in Europe face a challenge 'not seen since the 1930s' as the UK heads towards Brexit. “We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document underlines. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.” The 800-word paean was drafted by the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.
Gdańsk’s mayor was attacked on stage in front of hundreds of people!-January 14, 2018.
Mr Adamowicz, a liberal critic of Poland's ruling party, was killed  while attending the Great Orchestra of Christmas charity. The Polish president, Andrzej Duda, joined the funeral procession in Gdansk. According to Financial Times “the killing of Adamowicz, a beacon of liberal values who had been mayor since 1998, has horrified Poland.” Besides, the Guardian  underlined that “the death of Paweł Adamowicz, the popular liberal mayor of Gdańsk, has sent shockwaves across Poland and elsewhere in Europe.” Mr Adamowicz was from Gdansk and first came to power in 1998. He has been re-elected four times since, most recently in November. Adamowicz's attacker, 27, had only got out of prison last month.
Israel detained 5,700 Palestinians, 980 children in 2018- January 7, 2019
According to Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies research in 2018, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 980 children under 12 years in Palestine, including the sick and injured. 55 of these children have various serious diseases. Some of the children are under house urrest, forbidden to visit neighbors,  relatives and social media platforms. The report underlines during the same period, 5 Palestinian detainees died while in Israeli custody. According to  the report, Israel Prison Service conducted 185 break-ins into the Palestinian prisoners' cells and dungeons in 2018, an increase by 26% compared to 2017.
Macron's popularity falls further in December 2018-January 7, 2019
Acording to the research group IFOP, the popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has hit its lowest level since the start of his term. The results figures that just 29 percent of respondents satisfied with his leadership. According to the survey, 24% of the participants stated that they will support Marine Le Pen's Front National, a far right party in France. Emmanuel Macron's party, La République en Marche, can only reach 18%.
Brexit negotiations on a dead end-December 31, 2018
Brexit will enter into force on March 29, 2019, but the agreement has not yet been established. However, there is no sign of a majority for either an orderly Brexit or a second referendum in the British parliament. According to commentators the Brexit negotiations have been a fiasco - offering only one small glimmer of hope.
Heavy rain and flooding hits refugee camps in north of Syria- December 28, 2018
Heavy rain and flooding wreaked Syria's Atma refugee camp.  The flooding has created "catastrophic conditions" for those living in northern Syrian refugee camps, Turkish NGO Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said in a written statement on Friday, December 28. The statement says over 250,000 refugees have been affected by the flooding caused by two days of rain, and many shelters, food and water stocks have been ruined.
EU and UK government are preparing for no-deal Brexit-December 26, 2018
The European Commission and United Kingdom government are preparing for no-deal “Brexit.”  The U.K. government has decided to move for a full no-deal Brexit footing after Theresa May's Cabinet, agreed to trigger all remaining contingency plans for such a scenario. The UK prime minister's official spokesman said that military personnel would be on standby to assist in the event of no-deal disruption. According to the Guardian “after months of speculation and uncertainty, the light is being shed on the probable impact Brexit will have on travel for UK citizens.” In case of no-deal Brexit, the EU has already begun to make certain regulations for legal procedures of international air traffic, product and human circulation. If it will not be no progress for an agreement, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal.
Cabinet Crisis in Lebanon Still Continues-December 24, 2018
The crisis in Lebaon continues, despite efforts to establish a cabinet since May 2018. It took two and a half years for the country to elect its current president, nine years to hold parliamentary elections and 12 years to pass a budget. Hezbollah and the its allies won half of the parliament from the general elections. Iran and Saudi Arabia are also trying to steer their influence on local politics effectively. On the other hand economic issues and refugee crises in Lebanon still dominates political discourse, as well. Acoording to the Economist “the risk is that the bickering over cabinet seats continues into 2019, and that the economy can collapse before a government can be formed.”
World Food Program to cut back aid to thousands of Palestinians- December 17, 2018
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) says it will cut its aid next year to over 190,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. In a statement on Wednesday, the UN agency said it needs another $57m to continue providing for 360,000 impoverished Palestinians in 2019. The budget shortages will hit some 27,000 Palestinians in the West Bank who will lose food assistance, while another 166,000 people in the occupied territory and Gaza will see a 20 percent decline in food aid.
Moscow and Yerevan are signing a document for banning foreign troops In Armenia-December 17, 2018
Armenia and Russia are completing the preparation of a document that will rule out the presence of foreign military forces in Armenia in the near future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio that “We are completing with Armenia the process of preparing a document which will guarantee absence of foreign military there… and whatever is done there will be done transparently in terms of guarantees to exclude any threats and risks.” as quoted by the Sputnik News Agency.
Protest in Minority Schools in Western Thrace - September 27, 2018
The students of 30 Minority Primary Schools in Western Thrace are protesting that they do not have the necessary books in Greek language and they are not given equal opportunities compared to other public schools.​
Teen girl shot by Israeli soldiers brought to Istanbul- April 25, 2018
Turkey’s IHH brings Meryem Abu-Matar to Istanbul for medical treatment. Meryem Abu-Matar, 16, who lives in Gaza’s Rafah city, was brought to Istanbul for medical treatment after she was shot by Israeli soldiers during the rallies. After a 7-hour operation, doctors said her health was improving and that she could have lost her leg if she was late in being admitted to hospital.
Palestine to ask UN for protection from Israeli attacks- April 21, 2018
At least 39 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli interventions since border rallies began March 30. Demonstrators are demanding that Palestinian refugees be granted the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
Israel to build 5,700 illegal settlements- April 7, 2018
The illegal settlement plans have drastically increased since the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israel's Jerusalem Municipality has approved a decision to build 5,700 illegal settlements.
31 Palestinians martyred in Gaza protests- April 7, 2018
At least 31 Palestinians have been martyred and 2,850 others injured by Israeli gunfire in anti-occupation rallies on border of the Gaza Strip since last week, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.  
UN tells concern on Gaza, urges Israel to curb violence- April 6, 2018
The UN on Friday expressed concern over Israeli violence against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, urging Tel Aviv to allow peaceful protests and restrict itself to proportionate force if needed.
Israel forbids Friday call to prayer at West Bank mosque- April 2, 2018
Israel on Friday prohibited the Muslim call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil).
Gazan dies of wounds, death toll rises to 18- April 2, 2018
A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds in the Gaza Strip on Monday, taking to 18 the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire near border of the Gaza Strip
Israeli gunfire injures 11 Palestinians on Gaza border- April 1, 2018
In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said Israeli forces opened fire toward Gaza’s eastern border, injuring 11 people, one seriously. The injuries came as scores of Palestinians gathered near the border as part of Palestinian protests demanding the right of return to refugees. On Friday, tens of thousands converged on the Gaza Strip’s roughly 45-kilometer-long eastern border with Israel to reaffirm their right to return to their ancestral homes in historical Palestine. Ahead of the mass demonstrations, Israel had deployed thousands of troops along the border. Dubbed the “Great March of Return,” the protests also intended to pressure Israel to lift its more than decade-long blockade of Gaza.
Hundreds march in Tel Aviv in support of Palestinians -April 1, 2018
The mostly leftist Israeli protesters chanted slogans against the Israeli army and called for an end to the violence on Palestinian civilians as well as a political solution and resumption of the peace process.
Israel arrests Palestinian for crossing Gaza border
Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian while trying to sneak into Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the military. Tension has risen up across the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip since Friday when at least 15 Gazans were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli gunfire during rallies demanding the return of refugees.