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Iranian defense minister denies Ukraine's claims Iran says there is no evidence of its drones being used by Russia in Ukraine

Iran said that at a meeting held to discuss this issue, Ukrainian officials were not able to provide any evidence to back the claim that its drones were being used in the Ukraine war

Macron visits US Macron’s US visit tells Europe’s alienation

While the joint statement issued after Macron’s visit shows that the US and France are on the same page in their criticism of Moscow’s conduct of the war in Ukraine, the nuances in the respective articulation by the two leaders during their joint press conference cannot be missed

UN on sanctions against Syria UN special rapporteur demands end of all unilateral sanctions imposed by US and allies on Syria

UN special rapporteur Alena Douhan claimed that the unilateral sanctions have hampered the supply of adequate food, basic medicines and medical equipment, and spare parts for power plants, among other things, depriving millions of Syrians of their basic human rights 

Following attacks on Sevastopol, Russia suspends participation in UN-brokered grain deal with Ukraine

Under the deal reached in July through UN and Turkish mediation, Russia had agreed to allow grain exports from three Ukrainian ports through the Black Sea to ease the food crisis faced by countries in Africa and Asia 

Ethiopia civil war Ethiopian peace talks begin as rebel TPLF suffers military setbacks

Negotiations between the federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began in South Africa on October 25, as the latter’s military defeat appears imminent. The civil war in Ethiopia started after the TPLF attacked a federal army base in November 2020 

Migrant boat accidents Over 20 migrants dead in two separate boat accidents off Greek coast

This is the third such incident in less than a month in the eastern Mediterranean. In September, close to 100 people, mostly Lebanese and Syrians, had died off the coast of Syria while trying to cross to Europe from Lebanon

Iran nuclear deal US imposes fresh sanctions on companies allegedly involved in Iranian oil trade  

Efforts to revive the JCPOA were stalled last month after the US failed to respond to the Iranian demand of guarantees against any future withdrawal as well as the termination of an IAEA investigation 

Fascism returns to Europe’s centerstage

In European politics, Italy traditionally played the role of an eager junior partner to the heavyweights that drive decision-making, France and Germany. That is almost certain to change under Giorgia Meloni

Refugee deaths in Mediterranean Sea Over 70 dead and scores missing after boat full of migrants sinks off Syrian coast

Most of the refugees were Lebanese or Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The boat had left the Miniyeh region a few days before and was headed for Europe

Austria Protests Protests erupt across Austria demanding solution to cost of living crisis

The Austrian Trade Union Federation (OGB) has demanded that the government put a cap on energy bills and house rents and temporarily abolish VAT on food and fuel

IAEA investigation Iran Iran nuclear deal prospects dim again

Crucial midterm elections in the US and Israeli national elections are possible reasons for the delay in addressing Iranian concerns regarding an IAEA investigation

EU policies on refugees Europe’s treatment of refugees is racist and murderous 

The recent incident of refugees being stranded in the Mediterranean without assistance from coastal forces exemplifies a larger pattern of cruelty by European nations towards those fleeing conflict zones