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Brazilian agency’s decision to delay authorization is political, says Sputnik V team

The Russian laboratory has provided scientific studies and affirms that the vaccine is safe

SIPRI global military expenditure 2020 Despite the horrors of COVID-19, global defense spending rises led by the US

The US military budget in 2020 alone was around USD 778 billion, which is almost 39% of the total global military expenditure and marked an increase by 4.4% from the previous year

Why Ukraine’s borders are back at the center of geopolitics

As tensions heat up on the Ukraine-Russia border, Vijay Prashad takes a look at the factors and interests behind what is happening

Palestine receives critical batch of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China

Besides China, the Palestinian Authority has also received vaccines from other sources, including doses from the United Nations COVAX initiative and Russian Sputnik V

Political Crisis-Slovakia Political crisis in Slovakia derails fight against COVID-19 

The incumbent coalition government in Slovakia is mired in a political crisis over disagreements on the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, even as the country faces an acute COVID-19 crisis

SIPRI report global arms sale Latest SIPRI data shows 25% rise in arms imports by Middle East and North Africa countries

Complementing the increase in arms imports by West Asian and North African countries, the United States, France and Germany saw a substantial increase in their respective weapons exports, with the US continuing as the world’s largest arms exporter 

Bolivia approves emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

Bolivia hopes to vaccinate up to 20% of its population in the first quarter of this year. The health ministry has endorsed Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s CoronaVac vaccines against COVID-19

Argentina starts nationwide COVID-19 vaccinations

On December 24, the South American nation received the first 300,000 doses out of a total order of over 10 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. In the first round it has prioritized the health workers for the administration of the vaccine.

UN res against Nazism US, Ukraine vote against UN resolution against Nazism

51 countries including all members of the EU, Australia, News Zealand and Canada were among those who abstained from voting on the UN resolution asking members to eliminate all forms of racism and attempts to glorify Nazism. The resolution was passed with overwhelming support from the third world countries.

Armenia and Azerbaijan announce agreement to end battle over Nagorno-Karabakh region

As per the deal mediated by Russia, Armenia will withdraw its forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Russia will also deploy a peacekeeping force for a period of five years

Hopes rise of extension of New START arms control treaty as Russia offers to freeze arsenal

Russia on Tuesday offered to freeze its current arsenal, and proposed an extension of the treaty by one year. The treaty signed in 2010 capped the number of nuclear warheads by the two countries and its deployment

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash despite ceasefire declaration

A day after the Moscow-mediated truce deal, Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of violations of the ceasefire and of attacks being conducted on the cities of Ganja and Stepanakert

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