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18 NATO states to hit spending target

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that 18 of the alliance's 31 countries are set to meet the defence spending target of two percent of gross domestic product in 2024.

The release of the new estimates came after Donald Trump rattled the alliance by saying he would "encourage" Russia to attack members who were not meeting the obligation.

Synchronized swimmer Platanioti gets silver at Worlds

Synchronized swimming technical world champion Evangelia Platanioti achieved second place at the freestyle event at the Doha World Aquatics Championship on Tuesday.

Platanioti, who got a gold medal in the women's solo technical final in Qatar last Saturday, achieved a total of 253.2833 points, and earned second place on the freestyle category.

Evangelia Platanioti takes home gold in World Aquatics Championships

Greek artistic swimmer Evangelia Platanioti clinched gold in the women's solo technical final of the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. 

The 29-year-old Platanioti secured 272.9633 points for her performance, securing the top position. 

She is followed by Canada's Jacqueline Simoneau who won silver and Chinese Huiyan Xu who won bronze.

Canada drops ban on drone parts export to Türkiye

Canada announced Monday it would no longer bar certain arms exports to Türkiye, a move that comes approximately a week after Ankara ratified Sweden's NATO membership.

Permits for military items and certain types of weapons destined for Türkiye "will now be reviewed on a case-by-case basis," the Canadian government said in a notice to exporters.

Donor countries halt funding to UN agency in Gaza

Several key donor countries have said they will halt funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees following Israel's allegations that staff members took part in Hamas's Oct. 7 attack.

The UNRWA has fired several people and promised a thorough investigation into the claims, which were not specified, while Israel has vowed to stop the agency's work in Gaza after the war.

Cyprus Air renders its fleet greener

In a move aimed at enhancing operational capacity and embracing sustainability, Cyprus Airways acquired two state-of-the-art Airbus 220s in July. These aircraft are set to debut on the 2024 summer routes, connecting popular Greek island destinations like Rhodes, Skiathos, Santorini and Iraklio on Crete, and Preveza on the mainland.

Canada to restart Turkey arms exports after Sweden NATO backing, sources say

Canada and Turkey have reached a deal to restart Canadian exports of drone parts in exchange for more transparency on where they are used, and it would take effect after Ankara completes its ratification of Sweden's NATO bid, two sources have told Reuters.

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