Foreign relations

The US Allocates $ 1 Billion to European Countries for Energy Security Projects

The US allocates about $ 1 billion to Central and Eastern European countries for energy security projects under the Three Seas initiative to develop the regional dialogue. This was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a speech to the Munich Security Conference.

The implementation of projects will help these countries secure their energy security.

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Death is everywhere in Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held enclave

As the Syrian war approaches its ninth year, half of the 22 million population has been displaced and more than six million of them had to leave the country.

In the south of the Idlib province, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced from their homes due to bombings and attacks carried out by the regime.

Turkey’s top diplomat slams ex-ambassadors over Montreux Treaty row

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has criticized a joint declaration signed by 126 retired ambassadors who said that the proposed Kanal Istanbul project may bring the validity of the 1936-dated Montreux Convention into question to the disadvantage of the Turkish interests.

European Commission: New EU Visa Rules

New EU rules on short-stay visas apply worldwide from 2 February 2020. They make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, while providing more resources for countering irregular migration risks and threats to internal security.

Which non-EU countries do the new rules apply to?

United States Introduces Visa Restrictions for Pregnant Women

The United States introduces visa restrictions for pregnant women. The measure aims at restricting "birth tourism," in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship. 

Women applying for a tourist visa will be denied if consular officials deem that they want to go to the US to give birth.

Air strikes carried out on pro-Iranian forces in Syria, there are casualties

At least eight fighters of the pro-Iranian paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi have been killed in eastern Syria, the Observatory said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the planes targeted positions belonging to pro-Iranian militias in the Boukamal area, near the border with Iraq.

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