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Armed forces chief promoted to lieutenant general

Robert Glavaš, chief of the general staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF), has been promoted from major general to lieutenant general by President Nataša Pirc Musar, the army's supreme commander.

The promotion comes at a time of a demanding international situation which calls for multiple and wise adjustments, Pirc Musar said at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on 24 June.

The profile of voters on the fringes

With the small parties on the left and right of the political spectrum jostling for a place in the limelight of Parliament, Kathimerini takes a look at the profile of their prospective voters.

The scene to the right of New Democracy consists of Hellenic Solution, Niki and Spartiates (Spartans), hovering above and below the 3% threshold, according to the polls. 

Vučić: "Serbia and Cuba are perceived as independent and libertarian countries" VIDEO

After the welcoming ceremony in front of the Palace of Serbia, a meeting between the president and the guest from Cuba followed.
Plenary discussions of the delegations of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Cuba were also held. After the signing of the bilateral agreements on cooperation, statements were made by the presidents of the two countries.

N Korea calls failed spy satellite launch 'the most serious' shortcoming

Top North Korean officials vowed to push for a second attempt to launch a spy satellite as they called their country's first, and failed, launch last month "the most serious" shortcoming this year and harshly criticized those responsible, state media reported Monday.

Russians so confident they’d seize Kyiv, they had packed their parade uniforms

"Peter the Great talked about a Russian window on Europe. Putin just smashed that window," says Mark Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and an expert in social movements and post-communist politics, who addressed an audience of academics and students at the Princeton Athens Center on May 29.

AIIB serves China's interests: Ex-executive

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank "serves China's interest" and Beijing wields "undue" influence over what is supposed to be a multilateral organisation, a former executive told AFP yesterday after resigning.

In the wake of his resignation, Canada's Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Ottawa would "immediately halt all government-led activity at the Bank".

China struggles with weak post-COVID economic recovery

Sales of Yizhuan Automobile Co.'s trash trucks picked up after China ended anti-virus controls in December, but their growth is in low gear as managers struggle to rebuild business lost during the pandemic.

China's economy rebounded at the start of 2023, but after a good first quarter, factory output and consumer spending are weakening.

China's exports fall 7.5 pct in May

China's exports fell in May for the first time since February, data showed yesterday, breaking a two-month growth streak as a post-Covid rebound faded and adding to speculation that officials will unveil fresh stimulus measures.

Rising global inflation, the threat of recession elsewhere and geopolitical tensions with the United States have weakened demand for Chinese products.