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Today February 18 in Rome the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu, meet their counterparts Luigi Di Maio and Lorenzo Guerini. A strategic 2 + 2 to tackle hot dossiers such as the Libyan one, but also to discuss bilateral relations between Italy and Russia. An opportunity not to be missed to relaunch relations between the two countries, but also between Moscow and Brussels. The Italian-Russian dialogue starts again in the 2 + 2 format: the Russian foreign and defense ministers, Lavrov and Shoigu, are expected today in Villa Madama for a series of meetings with their counterparts.
The newly published US Counter-Intelligence Strategy for 2020-2022 puts Russia and China at the top of the list of countries that pose a threat to the USA. “Russia and China are operating throughout the world, using all power instruments at their disposal against the United States, resorting to a wide variety of modern intelligence methods", - the document says.
Since those days when it emerged from the ruins of the Yugoslav federation as an independent state, Republic of Croatia had 4 Presidents – 4 men and a Lady President. The first one whom only death, in the opinion of many, saved from the International Hague Tribunal, but who is still (or because of that?) called by his admirers “Father of the Nation” was a self-proclaimed “Messiah”, who although “only” a President acted as master and commander. One of his closest collaborators remembers how Franjo Tudjman asked him once: “To whom should I leave Croatia?” For a monarch without heirs from the 19th century a quite appropriate question.
​The outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus infection has generated such an avalanche of comments and forecasts that they are difficult to classify. The Chinese coronavirus may have a more devastating impact on the global economy than the financial crisis of 2008-2010, experts from Moody's rating agency say. According to a number of Russian experts, the main problem with coronavirus for Chinese and world manufacturers is the uncertainty of the situation.​
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, has warned that the global economy risks a return to the Great Depression. Speaking at the Peterson Institute of International Economics in Washington, she referred to IMF experts, who compare the current economic trends to the situation that existed at the close of the 1920s and culminated in the great market crash of 1929. Georgieva pointed to inequality and financial sector instability as the main reasons for the growing threat to global economic stability.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Moscow from Washington, right after negotiations with US President Donald Trump and the professionally staged presentation of the "deal of the century" on Palestinian-Israeli settlement. In Mr.Netanyahu’s opinion, “Relations between Israel and Russia have never been so good and stable before.” Incidentally, Moscow repeatedly offered to host such negotiations, but Israel refused to accept Russian mediation in negotiations with the Palestinians. Now, the Russian president has become the first world leader who Netanyahu chose to discuss the details of this far from unequivocal US plan.
First there w​as the beheading of 11 Nig​erian Christians during​ the recent Christmas celebration. The next day, a Catholic woman, Martha Bulus, was beheaded in the Nigerian state of Borno with her bridesmaids, five days before the wedding. Then there was a raid on the village of Gora-Gan in the Nigerian state of Kaduna, where terrorists shot anyone they met in the square where the evangelical community had gathered, killing two young Christian women.​
The United Nations is the cornerstone of the international order established after the Second World War, which still plays an important role so far, and the United Nations Security Council is the most core part in the construction of this system. Facing the difficult challenges faced by all countries and the international community as a whole, only the effective cooperation of the founding members of the UN Security Council can maintain world peace and stability.
A few years ago in Aceh, a poster was put up by the Islamic Sharia Department in Banda Aceh of the communications and information agency office, stating: “A woman whose strand of hair is seen deliberately by a man who is not her husband will be punished by 70,000 years in hell. One day in the afterlife is equivalent to 1,000 years in this world. A woman who enters hell will draw in with her two of her menfolk: her father, her brothers, her husband or her son. This is how terrible the punishment is!”

In March 1939, weeks before the notorious White Paper, Polish Jewry sent London a desperate telegram, published here apparently for the first time. At terrible cost, it was ignored. The sordid history of the May 1939 British White Paper, the notorious document with which the British all but slammed shut the doors of Palestine to European Jewry, has been documented many times. Less-remembered is how the (Jewish-owned) New York Times took British prime minister Neville Chamberlain’s side the day after the White Paper was issued, incurring the wrath of Chaim Weizmann and the Zionist leadership.