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At the NATO video conference, Pompeo had a heated argument with the Turkish Foreign Minister

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At the NATO video conference, Pompeo had a heated argument with the Turkish Foreign Minister

In late November, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo just ended his embarrassing “seven-nation tour”, especially the trip to Turkey, which embarrassed him. Pompeo was furious before his visit, and no Turkish government official met with him during his visit.

According to a report by the US current political media “Politician News Network” on December 1, Pompeo had a fierce argument with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the NATO Foreign Minister’s video conference that day, and the two sides had multiple issues You come and I talk, quarreling constantly.

After the quarrel, some participating member states chose to support Pompeo, which made Turkey appear to be isolated within NATO. Some diplomats made speculative analysis, believing that Pompeo was deliberately creating contradictions and creating trouble for the incoming Biden administration in NATO affairs.

At the NATO video conference, Pompeo had a heated argument with the Turkish Foreign Minister

According to the report, the video conference held on December 1 focused on how NATO should adapt to the reform report “NATO 2030” for the next 10 years. French President Macron complained last year that NATO is experiencing “brain death” due to a lack of strategic coordination and US leadership. This report was compiled by a group of “experts” after that.

However, during the meeting, Pompeo and Cavusoglu became the focus of the audience, and the two had a heated argument. “Politician News Network” stated that the news was later confirmed by the delegations of many NATO member states.

According to reports, Pompeo slammed Turkey at the meeting, accusing it of intensifying tensions with NATO allies in the Mediterranean region, and saying that Turkey’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense missiles was “giving Russia a gift.”

On the other hand, Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu also made no show of weakness and responded. He accused Pompeo of calling various European allies so that they could “form gangs” against Turkey. He also said that the United States blindly chose to side with Greece in regional conflicts and refused to sell the Patriot air defense system is also wrong.

Cavusoglu also mentioned that when Turkey was at war with the “Islamic State”, the United States supported Kurdish forces in Syria; while in the conflict in the Naka region, the Turkish military supported Azerbaijan, but the United States and France chose to support Armenia and They fought.

According to reports, after the fierce quarrel between the two sides, some allies chose to support Pompeo, while Turkey appeared to be isolated by the remaining 29 NATO members. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned Turkey at the meeting and claimed that if Turkey imitates Russia’s “aggression and interventionism”, the cohesion and unity within NATO will not be realized.

This meeting is likely to be the last NATO foreign ministerial meeting attended by Pompeo on behalf of the Trump administration. Regarding the dispute between the United States and Turkey, some diplomats speculate that Pompeo is using his last opportunity to come. Intensified tensions and created obstacles and difficulties for the incoming Biden administration.

In another press conference, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg evaded questions about Pompeo’s fierce quarrel with Cavusoglu. Instead, he said that NATO’s “conflict elimination mechanism” can ease the conflict between Greece and Turkey.

“We have seen that the conflict elimination mechanism’ helps to reduce the risk of accidents.” However, Stoltenberg also admitted that the most fundamental problem has not been resolved and it will depend on Germany’s mediation efforts. , And the political will of Greece and Turkey.

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A court in India ruled that touching a child’s body through clothes does not constitute sexual assault, causing national outrage

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According to a CNN report on the 26th, an Indian court ruled that touching a child’s body through clothes does not constitute a sexual assault. The ruling aroused anger throughout India.

In this judgment last week, Mumbai High Court Judge Pushpa Ganediwala ruled that a 39-year-old man was not guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl because he did not take off the girl’s clothes, which means that there is no skin contact.

According to court documents, the man brought her home in December 2016 under the pretext of giving her child guava. There, he touched her breasts and tried to take off her underwear.

The man was convicted of sexual assault in the lower court and sentenced to three years in prison, but then he appealed to the High Court.

Judge Ganediwala held in his judgment on January 19 that the man’s behavior “does not fall within the definition of ‘sexual assault’”. The judge wrote: “Considering the severe punishment for this crime, in this court’s view, stricter evidence and serious charges are needed.”

The report pointed out that sexual assault requires at least three years’ imprisonment for the offender and up to five years. However, India’s 2012 “Protection of Children from Sexual Assault Act” does not clearly stipulate that skin contact must occur to constitute a crime of sexual assault.

Although the judge ruled that the crime of sexual assault was not guilty, the man was convicted of a lesser crime of indecency and sentenced to one year in prison. Ganediwala said: “The penalty for a crime should be proportional to the severity of the crime. This is the basic principle of criminal law.”

After the decision of the Mumbai High Court was announced, Indians questioned the logic of the court’s decision on social media, which is equivalent to setting a new precedent. Other high courts and lower courts across the country now need to follow the decision of the Mumbai High Court.

The National Women’s Council of India stated that it plans to challenge the verdict by law, saying that the verdict will “have a knock-on effect on the regulations concerning women’s safety and security”.

Ranjana Kumari, director of the non-profit Centre for Social Research advocating women’s rights in India, said the verdict was “shameful, outrageous, shocking, lacking judicial prudence. of.”

CNN pointed out that sexual assault is a huge problem in India. In India, sex crimes are often cruel and common, but under the country’s judicial system, they are often not handled properly. According to official data in 2018, a woman is raped every 16 minutes in India.

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With two resignations in two years, can Giuseppe Conte make a successful return three times?

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According to the Italian President’s Office, on January 26, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had submitted his resignation to President Mattarella. This is Conte’s resignation again a year and a half later.

It is reported that the Italian ruling coalition is composed of four political parties, namely the populist party Five Star Movement, the center-left party Democratic Party, and the Vigor Party, and the Freedom and Equality Party.

On January 13, Italian Vigor Party leader Renzi was dissatisfied with the management and use of the EU Recovery Fund by the Conte government and announced that his party members would withdraw from the coalition government, causing the ruling coalition led by Conte to lose the majority of seats in the parliament.

Although the Conte government won a vote of confidence in the Senate and the House of Representatives with 156 votes in favor, 140 votes against, and 16 abstentions on the 19th, there is still a lack of an absolute majority in the Senate, which will cause the annual budget report to fail to pass. The Senate voted on the 27th.

Based on this, the two main parties in the ruling coalition, the Five-Star Movement Party and the Democratic Party, recommended that Conte resign, hoping to regain the right to form a cabinet and establish a broader ruling coalition.

According to Agence France-Presse, President Mattarella will start consultations with Italian political parties to resolve the government crisis.

 

There are currently four possibilities:

  1. Mattarella does not accept Conte’s resignation and can request the current coalition government to continue to govern;
  2. If Mattarella believes that Conte can get the necessary support to form a new government, he will give Conte a few days to finalize the list of new cabinets;
  3. If Conte fails to form a cabinet, Mattarella will have to choose an alternative candidate who is capable of forming a viable alliance;
  4. If the above plans fail, Italy will hold general elections two years in advance.

 

CNN analysis believes that Conte is one of the most popular politicians in Italy. In the first wave of the epidemic in Italy, he was praised for announcing the nationwide blockade measures very early and has maintained high support of more than 50% among the masses. rate. Conte’s resignation is actually a “tactical action.” The most likely scenario is that Conte will get the opportunity to reorganize the government.

According to the US media CNBC, the frequency of the downfall of the Italian government is very high. Since the Second World War, there have been 66 governments.

If Conte succeeds, this will be the third government he has formed since 2018.

In June 2018, the Five-Star Movement and the far-right coalition party formed a ruling coalition. Conte, who has no party affiliation, was nominated as the prime minister of Italy, which became the “product of compromise” between the two parties.

In August 2019, the coalition party leader and then deputy prime minister Salvini launched a no-confidence vote on Conte. Conte announced his resignation and the first cabinet under his leadership collapsed. In September of the same year, after negotiations with the opposition Democratic Party and others, Conte succeeded in forming a cabinet again.

Currently, the Italian epidemic is still severe. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, as of press time, over 2.47 million people in Italy have been infected with the new crown virus and over 85,000 have died. Due to the “reduction” of Pfizer vaccine and AstraZeneca vaccine, the two vaccine companies that Italy mainly depends on have experienced delays in delivery, and the universal vaccination plan will have to be postponed.

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The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

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On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.

Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”

Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.

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