Just as two submarines from China visited Malaysia this week, two Russian vessels are visiting the Philippines, and this is turning heads. In addition, Russia says it wants to hold naval exercises in the South China Sea with Malaysia, China and the Philippines. Defence analysts are trying to figure out how all this will play out as a new president, Donald Trump, takes over in the United States on Jan 20. Source Free Malaysia Today
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Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has urged the EU to extend the country’s border controls. Citing security concerns, Sobotka said he “simply needs to know who is coming to our country.” “In terms of public order and internal security, I simply need to know who is coming to our country,” Source Deutsche Welle
Turkey’s airstrikes overnight to April 25 on areas of Iraq and Syria along the border trigger most serious concerns in Moscow. “Such moves trigger most serious concern in Moscow. We are talking about actions by Turkish military against Kurdish forces that really stand against terrorist groups, first of all Islamic State, on the ground,” the ministry said. Source TASS
The European Commission opened a legal case against Hungary on Wednesday over a new higher education law that threatens to shut down a Budapest university founded by U.S. financier and liberal philanthropist George Soros. Source Reuters