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EU: Gazprom Can Use Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, Official Says

Russia’s Gazprom will be able to use the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline to deliver natural gas if it builds the proposed Turkish Stream pipeline to bring gas to Greece, European Commission spokesman said, EurActiv reported March 6. Read more…

Russia: Blogger Released From Detention

Anti-Kremlin blogger Alexei Navalny was released from jail 15 days after being detained for handing out leaflets to promote a March 1 demonstration, which turned into a mourning parade for opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Reuters reported March 6. Read more…

Sudan: Foreign Minister Reaches Deal On Nile With Egypt and Ethiopia

The foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia said March 6 that they had reached a draft agreement on the sharing of Nile waters and of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, AFP reported. Read more…

Colombia: FARC Staged First Attack In Months, Authorities Said

The Colombian army confirmed that the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia, better known as FARC, staged its first offensive attack since announcing a unilateral cease-fire in December, BluRadio reported March 6. Read more…

Guyana: ExxonMobil Begins Extraction In Disputed Waters

ExxonMobil has begun oil extraction activities in the disputed Essequibo waters between Guyana and Venezuela, Guyana Times reported March 5. Read more…

Japan: Bill Gives Uniformed Personnel More Say

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved a bill that would give military personnel more control over decision-making in the Defense Ministry, Kyodo News reported March 6. Read more…

China: Military Analyst Investigated For Helping Myanmar's Rebels

Senior Chinese military strategist Maj. Gen. Huang Xing is under investigation for allegedly leaking state secrets and supporting armed rebels in Myanmar’s Kokang region in 2009, SCMP reported March 6, citing sources. Read more…

Sri Lanka: Cabinet Approves To Suspend Chinese Project

On the eve of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Cabinet suspended the $1.5 billion Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project because of corruption allegations, Colombo Page reported March 5. Read more…

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