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Finland President Sauli Niinisto confirms Nordic country will join NATO alliance, likely to submit formal application for NATO membership on May 18

In a historic policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Nordic country is likely to submit a formal application for NATO membership on May 18 at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

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Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that the Nordic country would apply for the North Treaty Atlantic Organization (NATO) membership, despite Russia’s president warning it would be a mistake to do so.

The decision will pave the way for the 30-member Western military alliance to expand amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

In a historic policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Nordic country is likely to submit a formal application for NATO membership on May 18 at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement at a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.

Sauli Niinisto said the move gives him security of mind and membership holds huge importance to the country. This is a historic day. A new era begins, the Finnish president said.

Finland’s decision to become a member of the NATO alliance is expected to be followed by a similar move from Sweden.

Yesterday, Finnish president Niinisto told Russian President Vladimir Putin about his intentions saying neutrality would be a mistake. The Russian invasion of Ukraine had changed the country’s security environment, he had said.

An expansion of the 30-country military alliance would be seen as a big blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Countries within the alliance are required to defend each other if any one of them is attacked.

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Magnum P.I. actor Roger E. Mosley dies at 83 in car crash

Veteran actor Roger E. Mosley died in a car accident on Sunday morning. He was best known for his role as the helicopter pilot, Theodore T.C. Calvin, in the CBS television series Magnum P.I. He was 83.

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Veteran actor Roger E. Mosley died in a car accident on Sunday morning. He was best known for his role as the helicopter pilot, Theodore T.C. Calvin, in the CBS television series Magnum P.I. He was 83.

Mosley succumbed to injuries from a car collision that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. According to the reports, he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California after the car collision on Thursday, August 4.

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Chinese fighter jets enter Taiwan Air Defence Zone

Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement that 21 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft entered into Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on August 02, 2022. However, It overlaps with China’s air defence identification zone.

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After the controversial visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 21 Chinese military fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement that 21 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft entered into Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on August 02, 2022. However, It overlaps with China’s air defence identification zone.

Defying China’s warning, Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on Tuesday evening. She said that her delegation’s visit to Taiwan honours America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.

Pelosi said that her discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm US support for its partner and promote their shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu welcomed Pelosi and thanked her and the congressional delegations for travelling all the way to show their support.

China condemned the visit and said it was a major political provocation and it would launch targeted military operations as a countermeasure.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the US reneged on its commitment to the Taiwan question. This is contemptible and will only further bankrupt the US’s credibility as a country. He further said that certain US politicians care about nothing but selfish gains and openly play with fire on the Taiwan question.

“History is always similar,” Sharing a photo which mentions Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and Syria, Chinese spokesperson Lijian Zhao tweeted.

China is on high alert and the PLA Eastern command announced that it would hold joint sea and air exercises in the sea and airspace of northern, south-western, and south-eastern Taiwan.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has warned that if the US insists on following the wrong course of action, then it should be responsible for any serious consequence arising thereof.  

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Osama bin Laden, then Al Zawahiri, who will be the next to take charge as Al-Qaeda chief

Several reports also suggested that Saif al-Adel might be the first and foremost choice to become Al-Zawahri’s successor due to his long history in Al-Qaeda’s inner and senior circle.

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Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri was killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, the biggest blow to the terrorist group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden after he was killed in an operation led by Us forces in Pakistan’s Abbottabad in May 2011.

With this killing, Al Qaeda which was running under the leadership of Zawahiri since the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011 faces an acute succession crisis. After the death of Zawahri, the biggest question arises who will lead the terrorist organization?

Saif al-Adel, Abd al-Rahman al-Maghribi, Yasin al-Suri and Abu Abdul Karim al-Khurasani are in line to become the new Al-Qaeda chief

Saif al-Adel will be the next to take charge as new Al-Qaeda chief, the Middle East Institute (MEI) reported.

Several reports also suggested that he might be the first and foremost choice to become Zawahri’s successor due to his long history in Al-Qaeda’s inner and senior circle.

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Adel, an Egyptian ex-army officer and founding member of Al Qaeda, is still in United States’ radar for his part in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. He was the one who convinced Laden to appoint bully Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

He had joined the precursor terror group Maktab al-Khidmat in the 1980s.

In recent times, he has been highly active in Iran and keeps issuing directives through Telegrams to terrorist groups in Syria. If he takes al-Zawahiri’s place, he will have to move out of Iran.

The US President Joe Biden announced the Al Qaeda chief’s killing on Monday in a televised address. An air strike neutralised Zawahiri, who was the mastermind of the deadly 9/11 attacks that paralysed the US, Biden said in his address and added that justice has been delivered.The US President Joe Biden announced the Al Qaeda chief’s killing on Monday in a televised address. An air strike neutralised Zawahiri, who was the mastermind of the deadly 9/11 attacks that paralysed the US, Biden said in his address and added that justice has been delivered.

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