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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C


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Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee: Is joining NATO the price for Irish reunification?
As debates continued this week around how a united Ireland would look, Lee outlines the defence challenges it would pose.
# Alexei Navalny
Russia must answer questions on Navalny 'assassination attempt'
Alexei Navalny fell ill on a flight to Moscow and is now in an induced coma in a Berlin hospital.
# Goss
Trump brands Trudeau 'two-faced' after video appears to capture world leaders mocking him
A video shows Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson appearing to mock Trump.
# NATO Summit
Trump starts diplomatic row with 'nasty' French president Macron
Trump is in London for a two-day meeting of alliance leaders.
US and EU warn of 'danger of Russia and China' on Berlin Wall anniversary
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the West “can never take … things for granted”.
Turkey receives first batch of Russian missile defence system angering US
NATO said it’s “concerned about the potential consequences” of the purchase.
# European army
France and Germany are 'jumping the gun' on EU army, Dutch Prime Minister says
“The idea of a European army is going way too far for the Netherlands.”
# Helsinki summit
Putin and Trump morph into one on Time front cover as world continues to react to Helsinki summit
President Putin today told Russian diplomats his views following the summit in Helsinki on Monday.
# sciatica
EU's Jean-Claude Juncker calls for 'respect' over stumbling incident
He has said he was suffering from sciatica when he repeatedly stumbled at a NATO summit.
# unsteady
Back pain, not alcohol, caused Juncker summit stumble, according to EU
The 63-year-old was seen repeatedly unsteady on his feet at the NATO summit dinner on Wednesday night.
# one for all
Trump says US is committed to NATO after allies commit to increase their spending
“The US were not treated fairly, but now we are. I believe in NATO.”
# Trouble Brewing
NATO braces for bruising summit with Trump as he vows that US won't be bullied
There may be trouble ahead.
# United Nations
Ireland backs UN treaty banning nuclear weapons despite boycott from Nato
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons today.
# Afghanistan
Afghan commando kills two American soldiers in 'insider attack'
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the volatile district of Achin.
# strained alliances
'Trump Not Welcome': Irish anti-war activists in Brussels for protest at Nato summit
The summit is much-awaited following Trump’s previous dismissal of Nato.
# you're gonna love it
He called it 'obsolete', but Trump says he will reaffirm US commitment to Nato
The White House confirmed Trump will attend a Nato meeting in May.
# i will follow
Pence vows 'unwavering' support for Nato as he receives praise from Bono at European meeting
“The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable,” the Vice President said.
# miami air
Shannonwatch asks Shane Ross why 'plane on way to Nato air base' was allowed to stop in Ireland
The Department of Transport has contacted Miami Air about the “circumstances surrounding this flight”.
Opinion: 'The Neutrality Bill would exclude Ireland from being an active supporter of perpetual war'
A clear and decisive majority of Irish people are in favour of enshrining neutrality in our Constitution, writes Roger Cole.
# Aleppo
Russia is sailing a fleet of warships through the English Channel
Britain has deployed the Royal Navy to monitor the aircraft carrier group, which is reportedly en route to Syria.
Tom Clonan: Why it's time to have an open and honest debate about our neutrality
Security expert Tom Clonan says any decisions about our status must be taken by the Irish people in a transparent and ethical manner.
# Mass Arrests
Turkey suspends 15,000 education staff after failed coup attempt
Over 7,500 people have been detained so far in a massive legal crackdown.
# post cold war
Former Nato general warns that the west is risking a nuclear war with Russia
Western relations with Russia have been strained since the country annexed Crimea in March 2014
# crashed
Putin: Downing of Russian jet by Turkey a "stab in the back"
Video footage of the incident showed a warplane crashing onto a hill and two crew members apparently parachuting safely.
# Afghanistan
Obama promises investigation into US hospital airstrike that saw "patients burn to death in their beds"
12 Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) staff members were killed in the attack.
# Balkans
Nato is worried about the situation in Macedonia
A shoot-out left 22 people dead today.
# Afghanistan
Women and children among 28 dead as rocket hits wedding party
WARNING: Some people may find the images in this post distressing.
# this could get ugly
Ukraine just took a big step towards the West... and Russia's not happy
The eastern European nation voted to drop its non-aligned status if a war breaks out.
# triple lock
How should Ireland decide whether to send troops abroad?
Questions have been raised over the triple-lock system in the Dáil recently.
Irish troops in Afghanistan are coming home
A decision has yet to be made on any further deployment.
Nato detects 'significant Russian military activity' in Europe's airspace
The rise in activity has been noticed over the past two days.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about Maíria Cahill, Irish Water and the manhunt in Ottawa…
# ship shape
Why are 8 NATO warships in the Irish Sea right now?
Don’t panic.
# Spying
Windows flaw allowed Russian hackers to spy on NATO
The flaw, dubbed ‘Sandworm’, allowed spies to gain access to computers using all versions of Windows for PCs and servers during the past five years.
# this is still happening
Suicide bomber kills three NATO soldiers near US embassy in Afghanistan
NATO hasn’t yet released the nationalities of the victims.
Column: 'After many years of peace, Europe could be drawn into a war on its own borders'
The West needs to stop hiding behind treaties that Russia has already invalidated, writes John O’Donnell.
# Eastern Europe
Nato agrees to set up rapid reaction "spearhead' force to ward off Russia
“This decision sends a clear message — Nato protects all allies, at all times.”
# Minsk
Ukraine expresses "careful optimism" ahead of peace talks with Russia and rebels
Nato are expected to announce fresh sanctions on Russia later today.
# ongoing mission
US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after end of combat operations
Under the plan announced at the White House, America will gradually withdraw troops until only a small residual force remains.
# standoff
Russia: We've pulled back from Ukraine border. US: No you haven't
40,000 Kremlin troops are estimated to be on Ukraine’s eastern frontier.