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Armenia's parliament votes to join the International Criminal Court, straining ties with ally Russia

After all, Russian intervention allowed Azerbaijan to seize the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, causing the flight of almost the entire Armenian population.

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Oct. 3.– Armenia's parliament voted Tuesday to join the International Criminal Court, a move that further strains the country's ties with its old ally Russia after the court issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin over events in Ukraine.

Moscow last month called Yerevan's effort to join the ICC an “unfriendly step," and the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Armenia's ambassador.

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The UN Security Council voted to deploy a multinational force to Haiti amid escalating gang violence

Gang violence in Haiti


►> "... total breakdown of law and order."

Port au Prince, Oct.3.– The United Nations Security Council voted yesterday to send troops to quell the brutal gang violence that has engulfed the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the envoy from the United States, which co-sponsored the resolution, said that the council "had made history" by approving this new kind of multinational force.

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Taiwan president christens 1st indigenous submarine

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Tsai says Narwhal's launch is 'substantial step in boosting self-sufficiency in defense and protecting its territorial waters'

By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) 

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday (Sept. 28) uploaded a post to X (formerly Twitter) marking the historic launch of Taiwan's first domestically-built submarine.

Tsai presided over the launch ceremony for the Hai Kun (海鯤), or "Narwhal" in English, at CSBC Corporation’s Kaohsiung shipyard. During a speech she delivered at the event, she declared "History will always remember this day" and despite the challenges encountered over the past three years, the vessel's presence behind her proved "We did it!"

Tsai said that the submarines are an important part of developing the Navy's asymmetric combat capabilities. She said that it is vital for Taiwan to implement "national defense independence," enabling its combat capabilities to be continuously updated.

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FSLN troll farm operates from the offices of Nicaragua's Supreme Court

  • A former Judicial branch employee reveals the use of public resources and government workers to distribute propaganda and attack opponents on social media

Corte Suprema de Justicia, NicaraguaSept.20.– A few yards from the main entrance of the Supreme Court (CSJ), to the right of a blue gate, operates one of the "branches" of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) troll farm dedicated to spreading propaganda and attacking those who the regime considers opponents through social media, a former employee of the Judiciary confirmed to CONFIDENCIAL.

The existence of this office in the main headquarters of the Nicaraguan judiciary was revealed by CONFIDENCIAL in the article “Lazaro” accounts: Ortega dictatorship evades Meta and brings back “troll farms” in Nicaragua published in August of this year, and the former judicial official now shares details of its operation.

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Good democratic governance and deliberative democracy

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopts new standards.

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Strasbourg, Sept.6.– The Committee of Ministers has adopted new recommendations to member states on good democratic governance and deliberative democracy.

The first sets out the fundamentals of good democratic governance, covering the protection and promotion of democracy; respect for human rights and the rule of law; public ethics and integrity; good administration, and delivery of high-quality public services. It expands on 12 key principles to guide the actions of decision-makers and public institutions at all levels, and to clarify the standards expected (see also explanatory memorandum).

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