Iran says it’s ‘not on the lookout for battle’
The pinnacle of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned yesterday that the nation was “not on the lookout for battle,” showing to sign that it will not escalate tensions with the U.S. However he additionally mentioned that Iran was ready to reply if attacked.
“We hear threatening phrases from American officers,” Gen. Hossein Salami, the chief commander of the army group, was quoted as saying by Iranian state information media. “You will have examined us and we all know one another — we won’t depart any risk unanswered.”
Salami’s feedback got here after President Biden mentioned that he had selected a response to the weekend drone assault that killed three American troopers and injured greater than 40 others in Jordan. The U.S. mentioned the strike got here from an Iranian-backed militia within the area. Biden has not mentioned what America’s response will probably be.
Iran has denied ordering assaults on U.S. forces, together with the drone strike in Jordan. And in an obvious signal that Iran is attempting to tamp down tensions, Kata’ib Hezbollah, the militia that the U.S. says was probably behind the Jordan assault, mentioned on Tuesday that it will droop its army operations in Iraq. The shock assertion indicated that the militia had come beneath strain from each Iran and Iraq.
West Financial institution: Anger and resentment are mounting within the territory, the place Israelis and Palestinians reside worlds aside however are sometimes separated solely by a single highway — or roadblocks.
An E.U. summit on help for Ukraine
E.U. leaders will meet at this time in Brussels to attempt to attain an agreement on a $54 billion, multiyear aid package to Ukraine. With out extra help, Ukraine says that it’ll face an financial disaster that analysts say may severely undermine its capability to efficiently battle Russia.
“It’s the economic system that wins wars,” mentioned the top of the Ukrainian program at Chatham Home, a London-based analysis group.
This help would cowl a couple of quarter of Ukraine’s nationwide price range this yr, paying for issues like instructor salaries, pensions and medical take care of the inhabitants.
However Prime Minister Viktor Orban — an in depth ally of President Vladimir Putin of Russia — blocked the E.U. help package deal in December. This time, if he continues to face in the way in which of the help, E.U. leaders have made clear they’re able to do no matter is critical to help Ukraine and are ready to work round him — or even to punish him.
Within the U.S.: The Biden administration can also be combating to cross $60 billion value of army, humanitarian and monetary help this yr.
In Ukraine: Tensions between President Volodymyr Zelensky and his prime normal are coming to a head, however dismissing Gen. Valery Zaluzhny may create a host of problems both in the war and at home.
A Thai court docket dominated in opposition to Transfer Ahead
A Thai court docket dealt a blow to the Transfer Ahead Social gathering, ruling that its push to reform the law against criticizing the monarchy violated the Constitution. The choice leaves the progressive occasion weak to extra authorized challenges, which may pave the way in which for its eventual disbandment.
The court docket ordered Transfer Ahead to cease all actions associated to amending the royal defamation legislation, which is sacrosanct for Thailand’s conservative institution, and referred to as the proposal an try to overthrow the monarchy.
Background: Transfer Ahead gained the overall election final yr with Pita Limjaroenrat at its helm. He was then blocked from changing into prime minister and the occasion was compelled into the opposition.
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The place Toyko goes to unwind
Kagoshima Prefecture, which wraps across the southern finish of the Japanese island of Kyushu, is alleged to resemble the top of a dragon. Whereas Tokyo and Kyoto draw stampedes of Western vacationers, Kagoshima attracts extra guests from Japan and round Asia.
We asked some locals to make a information to the area, which was an inspiration for the surroundings in Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 animated movie “Princess Mononoke.” The forests are breathtaking, and temperatures hardly ever dip under freezing in the course of the day. Customers can head to pottery villages, whereas historical past buffs can discover feudal riches.