UN Secretariat refused to approve IAEA visit to Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant: Russia

Russia was willing to assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with a potential visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant but the United Nations Secretariat refused to approve such a visit, Russian Foreign Ministry Nonproliferation and Arms Control Department Deputy Director Igor Vishnevetsky said. “We were prepared to assist the IAEA in […]

Sri Lankan SC extends travel ban on Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the travel ban imposed on country’s former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa until August 11. The Sri Lankan Supreme Court had earlier issued an interim order that prevented former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa from leaving the country without the court’s permission until July 28. Meanwhile, three […]

US Senate approves NATO membership of Finland, Sweden

Amid threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Sweden and Finland would face unspecified retaliation should they join NATO, US Senate on Wednesday (local time) approved the applications of both countries to join the alliance. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a treaty that would expand NATO to include Finland and Sweden. However, the […]