Putin: The withdrawal of Western coalition forces from Afghanistan was a hasty move

Moscow – (ST)  Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed in a statement during the Summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization held in the capital of Tajikistan "the need to coordinate and unify efforts to ensure the security of the organization's countries, against the background of the new situation in Afghanistan".

" In the current conditions there is more need than ever for close coordination and solidarity among the member states of the CSTO," Putin added.

Putin also stressed that the situation in the CSTO area of responsibility is unstable and carries risks for the countries of the region, saying: "As we mentioned earlier, the situation in the CSTO area of responsibility and at the external borders of member states is not only unstable, but also poses new acute challenges,dangers to the security of our countries.

EU Pledges 200 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines to Low-Income Nations

The European Union is pledging to donate 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries by mid-2022. 
 
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the pledge Wednesday in Strasbourg, France during her annual State of the European Union speech before the European Parliament. Von der Leyen said the 200 million doses the EU plans to contribute is in addition to an earlier promise of 250 million doses, which she described as “an investment in solidarity, and it is an investment in global health.” 

American writer: Washington's counter-terrorism policy has failed globally

Abigail Hall, writer and professor of economics at Bellarmine University, USA, confirmed in an article published by the American website the Hill that the war waged by Washington on several countries around the world under the pretext of combating terrorism not only failed to achieve its alleged goals, but also caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and led to the spread of extremism outside and inside the United States.

Hall went on to say: For 20 years, we’ve watched U.S. counterterrorism policy fail to achieve its stated objectives. Instead, these policies have cost hundreds of thousands of lives, destabilized millions and contributed to unrest and tyranny at home. What started as a campaign to rid the world of terrorism by intervening abroad has instead engendered extremism in our own backyard.  

BBC admits its report on alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma contained serious flaws

BBC has admitted that a Radio 4 documentary on an alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria contained serious inaccuracies.

The Corporation's Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) upheld a protest from Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens following last November's broadcast of Mayday: The Canister On The Bed.

Adjudicators agreed that the programme by BBC investigative journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou failed to meet the Corporation's editorial standards for accuracy by reporting false claims.

Unilateral coercive measures must end: UN experts

Unilateral coercive measures by some governments are denying many people around the world the right to personal development, as well as holding back sustainable national development, four independent UN human rights experts said last Wednesday
 
The Human Rights Council-appointed experts called on all nations imposing punitive unilateral sanctions on other countries, to withdraw or at least minimize them, to guarantee that the rule of law and human rights are not affected, including the right to development. 

Swedish website: Turkish regime’s Embassy in Italy spying on Erdogan’s opponents

The Swedish website “Nordic Monitor” has revealed documents proving that the Turkish regime’s Embassy in Italy is spying on opponents of President Recep Tayyib Erdogan.

The website said in a report on Saturday that the Turkish government used its diplomats in Italy to profile opponents of Erdogan and gather intelligence about them to help forge a criminal case against critics.

According to the documents, four Turkish nationals had been profiled by Turkish diplomats in Rome and reported to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara. Then information was later used in a criminal indictment for a charge of terrorism by a Turkish prosecutor.

Will China's Xiaomi Become Top Dog in the World's Smartphone Market?

Chinese technology giant Xiaomi has cemented its place as one of the smartphone industry's top companies.

After recently overtaking Apple as the world's second-largest mobile brand, Xiaomi has begun to eye top place, currently held by South Korea's Samsung Electronics.