Below is a summary of the current world news briefing.
Thailand’s Thaksin hails ‘spoilers’ moving forward for election victory
Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand’s influential former prime minister, on Tuesday hailed the election-winning Move Forward Party as a saboteur for mastering social media and said aging army generals should retire with dignity. at the heart of years of turmoil.
The self-exiled tycoon, a prominent figure in Thai politics and whose family is behind the dominant Pheu Thai party, said Move Forward was proof that social media and user-generated content (UGC) could beat big-budget campaigns activities and bribery.
Pakistan to try ex-PM Khan’s violent supporters under army law
Mobs who attacked state assets and military installations in protest of the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and their supporters will be tried under the army law, Pakistani civilian and military leaders said on Tuesday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Baz Sharif. It was an endorsement by the military, which said on Monday that the rioters and their manipulators had been identified and would be tried under military law.
Ukraine’s Patriot missile defense system likely compromised – U.S. sources
The U.S.-made Patriot missile defense system Ukraine is using may have suffered some damage from the Russian attack, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday, adding that it did not appear to have been destroyed. The Patriot system is one of a series of advanced air defenses offered by the West to help Ukraine repel Russian air strikes targeting critical infrastructure, power facilities and other locations.
At Hiroshima G7 meeting, bomb survivors grapple with delayed disarmament dream
The last time the U.S. president visited Hiroshima, atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori was hopeful about a future without nuclear weapons. Seven years later, he was even more skeptical.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wants to commit to nuclear disarmament as leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries gather in the Japanese city this week for a summit.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un inspects military satellite station – KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a military satellite station on Tuesday, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. The report also said that Kim Jong-un had approved the next steps in the plan of the extraordinary satellite launch preparatory committee, which is committed to launching the North’s first military intelligence satellite.
Taiwan spokesman praises Japan, South Korea, Philippines’ ‘crescent defense’
On Tuesday, the speaker of Taiwan’s National Assembly praised Japan, South Korea and the Philippines for helping build a “crescent defense” with Taiwan and the United States to counter China’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking to the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, You Sikun said China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) and leader Xi Jinping see Taiwan as a “stepping stone” to global hegemony.
Erdogan calls on Turkish voters to ensure stability of run-off vote
President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on Turkish voters to back him in a runoff election on May 28 to maintain stability in Turkey as he seeks to extend his rule into a third decade. Erdogan got 49.5 percent of the vote in Sunday’s vote, just shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff vote seen as a referendum on his authoritarian rule. His main challenger, Kemal Kilidaroglu, a candidate from the six-party opposition coalition, won 45 percent of the vote.
In Taiwan, ex-British PM Truss warns against appeasement of China
Liz Truss, the former British prime minister, will say in Taiwan on Wednesday that the West must avoid appeasement of China and show firm support for the self-governing island, threatening to further damage Britain’s relationship with Beijing. Truss is the most high-profile British politician to visit Taiwan since former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1990s, and her visit comes at a time when UK-China relations are at their worst in decades.
First, Kiev Says It Shot Down a Salvo of Russian ‘Hypersonic’ Missiles
Ukraine said on Tuesday it shot down six Russian Kinzhal missiles in one night, thwarting what Moscow is touting as a next-generation hypersonic missile that is virtually unstoppable. Asked about Ukraine’s claims, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu refuted them, Ria Novosti reported.
Australia says quartet can still go ahead without Biden
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday that next week’s quartet summit in Sydney could still go ahead if U.S. President Joe Biden delays a visit to Australia over debt-ceiling talks in Washington. Albanese said his administration was in talks with the prime ministers of Japan and India after Biden canceled the summit and the second leg of his upcoming Asia tour, which also includes a visit to Papua New Guinea.
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