11/30/2022, 09.16
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Pentagon: China will have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035

Today's headlines: Sri Lanka owes Chinese creditors almost 20% of its total foreign debt; In Thailand four Buddhist monks 'fired' for drug use; More than 2.5 million Syrians risk starvation;  Taliban attack in Pakistani Belucistan; Russia says its open to Vatican mediation for war in Ukraine; Plan for military union between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

 

CHINA 

By 2035 Beijing will have 1,500 nuclear warheads, more than tripling its current endowment. According to the Pentagon, there were more than 400 atomic devices available to the Chinese in 2021, up sharply from just over 200 in 2020.

SRI LANKA

By the end of the year, Colombo must repay .4 billion in debts to Chinese financial institutions, almost 20% of the country's liabilities to foreign creditors. As reported by the China Africa Research Initiative, Sri Lanka's total external debt amounts to USD 37.6 billion.

THAILAND 

A small Buddhist temple was left without monks after they were 'fired' for drug use. The four, including the abbot, tested positive for methamphetamines, according to authorities in the northern province of Phetchabun.

SYRIA

More than 2.5 million Syrians are vulnerable due to lack of food and at risk of contracting cholera. This is the warning issued by several humanitarian agencies, which say the country is preparing for a harsh winter as fuel supplies collapse.

PAKISTAN

A suicide attack by the Pakistani Taliban in Quetta, Belucistan province, killed three people and injured 30 others. With an explosives-laden vehicle, the attacker hit policemen escorting a team carrying out polio vaccinations.

RUSSIA

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia welcomes the efforts of various foreign countries to offer possibilities for peace talks with Ukraine, especially those of the Vatican. He pointed out, however, that no formal contacts to this effect exist between Moscow and the Holy See.

KAZAKHSTAN-UZBEKISTAN

The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the draft of a union agreement with Uzbekistan. It provides for an alliance in the event of a threat of assault by third states, a commitment not to participate in blocs or unions hostile to either country, and a joint effort to solve regional problems by peaceful means.

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