Normandy Four met in Berlin to discuss the deployment on UN peacekeeping mission
Foreign ministers from the countries of the so-called “Normandy format” - France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine - met in Berlin on 11 June for talks on bringing an end to the fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The focus of the meeting was implementing an unfulfilled peace accord reached in the Belarus capital of Minsk in 2015 and the possibility of bringing United Nations peacekeepers to the region where the armed conflict has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.
The five-hour-long meeting looked more like a reality TV show than a diplomatic event
Last week's summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore undoubtedly deserved to be called “historic”. It marked the first meeting between an incumbent US President and a North Korean leader, and the whole world watched closely as Trump lurked Kim out of the cold like none of his predecessors ever attempted.
Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen's Hodeidah last week, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The United Nations is struggling to avert disruption to the port.
US provokes China with new de facto embassy in Taiwan
The US unveiled last Tuesday a new $256m representative office, the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT), in Taipei, a de facto embassy that underscores Washington's strategic ties with the self-ruled island, amid escalating tensions with China, news wires reported.