The Normandy quartet confirms its commitment to implementing the Minsk deal
Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France have renewed their commitment to implementing a shaky peace deal for eastern Ukraine where fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces has flared since 2014, Germany said last Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said the German leader spoke by phone last Monday night with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande.
Japan believes that diplomatic efforts could calm tensions
The tension in the region of the Кorean peninsula is rising among concerns that Pyongyang could throw down the gauntlet to US President Donald Trump with a nuclear test. Along with concerns, there are frequent appeals to calm the situation through diplomacy and cooperation with countries in the region.
 
After Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama recently fired the regional political salvo known as the Tirana Platform, the media in Macedonia went on the offensive, accusing the EU and NATO of sitting idly while Tirana is propagating its long-coveted dream of “Greater Albania”.
 
Millions call on Maduro to step down
As many as 6 million Venezuelans joined demonstrations across the country against the government of President Nicolas Maduro last Wednesday, the opposition-allied Meganalisis polling institute said.
Iraq Shi'a set to oppose Kurdish independence
Iraq's Shi'ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish plans to hold a referendum on independence after the defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim, has said.
Dutch-based watchdog confirms sarin use in Syria
Sarin or a similar substance was used in the attack on 4 April in Syria's Idlib province that killed 87 people, the Dutch-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said last Wednesday.
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