Ukraine's Zelenskiy calls for fortifications in key frontline areas
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for faster construction of fortifications in key sectors under pressure from Russian forces, particularly in eastern Ukraine, the focal point of Moscow's advances 21 months into its invasion, Reuters reports.
EU defence spending skyrockets
Fuelled by the ongoing war in Ukraine, the European Union's (EU) military spending reached an unprecedented €270 billion in 2023, marking a significant increase from the €240 billion recorded in 2022. This marks the ninth consecutive year of growth in EU defence expenditures, underscoring the heightened focus on bolstering security capabilities amidst the geopolitical turmoil.
Israel-Hamas ceasefire extended amidst negotiations
In a joint agreement on Thursday, Israel and Hamas decided to extend the ceasefire in their conflict for at least one more day, just moments before the initial six-day truce was set to expire, as reported by Reuters.
G7 calls on Houthi rebels to release seized cargo ship
Ministers of foreign affairs from the Group of Seven (G7) countries on Wednesday called on Houthi rebels in Yemen to "immediately cease" threatening maritime transport and to release the crew of a cargo ship they seized in the Red Sea 10 days ago.