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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not have any apparent plans to visit the island democracy of Taiwan after Chinese diplomats threatened 'unbearable consequences' if she visited the self-ruled island under Chinese occupation.

In a press release on Sunday, her office said she would visit four Asian countries — but Taiwan was not on the list. 

'Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, including visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan,' the press release read.

Russia’s Caspian Flotilla is holding a final rehearsal of the naval parade in Kaspiysk on the Caspian Sea and the event that will take place on July 31 will also involve warships of the Azerbaijani and Iranian navies for the first time, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is leading a congressional delegation to Asia that is set to depart on Friday, but it’s still not clear if she will make a stop in Taiwan.

Sources told NBC News that the delegation will stop in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Taiwan is listed on the itinerary as “tentative.”

The Armenian Defense Ministry on Thursday denounced an attack by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on its military positions located in the eastern part of the common border with no possible casualties.

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In the face of significant Russian gains in Ukraine from the late spring of 2022, one of the most notable new classes of weapons system supplied to the Ukrainian Military by its NATO allies has been the M142 HIMARS rocket artillery system - an asset prized for its high mobility, precision and long 92km engagement range. The system was first introduced into service in 2010, with Ukraine being only the sixth country in the world to deploy it. Although Russian sources have repeatedly reported losses amon

Sri Lanka’s recent upheaval offers an extreme example of the world’s recent problems. Covid disrupted the country’s major industries, particularly tourism, and then leaders failed to adapt — setting off a chain of economic calamities, including food and fuel shortages. The crisis prompted protests, culminating in the president’s resignation and the installation of a new president on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s new President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is enforcing a QR code digital ID program to access gas, is a devoted Member and Agenda Contributor of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In fact, Ranil Wickremesinghe spearheaded the green push during his time as Prime Minister that has led to the fuel crisis currently besieging the pockets of Sri Lankans. In 2016, Wickremesinghe penned an article for the World Economic Forum entitled “The future of Sri Lanka’s economy,” in which he laid out Sri Lanka’s role in reducing global emissions and transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Iran’s ambassador to Azerbaijan threatened Israel’s envoy to the country on Wednesday, telling the Israeli he would be “buried” for reading a book.

Israel’s ambassador in Baku, George Deek, had posted a picture of himself on Twitter reading a book called “Mysterious Tales of Tabriz.”

Tabriz is a city in Iran, near its border with Azerbaijan, and is the capital of Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province. The majority of the residents are Azerbaijani and their language is predominant.

The War of Economic Corridors is now proceeding full speed ahead, with the game-changing first cargo flow of goods from Russia to India via the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC) already in effect.

A Ukrainian cargo plane which crashed in northern Greece last night was carrying nearly a dozen tons of mortar shells and land mines to the Bangladeshi army.

The Antonov An-12 light aircraft had eight Ukrainian crew members, all of which were killed.

An official at cargo firm Meridian told Reuters: 'Of course they didn't survive this.'