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G7 military aid for Ukraine

The Group of Seven major economies vows to keep supporting Ukraine by pumping up more weapons into the country. The G7 members say they will shore up Ukraine’s air defenses and continue to help Kiev meet its urgent requirements for military equipment. The bloc includes Britain and the US which have been the biggest providers of military aid to Ukraine since the start of its war with Russia in February. The G7 made the pledge after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed for more military assistance to counter Russia. 

More pressure on North Korea

The US, Japan and South Korea are going to impose more sanctions on North Korea to counter what they call Pyongyang’s nuclear threat. The official also accused Pyongyang of becoming more aggressive and blatant in its threats. He made the comments in a meeting with his US and Japanese counterparts in Jakarta. The US representative also described North Korea’s behavior as one of the most serious security challenges to the region and beyond. Meanwhile, the Japanese envoy said the trio would examine all options including counter-strike capabilities. The sanctions follow the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea last month. Pyongyang has fired over 60 missiles, including eight ICBMs, this year in response to US hostilities. The North says its missile program is for self-defense.

Caracas-Bogota thaw

Venezuela says it will fully reopen its land border with Colombia within weeks after a thaw in ties between the two neighbors. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro underlined that Caracas is committed to the pledges it made during the recent talks with Bogota. The border between the two countries partially reopened in October after seven years of closure. Diplomatic relations between the two countries broke off in 2019 after the former Colombian government questioned Maduro’s election victory. Colombia’s new President Gustavo Petro, however, has taken steps to mend ties with Venezuela since taking office in June. The two neighbors formally reestablished diplomatic relations in August.

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