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US cuts military aid for Egypt

US cuts military aid for Egypt

The United States is canceling $130 million (€117 million) in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns, the State Department said on Friday.

The announcement comes just days after US President Joe Biden's administration approved a $2.5 billion arms sale to Egypt on Tuesday. This included 12 Super Hercules C-130 transport aircraft and air defense radar systems.

Biden to send US troops to Eastern Europ

Biden to send US troops to Eastern Europ

US President Joe Biden said he would commit troops to NATO countries in the near term. Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a "complete range of military options."

Russia bans more European Union official

Russia bans more European Union official

Russia has added a number of European Union officials to a list of people barred from entering the country as a tit-for-tat response to restrictions imposed on Moscow by Brussels.

"Guided by the principle of reciprocity and parity, the Russian side decided to expand a list of representatives of EU member states and institutions who are prohibited from entering Russia," a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Russia blacklisted the heads of some European private military firms, some members of security services, EU lawmakers and other Mofficials who are "personally responsible for promoting anti-Russian policies," according to a statement on the Ministry's website.

The Foreign Ministry did not disclose the number of people involved or their names.

The EU reacted on Friday by saying that it "deplored" the new sanctions by Russia.

"The European Union deplores the decision by Russian authorities... to ban an unknown number of representatives of EU member states and institutions from entry into Russia," an EU spokesperson said.

"This decision lacks any legal justification and transparency and will meet an appropriate response," the statement added.

The ban comes amid heightened tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

The West has warned Moscow of a coordinated response if it launches an attack on neighboring Ukraine.

dvv/sms (AFP, Reuters)

Days of voting fails to yield Italian

Days of voting fails to yield Italian

No winner was declared after Italy's sixth round of voting in the presidential election ended on Friday.

The next round is set for 9:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) on Saturday.