NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described as a “defining issue” what he calls the rise of China, urging Western allies and close partners to forge stronger ties and uphold the international rules-based order that he claims Russia and China are challenging.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned a 20-year jail term issued in Belgium against an Iranian diplomat as completely unlawful and a result of the European country's falling under the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) anti-Iran terrorist cult’s influence.
Senior officials in the US government say that foreign states did not significantly influence the 2018 congressional elections, despite reports of hacking attempts leading up to the midterm elections in November.
A major national survey of over 1,200 Australians, led by Western Sydney University, found that social class has a strong influence on a person's cultural tastes – with level of education and occupation being key factors in determining cultural preferences.
A senior Iranian diplomat slammed Saudi Arabia’s hostility towards Iran, saying the Islamic Republic’s regional influence originates from its “wisdom” in dealing with its neighbors rather than its military power.