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NEW DELHI — Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world’s largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found.
Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports, followed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China and Algeria, said SIPRI, which tracks global arms purchases.
NAIROBI, Kenya — A severe food shortage has deteriorated into a famine in two counties in South Sudan, the government and United Nations announced Monday, with 100,000 people facing starvation.
Joyce Luma, head of the World Food Program in South Sudan, called the famine “man-made,” blaming it on political turmoil in a country engulfed in civil war since late 2013.
Luma and representatives of two other U.
8212; The Kremlin said Monday that the Russian government does not know anything about a Ukraine peace plan crafted by an opposition Ukrainian lawmaker and two of President Donald Trump’s associates.
Russia President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, shrugged off the plan that the lawmaker in Ukraine reportedly tried to peddle to the Trump administration, dismissing it as “absurd.”
The draft plan, first reported by The New York Times, calls for all Russian forces to withdraw from eastern Ukraine.
BRUSSELS — U. S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday vowed to stand with the European Union and the NATO military alliance, but was met with some skepticism from leaders shaken by President Donald Trump’s more critical comments.
European Union Council President Donald Tusk said he had “open and frank talks” with Pence and that the bloc would watch closely to ensure the U.
VANCOUVER – Riverview Bancorp, the parent of Riverview Community Bank, has completed its purchase of a Gresham, Ore.-based bank.
Riverview announced in September that it would acquire Merchants Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, MBank. With the deal complete, Riverview assumes $116 million in net loans and liabilities and $132 million in customer deposits.
The deal had to be approved by financial regulators and shareholders, according to Scott Miller, marketing director for Riverview.
“Between due diligence, shareholder approval, regulatory approval, then the actual closing of the deal followed by system conversions, it can be several months before everything is complete,” Pat Sheaffer, chairman and CEO of Riverview, explained in an email.
The acquisition expands Riverview’s footprint in Oregon, though two of the three existing MBank branches will be consolidated.
VANCOUVER – A three-story, mixed-use building has been proposed in the Arnada neighborhood, according to preapplication documents filed with the city of Vancouver.
The new building, planned for 701 E. McLoughlin Blvd., will include working spaces and 19 apartments, the filings said. Onsite parking will be included.
The filings show the property was sold Sept.