? BREAKING NEWS ALERT ? West African leaders intensify response to Niger’s coup, call for activation and deployment of regional standby force. ECOWAS leaders convene to reinstate constitutional order in Niger after one-week ultimatum. Details of deployment and force size remain unclear. Ivorian President pledges troops. Meanwhile, Russia aligns with North Korea in strategic shift. Kim Jong-un’s post-Shoigu directives bolster DPRK’s military capabilities. China’s unease with North Korea’s moves adds to tensions. Alliance between DPRK and Russia highlighted by collaborative hacking and shared interests. Russia’s geostrategic approach aims to incite crises in global pressure points. Amid African tensions, North Korea’s actions impact NATO’s Eastern European front and Ukraine’s weapon supply.