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Trump lands in China for talks with Xi amid N Korea tensions

Trump lands in China for talks with Xi amid N Korea tensions

US President Donald Trump has arrived in China for talks likely to be dominated by tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme, reports BBC. He landed in Beijing, where Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has a lavish welcome planned for him. Earlier, in a speech to the South Korean parliament, Mr Trump urged China to sever ties […]

Philippines backs down in S. China Sea after Beijing protest

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said Wednesday, disclosing details of the territorial spat for the first time, reports UNB. The dispute over a string of sandbars called Sandy Cay emerged in August and prompted China and […]

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US urges UN action after Saudi blames Iran over missile

The United States has called on the United Nations to act against Iran after Saudi Arabia, a Washington ally, accused Tehran of “direct military aggression” through the Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports Al Jazeera. Amid an escalating war of words, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday pointed the figure to Iran for supplying […]

Irish PM wears ‘shamrock poppy’ in parliament

The prime minister of the Republic of Ireland has worn an Irish-themed red poppy badge to remember Irish soldiers who fought in World War One, reports BBC. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared with the “shamrock poppy” in the Dáil – the parliament in the capital, Dublin. He is the first leader of the Fine Gael political […]

Pakistan judge rejects ex-PM’s plea to merge his 3 trials

A Pakistani judge has rejected a plea from the country’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to have three corruption cases against him and his family members merged into one, reports UNB. This leaves Sharif having to stand three separate trials with hearings stretching out for months. The decision by Judge Mohammad Bashir is likely to […]

UNSC presidential statement calls on Myanmar to end excessive military force

NEW YORK – The United Nations UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted the Presidential Statement on the current situation in Myanmar and called on the Myanmar government to end the excessive military force and inter-communal violence in Rakhine state, reports BSS. The Security Council on Monday afternoon also urged the implementation of agreed-upon mechanisms […]

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UN turns up pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS, United States – The UN Security Council on Monday called on Myanmar to rein in its military campaign in Rakhine state and allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya driven from their homes to return, reports AFP/BSS. In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council strongly condemned the violence that has forced […]

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Montreal elects its first woman mayor

MONTREAL – The city of Montreal has elected its first woman mayor, voting in leftist rookie politician Valerie Plante to lead the growing Canadian metropolis, reports AP/UNB. “Tonight we have written a new page in Montreal’s history books,” the jubilant 43-year-old told cheering supporters. “Montreal finally has its first mayoress.” She upset her main opponent […]

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Sacked Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium

BRUSSELS – Catalonia’s sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers were released with conditions in Belgium on Sunday after turning themselves in to face a Spanish warrant for their arrest, reports BSS/AFP. A judge ordered the five, who fled Spain earlier this week after being accused of rebellion and sedition, not […]

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Vietnam flood toll hits 49 ahead of APEC summit

HOI AN, Vietnam – At least 49 people have died after Typhoon Damrey slammed into central Vietnam, disaster officials said Monday, as heavy flooding cast doubt on a planned retreat for APEC leaders’ spouses to the ancient town of Hoi An, reports BSS/AFP. The weather system hit just days before Vietnam welcomes world leaders to […]

Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas, reiterates PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Commonwealth countries to force Myanmar to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest, reports UNB. “I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government […]

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Saudi princes among dozens detained in anti-corruption purge

The heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia has consolidated his hold on power with a major purge of the kingdom’s political and business leadership, reports BBC. A new anti-corruption body, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers and dozens of ex-ministers. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire with […]

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Trump pledges US resolve on Japan leg of Asia tour

US President Donald Trump said no nation should underestimate American resolve, as he arrived in Japan at the start of a marathon Asian tour, reports BBC. Addressing US troops at Yokota air base near Tokyo, he pledged to ensure the military had the resources needed to keep peace and defend freedom. Mr Trump’s visit comes […]

Belgium studying Spanish warrant for ex-Catalan leader

Belgian state prosecutors on Sunday were examining international arrest warrants issued by Spain for the ousted leader of Catalonia and other members of his disbanded Cabinet, reports UNB. Carles Puigdemont and four of his ex-ministers fled to Belgium this past week after being removed from power by Spanish authorities as part of an extraordinary crackdown […]

Bahrain re-opens border dispute with Qatar

Bahrain has claimed the right to take Qatari territory, as tensions between the two Gulf countries heighten amid political deadlock, reports Al Jazeera. A press release published on the country’s state news agency on Saturday said that Bahrain had “every right to claim what was cut off forcibly from its land and to dispute the […]