Blinken: China drills ‘significant escalation’

Blinken: China drills ‘significant escalation’

Saturday, 06 August 2022 | AP | Phnom Penh

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that China's military exercises aimed at Taiwan, including missiles fired into Japan's exclusive economic zone, represent a “significant escalation” and that he has urged Beijing to back down. China launched the drills following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to...

Lanka harassed, intimidated protesters: Rights group

Friday, 05 August 2022 | AP | Colombo

An international human rights group says Sri Lanka's government is using emergency laws to harass and arbitrarily detain protesters who are seeking political reform and accountability amid the island country's economic crisis. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday that Sri Lanka's military sought to curtail protests through...

US Senate backs NATO bid of Finland, Sweden in rebuke to Russia

Friday, 05 August 2022 | AP | Washington

US Senators have delivered near-unanimous bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday's 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two...

Ship Ukraine says is carrying stolen grain leaves Lebanon

Friday, 05 August 2022 | AP | Beirut

A Syrian ship that Ukraine says is carrying stolen Ukrainian grain has left a Lebanese port after officials in Lebanon allowed it to sail following an investigation, Lebanon's transport minister tweeted on Thursday. The Syrian-flagged Laodicea had been anchored at the port of Tripoli since it arrived last Thursday, carrying 10,000...

UN fact-finding mission will probe Ukraine prison killings

Friday, 05 August 2022 | AP | United Nations

The United Nations chief has said that he is appointing a fact-finding mission in response to requests from Russia and Ukraine to investigate the killings at a prison in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine that the warring nations accuse each other of carrying out. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters he...

Ukrainian city near nuclear plant shelled

Friday, 05 August 2022 | AP | Kyiv

Powerful explosions rattled the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Thursday and a city close to the country's biggest nuclear power plant sustained a barrage of shelling amid Russian attacks in several regions, Ukraine's presidential office said. At least four civilians were killed and 10 more wounded over the past...

2nd survey shows Liz ahead of Sunak in UK PM race

Friday, 05 August 2022 | PTI | London

A new survey of members of the governing Conservative Party shows Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is firmly ahead of rival Rishi Sunak in the race to replace Boris Johnson as the British Prime Minister. The survey of Tory members who will be electing a new leader to take charge at...

Taliban claim they’re unaware of Qaeda leader in Afghanistan

Friday, 05 August 2022 | AP | Islamabad

The Taliban broke its silence Thursday, days after a US drone strike killing al-Qaeda's top leader in Afghanistan's capital, acknowledging his slaying and pledging to launch an investigation. The killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri on the balcony of a Kabul safehouse Sunday has further strained relations between the Taliban and the West,...

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