Putin signs decree on partial mobilization in Russia

In this Feb 21, 2022 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin signs documents, including a decree recognizing two Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent, during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Putin signed a decree on the partial mobilization in Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, as the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY […]

10 released in Saudi-mediated Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry Press Office, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, second left, talks with Azov regiment commander Denys Prokopenko, second right, who was released in a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine, in Chernyhiv, Ukraine, on Sept 21, 2022. (UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY PRESS OFFICE VIA AP) RIYADH – Saudi […]

Taiwan ‘specially invited’ to sign Queen Elizabeth’s condolence book

TAIPEI – Taiwan’s de facto ambassador in London received a “special invite” to sign the book of condolence for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the island’s foreign ministry said, adding she was given the same treatment as other dignitaries. Britain, like most countries, has no diplomatic ties with Taiwan though they have close unofficial ones. China regards […]

Taiwan to deploy drone defence systems after rock-throwing video at China drone emerges

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan unveiled a proposed 12.9 per cent year-on-year increase in its defence budget for 2023 to NT$415.1 billion (S$19 billion) on Thursday (Aug 25) amid tensions with China, which has sharply increased military activities near the island. On top of the proposed budget, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Cabinet is proposing an additional NT$108.3 billion in […]

Indonesia investigating alleged data breaches at state-owned firms

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia is investigating alleged personal data breaches at state-owned telecoms firm PT Telkom Indonesia’s Internet service IndiHome and state utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), its communications ministry said on Sunday (Aug 21). Mr Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior communications ministry official, said in a statement that the ministry had summoned representatives […]

China punishes 27 officials over ‘ugly’ school textbook drawings

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – China has punished more than two dozen education officials over a series of math textbooks drawings that an investigation found portrayed the nation’s children as “ugly.” The Ministry of Education said in a statement on Monday (Aug 22) that some 27 officials from the state-owned publisher had been reprimanded or dismissed over […]

Three killed, dozens injured after fireworks warehouse explodes in Armenian mall

YEREVAN (REUTERS) – Blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Sunday (Aug 14), Russian news agencies reported, killing three people and injuring more than 60. Video footage showed grey smoke billowing over a building and people scurrying away from the area. Rescue workers sifted through […]

China sanctions Lithuanian deputy minister for Taiwan visit

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s foreign ministry said on Friday (Aug 12) it had imposed sanctions on Lithuanian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Agne Vaiciukeviciute for visiting Taiwan, the latest development in Beijing’s diplomatic row with the European Union country. The foreign ministry said China would also suspend engagement with Vaiciukeviciute’s ministry and cooperation on transportation […]

Ukrainian forces hit key bridge near hydroelectric power plant

A Russian military convoy is seen on the road toward the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region, in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, on May 1, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) BEIJING – The Ukrainian military forces said on Wednesday that they hit a key bridge near the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant […]

In first visit to China, South Korean foreign minister seeks to reassure Beijing

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin is set for his first visit to China on Monday (Aug 8) as President Yoon Suk-yeol’s government seeks to reassure Beijing about their relationship despite Seoul’s stronger ties with the US and tensions over Taiwan. Mr Park is scheduled for a three-day stay in the eastern port city […]