Taiwan tensions: Blinken chides China’s ‘irresponsible’ cut in US communication channels

MANILA (REUTERS) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of “irresponsible steps” on Saturday (Aug 6) by halting key communication channels with Washington, and said its Taiwan actions showed a move from prioritising peaceful resolution towards use of force. His comments came as Chinese aircraft and warships practised on Saturday for an attack on […]

Japan to take part in Garuda Shield military exercises in Indonesia for first time

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japanese defence forces will participate for the first time in military exercises in Indonesia next month alongside the United States and Australia, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday (July 27), after talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Japan’s involvement comes as Washington and its regional allies step up efforts to […]

China military says holds combat exercises around Taiwan as US senator visits island

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s military recently held multi-unit joint combat readiness exercises, patrols and combat drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan, the Eastern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said in a statement on Friday (July 8). The exercises were organised in response to “collusion and provocations” by the United States […]

US Secretary of State Blinken speaks with Pakistan foreign minister in thawing of ties

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday (July 6) on relations between the two countries as they seek to repair ties that were strained under former Prime Minister Imran Khan. They also spoke about the situation in Pakistan’s neighbour Afghanistan and about the […]

Australians rally against US overturning of key abortion ruling

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Thousands of Australians joined raucous protests across the country on Saturday (July 2) against the US Supreme Court’s overturning of women’s constitutional right to abortion. The Supreme Court last week overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, restoring the ability of individual states to ban abortion. In the biggest rally in […]

Australia’s New South Wales state warns of torrential rain, potential major flooding

SYDNEY (XINHUA) – Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has warned of heavy rainfall across the state of New South Wales (NSW) from Saturday (July 2), with potential to cause major flooding into next week. Senior meteorologist Dean Narramore told the national broadcaster ABC that the downpour would be focused around Sydney, and along the coast to […]

Venezuelan officials meet US delegation, Maduro says

Handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency showing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking upon his arrival at the Simon Bolivar international airport in La Guaira, Venezuela on June 18, 2022. (ZURIMAR CAMPOS / VENEZUELAN PRESIDENCY / AFP) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that the country’s head of congress met a United States delegation […]

Flood-hit Indian states brace themselves for more monsoon rain, 532 killed

ASSAM, INDIA (BLOOMBERG) – India’s flood-hit areas are forecast to receive heavy rain this week, with 532 people losing their lives so far across the nation during the monsoon season and hundreds of thousands staying in temporary relief camps. The north-eastern state of Assam has been among the worst-hit regions, with rain affecting 2.5 million people, destroying […]