China to sanction US officials for ‘nasty’ behaviour over Taiwan

China to sanction US officials for ‘nasty’ behaviour over Taiwan

The US officials who have engaged in “nasty” behaviour over Chinese-claimed Taiwan will face sanctions, China’s Foreign Ministry has said on Monday, after Washington lifted curbs on exchanges between US and Taiwanese officials. Ties have worsened as China has already condemned this month’s easing, announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the waning […]

Indonesia earthquake kills at least 35, injures hundreds

Indonesia earthquake kills at least 35, injures hundreds

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least 35 people and injured hundreds on Friday, with the meteorological agency warning of aftershocks, possibly strong enough to trigger a tsunami. The powerful quake struck six kilometres northeast of the town of Majene, at the relatively shallow depth of 10km, just before 1:30am (local time), […]

North Korea’s Kim calls US ‘our biggest enemy’ in challenge to Biden

North Korea’s Kim calls US ‘our biggest enemy’ in challenge to Biden

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more advanced nuclear weapons and said the United States is “our biggest enemy,” state media said on Saturday, presenting a stark challenge to President-elect Joe Biden just days before he takes office. Washington’s hostile policies would not change regardless of who occupies the White House but dropping […]

Facebook, Instagram to block Trump’s account for rest of his presidential term

Facebook, Instagram to block Trump’s account for rest of his presidential term

Facebook Inc and Instagram will extend a ban on US President Donald Trump’s accounts for at least the next two weeks until the presidential transition is completed, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg […]

Attacks in southern Afghanistan kill at least 11

Attacks in southern Afghanistan kill at least 11

Separate attacks in southern Afghanistan left at least 11 civilians and security forces dead, officials said on Thursday, even as Afghan negotiators were in Qatar to resume talks with the Taliban aimed at finding an end to decades of conflict. In southern Uruzgan province, a suicide car bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives early […]

Afghan journalist shot dead

Afghan journalist shot dead

KABUL: An Afghan radio journalist was shot dead on Friday in a car ambush in the central province of Ghor, officials said, the fifth media worker to be killed in two months. Besmullah Adel Aimaq, Editor-in-Chief of Voice of Ghor radio, was killed en route to Firoz Koh city, the capital of Ghor province, said […]

Yemen airport blasts kill 26 as govt plane arrives

Yemen airport blasts kill 26 as govt plane arrives

ADEN: At least 26 people were killed on Wednesday as explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport moments after a new unity government flew in, in what some officials charged was a “cowardly” attack by Houthi rebels. Although all government ministers were reported to be unharmed, more than 50 people were wounded, medical and government sources said […]

Trump, under pressure, signs $900bn Covid relief bill

Trump, under pressure, signs $900bn Covid relief bill

WEST BEACH: After delaying for nearly a week and under pressure from all sides, US President Donald Trump finally signed a massive $900 billion stimulus bill on Sunday, in a long-sought boost for millions of Americans and businesses battered by the coronavirus pandemic. The package “providing coronavirus emergency response and relief” is part of a […]

Saudi Arabia extends entry ban amid coronavirus variant fears

Saudi Arabia extends entry ban amid coronavirus variant fears

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry on Monday extended a ban on entry to the kingdom by air, land and sea for another week amid concerns over a fast-spreading variant of the new coronavirus, the state news agency SPA reported. Saudi Arabia shut its borders on Monday Dec 21 and suspended international commercial flights on a rolling weekly basis although foreign flights already […]

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