Kim Jong-un warns of historic economic crisis in North Korea

Leader uses the term ‘arduous march’ in party speech, a term used to refer to devastating 1990s famine in which hundreds of thousands died North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for another “arduous march” against severe economic difficulties, appearing to compare the situation to a 1990s famine during which hundreds of thousands of peopleContinue reading “Kim Jong-un warns of historic economic crisis in North Korea”

Armed clashes break out in Myanmar between troops and anti-junta protesters, US expands sanctions

At least 11 demonstrators were killed in clashes with security forces in a town in northwest Myanmar after truckloads of troops arrived to quell a protest against the ruling military junta, domestic media reported on Thursday. Protesters armed with homemade guns, knives and firebombs fought back against the troops in the town of Taze andContinue reading “Armed clashes break out in Myanmar between troops and anti-junta protesters, US expands sanctions”

Myanmar security forces kill seven protesters, Chinese-owned factory set ablaze

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding several, media said, as a Chinese-owned factory was set on fire in the commercial capital Yangon and activists burned the Chinese flag. The country’s military ruler said the civil disobedience movement was “destroying” Myanmar. More than 580 people have beenContinue reading “Myanmar security forces kill seven protesters, Chinese-owned factory set ablaze”

Myanmar cuts wireless internet service amid coup protests

Myanmar’s wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, local providers said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta’s takeover. A directive from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday instructed that “all wireless broadband data services be temporarily suspended untilContinue reading “Myanmar cuts wireless internet service amid coup protests”

Special Report: Pompeo rejected U.S. effort to declare ‘genocide’ in Myanmar on eve of coup, officials say

In the last days of the Trump administration, some U.S. officials urged outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to formally declare that the Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya minority was a genocide. Such a determination, a culmination of years of State Department investigation and legal analysis, would send a signal that the generals wouldContinue reading “Special Report: Pompeo rejected U.S. effort to declare ‘genocide’ in Myanmar on eve of coup, officials say”

U.S. and Britain blacklist Myanmar military-controlled companies

The United States and Britain on Thursday jointly imposed sanctions on two conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military following the generals’ Feb. 1 coup and deadly crackdown, with Washington calling it a response to “abhorrent violence and abuses.” The sanctions target Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Ltd (MEC), the U.S.Continue reading “U.S. and Britain blacklist Myanmar military-controlled companies”

Canada announces new sanctions on Russia, Kremlin vows response

Canada says its sanctions are in line with actions taken by the European Union and the United States. Canada’s foreign ministry says it is imposing new sanctions on nine Russian officials over “gross and systematic violations of human rights in Russia”, prompting the Kremlin to vow a response against Canada. Global Affairs Canada said on Wednesday theContinue reading “Canada announces new sanctions on Russia, Kremlin vows response”

Myanmar junta blames protesters as EU, U.S. impose sanctions

Myanmar’s military accused anti-junta protesters of arson and violence as Western countries imposed more sanctions on individuals and groups linked to last month’s coup and the ensuing bloody crackdown on dissent. Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said 164 protesters had been killed in the violence and expressed sadness at the deaths. “They are also ourContinue reading “Myanmar junta blames protesters as EU, U.S. impose sanctions”

China, North Korea Statement of Cooperation Poses New Threat to U.S.

A exchange between Xi Jingping and Kim Jong Un implies North Korea may restart nuclear weapons or ICBM tests if Biden does not heed an implicit warning. CHINA ON MONDAY FIRED A diplomatic warning shot at the U.S. through a new agreement between President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that in reality threatens graveContinue reading “China, North Korea Statement of Cooperation Poses New Threat to U.S.”

EU imposes China sanctions over Xinjiang abuses; first in three decades

The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on four Chinese officials, including a top security director, for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the first sanctions against Beijing since an arms embargo in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Accused of mass detentions of Muslim Uighurs in northwestern China, those targeted with sanctions included Chen Mingguo,Continue reading “EU imposes China sanctions over Xinjiang abuses; first in three decades”

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