Slovakia wants to be “an equal partner” to Taiwan, the leader of an official trade delegation to the island said Monday, a sign of growing international support for Taipei having a place on the world stage despite Beijing’s protests. China claims self-ruled democratic Taiwan as its territory, to be retaken one day by force ifContinue reading “Slovakia wants to be ‘equal partner’ in trade with Taiwan: official”
Russian President Vladimir #Putin will arrive in #India on Monday for just his second overseas trip since the pandemic, seeking to bolster military and energy ties with a traditional ally being courted by #Washington. FRANCE 24’s Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.
A sustained protest movement by Blockade Australia has shut down export operations at the Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal port. On Wednesday, two anti-coal protesters from Blockade Australia shut down coal export operations at the Port of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. This is a continuation of a sustained protest movement against theContinue reading “Anti-coal protesters shut down world’s largest coal port”
Taipei announced on Thursday it had formally opened a de facto embassy in Lithuania using the name Taiwan, a significant diplomatic departure that defied a pressure campaign by Beijing. China tries to keep Taipei isolated on the world stage and baulks at any official use of the word “Taiwan”, lest it lend a sense ofContinue reading “Taiwan Opens Lithuania Representative Office Using Its Own Name”
Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks ledContinue reading “Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia”
Two Chinese state firms took control of an Italian military drone maker in 2018 via an offshore company — without the knowledge of authorities in Italy and Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported. Italian police traced the purchase of 75% stake in Alpi Aviation to China Railway Rolling Stock Corp — a state-owned rail companyContinue reading “China took control of an Italian military drone maker without authorities knowing it, report says”
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday raised the possibility he could shut down the transit of natural gas to Europe via Belarus in retaliation against any new European Union sanctions imposed over his country’s handling of migrants. The EU on Wednesday accused Belarus of mounting a “hybrid attack” on the bloc by encouraging thousands ofContinue reading “Belarus leader floats idea of cutting gas to Europe in migrant standoff”
Brooklyn 99 actor Terry Crews is receiving intense criticism for “cosplaying as a poor person” in an Amazon union busting propaganda advertisement on TikTok that encourages people people to come work for the online retailer’s distribution centers.
Former U.S. ambassador and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is heading to Myanmar on a private humanitarian mission that will focus on pandemic support, his spokesperson said Sunday. Myanmar has been mired in violence and civil unrest since a military coup seized power in February. Protesters have faced beatings and arrests. The United StatesContinue reading “Former US ambassador Bill Richardson heads to Myanmar”
Loyalists reportedly claim attack in Newtownards in which driver was held at gunpoint, according to minister Armed and masked men hijacked and set fire to a double-decker bus at dawn on Monday, fuelling fears of a fresh wave of Brexit-related violence in Northern Ireland. The charred and smouldering remains of the vehicle remained in the NewtownardsContinue reading “Fears of Brexit violence as armed men hijack and torch bus in Northern Ireland”