Japanese PM offers support to Ukraine as Chinese Xi backs Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida paid a surprise visit to Kyiv on Tuesday, drawing some of the world’s attention from rival Asian President Xi Jinping of China, who met in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss of Beijing’s peace proposal for Ukraine that Western nations have already criticized. The two … Read more

US tells China stopover by Taiwan president is ‘nothing new’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration spreads the word awaiting U.S. layovers from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen would be consistent with recent precedent and should not be used as a pretext by China to intensify its aggressive activities in the Taiwan Strait. In recent weeks, senior US officials in Washington and Beijing have stressed to … Read more

Ex-Australian elite soldier charged with murder of Afghan

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police charged Australia’s first veteran on Monday with an alleged murder in Afghanistan three years after a war crimes investigation found 19 Australian special forces soldiers could face charges of illegal conduct. Former Special Air Service Regiment soldier Oliver Schulz, 41, has been arrested in the state of New South Wales … Read more

Xi Jinping meets Putin to give isolated Russian leader a boost

Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Monday for a three-day visit that shows Beijing’s new diplomatic swagger and offers a welcome political boost to Russian President Vladimir Putin as fighting in Ukraine turns into a war of relentless wear.. China and Russia described Xi’s trip as part of efforts to deepen their “boundless … Read more

Gunmen kill 9 Chinese in a mine in the Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen stormed a Chinese-operated gold mining site that had recently been launched in the Central African Republic, killing nine Chinese nationals and injuring two others on Sunday, reports said. authorities. However, the rebel coalition initially blamed by some for the attack released a statement later that day. Without providing … Read more

Struggle for science blocks key UN climate report

BERLIN (AP) — The release of a major new UN report on climate change is being delayed by a battle between rich and developing nations over emissions targets and financial aid to vulnerable nations. The report by hundreds of the world’s top scientists was due to be endorsed by government delegations on Friday at the … Read more

French protesters march past piles of garbage, resisting Macron

PARIS (AP) — A handful of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64 took place on Saturday in Paris and beyond, as uncollected rubbish stank on the streets of the French capital amid a strike by sanitation workers. Largely non-violent protests took place in various … Read more

Russia and Ukraine extend grain deal to help world’s poor

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An unprecedented wartime deal that has allowed grain to flow from Ukraine to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where hunger is a growing threat and where high food prices push more people into poverty was extended just before its expiration date, officials said Saturday. The United Nations and … Read more

How a warrant against Putin gives a new twist to Xi’s visit to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week highlighted China’s aspirations to play a bigger role on the world stage. But they also exposed the perils of global diplomacy: Hours after the trip was announced on Friday, an international arrest warrant was issued against … Read more

North Korea says ICBM test aimed to instill fear in enemies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced on Friday that it fired an intercontinental ballistic missile to “sow fear in enemies” as South Korea and Japan agreed at a summit to work closely on regional security with the United States and held military exercises in the region. The missile, launched Thursday from North Korea’s … Read more