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Swiss-EU deal: Live or let die?

Geneva - Switzerland's president heads to Brussels on Friday for a crunch meeting seeking to break through the logjam over a long-delayed agreement on simplifying ties with the European Union.

Biden expected to label 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide

Washington - US President Joe Biden's reported plan to formally recognize as genocide the World War I-era killings of 1.5 million Christian Armenians by the Muslim Ottoman Empire risks plunging relations with Turkey into deep crisis.

Czechs to cut Russian diplomat numbers amid spat

Prague - The Czech government said Thursday it would slap a ceiling on the Russian embassy workforce as part of a spiralling diplomatic row, which means dozens of staff will have to leave by next month.

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

Washington - President Joe Biden on Thursday doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

Washington - President Joe Biden on Thursday doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

Washington - President Joe Biden on Thursday doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.

Belgian ambassador to South Korea apologises for wife's 'assault'

Seoul - Belgium's ambassador to South Korea apologised Thursday after footage showed his wife hitting two boutique staff in the head in a row over shoplifting.

China warns of 'serious harm' to relations as Australia scraps BRI deal

Bejing - China on Thursday said Australia's sudden scrapping of a Belt and Road Initiative deal risked "serious harm" to relations and warned of retaliatory actions, but Canberra insisted it would not be bullied.

Biden seeks to rally world on climate as summit momentum builds

Washington - President Joe Biden hopes to rally the world on climate as he unveils more ambitious US commitments Thursday at a summit that is expected to see a slew of new promises.

Myanmar crisis summit a test for ASEAN's credibility: Thailand

Yangon - A weekend summit on the Myanmar coup crisis will be a test for ASEAN's credibility and unity, a senior Thai official said Thursday, amid an escalating death toll and violence across its western border.

China's Belt and Road deals 'used for propaganda': Australia minister

Sydney - China's Belt and Road Initiative deals are "used for propaganda", a top Australian official said Thursday as he defended Canberra's decision to scrap a state government's deals with Beijing.

Biden to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide: reports

Washington - US President Joe Biden is preparing to recognize the World War I-era killings of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, US media said Wednesday.

Prague gives Moscow ultimatum to let Czech diplomats return

Prague - The Czech government on Wednesday warned Moscow it might expel more Russian diplomats unless the 20 Czech nationals ejected from Russia were allowed to return to work within a day.Moscow responded by saying the ultimatum was "unacceptable".

Australia scraps state's Belt and Road deal with China, Beijing rails at 'provocative' move

Sydney - Australia said Wednesday it would revoke a state government's deal to join China's Belt and Road Initiative because it was inconsistent with the nation's foreign policy -- prompting an angry response from Beijing.

South Korea's Moon urges Biden to engage directly with North Korea

Washington - South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Joe Biden to open up talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons and build on the ground-breaking talks his predecessor Donald Trump held with Pyongyang.

Australia cancels state's Belt and Road deal with China

Sydney - Australia on Wednesday announced it would revoke a state government's deal to join China's Belt and Road Initiative, saying it was inconsistent with the nation's foreign policy.

Japan PM sends offering to controversial shrine honouring war dead

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Wednesday to the controversial Yasukuni shrine that honours war dead, including perpetrators of the country's World War II atrocities on its neighbours.

European Parliament, EU member states agree target to cut CO2

Apo - The European Parliament and EU member states have agreed a target to cut carbon emissions by "at least" 55 percent by 2030, the EU Commission said in a statement released early Wednesday.

South Korea court dismisses 'comfort women' case against Japan

Seoul - A South Korean court on Wednesday dismissed a case brought by a handful of World War II sex slaves and their families against the Japanese government, saying Tokyo enjoyed "sovereign immunity" over the issue.

China's Xi to attend online Biden climate summit

Bejing - China's President Xi Jinping will attend US President Joe Biden's virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world's top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider political tensions.

Russia, Cuba seek closer 'strategic partnership'

Havana - Russian President Vladimir Putin called communist Cuba's new leader Miguel Diaz-Canel Tuesday to discuss strengthening the two countries' "strategic partnership," the Russian foreign ministry said in a message retweeted by its embassy in Havana.

Iran sees progress on reviving deal but US, EU says work needed

Vienna - The United States and European Union said Tuesday that more work was needed to revive a 2015 agreement on Iran's nuclear program, although Tehran reported progress after the latest diplomacy.

Calls for rallies threaten EU deal in Georgia

Tbili - European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday declared a political crisis in Georgia resolved, but defiant opposition groups called for new protests and an ex-president announced his return from exile to oust the ruling party.

Czechs threaten to expel all Russian diplomats

Prague - The Czech Republic on Tuesday threatened to expel all Russian diplomats from Prague, accusing Moscow of orchestrating an "unprecedented terror attack" on Czech territory in 2014."I am ready for everything. Even to build relationships from scratch.

Cooperate despite 'genocide'? Biden tests ties with China, Russia

Washington - US President Joe Biden's administration accuses China of genocide but reached a joint pledge to cooperate on climate. The White House is also working to arrange a summit with Russia, despite imposing harsh new sanctions.

Philippines' Duterte prepared to deploy navy over South China Sea claim

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to deploy military ships to the South China Sea to assert the country's claim over oil deposits in a contested part of the waterway.

Czechs ban Rosatom from nuclear tender, rule out Sputnik vaccine

Prague - The Czech government said Monday it would eliminate Russia's Rosatom from a multi-billion-euro tender to build a new nuclear plant unit and would no longer consider buying Sputnik V vaccines.

Russia's mystery duo back in the spotlight accused of black ops

Moscow - In 2018, after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, Britain said it had identified two Russian agents seen wandering through the sleepy English town.

Washington, Moscow discuss possible Biden-Putin summit

Washington - Advisors to US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed on Monday the possibility of a summit between the two amid strained bilateral relations, the White House said.

US reimposes sanctions on Belarus firms after protest clampdown

Washington - The United States said Monday it was reimposing sanctions on nine state-owned companies in Belarus after strongman Alexander Lukashenko ignored warnings to release political prisoners rounded up from democracy protests.
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