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India, China agree to 'complete disengagement' from deadly border flashpoint

New Delhi - Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

In Israeli settlements, money is on annexation real estate boom

Ariel - In the Jewish settlement of Ariel, Perri Ben Senior can't wait for Israel to annex this part of the occupied West Bank, hoping it will be a boon for her real estate firm.

France returns skulls of Algerians who fought colonisation

Alger - Algeria on Friday received the skulls of 24 resistance fighters decapitated during France's colonial occupation of the North African country, and which had been stored for decades in a Paris museum.

China takes on more conflicts around the world

Bejing - From remote Himalayan valleys to small tropical islands and tense Western capitals, an increasingly assertive China is taking on conflicts around the world like never before as the United States retreats.

India's Modi makes surprise China border visit after clash

Srinagar - Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to India's northern frontier region with China on Friday in his first trip to the area since a deadly border clash last month.

UK court sides with Guaido in Venezuela gold dispute

London - Venezuela's opposition cried victory on Thursday after a London judge ruled that the British government had "unequivocally recognised" opposition leader Juan Guaido as the troubled Latin American country's president.

Little-known archives discreetly testify to Europe's wars

Prague - They are gathering dust on shelves, but could make war criminals tremble: the archives of the OSCE, an international organisation addressing security-related concerns, are increasingly becoming a source for those who seek to prove abuses committed duri...

Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday reversed a decision to expel the EU's ambassador in a tense stand off with Brussels over sanctions, but Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Caracas expected action in return.

Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas - Venezuela expects "gestures" from the European Union after reversing its decision to expel the bloc's ambassador, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday.

Millions switch to 'local TikToks' after India bans Chinese apps

New Delhi - Millions of Indians have joined homegrown social media platforms since New Delhi banned a slew of Chinese apps, including TikTok, amid growing tensions between the giant neighbours, industry officials said Thursday.

France pulls out of NATO Med operation over Turkey tensions

Paris - France said Wednesday it was suspending its participation in a NATO Mediterranean maritime security operation owing to the behaviour of Turkey, in a new escalation of a growing dispute between the two alliance allies.

UN adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a halt to conflicts to facilitate the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, after more than three months of painstaking negotiations, diplomats said.

Pompeo urges Turkey not to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque and said Istanbul's celebrated former cathedral should remain open to all.

Taiwan to swap office with breakaway state Somaliland

Taipei - Taiwan announced Wednesday it was opening representative offices with the breakaway state of Somaliland, warming ties between two de facto sovereign territories that are denied widespread international recognition.

China orders four US media outlets to disclose finances, staff

Bejing - China on Wednesday ordered four US news outlets to disclose details of their staff and financial operations in the country within seven days, as a media row escalates between Washington and Beijing.

Palestinians rally as global opposition to Israeli annexation grows

Jerusalem - Thousands of Palestinians protested Wednesday in Gaza against Israel's West Bank annexation plans, as premier Benjamin Netanyahu held off an announcement on the controversial project and international opposition stiffened.

Pompeo faces opposition in UN push on Iran arms embargo

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, warning that the Middle East's stability was at risk, but he faced wide skepticism over US threats to trigger sanctions.

Pompeo to UN: Ending Iran embargo would risk Mideast stability

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, warning that its expiration would risk the stability of the oil-rich region.

Post-COVID, more in West see China as major power: study

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic has led a growing number of Westerners to see China as a top power, with the lead of the United States slipping, a study said Tuesday.

Taliban reaffirm commitment to US deal in Pompeo call

Kabul - The Taliban reaffirmed their commitment to a February deal to draw down the war in Afghanistan during a call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the group's spokesman has said.

TikTok denies sharing Indian user data with China

New Delhi - TikTok on Tuesday denied sharing users' data with the Chinese government, after India banned the wildly popular app as ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash.

Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Monday gave the head of the European Union mission in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, 72 hours to leave the country after the bloc announced sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials.

Once again, US-Russia tensions soar despite Trump

Washington - Donald Trump has spent much of the past four years musing about warmer ties with Russia. But explosive new allegations show that relations may only get worse.

China forcibly sterilises Uighurs to control population: report

Bejing - Chinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilisations of Uighur and other ethnic minority women in an apparent campaign to curb the population, a study said Monday, triggering swift international condemnation.

US N.Korea envoy doubts new Trump-Kim summit

Washington - The US pointman on North Korea voiced doubt Monday that President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un would meet again before US elections, although he held out hope for progress in nuclear negotiations.

After deadly clash, India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps over 'security'

New Delhi - India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns two weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

'It's my dam': Ethiopians unite around Nile River mega-project

Addis Ababa - Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's press secretary took a break from official statements to post something different to her Twitter feed: a 37-line poem defending her country's massive dam on the Blue Nile River.

China forcibly sterilises Uighurs to control population: report

Bejing - Chinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilisations of women in an apparent campaign to curb the growth of ethnic minority populations in the western Xinjiang region, according to research published Monday.

Canadian detainee's wife 'disappointed' Trudeau rules out swap with China

Montr - The wife of one of two Canadians imprisoned in China said Sunday she is "disappointed" by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's refusal to consider a swap for a detained Huawei executive facing extradition to the United States.

China sent martial artists to India border before deadly clash: state media

Bejing - China reinforced its troops near the Indian border with mountain climbers and martial arts fighters shortly before a deadly clash this month, state media reported.
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