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From Pyongyang to Gangnam: the ex-N. Korean diplomat on the ballot in Seoul

Seoul - For decades, Thae Yong Ho served the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, rising to become Pyongyang's deputy ambassador to London before defecting.Now he is standing for election in South Korea's multi-party democracy.

'Wuhan virus' no more: US and China in truce

Washington - Suddenly, it's no longer the "Wuhan virus."The United States and China have reached a truce in a vitriolic feud over the coronavirus pandemic, with the two powers each seeing at least a tactical interest in cooling down.

US, Iraq to hold talks on troop future

Washington - The United States will hold talks with Iraq in June on the future of its troop presence in the country, whose parliament has voted to expel them, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.

Taliban end 'fruitless' meetings with Afghan govt over prisoner swap

Kabul - The Taliban said Tuesday they were pulling negotiators out of "fruitless" discussions with the Afghan government over a prisoner swap that had formed a key part of an accord with the United States.

Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet

Bras - China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent.

EU backs US plan for Venezuela transitional government

Apo - The European Union on Friday welcomed a US plan for a transitional government in Venezuela and subsequent lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran, US heat up war of words despite virus pandemic

Tehran - Iran said Thursday it "only acts in self-defence" after President Donald Trump warned it against attacks on US troops in Iraq, as a new war of words heated up despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Russian plane with supplies for virus fight lands in US

New York - A Russian military plane carrying medical supplies arrived in the United States on Wednesday, the Russian mission to the UN said, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power during the coronavirus pandemic.

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing's mask diplomacy

Belgrade - When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter.

As world battles virus, governments under fire

Paris - As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, the main question for most is simply: "When will it end?". But other, troubling questions are starting to be asked of governments.

Masquerade or needed aid? China virus help proves contentious

Paris - China has stepped in to help the West tackle the coronavirus crisis after managing to quell its own outbreak. But critics view the aid, though indispensible, as part of a cynical ploy to project Chinese influence.

Europeans on UN Security Council condemn North Korean tests

New York - The European members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned North Korea's latest missile tests, describing the launches as "provocative actions.

In Venezuela shift, US offers sanctions relief for transitional government

Washington - The United States on Tuesday offered a path for Venezuela's leftist leadership to remove sanctions in the face of a mounting humanitarian crisis by accepting a transitional government that excludes US ally Juan Guaido.

In Venezuela shift, US asks Guaido to renounce power — for now

Washington - The United States on Tuesday called on Venezuela's Juan Guaido to renounce his claim to the presidency at least temporarily as it recalibrated its strategy to oust leader Nicolas Maduro.

In first, UN Security Council approves resolutions remotely

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday for the first time approved resolutions remotely after painstaking negotiations among diplomats who are teleworking due to the coronavirus pandemic.

North Korea says tested 'super-large' rocket launchers

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea successfully tested "super-large multiple rocket launchers", state media said on Monday, but leader Kim Jong Un was not described as commanding the drill as analysts say Pyongyang seeks to normalise its launches.

North Korea fires two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus outbreak.

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

As world hunkers down, Trump moves full-speed against US foes

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic is shaking up the world, but not US foreign policy.

W.House says ex-FBI agent may be dead; Iran says left 'years ago'

Washington - The White House said Thursday that a missing former FBI agent may have died in Iran, acknowledging his family's conclusions, but Tehran said he had left the country years ago.

Canada objects to US plan to post troops at border

Ottawa - Canada opposes a plan by the United States to send troops to its northern frontier to catch border jumpers who may be carrying COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

Flying aid to virus-hit Italy, Moscow flexes soft power

Moscow - Since the coronavirus took hold in Europe, Moscow has sent planes of virus experts and aid to Italy while fighting accusations of spreading disinformation, flexing its "soft power" in various ways during the pandemic.

Iran says missing ex-FBI agent left country 'years ago'

Tehran - Iran implicitly denied Thursday that a missing former FBI agent had died in its custody as his family claims, restating its longstanding position that he left the Islamic republic "years ago".

Ex-FBI agent missing for 13 years died in Iran custody, family says

Washington - A former FBI agent who mysteriously vanished in 2007 died in Iranian custody, his family concluded Wednesday, saying US intelligence had made them give up 13 years of hope.

Pompeo attacks Chinese virus campaign at G7 as Europeans seek cooperation

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the Group of Seven powers were united in opposing China's coronavirus "disinformation," but European allies emphasized cooperation to fight the global pandemic.

EU regains 'crediblity' with Balkan move

Apo - EU ministers on Tuesday approved starting membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, a move hailed as restoring "credibility" after months of damaging delays and bickering.

UN Security Council stalemate over virus

New York - The UN Security Council, which has not met for 12 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, is deeply divided over a proposed declaration on the crisis and holding "virtual" meetings to vote on resolutions, diplomatic sources said Monday.

Iran frees French researcher in apparent prisoner swap

- President Emmanuel Macron announced Saturday that Iran has freed a French researcher imprisoned in the Islamic republic after France released an Iranian threatened with extradition to the US.

US suspends all routine visa services due to virus

Washington - The United States said Friday it was suspending all routine visa services around the world due to the global coronavirus pandemic.US embassies and consulates will still consider emergency visas if they have adequate staff, the State Department said.

Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative

Bejing - With millions of face masks, low interest loans and teams of medical experts, China is trying to paint itself as a Good Samaritan while deflecting criticism over its initial missteps in handling the coronavirus.
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