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U.S., Russia hold high-stakes talks on Ukraine war fears

The talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov come just 11 days after their deputies met in Geneva Washington and Moscow’s top diplomats met Friday in Geneva in an urgent bid for a solution over Ukraine, with the United States increasingly worried that Russia will invade despite warnings of severe […]

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U.S. warship’s South China Sea passage sparks row

PLA: Organised forces to drive it away A U.S. warship sailed through the South China Sea on Thursday, sparking a warning from China’s military as tensions between the superpowers remain high. The American Navy said the USS Benfold “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law”. The […]

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French senators vote to ban headscarves in sports competitions

The amendment, proposed by right-wing group Les Republicains and opposed by the French government, was adopted with 160 votes in favor, and 143 against. The French Senate has voted in favor of banning the wearing of headscarves in sports competitions, arguing that neutrality is a requirement on the field of play. The French upper legislative […]

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Will do whatever it takes to keep MDP in power, says Nasheed

‘Abdulla Yameen’s campaign against India is making our people very uneasy’ Mohamed Nasheed, Parliamentary Speaker and former President of the Maldives, on Tuesday vowed to do “whatever it takes” to ensure that the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which he leads, remains in power. “I think it is getting more and more crucial that the […]

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11 dead as Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen

Attack comes a day after Abu Dhabi tanker blast killed three Eleven people were killed in air strikes on Yemen’s rebel-held capital, a witness and medical sources told AFP on Tuesday, as the Saudi-led coalition hit back after a deadly attack on Abu Dhabi that sent Gulf tensions soaring. Residents were combing the rubble for […]

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North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 4th launch this year

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North likely fired two ballistic missiles from an area in Sunan, the location of Pyongyang’s international airport, but didn’t immediately say how far they flew North Korea on January 17 fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s […]

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Celebrated Greek painter Alekos Fassianos dies at 86

Besides painting and lithography, Alekos Fassianos also illustrated books, designed theatre costumes and settings and dabbled in sculpture. Alekos Fassianos, one of the most important modern Greek painters, died on January 16 at his home after a long illness, the state news agency ANA reported. He was 86. Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens on […]

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Lithuania-China | A David and Goliath state of affairs

Why are China-Lithuania relations on a nosedive? What are its geopolitical ramifications? The story so far: In November 2021, a Taiwanese Representative Office was opened in Lithuania, notable because it is for the first time that Taiwan was allowed to use its own name to open an office within the EU. Following this, China has […]

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Tianjin on partial lockdown after Omicron found

Buses and trains from Tianjin to Beijing have been suspended and people are being told not to leave the city unless they have pressing business The numbers are small, but the major port of Tianjin may be facing China’s first local outbreak of omicron of any size, less than a month before the Winter Olympics […]