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Balloon recovery begins as US investigates what China’s leaders knew
WASHINGTON— The United States has started to recover some parts from the Chinese balloon that an American F-22 fighter jet shot down off the coast of South Carolina, as Biden administration officials said the U.S. was still trying to figure out how much senior leaders in Beijing knew about the
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US military has shot down the Chinese spy balloon off US East Coast, official says
US military fighter jets shot down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed Saturday. The operation ended a remarkable public drama that prompted a diplomatic fallout between Washington and Beijing, as the American public tracked the balloon from
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One killed in shooting at Azerbaijan’s embassy in Iran
A man armed with a Kalashnikov-style rifle stormed the Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran’s capital Friday, killing the head of security at the diplomatic post and wounding two guards, authorities said. Tehran’s police chief, Gen. Hossein Rahimi, blamed the attack on “personal and family problems,” according to Iranian state television. However,
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South Africa Defends Planned Military Drills With ‘Friends’ Russia and China
South Africa’s foreign minister on Monday deflected criticism of joint military drills planned with Russia and China, saying that hosting such exercises with “friends” was the “natural course of relations.” Naledi Pandor made her comments during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was visiting South Africa 11 months after Russia’s
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Saudi foreign minister sees progress towards ending Yemen war
Speaking in Davos, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said a political settlement was needed to end the eight-year conflict. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that progress was being made towards ending the Yemen war, in which Riyadh leads a military coalition, but more work was needed, including reinstating
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China and Argentina formalize currency swap deal
China and Argentina have formalized the expansion of a currency swap deal, allowing the South American country to increase its depleted foreign currency reserves, the Argentine central bank said on Sunday. Argentina’s government needs to rebuild reserves to cover trade costs and future debt repayments, and more reserves are a
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An ‘assault on democracy’: World leaders react to pro-Bolsonaro riots in Brazil
Global leaders and high-ranking officials have condemned the events that unfolded in Brazil on Sunday, which saw supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro ransack political buildings in the country’s capital. The rioters refused to accept the election of leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was inaugurated at the
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President Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov
On the morning of 6 January, President Xi Jinping held talks with President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov at the Great Hall of the People during the latter’s state visit to China. The two presidents announced the decision to elevate the China-Turkmenistan relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. President Xi noted
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US Senate confirms Lynne Tracy as ambassador to Russia
Diplomat’s appointment comes as Washington aims to show unified front in support for Ukraine The US Senate on Wednesday backed the confirmation of diplomat Lynne Tracy as Washington’s next ambassador to Russia, as tensions between the two nations remain frayed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Ms Tracy’s confirmation came on an extraordinary day
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Zelenskyy thanks ‘ordinary Americans’ during defiant wartime visit to US
oject a “united defence” as Russia wages a “brutal assault on Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation”. Mr Zelenskyy, on his first known trip outside his country since Russia invaded in February, said he wanted to visit earlier and his visit now showed the “situation is under control, because
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Zelensky, in Washington, seeks major U.S. aid against Russia’s invasion
In first overseas trip since outbreak of war, Ukrainian president meets with Biden at White House for ‘series of negotiations to strengthen the resilience and defense capabilities of Ukraine’. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said after arriving in Washington on Wednesday he would hold talks with President Joe Biden to strengthen
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EU leaders grant Bosnia bloc candidate status; Türkiye welcomes decision
Bosnia and Herzegovina joins other candidates including Albania, Moldova, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Türkiye and Ukraine, in the process to enter the bloc, which can take many years and involves complex negotiations. European Union leaders have agreed to make Bosnia and Herzegovina a formal candidate to join
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