China gives terms for participation in arms control talks

China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiations with the United States and Russia, but only if the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday. Washington has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend New START,… Read More China gives terms for participation in arms control talks

Tensions mount between France and Turkey following NATO naval incident

For France, it was the final straw. For Turkey, it was a misunderstanding. For NATO, it could be a turning point. The incident unfolded quickly in the eastern Mediterranean on June 10, when a French frigate under NATO command tried to inspect a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship suspected of smuggling arms to Libya in violation of… Read More Tensions mount between France and Turkey following NATO naval incident

Judge denies Dakota Access initial request to stay pipeline order

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an initial request by owners of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL) that asked the court to reconsider its order to shut the 570,000 barrel-a-day line within a month, court records show. Dakota Access LLC, controlled by Energy Transfer, filed a motion to stay a ruling by the U.S.… Read More Judge denies Dakota Access initial request to stay pipeline order

U.S. charge sons of former Panama president with bribery, money laundering

U.S. prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with bribery and money laundering linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 40, were arrested earlier in the day in Guatemala City as they attempted to… Read More U.S. charge sons of former Panama president with bribery, money laundering

Zimbabwean police arrest nurses protesting over pay

Police in Zimbabwe arrested 12 nurses protesting outside state hospitals on Monday demanding to be paid in U.S. dollars as inflation running at nearly 800% was eroding their salaries, the country’s nurses union said. An economic crisis under President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revived memories of the hardships of more than a decade ago when hyperinflation… Read More Zimbabwean police arrest nurses protesting over pay

One dead, houses destroyed as forest fire sweeps through villages in eastern Ukraine

One person died and nine were hospitalised as a forest fire swept through villages in eastern Ukrainian Luhansk region on Tuesday, Ukraine’s emergency service said. The fire has destroyed 80 dacha holiday cottages and 30 houses in two villages, the service said in a statement. This spring, forest fires around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant… Read More One dead, houses destroyed as forest fire sweeps through villages in eastern Ukraine

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the virus and defying medical experts, even as the pandemic killed more than 65,000 people in his country. The right-wing populist told a group of television reporters that he had developed symptoms at… Read More Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. to ask foreign students to leave if all classes taken online

Foreign students must leave the United States if their school’s classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday. It was not immediately clear how many student visa holders would be affected by the move, but foreign… Read More U.S. to ask foreign students to leave if all classes taken online