U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifts restrictions on diplomatic relations with Taiwan officials

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said he was lifting restrictions on contacts between U.S. officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, a move likely to anger China and increase tensions between Beijing and Washington in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s presidency. China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifts restrictions on diplomatic relations with Taiwan officials

Pakistan plunged into darkness following breakdown of national power grid

A breakdown in Pakistan’s national power grid plunged the country into darkness on Saturday night, officials said. “A countrywide blackout has been caused by a sudden plunge in the frequency in the power transmission system,” Pakistan’s Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan said on Twitter. He said efforts were underway to determine the reasons behind the… Read More Pakistan plunged into darkness following breakdown of national power grid

China calls for swift return of soldier being held by India

China has called for the swift return of a soldier it says is being held by Indian authorities after disappearing along the border. The China Military Online, a news portal run by the military’s official PLA Daily, said on Saturday the Chinese border guard went missing on Friday. After the Chinese side reported the incident… Read More China calls for swift return of soldier being held by India

Roku acquires content library of video-streaming app Quibi

Video-streaming device maker Roku Inc said on Friday it had acquired the global distribution rights to Quibi’s content library, nearly three months after the short-form video streaming app was shut down following an unsuccessful run. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Roku, popularly known for its devices used to stream services such as… Read More Roku acquires content library of video-streaming app Quibi

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveil underground missile base

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards unveiled an underground missile base at an undisclosed Gulf location on Friday, Iranian state media reported, at a time of heightened tension between Tehran and the United States. “The base is one of several bases housing the Guards’ Navy’s strategic missiles,” the state media quoted the head of the Guards, Major… Read More Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveil underground missile base

Zimbabwean police arrests journalist Hopewell Chin’ono on charges of misinformation

Zimbabwean journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono was arrested on Friday on charges of communicating false information, his third arrest inside six months, his lawyer said. Chin’ono, who has a large social media following, has been critical of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rule, accusing his government of corruption and mismanagement. His comments have been unusually outspoken… Read More Zimbabwean police arrests journalist Hopewell Chin’ono on charges of misinformation

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Saudi Arabia from January 11

Qatar Airways and Saudi Airlines will resume flights between Doha and Riyadh from Monday in a reopening of airspace as part of a political rapprochement in a three-year-old dispute. Qatar Airways said via Twitter on Saturday it will resume flights to Riyadh on Monday, Jeddah from January 14, and Dammam from January 16. It said… Read More Qatar Airways to resume flights to Saudi Arabia from January 11

Qatari vehicles cross into Saudi Arabia for first time since 2017 following resolution of Arab Gulf dispute

Qatari vehicles crossed into Saudi Arabia through a land border on Saturday for the first time since Arab states severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha in mid-2017, Saudi state TV said, following a deal this week to restore relations. “It’s good the crisis has been resolved, and the warm welcome we had, and the… Read More Qatari vehicles cross into Saudi Arabia for first time since 2017 following resolution of Arab Gulf dispute