U.S., Russian officials meet in Geneva for nuclear talks

Senior U.S. and Russian officials began talks on Wednesday on strategic nuclear stability, with a fresh mandate from their presidents who held a summit in Geneva last month. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov headed their respective delegations at the meeting at the U.S. diplomatic mission in… Read More U.S., Russian officials meet in Geneva for nuclear talks

Taliban delegates visit China for Afghan peace talks

China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan’s war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process… Read More Taliban delegates visit China for Afghan peace talks

Six dead as unidentified gunmen raid military outpost in northern Cameroon

Unidentified attackers killed five Cameroonian soldiers and one civilian during a raid on a military outpost in the far north of the country, local authorities said on Tuesday, the second deadly raid in the area in the past week. An army post in the village of Zigue was attacked at around 9 p.m. (2000 GMT)… Read More Six dead as unidentified gunmen raid military outpost in northern Cameroon

North Korea, South Korea in talks to reopen joint liaison office

North and South Korea are in talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations, three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been exploring… Read More North Korea, South Korea in talks to reopen joint liaison office

U.S. President Joe Biden seals agreement with Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to end U.S. combat mission in Iraq

U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sealed an agreement on Monday formally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, but U.S. forces will still operate there in an advisory role. The agreement comes at a politically delicate time for the Iraqi government and could be a… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden seals agreement with Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to end U.S. combat mission in Iraq

South Korea, North Korea restore hotlines as leaders renew efforts to rebuild ties

South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, and the two countries’ leaders are renewing efforts to rebuild relations, Seoul’s presidential office said on Tuesday. The decision on the hotlines was made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who… Read More South Korea, North Korea restore hotlines as leaders renew efforts to rebuild ties

Hong Kong court convicts first person charged under national security law

The first person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case with long-term implications for how the legislation reshapes the city’s common law traditions. An alternative charge of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm was not considered. Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24,… Read More Hong Kong court convicts first person charged under national security law

One dead, dozens injured following explosion at industrial park in Germany

An explosion in a German industrial park on Tuesday killed one person and left four others missing, setting off a fierce blaze and sending a pall of smoke over the western city of Leverkusen. Emergency services took three hours to extinguish the fire at the Chempark site, home to chemicals companies Bayer and Lanxess, that… Read More One dead, dozens injured following explosion at industrial park in Germany