Russia accuses three U.S. embassy staff of theft, asks for lifting of their immunity

Russia has asked the U.S. embassy in Moscow to lift the diplomatic immunity of three of its staff suspected of stealing things from a Russian citizen, the Interfax news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Friday. If the United States refused to lift their diplomatic immunity, the three employees would have to leave… Read More Russia accuses three U.S. embassy staff of theft, asks for lifting of their immunity

At least fifteen injured as U.S. nuclear submarine hits object in Asia-Pacific region

A U.S. Navy submarine hit an “object” while submerged in the Asia-pacific region, but the incident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, the United States military said on Thursday. The incident took place on Saturday and the submarine’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not impacted and remain operational, the Navy said in a… Read More At least fifteen injured as U.S. nuclear submarine hits object in Asia-Pacific region

U.S. charges former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah for 2008 killing of U.S. troops

A former Taliban commander already in U.S. custody has been charged with murder and terrorism-related offenses in the deaths of three U.S. troops and an Afghan interpreter and the downing of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan in 2008, federal prosecutors in New York said on Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Haji Najibullah… Read More U.S. charges former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah for 2008 killing of U.S. troops

Israeli rightist lawmaker Nir Barkat seeks to outlaw reinauguration of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

An Israeli right-wing opposition legislator is seeking to outlaw the planned reopening of a U.S. mission in Jerusalem that has traditionally been a base for diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians. Israel’s new cross-partisan government led by nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also opposes the reinauguration of the consulate, potentially buoying Likud lawmaker Nir Barkat’s effort… Read More Israeli rightist lawmaker Nir Barkat seeks to outlaw reinauguration of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

Moderna to invest $500million to build vaccine factory in Africa

Moderna plans to invest up to $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot, as pressure grows on the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture drugs on the continent. African countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been urging drugmakers… Read More Moderna to invest $500million to build vaccine factory in Africa

Brazilian police find Nazi memorabilia worth €3million at home of alleged pedophile

Police in Rio de Janeiro said on Wednesday they had found a haul of Nazi memorabilia and weapons worth an estimated 3 million euros at the home of a Brazilian man suspected of raping a minor. Rio’s civil police said they found more than 1,000 items at the home of the 58-year-old unnamed suspect, including… Read More Brazilian police find Nazi memorabilia worth €3million at home of alleged pedophile

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi began talks in Switzerland on Wednesday, in a bid to improve communication despite a deepening strategic rivalry and tensions over hotspots including Taiwan. A source close to the Zurich talks said that the closed-door meeting was under way at an airport hotel in… Read More U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland

U.S., China agree to abide by the Taiwan agreement

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the “Taiwan agreement”, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing. “I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made… Read More U.S., China agree to abide by the Taiwan agreement