Australian PM Scott Morrison heads for Quad meeting amid submarine deal row

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday departed for Washington to meet with leaders of the Quad grouping amid criticism over his government’s decision to abandon a $40 billion submarine deal with France. Australia last week said it would scrap a deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would… Read More Australian PM Scott Morrison heads for Quad meeting amid submarine deal row

France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France has cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said. Parly personally took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with British… Read More France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

U.S. to withhold $130million military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt to pressure its Arab ally to improve its human rights record, two sources familiar with the matter, including a U.S. official, said. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s move will be a break with his predecessors’ policy of overriding a congressional check on… Read More U.S. to withhold $130million military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

U.S. forces intercept rockets fired at Kabul airport

U.S. anti-missile defences intercepted as many as five rockets that were fired at Kabul’s airport early on Monday morning, a U.S. official said, as the United States rushed to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan to end its longest war. U.S. and allied forces are hurrying to evacuate their remaining citizens and at-risk Afghans before completing… Read More U.S. forces intercept rockets fired at Kabul airport

U.S. Supreme Court rejects President Biden’s bid to rescind Trump-era immigration policy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied President Joe Biden’s bid to rescind an immigration policy implemented by his predecessor, Donald Trump, that forced thousands of asylum seekers to stay in Mexico awaiting U.S. hearings. The court, with three liberal justices dissenting, rejected the Biden administration’s effort to block a Texas-based judge’s ruling requiring the… Read More U.S. Supreme Court rejects President Biden’s bid to rescind Trump-era immigration policy

U.S. enlists commercial airlines to aid in Afghanistan evacuation

The United States has enlisted the help of six commercial airlines to help transport people after their evacuation from Afghanistan as Washington seeks to step up the pace of departures of Americans and at-risk Afghans from Kabul. The Pentagon said on Sunday it called up 18 civilian aircraft from United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air… Read More U.S. enlists commercial airlines to aid in Afghanistan evacuation

British PM Boris Johnson urges U.S. President Joe Biden to extend Afghan evacuation deadline

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge U.S. President Joe Biden this week to extend the evacuation deadline from Afghanistan, but even if one is agreed, the West will also need the approval of the Taliban, a defence minister said. Johnson will host a virtual meeting of leaders from the Group of Seven advanced economies… Read More British PM Boris Johnson urges U.S. President Joe Biden to extend Afghan evacuation deadline

U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban police, leaders over protests crackdown

The United States imposed sanctions on the Cuban police force and two of its leaders on Friday in response to the Havana government’s crackdown on protesters as President Joe Biden prepared to meet Cuban American leaders at the White House. The U.S. Treasury Department said the sanctions were a reaction to “actions to suppress peaceful,… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban police, leaders over protests crackdown