North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) on Monday from an airport in its capital city of Pyongyang, South Korea’s military reported, the fourth test this month to demonstrate its expanding missile arsenal. Japan also reported the launch, with chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno condemning it as a threat to peace and security… Read More North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea fired at least two ballistic missiles on Friday, its third test in less than two weeks, just hours after criticising a U.S. push for new sanctions over the previous launches as a “provocation” and warning of a strong reaction. Two weeks of missile launches by North Korea, retaliatory sanctions designations by the United… Read More North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

U.S. imposes human rights sanctions on China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh

The United States on Friday imposed extensive human rights-related sanctions on dozens of people and entities tied to China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh, and added Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime Group to an investment blacklist. Canada and the United Kingdom joined the United States in imposing sanctions related to human rights abuses in Myanmar,… Read More U.S. imposes human rights sanctions on China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh

U.S. President Joe Biden holds virtual meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

U.S. President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday the West would impose “strong economic and other measures” on Russia if it invades Ukraine, while Putin demanded guarantees NATO would not expand further eastward. The two leaders held two hours of virtual talks on Ukraine and other disputes in a video call about… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden holds virtual meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

U.S. jury convicts three white men for murder of Ahmaud Arbery

Three white men were convicted of murder on Wednesday for chasing and shooting Ahmaud Arbery as the Black man ran through their neighborhood, with a Georgia jury rejecting a self-defense claim in a trial that once again probed America’s divisive issues of race and guns. The verdicts were delivered by the jury of one Black… Read More U.S. jury convicts three white men for murder of Ahmaud Arbery

U.S. invites Taiwan to its democracy summit

The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday, a move that infuriated China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory. The first-of-its-kind gathering is a test of President Joe Biden’s assertion, announced in his first foreign policy address in… Read More U.S. invites Taiwan to its democracy summit

U.S. President Joe Biden to meet with African leaders in 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a meeting with leaders from Africa in 2022 which would focus on building global partnerships and alliances, the White House said in a statement on Friday. The second U.S./Africa leaders summit will “serve as an opportunity to collaborate with African counterparts on key areas the United States and Africa… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to meet with African leaders in 2022

U.S., Britain and Canada impose sanctions on several Nicaraguans over alleged rigged election

The United States, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Nicaraguan officials on Monday in a concerted response to an election that many countries have denounced as rigged in favor of President Daniel Ortega. The Biden administration slapped punitive measures on nine Nicaraguans, while the UK targeted eight, including Vice President Rosario Murillo, Ortega’s wife, considered… Read More U.S., Britain and Canada impose sanctions on several Nicaraguans over alleged rigged election