Iran, Argentina submit applications to join BRICS group

Iran, which holds the world’s second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that Beijing and Moscow cast as a powerful emerging market alternative to the West. The term BRIC was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 to describe the startling… Read More Iran, Argentina submit applications to join BRICS group

China’s President Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of city’s handover

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover to mainland China, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday. The trip will be Xi’s first known visit outside mainland China since January 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak. He will also attend the inaugural ceremony of the sixth-term government… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of city’s handover

Russian forces fire missiles at airport near Ukrainian city of Lviv

Russia fired missiles at an airport near Lviv on Friday, a city where hundreds of thousands found refuge far from Ukraine’s battlefields, as Moscow tries to regain the initiative in its stalled campaign against Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden was due to talk with Chinese president Xi Jinping later on Friday, in an attempt to… Read More Russian forces fire missiles at airport near Ukrainian city of Lviv

U.S. President Joe Biden to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Ukraine crisis tensions

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday as Western nations warned a war in Ukraine could ignite at any moment. Putin requested the telephone call between the leaders to take place on Monday, a White House official said, but Biden wanted to conduct it sooner as Washington detailed… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Ukraine crisis tensions

U.S. urges citizens to leave Ukraine over fears of Russian invasion

The United States and its allies urged their citizens to leave Ukraine right away to avoid a Russian invasion, including a possible air assault, that Washington said on Friday could occur anytime. Moscow accused Western nations of spreading lies to distract from their own aggressive acts. The United States and Europe stepped up their warnings… Read More U.S. urges citizens to leave Ukraine over fears of Russian invasion

Tribunal says Chinese President Xi Jinping primarily responsible for Uyghur genocide

An unofficial tribunal of lawyers and campaigners said Chinese President Xi Jinping bore primary responsibility for what it said was genocide, crimes against humanity and torture of Uyghurs and members of other minorities in the Xinjiang region. China dismissed the tribunal, which is headed by British lawyer Geoffrey Nice and has no powers of sanction… Read More Tribunal says Chinese President Xi Jinping primarily responsible for Uyghur genocide

China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa