Trump renews criticism of Japan-US alliance before G20 summit

27 June 2019, 6:06 AM
US President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of the US-Japan security alliance, the linchpin of Tokyo's security policies, ahead of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week.
US accused of economic terrorism against Iran 26 June 2019, 9:17 PM

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) has accused the United States of economic terrorism against his country and military adventurism in the Persian Gulf during a meeting of the Security Council in New York.

500 days to the US Election: Primary debates to kick off 26 June 2019, 7:45 PM

With just under 500 days until Election Day in the United States, the first of several Democratic primary debates kicks off in Miami Florida in what is already the largest presidential field in history.

Jeremy Hunt
Britain’s Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson’s “do or die” Brexit pledge 26 June 2019, 3:52 PM

Jeremy Hunt took aim at Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, saying his rival in the race to become prime minister could destroy the Conservative government and stop Brexit from happening.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US, says Rouhani 26 June 2019, 1:31 PM

Iran "never seeks war" with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani said as he sought to rein in soaring tensions on Wednesday between the two countries.

Trump threatens ‘obliteration,’ Iran calls White House ‘mentally retarded’ 26 June 2019, 6:25 AM

US President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American,” in a new war of words with Iran which condemned fresh US sanctions on Tehran as “mentally retarded.”

UN report challenges governments to revisit family policies 25 June 2019, 9:15 PM

“Around the world, we are witnessing concerted efforts to deny women’s agency and their right to make their own decisions in the name of protecting family values.” That was the message delivered by the Head of UN Women at the launch the organisation’s flagship report ‘Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020.’

Iran vows to ditch more nuclear curbs in war of words with US 25 June 2019, 6:31 PM

Iran said Tuesday it will further free itself from the 2015 nuclear deal in defiance of new American sanctions as US President Donald Trump warned the Islamic republic of "overwhelming" retaliation for any attacks.

Trump warns of ‘overwhelming’ retaliation to any Iranian attack 25 June 2019, 5:32 PM

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Iran that an attack on US interests would trigger an "overwhelming" response and could bring "obliteration."

Jamal Khashoggi
‘Urgent’ need for international probe on Khashoggi killing: fiancee 25 June 2019, 2:10 PM

The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday appealed for an international investigation into his "premeditated" killing amid evidence of high-level Saudi involvement.

US national security adviser John Bolton talks to reporters at the White House in Washington
Bolton says Iran silence on US talks offer ‘deafening’ 25 June 2019, 12:07 PM

The United States imposed sanctions on Iran's supreme leader and others, which the Iranian foreign ministry said meant a "permanent closure of the path to diplomacy" with the US administration.

Boris Johnson
UK’s Johnson admits needing EU support in event of no-deal Brexit 25 June 2019, 11:07 AM

Boris Johnson, the favourite to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May, has acknowledged that London would need cooperation from the European Union to cushion potential shocks in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Authorities inside the Manus Island refugee camp in Papua New Guinea walk around the camp serving deportation notices to detainees.
Papua New Guinea demands end to Australia refugee contract 25 June 2019, 9:48 AM

Papua New Guinea's prime minister demanded that Australia must end or completely rework a controversial multi-million dollar contract to manage refugees stuck in tropical island camps.

A drone
Iran calls on the UN to defuse tensions with the US 25 June 2019, 6:32 AM

Iran has called on the United Nations Secretary General to use his good offices to bring together regional powers in order to defuse tensions with the United States.

US President Donald Trump displays an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US
Trump puts sanctions on Iranian supreme leader 25 June 2019, 5:29 AM

Donald Trump said the sanctions “will deny the Iranian Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”

Belgium arrests man suspected of plotting attack against US embassy 24 June 2019, 7:05 PM

Belgian counter-terror police have arrested a man suspected of plotting an attack against the US embassy in Brussels, federal prosecutors said Monday.

A cyber attack turned out the lights on 80,000. What can stop them?
Iran denies being hit by US cyber attack 24 June 2019, 8:52 AM

US media on Saturday said Washington launched cyber-attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network this week after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone.

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), greets supporters at a rally of in Beylikduzu district, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Turkey’s opposition strikes a blow to Erdogan 24 June 2019, 5:59 AM

Turkey’s opposition has dealt President Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election.

Iran flags
Iran warns war would spread across Gulf, threaten US troops 23 June 2019, 3:17 PM

Any conflict in the Gulf region may spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of US troops, a senior Iranian military commander said on Sunday after US President Donald Trump said he would impose further sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

US conducted cyber-attack on Iran in response to drone downing: report 23 June 2019, 10:49 AM

The United States launched cyber-attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to US media reports.

Donald Trump
Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats 23 June 2019, 7:47 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids for two weeks as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues.

Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping greeting each other
Kim, Xi agree to grow ties whatever the external situation 22 June 2019, 5:53 PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and China’s President Xi Jinping reached a consensus on “important issues,” and agreed to build on their countries’ friendly relations “whatever the international situation,” North Korean state media reported.

UK finalists
UK leadership race finalists woo Tory grassroots 22 June 2019, 9:46 AM

Britain's leadership contest starts a month-long nationwide tour on Saturday as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt each seek to win over grassroots Conservatives in their bid to become Prime Minister.

US drone shot down
Trump has confirmed calling off planned retaliation against Iran 22 June 2019, 6:21 AM

In a series of early morning tweets, United States President Donald Trump has confirmed that he called off a planned retaliatory strike against Iran, calling the planned attack disproportionate after Tehran earlier shot down an unmanned American surveillance drone.

Pansy Tlakula to serve on UN Committee against racism 21 June 2019, 8:48 PM

South Africa's candidate to serve on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Pansy Tlakula, has been elected to a four-year term.

Oyub Titiev
Freed Russian rights advocate says he won’t return to job in Chechnya 21 June 2019, 4:37 PM

A prominent Russian human rights advocate jailed on charges his supporters say were trumped up walked free on Friday, but said he would not return to his work in Chechnya because he felt the risk to his staff there would be too great.

A climate change protester is escorted out after interrupting a speech during the annual Mansion House dinner in London
UK junior minister suspended after grappling with eco-protester 21 June 2019, 1:55 PM

A junior foreign office minister has was suspended pending an investigation after grabbing a female demonstrator by the neck and pushing her when a climate-change protest interrupted a speech by Britain's finance minister.

Albert del Rosario
Philippine’s ex-foreign minister denied entry to Hong Kong: lawyer 21 June 2019, 9:35 AM

Philippine's former foreign minister Albert del Rosario, a critic of Beijing's claims to the disputed South China Sea, was denied entry to Hong Kong on Friday and deported, his lawyer said.

Protestors Hong Kong
Thousands converge on Hong Kong parliament in fresh anti-govt demo 21 June 2019, 6:52 AM

Thousands of black-clad protesters blocked a highway outside Hong Kong's parliament on Friday, demanding the resignation of the city's pro-Beijing leader over a controversial extradition proposal that has sparked the territory's biggest political crisis in decades.

Xenophobia still a huge concern as UN marks World Refugee Day 20 June 2019, 6:32 PM

As the world marks World Refugee Day, a reminder that xenophobia is still common and South Africa is no exception.

Ismail Haniya
Hamas rejects Bahrain conference that ‘normalises’ Israel ties 20 June 2019, 5:01 PM

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said Thursday his Palestinian movement rejected next week's US-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Bahrain as it would amount to Arab "normalisation" of ties with Israel.