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.
Johnson far ahead in race to lead Britain 20 June 2019, 1:01 PM

Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary who helped lead the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign, is the runaway favourite to win a final pair of ballots on Thursday that will whittle down the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May to two candidates.

China’s Xi arrives in North Korea with senior economic official in tow 20 June 2019, 9:08 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday accompanied by a clutch of senior officials, including the head of the state economic planner, as Beijing looks to bolster North Korea and perhaps jumpstart stalled talks with Washington.

Jamal Khashoggi
US says Saudis can do more after UN Khashoggi probe 19 June 2019, 9:15 PM

A US official said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia should do more to ensure accountability over the death of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi but stopped short of blaming the crown prince after a UN probe linked him to the killing.

Agnes Callamard
Evidence suggests Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi murder: UN expert 19 June 2019, 6:05 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials should be investigated over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi since there is credible evidence they are liable for his death, a UN rights investigator said on Wednesday.

Theresa May
Boris Johnson wins key Brexit backing in Tory leadership race 19 June 2019, 2:12 PM

British leadership favourite Boris Johnson won the endorsement of a key Brexit-backing rival on Wednesday despite accusations he was softening his rhetoric on leaving the EU.

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson advances on Britain’s top job 19 June 2019, 10:00 AM

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson took a step closer to becoming Britain’s next Prime Minister on Tuesday, winning 40 percent of votes in the second round of a contest on a firm promise to leave the European Union by October 31.

Trump & Xi Jinping
Trump, Xi meeting at G20 raises hope for trade truce 19 June 2019, 6:45 AM

US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have agreed to meet at the G20 summit in Japan next week, raising hopes for a truce in the bruising trade war between the world's top two economies.

Mike Pompeo
Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on US child soldiers’ list-sources 18 June 2019, 7:01 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Hassan Rouhan
Iran says it won’t wage war while Russia tells US to stop stoking tensions 18 June 2019, 2:11 PM

President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would not wage war against any nation, while Russia told the United States it should drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East.

Boris Johnson
British PM hopefuls begin crucial week of votes 18 June 2019, 10:33 AM

The six Conservatives vying to become Britain's Prime Minister face off in the second round of voting on Tuesday, with the final pair to be decided by the end of the week.

Rescue workers searching for survivors
China earthquake kills 12, injures 134 18 June 2019, 5:44 AM

The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 12 dead and 134 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings.

A child carries a kettle while another sits on the ground
Crisis in Yemen worsening 17 June 2019, 7:23 PM

The head of the World Food Programme also reported that his organisation was being prevented from feeding the hungriest in Yemen with food assistance provided by the UN being diverted in areas controlled by the Houthi movement that is officially known as Ansar Allah.

Rescue boat
Boat with migrants sinks in Turkey 17 June 2019, 3:36 PM

Twelve people have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off southwestern Turkey.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London.
Theresa May considers meeting with Russia’s Putin at G20 summit 17 June 2019, 11:25 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this month’s G20 summit in Japan.

A destroyed building is seen from a train traveling towards a recently opened international fair in Damascus.
Rocket fire kills 12 civilians in Syria 17 June 2019, 9:25 AM

Syria's war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.

Former student leader Joshua Wong walks out from prison after being jailed for his role in the Occupy Central movement, also known as “Umbrella Movement”, in Hong Kong.
Activist Joshua Wong release adds pressure on Hong Kong leader to step down 17 June 2019, 6:41 AM

Activist Joshua Wong release comes as a political crisis in the Chinese-ruled city enters its second week, amid growing uncertainty over the fate of Carrie Lam.

A Federal Express delivery truck is shown in downtown Los Angeles, California.
China’s FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation 16 June 2019, 2:24 PM

China launched an investigation into FedEx Corp on Friday over parcels delivered to the wrong address, without giving details about the deliveries in question.

Demonstrators attempt to move metal barricades during a protest against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong.
Thousands expected to rally to demand Hong Kong leader steps down 16 June 2019, 7:55 AM

Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday to demand the city’s leader steps down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill following the most violent protests in decades.

Iran summons UK envoy over ‘unfounded’ tanker accusations 15 June 2019, 8:32 PM

Iran on Saturday summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the semi-official Students News Agency ISNA reported.

US grants Iraq another waiver to continue vital energy imports from Iran 15 June 2019, 1:22 PM

The United States (US) has granted Iraq another 90-day waiver to continue with vital energy imports from neighbouring Iran despite re-imposed sanctions, a government source said Saturday.

Mediterranean countries search for missing migrants 15 June 2019, 9:34 AM

Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants, many fleeing Syria's war, who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe.

The United States Navy search and seizure team from The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul's (DDG 74) speak to fishermen aboard a Bahraini dhow during routine maritime security operations in Arabian Sea.
Trump says ‘Iran did do it,’ as US seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks 15 June 2019, 8:05 AM

The attacks raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States over US sanctions and military moves in the Middle East.

Berlin central rail station
WWII bomb in central Berlin forces evacuation 14 June 2019, 5:47 PM

An unexploded American aerial bomb from World War II was found in central Berlin during construction work on Friday, forcing the evacuation of surrounding city blocks, police said.

Julian Assange
UK court sets Assange’s US extradition hearing for February 2020 14 June 2019, 2:55 PM

The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled on Friday.

EU says ‘Russian sources’ tried to undermine European vote 14 June 2019, 2:08 PM

The European Union said on Friday that "Russian sources" had carried out sustained disinformation efforts to suppress turnout and sway voters during the elections to the European Parliament in May.

Oil tanker
Iran denies tankers attack as tensions soar 14 June 2019, 10:30 AM

Iran dismissed as "baseless" Friday US accusations that it carried out twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring.

Brenton Tarrant
Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty 14 June 2019, 8:07 AM

The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism charges.

Damage of Saudi Arabia's Abha airport
Saudi intercepts five Yemen rebel drones in new airport attack: coalition 14 June 2019, 6:01 AM

Saudi forces on Friday intercepted five drones launched by Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels, a Riyadh-led military coalition said, in a second assault on an airport in the kingdom's southwest in two days.

Gulf of Oman oil tanker attack
US blames Iran for Gulf of Oman oil tanker attacks 14 June 2019, 5:52 AM

The United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo has blamed Iran for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday as the Security Council met in closed discussions on the matter.

Boris Johnson
Brexit hardliner Johnson tops first-round vote for British PM 13 June 2019, 4:38 PM

Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson topped the ballot by a landslide Thursday in a first-round vote for a leader to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May as the deadline for leaving the EU looms.