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.
Who will succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister? 13 June 2019, 3:20 PM

The seven contenders left in the race to replace Theresa May as Britain's prime minister take different stances on Brexit.

Katherine Johnson
NASA renames street for ‘hidden’ black women mathematicians 13 June 2019, 12:09 PM

NASA has renamed the street outside its Washington headquarters to honour three black female mathematicians whose pioneering work on the agency's early space program was chronicled in the film "Hidden Figures".

Hong Kong shuts government offices, security tight after violent protests 13 June 2019, 8:13 AM

On Thursday a few hundred protesters milled around with some sorting their supplies of face masks and food as a widespread clean-up around the city’s legislature took place.

Donald Trump in the White House
Trump says he would consider foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent 13 June 2019, 6:07 AM

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would be willing to accept information from a foreign country on his opponent in the 2020 election race.

Donald Trump Jr
Donald Trump Jr meets with US senators for fresh grilling 12 June 2019, 6:21 PM

Donald Trump Jr returned to Congress Wednesday to face questions likely to focus on his contacts with Russians, as the president's eldest son insisted he has "nothing to correct" from his 2017 testimony.

Shinzo Abe and Hassan Rouhani
Iran wants Japan’s Abe to mediate over US oil sanctions: Officials 12 June 2019, 6:00 PM

Iran wants Japan to help diffuse ongoing tensions between Tehran and Washington. Tehran says it will ask s Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to facilitate negotiations in a bid to ease oil sanctions imposed by the United States against the oil-rich country.

President Trump addressing the media
Trump inadvertently reveals more of US-Mexico migrant deal 12 June 2019, 12:22 PM

US President Donald Trump has accidentally revealed a deal with Mexico in which the Latin American country agrees to take stronger legal action to halt Central American migrants if the country's initial efforts to stem the flow fail to show results in 45 days.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Successor to long-time Kazakh ruler is sworn in as president 12 June 2019, 12:07 PM

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the hand-picked successor to Kazakhstan's longtime ruler, was inaugurated as president Wednesday after winning an election marred by a police crackdown and slammed by foreign monitors for "voting irregularities".

The Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson
The Elders Chair concerned about Trump’s ‘poor leadership’ 12 June 2019, 5:47 AM

“The problem is much wider than President Donald Trump but his poor leadership is aggravating the problem.” That was the concern expressed by the Chair of The Elders, Mary Robinson, as the group highlighted their concerns around the erosion of multilateralism during a visit to the United Nations (UN).

China resource evaluation
China launches survey on earth’s mineral resources 11 June 2019, 4:23 PM

China launched a survey of rare earth resources in seven regions on Monday, the China Securities Journal reported on Tuesday, amid speculation Beijing may curb exports of the materials to the United States.

Mexico eyes Brazil for US asylum deal as Trump revives tariff threat 11 June 2019, 6:00 AM

Mexico and the United States may explore additional steps in July to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, with the threat of tariffs hanging over Mexico if it does not do enough to satisfy US demands, officials said on Monday.

Kim Jong Un
North Korea may be cutting back on public executions: report 10 June 2019, 7:08 PM

North Korea continues to carry out state killings as a way of intimidating its citizens, campaigners said Tuesday, although the number of executions may be declining in the face of mounting international pressure.

Jeremy Hunt
UK PM candidate Hunt says: EU will do a new Brexit deal with me 10 June 2019, 2:37 PM

Jeremy Hunt, one of the leading candidates vying to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, said he would leave the European Union without a deal but with a heavy heart and that he hoped the bloc would engage with a new British leader.

No expansion yet of US-Mexico asylum program after Trump deal 10 June 2019, 12:23 PM

United States-bound asylum seekers are not yet being sent back to additional Mexican border towns to wait processing after a deal on Friday called for the program to be immediately extended to the whole border, three Mexican officials said.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Kazakhstan vote showed ‘scant respect’ for democracy: observers 10 June 2019, 11:38 AM

A presidential election in Kazakhstan won by the hand-picked successor to the country's long time ruler showed little respect for democracy, foreign monitors said on Monday.

Theresa May
Race to replace May gets underway 10 June 2019, 5:58 AM

Around a dozen British Conservative MPs will formally throw their hats into the ring on Monday in the fight to replace Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister, with her former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson seen as the runaway favourite.

Protesters in the street
Political crisis builds in Hong Kong after huge protest against extradition law 9 June 2019, 7:59 PM

Hong Kong was plunged into afresh political crisis on Sunday after several hundred thousand people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

Kazakhs hold first presidential vote without three-decade strongman on ballot 9 June 2019, 6:40 AM

Kazakhs went to the polls Sunday to elect their first new leader in 30 years following the departure of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev with his handpicked successor set for victory.

Donald Trump waving to photojournalists
US and Mexico to work on migration issue 8 June 2019, 4:13 PM

US President Donald Trump says a deal struck to avert tariffs on Mexico will work if America's Southern neighbour plays its part in cracking down on migration across the border.

Ivan Golunov
Investigative journalist hospitalized 8 June 2019, 3:05 PM

Russian police said Saturday that an investigative journalist, facing drug charges in a case, supporters say is trumped-up has been taken to a Moscow hospital after he fell ill in custody.

Maithripala Sirisena
Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe 8 June 2019, 10:45 AM

Sri Lanka's president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.

US, Mexico hammer out last-minute deal to curb migration, avoid tariffs 8 June 2019, 6:42 AM

The United States and Mexico reached an 11th-hour deal late Friday to crack down on migration from Central America, with President Donald Trump relenting on threats to slap potentially devastating tariffs on the neighboring country.

Facebook to cut off Huawei to comply with US sanctions 7 June 2019, 9:58 PM

Facebook said Friday it would cut off Huawei from its popular social networking apps to comply with US sanctions, further isolating the Chinese tech giant considered a national security threat by Washington.

Arrested Western investors are presumed innocent: Putin 7 June 2019, 6:29 PM

President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Western investors arrested in Russia were innocent until proven guilty, and added that security services might be interfering too much in business matters.

US and Russia blame each other for near collision in East China Sea 7 June 2019, 2:40 PM

Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in the East China Sea on Friday with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behaviour.

British Prime Minister Theresa May cries as she makes a statement, at Downing Street in London
Where Theresa May went wrong 7 June 2019, 10:02 AM

Despite the close result in the referendum -- voters backed Brexit by 52 to 48% – Theresa May is accused of doing little to try to unite Britons.

Leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage is pictured outside the BBC building, following the results of the European Parliament.
Brexit Party fails to win first seat in UK by-election 7 June 2019, 6:14 AM

Friday's result is a setback for the Brexit Party -- founded by Eurosceptic figurehead Anti-European Union populist Nigel Farage only a few months ago.

Brazil's Economy Minister Paulo Guedes speaks during a seminar about pension reform bill in Brasilia
Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Mercosur will soon sign EU trade deal 7 June 2019, 5:20 AM

Brazil said the Mercosur bloc of South American countries will soon sign a trade deal with the European Union.

Thousands of Hong Kong lawyers march against China extradition plans 6 June 2019, 3:45 PM

Thousands of black-clad Hong Kong lawyers took to the streets Thursday in a silent march against a controversial extradition law proposal, as the city's last colonial governor slammed the plan as "a terrible blow".

Trump arrives in France for D-Day commemorations 6 June 2019, 12:03 PM

United States (US) President Donald Trump arrived in northern France on Thursday for a second day of ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings by Allied troops.