US and Taliban hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

Officials say senior Taliban members and US representatives should hold talks about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and facilitating the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country Through KATHY GANNON and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press October 9, 2021, 4:49 am • 4 minutes reading Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article ISLAMABAD — … Read more

French ambassador returns to Canberra to ‘redefine’ relations with Australia after submarine dispute

France says its ambassador to Australia will return to Canberra after being withdrawn last month in retaliation for a federal government decision to scrap a $90 billion submarine deal. Most important points: Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault was recalled to France last month He is sent back to redefine France’s relationship with Australia Attempts by Australian ministers … Read more

Washington welcomes news of direct talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The United States welcomes news of direct communications between longtime Middle Eastern rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, a Biden administration official told CNBC on Monday, at a time when tensions are high in the region and Iran has a newly elected government. The West does not shy away from expressing … Read more

First official EgyptAir flight lands at Israel airport

An EgyptAir jet has landed in Tel Aviv, making the Egyptian flag carrier’s first official direct flight since the two countries signed a landmark 1979 peace treaty. ThroughThe Associated Press October 3, 2021, 19:32 • 2 minutes reading Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article JERUSALEM – Egypt’s flag carrier made its first official direct … Read more

N Korea says it fired anti-aircraft missile, fourth recent test

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Friday it has fired a new anti-aircraft missile, the fourth weapons launch in recent weeks, which experts say is part of a strategy to get relief from economic sanctions and win other concessions. South Korea, Japan and the United States typically confirm North Korean ballistic missile launches, which … Read more

EU, Australia trade negotiations subcommittee postponed amid controversy

Australia abruptly canceled a डलर 1 billion deal last month for 12 French submarines, opting to buy nuclear-powered US-designed ships instead. A European official confirmed on Friday that a lengthy planned round of Australia-EU free trade talks had been postponed following outrage over Canberra’s decision to scrap a French submarine deal. “We understand the French … Read more

Blinken tries to patch up tires on a trip to France after furore from submarines

President Emmanuel Macron, seen at a dinner at the Elysee Palace on September 30, 2021, the French ambassador returned to Washington after talks with his counterpart Joe Biden US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will promise better communications with France next week during a trip to Paris, where officials are still mourning the cancellation of … Read more

The transatlantic relationship descends into a food fight – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Brace yourself for the next superpower showdown across the Atlantic. This time, the ideological clash is all about how we grow our food. In the race to reduce the damage agriculture is doing to the climate, the EU and the US are moving towards a deadlock over how … Read more

North Korea claims to have tested a hypersonic missile

North Korea has successfully tested a new hypersonic glide missile, state media reported Wednesday on what will be the nation’s latest progress in nuclear technology. Tuesday’s launch was of “great strategic importance,” according to the official Korean Central News Agency, with the North seeking to increase its defense capabilities “a thousandfold.” The launch from Zhangjiang … Read more

US officials: Biden aide meets Saudi crown prince in Yemen

WASHINGTON – Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, will travel to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the US tries to push for a ceasefire in the years-long war between the kingdom and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Sullivan will be Biden’s top government official to visit … Read more

Arrests, rages and court battles – the case of Meng Wanzhou

Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, walked out of the courtroom in August after an extradition hearing. The arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver on a US warrant in 2018, sparked an unprecedented dispute between Beijing and Ottawa after China detained two Canadians. Here are the key dates in the case: … Read more

Macron and Biden agree to ease tensions after submarine fight

Macron has not planned a similar meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, an Elysee official said US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke on Wednesday for the first time since a row over the sale of submarines to Australia, promising to restore confidence damaged by what Paris saw as treason. … Read more

Press Macron Biden on the submarine snub for ‘explanation’

President Emmanuel Macron was angry at Australia’s decision to reject the 2016 agreement to buy submarines from France. President Emmanuel Macron will press his US counterpart Joe Biden for an “explanation” on Wednesday when the two leaders will speak for the first time since a dispute erupted over the sale of the submarine to Australia, … Read more

France builds EU support in the sub-line, but some warn against a US crackdown

European allies gathered cautiously around France on Tuesday after the United States and Australia decided to scrap a submarine supply deal, but some warned the dispute would not torpedo trade talks. Angry France has accused the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom of working behind the scenes to negotiate an AUKUS defense agreement and … Read more

France wins EU support in submarine row

SOUNDBITE On the margins of the UN General Assembly, European Union diplomatic chief Josep Borrell says EU ministers have “expressed clear solidarity with France” after Australia signed a multi-billion dollar contract for French submarines last week. instead of opting for US nuclear weapons. powered as part of a new triple alliance with Washington and London. … Read more

The United States is set to lift travel bans on vaccinated passengers

1 The United States has made a significant change in easing travel bans imposed by Donald Trump since the outbreak of the Kovid 1 pandemic a month ago. The United States announced Monday that it will lift the Covid travel ban on all air travelers in November if they have been fully vaccinated and have … Read more

US ends travel ban on vaccinated passengers

The easing of travel restrictions imposed 18 months ago by Donald Trump when the Covid-19 pandemic first broke out marks a major shift by the US The United States announced Monday that it will lift the Covid travel ban on all airline passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated, tested and undergo contact tracing. … Read more

We don’t give up, and neither does the West – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article ROME — The war of the West in Afghanistan is far from over. That was the central message of the Afghan ambassador to Italy, Khaled Ahmad Zekriya, during a recent interview at the country’s embassy in Rome. Western troops may have withdrawn from the country, he said, but … Read more

France calls Australia-US submarine deal ‘huge mistake’

France’s ambassador to Australia has described Australia’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favor of a US deal as a “major mistake”, in an unprecedented display of anger among the Allies Through ROD McGUIRK Associated Press September 18, 2021, 10:55 AM • 4 minutes reading Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, … Read more

World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming: UN chief

With warming of 1.1°C to date, the world has seen a torrent of deadly weather disasters exacerbated by climate change in recent months. A failure to cut global emissions will put the world on a “catastrophic” path to 2.7 degrees Celsius warming, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Friday, just weeks before climate talks were set … Read more

Allegations of favoring China could erode confidence in IMF chief

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has seen confidence in her leadership wane over allegations she pressured staff to manipulate a World Bank flagship report to help China A storm of controversy threatens to undermine Kristalina Georgieva’s leadership at the IMF as pundits, US lawmakers and the Treasury Department scrutinize her actions in a former senior position … Read more

2 charged with murder of N-Irish journalist Lyra McKee

Police have charged two men with the murder of Lyra McKee, a journalist who was shot dead while covering the Londonderry riots in 2019. ThroughThe Associated Press September 17, 2021, 1:30 PM • 2 minutes reading Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article LONDON — Two men appeared in court Friday in connection with the … Read more

Astle is set to thwart China’s claim to join the trade deal

Trade Minister Dan Tehan says Australia opposes China’s bid to join a major trade deal until it stops trade strikes against Australian exports and resumes the minister’s liaison with the Morrison government. China on Thursday formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the world’s largest trade agreement – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). … Read more

‘That Guy Down Under’ – Aussies cringe as Biden seems to forget the PM’s name – POLITICO

SYDNEY — Pal. Colleague Down Under. Hey you. Sure, Washington, London and Canberra just signed huge new defense pact. But what Australians are talking about is that US President Joe Biden seems to forget the name of their prime minister. Biden announced AUKUS’ new military alliance with Britain and Australia at a press conference on … Read more