’30 years of blah blah blah’: Greta Thunberg questions Italy climate talks

By Stephen Jewkes and Giulio Piovaccari MILAN (Reuters) -Greta Thunberg and fellow youth campaigners struck a sceptical tone for this week’s climate talks in Italy, saying much has been promised but little done to tackle global warming in almost three decades since the landmark Earth Summit. Fears that climate change is worsening grew after a […]

Republican senators slam release of Huawei’s Meng

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said on Saturday the release of Huawei’s finance chief raised serious questions about President Joe Biden’s ability to confront the threat posed by the technology giant and the Chinese Communist Party. Rubio, in a text message to Reuters, called on the Biden Administration to brief Congress urgently on […]

China welcomes Huawei executive home, but silent on freed Canadians

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese state media welcomed telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, back to the “motherland” on Saturday, after more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Canada, on what they called unfounded charges of bank fraud. But they have kept silent about Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians released […]

Taiwan says ‘risk’ to its Trans-Pacific trade pact bid if China joins first

By Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee TAIPEI (Reuters) -There is a “risk” to Taiwan’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) if China joins first, Taiwan’s government said on Thursday, flagging a potential political roadblock. Taiwan formally applied to join on Wednesday, less than a week after China, the world’s […]

Trump claims to know more about war than ‘dope’ Gen. Milley: ‘I understand this stuff better than anybody’

Former President Donald Trump said this week that the man who he appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a “dope.” During an interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Trump responded to reports that Milley had assured China that he would give an advanced warning if the then-president tried to start a […]

Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022

MANILA (Reuters) -Boxing star Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he will run for president of the Philippines next year, after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s cozy relationship with China. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his political allies during the national assembly of the faction he leads in the […]

Australia shrugs off China anger on nuclear subs

Australia on Friday shrugged off Chinese anger over its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, while vowing to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where Beijing has staked hotly contested claims. US President Joe Biden announced the new Australia-US-Britain defense alliance on Wednesday, extending US nuclear submarine technology to Australia as well […]

Trump continues attacking ‘weak and ineffective’ Mark Milley for telling ‘sick and demented’ stories about him

Donald Trump appears to be greatly troubled by bombshell new reports on his administration that were published by The Washington Post on Tuesday. “Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to […]

US climate envoy Kerry visits Japan, China for talks on emissions

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry arrived in Tokyo for talks on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on cooperation on carbon emissions and cutting support for fossil fuels, especially coal, before heading to China tonight. Talks in the two Asian economic powerhouses will be “to engage with international counterparts on efforts […]

Rubio wants Biden to block TikTok in the US after Chinese government stake in subsidiary of parent company

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republican Senator Marco Rubio urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to block short-form video app TikTok in the United States after China took an ownership stake in a key subsidiary of ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of TikTok. The Biden administration in June withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders […]

China ready for ‘friendly relations’ with Taliban, welcomes Afghan development projects

China is ready to deepen “friendly and cooperative” relations with Afghanistan, a government spokeswoman said Monday, after the Taliban seized control of the country. Beijing has sought to maintain unofficial ties with the Taliban throughout the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which spurred an advance by the Islamist hardliners across the country that saw them capture […]

Analysis: As Taliban advances, China lays groundwork to accept an awkward reality

By Yew Lun Tian BEIJING (Reuters) – A series of photos published last month by Chinese state media of Foreign Minister Wang Yi standing shoulder to shoulder with visiting Taliban official decked out in traditional tunic and turban raised eyebrows on the country’s social media. Since then, China’s propaganda machinery has quietly begun preparing its […]

Rocked by sexual assault allegation, Alibaba launches investigation, suspends several staff

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Sunday it has suspended several staff following an employee’s allegations on the company’s intranet that she was sexually assaulted by her boss and a client. The woman’s account, published via an eleven-page PDF that went on to circulate widely online, prompted a social […]

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Olympics-Biles to compete in balance beam, Belarus athlete enters Polish embassy

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Karolos Grohmann and Amy Tennery TOKYO (Reuters) -Simon Biles will compete in the balance beam competition, officials said on Monday, in what would be the U.S. superstar gymnast’s last chance for gold in Tokyo after pulling out of other events citing mental health issues. Biles, who shocked the world last week when […]

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How summer of 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather

A succession of record-breaking natural disasters have swept the globe in recent weeks. There have been serious floods in China and western Europe, heatwaves and drought in North America and wildfires in the sub-Arctic. An annual report on the UK’s weather indicates extreme events are becoming commonplace in the country’s once mild climate. August 2020 […]

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US condemns ‘harassment’ of foreign journalists covering fatal floods in China

The United States is “deeply concerned” over the harassment and intimidation of foreign correspondents covering deadly floods in China, a State Department spokesman said Thursday. His remarks came less than 24 hours after Beijing accused the BBC of broadcasting “fake news” about last week’s devastating flooding in the central province of Henan, and as the […]

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Warning signs for global recovery as Delta dims outlook

(Corrects ratio in final paragraph to copper/gold) By Saikat Chatterjee and Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) -A drubbing in world equity markets and a huge flight to safety into U.S. Treasuries this week suggests investors now doubt that a much-anticipated return to post-COVID normality is feasible any time soon. Data from the United States and China, […]

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