In regional game-changer, US seeks to sell F-35 jets to UAE

The United States has agreed to sell more than $10 billion of top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates to reward its recognition of Israel, potentially reshaping power dynamics in the turbulent region, Congress was informed Thursday. In an informal but required notification to Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration said it had approved […]

Beijing slams US for arresting Chinese ‘Fox Hunt’ agents

Relations between China and the United States are at their lowest point in years, with bitter clashes over trade, tech, the coronavirus pandemic and human rights Beijing (AFP) – China accused the United States Thursday of “ignoring basic facts” after five Chinese agents were arrested by Washington for allegedly going after Beijing’s opponents on American […]

American voters in Paris get ready for US presidential election

Politically active Americans who live in France have been registering voters, making media appearances, donating to candidates and venting to their friends in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election. In the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, votes from Americans abroad could make a difference, especially in swing […]

US drone strike kills 17 jihadists in NW Syria

The US army said Thursday it carried out a drone strike against Al-Qaeda leaders in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border, killing 17 jihadists, according to a war monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also among those killed. “US Forces conducted a strike against a group of Al-Qaeda in Syria […]

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed. The deal allows both Beijing and the Holy See a say in appointing bishops in an attempt to close […]

Parents can’t be found for 545 children separated by US border policy

The parents of 545 migrant children who were separated under US border policy cannot be located, a court filing and US rights group revealed Tuesday. The separations were carried out in relation to US President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward migrants who illegally crossed the border. “Through our litigation, we just reported to the […]

Goldman Sachs to pay US $2.8 billion over 1MDB scandal: report

Global financial titan Goldman Sachs is preparing to admit wrongdoing in the massive 1MDB Malaysian bribery scandal and pay the US government $2.8 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The deal would end the criminal probe into the corruption case involving the Malaysian government’s investment fund, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the […]

Canada extends border closure with US amid Trump’s failure to get pandemic under control

Canadian officials are regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. warily, as Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Monday announced the country is extending its border restrictions for at least another month. The restrictions had been set to expire on Wednesday, after an agreement with the U.S. to suspend nonessential travel between the two countries […]

EU-US alliance ‘on life support’ after four years of Trump

Back in 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Donald Trump’s victory with an extraordinary warning: that she would work with the US president on the condition that he respect democratic values. Things did not improve from there. Four years later, Trump’s abrasive foreign policy moves, often unveiled in all-caps tweets, have alienated not just Germany […]

Top US general: Afghanistan withdrawal still ‘conditions-based’

The US withdrawal of more troops from Afghanistan will depend on a reduction in violence and other conditions agreed in February with the Taliban, the Pentagon’s top general said in an interview broadcast Monday. Five days after President Donald Trump said he wants US forces “home by Christmas,” Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley stressed […]

Climate emergency activist Greta Thunberg endorses Joe Biden in rare political tweet

Climate emergency activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday endorsed Democrat Joe Biden, urging climate voters to make their voices heard in the US presidential election. “Fridays For Future and the youth climate movement are striking again around the world, in a safe way and following Covid-19 guidelines, to demand those in power treat this like the […]

Hurricane Delta lashes Mexico, heads towards US

Hurricane Delta regained strength as it headed towards the United States early Thursday after lashing Mexico’s Caribbean coast, where some tourists complained about conditions in crowded emergency shelters during a pandemic. There were widespread power outages after Delta slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula in southeast Mexico as a Category 2 storm, toppling trees and ripping […]

Mexico mobilizes military as major hurricane approaches

Mexico announced Tuesday the deployment of thousands of soldiers as an “extremely dangerous” hurricane barreled towards the Yucatan Peninsula, home to some of the country’s top tourist resorts. Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified in the Caribbean to reach Category 4 status, the second-highest, and was on course to hit southeastern Mexico early on Wednesday, US forecasters […]

‘A perfect storm’: Experts worry as QAnon conspiracies go global — posing ‘an incredible threat to public health’

Powered by fear, anger and big tech’s algorithms, the QAnon conspiracy movement has exploded from the US political fringe into the global mainstream during the pandemic. Its influence can be seen at anti-lockdown and anti-mask rallies from Los Angeles, to London, Berlin and Melbourne — with protesters warning, without evidence, that the pandemic is a […]

Here’s what you need to know about Regeneron — President Trump’s Covid-19 treatment

President Donald Trump was treated Friday for Covid-19 with a high-dose of the experimental antibody drug developed by the US biotech firm Regeneron. What is it, how far along are its clinical trials, and why do some experts disagree with using a medicine before it’s been approved? Here’s what you need to know. Regeneron’s treatment, […]

Kim Jong Un ‘offered his sympathy’ after Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a message to Donald Trump after the US president’s diagnosis with coronavirus, wishing him a quick recovery, state media said Saturday. “He offered his sympathy to the president and the first lady,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. “He sincerely hoped that they would be recovered […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro hits back at Biden over rainforest

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out Wednesday at US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after he criticized the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in his first debate with Donald Trump. “As the head of state who has brought Brazil-US relations closer than ever before, after decades of governments that were unfriendly towards the US, it […]