US Secretary lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan

Reading Time: 2 minutes US Secretary lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan The United States of America Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a press conference at the state department said the US-Taiwan relationship should not be “shackled”. The US is lifting long-standing restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. The “self-imposed…… Continue reading US Secretary lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan

Boris Johnson says ‘Strong possibility’ of no Brexit trade deal with EU

Reading Time: 3 minutes Boris Johnson says there is a “strong possibility” the UK will fail to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. Speaking for the first time since a crunch meeting in Brussels, the PM said “now is the time” for firms and people to prepare for a no deal outcome. Talks continue between the two…… Continue reading Boris Johnson says ‘Strong possibility’ of no Brexit trade deal with EU

Brexit Trade talk reaches ‘critical stage’ – UK government

Reading Time: 3 minutes The UK government has said talks with the EU on reaching a post-Brexit trade deal have reached a “critical stage”. With time running out, the two sides are still arguing over fishing rights and business competition rules. Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen have been discussing the state of negotiations -…… Continue reading Brexit Trade talk reaches ‘critical stage’ – UK government

Canada introduces Bill C-15 to apply UN Indigenous rights declaration

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada has introduced legislation to implement a United Nations declaration that outlines and protects the rights of Indigenous peoples around the world, a move that was welcomed as an “important step”. In a news conference on Thursday alongside Indigenous leaders, Justice Minister David Lametti outlined Bill C-15, which aims to get Canadian laws in line…… Continue reading Canada introduces Bill C-15 to apply UN Indigenous rights declaration

Iranian security official accuses Israel of killing Fakhrizadeh remotely

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tehran, Iran – Israel assassinated a top Iranian nuclear scientist using remote-controlled technology, a senior Iranian security official alleged on Monday. “Unfortunately, the operation was very complicated and was done using electronic equipment and no [perpetrators] were at the scene,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told reporters during the burial ceremony…… Continue reading Iranian security official accuses Israel of killing Fakhrizadeh remotely

In Sri Lanka COVID-19 surge triggers deadly prison riot

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least eight inmates dead and 55 wounded after unrest broke out at high-security Mahara prison near Colombo over rising infections. Intermittent gunfire rang out on Monday at a Sri Lankan high-security prison where a riot by inmates over a surge of coronavirus infections left at least eight dead and 55 wounded, police said. Hundreds…… Continue reading In Sri Lanka COVID-19 surge triggers deadly prison riot

One commissioner in Hungary retracts comparing George Soros to Adolf Hitler

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Hungarian official has begrudgingly retracted an article likening US-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros – a staunch critic of Hungary’s government – to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, after strong condemnation and loud calls for his sacking. “Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum…… Continue reading One commissioner in Hungary retracts comparing George Soros to Adolf Hitler

Pilot still missing as Search teams locate debris of Navy’s MiG-29K in Arabian Sea

Reading Time: < 1 minute Search and rescue teams of the Indian Navy on Sunday located some debris of the MiG-29K trainer aircraft that crashed into the Arabian Sea three days ago even as efforts to locate the missing pilot continued, officials said on Sunday. The debris located includes the landing gear, turbo charger and some other parts of the…… Continue reading Pilot still missing as Search teams locate debris of Navy’s MiG-29K in Arabian Sea

Canada’s health ministry bans mass exports of prescription drugs

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s health ministry bans mass exports of prescription drugs Canada has banned the export of some prescription medicines in order to prevent a shortage in the country. The decision is in response to a US plan that would allow for drugs to be imported from Canada to make them cheaper for Americans. Although prescription drug…… Continue reading Canada’s health ministry bans mass exports of prescription drugs

Tear gas fired in France as protesters rally against police security bill

Reading Time: 2 minutes French police have fired tear gas at protesters rallying in Paris against a bill that would make it a criminal offence to film or take photos of police with malevolent intent. Clashes began after some in the crowd threw stones and fireworks at police. Cars and a newspaper kiosk were set on fire and dozens…… Continue reading Tear gas fired in France as protesters rally against police security bill