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China will ‘take the gloves off’ over Taiwan — media

Donald Trump has irked Beijing by suggesting the One China policy could become a bargaining chip in trade with the world’s second-largest economy.
(AFP)

BEIJING — China is running out of patience with Donald Trump’s stance on Taiwan, state media said on Monday, and will “take the gloves off” if he keeps challenging the One China policy. The US president-elect told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend the longstanding policy was up for negotiation, in his latest comment […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in World | Read More »

McConnell drains game winner for Sixers against Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers' T.J. McConnell (1) takes the game-winning shot against New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) and Carmelo Anthony (7) (AP PHOTO).

PHILADELPHIA – T.J. McConnell hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 98-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Joel Embiid had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points to help the Sixers rally from a 17-point deficit. Derrick Rose returned from a […]

Posted: January 12th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Obama says ‘yes we did’ in emotive farewell address

Capping his eight years in office, US President Barack Obama returned to his adoptive hometown of Chicago to recast his “yes we can” campaign credo as “yes we did.” (AFP)

CHICAGO — Barack Obama addressed America and the world for the last time as US president Tuesday, in a speech that was both a tearful goodbye and a call to arms. Capping eight years in the White House, Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago to recast his “yes we can” campaign credo as […]

Posted: January 12th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Deep freeze claims six more victims in Poland

Poland’s snow-covered capital Warsaw shrouded in a thick layer of smog in this January 9, 2017, photo as coal and waste-fired home furnaces drive up air pollution. (AFP).

WARSAW — Six people died in Poland over a 24-hour period as temperatures plunged across Europe, bringing the toll of hypothermia deaths in the country to 71 since November, authorities said Tuesday. Police urged people to aid those most vulnerable to hypothermia, especially the homeless, as the mercury sank to below minus 20 degrees Celsius […]

Posted: January 11th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Stuck: London commuters face stress in subway strike

People take a shortcut through building works beside a narrow section of pavement at the north end of London Bridge in London, Monday. Millions of commuters are facing delays and frustration as a strike by London Underground station staff shuts down much of the city’s subway network. (AP PHOTO).

LONDON — Millions of commuters are facing delays and frustration as a strike by London Underground station staff shuts down much of the city’s subway network. Several central London subway lines were closed during rush hour Monday morning, forcing many to walk, use overcrowded buses, or work from home if possible. Other Underground lines offered […]

Posted: January 9th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Water crisis hits Syrian capital as gov’t troops attack valley

Water supplies to Damascus have been largely cut off for nearly two weeks because of fighting between pro-government forces and rebels for control of the main tributary, forcing millions in the Syrian capital to scramble for enough to drink and wash with. (AP PHOTO).

BEIRUT — Residents of Damascus are scrambling for clean water after the government attacked rebels holding the city’s main source in a nearby valley, leading to an accidental outage that has stretched on for nearly two weeks. The cut-off is a major challenge to the government’s effort throughout the nearly six-year-old civil war to keep […]

Posted: January 5th, 2017 in World | Read More »

WikiLeaks urges leak of White House docs before Obama leaves

WikiLeaks appealed for leaked White House documents before President Barack Obama leaves office, as its founder Julian Assange again denied Russia was the source of hacked e-mails that hurt Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. (AFP).

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks appealed Tuesday for leaked White House documents before President Barack Obama leaves office, as its founder Julian Assange again denied Russia was the source of hacked Democratic party e-mails that hurt Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency. “System admins: Don’t let the White House destroy US history again! Copy now, then […]

Posted: January 5th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Israel Cabinet minister calls Kerry speech ‘pathetic’

IN THIS Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he boards the plane on departure from Israel after meetings in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. A senior leader of a Jewish settlement council is calling Kerry "a stain on American foreign policy" and "ignorant of the issues." Oded Revivi, chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Council, made the remarks ahead of Kerry's final policy speech on Mideast peace on Dec. 28, 2016. (AP PHOTO).

Jerusalem — A senior member of Israel’s nationalist government on Wednesday called US Secretary of State John Kerry’s planned Mideast policy speech a “pathetic move,” further heightening tensions between the two close allies as the Obama administration prepares to leave office. The comments by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan were the latest salvo in a […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in World | Read More »

China returns US underwater drone

The oceanographic survey ship USNS Bowditch, shown here on September 20, 2002, which deployed an underwater drone seized by a Chinese navy warship in international waters in the South China Sea on December 15, 2016. (AP)

BEIJING — China on Tuesday handed back to the United States an underwater drone it had seized last week in an incident that raised tensions in a relationship that has been tested by President-elect Donald Trump’s signals of a tougher policy toward Beijing. Trump has riled the Chinese leadership by saying he might reconsider US […]

Posted: December 21st, 2016 in World | Read More »

Aleppo resumes evacuation of civilians

Residents gathered near green government buses as they hold their belongings for evacuation from eastern Aleppo, Syria, in this Dec. 15 photo. (AP).

BEIRUT — A fragile cease-fire was back on in Syria on Monday, as buses resumed evacuating those still remaining in eastern Aleppo following days of delays and others departed with the sick and wounded from two rebel-besieged Shiite villages in the country’s north. At the United Nations, the Security Council was expected to vote within […]

Posted: December 20th, 2016 in World | Read More »