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China has called on the United States to withdraw sanctions it imposed on a Chinese military agency for buying Russian weapons or 'bear the consequences.' Speaking to reporters Friday, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Beijing had lodged an official protest with the United States. 'The U.S. actions have seriously violated the basic principles of international relations and seriously damaged the relations between the two countries and the two militaries,' Geng said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reacted Friday, saying the sanctions affecting Russian plane...

China Eyes Banning Foreign Online News
Friday, 21 September 2018 18:01 WIB | Global

The Chinese government will potentially block foreign current affairs content from being shown in the country, according to draft regulations from its National Radio and Television Administration. The regulations, obtained Thursday by Reuters, will clamp down on what kinds of shows may be aired on domestic television stations or online video platforms. Current affairs shows were singled out as being barred from the country. Also forbidden by the draft regulations were foreign content that contains violence, terrorism, incitement to crime, endangerment of social stability or material deemed...

Ex-Malaysian PM Hit with 25 New Charges in 1MDB Looting Scandal
Friday, 21 September 2018 00:01 WIB | Global

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing more than two dozen new charges related to the 1MDB embezzlement scandal, which led to the stunning defeat of his ruling party in May. Prosecutors charged Najib with four counts of corruption and 21 counts of money laundering during a court appearance Thursday, one day after he was arrested for a third time in the case. He is accused of funneling $681 million dollars from the 1MDB state investment fund into his personal bank account. Najib pleaded not guilty to the new charges during Thursday's hearing. He previously said the money was a...

Pompeo: US Ready to Restart Talks With North Korea
Thursday, 20 September 2018 19:35 WIB | Global

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has welcomed the "important commitments" made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a summit with his South Korean counterpart this week. North Korea announced it would disassemble its nuclear missile test complex under a comprehensive agreement reached by the leaders of the two rival Koreas. Pompeo said Wednesday that he had invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to meet with him in New York at next weeks United Nations General Assembly. He also said Pyongyang's representatives have been invited to hold talks with the U.S. special envoy...

Trump Visits Hurricane-Ravaged North Carolina
Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:43 WIB |

President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction left by Hurricane Florence and the challenging relief efforts that are underway. œWe will never forget your loss, we will never leave your side. We are with you all the way. And to all those impacted by this entire storm our entire American family is with you and ready to help and you will recover, Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. Trump went to the storm-ravaged town of New Bern, where he handed out meals and mingled with...

N. Korea Kim Agrees to International Inspections
Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:06 WIB | Global

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced Wednesday he has agreed to allow international inspectors to observe the dismantlement of facilities key to Pyongyang's missile program. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during the joint press conference that the era of a war-free Korean Peninsula has begun and invited Kim to Seoul, hopefully by the end of the year. The second round of inter-Korean talks wrapped up Wednesday with the signing of the September Pyongyang Declaration and a comprehensive military agreement. The latter document, signed by South Korean Minister of National Defense...

US Officials Express Doubts on Future of Nuke Pact with Russia
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 19:12 WIB | Global

Russian arms control violations and other malign activities are eroding the confidence and trust required to extend a critical nuclear agreement between Washington and Moscow that expires in 2021, U.S. officials told lawmakers on Tuesday. "Russia continues to violate a series of arms control obligations that undermine the trust of the United States can place in treaties, including some that have served U.S. and allied security interests for years," Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thomson said in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "The bottom line is...

China To Retaliate US with Tariffs on $60 billion of American Products
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 04:09 WIB | Global

China says it has no choice but to retaliate to U.S. President Donald Trump's 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, risking a further escalation of trade tensions between the worlds two biggest economies. On Tuesday, China announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of American products. In a brief statement posted online Tuesday, China's Commerce Ministry said, "To protect its legitimate rights and interests and order in international free trade, China is left with no choice but to retaliate simultaneously." On Monday, the Communist Party backed Global Times newspaper warned...

US: Russia 'Cheating' on North Korea Sanctions Implementation
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:34 WIB | Global

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia of œcheating on international sanctions against North Korea, saying Moscow is undermining U.S. efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. œRussian corruption is like a virus, Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Monday. œIt is impeding our ability to achieve complete denuclearization in North Korea. Haley said she was upset about a report from the independent experts who monitor U.N. sanctions implementation. The United States had provided evidence to the experts of Russian violations, but...

Hong Kong Stocks Head Into Weekend On Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks posted a fourth day of gains Friday to end the week with a sparkle following a record close on Wall Street, with investors concentrating on the healthy US economy rather than the China-US trade row. The Hang Seng Index rose 1.73...

Dow marks 2nd all-time high in a row but tech stocks weigh on broader market

The Dow Jones Industrial Average notched its second straight record close in succession, but declines in consumer-discretionary shares and technology weighed on the broader market. The Dow closed up 0.2% at 26,719 (on a preliminary basis). while...

US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Military Agency

China has called on the United States to withdraw sanctions it imposed on a Chinese military agency for buying Russian weapons or 'bear the consequences.' Speaking to reporters Friday, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Beijing had...

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US Issues List of Russian Politicians, Oligarchs But No New Sanctions
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:01 WIB

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a congressionally mandated list of Russian politicians and business figures who are close to President Vladimir Putin's government, along with their...

Riots Roil India Ahead of Controversial Movie Release
Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:25 WIB

Riots broke out in cities across India as angry protestors torched cars and damaged movie theaters a day before a controversial film is set to be released. A day before 'Padmaavat', a movie based...

FBI Deputy Director Stepping Down
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:27 WIB

Andrew McCabe, the FBI's No. 2 official whom President Donald Trump publicly criticized for alleged political bias, stepped down from the bureau Monday, several weeks ahead of his retirement, an FBI...