European MPs Meet with Taiwan Envoy Despite China Risks

As Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu made an unprecedented trip to Brussels on Friday, it remained unclear whether Europe will face repercussions from China for displaying closer ties with the self-ruled East Asian island claimed by China.   China previously imposed sanctions on EU parliamentarians after the EU sanctioned Chinese officials linked to Xinjiang, […]

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Blinken Raises Concerns about Taiwan with China

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as part of the Group of 20 summit on Sunday — an outreach designed to ensure that the intensely competitive relationship between the world’s two largest economies doesn’t veer into open conflicts. Senior State Department officials described the conversations as candid, constructive […]

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Acting PM Of Afghanistan’s Taliban Gov’t Meets Turkmen FM On Ties

KABUL– Acting Prime Minister of Afghanistan’s Taliban government, Mullah Hassan Akhund, met with visiting Turkmen Foreign Minister, Rashid Meredov, yesterday, according to the General Directorate for Administrative Affairs of the President’s Office.   During the meeting the two sides discussed bilateral relations, humanitarian assistance, economic and transit cooperation and the international engagement with Afghanistan, it […]

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Indonesia Anticipates Third Wave Of COVID-19 Pandemic

JAKARTA– Indonesia, so far, managed to cope with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, triggered by the more contagious Delta variant, but the country has not been completely relieved from the virus.   The country is now still facing the threat of other coronavirus variants, as the world has not been free from the […]

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400 Million Indians Without Financial Protection For Health: Think Tank

NEW DELHI– In the absence of low-cost health insurance products, nearly 30 percent of India’s population, or 400 million people, are devoid of any financial protection, an Indian think tank said in a report.   The Indian government’s top policy think tank, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog (commission), said in its latest […]

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Philippine Troops Kill Alleged “Topmost Wanted” Rebel Leader In Clash

MANILA– A Philippine ranking army general said, troops had killed an alleged “topmost wanted” rebel leader in a clash yesterday, in southern Bukidnon province.   Major General Romeo Brawner, commander of the army’s 4th infantry division, said, New People’s Army (NPA) commander, George Madlos, also known as Ka Oris, was killed, after a 30-minute firefight […]

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European Leaders Welcome Biden’s Commitment To Return To Iran Nuclear Deal

ROME– German, French and British leaders, expressed hopes of a return to full compliance with the Iran nuclear deal by all parties, after a meeting with U.S. President, Joe Biden yesterday.   “We welcome President Biden’s clearly demonstrated commitment to return the U.S. to full compliance with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and […]

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