Taiwan’s president confirms that US troops are training soldiers on the island – CNN

TAIPEI, Oct. 28 (Reuters) – A small number of U.S. forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of U.S. troops on the autonomous island, which China considers its own. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which have not ruled out taking the … Read more

Biden promises to stand with Southeast Asia in the defense of ocean freedom and democracy

Biden promises to defend the freedom of the oceans The United States is concerned about China’s “coercive and proactive actions” across the Taiwan Strait Chinese Prime Minister Li says maintaining peace in the South China Sea is in everyone’s interest BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the … Read more

Rise in human bird flu cases in China shows risk of rapidly changing variants: experts

A man provides water for chickens in a greenhouse at a farm in Heihe, China’s Heilongjiang province, 17 November 2019. REUTERS/Stringer BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – A jump in the number of people in China infected with bird flu this year has raised concern among experts, who say a previously circulating strain appears to have … Read more

Myanmar fails to attend Southeast Asian summit after junta exclusion

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 26 (Reuters) – A summit of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday without a Myanmar representative after its junta leader was ruled out for non-compliance with a regional peace deal and the ruling military refused to send junior representation. Neither Brunei, the president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), nor … Read more

Facebook takes down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro responds during a ceremony approving the bill created by the Federal Regional Court at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Oct. 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) late Sunday removed a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro from its platforms, in which the … Read more

Russia-led bloc completes exercises near the Afghan border to increase Tajik security

HARB-MAIDON TRAINING GROUND, Tajikistan, October 23 (Reuters) – A Russia-led military exercise held over six days near the Tajik-Afghan border, designed to demonstrate that Moscow is ready to protect Dushanbe in the event of a southern invasion , reached its conclusion on Saturday. Tajikistan’s relations with the Taliban’s leadership in Kabul have been strained from … Read more

Erdogan’s critics say the demand for deportations is a distraction from economic problems

Erdogan is dragging Turkey to the bottom, says the opposition leader Kavala in jail since late 2017 without conviction Turkish lira has lost almost a quarter of its value this year Opinion polls show support for Erdogan falling ahead of the 2023 election ISTANBUL, October 24 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan’s political opponents said his … Read more

Melbourne in Australia enjoys weekend with relaxed COVID curbs after extended lockdown

MELBOURNE, Oct. 23 (Reuters) – Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, kicked off its first weekend of the world’s longest series of COVID-19 lockdowns with impromptu street parties, live music and crowded pubs, bars and restaurants. Melbourne, home to about five million people, has endured 262 days or nearly nine months of restrictions during six closures since … Read more

Prop guns lead to debate after cameraman’s death on set

Oct. 22 (Reuters) – An on-set shooting has revived concerns over the use of prop weapons such as weapons actor Alec Baldwin who was fired in the murder of cameraman Halyna Hutchins while filming a movie in New Mexico. Some prop guns are non-firing facsimile weapons, but many are real guns, loaded with blanks instead … Read more

Israel designates Palestinian civil society groups as terrorists, UN ‘troubled’

A girl wearing a protective face mask and headband from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) watches during a rally to show solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, who is in possession of Israel, in Gaza City October 12 2020. REUTERS / Mohammed Salem Palestinians, rights watchdogs reject the designations Israel … Read more