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A not quite fine balance

Russia’s brutal invasion into Ukraine, which has led to the death and displacement of millions, has not come without a cost. As Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine border towns and Western powers began to apply economic sanctions in the hopes…

Nancy Pelosi set to visit Israel on Wednesday

United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will visit Israel on Wednesday, Israeli media reported Sunday. She will visit the Knesset, where lawmakers will welcome her at an official ceremony before observing the proceedings in the…

Why Do American Expats Leave Costa Rica?

some American and Canadian expats are leaving because of Costa Rica’s vaccine mandate. But people have been throwing in the towel and moving home way before Covid-19. So why do some expats, after falling in love with Costa Rica, suddenly…

United States bans China Telecom

WASHINGTON US regulators on Tuesday terminated the authorization for China Telecom's American subsidiary to behavior enterprise in the United States, citing "significant" national security risks. The Federal Communications Commission…

How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle…

Thousands march for abortion rights in US

WASHINGTON Wearing pink hats and T-shirts and shouting "Hands off my body," tens of thousands of females took to the streets across the United States on Saturday in nationwide protests aimed at countering a conservative drive to restrict…

US welcomes China end to coal funding

UNITED NATIONS The United States on Wednesday welcomed China's promise to end funding for coal projects overseas but voiced hope the world's largest emitter would also do more at home on climate change. President Xi Jinping told the…

Woman with Taiwan roots in US administration

Jose Kalathil New Delhi,India: The newly-installed Joe Biden administration has given a major boost to Washington's policy towards Taiwan by making the policy vis-a-vis China clear. Perhaps more importantly, a woman cherishing democracy…

Inauguration Day: 1961 vs 2021

Today, Joseph Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. He takes up the leadership at a particularly difficult time, following a tumultuous Trump presidency, four years that have left the US struggling with a…

US: Nancy Pelosi reelected speaker of House

Washington Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California was reelected speaker of the US House of Representatives for the 117th Congress on Sunday. Pelosi received 216 out of 427 votes to secure the speakership for a fourth term.…

Singapore, US sign trade, finance deal

JAKARTA, Indonesia Singapore and the US on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen economic cooperation and expand trade finance. The MoU also aims to provide investment support for companies in the two…

India records nearly 87,000 new virus cases

NEW DELHI India has recorded nearly 87,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with another 1,130 deaths. With the Health Ministry announcement Monday, India now has more than 5.4 million reported cases since the pandemic…

Top US official’s Taiwan visit irks China

The second consecutive visit by a top US official to Taiwan has left Beijing seething with anger as the Chinese army kick-started yet another military drill in the Taiwan Strait. US Under-Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and…

What are the rules on masks in schools?

Whether students have to wear masks, and the trouble they could face if they don’t, depends on where they go to school. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages masks for most students, especially when they are less…

Global markets sink after Fed virus warning

BEIJING Global markets and U.S. stock futures declined Thursday after the Federal Reserve warned the coronavirus pandemic might threaten the modest economic recovery and kept interest rates near zero. London and Frankfurt opened lower.…

US Air Force plane crashes into North Sea

LONDON A U.S. Air Force fighter plane with one pilot on board crashed into the North Sea on Monday. The status of the pilot wasn’t known. The F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing was on a routine training mission from RAF Lakenheath…

China slams US for flying aircraft over Taiwan

Beijing China on Thursday slammed the United States after a military aircraft flew over Taiwan earlier this week. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory. On Tuesday morning, a US military C-40A transport aircraft flew along the west…

Asian shares slide after Wall Street retreat

TOKYO Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday, with Tokyo dropping more than 1% as the Japanese yen gained after the Federal Reserve said it would keep interest rates low through 2022. Asian markets had been expected to fall after the Fed…

Trump’s alternate reality in time of anguish

WASHINGTON “Vicious dogs.” “Ominous weapons.” Injured police. Gagging protesters. Shattered storefronts. Armed personnel at centers of power and landmarks. Anguish and arson. Taking the measure of these days in the nation’s capital,…

Can I get COVID-19 through my eyes or ears?

It’s possible through the eyes, but not likely through the ears. As with the nose and mouth, doctors say the eyes may be a route of infection if someone with the virus coughs or sneezes nearby. Infection is also possible when rubbing your…

Russia slams US decision to withdraw from WHO

MOSCOW A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Friday that Washington damages international law on cooperation in health after the US terminated its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). Maria Zakharova told the TASS…

Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

WASHINGTON Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in…

Iran warns US of interfering with oil tankers

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that intervention by the US against Iranian oil tankers sent to Venezuela will be met with retaliation. "Any ‘pirate-like’ action by the US Navy against the Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela…

Twitter to label disputed COVID-19 tweets

CHICAGO Twitter announced Monday it will start alerting users when a tweet makes disputed or misleading claims about the coronavirus. The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to…

Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

WASHINGTON Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been that way since before the virus spread widely in the United States, when he supposed that the…

COVID-19: China says it has received no US aid

Beijing China said Friday it did not receive financial support from the U.S. for efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak. “US officials said they offered $100 million to China and other countries. We thank the American people for their…

Beijing quarantine, Merkel issues warning

New clusters of the novel coronavirus are expanding in the United States and Europe as Italy replaces China as the new epicenter of a worldwide outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as…

PHOTOS: Life in the time of coronavirus

As cases of the coronavirus increase in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the United States and elsewhere, photographers around the world are capturing the impact on daily life. Fear of the spreading illness has led to a run on sales of face…

Best countries 2020: Switzerland Remains No.1

Switzerland remains the best country in the world, though Canada has moved up to the second spot in the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings. For Switzerland, it's the the fourth consecutive year the island of neutrality in Central…

Who was Qassem Soleimani?

Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the top commander of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, helped Iran fight proxy wars across the Middle East by inspiring militias on the battlefield and negotiating with political…