Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Rules Out Seeking Further Dialogue with India
Khan has taken a strong stand since India abrogated Article 370 earlier this month Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out seeking further dialogue with India over Kashmir, expressing his frustration with New Delhi over its decision to strip the region of its autonomy earlier this month.... Read more
Speaker of New Zealand’s Parliament Cradles Legislator’s Baby During a Vigorous Debate
Mallard relaxed rules in 2017 to make New Zealand’s parliament more child-friendly The speaker of New Zealand’s parliament has attracted international attention for babysitting a legislator’s newborn child while keeping order during a vigorous debate. On Wednesday, speaker Trevor Mallard tweeted... Read more
North Korea: No Interest in Nuclear Dialogue Unless US Stops Escalating Hostile Military Moves
South Korean protesters hold signs urging the US to stop sanctions against North Korea North Korea said on Thursday it has “no interest” in dialogue unless Washington stops “escalating hostile military moves”, as a senior US envoy visited Seoul with an eye on reviving nuclear talks with... Read more
Fresh Attempt to Repatriate Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar Appears to Have Failed
Rohingya woman holds her son outside their shelter at Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh A fresh attempt to repatriate hundreds of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar appears to have failed, with officials saying no one has turned up to embark on five buses and 10 trucks... Read more
Another Cambodian Opposition Leader Detained Amid Wider Crackdown
Since the beginning of 2019, authorities have questioned over 147 members of the banned opposition party Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Another Cambodian opposition figure was arrested this week, in what is seen as a wider crackdown, as a prominent exiled party leader pledged to return to the... Read more
Indonesia Blocks Internet Access in West Papua as Protest Rages
Demonstrators in Fakfak, West Papua province reportedly set the public market on fire on Wednesday Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia has blocked internet access in West Papua, a move that followed the government deployment of additional military and police personnel to the region to help to quell ongoing protests... Read more
Russia and China Ask United Nations Security Council to Meet After US Missile Test
The US said on Monday it had tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile in California Russia and China have asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday over “statements by US officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles.” Moscow... Read more
Chinese Gov’t Confirms that it Detain UK’s Hong Kong Consulate Staff
Cheng did not return to work on August 9 after travelling from Hong Kong to Shenzhen the previous day A Chinese national working at Britain’s Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China’s border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry... Read more
US President Donald Trump Confirms ‘Secret Talks with Venezuela Senior Officials
US President Donald Trump and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro have said that talks were under way between senior officials from their governments to attempt to resolve the South American country’s deepening crises. “We are in touch. We’re talking to various representatives of Venezuela,” Trump told reporters at the White... Read more
Russia Accuses the United States of Stoking Military Tensions by Testing a Ground-launched Cruise Missile
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the US had ‘set a course for mounting military tensions’ Russia has accused the United States of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile for the first time since Washington withdrew from a landmark Cold War-era nuclear... Read more