Xi: Taiwan Will Be Reunited With China

Xi: Taiwan Will Be Reunited With China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China. In a speech marking 40 years since the thaw in cross-strait relations, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis. However, he said China reserved the right to use force. While Taiwan […]

‘Brexit 50-50’ if May’s Deal Rejected, Says Liam Fox

‘Brexit 50-50’ if May’s Deal Rejected, Says Liam Fox

Senior Brexiteer minister Liam Fox says there is a 50-50 chance the UK will not leave the EU on 29 March if MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal next month. The international trade secretary told the Sunday Times it would only be “100% certain” if MPs back the deal. He said if the deal is […]

Bangladesh Opposition Demand New Poll

Bangladesh Opposition Demand New Poll

Bangladesh’s opposition has condemned what it has called a “farcical” election and demanded a new vote. PM Sheikh Hasina is heading for a fourth term with a huge majority that continues to grow as results come in. But there have been claims of vote-rigging, and a BBC correspondent saw filled ballot boxes at a polling […]

Brexit: EU Says No to May on Renegotiating Deal

Brexit: EU Says No to May on Renegotiating Deal

European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”, despite appeals from Theresa May. She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was “at risk” if MPs’ concerns […]

Huawei Executive Faces Iran Fraud Charges

Huawei Executive Faces Iran Fraud Charges

The chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei faces fraud charges in the United States, a Canadian court hearing has revealed. Meng Wanzhou, daughter of Huawei’s founder, is accused of breaking American sanctions on Iran. She was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and faces extradition to the US. China has demanded Ms Meng’s […]

Pope Francis ‘worried’ About Homosexuality In the Priesthood

Pope Francis ‘worried’ About Homosexuality In the Priesthood

Pope Francis has said that homosexuality in the clergy is a “serious matter” that “worries” him. The comments were made in an interview about religious vocations, given to a Spanish missionary priest as part of an upcoming book. The pontiff described homosexuality as “fashionable”, and urged clergy to observe their vow of celibacy. Italian daily […]

George HW Bush, Former US President, Dies Aged 94

George HW Bush, Former US President, Dies Aged 94

George HW Bush, who as the 41st president shepherded the US through a turbulent period in global relations that included the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, has died. He was 94. A statement from his office said: “George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, […]

Michael Cohen in Court: Trump Ex-Lawyer Admits Lying to Congress

Michael Cohen in Court: Trump Ex-Lawyer Admits Lying to Congress

US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted he lied about a Trump property deal in Russia during the 2016 election. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. He said he did so out of loyalty to Mr Trump. Mr Trump said his former right-hand man was “lying” to prosecutors in the hope […]

Ukraine Leader Asks NATO to Send Ships

Ukraine Leader Asks NATO to Send Ships

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov following a naval confrontation with Russia off Crimea. He told Germany’s Bild newspaper he hoped the ships could be relocated “to assist Ukraine and provide security”. On Sunday, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in […]