US Shutdown Bites as Federal Workers Miss Payday

US Shutdown Bites as Federal Workers Miss Payday

Hundreds of thousands of US government workers have missed their first payday of the year as the partial shutdown of federal agencies bites deeper. Employees such as prison guards, airport staff and FBI agents have been working without pay. The government shutdown, which began last month, will become the longest in history on Saturday on […]

Bay of Pigs Veteran Fernández Dies

Bay of Pigs Veteran Fernández Dies

JOSÉ Ramón Fernández Álvarez, best remembered for directing revolutionary troops under the orders of Commander Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs counterrevolution, is dead. Cuba announced that retired Brigadier General and Hero of the Republic of Cuba Fernández Álvarez passed away in the early hours of January 6 at the age of 95. Familiarly […]

Syria conflict: Bolton Says US Withdrawal Is Conditional

Syria conflict: Bolton Says US Withdrawal Is Conditional

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says, in a further indication that the process is being slowed down. On a trip to Israel and Turkey, he said he would seek Turkish assurances that Kurds in northern Syria would be safe. The US also wants […]

US Sends Troops to Gabon to Watch for Congo Violence

US Sends Troops to Gabon to Watch for Congo Violence

President Donald Trump said Friday that U.S. military personnel had deployed to Gabon in response to possible violent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a presidential election there. In a letter to congressional leaders, Trump said the first of about 80 military personnel arrived in Gabon on Wednesday in case they are needed […]

Chang’e-4: China Space Mission Lands On Moon’s far Side

Chang’e-4: China Space Mission Lands On Moon’s far Side

China says it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing. At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the unmanned Chang’e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media said. It is carrying instruments to characterise the region’s geology, as well as […]

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 […]