Blinken tells China’s Wang peace in Taiwan Strait is vital

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that the maintenance of peace and stability over Taiwan was vitally important, as the two met with high tensions over the Chinese-claimed island. Taiwan was the focus of … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologist, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more

Chinese warplanes buzz line dividing Taiwan Strait before expected Pelosi visit – source

A newspaper front page reporting about US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured in Taipei, Taiwan, August 2, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TAIPEI, Aug 2 (Reuters) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, people briefed … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Bout dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ and ‘sanctions buster’ Was among the most wanted men in the world before the 2008 arrest Clients included rogue states, warlords in Asia, Africa Likely had ties to Russian intelligence, experts say Moscow has long sought his release from a long US jail term LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – … Read more

Biden begins fifth call with China’s Xi, looking to tamp down Taiwan tension

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping began their fifth call as leaders on Thursday, as concerns mounted over a possible visit to Chinese-claimed Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The White House said the call began at 8:33 am (1233 GMT) and US officials said it would … Read more

Russia signals space station pullout; NASA says it’s not official yet

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – Russia’s new space chief announced on Tuesday his country plans to withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024, but senior NASA officials said Moscow has not formally conveyed an intent to end its two-decade-old orbital partnership with the United States. While heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s … Read more

Ukraine hopes to ship grain again this week despite Russian attack

Russia confirms Odesa strike, says warship was hit Ukraine says grain exports will suffer if strikes continue Grain agreement signed on Friday aims to avert global food crisis Russian-occupied regions may vote to join Russia in September KYIV, July 25 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it hoped a UN-brokered deal aimed at easing global … Read more

Exclusive: Sherman, Kennedy to visit Solomons, where fathers fought and US now vies with China

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman speaks during a panel with the Friends of Europe in Brussels, Belgium, April 21, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy plan next … Read more

Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports

Moscow, Kyiv had signed a grain export deal on Friday Accord had sought to avert major global food crisis Zelenskiy: attack shows Moscow can’t be trusted on deal KYIV, July 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine was pressing ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile … Read more

As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more