Former Afghan army general vows new war against Taliban

An ex-general in the Afghan army says he and many other former soldiers and politicians are preparing to launch a new war against the Taliban. Lt Gen Sami Sadat said that eight months of Taliban rule has convinced many Afghans that military action is the only way forward. read more...

Britain's Truss tells China its rise depends on playing by the rules

LONDON :British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned China that failure to play by global rules would cut short its rise as a superpower, and said the West should ensure that Taiwan can defend itself. read more...

Biden to visit Asia next month to build united front on N.Korea, Russia

Seoul (Reuters) - Visiting Asia next month for the first time since becoming U.S. president in 2021, Joe Biden will hold talks with allies in Japan and South Korea over China's growing influence in the region and the latest threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. read more...

Denial of bail is silencing Hong Kong's democrats

China's national security law imposed on Hong Kong nearly two years ago has completely changed the territory's political landscape. Free speech has been curtailed, civil society groups have closed down and only Beijing-approved candidates can stand in elections. read more...

Egypt criticised after singers jailed for belly dancing video

Human rights groups have criticised an Egyptian court for jailing two popular singers over a video they made with a Brazilian belly dancer. In the clip, they are seen lip-synching and smiling as the dancer, in a long dress and jacket, performs her moves. read more...

Russia warns West: Don't test our patience

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday warned the West that there would be a tough military response to any further attack on Russian territory, accusing the United States and its key allies of undermining European security by openly inciting Ukraine to assault Russia. read more...

Russia says Turkey warned in advance about Syria flights ban

MOSCOW (AP) — Turkey had warned Russia in advance before moving to bar Russian planes from flying to Syria over its territory, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. read more...

NATO chief says Finland, Sweden could join quite quickly

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that Finland and Sweden would be embraced with open arms should they decide to join the 30-nation military organization and could become members quite quickly. read more...

Suspected IS gunmen kill 7 Syrians at Ramadan iftar meal

BEIRUT (AP) — Suspected Islamic State group gunmen have attacked a Ramadan gathering hosted by a former official of a U.S.-backed group in eastern Syria, killing seven and wounding four, opposition activists said Thursday. read more...

Cutting off gas is a provocation, says EU chief

Russia's decision to halt gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria is an aggressive move that the EU considers to be a form of blackmail, EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said. read more...

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