North Korea slams United States for pledging tanks to Ukraine

SEOUL, Jan 28 (Reuters) – North Korea on Saturday denounced U.S. tank battle pledges to Ukraine, saying Washington was “further crossing the red line” to win hegemony through proxy warfare, reports the official KCNA media. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, made the remarks in a statement carried by KCNA, … Read more

In Beijing’s backyard, U.S. demonstrates its military might

ABOARD THE NIMITZ, SOUTH CHINA SEA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – For a few hours under gray skies, dozens of fighter jets and helicopters roar on and off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, in a show of American military might in some of the most contested waters in the world. MH-60 Seahawk helicopters … Read more

MCB Camp Blaz: US Marines officially opens first new base in 70 years on island of Guam

Seoul, South Korea CNN — The United States Marine Corps on Thursday officially opened its first new base in 70 years, a 4,000-acre facility on the US Pacific island of Guam that is expected to one day house 5,000 Marines. The construction of Camp Blaz, as it is officially known, was partially funded by the … Read more

US extends safe haven program for Hong Kong residents

Washington CNN — The Biden administration will continue to grant sanctuary to some Hong Kong residents, extending a program allowing them to stay in the United States without fear of deportation for another two years. President Joe Biden issued a memorandum on Thursday “ordering an extension and extension of the postponement of the deportation of … Read more

Oil prices edge up on strong U.S. economic data, Chinese demand hope

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Oil prices edged higher on Friday, extending for a second session on strong U.S. economic data and bolstering hopes that the reopening of China’s economy would boost demand. Brent crude futures gained 30 cents, or 0.3%, to $87.66 a barrel at 01:13 GMT, while U.S. crude rose 21 cents to $81.22 … Read more

Analysis: Southern Africa calls the tune as great power suitors queue up

Russia and the United States on high-level visits to the region The region has historical ties to Russia but greater Western trade War in Ukraine intensifies geopolitical rivalry over Africa JOHANNESBURG, Jan 26 (Reuters) – South Africa and its neighbors were at the center of a struggle for influence this week as senior Russian and … Read more

Russia, Belarus invited to Asian Games, an Olympic qualifier

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia and its ally Belarus were invited to compete in the Asian Games on Thursday in the next step to qualifying teams for next year’s Paris Olympics under a negotiated arrangement by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC said on Wednesday it was in favor of Russians taking part in the … Read more

Pakistan seeks U.S. help in unlocking $1.1 bln IMF loan – Dawn

Jan 26 (Reuters) – Pakistan has asked for help from Washington to unblock a stalled International Monetary Fund program that would release $1.1 billion for its strained economy as the country rebuilds after the year’s devastating floods latest, the Dawn newspaper said Thursday. The IMF and Pakistan signed a $6 billion bailout package in 2019, … Read more

Australia vs Pakistan women’s international result, teams, highlights, video, sprinklers come on early

Australia were in cruise control on Thursday night as they finished the T20 series against Pakistan with an eight-wicket victory at Blundstone Arena in Hobart – their first from the venue in the format. Pakistan eventually claimed the crucial wickets of Meg Lanning (31) and Beth Mooney (46) but it came far too late, not … Read more

Chinese engineer sentenced to 8 years in US prison for spying

CNN — A former Chicago graduate student was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for spying for the Chinese government by gathering information on engineers and scientists in the United States. Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese national who came to the United States to study electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in … Read more