With eye on China, and U.S. ties, Japan’s universities to screen foreigners

Students walk at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – Japan is asking universities for greater scrutiny of foreign students and scholars to prevent technology leaks to places like China, partly for its own national security … Read more

Biden hails “good friend” Kishida, says U.S. fully committed to Japan’s defence

TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden assured his “good friend” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan on Monday that the United States is fully committed to Japan’s defence, amid simmering tension with China and the ramifications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The cornerstone of Biden’s two-day visit, which includes meetings with the leaders … Read more

COVID restrictions for migrants at U.S. border cannot end yet, judge rules

May 20 (Reuters) – US authorities were blocked by a federal judge on Friday from lifting COVID-19 restrictions that empower agents at the US-Mexico border to turn back migrants without giving them a chance to seek asylum. The nationwide injunction issued by US District Judge Robert Summerhays in Louisiana means the restrictions, which were set … Read more

U.S. says Turkey’s approach to Sweden, Finland NATO bid not a bilateral topic

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s approach to the NATO accession process of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral issue between Washington and Ankara, the US State Department said on Friday, but added that Washington was speaking with Ankara and it remained confident that the dispute would be overcome. Finland and Sweden say they … Read more

U.S.’ Pelosi warns Britain: No trade deal unless you respect N.Irish peace deal

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discusses a bill to provide $28 million in emergency funds to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help it respond to a nationwide shortage of infant formula and strengthen supervision of the industry, during a news conference at the US, Capitol in Washington, US, May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Julia … Read more

After delay, U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The US Senate overwhelmingly approved nearly $40 billion in new aid for Ukraine on Thursday sending the bill to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law as Washington races to keep military assistance flowing nearly three months after Russia’s invasion. The Senate voted 86-11 in favor … Read more

Explainer: Why U.S. nuclear deterrence tops S.Korea’s agenda for Biden summit

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during an inaugural dinner at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2022. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 19 (Reuters) – At the top of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s agenda for his first summit with US … Read more

‘I mean Ukraine’: Former U.S. president George Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘unjustified’

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Former US President George W. Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while he was criticizing Russia’s political … Read more

U.S. charges one American, four Chinese officials with spying

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – A US citizen and four Chinese intelligence officers have been charged with spying on Chinese dissidents, human rights leaders and pro-democracy activists residing in the United States, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday. The indictment accuses Wang Shujun, of Queens, New York, of using his status within Chinese diaspora … Read more

China relaxes some COVID test rules for U.S., other travellers

Medical staff members check the temperature of people as they enter at Capital Airport, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China, November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) – China has removed some COVID-19 test requirements for people flying in … Read more