N.Korea backs Russia’s proclaimed annexations, criticises U.S. ‘double standards’

SEOUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) – North Korea supports Russia’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, accusing the United States of applying “a double standard of gangster type” by interfering in the affairs of other countries. State media KCNA reported on a US-led UN Security Council resolution condemning the proclaimed … Read more

U.S. to curb more tech exports to keep chips from China military -sources

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The United States is expected to announce new measures this week preventing Chinese companies from accessing high-performance computing technology, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The measures would be aimed at cutting off China’s access to advanced semiconductor technology, the sources said. The New York Times was … Read more

U.S. to send mobile rocket launchers to Ukraine in $625 mln aid package -officials

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The Biden administration’s next security assistance package for Ukraine is expected to include four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Launchers (HIMARS), munitions, mines and vehicles mine-resistant, said two sources briefed on the $625 million package. Reuters on Monday. The package, expected to be announced as soon as Tuesday, is the first … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court turns away dispute between Ukraine and Russian oil company

Oct 3 (Reuters) – Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an offer by the Ukrainian government to avoid paying a $173 million judgment dollars to Russian oil and gas company Tatneft (TATN.MM) as ordered by a Paris-based arbitration panel. Judges reject Ukraine’s appeal against a lower US … Read more

Indonesia to probe soccer stampede; police use of tear gas in focus

Human rights commission questions use of tear gas Thirty-two children among 125 killed in stampede Funerals are held for the dead in the town of Malang MALANG, Indonesia, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Indonesia set up an independent team on Monday to investigate a stampede at a football stadium that killed 125 people, including 32 children, … Read more

U.S. and Turkish officials discuss Ukraine and NATO in unannounced meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin in Istanbul on Sunday and discussed Finland’s “progress in joining and Sweden to NATO,” the White House said in a statement. The two men, whose meeting had not been announced to the media beforehand, … Read more

Blinken to woo Latin America’s new leftist leaders, reassert U.S. commitment

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Latin America on Monday to reaffirm Washington’s commitment to the region and meet with three new leftist leaders, as the hemisphere’s neglect leaves China make economic breakthroughs. During his week-long trip to Colombia, Chile and Peru, the top US diplomat will also attend … Read more

U.S. defense secretary sees no imminent invasion of Taiwan by China

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Sunday he saw no imminent Chinese invasion of Taiwan, but said China was trying to establish a “new normal” with its military activities around the island. A visit to Taiwan in early August by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered China, … Read more

Tillerson to be called as witness in Trump ally’s foreign agent trial

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be called as a witness by federal prosecutors in the trial of Tom Barrack, a former fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, accused of acted illegally as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates, a court filing revealed on Saturday. … Read more

Stampede, riot at Indonesia football match kill 174, league suspended

East Java stadium disaster apparently the worst since 1964 Around 180 injured in stampede Indonesian football association suspends league to investigate Police say they fired tear gas to control the crowd MALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (Reuters) – At least 174 people have been killed and 180 injured in a stampede and riot at a soccer … Read more