US cuts 285M in UN Funding
The United States has claimed to have negotiated a significant cut to the United Nations budget.
The US Mission to the UN said the 2018/19 budget would be slashed by over $285m and reductions would also be made to the UN’s support functions.
But the announcement did not make clear what effect the budget reduction will have on the US contribution.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to..
Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, Russia fumes
Japanese F-15 fighters on Tuesday held drills with U.S. B1-B bombers, F-35 stealth aircraft and F-18 multi role combat jets above the East China Sea, south of the Korean peninsula, Japan’s Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said.
The exercise was the largest in a series aimed at pressuring North Korea following its ballistic missile tests. The latest launch, on Nov. 29, featured a new missile..
EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.
Making his first ever visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, Netanyahu said President Donald Trump’s move made peace in the Middle East..
Scores injured, one dead as Palestinians hold ‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem
Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a “day of rage” on Friday against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and..
Turkey’s Erdogan says U.S. courts cannot put Turkey on trial
Courts in the United States cannot put Turkey on trial, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, in reference to the case of a Turkish bank executive who has been charged with evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Already strained ties between NATO allies Ankara and Washington have deteriorated in recent weeks as Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, who is cooperating with U.S...
Senate approves major tax cuts in victory for Trump
The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a tax overhaul, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a big step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes.
In what would be the largest change to U.S. tax laws since the 1980s, Republicans want to add $1.4 trillion over 10 years to the $20 trillion national debt to finance..
Trump’s Former Aid Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty
President Donald trump's one time National Security Advisor for less than a month, General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to the charge he misled FBI agents during a January 2017 interview after being asked about conversations with the Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
The next step: working with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to go after his onetime confederates in..
Trump insists China has no impact on NK, Russia fears US approach ‘Dangerous’
U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Korea’s weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing should do more to limit oil supplies to Pyongyang.
In a tweet, Trump delivered another insulting barb against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he called “Little Rocket Man” and a “sick puppy” after..
CIA Director Mike Pompeo to Replace Tillerson, State Dept. to go Hardline
U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has had a strained relationship with his boss over North Korea and other issues, senior administration officials said on Thursday.
Tillerson would be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo, known as a Trump loyalist, within weeks under a White House plan to carry out the most significant staff..
Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. to meet with House panel on Dec. 6
U.S. President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., will meet with Congress’ House Intelligence Committee next week, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement.
Representatives for the Republican congressman leading the panel’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign..
North Korea says tests most advanced missile yet; U.S. mainland in range
North Korea said it successfully tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile yet on Wednesday, putting the U.S. mainland within range and increasing pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation.
Trump, who has vowed to halt North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and urged Beijing to..
Bosnian war criminal dies after swallowing poison in court
A former Bosnian Croat general has died after apparently swallowing poison as a judge at the Hague upheld his 20-year sentence for war crimes.
Footage from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) showed 72-year-old Slobodan Praljak tilt his head back and drink from a small glass bottle as the presiding judge read out the verdict.
"Slobodan Praljak is not a war..
Teenage sensation wins Chinese Oscars
A teenage newcomer has beaten established stars to win best supporting actress at the film awards dubbed the Chinese-language Oscars, BBC report.
Vicky Chen, 14, was nominated at the Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful.
Her co-star, Hong Kong veteran Kara Wai, won the best actress gong, which Chen was also nominated for.
The awards are held..
Lebanon PM Saad Hariri ‘suspends’ resignation
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has "suspended" his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, according to BBC.
Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations".
The two men held talks a day after Mr Hariri flew back to Lebanon.
Mr Hariri has denied that Saudi Arabia forced him to..
Mugabe’s likely successor due back in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, could be sworn in as the new president within hours, the ruling party says, according to BBC.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, is due to arrive back on Wednesday, the Zanu-PF says.
His dismissal led both the party and the military to intervene and force an..
MPs debate motion against Zimbabwe president
The Zimbabwean parliament has started impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe, BBC report.
Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980, is accused of allowing his wife to "usurp constitutional power" by trying to position her as his successor.
The motion to remove him is supported by Mr Mugabe's own Zanu-PF party.
Mr Mugabe has refused to resign despite last..
Donald Trump declares North Korea ‘sponsor of terror’
President Trump has announced that the US is re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list, BBC report.
In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger "very large" additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday.
But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later admitted that "the practical effects may be limited".
Mr Trump blamed the..
Mugabe faces impeachment by parliament
The party of Zimbabwe's embattled President Robert Mugabe is to begin moves to impeach him, BBC report.
A Zanu-PF official said a motion to strip him of the presidency would be presented to parliament on Tuesday, and the process could take just two days.
The motion accuses the 93-year-old of charges including allowing his wife Grace to "usurp constitutional power".
Military leaders, who..
Crowds outside Mugabe office to force him out
Protesters in Zimbabwe have headed towards the office of President Robert Mugabe to urge him to step down, BBC report.
The march came on a day of widespread jubilation in the capital Harare and other cities following the army's takeover on Wednesday.
Soldiers at State House gently pushed protesters away in scenes resembling a party, says the BBC's Andrew Harding.
The army intervened after..
Lebanon PM, to return to Beirut ‘in coming days’
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said he will return to Beirut in the coming days, and will then clarify his shock decision to resign, BBC report.
He quit two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia, but President Michel Aoun refused to accept the resignation.
Mr Hariri denied being held in Riyadh against his will, amid speculation the Saudis had forced him to quit as part of a regional power..