Chinese military launches massive drill around Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi’s visit

Taipei: China launched a massive military drill in the sea around Taiwan on Thursday, in an apparent response to the visit of US House Secretary Nancy Pelosi to the island. While Taiwan is a self-ruled island, China has been claiming sovereignty over it. Pelosi visited the island despite China’s warnings to the US against such...

Nancy Pelosi meets Taiwan President, says US won’t abandon commitment to Taiwan

Taipei: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who is on an official visit to Taiwan met President Tsai ing-wen on Wednesday. Addressing the Taiwan Parliament, she said that the US commends the island for being “one of the freest societies in the world”. Tsai ing wen presented Pelosi with the Special Grand Shouqing Yun Medal as...

If China invades Taiwan, US will intervene militarily: Biden

Washington DC/Tokyo: The United States President Joe Biden said on Monday that the country would use its military forces if China were to invade Taiwan. Biden said that the burden to protect the island was “even stronger” after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Biden was speaking at a press conference in Tokyo where he...

Russia-Ukraine war: Virtual G7 meeting with Zelenskyy today

Washington: The G-7 leaders will have a virtual meeting on Sunday with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The meeting will be chaired by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The G7 countries include Germany, United States, UK, France, Japan, Canada and Italy. “On Sunday morning, President Biden will participate in a G7 virtual Leaders meeting chaired by German...

Blinken says India-Russia ties developed when US couldn’t be a partner

Washington: India has refrained from voting against Russia on the issue of its ongoing war with Ukraine. While US has called for isolation of Russia and reducing dependence on the Soviet nation, it has been diplomatic in its interaction with India on the matter. Displaying an understanding of the ties between India and Russia, US...

Not in India’s interests to increase imports from Russia: US

Washington: The United States continued to express its disappointment over India’s engagement with Russia during its war with Ukraine. In the press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki conveyed the discomfort of the US with the country’s bid to increase purchase of Russian oil. “… we don’t believe it’s in India’s interest to accelerate...

US, Canada, EU announce economic sanctions against Russia, ‘independent’ states

Warn of more sanctions against Russia in coming days if it continues its action against Ukraine Ottawa: The tension between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate with each passing day. While the former may have denied plans to invade Ukraine, its lawmakers on Tuesday authorised President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside the country,...

Amid Russia-Ukraine tensions, Biden agrees ‘in principle’ to meet Putin

Accepts French President Emanuel Macron’s proposal for a summit, but will meet Putin only if Russia does not invade Ukraine Washington: Amid the ongoing, and escalating, tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the United States President Joe Biden has ‘in principle’ agreed to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin if the latter does not invade Ukraine....

Russia announces end of military drills in Crimea; tensions ease at Ukraine border

Moscow: A day after announcing withdrawal of a few troops from Ukraine border, Russia on Wednesday announced the end of military drills in Crimea. According to reports, the soldiers had begun returning to their garrisons. Tanks and other military equipment, too, were seen being moved out of Crimea. Russian defence ministry released a video reportedly...

Amid Ukraine crisis, Indian Embassy advises its citizens to leave ‘temporarily’

Kyiv: Looking at the mounting tension in Ukraine, the Indian embassy in Kyiv on Tuesday issued a statement advising Indian nationals to consider leaving the country temporarily. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have been escalating for the past few weeks. There were reports that Russia could invade the former on Wednesday. While Russia has maintained...

US: SUV drives through Christmas parade in Wisconsin; ‘some fatalities’ reported

Wisconsin: A red SUV drove through a Christmas parade in Waukesha in Wisconsin in the US on Sunday. According to reports, ‘some fatalities’ were reported and over 20 people were injured in the accident. The incident took place just after 4.30 pm, (22.30 GMT) when people were watching the annual parade in Waukesha town of...

After WHO approval, US to allow fully ‘Covaxin-ated’ travellers from November 8

New Delhi: The approval by the World Health Organization (WHO) for India’s indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin for emergency use has ended the uncertainty among those who had got both doses of the vaccine but were unable to travel in absence of the approval. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin got the WHO approval on Wednesday. Following this, the...