International / National Security

Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will `poison` relations

Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will `poison` relations

Published 14/08/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's order to his top trade adviser to investigate supposedly unfair Chinese trade practices will "poison" relations between the two countries, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday. [more…]

Eye-catching China activist Super Vulgar Butcher `admits wrongdoing`

Eye-catching China activist Super Vulgar Butcher `admits wrongdoing`

Published 14/08/2017

A human rights activist best known as "Super Vulgar Butcher" who rose to prominence by harnessing social media to mobilize public support admitted in a closed-door trial that his actions "violated the law", a Chinese court said on Monday. [more…]

Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks

Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks

Published 14/08/2017

Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea's president said resolving Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key U.S. officials played down the risk of an imminent war with North Korea. [more…]

China issues order to implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea

China issues order to implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea

Published 14/08/2017

China's Commerce Ministry issued a ban effective from Tuesday on several imports from North Korea, including coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood, a move that is in line with U.N. sanctions announced this month. [more…]

Amid renewed North Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy

Amid renewed North Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy

Published 14/08/2017

China has appointed a new special envoy for the North Korean standoff, the foreign ministry said on Monday, a relatively low-profile diplomat now in charge of Asian affairs, amid renewed international concern over China's nuclear-armed neighbor. [more…]

Drilling ship leaves Vietnam oil block after China row

Drilling ship leaves Vietnam oil block after China row

Published 14/08/2017

The drilling ship at the center of a row between Vietnam and China over oil prospecting in disputed waters in the South China Sea has arrived in waters off the Malaysian port of Labuan, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed on Monday. [more…]

Suspected Islamist militants kill 18 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

Suspected Islamist militants kill 18 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

Published 14/08/2017

Suspected jihadists killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital overnight but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building. [more…]

One French citizen killed in Burkina Faso attack: Foreign Ministry

One French citizen killed in Burkina Faso attack: Foreign Ministry

Published 14/08/2017

A French citizen was killed during an attack by suspected jihadists on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, said a statement issued on behalf of French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. [more…]

China says issues of U.S. trade and North Korea are not connected

China says issues of U.S. trade and North Korea are not connected

Published 14/08/2017

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday the issues of U.S. trade and North Korea are not connected and there is no future in a trade war between China and the United States. [more…]

GoDaddy boots white supremacist web site after offensive post

GoDaddy boots white supremacist web site after offensive post

Published 14/08/2017

The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. [more…]