France-UK acrimony over Channel crossings deepens further
French President Emmanuel Macron told Britain on Friday it needed to “get serious” or remain locked out of discussions over how to curb the flow of migrants escaping war and poverty across the Channel. France cancelled an invitation to British home secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting on the issue in Calais, underlining how fraught its ties with Britain have become, with post-Brexit trading rules and fishing rights also at stake.
Jittery nations rush to restrict travel as new variant emerges
European countries on Friday joined Singapore, Israel and others in restricting travel from southern Africa in a frantic effort to keep a newly identified, and apparently significantly evolved, variant of the coronavirus from crossing into their borders. This time, restrictions came within hours of South Africa’s announcement — at least 10 countries had announced measures before South African scientists had finished a meeting with WHO experts about the variant on Friday.
Putin to meet Modi at December 6 summit in India
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit India on December 6 when he and PM Modi will hold their first in-person India-Russia summit in two years. “They will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations and discuss ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Friday.
As US lawmakers visit Taipei, China carries out 'combat-readiness patrol'
China's military carried out "combat-readiness" patrols in the direction of the Taiwan Strait on Friday as a US Congressional delegation made a surprise visit to Taipei, offering strong support to the Chinese-claimed, democratically governed island.
France, Britain spiral into crisis in wake of migrant deaths
The already fractious relationship between France and Britain spiralled further downward into anger and incomprehension Friday, with the two erstwhile European partners at loggerheads about how to stop migrants from embarking on dangerous crossings of the English Channel that killed at least 27 people in a sinking this week.
How India's farmers faced down their prime minister and won
News/World: Thousands of farmers forced India's prime minister into a rare reversal on Nov. 19, when Narendra Modi announced his government would repeal three agricultural reform laws that the farmers feared would shatter livelihoods and allow big corporations to seize control of the sector.