Blinken plans ‘candid exchange’ with Chinese counterpart on Ukraine War
Blinken will lead efforts at the G20 meeting -- whose members represent about 80% of global GDP -- to focus on the role Russia’s invasion and effective blockade of Ukrainian grain exports have played in sparking an international food crisis,
WNBA | Brittney Griner’s plea for help from Russia ‘very personal’ to Biden: White House
Other Sports: American basketball star Brittney Griner, who was arrested on February 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil, had written to U. S. President Joe Biden pleading for help. The White House has confirmed he has read it
South Korea bets on nuclear power, restarting construction on two reactors
South Korea, one of the world's most fossil fuel-reliant economies, is re-embracing nuclear energy, with the government announcing Tuesday it will restart construction on two nuclear reactors and extend the life of those already in operation.
Fresh Covid outbreaks put millions under lockdown in China
The fresh cases and the official response to them have deepened fears that China may be set to return to the kinds of strict restrictions seen earlier this year, when Beijing's hardline zero-Covid policy saw tens of millions locked down for weeks on end. Officials launched a new round of mass testing in Shanghai, closing karaoke bars Wednesday after some infections were linked to six such venues.
Overseas haj pilgrims rejoice after 2-year Covid absence
One of the five pillars of Islam, the haj must be undertaken by all able-bodied Muslims who have the means at least once in their lives. But pandemic restrictions forced countless would-be pilgrims based outside Saudi Arabia to put their plans on hold.
'Deep longing': After blockade, Qataris end long wait for haj
Qataris have been unable to take part in the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city of Mecca since 2017, when Saudi Arabia led a diplomatic, trade and transport shut-out of their small, wealthy Gulf archipelago. When the blockade was finally lifted in January last year, the coronavirus pandemic ruled overseas visitors out of the annual event, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Suspected North Korean dam release forces South Koreans to evacuate holiday spot on river
North Korea appears to have released water from a dam near its border with South Korea, prompting vacationers in the neighbouring country to evacuate due to rising water levels on the Imjin River, officials said Tuesday.