Economy

EU readies sanctions on Venezuela, approves arms embargo

EU readies sanctions on Venezuela, approves arms embargo

BRUSSELS – European Union foreign ministers approved economic sanctions including an arms embargo on Venezuela on Monday, saying regional elections last month marred by reported irregularities had deepened the country’s crisis. Anxious not to push Caracas any closer to economic and political collapse as debt restructuring talks begin, EU governments held back from targeting any […]

Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of sky’ if it bought U.S. weaponry

Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of sky’ if it bought U.S. weaponry

TOKYO – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought the U.S. weaponry needed for doing so, suggesting Tokyo take a stance it has avoided until now. North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council […]

‘Absolutely shocking’: Niger Delta oil spills linked with infant deaths

‘Absolutely shocking’: Niger Delta oil spills linked with infant deaths

Babies in Nigeria at double the risk of dying before they reach a month old if mothers lived near the scene of an oil spill before conceiving, study shows. Babies in Nigeria are twice as likely to die in the first month of life if their mothers were living near an oil spill before falling pregnant, researchers […]

Asia & Pacific Xi laid down his cards, now it’s Trump’s turn to play his hand in Asia

Asia & Pacific Xi laid down his cards, now it’s Trump’s turn to play his hand in Asia

BEIJING — In China, the foreign policy mantra had long been to hide your strength, and bide your time. Cards, in other words, would be played close to the vest, and bets would be modest. No longer. At the 19th Communist Party Congress, President Xi Jinping declared that a “new era” had begun. It was time for China […]

Spain: thousands join Barcelona rally against Catalan independence

Spain: thousands join Barcelona rally against Catalan independence

Pro-unity demonstration held in city centre two days after Catalan parliament voted for independence and Madrid took hold of region. Hundreds of thousands have gathered in central Barcelona to call for Spanish unity two days after the Catalan parliament voted for independence and the Spanish government took control of the region. Sunday’s demonstration, which began at […]

China, Cuba sign agreements to expand economic, trade ties

China, Cuba sign agreements to expand economic, trade ties

HAVANA — China and Cuba on Wednesday signed five cooperation and legal agreements, which reaffirm the willingness of both nations to strengthen and expand their economic and trade relations. According to local media, Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, and Chen Xi, the Chinese ambassador to Cuba, signed the documents, including a […]

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution. The symbolic move […]