Identity

Beijing says ‘Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory’

Beijing says ‘Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory’

Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a huge victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

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OSCE: Joint protocol signed on Transdniestria

OSCE: Joint protocol signed on Transdniestria

The participants in the “five plus two” meeting on the Transdniestrian issue held in the German capital have adopted a joint protocol on further action to find ways out of the conflict, Special Representative for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Cord Meier-Klodt said on Friday. “The […]

How Beijing turned Koreans into Chinese

How Beijing turned Koreans into Chinese

Of the approximately two million Chinese Koreans living in China, about half reside in Jilin Province, one of the country’s three northeastern provinces. Jilin comprises most of China’s border with North Korea and includes the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture — one of 30 administrative districts within the People’s Republic of China that are ruled, to […]

Lebanese citizenship law strips women of identity

Lebanese citizenship law strips women of identity

When her teenage daughter – a talented soccer player – was selected for a national Lebanese team, Nadine Moussa could not have been more proud. But the celebrations were short-lived. Under a 91-year-old law, women like Moussa, who are married to foreigners, cannot pass their Lebanese nationality on to their husbands or children – nor […]

UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait

UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait

Talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war opened in Kuwait on Thursday, with Kuwait’s top diplomat appealing to both sides to “turn war into peace” after more than a year of conflict which has killed more than 6,200 people and caused a humanitarian crisis. Yemen’s foreign minister warned against high expectations from the UN-sponsored talks, which […]

Syria reject Israel’s vow to control Golan “forever”

Syria reject Israel’s vow to control Golan “forever”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for the first time held his weekly cabinet meeting in the occupied Golan Heights, amid criticism from local Syrian activists.  Speaking in the Jewish-only settlement of Maaleh Gamla on Sunday, Netanyahu declared that the 70 percent of the Golan, which Israeli forces occupied during the 1967 Middle East war, […]

Germany agrees in refugee integration package

Germany agrees in refugee integration package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition agreed Thursday on sweeping measures to spur the integration of migrants and refugees in a “historic” first for a country that long resisted embracing immigration. The deal, hammered out in seven hours of late-night talks between Merkel’s conservative Christian Union bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD), also included plans […]