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China says working with UN on North Korea response

BEIJING: China is working with other members of the United Nations Security Council on a response to North Korea's missile launch over Japan, the Chinese foreign minister said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke hours after the UN Security Council unanimously condemned Tuesday's test and Japan's UN ambassador suggested that a new sanctions declaration could come next. Wang said China -- which is Pyongyang's only major ally -- was "now working with other members of the Security Council to discuss the recent…

May visits Japan with eye on Brexit fears

TOKYO: British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Japan on an official visit Wednesday with an eye to soothing Brexit fears and pushing ahead on early free-trade talks with the world's number three economy. May is scheduled to sit down with Toyota's chairman during her three-day tour which starts in Osaka before moving to Tokyo where she meets with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who visited Britain this year. Britain formally told the EU in March it will withdraw from the 28-member bloc, stirring…

Clinton knocks Trump for proposing cuts to US diplomacy

WASHINGTON: Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, slowly emerging from post-election seclusion, slammed President Donald Trump on Friday for proposing budget cuts to US diplomacy and foreign aid, calling it a "grave mistake." "We are seeing signals of a shift that truly alarms us all," the former Democratic presidential candidate told hundreds of students at Georgetown University in Washington. "This administration's proposed cuts in international health, development and diplomacy would be a blow to women and…

Unresolved issues creating bitterness among countries, says Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan's Permanent Representative in the United Nations (UN) Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said that bitterness among countries are increasing due to unresolved conflicts in the world, ARY News reported Addressing a UN session, Lodhi said that new and sophisticated disputes are emerging in the world. She said that the solution of the crisis for peace is necessary and political process must be promoted for maintaining peace according to the UN charter. Pakistan envoy in the United Nations stressed for seeking…

Kerry says ’embarrassing’ US election has made job harder

LONDON:¬†US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he had found parts of this year's race for the White House "downright embarrassing", adding it had made his job more difficult. "I must tell you bluntly. This election has been difficult for our country's perception abroad," he told students at an event with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during a visit to Britain. "There are moments when it is downright embarrassing. There are times when it steps out of any norm that I've known -- and I ran for president in 2004. "I…

US, Iran chief diplomats win prize for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have won an international diplomatic prize for their part in a historic agreement on Iran's nuclear program, organizers announced on Monday. The two officials, who negotiated the deal face-to-face and together with counterparts from the P5+1 powers (the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany) between 2013 and 2015, won the Chatham House Prize "in recognition of their crucial roles" to resolve "one of the most…

Philippines becomes friends with China, announces separation from US

BEIJING, CHINA: Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pledged to enhance trust and deepen cooperation Thursday, Chinese officials said, as Manila's new leader seeks to rebalance his country's diplomacy away from the US. China welcomed Duterte - who donned a suit and tie for the occasion - with an official ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, with the two leaders striding side-by-side down the red carpet inspecting an honour guard, with children cheering.…

Russian jets pound Aleppo as US clings to diplomacy

AMMAN: Russian war planes struck rebel-held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said. Russia was reported on Friday to be sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign as the United States said it had not yet given up on finding a diplomatic resolution. The latest strikes come 10 days into a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against…

Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy ‘on life support’

MOSCOW: Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was "on life support" but not dead yet. Fighting continued to intensify a week into a new Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture rebel-held eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011. Moscow and Assad spurned a US-Russian brokered ceasefire agreed to this…