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U.S. issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department on Thursday renewed its warning for U.S. citizens traveling in China to exercise increased caution due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the arrest in Canada of a Chinese technology company executive. The updated travel advisory maintains the warning at “Level 2” but also warns about extra security checks and increased police presence in the Xinjiang Uighur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. The advisory follows the detentions by Chinese…

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos touched down on steppe land southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan at the expected time of 1145 GMT. The landing came with Russian and US officials investigating the appearance of a mysterious hole in a Russian space…

Iran Guards says it held Gulf drills as U.S. tensions rise

DUBAI: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed on Sunday it had held war games in the Gulf over the past several days, saying they were aimed at “confronting possible threats” by enemies, the state news state news agency IRNA reported. U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday that the United States believed Iran had started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington. “This exercise was conducted with the aim of controlling and…

Eurozone growth slows as trade tensions persist

BRUSSELS: Economic growth in the eurozone slowed in the second quarter, official data has shown, feeding concerns that global trade tensions fuelled by Washington may be hurting Europe’s economy. Major economic institutions — including the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund — have warned that growth in the eurozone risks taking a hit from the rising protectionism that stemmed from the “America First” policies of US President Donald Trump. The fresh data released Tuesday confirmed the fears with…

PSG win again but tensions simmer between Neymar, Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain kept their perfect start to the season going on Sunday, but the 2-0 win over Lyon also laid bare certain tensions in their all-star front line. PSG were leading 1-0 at the Parc des Princes when they won a penalty with 10 minutes remaining for a foul on Kylian Mbappe, making his home debut.Having already scored three times from the spot this season, Edinson Cavani assumed the responsibility would once again be his. Neymar tried to get the ball from the Uruguayan but it was Cavani who eventually took it.…

Pakistan calls for addressing tensions on Korean peninsula through diplomatic means

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Lt General Retired Nasser Khan Janjua on Monday emphasized that the tension in Korean peninsula should be mitigated by using political and diplomatic means and channels. He was talking to Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai in Islamabad. The adviser shared concern about security situation in Korean Peninsula and assured the ambassador that Pakistan would always abide by the United Nations Security Council resolution. The two discussed matters of mutual interests,…

Turkey hosts OIC meeting over Jerusalem tensions

ISTANBUL: Turkey hosted a meeting of the main grouping of the world's Muslim nations to discuss the crisis that erupted last month when Israel imposed security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu chaired the extraordinary meeting in Istanbul of his counterparts from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Ankara had called in its current capacity as chairman of the body. Turkey has full diplomatic relations with Israel after resolving last year a…

Saudi Arabia says king’s contact with US helped ease Al-Aqsa mosque tensions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Thursday King Salman had been in contact with the United States and other world powers to try to prevent Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City being closed to Muslims and to defuse political and religious tensions. Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque compound and on Thursday Muslim elders urged worshippers to return there to pray. "The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman…