International Affairs

Russia partially unblocks Azov Sea route

Russia has begun allowing some ships to enter Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov, Kiev said on Tuesday, in what could signal an easing of tensions in the flashpoint area. Ukraine has accused Moscow of blocking merchant vessels from entering and leaving the ports. In late November, the situation …

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Sri Lankan court restrains Rajapaksa

While their manoeuvre in the legislature proved inadequate to oust Mr. Rajapaksa’s disputed government, Monday’s appeal court order delivered a legal blow to the legitimacy that the Rajapaksa camp claims. On November 13, the Supreme Court stayed Mr. Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament and restrained the Election Commission from preparing for …

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Around the world on wheelchairs and wings

On November 17, Guillaume Féral and Mike Lomberg took off from Geneva, Switzerland, for Verona, Italy, the first of 150 hops on an around-the-world adventure that will take them to six continents and 80 countries over nine months. Not unusual, such adventures. Except that the pilots are wheelchair users.Mr. Féral, …

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Putin briefs Trump on Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that he briefed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the Ukraine crisis as he came under pressure over Moscow’s robust foreign policy at the G20 summit in Argentina.Mr. Putin said he explained Moscow’s position to Mr. Trump when the leaders met briefly at …

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Chinese state media welcomes trade truce

Chinese state media has welcomed the truce in the trade war between China and the U.S., amid apprehensions that follow-up negotiations are unlikely to yield quick returns.A commentary in the state run Xinhua news agency, following talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines …

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Trump could meet Kim ‘soon’

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he hoped to organise a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early 2019, perhaps as soon as January or February.Mr. Trump told reporters travelling home to Washington with him aboard Air Force One from Argentina that “three sites” were …

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