International Issues

Britain plans European-led naval mission in the Gulf

Prime Minister Theresa May holds emergency meeting; Hunt terms Iran’s capture of tanker ‘state piracy’ Britain on Monday said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. Foreign Secretary Jeremy …

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China says Hong Kong protests are ‘absolutely intolerable’

Beijing calls for use of ‘all necessary measures to safeguard Central govt. agencies’ China reacted furiously on Monday to anti-government protesters vandalising the walls of its representative’s office in Hong Kong and defacing the national emblem, branding their actions “absolutely intolerable”. Thousands of masked pro-democracy demonstrators briefly occupied the road …

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Abe claims victory in Japan poll

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory on Sunday for his ruling coalition in the upper house election, vowing to keep alive plans to amend the nation’s pacifist Constitution. With the results, the 64-year-old Abe, who is on course to become Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, aims to shore up his …

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PTI, Independents lead in FATA polls

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and Independent candidates won five seats each in the first-ever elections in former semi-autonomous tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, that was once a stronghold of militant groups like the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda. Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where the first-ever provincial elections were …

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Space crew blast off for ISS

NASA’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969 American, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted off into space on Saturday, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA’s Andrew Morgan and Luca …

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A hostile act, says U.K.

Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a ”hostile act” on Saturday, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident. Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt called the incident a “hostile act”. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt …

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