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China and India locked in high-stakes, high-altitude border row

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:33 PM

A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan platea heightens long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, in between

China and India locked in high-stakes, high-altitude border row

Britain plans bigger role in Asia post-Brexit – Johnson

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:51 AM

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Brexit has given Britain the opportunity to 'think afresh' about its international role, while maintaining close ties with its European partners

Britain plans bigger role in Asia post-Brexit – Johnson

Libyan rivals voice joint support for ceasefire, elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:17 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron says Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar, the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country, have shown 'historic courage' in talks outside Paris

Libyan rivals voice joint support for ceasefire, elections

U.S. House votes to slap sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

The sanctions package 'tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe,' House Speaker Paul Ryan said after the vote

U.S. House votes to slap sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) The move by the 4 Arab governments comes despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks-old boycott of their fellow US ally

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:55 AM

(4th UPDATE) The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest, with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

UN-backed Libya PM to meet eastern strongman in France

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:39 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron will host the meeting

UN-backed Libya PM to meet eastern strongman in France

China to 'step up' troop deployment in India border row

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:36 PM

The standoff started more than a month ago after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan

China to 'step up' troop deployment in India border row

Two Jordanians killed, Israeli wounded at Amman embassy shooting

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Two Jordanians are killed and an Israeli seriously wounded in a shooting at the Jewish state's embassy

Two Jordanians killed, Israeli wounded at Amman embassy shooting

Erdogan visits Gulf in hope of easing Qatar crisis

Jul 23, 2017 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Erdogan arrives in Jeddah to meet the Saudi leadership before heading to Qatar on Monday to speak with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

Erdogan visits Gulf in hope of easing Qatar crisis

Poland's senate approves controversial court reform

Jul 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Poland's senate approves a controversial reform of the Supreme Court despite warnings from the European Union, appeals from Washington and massive street protests against the measure

Poland's senate approves controversial court reform

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The emir also says Qatar was 'fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises, and the international community recognizes this'

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

EU MPs 'concerned' over Philippine drug war deaths

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The EU delegation also expresses 'strong concern' over efforts to restore the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to 9

EU MPs 'concerned' over Philippine drug war deaths

Time runs out for South Korea-proposed army talks with North – Seoul

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul had proposed to hold rare inter-Korea talks this week at the border truce village of Panmunjom to ease hostilities after a series of missile tests this year

Time runs out for South Korea-proposed army talks with North – Seoul

Qatar says UAE source of hacking that sparked Gulf row

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:40 AM

General Ali Mohammed al-Mohannadi tells a news conference the 'hacking' was undertaken 'from two sites... in the Emirates'

Qatar says UAE source of hacking that sparked Gulf row

No response from North Korea as proposed talks loom – Seoul

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:10 PM

If the government meeting goes ahead, it will mark the first official inter-Korea talks since December 2015

No response from North Korea as proposed talks loom – Seoul

Albright: 'Rule of law' issues cloud PH's prospects

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Former US Secretary of State Albright: 'One of the things that I think people need to understand in the Philippines (is) that investors do not want to go into a place where the rule of law is under question'

Albright: 'Rule of law' issues cloud PH's prospects

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:27 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara will continue to play a 'constructive and active' role to help solve what he described as a 'pointless' crisis

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion at G20

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) The disclosure raises questions about what the pair talked about, who was present and why the meeting was not previously disclosed

White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion at G20

U.S. and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles

Jul 18, 2017 - 10:38 PM

(UPDATED) The exchange of sanctions comes just hours after Washington admitted Tehran was complying with a landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago

U.S. and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Erdogan will also visit Kuwait, the main mediator in the Qatar crisis, during his July 23-24 tour

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump backs away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran, with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now

Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions

Qatar is 'undermining' GCC allies – UAE minister

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The UAE state minister for foreign affairs also denies a Washington Post report saying that his country had been behind an alleged cyber attack on Qatar in May which sparked a crisis

Qatar is 'undermining' GCC allies – UAE minister

South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:21 PM

The offer of talks, the first since South Korea elected President Moon Jae-In, comes as the Red Cross in Seoul proposes a separate meeting to discuss reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War

South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

Estonia to open world's first virtual data embassy

Jul 16, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The data embassy in Luxembourg will notably back up information regarding taxes, land, businesses, identity documents, pensions, legislation, and the census

Estonia to open world's first virtual data embassy

Raul Castro warns of 'a setback' in U.S.-Cuba relations

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro criticizes Donald Trump's partial rollback of his predecessor Barack Obama's rapprochement with the communist island

Raul Castro warns of 'a setback' in U.S.-Cuba relations

China rebuffs calls to let ailing Nobel laureate go abroad

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights groups have decried the lack of independent reports about Liu Xiaobo's health, accusing the authorities of manipulating information

China rebuffs calls to let ailing Nobel laureate go abroad

U.S. seeks to renegotiate South Korea free trade deal

Jul 13, 2017 - 12:33 PM

The US free trade agreement with South Korea, known as KORUS, went into force in March 2012, since when Washington says its trade deficit with the country has more than doubled

U.S. seeks to renegotiate South Korea free trade deal

Tillerson meets Arab ministers over Qatar boycott

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:07 AM

The United States, a longtime ally of Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, has given mixed signals about its policy on the Gulf crisis

Tillerson meets Arab ministers over Qatar boycott

North Korean defectors down as border tightened – Seoul

Jul 12, 2017 - 10:55 AM

In the 6 months to June, 593 Northerners entered South Korea, down 20.8% from the same period in 2016, statistics compiled by Seoul's Unification Ministry show

North Korean defectors down as border tightened – Seoul

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2017

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2017

U.S. pressures Myanmar to accept UN rights probe

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Yangon officials said last week that they would deny visas to the 3-person team mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate abuses reportedly committed by security forces in Rakhine state

U.S. pressures Myanmar to accept UN rights probe

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts, the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent, neocolonial relations with the US, and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Erdogan: 'After that step taken by America, the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament'

Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

Merkel says 'deep differences' with Erdogan remain

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Berlin-Ankara relations have been fraught, deteriorating sharply over Turkey's mass crackdown last year and a host of other civil rights controversies

Merkel says 'deep differences' with Erdogan remain

Saudi, allies slam Qatar non-compliance as threat to security

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Saudi Arabia and its allies say Qatar's rejection of a list of demands they set to lift sanctions on Doha 'reflects its intention to continue its policy, aimed at destabilizing security in the region'

Saudi, allies slam Qatar non-compliance as threat to security

U.S. leads sanctions push after North Korea 'escalation'

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:13 AM

The new sanctions could target countries that continue to trade with North Korea, curb oil exports to North Korea, tighten air and maritime restrictions and impose travel bans on North Korean officials

U.S. leads sanctions push after North Korea 'escalation'

Saudi Arabia says Qatar boycott to remain in place

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:06 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia and its allies have not said what steps they could take next, but there are fears of a wider embargo that would hurt the Qatari economy

Saudi Arabia says Qatar boycott to remain in place

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Trump, world leaders head into stormy G20 summit

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The year's biggest diplomatic event outside the UN will also provide a stage for other world leaders muscling for power and regional influence

Trump, world leaders head into stormy G20 summit

Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies

Jul 05, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Saudi Arabia says they have received Qatar's response and that they will respond 'at the right time'

Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies

Trump walks diplomatic tightrope in first Putin encounter

Jul 05, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Donald Trump is set to finally meet his Russian counterpart in an encounter fraught with potential danger for the struggling American leader

Trump walks diplomatic tightrope in first Putin encounter

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria's ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Modi begins first ever Israel visit by an Indian PM

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Israel, constantly searching for allies at the United Nations and for new business partners, has portrayed the visit as a major diplomatic victory

Modi begins first ever Israel visit by an Indian PM

Qatar slams 'unrealistic' demands as deadline looms

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:04 AM

'It's not about terrorism, it's talking about shutting down the freedom of speech,' says Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

Qatar slams 'unrealistic' demands as deadline looms

Russia, China urge freeze on North Korea missile tests and U.S. exercises

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The joint statement issued after a meeting between leaders Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Moscow follow an announcement by North Korea that it had test fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

Russia, China urge freeze on North Korea missile tests and U.S. exercises

China defends North Korea efforts, after Trump outburst

Jul 04, 2017 - 6:58 PM

'China has made relentless efforts for the settlement of the Korean peninsula nuclear issue. China's contribution in this regard is well recognized, and its role is indispensable,' says China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

China defends North Korea efforts, after Trump outburst

ICC to rule if South Africa broke rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court, experts say

ICC to rule if South Africa broke rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir