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US blocks ceasefire call with third UN veto in Israel-Hamas war

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday again vetoed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israel-Hamas war, blocking a demand for an immediate humanitarian...

New Taipei taekwondo coach sentenced to 29 years for sexually assaulting 11 girls

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A taekwondo coach has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting 11 girls who were his students. Over four years, the man surnamed Lu (呂) commi...

Ukraine updates: Russia decries Belgorod attack

A missile strike on the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukraine border killed at least six people and wounded another 17 in the Russian city of Belgorod, officials said. Russia said Ukraine carrie...

Canada, Australia, NZ call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza ahead of Rafah assault

SYDNEY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The leaders of Canada, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, according to a joint statement released in response to r...

More US military aid for Taiwan inches closer despite Trump's opposition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. lawmakers have come one step closer to securing an aid package that would provide around US$1.9 billion in weapons sales to Taiwan, while also providing more weapons ...

Gaza ceasefire hopes alive with more talks planned

Mediators from the U.S., Qatar and Egypt scrambled to forge a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in their four-month-old war in the Gaza Strip after America's top diplomat on a Middle East mission...

Gaza war exposes internal dissent on EU's Israel policy

Angelique Eijpe used to spend her days drafting strategies for the future of Dutch foreign policy from an office in The Hague. Across her 21-year career as a diplomat, she served as the Netherlands...

Taiwanese influencer Chen Yee attacked on Taipei street

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese internet celebrity Chen Yee (陳沂) was allegedly assaulted by a man on the streets of Taipei on Monday (Feb. 5). At 4 p.m., the Taipei City Police Department re...

Palestinians hope Blinken visit can deliver Gaza truce before Rafah assault

DOHA/RIYADH, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The top U.S. diplomat met Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler on Monday during a Middle East visit Palestinians hope will clinch a truce before a threatened Israeli assaul...

Pakistan: military casts long shadow over new elections

The common perception in Pakistan about the upcoming February 8 general elections is that the results have already been decided. The powerful military establishment, say many citizens who spoke with D...

Bangladesh's Rohingya refugees seek justice for police abuse

Around a million Rohingya refugees are living in huts made of bamboo and plastic in Cox's Bazar, the world's largest refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. Most have fled ethnic and religious p...

Taiwan Army carries out joint exercise in Taitung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Army’s Taitung Area Command conducted a joint exercise consisting of target protection and anti-infiltration drills on Wednesday (Jan. 31) to enhance combat read...

How the US is preparing for a Chinese invasion of Taiwan

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - When U.S. and Australian troops practiced amphibious landings, ground combat and air operations last summer, they drew headlines about the allies deepening defense coope...

Pentagon seeks naval attack drones to thwart Taiwan invasion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Pentagon is seeking pitches for small naval attack drones that could help hold off a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said on Monday (J...

Pentagon says it is not seeking war with Iran after Jordan attack

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday vowed the U.S. would take "all necessary actions" to defend its troops after a deadly drone attack in Jordan by I...