Japan, UK to sign first post-Brexit bilateral trade deal

Japan and the United Kingdom are scheduled to sign a bilateral free trade agreement on Friday, the UK's first major trade deal as an independent trading country. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Econom...

US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging countries that have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons to withdraw their support as the pact nears the 50 ratifications needed to trigger i...

China passes export control law to counter US entity list

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China passed a law on Saturday (Oct. 17) restricting exports of sensitive items based on national security grounds, according to Chinese state media. “China may t...

Libya says human trafficker sanctioned by UN arrested

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security forces said they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers in the capital, Tripoli, more than two years after the United Nations’ Security Council i...

China preparing new export control law in response to US entity list

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Beijing is preparing a new export control law that would prohibit Chinese companies from doing business with foreign firms on national security grounds. According to Ni...

Tajikistan strongman Rakhmon set to extend 28-year rule

Tajikistan's authoritarian president Emomali Rakhmon is expected to cement his grip on power after facing four token rivals in the former Soviet country's election for head of state on Sunday....

Afghan female peace negotiator nominated for Nobel Prize

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi says her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize demonstrates global support for the women of Afghanistan amid historic talks between the co...

South Korea struggles to choose between US and China

As the economic and geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China continues, South Korea finds itself in a difficult position. The 12th largest economy in the world is heavily reliant on C...

Japan angered by unveiling of Korean 'comfort woman' statue in Berlin

The Japanese government has said it "regrets" the unveiling of statue of a Korean "comfort woman" in Berlin on Monday. Katsunobu Kato, the chief cabinet secretary, said the statue ...

North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

North Korea on Tuesday called on the world's governments to “display effective leadership” in the fight against COVID-19 and said its own measures against the pandemic, which it called “preemptive, ti...

Telling COVID's story: At UN, leaders spin virus storylines

The subject: coronavirus. The status: urgent. The solutions: as diverse as the nations they lead. With the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly reduced to recorded speeches because of t...

Mearsheimer: 'The US won't tolerate China as peer competitor'

John Mearsheimer sees international relations as a "nasty and dangerous business." His theory, "offensive realism," is based on the premise that states are the main actors in inter...

Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam's holiest sites, has made its official position on the region's longest-running conflict clear: Full ti...

Libyan official: Sarraj opposes oil deal with rival Hifter

Libyan officials said Saturday that the leader of the U.N.-supported government would not support a deal with his primary rival in the country's civil war to lift a months-long blockade on its vital o...

Taiwan has once-in-a-lifetime chance to forge new alliances

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – Not too many English-speaking Taiwan observers will be keen readers of the French newspaper Le Monde. But, if they were, they would have spotted an article earlier this...