Yuan going international: China tests its digital currency on e-commerce platforms

As part of a push to internationalize the yuan, China has been testing its digital currency on trading platforms around the world where it can be freely traded with other fiat currencies. Beijing is also setting up a legal framework … Read More

Biden Says Americans Must Stand Against Hate Following Shootings of Asian Americans

U.S. President Joe Biden said “hate can have no safe harbor in America,” after meeting with Asian American leaders to discuss the killings of six Asian American women and two others near Atlanta this week. “There are simply some core … Read More

‘Just like pirates’: Syrian minister says US controls most crude reserves in northeast, loots oil to strangle country’s economy

Syria’s petroleum minister has condemned US forces for acting “like pirates” as Washington continues to plunder most of the oil wealth from the country’s resource-rich northeast, where the Pentagon backs Kurdish militia groups. “Americans and their allies are targeting the … Read More

UN Chief: Killing of Myanmar Protesters ‘Utterly Unacceptable’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the continuing brutality of the Myanmar military, as at least eight anti-coup demonstrators were killed Friday in the central town of Aungban in eastern Shan state. “The killing of peaceful demonstrators and arbitrary arrests, including of journalists, is utterly unacceptable,” … Read More

Germany: Merkel, state leaders agree on strategy to jump-start vaccinations

Germany will begin allowing family doctors and general practitioners to administer coronavirus vaccines. Extra doses will also be given to German border regions with France and the Czech Republic. German federal and state governments held talks on coronavirus vaccinations on … Read More

Moscow summit productive diplomacy in support of Afghan peace course of: Khalilzad

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said Friday that he wrapped up two days in Moscow at the “Extended Troika” meeting, aimed at accelerating peace negotiations.  Khalilzad called the meeting a “productive diplomacy in support of the Afghan … Read More

Ghani Appoints New Security Ministers

President Ashraf Ghani on Friday appointed former Helmand governor Hayatullah Hayat as acting minister of interior and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Yasin Zia as acting minister of defense, according to a statement by the National Security Council. Hayatullah Hayat … Read More

MoFA Welcomes Moscow Meeting’s Statement on Afghanistan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday welcomed the statement by Moscow conference and called it a step forward towards beginning serious talks for achieving peace based on Afghans’ demand. The ministry said it supports the emphasis of the statement … Read More

US accuses Beijing of sabotaging ‘rules-based’ world order & decries ‘protocol violation’ after Chinese hit back at Alaska talks

A war of words erupted as talks between US and Chinese officials kicked off in Alaska, with Secretary of State Tony Blinken accusing Beijing of undermining the global order, prompting a harsh rebuttal from his counterpart. Blinken opened Thursday’s summit … Read More

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announces plan to cold test redesigned Arak nuclear reactor

The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) has announced it will cold test its redesigned Arak nuclear reactor, going further beyond the terms of the nuclear deal, as the US keeps stalling its return to the agreement. Spokesperson for the AEOI … Read More

Pakistani army general urges nuclear rival India to ‘bury the past’, help create conditions for peaceAuto Draft

The head of the Pakistani army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said on Thursday that India should move beyond previous conflicts with its neighbor and towards peace, while making clear the US has a part to play in regional stability. “We … Read More

One last failed bid to end the Forever War: Pentagon adviser dishes details of Trump’s final failure to end Afghanistan quagmireAuto Draft

Despite an executive order in November mandating the withdrawal of all remaining troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s promise to end the US’ longest war collapsed – and was set up to fail, according to a senior Pentagon adviser. Former US president … Read More

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