Putin grants Edward Snowden Russian citizenship

President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who exposed massive surveillance by the US National Security Agency on Americans and then sought refuge in Russia. A presidential decree published Monday included Snowden on a list of newly-minted Russian citizens, at a time when relations between Washington and Moscow are … Read more

Why Bangladesh shouldn’t fall into trap of war with Myanmar

Myanmar is repeatedly breaking promises. the country is not honoring its promise not to violate the border. Instead, Myanmar’s helicopters are flying in the sky every day in Myanmar near the border of Bangladesh. The entire border area including Tumbru, Baishaphandi, Reju Gorjanbania, Amtali of Naikshyangchari trembled with the loud sound of the shells fired … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more

American, Russians reach space station as war rages in Ukraine

A US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have arrived safely at the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said Wednesday, after blasting off on a Russian-operated flight in a rare instance of cooperation between Moscow and Washington. The Russian space agency Roscosmos and NASA both distributed live footage of the launch from Kazakhstan and commentators speaking … Read more

Modernizing The IDB To Compete With China’s Debt Diplomacy

Latin America and the Caribbean entered the COVID-19 pandemic with stagnant growth, and the region is now emerging in financial crisis with poor prospects. In 2020 alone, regional GDP fell 7.4% and public debt soared to 72% of GDP. Recovery is beset by high inflation, rising global interest rates, and high energy costs. To attract … Read more

Poland asks Germany for war reparations of 1.3 trillion euros

Poland on Thursday estimated the financial cost of World War II losses to be 1.3 trillion euros (dollars) and said it would “ask Germany to negotiate these reparations”. “It is a major sum of 6.2 trillion” Polish zloty, said Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling Law and Justice party and widely considered to be Poland’s … Read more

Bolsonaro fetes Emperor Pedro I’s heart

With full regalia, military honors and a skywriting squad, President Jair Bolsonaro presided over a lavish gala Tuesday for the embalmed heart of Emperor Pedro I, who declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal 200 years ago. Speaking a day after the gilded urn containing the heart arrived in Brazil on loan from Portugal — where Pedro … Read more

Chinese ship docks in Sri Lanka despite India, US concerns

A Chinese research vessel docked at Sri Lanka’s Chinese-run southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday despite concerns from India and the United States about its alleged spying activities. The Yuan Wang 5 entered the deep-sea port after securing permission to enter Sri Lankan waters on the condition it would not engage in any research, port … Read more

China conducts fresh drills around Taiwan as US lawmakers visit

China said Monday it had organized fresh military drills around Taiwan, as a delegation of visiting United States lawmakers were set to meet the island’s leader just weeks after a similar trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi heightened fears of conflict. The unannounced two-day trip came after Beijing sent warships, missiles and jets into the … Read more

US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan on heels of Pelosi visit

A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, officials said, days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Sunday’s unannounced trip came after Pelosi infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan earlier this month, sparking unprecedented air and sea drills that raised the prospect of conflict. … Read more