As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China

As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China — the disentangling of economies and supply chains, reduction of co-operation and erecting of new trade barriers. Beijing’s state media and diplomats have not only disputed whether the global pandemic originated on Chinese soil but have pushed unfounded speculation that the US was the source. It came as Italy recorded a record 4,207 infections and 475 new deaths from the virus yesterday, squashing hopes that the unprecedented national lockdown was beginning to slow the spread of … Continue reading As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China

Donald Trump has arrived in India where he received a bear hug from Narendra Modi and a lavish welcome from the locals

Donald Trump has arrived in India where he received a bear hug from Narendra Modi and a lavish welcome from the locals – only to then mangle the pronounciation of several key names in his address to a 100,000-strong crowd at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, including that of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Modi in turn mispoke and called him “Doland Trump”. The president dished out lavish praise for the country, hailing its economic progress and thriving Bollywood film industry and celebrating the authoritarian prime minister as “very tough”, winning a huge cheer from the crowd in pledging to snuff … Continue reading Donald Trump has arrived in India where he received a bear hug from Narendra Modi and a lavish welcome from the locals

Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave

Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave after confirmation that two people on board do not have coronavirus.  The Costa Smeralda ship – carrying 7,000 people including some Britons – had been kept on the ship since Thursday morning after a 54-year-old Chinese woman from Macau came down with flu-like symptoms the previous night. A British man has chosen not to board the evacuation flight from Wuhan because the Foreign Office could not confirm whether his four-year-old daughter, a Chinese national, would be allowed to join … Continue reading Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave

The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role

The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role when newly discovered documents showed that his wife has acquired a substantial fortune and that the couple live in a luxury property near Moscow. Mikhail Mishustin, a previously obscure tax official, was hand-picked by President Putin and voted in by the Russian parliament yesterday. Meanwhile, senior gardaí have expressed concerns that criminals in Drogheda are embroiled in ‘social media warfare’. Yesterday, gardaí strongly criticised the circulation of images and footage on social media purporting to be linked to the 17- year-old’s murder. … Continue reading The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet.  Dozens of protesters gathered and chanted slogans at a Tehran university today amid a wave of public anger after the plane was shot down with dozens of Iranians on board.   The UK Government will tell Iran’s ambassador in London it has “strong objections” to the arrest of the UK’s top diplomat in Tehran. The prime minister’s spokesman said: In relation to the arrest of the UK’s ambassador over the weekend, I would say this was an unacceptable … Continue reading Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators.  Julie Crowe, 18, was on holiday in Zante, Greece, with her friends last summer when she was targeted. Already Mahdieh Ghassemi, 38, from Toronto, had received a text message from Nitin Malhotra, her worried boss back home. “Have a safe flight,” he said. Mr Malhotra, who runs an architectural practice, told Canadian television that he had tried to persuade his colleague not to go to Iran. Her husband, Hamid Niazi, had stayed in … Continue reading The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

Iran’s Supreme Leader has bragged of giving America a ‘slap in the face’ after 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases in Iraq

Iran’s Supreme Leader has bragged of giving America a ‘slap in the face’ after 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases in Iraq – but said military actions were ‘not enough’ and vowed to kick US forces out of the region altogether. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on Iranian TV shortly after strikes hit Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq and Erbil International Airport in the north early Wednesday local time in revenge for the death of Qassem Soleimani. Victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons, according … Continue reading Iran’s Supreme Leader has bragged of giving America a ‘slap in the face’ after 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases in Iraq

Donald Trump has prompted further condemnation after he threatened to strike 52 targets

Donald Trump has prompted further condemnation after he threatened to strike 52 targets, some apparently civilian sites, if Iran retaliates over the US assassination of military commander Qassem Soleimani. As bombs fell near the US embassy in Baghdad, the US president was labelled a “monster” and accused of plotting war crimes after promising swift retribution at high level targets “important to Iranian culture”. Mourners crowded around military personnel unloading Soleimani’s casket covered with an Iranian flag from a plane at Ahvaz International Airport in Tehran. A tide of mourners chanted furiously as his coffin was driven through tens of thousands … Continue reading Donald Trump has prompted further condemnation after he threatened to strike 52 targets

Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon

Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon after escaping nine months of house arrest in Japan. The 65-year-old former Nissan CEO can be seen sitting next to wife Carole in a plush dining room in front of a table strewn with empty plates, glasses, a half-full bottle of wine and decorated with lit candlesticks on Tuesday. In Victoria – where there are grave fears for 28 people still missing in the East Gippsland region – authorities have sent 250,000 text messages to people in affected shires and urged them to evacuate. … Continue reading Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon

“Rowdy” teens boasted about snorting cocaine in a toilet and one was sick as they caused chaos on a rush-hour train, fellow passengers claim

“Rowdy” teens boasted about snorting cocaine in a toilet and one was sick as they caused chaos on a rush-hour train, fellow passengers claim. A witness says commuters were “disgusted” as the five boys intimidated other passengers on a service from Dublin’s Connolly station to Newry in Co Down, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday. “The Xinjiang issue fundamentally is not about human rights, ethnicity or religion but about antiterror and antiseparatism,” Ms Hua said, threatening unspecified retaliation if the US interfered. China has for decades been trying to suppress the Uighur separatist movement, some of whose members have committed attacks. According … Continue reading “Rowdy” teens boasted about snorting cocaine in a toilet and one was sick as they caused chaos on a rush-hour train, fellow passengers claim