Moscow says 27 Russian more diplomats due to leave US in January

Russia’s ambassador to the United States said that 27 more diplomats and their families were expelled from the United States and would leave on January 30, and that they are facing a serious staff shortage. Russia has previously said that over 100 of its diplomats with families had been forced to leave the country since 2016 when the relationship between …

China study warns of ‘colossal’ COVID outbreak if it opens up like US, France

According to a study by Peking University mathematicians in a report published in China CDC weekly, China could face more than 630,000 COVID-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs. Using data for August from the United States, Britain, Spain, France and Israel, the mathematicians assessed the potential results if China adopted the same …

Japan adds $6.7 billion to military budget in rush to bolster air and sea defenses

Japan is planning to add 6.75 billion dollars to its already record annual military spending in a rush to bolster air and maritime defenses as it becomes more concerned about threats posed by China and North Korea. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government approved the outlay as part of a supplementary budget. The 774 billion yen that lawmakers will be asked …

Italy takes in National Geographic’s green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’

Kinupkop bilang refugee si Sharbat Gula, ang babaeng tinatawag na “Afghan Girl” na naging cover ng National Geographic noong 1985. Naging simbolo si Gula ng digmaan sa Afghanistan noong panahon na ito. Humingi ng tulong si Gula na umalis sa bansa noong namuno muli ang Taliban matapos umalis ang Amerika noong Agosto. Nasama siya sa mga taong na evacuate dahil …

Portugal reimposes rules as COVID-19 cases rise

Ibabalik ng Portugal ang kanilang lockdown measures para pigilan ang pag-akyat ng mga kaso sa bansa kaya lahat ng taong dadating ay kinakailangan ng magpakita ng negative test certificate. Isa ang Portugal sa may pinakamataas na vaccination rates sa mundo pero nagbabakasakali sila dahil delikado pa rin ang pagpasok sa bansa na walang test result; lalo na’t patuloy na umaakyat …

Romanian coalition government wins overwhelming confidence vote

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis swore in a three-party Romanian coalition government headed by liberal former general Nicolae Ciuca who took the oath of office last week, soon after winning an overwhelming vote in Parliament. The coalition’s installment signals the end of a long period of instability in the country; especially after the minority cabinet led by Florin Citu collapsed last …

China calls on new German government to adhere to one-China principle

Ayon sa isang Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, inaasahan ng Tsina na itutuloy ng bagong administrasyon sa Germany ang pagtaguyod ng “One China policy” bilang respeto sa kanilang bilateral relations. Aniya tapos na ang mga negosasyon sa gitna ng Social Democratic Party (SPD), Greens Party, at Free Democratic Party. Naitala raw ito sa isang 177-pahinang kontrata at napag-usapan ang Taiwan, Hong …

Five US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan

Five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials, going against Beijing to visit the contested island. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan democrat, said that her office received a blunt message from the Chinese embassy telling her to call off the trip. Although she said in a statement that Taiwan is the largest supplier of microchips …