China’s economy grows at slowest rate in decades

The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.1% in 2019, making last year China’s worst economic performance since 1990, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday. The figure is within Beijing’s official target of 6.0% to…

China’s Xi arrives in Myanmar for ‘historic’ visit

Chinese President Xi Jingping arrived in Myanmar Friday for a two-day state visit aimed at cementing 70 years of Myanmar-China relations and bolstering Aung San Suu Kyi’s embattled government. Writing in Myanmar’s state-run New Light the day before his arrival, the…

US soldiers ‘were hurt’ in Iran missile attack on Iraq base

Several US soldiers were treated for concussion following last week’s Iranian missile attack on two bases in Iraq, US Central Command revealed late Thursday. Initially it was reported that were neither fatalities nor injuries, a claim backed up by US…

Iran: Khamenei praises attack on US bases as ‘day of god’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led the main weekly Muslim prayers in Tehran on Friday for the first time since 2012. It comes as the country grapples with the aftermath of the killing of its top general in a US airstrike…

Second death reported from mystery virus in China

A second person has died from a mysterious virus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, officials said Thursday. A 69-year-old man died on Wednesday from multiple organ failures, health officials in Wuhan said. His symptoms steadily worsened after first…

How divestment stacks up against fossil fuels

The planned coal-fired power station near the coastal town of Lamu was conceived to help expand the power grid in Kenya’s underserved north. But half a year ago, the project was put on hold. A Kenyan court ordered that the risk…

Australia bushfires: Heavy rains provide some relief

Torrential downpours drenched much of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Friday, providing a second day of much-needed relief to firefighters battling a months-long crisis. “Rain has fallen across most firegrounds over the last 24 hours which is great news! Our fingers…

US tariffs on autos not mentioned in talks, EU trade chief says

US threats to impose tariffs on European autos did not come up in trade talks in Washington, European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday. “It was not mentioned, it was hardly mentioned,” Hogan told reporters in the US capital.…

Brexit, Iran and Trump dominate on German defense minister’s UK trip

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was in London on Thursday for talks with her British counterpart, Ben Wallace. Issues such as Brexit, collective military missions and Iran were high on the agenda. Iran nuclear deal The ministers discussed the 2015 Iran…

Pro-Iranian militias: How autonomous are they?

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, head of the country’s Quds Force, was a busy man. When he died in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad International Airport, he had been en route to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Adel…