After trade deal, demographic and economic challenges await Beijing

Gross domestic product (GDP) growth was 6.1 per cent in 2019, a year in which the Chinese economy was hammered by US tariffs Some 14.65 million babies were born in China last year, down from 15.23 million in 2018, and…

Starmer ‘may not give Long-Bailey top job if he wins’, ally predicts

Keir Starmer could freeze his “inexperienced” Labour leadership rival Rebecca Long-Bailey out of the top shadow cabinet jobs if he wins the contest, a senior ally has suggested. Sir Keir and Ms Long-Bailey are viewed as the two front-runners in…

Iranian attack on Al Asad airbase injured 11 U.S. service members

At least 11 service members were injured during Iran’s January 8 attack against Al Asad airbase, according to United States Central Command spokesperson Captain Bill Urban. “Several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,”…

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell on why Michigan is so important in 2020

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell hasn’t chosen a candidate to support in the Democratic presidential primary yet, but she’s looking for one who’s sure to make her home state of Michigan a priority. Dingell, who represents a district that contains a significant…

Eminem drops surprise new album with call for changes to gun laws

Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music To Be Murdered By” on Friday — along with a video that calls for changes to gun laws. The follow-up to 2018’s “Kamikaze” — also released without warning — was…

Long-Bailey and Thornberry launch leader campaigns

Two of the candidates to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as the next Labour leader will launch their campaigns later. Speaking in Manchester, Rebecca Long-Bailey will promise to end the “gentlemen’s club of politics” by devolving powers to regions. And Emily Thornberry…

Lavrov excoriates US for ‘abusing its privileges’ as UN headquarters host nation

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. By denying a number of nations the right to attend official events at the United Nations, Washington has abused its privileges as a UN headquarters host nation, Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday. “Washington has…

Kashmir problem is matter of direct India-Pakistan talks — Lavrov

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The Kashmir problem is a matter of direct talks between India and Pakistan and Russia doesn’t support the initiative to discuss it within the United Nations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. “We have…

No automatic deportation for EU citizens – Verhofstadt

The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator says he has been told there will be no automatic deportation from the UK of EU citizens who have not got settled status by the 2021 deadline. Guy Verhofstadt said he had been given the…

Lavrov: US can possibly attempt Venezuela plot in other countries

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The United States might attempt to repeat the government-toppling plot carried out in Venezuela elsewhere, Russian Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference outlining the results of Russia’s diplomatic efforts in 2019. “It is very difficult to…