Beijing's ?friendship? with Moscow is a ?risk? for the bloc, according to Ursula von Der Leyen... "How China continues to interact with Putin's war will be a determining factor for EU-China relations going forward," she said. It marked the first time the EU chief has given a full speech on the bloc's relations with Beijing ... (RT.com) ....
Responding to Indigenous demands, the Vatican has formally repudiated the “Doctrine of Discovery” — papal documents from the 15th century that legitimized the colonial-era seizure of Native lands. The repudiation will have great symbolic importance ... Here’s a look at some of reaction to the Vatican statement and the background underlying it. __.
MEXICOCITY (AP) — A Mexican court on Thursday issued arrest orders for six people in relation to the fire that killed 39 migrants at a detention facility earlier this week in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, according to the federal prosecutor leading the investigation ... It was not clear whether those guards had keys to the cell doors ... authorities.
Taipei, Taiwan – Asia must avoid “chaos and conflicts” or the region’s future will be lost, Chinese premierLi Qiang has said ... Investment houses say that China is constrained domestically by a weak property sector and exports, while consumption is recovering more slower than hoped for after years of pandemic-related uncertainty ... .
Since Donald Trump left office, he has consistently maintained that he had a great relationship with several well-known dictators ... The former president reiterated his position on dictators in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity this past week on Hannity.
Colombia said Wednesday it was making progress on the transfer of 70 hippos to overseas sanctuaries, but mitigating the havoc caused by this unusual legacy of deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar carries a hefty price tag. $3.5 million. The cocaine baron brought a small number of the African beasts to Colombia in the late 1980s...Fernando Vergara / AP ... .
Russian forces have had some success in the eastern frontline city of Bakhmut, Ukrainian military officials said, adding that their fighters were still holding on in a months-long battle in which both sides have suffered heavy casualties ... "Our defenders are holding the city and are repelling numerous enemy attacks." ... 'Can't be protected' ... .
Taiwan and China must do everything possible to avoid war and it is the responsibility of both sides' leaders to ensure peace, former Taiwan PresidentMa Ying-jeou told a senior Chinese official on Thursday ... "The two sides must maintain exchanges, cooperate together, and do everything possible to avoid war and conflict." ... .