EU leaders to host Turkey’s Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can’t shut out

By Gabriela Baczynska and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 7 : European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels. But despite their wariness over President Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down […]

China denies report it hacked African Union headquarters

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, Jan 29 : China and the African Union dismissed on Monday a report in French newspaper Le Monde that Beijing had bugged the regional bloc’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. An article published Friday in Le Monde, quoting anonymous AU sources, reported that data from computers in the Chinese-built building […]

US gives Davos trade meeting no clues on ending WTO crisis

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Jan 26 : U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gave no clue at a meeting with 28 other envoys on Friday about what price the United States might set for dropping a veto that is threatening to cripple the World Trade Organization (WTO). With U.S. President Donald Trump demanding a “fair deal” […]

Trump warns Davos on unfair trade, says U.S. “open for business”

By Steve Holland, Yara Bayoumy and Noah BarkinDAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 26 : U.S. President Donald Trump took his “America First” message to the world’s elite on Friday, telling a summit of business and political leaders that the United States would “no longer turn a blind eye” to what he described as unfair trade practices. Trump […]

South China Sea code of conduct talks to be “stabiliser” for region-China premier

By James Pomfret and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Nov 14 : China’s agreement to begin talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the fine print of a code of conduct framework for the disputed South China Sea will help to stabilise the region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said. “China’s greatest hope is […]

Southeast Asia not taking South China Sea thaw for granted – summit draft

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 13 : Southeast Asian nations will not take a relative calm in the dispute over the South China Sea for granted, according to a draft of a statement to be issued during a summit meeting in Manila on Monday. The statement will be issued after a meeting between China and […]