Huawei founder defiant in escalating dispute with United States

Huawei founder defiant in escalating dispute with United States

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has struck a defiant tone in the Chinese technology giant's battle over 5G technology with the United States, as Washington temporarily eased some trade restrictions on the company in an attempt to minimise the effect on customers.  Speaking to China's state media on Tuesday, Ren said the US was underestimating Huawei,…
Fifth child dies in US custody after being detained at the border

Fifth child dies in US custody after being detained at the border

The United States government said that a 16-year-old boy from Guatemala died Monday at a Border Patrol station in southern Texas, becoming the fifth death of a migrant child since December. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in the Rio Grande Valley on May 13.…
UN warns food aid to Yemen could be suspended

UN warns food aid to Yemen could be suspended

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that aid could be suspended to areas of war-torn Yemen under the control of Houthi rebels unless they abide by accords aimed at ensuring that supplies are not diverted. "Humanitarian workers in Yemen are being denied access to the hungry, aid convoys have been blocked, and local…
‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of Washington's Middle East peace plan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said. Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of US President Donald Trump's long-awaited proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.…
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi, right, was declared the winner of the December 30 election which observers said was marred by irregularities and opponents denounced as rigged [DRC Presidency handout via Twitter] President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman…
Trump threatens Iran’s ‘end’ if it seeks fight with the US

Trump threatens Iran’s ‘end’ if it seeks fight with the US

Just days after saying he was prepared for talks, United States President Donald Trump has issued a direct threat to Iran, suggesting that the Islamic republic will be destroyed if it attacks his country's interests. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump…
‘Breaking the silence’: New report documents torture in Kashmir

‘Breaking the silence’: New report documents torture in Kashmir

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including "water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture", according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and sexualised torture including rape and sodomy, used as torture techniques against Kashmiris. Other torture…
US to reveal economic part of Palestine peace plan in Bahrain

US to reveal economic part of Palestine peace plan in Bahrain

The United States will co-host an economic "workshop" with Bahrain to encourage investment in the occupied Palestinian territories "that could be made possible by a peace agreement", the White House said on Sunday. "Peace to Prosperity will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and…
Google ‘suspends some business with Huawei’ after US blacklist

Google ‘suspends some business with Huawei’ after US blacklist

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has reportedly suspended some of its business with Huawei, in a potential big blow to the Chinese technology giant that the government of the United States has sought to blacklist around the world. The suspension involves the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source…
Australia’s conservatives set to secure majority government

Australia’s conservatives set to secure majority government

Australia's ruling centre-right coalition is poised to secure a governing majority in its shock election victory over the centre-left Labor Party, the national broadcaster ABC has projected. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition defied forecasts to be re-elected on Saturday, in what he called a political miracle. On Monday, ABC's election analysts projected that Morrison's coalition…