Saturday, February 22, 2020

MixedTimes - Simon Kent

China Cries 'Discrimination', Scolds Australia for Rejecting Huawei 5G Network

China Cries 'Discrimination', Scolds Australia for Rejecting Huawei 5G Network

Australia's decision to join the U.S. and ban Huawei from participation in a national 5G network remains a “sore point or thorny issue” between the two countries, the Chinese ambassador alleged Monday, adding "discrimination against a Chinese company" lies at the core of the dispute.

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper Cautions World: 'Wake Up' to China Threat

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper Cautions World: 'Wake Up' to China Threat

China steals Western capabilities, intimidates smaller nation states and seeks “advantage by any means and at any cost,”U.S.Defense Secretary Mark Espercautioned on Saturday as he cast the world's most populous nation as a disruptive threat to world order.

China Cancels Formula 1 Grand Prix Amidst Coronavirus Worries

China Cancels Formula 1 Grand Prix Amidst Coronavirus Worries

Formula One motor racing will reschedule this year’s Chinese Grand Prix racing event to a later date due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Liberty Media Corp.-owned firm said Wednesday in a social media post.

E.U. Diplomats Issue 'Stern Warning' to Syria Combatants, Demand Ceasefire

E.U. Diplomats Issue 'Stern Warning' to Syria Combatants, Demand Ceasefire

The European Union (E.U.) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Thursday said "bombings and other attacks on civilians in northwest Syria must stop," issuing a special "stern warning" backed by European crisis commissioner Janez Lenarčič and other diplomats.

Iran Drops Davos 2020 Summit Appearance over 'Agenda Change'

Iran Drops Davos 2020 Summit Appearance over 'Agenda Change'

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has cancelled a planned appearance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos after its organizers “abruptly changed its agenda”, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Video: Iran Protesters Shot, Tear-Gassed by Police on Tehran Streets

Video: Iran Protesters Shot, Tear-Gassed by Police on Tehran Streets

Iranian security forces used tear gas and live rounds to turn back angry crowds Sunday night as people rallied against the Islamic Republic’s leadership. The protests began after the government admitted a Ukrainian jetliner was shot down by the country's own military.

Watch: Ayatollah Cries During Iran Regime's Qasem Soleimani Goodbye

Watch: Ayatollah Cries During Iran Regime's Qasem Soleimani Goodbye

Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneisobbed Monday as he prayed beside the coffin of terror leader Qasem Soleimani who was eliminated in a U.S. airstrike, as Soleimani's daughter promiseda “dark day” for the United States lay ahead.

'Unafraid' General Salami Cautions U.S. to Respect Iran

'Unafraid' General Salami Cautions U.S. to Respect Iran

Iran was not seeking war but remained unafraid of any potential future conflict, atop Iranian commander said on Thursday, after U.S. President Donald Trump said Tehran orchestrated anti-U.S.

Five Stabbed at Hanukkah Celebration in New York Suburb

Five Stabbed at Hanukkah Celebration in New York Suburb

A Hanukkah celebration in a New York suburb turned into horror Saturday night after a man entered and began stabbing people, witnesses say. Five victims were taken to nearby hospitals, according to police.

Iran, China, Russia, Joint Naval Drills Underway in Gulf of Oman

Iran, China, Russia, Joint Naval Drills Underway in Gulf of Oman

Iran, China and Russia began naval drills on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, an Iranian naval spokesman said, warning this is only the first in what will be many joint maritime exercises between the three nations.

Japan Approves Naval Group for Middle East Deployment

Japan Approves Naval Group for Middle East Deployment

Japan announced Thursday it is sending warships to patrol strategic Middle East waterways, joining assets from the U.S., Australia and the UK already working to ensure the safety of commercial shipping traffic in the area.