U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, UN credibility First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda Muslim countries like Pakistan reject the motion China lobbied hard against debate on sidelines GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The UN rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human … Read more

Residents near fiery South Korean missile crash ‘thought it was a war’

SEOUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Hours after North Korea flew a ballistic missile over neighboring Japan on Tuesday, residents in a South Korean seaside town were startled to see flames leaping from a nearby military base and missiles soaring into the sky. It wasn’t the start of a war, but a South Korean display of … Read more

China has ‘destroyed’ tacit agreement on Taiwan Strait – minister

TAIPEI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – China has destroyed a tacit agreement on military movements in the Taiwan Strait by crossing an unofficial “median line” running down the waterway, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Wednesday. While acknowledging the end of the tacit understanding on the median line, Chiu told Taiwan’s parliament Taiwan would react if … Read more

South Korea, U.S. fire missiles into the sea to protest ‘reckless’ North Korea test

SEOUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) – South Korea and the US military conducted missile drills in response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, as the United Nations Security Council prepares to meet over what was Pyongyang’s longest-range test. Nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) farther than ever before on … Read more

Kremlin dismisses UK media report on Russian nuclear test

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it did not want to take part in “nuclear rhetoric” from the West after a media report that Russia was preparing to demonstrate its willingness to use … Read more

Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin, who rules the world’s biggest nuclear power, has repeatedly cautioned the West that any attack on Russia could provoke a nuclear response. Will Putin use nuclear weapons, how many such weapons does he command and how might the United States and the US-led NATO military alliance respond? … Read more

N.Korea backs Russia’s proclaimed annexations, criticises U.S. ‘double standards’

SEOUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) – North Korea supports Russia’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, accusing the United States of applying “gangster-like double standards” in interfering in other country’s affairs. State media KCNA reported on a US-led UN Security Council resolution condemning the proclaimed annexation, which was vetoed on … Read more

Britain’s tax backdown bounces stocks and sterling

Britain scraps small part of tax plan; markets relieved Reserve Bank of Australia surprises with a small hike High VIX; Credit Suisse stock slide point to nerves beneath SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Asian stocks bounced on Tuesday after Britain scrapped bits of a controversial tax cut plan, tentatively improving global market sentiment and rallying … Read more

U.S. calls North Korea launch ‘dangerous’; pledges to defend allies

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The United States condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as “dangerous and reckless” and pledged to defend South Korea and Japan with all America’s power, but said it remained open to dialogue with Pyongyang. “This action is destabilizing and shows the DPRK’s blatant disregard for United … Read more

N.Korea fires missile over Japan, some residents warned to take cover

SEOUL/TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years on Tuesday, prompting a warning for residents to take cover and a temporary suspension of train operations in northern Japan. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Japanese coast guard reported on the … Read more