India returns Chinese soldier who strayed over border

India has returned a Chinese soldier detained for straying over the contested Himalayan frontier, China’s military said Monday, of a remote flashpoint area between the two countries. The soldier was apprehended Friday on the Indian side of the high altitude border where rival troops fought deadly battles in June last year. He was returned to … Read more

World begins ushering in locked-down New Year

SYDNEY: The world began ushering in the New Year on Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid farewell to a virus-ridden 2020. After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be revellers … Read more

‘Dozens’ of House Members to Challenge Electoral College Results, Rep. Brooks Says

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), the Republican leader of a plan to challenge Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, said that “dozens” of House members are going to sponsor a measure to object. “There are dozens in the House of Representatives who have reached that conclusion that I have; we’re going to sponsor and co-sponsor objections to the … Read more

Trump Vetoes Defense-Spending Bill, Calls It ‘A Gift to China and Russia’

President Donald Trump has vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it fails to remove Section 230—the liability shield that protects social media companies, among other reasons. “Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to … Read more

Trump Demands Changes to Coronavirus Relief Bill, Calling It a ‘Disgrace’

The president sought bigger checks for Americans and a bill that dealt more specifically with pandemic relief. “It’s called the Covid relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with Covid,” President Trump said in a video posted online on Tuesday.Credit…Samuel Corum for The New York Times “It’s called the Covid relief bill, but … Read more

Nepal Falls Into Political Turmoil. China and India Are Watching.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s top leader dissolved Parliament on Sunday amid infighting among members of the governing party, throwing into doubt the political future of a strategically important Himalayan country where China and India have long jockeyed for influence. The prime minister, K.P. Sharma Oli, called for the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament … Read more

Brexit trade talks enter desperate final ‘hours’

BRUSSELS: British and EU negotiators plunged into the final hours of their scramble for a post-Brexit trade deal Friday, deeply divided on the highly-charged issue of fishing rights. The UK will leave the EU single market in less than two weeks and time has all but run out for any agreement to be approved in … Read more