25 Jan 2022

US troops on alert as West voices unity

US President Joe Biden released a statement confirming total unanimity with European leaders regarding Russia’s controversial troop build-up on the border with Ukraine. Western powers reportedly agreed to unprecedented sanctions against Russia if it were to invade during crisis talks on Monday. The US has placed 8,500 troops on “high

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31 Dec 2021

Biden, Putin Plan Call at What U.S. Says Is a ‘Moment of Crisis’ Over Ukraine

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin made plans to talk on Thursday ahead of high-level negotiations designed to deal with crisis over Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine. The call was reportedly requested by Russia, according to a senior official in the Biden administration. Moscow has been pressing the US

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01 Dec 2021

Russia Expels Some U.S. Diplomats in Latest Tit-for-Tat Action

Russia has ordered US Embassy staff in Moscow to evacuate the country by January 31. The diplomats have been in Moscow for over three years. The more marks an increase in tensions between Moscow and Washington and comes just days before diplomats were set to hold talks addressing the worsening

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12 Nov 2021

UAE foreign minister meets Assad, in highest-profile Emirati visit to Syria since start of war

Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed, the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Damascus. The foreign minister is the most senior Emirati to visit the country since Syria’s war began in 2011. This is a signal of normalizing regional ties with other governments after the

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29 Apr 2021

Russia expels diplomats from Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

On Wednesday, Russia ordered the expulsion of seven diplomats from Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia due to the expulsion of Russian envoys over Czech accusations that Russian intelligence was behind a deadly 2014 depot blast. Moscow and Prague are currently engaged in their biggest display of tensions since the end

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22 Mar 2021

Second Canadian Is Tried in China on Spying Charges

Michael Kovrig was detained for more than two years in China on espionage charges and was tried in secret on Monday in a Chinese court. The former diplomat was tried in a court in Beijing and more than two dozen diplomats were barred from attending the trial. The diplomats were

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19 Mar 2021

China’s Espionage Trial of Canadian Citizen Ends, Verdict Awaited

A case at the center of a diplomatic standoff between the US, Canada, and China has ended. The case involves espionage charges for Michael Spavor, a Canadian national. China alleges that Spavor was probing into and illegally providing state secrets to foreign actors. As the countries await the verdict, there

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10 Feb 2021

China’s Coal War With Australia Fuels Shortage at Home

China’s ban on Australian coal imports has caused troubles at home as the Chinese coal market enters into a crisis of surging prices, supply shortages, and flawed policy goals. A cold winter threatens to push the countries’ issues into a deeper state as the two quarrels over a diplomatic brawl

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04 Feb 2021

Consulates in Hong Kong refused access to dual nationals needing assistance

According to the Canadian Foreign Ministry, Hong Kong has repeatedly denied access to foreign consulates seeking to provide assistance to detained dual nationals. Although these allegations may seem illegal, Hong Kong has the right to deny consular access due to treaties signed with Canada in 1997, when Hong Kong returned

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02 Feb 2021

China’s Top Diplomat Warns Biden Against Meddling in Hong Kong, Xinjiang

On Tuesday, China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi stressed the potential for a healthy US-China relationship on matters such as trade, public health, and climate, re-iterating recent language from leader Xi Jinping. However, no concessions were made on issues such as human rights, Covid-19 response, and what was referred to as

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