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"Goodyear and Goodyear Malaysia are currently undertaking a thorough review of the matter, including retaining an independent social auditing firm to inspect working and housing conditions," Goodyear told Reuters in an emailed statement. Goodyear told Reuters it has now committed to a settlement with the workers represented in the labour dispute. Malaysia's largest fund manager, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, which owns 49% of Goodyear Malaysia, did not respond to requests for comment. The Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia, which last year charged Goodyear Malaysia with violating labour laws, did not respond to a request for comment. Documents previously seen by Reuters show some Goodyear Malaysia workers logging as much as 229 hours of overtime a month, more than twice the maximum allowed under Malaysian law.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, HSI, Goodyear, Mohd Hadzwan Zulkefle, MAPO, Duncan Jepson, Jepson, Mei Mei Chu, William Mallard Organizations: Goodyear, REUTERS, Goodyear Tire, Malaysian, Reuters, Department of Homeland, Goodyear Malaysia, Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, Permodalan, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, FOCUS, LABOUR, Migrants Council, U.S, Department, Labour, U.S . State Department, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, Customs, Workers, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, KUALA LUMPUR, United States, Ohio, Goodyear Malaysia, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Permodalan Nasional, Peninsular Malaysia, U.S, Hong Kong
Russia rejects Western concerns about Ukraine as smokescreen
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +4 min
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed U.S. media allegations of Moscow's purported plans to invade Ukraine as part of efforts to discredit Russia. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and has supported a separatist insurgency that broke out that year in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba rejected the Russian allegations of Ukraine's plans to launch an attack on Donbas as part of Moscow's "disinformation." In a strongly-worded statement, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) scathingly criticized the U.S. State Department of spreading "absolute lies" about a purported Russian buildup near Ukraine. The SVR alleged that it was Ukraine that was beefing up its forces near Russia and Belarus.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Moscow's, Antony Blinken, Peskov, Sergey Lavrov, Dmytro Kuleba, Kuleba, scathingly, Georgia Organizations: Security, Military Times, Ukrainian Defense Ministry, U.S, NATO, Russian, Twitter, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, U.S . State Department, SVR, European, Georgian Locations: Moscow, Russia, Ukraine, Soviet, Ukraine's Crimean, Belarus, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Ukrainian, Donbas, Russian, Georgia
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday, a move that would be aimed at protesting China's human rights record, including what Washington says is genocide against minority Muslims. "Something we're considering," Biden said when asked if a diplomatic boycott was under consideration as he sat down for a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A diplomatic boycott would mean that U.S. officials would not attend the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told a regular briefing on Thursday that U.S. consideration of a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics was driven by concerns about human rights practices in Xinjiang province. read moreDemocratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also called for a diplomatic boycott, saying global leaders who attend would lose their moral authority.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Justin Trudeau, Xi Jinping, Xi, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Thomas Peter, Antony Blinken, Washington, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Cotton of, Nikki Haley, America, Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom, Katharine Jackson, Tim Ahmann, Bill Berkrot Organizations: Beijing, Washington, Canadian, Olympics, Muslim, REUTERS, Reuters, Games, U.S . State Department, Democratic, Republican, United Nations, Thomson Locations: United States, China, Xinjiang, Beijing, Shougang Park, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, U.S
Biden and Xi agree to look at possible arms control talks
  + stars: | 2021-11-17 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +4 min
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed at a virtual meeting to look into the possibility of arms control talks, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday. Biden and Xi agreed to "look to begin to carry forward discussion on strategic stability," Sullivan said in a reference to U.S. concerns about China’s nuclear and missile buildup. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsSullivan did not elaborate on what form the discussions on strategic stability could take, but went on to say:"That is not the same as what we have in the Russian context with the formal strategic stability dialogue. Xi told Biden in their meeting that China would take “decisive measures” in the event that Taiwan crosses Beijing’s red line in seeking independence. In the meeting Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on human rights and Xi warned that China would respond to provocations on Taiwan.
Persons: Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Jake Sullivan, Biden, Xi, Sullivan, Washington, Organizations: U.S, NBC, U.S ., Intercontinental, Xinhua News Agency, United, Washington, Taiwan Relations, China Daily, U.S . State Department Locations: U.S, China, Russia, Beijing, People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Washington
An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. Facebook (FB.O) said the group, known in the security industry as SideCopy, shared links to websites hosting malware which could surveil people's devices. It also compromised legitimate websites to manipulate people into giving up their Facebook credentials. Investigators also said Facebook had last month disabled the accounts of two hacking groups which it linked to Syria's Air Force Intelligence. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York Editing by Matthew LewisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Kacper, It's, Mike Dvilyanski, Facebook, Facebook's, David Agranovich, Elizabeth Culliford, Matthew Lewis Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Reuters, Twitter Inc, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, U.S . State Department, Syria's Air Force Intelligence, Syrian Electronic Army, Free Syrian Army, Syria Civil Defense, Thomson Locations: Warsaw, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kabul, Syria, New York
WASHINGTON — Two issues that dominate the U.S.-China economic relationship, tariffs and supply chain woes, will take a backseat Monday to more pressing security concerns when President Joe Biden holds a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. One thing is clear, however: Rising tensions between mainland China and Taiwan will be a priority for the United States. In March, the United States and its allies imposed sanctions on several officials in Xinjiang Province, the traditional homeland of the Uyghur people. Together, the United States and China are responsible for more than 35% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, although China produces more than double what America does. Under Xi, China's one-party Communist government has strived to dethrone the United States as the world's number one economic and political power.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Biden, Xi, Donald Trump, I'm, Tony Blinken, autocrats Organizations: U.S, White, Washington , D.C, WASHINGTON, U.S ., Biden, ., U.S . State Department, Beijing, White House, Communist, NATO Locations: China, Washington ,, U.S, United States, Beijing, Taiwan, Xinjiang Province, Washington, Glasgow, Scotland, Hong Kong, British
Migrants gather around a fire in a makeshift camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus November 14, 2021. The 27-nation EU slapped sanctions on Minsk for violating human rights. Minsk would retaliate against any new EU sanctions, he was quoted as saying. At least eight people have died along the 200-kilometre-long land border between Poland and Belarus, including from cold and exhaustion. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also dismissed as "wrong" a U.S. State Department statement that the Belarus border crisis was meant to distract attention from increased Russian military activity close to Ukraine.
Persons: Oksana Manchuk, Alexander Lukashenko, Haiko Maas, Josep Borrell, Lukashenko, Maas, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Poland's Andrzej Duda, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Maria Kiselyova, Dmitry Antonov, Tom Balmforth, Olzhas Auyezov, Gabriela Baczynska, Alexander Ratz, Thomas Escritt, Pawel, Andrius, Catherine Evans Organizations: Union, EU, European Union, Belarus, RIA, Belta, U.S . State Department, Turkish Airlines, Thomson Locations: Belarusian, Polish, Grodno, Belarus, Handout, Middle East Belarus, Poland, Kremlin, Minsk, Moscow, BRUSSELS, WARSAW, MOSCOW, Brussels, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Cameroon, Lithuania, Latvia, East, Africa, Russian, Maas, Borrell, Warsaw, Europe, U.S, Ukraine, Estonia, Turkish
With millions facing starvation and nearly the entire population teetering on the brink of poverty, Afghanistan could experience the worst humanitarian crisis "we've ever seen," a United Nations Development Programme official told CNBC this week. "Afghanistan is probably facing the worst humanitarian disaster we've ever seen," Al Dardari told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "We have never seen an economic shock of that magnitude and we have never seen a humanitarian crisis of that magnitude," he said. Funding for the humanitarian crisis and for essential services is crucial to maintain lives and livelihood in the Central Asian country, he added. He also urged the international community to fulfill "its collective responsibility to avert a grave humanitarian crisis" in Afghanistan.
Persons: Abdallah Al Dardari, Al Dardari, CNBC's, Hector Retamal, Imran Khan Organizations: United Nations, CNBC, UNDP, AFP, Getty Images Pakistan, U.S . State Department . Locations: Afghanistan, Afghan, Kabul, Islamabad, China, Russia, United States, Pakistan, Germany
Russia did not cause Europe's energy crisis — but it didn't help, and instead tried to benefit from the situation, according to Amos Hochstein, the U.S. State Department's senior advisor for global energy security. "It sure didn't do anything that it could to alleviate [the energy crunch], and in fact, took advantage of it," Hochstein told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Wednesday. Russia chose not to send additional natural gas supplies to Europe for November despite saying it is ready to help, auction results in October showed. On the geopolitical front, Washington fears that Nord Stream 2 will give Moscow too much power over Europe's gas supplies. In 2020, around 43% of Europe's gas imports came from Russia.
Persons: Amos Hochstein, Hochstein, CNBC's Hadley Gamble Organizations: U.S, U.S . State Department's, Ukraine Locations: Russia, U.S ., Europe, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Washington, Moscow, Kyiv
A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. Iranian oil shipments, now worth some $1.3 billion a month and the bulk of which go to China, provide key revenue for Tehran. Iranian crude, which accounts for about 6% of China's crude oil imports, is currently exported to China as oil from Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, squeezing out supplies from Brazil and West Africa, traders said. China's foreign ministry told Reuters normal business dealings between China and Iran should be respected, without going into details on shipments. BONDED TANKSChina's June and July Iran shipments dipped as Beijing clamped down on irregular quota trading and independent refiners' import permits dried up.
Persons: Jason Lee, Joe Biden's, refiners, Emma Li, Daniel Gerber, Brent, Michal Meidan, Chen Aizhu, Alex Lawler, Parisa Hafezi, Arshad Mohammed, Tom Hogue Organizations: REUTERS, Traders, Petro - Logistics, United Arab, U.S, Reuters, U.S . State Department, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Thomson Locations: Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, Iran, SINGAPORE, LONDON, Washington, U.S, Tehran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Brazil, West Africa, United States, Beijing, Singapore, London, Dubai
Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla speaks during a news conference in Havana, Cuba, July 13, 2021. Ismael Francisco/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoHAVANA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Cuba's foreign minister on Wednesday said the United States was behind protests over human and civil rights planned for Nov. 15 in the communist-run country, and alleged U.S.-based social media platform Facebook was helping to promote them. Cuban authorities denied their request, alleging protesters were working with the United States to overthrow the government. read moreRodriguez also told diplomats that the United States last week had offered Cuba one million doses of vaccine against coronavirus. Instead, he made a counter-offer, suggesting that Cuba and the United States each offer a donation of their respective vaccines to a country more in need of them.
Persons: Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Ismael Francisco, Bruno Rodriguez, hasn't, Rodriguez, Archipielago, Yunior Garcia, Dave Sherwood, Nelson Acosta, Elizabeth Culliford, Nick Zieminski, Alistair Bell Organizations: Cuba's, Facebook, Foreign, Cuba, U.S . State Department, Meta, coronavirus, Thomson Locations: Havana, Cuba, HAVANA, United States, U.S, Florida, Cuban, New York
U.N. says staff, dependents detained in Ethiopia
  + stars: | 2021-11-09 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +1 min
At lease nine United Nations staff and dependents have been detained in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a U.N. spokesperson said on Tuesday. U.N. security officials have visited the detained staff and the United Nations has asked the Ethiopian foreign ministry to release them immediately, the U.N. spokesperson said in New York. The year-long conflict in northern Ethiopia between the government and Tigrayan forces loyal to Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has intensified in recent weeks. Addis Ababa police spokesperson said on Monday that the police are only arresting “followers” of the TPLF. “So this is not ethnically motivated at all.”The U.S. State Department spokesperson said on Monday reports that people of Tigrayan ethnicity were being harassed are concerning.
Persons: Legesse, Dina Mufti, ” Daniel Bekele Organizations: United Nations, Ethiopian, NBC, Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, Reuters, Addis, U.S . State Department Locations: Addis Ababa, New York, Ethiopia, Tigray
Singapore says it will end free medical care for Covid patients who are “unvaccinated by choice.”Los Angeles businesses confront a new vaccination mandate. Image Preparing Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in McMinnville, Ore., last month. The government called it the “N.I.H.-Moderna Covid-19 vaccine” at the time. Mr. Zhang could not immediately be reached for comment, but friends of Ms. Zhang confirmed that the Twitter account was his. “We will begin charging Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice” on Dec. 8, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
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MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sought a fourth consecutive term in elections the United States has called a “pantomime” following the jailing of his top rivals and the country’s opposition has urged voters to boycott. Ortega first served as president from 1985 to 1990, before returning to power in 2007. He recently declared his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, his “co-president.”Voting was orderly and closed Sunday evening without reported incidents. In June, police arrested seven potential presidential challengers to Ortega on charges that essentially amount to treason. “The Ortega and Murillo family now rule Nicaragua as autocrats, no different from the Somoza family that Ortega and the Sandinistas fought four decades ago,” Biden said.
Persons: Daniel Ortega, Ortega, Rosario Murillo, “ The Ortega, Murillo, Somoza, Joe biden, Mayela Rodríguez, , , ” Ortega, Joe Biden, ” Biden, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Denis Moncada, Oswaldo Rivas, Dmitry Novikov, Gerardo Berthin, ” Berthin Organizations: Nicaraguan, United, Central American Parliament, Sandinista Front, Sandinista, White National Union, Civic Alliance, U.S . Capitol, Sunday, Getty, European Union, U.S . State Department, of American, International, Russia’s Duma, Freedom Locations: MANAGUA, Nicaragua, United States, Washington, Managua, U.S, Nicaraguan, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Caribbean,
REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File PhotoNov 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday announced a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of anyone with a key leadership position in DarkSide, a cybercrime organization the FBI has said is based in Russia. read moreThe State Department also said it is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any person attempting to participate in a DarkSide ransomware incident. "In offering this reward, the United States demonstrates its commitment to protecting ransomware victims around the world from exploitation by cyber criminals," the department said in a statement. Colonial Pipeline has said it paid the hackers nearly $5 million in Bitcoin to regain access to its systems. The U.S. Justice Department in June recovered about $2.3 million of the ransom.
Persons: Kacper, Kanishka Singh, David Ljunggren, Rosalba O'Brien, Will Dunham Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, FBI, Colonial, State Department, Colonial Pipeline, U.S . Justice Department, U.S, Thomson Locations: Russia, U.S, United States, Bengaluru, Ottawa
Positive Technologies of Russia, and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy PTE. In the past, the NSO Group and Candiru have been accused of selling hacking tools to authoritarian regimes. NSO says it only sells its products to law enforcement and intelligence agencies and takes steps to curb abuse. The Biden administration imposed sanctions on Positive Technologies, a Russian cybersecurity firm, this year for providing support to Russian security services. Spokespeople for Positive Technologies and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy PTE.
Persons: Kacper, Candiru, Biden, Kevin Wolf, Obama, Trump, Christopher Bing, John Stonestreet, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . Commerce Department, Technologies, Computer Security, Consultancy PTE, The, U.S, U.S . State Department, Suppliers, NSO, Positive Technologies, LTD, Export, Commerce, Export Administration, Huawei, Thomson Locations: Russia, Singapore, Russian, U.S
The day started when Paul Castillo, my lawyer at Lambda Legal, contacted me to say my new, accurate U.S. passport had been delivered. In fact, I had been asking the U.S. Passport Agency for an accurate passport since September 2014. Importantly, I was not asking for a special or unique passport just for me; I was asking for an accurate passport with a gender marker that reflected who I am. Circuit Court, which in a May 2020 decision, required the State Department to reconsider its refusal to issue me an accurate passport. Finally, this past June, the State Department announced it will begin offering an “X” gender marker option on U.S. passport applications.
Persons: Paul Castillo, Hida, , Organizations: Lambda Legal, U.S . Passport Agency, U.S, U.S . State Department, The State Department, Circuit, State Department Locations: Fort Collins , Colorado, Colorado, U.S
Since the last election in 2016, Ortega has abolished presidential term limits, expanded his family’s business empire and piled pressure on independent media. Suspending Nicaragua, which sends about half its exports to the United States, from the CAFTA-DR trade pact would be legally complicated and could worsen the country’s humanitarian plight, potentially spurring more people to leave for the United States. One U.S. official said Nicaragua’s neighbors may need to “step up to the plate” to help isolate Ortega. Ortega, some U.S. officials and analysts say, may use detainees as bargaining chips in an attempt to stave off further sanctions. The several candidates who made it onto the ballot are largely unknown, and critics call them Ortega loyalists.
Persons: Daniel Ortega, Biden, Ortega, Somoza, , Antony Blinken, Rosario Murillo, Washington, Murillo, Joe Biden, Honduras —, Ortega administration’s, Jason Marczak, John Bolton, Donald Trump, , ’ ”, Edgar Parrales, “ I’m Organizations: MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON —, Central American, Marxist, U.S, United, U.S . State Department, European Union, American States, Atlantic Council, Gallup, Facebook, OAS, NBC, Twitter Locations: MEXICO, Washington, Americas, U.S, Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, , United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras . Washington, American, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, Honduras, America, Moscow, Nicaraguan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The European Union, Germany, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, South Korea, Italy and other countries wrote U.S. lawmakers saying a proposed U.S. electric vehicle tax credit violates international trade rules, according to a joint letter made public Saturday. FILE PHOTO: An electric vehicle (EV) fast charging station is seen in the parking lot of a Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 14, 2016. Only U.S. built vehicles would be eligible for the $12,500 credit after 2027, under a House proposal released this week. A dozen foreign automakers wrote California’s two senators on Friday urging them to abandon the plan that they said would discriminate against the state. The ambassadors that also include Poland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Finland, Romania and Greece said the legislation would harm international automakers.
Persons: Mohammad Khursheed, Biden, Joe Biden, Ray Curry, , Autoworkers, Organizations: WASHINGTON, European, REUTERS, Washington, WTO, U.S, Congress, U.S . State Department, White, United Auto Workers, UAW, Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG, Honda Motor Co, Hyundai Motor Co, BMW AG, Big, General Motors, Ford Motor, Chrysler, Stellantis, EV Locations: European Union, Germany, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, South Korea, Italy, U.S, Austin , Texas, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Finland, Romania, Greece, United States, America
U.S. issues first passport with "X" gender marker
  + stars: | 2021-10-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A pedestrian holds her and her child's passport in San Ysidro, California January 31, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Greaves/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it had issued the first U.S. passport with an "X" gender marker, designed to give non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming people a marker other than male or female on their travel document, according to a statement. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in June that the X marker would be offered as an option on passports, following other countries including Canada, Germany, Australia and India who already offer a third gender on documents. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that the United States was moving toward adding the "X" gender marker as an option for those applying for U.S. passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Price did not say who the first "X" gender passport was issued to.
Persons: Fred Greaves, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Price, Simon Lewis, Mark Porter Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, State Department, Thomson Locations: San Ysidro , California, Canada, Germany, Australia, India, United States
State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 18, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department plans to establish a bureau of cyberspace and digital policy in the face of a growing hacking problem, specifically a surge of ransomware attacks on U.S. infrastructure. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said a Senate-confirmed ambassador at large will lead the bureau. It put the cryptocurrency industry on alert about its role fighting ransomware attacks. read morePrice said the State Department will also establish a new special envoy for critical and emerging technology "to lead the immediate technology diplomacy agenda".
Persons: Ned Price, Andrew Harnik, Price, Humeyra Pamuk, Arshad Mohammed, Simon Lewis, Howard Goller Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Colonial Pipeline, U.S ., Treasury Department, Thomson Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, REUTERS WASHINGTON, U.S . East, Iowa
Taiwan and U.S. discuss UN participation ahead of key anniversary
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +1 min
A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks pass a Taiwanese flag in Taipei. China says that Taiwan is one of its provinces, and so it has the sole right to represent Taiwan internationally. In a statement late on Saturday, the U.S. State Department said U.S. and Taiwanese officials had met virtually on Friday for a "discussion focused on supporting Taiwan's ability to participate meaningfully at the UN." Participants included State Department Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Rick Waters, and Taiwan's deputy de facto ambassador in Washington, Wang Liang-yu, the State Department said. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry thanked the United States for its "firm support."
Persons: Ceng Shou Yi, Xi Jinping, Hugo Yon, Mongolia Rick Waters, Wang Liang Organizations: Getty, United Nations, U.S . State Department, UN, World Health Organization, State, International, State Department Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, People's Republic of China, China, Mongolia, Washington, United States
State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 18, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Monday it plans to establish a bureau of cyberspace and digital policy that will be led by a Senate-confirmed ambassador at large, spokesperson Ned Price said. Price told a regular press briefing the new bureau will focus on international cyberspace security, international digital policy and digital freedom. The department would also establish a new special envoy for critical and emerging technology, he said. Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Arshad Mohammed and Simon LewisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ned Price, Andrew Harnik, Price, Humeyra Pamuk, Arshad Mohammed, Simon Lewis Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Senate, Thomson Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, REUTERS WASHINGTON
Sudanese civilian leaders on Monday urged citizens to take to the streets to defend the transition to democracy. No to a military coup.” It was still unclear whether the military, which is riven by divisions, was united behind the coup attempt. But after Mr. al-Bashir, then an army general, took power in military coup in 1989, Mr. Hamdok mostly worked abroad. For it to be released, he said, Sudan’s military leaders will need to fully restore Mr. Hamdok and other civilian leaders to power. Image Sudanese protesters marching in Khartoum on Monday to denounce the overnight detentions of members of Sudan’s government by the army.
Persons: Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, General al, , Hamdok, Ned Price, , Omar Hassan, Bashir, Mr, Abdalla Hamdok, Brittainy Newman, al, Abdi Latif Dahir, Nazim Sirag, Monim El Jak, jerrycans, Omar al, Ahmed Abusin, ” Mr, Abusin, ” Khalid Albaih, Simon Marks, Omar Hassan al, Bryan Denton, ” Yasser Arman, Price, Jeffrey Feltman, Maryam al, Sadiq al, Marwan Ali, Feltman, Antonio Guterres, ” Ned Price, ” Josep Borrell Fontelles, Vicky Ford, ” Jeffrey Feltman, Hamdok’s, Soldiers, Yasuyoshi, ory Organizations: ., Agence France, State Department, The New York Times, Facebook, Sovereignty Council, Monday, Sudanese Professionals Association, Western, Troops, Sudan Pro, Credit, Getty, Central Committee, Sudanese Doctors, , Embassy, Twitter, Force, Military, East Green Initiative, United Nations, Commission, University of Khartoum, University of Manchester, Deloitte, Touche Management, African Development Bank, International Labor Organization, International Institute for Democracy, Electoral Assistance, Protesters, WASHINGTON, Sudanese, U.S, Associated Press, United, Mr, Biden, American Embassy, International, Arab League, U.S . State Department, Arab, Rights, African Union Commission, European Union, EU, Security, United Nations General Assembly, Nations, International Criminal Locations: Sudanese, Khartoum, Sudan, U.S, Africa, Port Sudan, , Omdurman, Doha, Qatar, Sudan’s, , Saudi Arabia, England, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Dubai, United, United States, Washington, of Africa, States, Darfur
Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +5 min
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis on Monday after foreign embassies said that they abide by diplomatic conventions on non-interference, averting a threatened expulsion of 10 ambassadors. "With a new statement made by the same embassies today, a step back was taken from this slander against our country and our nation. I believe these ambassadors ... will be more careful in their statements regarding Turkey's sovereign rights." "The United States notes that it maintains compliance with Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," the U.S. Embassy said on Twitter.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Osman, Aykan Erdemir, Ned Price, Biden, Ibrahim Kalin, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Mustafa Sentop Organizations: NATO, U.S, Osman Kavala, West, Vienna Convention, Diplomatic Relations, U.S . Embassy, Twitter, U.S . State Department, Turkish, U.S ., Kavala, of Human Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Turkey, Ankara, Germany, France, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, States, Vienna, U.S, Turkish
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