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Former Canadian diplomat’s disappearance in China adds new twist to Huawei executive’s detention

Chinese police officers stand guard outside the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. (Greg Baker / AFP / Getty Images) A former Canadian diplomat working for the International Crisis Group has disappeared in China, news that could further complicate a diplomatic stalemate already tense for the arrest of a high Chinese technical manager in Vancouver last week The news of the death …

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Russia sends bombers to Venezuela and then balks at Mike Pompeo’s response to Tu-160 nuclear-capable planes presence

MOSCOW – The Kremlin rejected the criticism of the United States for the deployment of Russian strategic bombers in Venezuela. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Monday's arrival of a pair of Tu-160 bombers with nuclear capabilities in Venezuela saying that "the Russian and Venezuelan people should see it for what it is: two corrupt governments that squander …

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Brexit: Irish upping no deal contingency plans, says PM

Image copyright Reuters The Republic of Ireland needs to increase its contingency plans for the UK's potential to leave 39. EU without an agreement, said the Irish Prime Minister [19659005] Leo Varadkar was answering the questions of the opposition parties in the Irish parliament (Dáil Éireann). Voting is scheduled for Theresa May's Brexit plan to be lifted, so she could …

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Time magazine’s 2018 person of the year are 4 journalists and a newspaper

Time magazine nominated four journalists and a newspaper Tuesday as a Person of the Year 2018 for defending the truth in the face of persecution and violence. The group, which Time calls the "guardians", includes killed The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot dead in the offices of the newspaper in …

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Former Canadian diplomat detained in China

A former Canadian diplomat was arrested in China, two sources said today, and his current employer, the International Crisis Group, said he was looking for his prompt and secure release. Michael Kovrig's detention arrives after police in Canada arrested the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies in China on December 1 at the request of US authorities, a move that …

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Time Person of the Year: ‘The Guardians and the War on Truth’

A series of four black and white covers highlights what the magazine calls "the war on truth". The group includes Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post collaborator who was killed in the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul in October. This is the first time that a Person of the Year is a deceased person. Another cover includes Wa Lone and …

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Meng Wenzhou: What court documents reveal about Huawei’s jailed CFO

Meng Wanzhou is one of the leading Chinese technology executives and the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei. Like his billionaire father, he avoids the media spotlight above all. Now, the court records of his hearing in Canada are shedding new light on the 46-year-old businesswoman, who is wanted by the United States for fraud. Chinese elites often try to …

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Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

PARIS – The need to accelerate growth has long been visible in almost every corner of the French economy, from squalid unemployment offices filled with job seekers to businesses whose clients financially struggle to make it. President Emmanuel Macron committed Monday to change those dynamics by improving the country's long-term prospects. But his firm response to a month of violent …

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