Acclaimed Photographer Arrested in Far West China, Wife Says

BEIJING — A Chinese photographer acclaimed for his stark pictures of poverty and pollution was arrested by the police while visiting Xinjiang, his wife said on Friday, in an update on a disappearance that has drawn additional attention to the far western region where hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been detained. The photographer, Lu…

Renault says it needs more information on Ghosn allegations

Renault said in a statement that its board of directors has now been briefed on the investigation by alliance partner Nissan that led to Ghosn’s arrest on November 19. But the French carmaker has asked its lawyers to update the board again “promptly” after further assessing the information provided by Nissan. The statement also noted…

China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China’s purchase of 1.13 million tonnes of US soybeans has been hailed as a wonderful, great step by US officials. China has bought US soybeans for the first time since the trade war between the two countries started in July – a move hailed as a “great step” by US…

Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may ‘wreak havoc’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australia’s east coast has been pummelled by heavy rain in recent days Australian authorities have issued a warning about a powerful cyclone that is tracking towards the coast of Queensland. Cyclone Owen is moving slowly over waters off the Northern Territory with winds of up to 200km/h (124 mph), meteorologists…

Bolton slams China, Russia over ‘predatory practices’ in Africa

Bolton emphasized that America’s vision for the region is “one of independence, self-reliance, and growth — not dependency, domination, and debt.” However, the plan is also likely to result in additional cuts to aid and peacekeeping programs. “This strategy is the result of an intensive interagency process, and reflects the core tenets of President Trump’s…

Michael Spavor: Second Canadian detained in China as diplomatic spat intensifies

On Thursday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are “being investigated” on suspicion of “activities that endangered China’s national security.” Canada’s Foreign Ministry reported Thursday that both Spavor and Korvig were detained in China. Speaking at a daily press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang…

Brexit: EU leaders tell May deal not up for renegotiation

Leaving Westminster convulsed by the crisis over her leadership, May came to Brussels to plead with EU leaders Thursday at a summit to make the agreement more palatable to skeptical lawmakers in London. As she arrived, May said she was there to speak with EU leaders about what it will take to “get this deal…

Yemen, Theresa May, Maria Butina: Your Friday Briefing

Good morning. The Senate voted to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, the E.U. rejected bargaining on Brexit and a Russian agent pleaded guilty. Here’s the latest: Senate votes to end U.S. role in Yemen The Senate voted to withdraw American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s forces in Yemen, in a bipartisan rebuke of President Trump’s…

Migrant caravan: Girl dies in custody after crossing US-Mexico border

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border with her father died hours after being taken into custody, US media say. The girl, who arrived in the US last week as part…

Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal

Image copyright AFP European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”, despite appeals from Theresa May. She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was “at risk”…