TAIPEI. The odds of war with China in the next year are "very low," a top Taiwanese security official told lawmakers on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the island ... "But there are many things you still have to pay attention to, called contingent events." ... .
More than 100 people have died in several days of massive flooding and devastating landslides that swept away roads and houses in India and Nepal, officials have said, with scores more missing. In Uttarakhand in northern India, officials said that 46 people had died in recent days with 11 missing ... At least 5,700 people perished there in 2013 ... .
Two former German soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to form a terrorist mercenary force to fight in Yemen's civil war, prosecutors say. Arend-Adolf G and Achim A face terrorism charges after police raids in southern Germany on Wednesday ... Arend-Adolf G had allegedly already tried to recruit at least seven people ... Related Topics. .
North Korea successfully tested a "new type" of submarine-launched ballistic missile, state media reported early Wednesday as the nuclear-armed country pursues ever more advanced weapons ... It did not mention leader Kim Jong Un, indicating he was not present for the test ... .
Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese authorities have offered a bounty equivalent to more than $23,000 for the capture of a North Korean defector who broke out of prison in the northeastern city of Jilin on Monday. The inmate, identified as Zhu Xianjian, entered China illegally in 2013 ... A bounty notice issued by the Jilin prison said Xu escaped at about 6 p.m ... .
Brazilians will turn their focus on Wednesday to the Senate where a report six months in the making will recommend President Jair Bolsonaro be indicted on criminal charges for allegedly bungling the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pushing the country’s death toll to second-highest in the world ... A particularly thorny issue was Sen ... .
Israel is quietly advancing controversial settlement projects in and around Jerusalem without making major announcements that could anger the Biden administration. Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate changes. On Wednesday, as Foreign MinisterYair Lapid met with U.S ... U.S ... ally ... ___ ... .
Donald Trump still holds strong support in America as almost four in five Republicans have said they want him back as the US president. Some 78 per cent Republicans polled think Mr Trump should run for presidency again in 2024, revealed a survey released by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday ... Mr Trump lashed out at him in response ... .
Written by William J. Broad. The news report that emerged over the weekend sounded alarming. China, a rising military power, had unexpectedly fired a novel space weapon two months ago. It circled the planet and then reentered Earth’s atmosphere, gliding at velocities far faster than the speed of sound toward a destination on Chinese territory ... Tags ... Rs ... .
Libya has not managed to emerge from the conflict that preceded dictator Moammar al-Gadhafi's death on October 20, 2011. Parliamentary elections scheduled for December have been postponed. ... "It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship," he added ... .
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's longest-reigning monarch, canceled a planned visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday and accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days, Buckingham Palace said. The queen, 95, has reigned for almost seven decades ... (credit ... .