China warns U.S. climate co-operation at risk over political tension

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi has warned the United States that political tension between Beijing and Washington could undermine efforts by the world’s top two sources of greenhouse gas to co-operate in the fight against climate change.U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry is seen on a screen with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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Malaysia opposition leader Anwar claims 'formidable' majority to form new government

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Wednesday he has secured a ‘formidable’ majority from lawmakers to oust Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and form a new government, heralding a fresh bout of political drama in the Southeast Asian country.Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim waves after a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lim

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In China, a young diplomat rises as aggressive foreign policy takes root

SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) – Diplomats returning from overseas postings don’t usually receive special attention at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a vast government bureaucracy with thousands of staff. But when Zhao Lijian, a diplomat known for his pugnacious social media presence, finished a posting in Pakistan in August, he received an enthusiastic welcome in Beijing. A group of young admirers at

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Deadly eruption hits New Zealand volcano tourist town hard

WHAKATANE (Reuters) – Helicopter pilot Mark Law did not hesitate to fly out to New Zealand’s White Island volcano immediately after it erupted to carry survivors to hospital, but after a harrowing week he knows his town’s adventure tourism industry faces an uncertain future. As the search continues for the final two missing bodies from Monday’s deadly eruption, Law knows

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First killer Asian hornet queen found in UK amid fears of summer invasion

Government officials have issued a fresh warning after the venomous stinging insect was discovered in New Milton, Hampshire. Asian hornets are feared to be making their way across the English Channel after 80 queens were found on the Channel Islands. The bugs are an invasive species which have killed a handful of people in France after they were mistakenly introduced

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