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Aug 8 4 tweets 3 min read
#BREAKING China says continuing military drills around Taiwan #UPDATE China's military's eastern command says fresh drills have been carried out around Taiwan Monday, as China defies calls for it to end its largest-ever exercises encircling the democratic island.

Those military exercises were expected to draw to a close on Sunday
Aug 8 5 tweets 4 min read
A fragile Egypt-brokered truce between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza appears to be holding early Monday.

The recent intense conflict has left at least 44 Palestinians dead, including 15 children

u.afp.com/w98Y Palestinians salvage belongings from the rubble of their homBeachgoers take cover in the Israeli coastal city of Tel AviPalestinian demonstrators burn tyres as they block the main VIDEO: The sun rises over Gaza City as an Egypt-brokered truce between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants appears to be holding early Monday.

The truce raises hopes that the recent intense conflict that has left at least 44 Palestinians dead, including 15 children, has ended
Aug 7 4 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING Gaza ceasefire takes effect, per agreement by Israel, Islamic Jihad #BREAKING Israel says striking Gaza targets after start of ceasefire was in response to earlier rockets
Aug 7 4 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING Russian official re-elected head of chess body FIDE: chairman #UPDATE A Russian former deputy premier was re-elected Sunday as head of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), its electoral chairman said, seeing off a Ukrainian challenger who said his position was untenable because of Moscow's invasion.
Aug 7 6 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING Israel arrests 20 members of Islamic Jihad group in West Bank: army #BREAKING Gaza death toll rises to 32, including six children: Palestinian ministry
Aug 6 7 tweets 4 min read
#BREAKING Gaza's sole power plant shuts over lack of fuel: spokesman Image #UPDATE Gaza's sole power plant shut down on Saturday after running out of fuel, an electricity company spokesman said, five days after Israel closed its goods crossing with the Palestinian enclave Image
Aug 5 5 tweets 5 min read
#BREAKING UN chief says 'no way' to solve key global issues without US-China cooperation: spokesman Image #BREAKING White House says China cutting off climate talks 'fundamentally irresponsible' Image
Aug 5 10 tweets 6 min read
#BREAKING Israeli military launches air strikes on Gaza Strip: army, witnesses Image #BREAKING Islamic Jihad says senior commander killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza Image
Aug 5 8 tweets 5 min read
#BREAKING Putin tells Turkey's Erdogan he hopes to sign deal to boost economic cooperation Image #BREAKING Turkey's Erdogan says hopes talks with Putin will open 'different page' in ties Image
Aug 4 15 tweets 8 min read
Chinese military exercises.

#AFPGraphics map of Taiwan and its surrounding waters, highlighting the areas of the Chinese military drills from August 4 to 7. At some points the "live-fire drills" will take place within just 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the island's shore China to kick off its largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan.

The drills straddle vital international shipping lanes and will include "live-fire drills", an announcement in Chinese state media says

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Aug 3 5 tweets 3 min read
#BREAKING Azerbaijan says took control of several strategic heights in breakaway Karabakh: official #BREAKING Armenia calls on world to stop Azerbaijan's 'aggressive actions'
Aug 3 4 tweets 3 min read
#BREAKING Iran says sending delegation to Vienna to resume nuclear talks #UPDATE Iran said on Wednesday it was sending a delegation to Vienna to resume talks to revive the frayed 2015 agreement on its nuclear programme that have been halted since March u.afp.com/wjHL

📷 Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri pictured in December
Aug 3 4 tweets 3 min read
#BREAKING Inspection of first Ukraine grain shipment completed in Turkey: Ankara #UPDATE A Russian and Ukrainian team on Wednesday completed an inspection in Istanbul of a cargo ship carrying the first delivery of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin's invasion, Turkish officials said
Aug 3 11 tweets 7 min read
#BREAKING China says military drills around Taiwan Strait 'necessary and just' #UPDATE China insisted Wednesday its military exercises around the Taiwan Strait were "necessary and just" in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island.
Aug 3 4 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING Germany's Scholz accuses Russia of blocking gas turbine delivery #UPDATE German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has accused Russia of blocking the delivery of a turbine needed to keep gas flowing via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe
Aug 3 16 tweets 8 min read
Flight tracker website swamped as hundreds of thousands followed Pelosi plane to see if she would land in Taiwan.

There were so many - over 708,000 - that Flightradar24 said it had to limit non-subscribers' access to the site to keep the service working

u.afp.com/wjEC Crowds take pictures as the plane of Speaker of the US House VIDEO: A convoy carrying US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drives through Taipei.

Pelosi landed in Taiwan late Tuesday, defying a string of increasingly stark warnings and threats from China that have sent tensions between the world's two superpowers soaring
Aug 2 4 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING Yemen's warring parties renew two-month truce: UN #UPDATE Just hours before it was set to expire, Yemen's warring parties decided to extend their four-month long truce another two months, until October 2, UN special envoy on Yemen, Hans Grundberg, announced Tuesday.
Aug 2 4 tweets 3 min read
Map showing the situation in #Ukraine as of August 2 at 0700 GMT
#AFPgraphics @AFP Image #BREAKING First Ukraine grain ship reaches Turkish coast: AFP Image
Aug 2 24 tweets 12 min read
White House warns China against overreacting to a possible trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, saying she has every right to visit the self-ruled island despite Beijing viewing it as a highly provocative challenge

u.afp.com/wjnw VIDEO: China may be "positioning" itself for a military show of strength around Taiwan, including missile launches, ahead of a possible visit by a senior US politician to the island, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says
Aug 1 9 tweets 5 min read
#BREAKING Biden announces US killed Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri #BREAKING Drone strike killed Al-Qaeda chief, no US presence on ground, US official says
Aug 1 4 tweets 3 min read
#BREAKING UN chief warns humanity 'one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation' #UPDATE UN head Antonio Guterres warned Monday that humanity was "just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation," with the world facing a threat "not seen since the height of the Cold War."