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Serbia won’t let Kosovo join UN despite strong Western pressure

Bloomberg There is no chance that Serbia will let Kosovo join the United Nations despite intense pressure from the US and European nations, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said. Serbia still regards its former province, which declared independence in 2008 almost a decade after the two sides fought a war on mostly ethnic lines, as its territory. Belgrade relies on veto-wielding ...

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World’s youngest leader electrifies UN assembly

  Bloomberg The world’s youngest leader, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric, sounded the alarm on the risk of social unrest, reminding his more experienced colleagues gathered at the United Nations that discontent that exploded locally can be repeated around the world. Boric said at the UN General Assembly that outrage over inequality and poor basic services can lead to uprisings in ...

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Japan, South Korea seek resolution on wartime labor

  Bloomberg Top diplomats from Japan and South Korea agreed in New York to continue to seek a resolution on the issue of Korean labor conscripted to work in Japanese factories and mines during World War II. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and South Korean counterpart Park Jin also agreed to cooperate on the security threat posed by North Korea ...

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Royals, world leaders attend Queen’s funeral

Bloomberg The evocative bugle call of the “Last Post” echoed around a hushed Westminster Abbey as Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral drew to a close— a poignant mark of remembrance and gratitude for the UK’s longest-serving monarch. After four extraordinary days in which hundreds of thousands of people queued for miles to pay tribute to the Queen at her lying-in-state ...

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US will defend Taiwan from ‘unprecedented attack’: Biden

Bloomberg President Joe Biden said US military forces would defend Taiwan from “an unprecedented attack,” his latest pledge of support as his administration seeks to deter China from increasing military pressure on the democratically elected government in Taipei. Biden made the remark during an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, while distancing himself from the question of whether Taiwan ...

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Court drops terror case against Imran Khan

  Bloomberg A Pakistan court ordered police to drop investigations into a terrorism complaint against former leader Imran Khan for allegedly threatening a female judge and senior police officials during a public rally last month. A two-judge panel of the Islamabad High Court led by Chief Justice Athar Minallah handed down the order while accepting Khan’s appeal to withdraw the ...

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Biden warns Putin against using nuclear or chemical weapons

Bloomberg President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would face a “consequential” US response if the Russian president used nuclear or chemical weapons in the war in Ukraine. “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t,” Biden said in an excerpt from an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” when asked what he would say if Putin were considering using tactical nuclear weapons or chemical weapons in ...

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Turkey seeks to be first Nato member to join China-led SCO

Bloomberg Turkey is seeking membership to the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempts to forge alliances with friendly countries in the East. Erdogan made the announcement after attending the SCO summit in Uzbekistan on Friday where he held talks with leaders including China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. A successful bid would make ...

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Political storm returns for Liz Truss after days of UK mourning

Bloomberg Liz Truss’s government was barely into its stride when the UK was thrust into a state of suspended animation following the death of its longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. But after Monday’s state funeral, British politics will return full-throttle with the new prime minister back under pressure over a deepening economic crisis. Truss starts the week by flying to ...

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Lula seeks to cut Bolsonaro’s lead in southern Brazil

Bloomberg Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is launching an offensive to sway supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s southern states, the stronghold of the right-wing incumbent. The presidential front-runner held a rally on Friday in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, before heading to Curitiba, the Parana state capital where he was kept behind bars between 2018 ...

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