European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks at a news conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) and EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis during the US-EU Trade and Technology Council meeting in College Park, Maryland, on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

Wary of China and Russia, US and EU hint at plan to end EV subsidies dispute

Two sides agree to align industrial policies at latest meeting of Trade and Technology Council, with Europe urging to see results ‘this year’.

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UAE, Ukraine to start talks on bilateral trade deal

It would be the UAE’s first such deal with a European country, and talks will likely centre on expanding trade in the services sector and on food security.

It would be the UAE’s first such deal with a European country, and talks will likely centre on expanding trade in the services sector and on food security.

5 Dec 2022 - 5:58PM

Ukraine’s Zelensky urges strength amid push to restore power

Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s power infrastructure since early October, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heating as temperatures plummet.

Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s power infrastructure since early October, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heating as temperatures plummet.

5 Dec 2022 - 2:39PM

West limits Moscow’s war machine with cap on Russian oil, but prices rise

Russia said it would continue to find buyers, despite what it said was a ‘dangerous’ attempt by the West to introduce a price cap on its oil exports.

Russia said it would continue to find buyers, despite what it said was a ‘dangerous’ attempt by the West to introduce a price cap on its oil exports.

5 Dec 2022 - 5:26PM

Last call: UK pubs risk closure without help from ‘lethal’ energy costs

Businesses have benefited from an energy bill relief scheme but face uncertainty when the scheme finishes at the end of March, which could mean pubs and brewers could be paying an extra 20 per cent for power.

Businesses have benefited from an energy bill relief scheme but face uncertainty when the scheme finishes at the end of March, which could mean pubs and brewers could be paying an extra 20 per cent for power.

5 Dec 2022 - 1:48PM

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The Chinese embassy in Paris, France. Photo: Xinhua

Human rights group says China has more ‘police stations’ abroad than first reported

Madrid-based human rights group Safeguard Defenders first revealed the existence of 54 such stations in September and said it had now found evidence of 48 more.

5 Dec 2022 - 3:56PM

Opec+ agrees no change to oil policy, production targets

Opec+ maintained its oil policy amid Group of Seven nations’ price cap on Russian oil and a slowing Chinese economy.

Opec+ maintained its oil policy amid Group of Seven nations’ price cap on Russian oil and a slowing Chinese economy.

5 Dec 2022 - 10:52AM

Iran to abolish morality police, says attorney general

Iran’s attorney general was quoted in local media saying that the nation’s morality police ‘have been abolished’.

Iran’s attorney general was quoted in local media saying that the nation’s morality police ‘have been abolished’.

4 Dec 2022 - 8:46PM

UK could deploy military to ease strikes: Conservative Party chairman

As strikes continue across various sectors in Britain, the government is looking at bringing in the military to keep public services running if key workers strike, said Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi.

As strikes continue across various sectors in Britain, the government is looking at bringing in the military to keep public services running if key workers strike, said Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi.

4 Dec 2022 - 7:06PM

Opec+ likely to maintain output levels despite sanctions on Russian oil

Oil-producing nations, including Russia, will review their decision in October to cut production by two million barrels per day, ahead of fresh sanctions against Moscow coming into force.

Oil-producing nations, including Russia, will review their decision in October to cut production by two million barrels per day, ahead of fresh sanctions against Moscow coming into force.

4 Dec 2022 - 1:52PM

Zelensky criticises oil price cap on Russian supplies; Kremlin rejects curbs

With the cap set at US$60 per barrel, too much money continues to flow into Russia’s budget and thus into the war against his country, Zelensky said. Russian authorities threatened to stop supplying the nations that endorsed it.

With the cap set at US$60 per barrel, too much money continues to flow into Russia’s budget and thus into the war against his country, Zelensky said. Russian authorities threatened to stop supplying the nations that endorsed it.

4 Dec 2022 - 9:00AM

Historic crown to be modified for King Charles’ coronation

he 17th-century St Edward’s Crown, the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels, was last worn by Queen Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953.

he 17th-century St Edward’s Crown, the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels, was last worn by Queen Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953.

4 Dec 2022 - 6:34AM

UK crime agency arrests wealthy Russian as police target Putin enablers

The Russian embassy in London has demanded information from Britain’s Foreign Office on the reasons and circumstances of the detention of the businessman and the conditions in which he was being held.

The Russian embassy in London has demanded information from Britain’s Foreign Office on the reasons and circumstances of the detention of the businessman and the conditions in which he was being held.

4 Dec 2022 - 1:01AM

UK, Greece in ‘secret talks’ over Elgin Marbles

The ancient sculptures were taken from Athen’s Parthenon temple by diplomat Lord Elgin who gave them to the British Museum in 1817. Greece insists they were stolen and governments have failed to resolve the dispute.

The ancient sculptures were taken from Athen’s Parthenon temple by diplomat Lord Elgin who gave them to the British Museum in 1817. Greece insists they were stolen and governments have failed to resolve the dispute.

3 Dec 2022 - 11:09PM

Germany resists US pressure for blanket Huawei ban

An economy ministry strategy paper has recommended increasing scrutiny on the use of telecoms components from certain states.

An economy ministry strategy paper has recommended increasing scrutiny on the use of telecoms components from certain states.

3 Dec 2022 - 12:06PM

US and EU ‘never been more aligned’, including on China, say senior diplomats

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her EU counterpart, Stefano Sannino, express concern about Beijing’s ‘provocations’ in the Taiwan Strait.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her EU counterpart, Stefano Sannino, express concern about Beijing’s ‘provocations’ in the Taiwan Strait.

6 Dec 2022 - 12:04AM

Travel chaos: US, UK airport strikes during holiday travel period

London’s Heathrow ground-handling staff will strike from December 16 and US airport service workers are gearing up for a day of action on December 8.

London’s Heathrow ground-handling staff will strike from December 16 and US airport service workers are gearing up for a day of action on December 8.

2 Dec 2022 - 11:05PM

Parcels with ‘bloody’ animals’ eyes sent to Ukrainian embassies

Consulates and embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy as well as Naples, Italy; Krakow, Poland and the Czech city of Brno were targeted after a package with an explosive device injured an employee at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid on Wednesday.

Consulates and embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy as well as Naples, Italy; Krakow, Poland and the Czech city of Brno were targeted after a package with an explosive device injured an employee at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid on Wednesday.

2 Dec 2022 - 10:48PM

UK opposition wins special election in blow to Sunak’s party

Election was called after a Labour lawmaker stepped down over allegations of inappropriate sexual advances to a member of his staff.

Election was called after a Labour lawmaker stepped down over allegations of inappropriate sexual advances to a member of his staff.

2 Dec 2022 - 9:06PM

Ukraine war enters new phase with first winter since Russia’s invasion

Winter raises many questions about how to fight the war and, in some corners, whether the war can be fought at all.

Winter raises many questions about how to fight the war and, in some corners, whether the war can be fought at all.

2 Dec 2022 - 2:02PM