China, US Diplomats Discuss Taiwan During ‘In-Depth’ Talks

The meeting in Bali between President Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden, which took place on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, led to a resumption of cooperation on issues including climate change and food security, putting a floor under worsening ties after tensions spiked due to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to … Read more

HSBC Sees Loan Availability to Drive Growth for India M&A Deals

A logo at a HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch on King Street that is set for closure in the near future on Thursday, in Hammersmith district of London, UK, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. HSBC are due to report second-quarter earnings on Aug. 1. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Oil Rebounds as Key Pipeline Remains Shut and China Eases Curbs

Following the imposition of the price cap and related curbs, a backlog of tankers waiting to haul oil through Turkey’s vital shipping straits built up amid a dispute over insurance cover. That now appears to be clearing, with a port agent tally on Sunday showing 19 tankers waiting to pass through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles … Read more

Putin Says Russia May Add Nuclear First Strike To Strategy

“We’re thinking about this,” the Russian president told reporters after a summit in Kyrgyzstan. “If we are talking about a disarming strike, perhaps we should think about using the approaches of our American partners,” he said, citing what he called US strategies to use high-accuracy missiles for a preventive strike.

Stampede at Indonesia football match leaves 125 dead – POLITICO

At least 125 people have died and more are being treated for injuries following a stampede at a football stadium in Java, Indonesia, on Saturday night, according to media reports.   Authorities revised lower an earlier figure of 174 deaths. The match was between two of Indonesia’s biggest teams, the rival Javanese clubs Arema and Persebaya … Read more

Zimbabwe Power Firm Secures Funds From India, State Media Says

The works on the 38-year old plant, only designed to run for 30 years, will start next year, it cited Shepherd Mukundi, general manager for Zimbabwe Power Company, as saying. The plant suffers frequent breakdowns due to aging equipment and is currently being expanded to add 600 megawatts of power by next year.

S. Korean activists clash with police over anti-Kim balloons

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean activists say they clashed with police while launching balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda materials across the North Korean border, ignoring their government’s plea to stop such activities since the North has threatened to respond with “deadly” retaliation. Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector-turned-activist, said he his group had launched about … Read more