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Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of ‘when, not if’ – Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of "when, not if" he moves his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office on Tuesday and is hosting Netanyahu and the leaders of other countries for... Continue Reading →

China to kick off year of sensitive anniversaries with major speech on Taiwan

China will kick off a year of sensitive anniversaries with a major speech on Wednesday by President Xi Jinping on Taiwan, China's most sensitive issue. In 2019 China will celebrate 70 years since Communist China's founding. Anniversaries are always touchy events in China, where maintaining stability is the ruling Communist Party's overwhelming priority. Next year... Continue Reading →

Tokyo court says extends detention of Nissan’s Ghosn until Jan 11

The Tokyo District Court said on Monday it has extended the detention of ousted Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn by 10 days until Jan. 11. Ghosn, accused of aggravated breach of trust, is facing allegations of making the car maker shoulder 1.85 billion yen (13.20 million pounds)in personal investment losses. The latest extension will... Continue Reading →

Brexit sends Britons seeking Irish passports up 22 percent in 2018

The number of British citizens applying for Irish passports rose by 22 percent in 2018, Ireland's foreign office said on Monday, more than doubling the total of annual applications since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Almost 100,000 eligible Britons sought to hang onto their EU citizenship via a passport from their nearest neighbour... Continue Reading →

Dinnage turns her back on Premier League chief exec role

Susanna Dinnage has shocked English football by deciding she no longer wants to be the chief executive of the Premier League despite previously accepting the post. Dinnage, a television executive, was announced as the successor to the long-serving Richard Scudamore in November, with her appointment hailed as a major step forward for women in sports... Continue Reading →

Indonesia’s latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparedness

As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month. The Dec. 23 tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of... Continue Reading →

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