China reduced the level of its diplomatic relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level Sunday in retaliation for the Baltic nation allowing Taiwan, the island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, to open a representative office.
A high-ranking Qatari official says a proposed NATO-like regional alliance, which brings together Persian Gulf littoral states, Egypt, Jordan and the United States, is at risk of credibility if a dispute between Doha and several of its Arab neighbors is not resolved.
Europe is concerned about collateral damage it may suffer from America’s escalating trade spat with China, an EU official said as he criticized Washington for breaking a years-long push to force Beijing to cut steel and aluminum exports.
A delegation from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, headed by the newly chosen leader in Gaza Yehiya Sinwar, has arrived in Cairo to hold the first high-level meeting with the country’s security officials after months of tensions.
US Vice President Mike Pence has sought to reassure Australia about the "historic alliance" between Washington and Canberra, following a spat between the two countries’ leaders over a refugee resettlement deal.