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  1. Days after Joe Biden’s first presidential trip abroad, Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed back to Europe Tuesday to keep up the work of building Western unity against a rising China.Blinken left Washington late on Tuesday afternoon for Berlin, and will continue on to Paris and Rome, meeting the European Union’s two key power brokers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as Vatican leaders and taking part in talks on bringing peace to war-scarred…
  2. Belarus prsident Alexander Lukashenko Tuesday accused modern Germany of Nazism on the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of the USSR and a day after coordinated Western sanctions on his country.The EU, US, British and Canadian sanctions were a response to last month’s forcible diversion of an international flight to Minsk to detain opposition activist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend who were on board.Speaking at a World War II commemoration event, the 66-year-old Belarusian president…
  3. The Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) has ruled that Munich’s stadium cannot be illuminated in rainbow colours for Wednesday's Euro 2020 match between Germany and Hungary, a decision dismissed as “shameful” by the city's mayor.Uefa said on Tuesday it has rejected an according motion from Munich's city council because it would represent a political message in response to a Hungarian law.The Uefa decision drew wide-ranging criticism in Germany while it was welcomed in Hungary.Last…
  4. A Swedish court has upheld a ban on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies selling 5G equipment in the country.Sweden’s regulator, the Post and Telecom Authority, banned the company along with Chinese counterpart ZTE from the network in October because of security concerns on the recommendation of the nation’s intelligence services. Huawei lost its initial appeal in December.“Sweden’s security is of heavy importance and the administrative court has taken into account that only the Security…
  5. Spain on Tuesday pardoned nine jailed Catalan separatists behind a failed 2017 independence bid in a bid to break the deadlock over the political crisis in the wealthy northeastern region.“The pardons for those convicted were approved” during the morning cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s office tweeted, confirming the decision to grant clemency to nine separatist leaders who were serving long prison sentences.Although the date of their release remains unclear, the judicial…
  6. The Vatican on Tuesday confirmed it had lodged a diplomatic protest against a draft Italian law against homophobia, in what a news report called an “unprecedented” act of meddling in Italy’s affairs.The so-called Zan law, currently being debated in Italy’s parliament, seeks to punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people.According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the Vatican argued in a letter, or note verbale, that the bill…
  7. The UK on Tuesday launched negotiations to join a trans-Pacific trade bloc as it seeks to explore new opportunities following its departure from the European Union and strengthen its strategic interests in Asia.The start of talks to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), made up of 11 counties with a combined half a billion people, came as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with his counterpart and other Vietnamese officials during his fifth…
  8. The United States said it could slow down its military withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by Taliban insurgents.Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stressed that US President Joe Biden’s deadline of a full withdrawal by September remained in place, but added that the pace could be adjusted based on conditions.“The situation in Afghanistan changes as the Taliban continue to conduct these attacks and to raid district centres as well as the violence, which is still too high,” he told…
  9. Britain’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is helping to take on the “lion’s share” of operations against Islamic State in Iraq, UK naval commanders said. It has also piqued the interest of Russian warplanes, who try to keep tabs on its cutting-edge F-35 jet in a “cat-and-mouse” game with British and US pilots.Speaking aboard the 65,000-tonne carrier on its first-ever deployment, Commodore Steve Moorhouse said the UK was carrying out most of the missions to wipe out the remnants of…
  10. Germany’s biggest party remains divided on how to tackle China ahead of September’s crunch election, with a manifesto unveiled by the Christian Democratic Union on Monday clashing with comments made by the party’s candidate to be the next chancellor, Armin Laschet. The manifesto described China as posing “the greatest foreign and security policy challenge today”. It called for a “resolute and powerful” response to Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, adding that “China has the will and…