Kenya's President William Ruto speaks during a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 23, 2024. - President Biden announced that he intends to name Kenya as the first major non-NATO US ally in sub-Saharan Africa, as he welcomed Ruto for a landmark state visit. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

Biden woos Kenya’s Ruto with state visit, major ally status

US President Joe Biden rolled out the red carpet Thursday for his Kenyan counterpart William Ruto, unveiling plans during a lavish state
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Hong Kong’s airport said anyone who has spent time in the last three weeks in any of those countries would be banned from transiting from Sunday. Photo/ AFP

US to restrict visas for ‘multiple’ Hong Kong officials

The United States announced on Friday that it was "taking steps" to put fresh visa curbs on Hong Kong officials responsible for cracking down on rights in the Chinese city, days after
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People walk past a damaged car following heavy rains in Fangshan district in Beijing on August 1, 2023. - At least 11 people were killed and 13 were missing after heavy rains lashed Beijing, state media said on August 1, in downpours that have submerged roads and deluged neighbourhoods with mud. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

At least 20 killed, 19 missing in China rainstorms

At least 20 people were killed and 19 were missing after heavy rains lashed Beijing and surrounding provinces, state media said Tuesday, in downpours that have submerged roads and deluged neighbourhoods with
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(FILES) Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine forward Lionel Messi reacts during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Clermont Foot 63 at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on June 3, 2023. - Argentina's reigning world champion Lionel Messi, 35, said in an interview with a Chinese media outlet broadcast on June 13, 2023, that he does not "think" he will be taking part in the next World Cup in 2026. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Australia coach wants ‘great performance’ to stop Messi in Beijing

Australia said Wednesday they have maximum respect for Lionel Messi but will do everything they can to stop him when they meet Argentina in a Beijing friendly.
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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on June 13, 2023 shows (L) China's Foreign Minister Qin Gang holds a copy of China's constitution during a press conference at the Media Center of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 7, 2023, and (R) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to members of the media prior to a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, not pictured, at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2023. - China's foreign minister Qin Gang told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on June 14, 2023 that relations between the two countries were facing "new difficulties and challenges", Beijing said. (Photos by NOEL CELIS and SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Blinken urges open lines of communication with China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Wednesday for open lines of communication as he spoke with China's foreign minister, ahead of planned face-to-face discussions in Beijing.
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Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt listens to the speech of Britain's Prime Minister during a Business Connect event in North London, on April 24, 2023. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / POOL / AFP)

UK’s Cleverly to urge against isolating China

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will on Tuesday argue it would be “a betrayal” of Britain’s national interest to isolate China and urge against declaring “a new Cold War”. [ad] In a speech
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People line up to take a nucleic acid test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing booth near an office building in Central Business District (CBD) in Chaoyang district, Beijing, China November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

China to scrap quarantine for overseas arrivals: health authorities

China will scrap quarantine measures for overseas arrivals starting January 8, health authorities announced Monday, after nearly three years of strict pandemic border restrictions.
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