World news roundup: Afghanistan to resume issuing passports after months of delay; Taiwan says it must be alert to ‘exaggerated’ military activities by China, others
Here is a summary of the news in the world.
Afghanistan to resume issuing passports after months of delay
Afghanistan will resume issuing passports to its citizens on Tuesday, a senior official said, after months of delays that hampered attempts by those trying to flee the country after the Taliban took control in August. The process, which had slowed even before the return to power of Islamist militants following the withdrawal of US forces, will provide applicants with documents physically identical to those issued by the previous government, the official said.
Taiwan says it must be alert to China’s ‘exaggerated’ military activities
Taiwan must be on alert for China’s “exaggerated” military activity, the premier said on Tuesday, after a record 56 Chinese planes flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, while the president said the island would do whatever it took to defend itself. Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese Air Force planes in the south and southwest of its air defense zone over a four-day period starting Friday, the same day China marked a patriotic holiday. key, the national holiday.
Analysis – In Czech elections, price is one of the fastest growing EU debt burdens
The Czech government has abandoned a long tradition of frugality in recent years by stacking tax cuts and wage increases on top of pandemic-related spending, putting the country’s debt on track to reach critical levels much faster than expected. That leaves an unenviable challenge for the party that wins this weekend’s national elections in the Czech Republic.
Analysis-Quest for greater leverage drives Iran’s nuclear blockade tactics, analysts say
Western powers have been trying for weeks to get Tehran’s answer to a question: when will the Islamic Republic return to nuclear talks that have been suspended since June. Iran’s response was vague and straightforward: “soon”. Behind Tehran’s blockade lies an attempt to get more concessions when negotiations eventually resume, officials and analysts have said, including advancing its uranium enrichment program, a possible route to a nuclear bomb. .
Blinken of the United States discusses European security cooperation with French Macron
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday discussed French pressure for greater security cooperation between European nations, a US official said during a visit to try to mend a break with Paris. The top American diplomat is in Paris to try to reconnect after a security pact between the United States, Australia and Great Britain led Canberra to derail a defense contract, initially valued at 40 billion dollars, for French submarines.
French clergy have sexually abused over 200,000 children since 1950, report says
French clergy have sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years, a major investigation released Tuesday revealed, and its authors said the Catholic Church had turned a blind eye to the “scourge” for too long. The church has shown “a deep, utter and even cruel indifference for years”, protecting itself rather than the victims of what was systemic abuse, said Jean-Marc Sauvé, head of the commission that wrote the report.
Japan signals more active role in China’s firm stance on Taiwan
Japan’s new government on Tuesday signaled a more assertive stance on China’s aggressive stance towards autonomous Taiwan, suggesting it would consider options and prepare for “various scenarios,” while reaffirming close ties with the United States. Taiwan and the broader relations with China are likely to dominate security policies and foreign relations from the start of the administration of new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Global player? EU summit to seek answers on China and US strategy
The 27 leaders of the European Union will seek a new approach to China on Tuesday at their first summit on Sino-European strategy since the bloc imposed sanctions on Beijing in March and faces retaliation, jeopardizing a new investment pact. The leaders will also discuss the idea of creating a gas reserve in the EU and decoupling electricity prices from gas prices, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday, although he this is only the first debate.
Cold turkey brexit: UK tries to shake off 25-year imported work habit
Britain’s 25-year-old model of importing cheap labor has been shaken by Brexit and COVID-19, sowing the seeds of a 1970s-style winter of discontent, with labor shortages, spiraling wage demands and price hikes. The exit from the European Union, followed by the chaos of the biggest public health crisis in a century, plunged the world’s fifth-largest economy into a sudden attempt to shake off its dependence on cheap imported labor.
Pandora Papers: Rich and Powerful Deny Wrongdoing After Filing So-called Secrets
The Czech Prime Minister, the King of Jordan and the chairman of a well-known Indian conglomerate were among the global figures denying wrongdoing on Monday after what major news organizations described as a secret treasury of finance documents leaked offshore. India has said it will investigate cases related to the data dump, known collectively as “Pandora Papers,” while Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said officials named in the documents will do so. under investigation, including himself.
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