Widespread internet outages reported in Iran as unrest over border shootings mount – National

Iran’s impoverished southeast experienced wide disruptions of internet service over the past week, internet experts said Saturday, as unrest gripped the remote province after fatal border shootings. Several rights groups reported in a joint statement that authorities shut down the mobile data network in the restive province of Sistan and Baluchestan, calling the disruptions […]

Fuel tanker explosion causes massive fire at Afghanistan, Iran border: officials – National

A fuel tanker exploded Saturday at the Islam Qala crossing in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on the Iranian border, injuring at least seven people and causing a massive fire that consumed more than 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel, according to Afghan officials and Iranian state media. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused […]

China, India border troops begin to ‘disengage simultaneously’

China’s defence ministry has said that Chinese and Indian front-line troops at the border of the two countries have begun to “disengage simultaneously” on the north and south shore of Pangong Tso lake. The move was announced on Wednesday by defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian on Weibo. Several rounds of talks have been held over […]

Biden orders ‘pause’ on all border wall construction – National

In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one […]

Trump to visit border wall in Texas — his 1st appearance since U.S. Capitol riots – National

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to emerge from seclusion on Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Capitol was ransacked by pro-Trump protesters and will travel to Alamo, Texas, to visit his signature border wall. Trump agreed to the trip as members of his staff encouraged him to undertake events highlighting his legacy. He has spent the last two months in a futile attempt to […]

Chinese soldier apprehended by Indian army for transgressing border – National

The Indian army said Saturday that it had apprehended a Chinese soldier in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border. An army statement said the Chinese soldier was taken into custody on Friday for transgressing into the Indian side in area […]

Chinese court sentences 10 Hong Kong activists to jail for crossing border – National

A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced 10 pro-democracy activists who sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat to between seven months and three years in prison, in a case with major political overtones for the territory. The Yantian District Court in the southern city of Shenzhen gave the harshest sentence to one of the […]

U.K. imposes tighter restrictions as week-long border chaos calms – National

Millions of people in the U.K. faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland demanding tighter measures to try to halt a new variant of the virus that is believed to spread more quickly. Northern Ireland went into a six-week lockdown and in Wales, restrictions that were relaxed for Christmas Day […]

U.K. COVID-19 variant: Thousands of truckers stuck at border on Christmas Eve – National

Trucks inched slowly past checkpoints at the English port of Dover and headed across the Channel on Thursday to the French port of Calais after France partially reopened its borders with Britain following a scare over a rapidly spreading new coronavirus variant. Read more: Canada extends U.K. flight ban 2 more weeks amid COVID-19 […]

U.K., France working to restart border trade amid new coronavirus fears: ministers – National

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is working with France in an attempt to find a way to lift border closures that have snarled one of Europe’s most important trade routes just days before the Brexit cliff edge. Much of the world closed borders to the United Kingdom over recent days after London identified […]