Taiwan minister accepts responsibility for train crash as questions mount

Taiwan’s transport minister said on Sunday he would not shirk his responsibility for a deadly train crash even as his resignation offer was rejected amid growing questions over safety lapses that could have contributed to the disaster. In the island’s worst rail accident in seven decades, 51 people have been confirmed dead after a packed […]

U.K. won’t share surplus COVID-19 vaccines until all adults are inoculated: minister – National

Britain will focus on vaccinating the whole of its adult population for COVID-19 before it can to provide any surplus shots to other countries such as its close neighbor Ireland, British business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said on Tuesday. More than 30 million Britons have received their first COVID-19 shots in the fastest vaccine rollout […]

Police won’t investigate claim Australia cabinet minister raped teen decades ago – National

Police on Tuesday ruled out investigating an unnamed Australian Cabinet minister over an allegation that he raped a 16-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. The decision by New South Wales state police adds pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to establish an independent investigation to examine the accusation. The accusation has created a […]

U.K. vaccinating 140 people per minute on average, minister says – National

Britain’s vaccine rollout is limited by a “lumpy” manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply disruption, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday. The United Kingdom, which has the world’s fifth worst official COVID-19 death toll, is racing to be among the […]

Canada has ‘significant’ concerns about China, defence minister says – National

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted December 20, 2020 1:32 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada and its allies have significant concerns about China, starting with its unpredictability, its refusal […]

Foreign minister raised troubling U.S. report on ‘Havana syndrome’ with Cuban counterpart – National

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says he raised with his Cuban counterpart a troubling new report by leading U.S. scientists that found the most plausible cause of ‘Havana syndrome’ is directed, pulsed microwave energy. In a year-end interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Champagne said he takes seriously the duty of care he […]

Coronavirus reversed a decade of progress helping world’s poor, minister says – National

International Development Minister Karina Gould isn’t running any victory laps despite ending 2020 by doing what so few of her political predecessors could — wrestling a sizable increase in Canadian foreign-aid spending. Gould announced a $485-million increase in Canada’s $5.9-billion overseas development assistance budget this week, money earmarked for new international efforts to ensure […]

Canadian soldiers no longer training Chinese troops, defence minister says – National

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed Canadian soldiers are no longer training members of the Chinese military, amid scrutiny following a report that senior civil servants opposed a decision last year to stop training activities with the regime. A report by The Globe and Mail on Thursday cited documents mistakenly released under access to […]

Lebanon’s prime minister among those charged with negligence in Beirut explosion – National

The Lebanese prosecutor probing last summer’s port explosion in Beirut filed charges on Thursday against the caretaker prime minister and three former ministers, accusing them of negligence that led to the death of hundreds of people, Lebanon’s official news agency said. The four are the most senior individuals to be indicted so far in […]

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters demand Armenia’s prime minister resign – National

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched across the Armenian capital Saturday to push for the resignation of the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister over his handling of the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. In six weeks of fierce fighting that ended with a Russia-brokered peace deal on Nov. 10, the Azerbaijani army reclaimed lands […]