China risks paying ‘high cost’ for South China Sea intimidation, Japan defense chief says

China’s attempts to change the status quo in the South China Sea risks provoking a stern response from the international community, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told CNN in an exclusive interview Friday.

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Ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse linked to catastrophic Beirut explosion

Beirut was declared a “disaster city” by authorities on Wednesday, in the wake of a huge explosion in the port of the Lebanese capital that left at least 135 people dead and 5,000 injured. The number of deaths is expected to climb amid ongoing search and rescue efforts.

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Beirut blast death toll rises to 100 with more fatalities feared

The death toll from the explosions which devastated central Beirut has reached 100, the Lebanese Red Cross said Wednesday, as residents across much of the city woke in shock, if they had slept at all.

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Massive Beirut blast kills at least 50, injures hundreds

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. At least 50 people were killed and 2,700 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

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China’s Expanding Global Footprint Roils a Reluctant NATO

On an overcast morning last month, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic arrived at a military airport near Belgrade to pose with six Chinese-made attack drones.

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HSBC results: Bank posts sharp fall in profits and warns of US-China tensions

HSBC said on Monday that escalating tensions between China and the West are creating “challenging situations” for its business after the global bank reported a 65% plunge in profits in the first half of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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