January 17, 2020

China must ‘face reality’ of Taiwan’s independence: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(LONDON) -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called for China to respect Taiwan's sovereignty and its commitment to democracy, just days after she won reelection in a landslide victory. Tsai -- who is the first female president of the Republic of China -- said Taiwan's election results sent a strong message to the world. "We are a successful democracy, we have a decent economy [and] we deserve respect from China," she said earlier this week in an interview with BBC...
January 16, 2020

Ukraine police investigating possible surveillance of Yovanovitch, Russian hacking

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukrainian police are now investigating two major cases related to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, one around possible illegal surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and the other around a suspected attack by Russian military hackers targeting a company where the son of former Vice President Joe Biden sat on the board. On the Yovanovitch case, the interior ministry said in a statement Thursday that police had..
January 16, 2020

Ukraine opens criminal investigation into possible surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukraine's interior ministry said it is opening a criminal investigation into the possible illegal surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch while she was the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The ministry in a statement said police had opened the investigation in light of text messages released by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee between two associates of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. In the messages, Republican congres..
January 16, 2020

Prehistoric trees in Australia saved from wildfires in secret mission

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment(SYDNEY) -- Firefighters in Australia successfully embarked on a secret mission to save the prehistoric -- and extremely rare -- Wollemi pine trees from the bushfires ravaging the country, officials said. The country's Minister of Energy and Environment said that thanks to the mission, the trees that "survived the dinosaurs ... look like they'll survive these bushfires." "Wollemi National Park is the only place in the world where th..