AFP Temanggung, Central Java ● Fri, June 24, 2022 2022-06-24 11:30 0 53ea05b5fe2e13733519dbf4e32f45a6 2 Asia and Pacific Jokowi,Anthony-Albanese,design,bromance,Central-Java,bamboo-bike,diplomacy Free As President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo led Anthony Albanese around the lush gardens of a presidential palace south of Jakarta earlier this month, he presented the new Australian prime minister with an unusual gift: a bamboo bike. The night before, designer Singgih Susilo Kartono learned it would be the Spedagi model he crafts in a small village in Central Java that the leaders would ride side-by-side in a unique moment of bicycle diplomacy. Prime Minister Albanese would tuck his trousers into his socks after the statesmen stripped off their jackets and ties and donned helmets, setting off on the light and environmentally friendly two-wheelers for the symbolic bike ride. The 54-year-old designer told AFP the diplomatic gesture was a "special, magical … [Read more...] about Singgih Kartono, the designer behind Jokowi-Albanese bamboo bike bromance
There are thousands of videos of The Queen that give an incredible insight into what the monarch is really like - unsurprising, given that she has been on the throne for a monumental 70 years. Of the many hilarious videos, a clip from a 1989 reception for The Commonwealth at the Royal Albert Hall has delighted royal fans. In the video, The Queen is seen chatting with children from all over the Commonwealth about everything from what she has got Prince William for Christmas to whether she believes in Santa Claus. During the reception, The Queen met several children from the various countries - many of whom were wearing their national dress. Famed royal biographer, Andrew Morton, pointed out this moment as one of favourites during his appearance on The Mirror's podcast, Pod Save the Queen . The Queen had a brilliant answer ( Image: Getty Images) Love the royals? Sign u p for the Mirror's daily newsletter to get all the latest news on the Queen, Charles, … [Read more...] about Queen’s Father Christmas story was ‘stunning act of diplomacy’, says author
Reuters Kyiv, Ukraine ● Thu, June 30, 2022 2022-06-30 09:35 0 e16ff64e7ecc29b4174149122333d624 2 Europe president,Jokowi,Volodymir-Zelensky,Ukraine,Russia,war,Vladimir-Putin,diplomacy Free President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo offered on Wednesday to deliver a message from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to try to boost peace hopes. It was not immediately clear how Zelensky responded to the offer made by Jokowi during talks in Kyiv or whether the Ukrainian leader had any message he wished to send to Putin. Jokowi is the chair of the Group of 20 nations and one of six leaders the United Nations has appointed as "champions" of a Global Crisis Response Group, formed to address the threat of a hunger and destitution posed by the war in Ukraine. After his visit to Ukraine, Jokowi is due to go to Moscow to meet Putin, and has said he will urge the Russian president to agree to a ceasefire. Peace talks between Moscow … [Read more...] about President Jokowi offers to take message from Ukraine’s leader to Putin
AFP Madrid, Spain ● Fri, July 1, 2022 2022-07-01 10:45 0 76b99ae81be4b2e052851b8c9676ad64 2 Europe justin-trudeau,Ukraine,President-Jokowi,diplomacy,G20,Vladimir-Putin,Russia Free Canada will take part in the G20 summit in Bali in November even if Russian President Vladimir Putin attends, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. Indonesia holds the rotating presidency of the G20 and Jakarta has come under Western pressure to exclude Russia's president from the gathering despite announcing in April that he had been invited. Asked at a news conference the end of a NATO summit in Madrid if Ottawa would take part in the gathering if Putin is also present, Trudeau said: "We expect that Canada and all members of the G7 will be at the G20." "It is too important a conversation on the global economy. It is too important that we be there to counteract the voice and the lies that Russia will perhaps be putting forward. There are a number of … [Read more...] about Canada to attend G20 summit even if Putin goes: Trudeau
Russia may bring 'horror' to Europe warns Zelensky adviser Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The news comes as Bulgaria has declared 70 Russian officials as “persona non grata” on allegations of espionage incompatible with their diplomatic missions. Justifying the move, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said: “This is what happens when foreign governments try to interfere in Bulgaria’s internal affairs.” Related articles Putin outsmarted as TWO EU nations strike huge gas deal Mystery aircraft from Lithuania triggers international security alert The decision had been taken based on information gathered by the Bulgarian secret … [Read more...] about Putin issues horror deadline to Bulgaria as Russia intensifies threats to Europe
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled-down on his nuclear arms buildup to overwhelm “hostile forces” at a key meeting where military leaders approved unspecified new operational duties for front-line army units. Members of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Military Commission decided to supplement an “important military action plan” on the duties of front-line troops and further strengthen the country’s nuclear war deterrent, state media said Friday. North Korea hasn’t specified the new operational duties for front-line army units, but analysts say the country could be planning to deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting rival South Korea along their tense border. While North Korea's pursuit of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland gets much of the international attention, it is also developing a variety of … [Read more...] about N. Korea approves new front-line army duties amid tensions
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to strengthen the country's defence capabilities, state media has reported. He "examined and approved an important issue of providing a military guarantee for further strengthening the country's war deterrent", the North's official news agency KCNA said. The announcement came at the end of a three-day meeting that was being closely watched by the West due to concerns the country could launch its first nuclear test in five years. US and South Korean officials have warned it could happen at "any time". "(Kim) stressed the need for the entire army to... consolidate in every way the powerful self-defence capabilities Advertisement It added that Ri Pyong Chol, who has been leading missile development for North Korea, had been chosen as vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission. State media also released a photo of top officials in a meeting with a map that appeared to be of the east coast of the … [Read more...] about North Korea: Kim Jong Un orders military boost to ‘overwhelm any hostile forces’
Sept. 22, 2012: In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, SNN, which has been authenticated based on details in it, show damaged buildings and a bomb crater from government shelling at Al-Bil village near the Turkish border, Idlib, Syria. (AP) NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! UNITED NATIONS – After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. As the week-long meeting of the U.N. General Assembly ended Monday, there were no breakthroughs on a civil war that has vexed diplomats, paralyzed the Security Council and raised new questions about the relevance of the United Nations. Anyone willing to look closely, however, might spot a few signs of movement. The new international envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said he saw an "opening" for a solution and was working on a new approach … [Read more...] about UN general assembly ends with no resolution on Syria dispute
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 7 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Is North Korea preparing to deploy tactical nuclear weapons along its tense border with rival South Korea, which is only a short drive from the 26 million people living around Seoul, its capital? That's how it looks to many experts paying close attention to a high-profile North Korean military meeting this week. The possible deployment, just two months after a veiled threat by leader Kim Jong Un to preemptively use nuclear weapons, would be a major development in the decades-long standoff on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea already has thousands of conventional weapons aimed at South Korea and the nearly 30,000 U.S. forces stationed there, but moving its short-range nuclear missiles to the border would be the clearest sign yet that Kim is looking to use his nuclear weapons to both threaten South Korea and wrest concessions from … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border?
INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—Every time a newly elected president takes his or her oath of office, Filipinos are told of an ideal government as promises of change, end to poverty, economic growth, and provision of basic services take the limelight. With President Rodrigo Duterte leaving Malacañang next week, all eyes are now on the oath-taking of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on June 30 as the Philippines’ 17th chief executive. RELATED STORY: Watching Bongbong Marcos oath-taking in person? Take public transpo, MMDA suggests Zenaida Angping, head of the Presidential Management Staff, said the inauguration would take place at the National Museum of the Philippines and that preparations are already in full swing to ensure it will be ready by then. READ: President-elect Bongbong Marcos to take oath at National Museum But as Marcos Jr. is set to lead a government that should address the problems confronting Filipinos, aside from how June 30 will be … [Read more...] about Presidential inaugural addresses: What happened to the promises?