US Senate may pass Hong Kong sanctions bill by Monday

By Helene Fung US Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the Senate initiated an expedited process to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act unless there is an objection, which means the bill may pass as early as Monday. The bill he bill calls for sanctions to be made against individuals deemed to have…

Democrats votes sufficient to pass Trump impeachment resolution in US House of Representatives 

By Helene Fung A resolution to formally proceed with the Democrats-led impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump has won a vote in the House of Representatives controlled by the Democrats, 232 votes to 196 votes, despite all Republicans opposing the resolution.  This vote signifies a transition from closed-door interviews with witnesses to public hearings,…

White House admits Ukraine aid was “favour for a favour”

By Helene Fung The White House has back-flipped after weeks of denial, and finally admitted that military aid to the Ukraine was withheld to pressure them to investigate alleged Democrats wrongdoing in the 2016 US election (an allegation which has since been debunked). Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff,acknowledged in a press conference…

Turkey agrees to temporary ceasefire in Syria

By Helene Fung Turkey agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria to let Kurdish-led troops withdraw, a deal brokered at a meeting between a high-level US delegation and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The deal to suspend military operations for 120 hours essentially gave Turkey what they wanted in the first place –…

US and North Korea nuclear talks broke down 

By Helene Fung North Korean and US officials on Saturday met for new nuclear talks in Stockholm after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile this week; but talks have broken down.  The North Korean negotiator, Kim Miyong-Gil, said through an interpreter that the talks in Stockholm had “not fulfilled…