President Joe Biden said Wednesday he plans at an anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the self-ruled island of Taiwan, trade policies and Beijing's relationship with Russia. The Chinese president also has suggested that Washington wants to stifle Beijing's growing influence as it tries to overtake the U.S. as the world's No. 1 economy.
At a tense hearing, U.S. lawmakers grilled the CEO of TikTok over data security and harmful content. Shou Zi Chew denied allegations that it's a national security risk and said the company prioritizes user safety. The platform has been accused of censoring content unfavorable to the Chinese government and spying on journalists. TikTok has been trying to distance itself from its Chinese origins and has been putting up ads to secure users' data and privacy.
US journalist Alicia Acuna had an emotional reunion with her son while reporting live from his high school after a shooting on Wednesday. Her three children attend the same school and were unharmed. Acuna apologised on camera and hugged her son live on camera. She later continued her reporting, saying she had many questions as did other parents.
A World Bank report revealed that the cost of Ukraine's recovery and rebuilding from Russia's invasion is $411 billion over the next decade, with $5 billion needed to clean up the war rubble. The toll of the war includes 9,655 civilian deaths, 2 million homes damaged, and 650 ambulances looted. It has undone 15 years of economic progress, cutting Ukraine's GDP by 29% and pushing 1.7 million people into poverty. Energy sector damage has surged recently, costing trillions in education interruption due to 2 million children fleeing the country.
A zebra named Sero escaped from a Seoul zoo and trotted around a residential district for three hours, amusing pedestrians. Officials managed to trap the zebra and take it back to the zoo, with videos of its day out going viral on social media.
Pakistan's Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has delayed the assembly polls in Punjab province by more than five months citing deteriorating security situation and financial crunch. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has criticized the move, calling it a violation of Pakistan's Constitution. The ECP cited reports from security agencies, interior and finance ministries and the Supreme Court ruling that elections should be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.
An Indo-Canadian mediaperson in the GTA has faced death threats after featuring guests critical of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh. Sameer Kaushal, a Punjabi-language radio outlet in British Columbia, was also "threatened" by protesters who blocked the entrance to a venue hosting India's High Commissioner to Ottawa. Both have not been contacted by police over the incidents.
The US Navy 7th Fleet has denied Chinese claims that it expelled an American warship from the South China Sea, saying it was conducting routine operations in the region. China's People's Liberation Army said the US vessel was found in the region "without authorisation" and had "sabotaged the peace and stability" of the strategic waterway. The US Navy said it will continue to operate where international law allows. China has called on the US to "stop such provocations".
Canada's population grew at a record pace in 2022, adding over 1 million people, mostly due to immigration. India was the top source country, with 127,933 permanent residents admitted in 2021. Canada's population growth rate of 2.7% was among the top 20 in the world, and the country could double its population by the middle of this century. 437,180 permanent residents and 607,782 non-permanent residents were welcomed in 2022.
Russia's ex-president Dmitry Medvedev warned that attempts to arrest Vladimir Putin abroad would be seen by Moscow as a "declaration of war". He said Russian weapons would hit a country if it arrested Putin, in response to the International Criminal Court's warrant against him. The Hague-based court had also issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's presidential commissioner for children's rights. The ICC's legislative body said it regretted "threats" against the tribunal.
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards revealed in his new book that King Charles III refers to his wife Queen Camilla as ?my darling wife?, noting that she ?brings out the best? in him and has ?a wonderful sense of fun?. Edwards also praised the King for ?doing everything he could to make a difference? and said the couple?s coronation will take place in May 2021.
British military intelligence said on Thursday that Russia had regained control of areas near the eastern Ukrainian town of Kreminna, with gains of up to several kilometres. The move follows a wave of air strikes in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Moscow.
The US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said there is no imminent threat of China invading Taiwan, but the US is ready to defend the self-ruled island. China has become more assertive in its territorial claims, and Kendall said Beijing has done "a number of things that are fairly aggressive", including "militarising" the South China Sea. He called for increased cooperation between the two countries.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that people travelling to the US on a business or tourist visa can now apply for new jobs and even appear in interviews. They can also remain in the US for up to 60 days during which they can file an application for a change of nonimmigrant status. If they take no action within the grace period, they and their dependents may need to depart the US within 60 days.
Hundreds of thousands of people in France are set to strike and demonstrate against President Macron's pension reform, which lifts the retirement age by two years to 64. Labour unions have described Macron's decision as "scorn" and "lies" and have called for his Prime Minister to be fired. Protests have been peaceful, but scuffles with police have broken out in Paris and other cities. Macron has refused to back down, and has tasked his Prime Minister with re-engaging with unions. Polls show a wide majority of French oppose the reform.
At a Women's History Month event, US First Lady Jill Biden called on men to step up and fight for women's rights, lamenting that these are battles that were thought to have been won long ago. Joe Biden also spoke, emphasizing that his administration is focused on improving the economic status of women, and that all pressing issues are related to their economic security.