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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# tensions

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Taiwan wants political status quo not China’s path, says president
Tsai Ing-wen also firmly rejected Chinese military coercion in a speech to mark the country’s National Day.
China's Xi vows 'reunification' with Taiwan
Self-governed Taiwan, which has never formally declared independence, lives under the constant threat of invasion by China.
North Korea warns UN to ‘think of the consequences’ of criticising missiles work
Pyongyang resumed missile tests in September after a six-month hiatus.
Taiwan rebukes China over record fighter jet incursion
Beijing marked its National Day on Friday with its biggest aerial show of force against Taiwan to date.
Kim Jong Un’s sister warns of ‘complete destruction’ of South Korean ties
Kim Yo Jong criticised the South Korean president for describing North Korean weapons demonstrations as a provocation.
Ex-minister Johnny Mercer blasts ‘distrustful, awful environment’ of British government
The former British Army officer has stood down as veterans minister.
Kelly accuses Donnelly of 'incompetence' during heated row in Dáil over Covid vaccine roll-out
Donnelly told the Dáil he is “reluctant” to give specific estimates on vaccine deliveries.
NI Executive adjourns for the night with no agreement on new coronavirus restrictions
Northern Ireland’s lockdown is due to end at midnight tomorrow.
'Whose streets? Our streets': Anti-Trump protesters gather outside White House
Scattered protests also took place from Seattle to New York City, but across the US there were no signs of widespread unrest.
Emergency decree bans gatherings of four or more as pro-democracy protests escalate in Thailand
In a rare move, protests in Thailand have also targeted the monarchy in recent days.
Statues of Roosevelt and Lincoln toppled during Columbus Day protests in the US
Disquiet over Columbus Day was witnessed in several US and Latin American cities.
North Korea accuses South Korea of intrusion to find official’s body
South Korea denied the North’s accusation.
Kim Jong Un apologises for 'disgraceful' shooting of South Korean fisheries official
The official was shot dead on Tuesday by North Korean soldiers.
Australian journalists flee China over arrest fears
The reporters were forced to take refuge with Australian diplomats.
Explainer: Why the UK is facing a clash with China over Huawei and 5G
The Chinese tech giant’s equipment is to be stripped from the UK’s 5G network by 2027.
China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War'
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Washington had been infected by a “political virus”.
HSE's Reid admits 'tensions' with CMO over testing capacity but says 'we're on the same page now'
“There are tensions with many issues,” HSE CEO Paul Reid said this morning.
Unrest returns to Hong Kong as politicians battle for key committee position
Hong Kong reopened in recent days after riding out the Covid-19 health emergency.
Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East'
Crowds, estimated to be in the millions, gathered for the funeral of Soleimani today.
Raab: Boris Johnson 'in charge' of Iran crisis despite silence during Caribbean holiday
Johnson is facing mounting calls to make a statement on Friday’s fatal drone strike.
Ireland calls for 'maximum restraint' following US assassination of Iranian general
The Department of Foreign Affairs has said any Irish person in Iraq should ‘leave immediately’.
Protesters storm US embassy in Baghdad chanting 'Death to America'
US security forces inside the compound fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds.
Iraq warns US ties at stake after deadly air strikes kill at least 25 fighters
The attack saw US planes hit several bases belonging to the Hezbollah Brigades.
North Korea conducts 'very important test', according to state media
Pyongyang has carried out a number of launches at the same site where the latest test occurred.
Hong Kong: Student protesters escape police siege by climbing down ropes to waiting motorbikes
Police said they had fired three live rounds at a protest site near the university.
Southgate: English football must solve its own racism issues
The Bulgarian FA chief was upset with remarks made by the England camp but Southgate has tried to defuse to the situation.
Oil prices soar and Trump says US 'locked and loaded' after attack on Saudi facilities
Iran has denied allegations it is behind the attack.
Police fire tear gas and water cannon as Hong Kong protesters defy rally ban
Police had banned today’s demonstration on security grounds.
Pakistan prime minister says international inaction over Kashmir is the same as appeasing Hitler
New Delhi last week rescinded years of autonomy enjoyed by the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir.
Free Derry sign graffitied with support for British soldier facing prosecution for Bloody Sunday murders
Soldier F is set to be charged with the murder of two people killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972.
How the backstop created a back door for anti-Irish sentiment in the UK
As the UK exit from the EU draws closer, the Irish government has become a frequent target of Brexiteers.
Theresa May to hold emergency meeting as UK plots next step after Iran tanker seizure
Iran has remained defiant in the face of UK’s claims of “illegal and destabilising behaviour”.
US warship shoots down Iranian drone near Persian Gulf
It comes a number of weeks after Iranian forces shot down a US drone.
Iranian boats attempted to 'impede the passage' of British oil tanker in Gulf, UK govt says
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has denied the allegations.
Iran's foreign minister warns Trump that idea of short war is 'an illusion'
Tensions have been rising between the two countries since the US pulled out of a nuclear deal.
Iran 'permanently' closes diplomatic relations with US government after new sanctions are imposed
Sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader were brought in yesterday.
Trump orders 'hard-hitting' financial sanctions on Iran's supreme leader
Tensions between the two nations have been escalating in recent days.
US launched 'cyber-attack' on Iran weapons systems in response to drone downing
The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Washington Post.
Trump says he's still considering military action over Iran
But the President added that he will be Iran’s “best friend” if nuclear weapons are abandoned.
Airlines reroute flights near Iranian strait but Dublin-Gulf flights remain unaffected
The changes come amid heightened tensions in the region.