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Life support for UK boy to be stopped after long legal battle

A London hospital on Saturday was due to withdraw life support for 12-year-old British boy Archie Battersbee after his parents lost a long and emotive legal battle.. The parents also lost a last-ditch legal bid to have Archie transferred to a hospice for his final hours.

Snickers owner apologises after referring to Taiwan as a country

American candy giant Mars Wrigley has insisted it "respects China's national sovereignty" and apologised after an advert for its Snickers bar referred to Taiwan as a country, sparking outrage on the mainland.. "Mars Wrigley respects China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and conducts business operations in strict compliance with local Chinese laws and regulations," the statement said.

China drills reveal plans for Taiwan blockade: experts

Beijing's largest-ever exercises around Taiwan have offered key clues into its plans for a gruelling blockade in the event of a war to take the self-ruled island, and revealed an increasingly emboldened Chinese military, experts told AFP. The visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- second in line to the presidency -- sparked outrage from Beijing, which launched vast military manoeuvres around the island, even at the risk of partially exposing its plans to the United States and its Asian allies.. The Chinese military "obviously has all the capabilities to impose such a blockade", Song Zhongping, an independent Chinese military commentator, told AFP. "We already see during the current exercises that Taiwanese fighter jets and ships absolutely cannot take off or leave their ports."

Blinken hails 'strong' US-Philippine alliance in talks with Marcos

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr Saturday in a bid to bolster the countries' "strong" alliance, as China conducts military drills around nearby Taiwan. . "The alliance is strong and I believe can grow even stronger," Blinken told Marcos as they met at the presidential palace in the capital Manila.

Going once, going twice... Pakistan lions up for auction

A Pakistan zoo is auctioning off a dozen lions to private collectors next week to free up space for a pride that won't stop growing.. "I will try to buy two to three lions for sure," he told AFP, adding the auction was a good way to diversify the gene pool for private collectors who already owned a big cat.

China to press on with drills around Taiwan as US relations nosedive

China has doubled down on its retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, announcing a suspension of cooperation with Washington on key issues as it was set Saturday to continue massive military exercises in the Strait.. The suspension Friday of bilateral military and maritime dialogue while China continues its military exercises was "particularly worrisome,” she said. 

Blinken hails 'strong' US-Philippine alliance in talks with Marcos

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr Saturday in a bid to bolster the countries' "strong" alliance, as China conducts military drills around nearby Taiwan. . "The alliance is strong and I believe can grow even stronger," Blinken told Marcos as they met at the presidential palace in the capital Manila.

Nicaragua police accuse Catholic Church of attempting to destabilize govt

Nicaraguan police on Friday accused the Catholic Church and Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who has been under siege in his residence for two days, of inciting violence to destabilize the country.. Prevented from walking to his church four blocks away on Friday, Alvarez opted to give mass from the residence, and broadcast it live on Facebook.

Nuclear weapons a 'loaded gun', UN chief warns in Hiroshima

"Humanity is playing with a loaded gun" as crises with the potential for nuclear disaster proliferate worldwide, UN head Antonio Guterres said in Hiroshima on Saturday, the 77th anniversary of the first atomic bomb attack.. "Humanity is playing with a loaded gun."

In high-level US visit to Solomon Islands, China looms large

A high-ranking US delegation lands in the Solomon Islands Saturday, as Washington wrestles with Beijing for influence in the region months after the Pacific nation signed a secretive security pact with China.. China, which has an embassy in the Solomons with close ties to its government, alarmed Western rivals by signing an undisclosed security pact with the island in April.