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‘Despicable & insane performance’: Chinese embassy sees red over visit to Taiwan by Australian ex-PM Abbott amid rising tensions

“Tony Abbott is a failed and pitiful politician,” a Chinese embassy spokesperson said in a scathing statement released over the weekend, calling the ex-PM’s speech at a conference in Taipei on Friday “a despicable and insane performance” which has “fully exposed his hideous anti-China features.” The embassy came out swinging …

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Iran’s foreign minister cancels visit to Austria after Israeli flag was flown in Vienna amid Gaza flare-up

Zarif’s visit was canceled after Austria raised Israel’s flag on its federal chancellery and foreign ministry buildings, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg’s spokesperson, Claudia Turtscher, confirmed to the media. “We regret this. We take note of this,” Turtscher said.   Zarif was due to meet with Schallenberg on Saturday. The Iranian …

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White House refuses to release ‘virtual visit’ logs, claims they are like phone records, as watchdogs urge transparency from Biden

Biden’s virtual visits “will not be subject to release,” an unnamed White House official told Politico on Monday. The official compared the decision to hold back the information to how “previous administrations didn’t release phone logs,” despite the fact that virtual visits have become the primary form of meetings amid …

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