Xi defiant as Obama presses Chinese leader on South China Sea

Sep 4, 2016

Xi defiant as Obama presses Chinese leader on South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama pressed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Saturday on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, urging Beijing to uphold its legal obligations and stressing the United States’ commitments to its regional allies. Xi said China would continue to safeguard ...

Philippines' Duterte says China building in disputed shoal

Sep 3, 2016

Philippines' Duterte says China building in disputed shoal

Beijing is expanding its large-scale land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday, despite an international court ruling rejecting most of China’s claims in the resource-rich area. A U.N.-backed tribunal ruled in July that China’s claims to almost ...

Aug 30, 2016

Philippines says China must recognize South China Sea ruling

China will be the “loser” if it does not recognize an international court ruling against Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay Jr. said Tuesday. “We are trying to make China understand especially when the dust settles that ...

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status amid series of oil crises

Aug 14, 2016

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status amid series of oil crises

First it was falling oil prices that plagued Nigeria, then came inflation, power shortages, and a humanitarian crisis in the north. “Suddenly, we’re a poor country,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “Before we came to office, petroleum sold ...

Strife-torn Libya struggles to ramp up oil exports

Aug 14, 2016

Strife-torn Libya struggles to ramp up oil exports

Jihadi attacks and political struggles are thwarting attempts by Libya’s unity government to revive an oil industry seen as vital for the economy of the impoverished North African country. Five years since the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s rival governments and militias are ...