These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
UK embracing Saudi Arabia
The UK Foreign Secretary has yet again proved his unwavering support for the Saudi war on Yemen: "A threshold has not been crossed” by Saudi Arabia in its bombardment of Yemen. “So far we do not believe there has been a clear risk of breach of humanitarian law in respect of the use of those weapons.” Outrageous claims by UK’s top diplomat whose country is deeply involved in a war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions more. Boris Johnson once again reaffirmed UK’s support for the Saudi kingdom: “The two countries have a longstanding partnership…”
Trump wails on China
Only a few weeks before taking office in the White House, US President-elect Donald Trump has stirred controversy through what in the best case looks like a gross diplomatic gaffe. Trump drew the anger of China through a telephone conversation with the president of Taiwan this past Friday. And Trump made good on his campaign views on China when he went on a tweet rant. He criticized Beijing's economic policy and military build-up in South China Sea, slamming China for devaluing its currency, imposing heavy tariffs imposed on US goods, and its military build-up in the South China Sea. Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency, making it hard for our companies to compete, heavily tax our products going into their country, when the US doesn't tax them, or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!" Trump posted in his official Twitter account.
Italian PM Renzi resigns after exit polls show constitutional reform referendum loss
Italy’s PM Renzi made good on his promise and handed in his resignation after Italians voted for a 'No' vote against consolidating the constitution. The 5-Star Movement was the real winner of this referendum drive. This has alarmed EU officials since Italy, the third largest economy in the EU, would face uncertain times and could threaten the already fragile economic condition of the eurozone.