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Chin'a warning to US

China vows it will fight back every US provocation that undermines its sovereignty. The foreign ministry spokesman issued the warning amid rising tensions over a recent controversial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. After her trip, Pelosi said Washington would not allow China to isolate the self-ruled island. Wang described the trip as a major political provocation aimed at upgrading US-Taiwan exchanges. He noted that Beijing had warned the US that the visit would harm bilateral ties. He once again urged Washington to uphold the one-China principle and avoid using Taiwan to contain the country. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has repeatedly warned against the island’s growing nexus with the US. Earlier today, Beijing also vowed zero tolerance for separatist activities on the island as both sides engage in separate military drills in a show of strength.

Iran satellite data

The Iranian Ministry of Information and Communications says it has received the first data from the Khayyam satellite hours after it was launched into space from a base in Kazakhstan. The ministry says the data was received at the Iranian Space Agency's Mahdasht base. Khayyam aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket was blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday. The remote-sensing satellite can send space images with a resolution accuracy of one meter. President Ebrahim Raeisi has hailed the successful launch of the satellite, calling it a moment of pride. Raeisi says Iran will benefit from more advances in the aerospace field, which will be helpful for various areas such as the environment as well as in monitoring the country’s borders. Meanwhile, the head of the Iranian Space Agency has dismissed as childish claims by Washington that the satellite is for spying purposes. Following the launch, the US expressed anger at Iran’s partnership with Russia and leveled an accusation that the satellite is aimed at spying. 

Trump legal woes

Former US President Donald Trump has faced tough questions under oath before the New York state attorney general in a civil investigation into his family's business practices. The office of Attorney General Letita James has been gathering documents on the case for three years. Trump is being investigated for allegedly inflating his real estate and other asset values. James says her probe uncovered significant evidence that the Trump Organization overstated asset values to obtain favorable loans and evade paying taxes. The former president has declined any wrong doing, calling the probe a politically-motivated witch-hunt. In a statement, Trump said he even declined to respond questions before the attorney general under his constitutional rights. Meanwhile, he is also being investigated for taking sensitive documents while leaving the White House. On Monday, the FBI searched Trump’s residence in Florida and seized important files. 

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