Asia

Taliban conflict: Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar ‘death’ claim

Mulll 2b

BBC – The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said. The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency. The sources said the reclusive militant leader had died two to three years ago. The latest claims of Mullah ... Read More »

Russia must revive Soviet Union to beat the West

Inna 1a

What is the main problem of the Russian authorities? How should Russia resist to the ongoing pressure from the West? What future can Russia expect? Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova asked these and other questions to deputy of the State Duma, coordinator of the National Liberation Movement, Yevgeny Fyodorov. “Our country was betrayed in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet ... Read More »

China’s nine-dashed line has ‘no basis under international law’

Puruc 1a

Territorial disputes Manila is hoping for the Permanent Court of Arbitration to declare invalid most of Beijing’s South China Sea claims. DW speaks to Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio about the case and its likely implications. Deutsche Welle – China’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea came under international scrutiny earlier this month when the Permanent Court of ... Read More »

China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures

Redy 1a

Margin debt on the Chinese stock market has reached is $1.2 trillion. ‘We suspect that it’s a matter of time before banks may have to face the music,’ Bank of America says The Telegraph - By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Chinese equities have suffered the sharpest one-day crash in eight years, sending powerful tremors through global commodity markets and smashing currencies across ... Read More »

Revealed: How China and Russia Could Destroy America’s F-35 in Battle

F35 2b LLLLLL

After the leaking of a report about the recent failure of an F-35 to win in a dogfight against an F-16D, debate has intensified about the future nature of air to air combat. In a recent Strategist post, Andrew Davies identifies the importance of combining long-range air-to-air engagement using ‘Beyond-Visual Range Air to Air Missiles’ (BVRAAMs), with the advantage bestowed by ... Read More »

China Answers Japan Oil Rig Concern With Joint-Development Offer

Bloomberg Business logo 1a LLLL

China repeated a call Friday for talks with Japan over joint development of gas and oil resources in contested waters in the East China Sea. BloombergBusiness – The offer comes days after Japan disclosed a map and photographs of what it said were 16 Chinese marine platforms close to Japan’s side of a geographical median line that it contends should ... Read More »

Child in detention for 1113 days, only 25 Rohingya refugees accepted

Rohingya mother & 2 kids 1a LLLL Reuters

A child has been held in immigration detention for at least 1113 days and the Abbott government has accepted just 25 Rohingya refugees despite thousands fleeing persecution, official figures show, raising fresh criticism of Australia’s hardline asylum-seeker stance. WAtoday – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent The revelations follow alarming evidence to a Senate inquiry this week that revealed a child asylum seeker at the Nauru ... Read More »

IMF: Japanese debt to increase threefold

Iap 1a

The International Monetary Fund has warned Japan of its debt increasing threefold by 2030. In its annual assessment, the IMF experts noted that the third biggest economy of the world may face stagflation and turmoil in financial markets. They also called on the government to cut spending and limit extra budgets. The Japanese public debt may reach 250% of GDP ... Read More »

Thailand indicts 72 people over human trafficking

Poso 3c

BBC – Thai prosecutors have indicted 72 people, including politicians and an army general, over the trafficking of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Arrest warrants have been issued for more than 30 others, the attorney general’s office said. The investigation follows the discovery of mass graves, believed to contain the bodies of refugees, in jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border ... Read More »

‘Spartan warriors’ march in Beijing PR stunt, police respond

Spartans in Beijing 1a LLLLL

Beijing: Scores of bare-chested Spartan warriors marched through Beijing’s streets, drawing swarms of admirers, picture-takers – and then suddenly, police. A local salad restaurant’s marketing stunt went awry on Wednesday afternoon when public security officials detained some of the muscular male models – each dressed in sandals, shorts and flowing black capes – that the eatery had hired to muss up enthusiasm ... Read More »