American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

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Avijit Roy, whose Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, attacked along with his wife in Dhaka The Guardian - Agence France-Presse A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. The body ... Read More »

Bali Nine: Tony Abbott says he believes Joko Widodo is ‘considering position’ on executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he believes his Indonesian counterpart is “carefully considering” his position over the execution of two Australian men. ABC – By Melissa Clarke and Helen Brown Mr Abbott telephoned Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo last night to appeal for clemency for convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. He said he would not reveal the details ... Read More »

China outpaces America in sub numbers – US admiral

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RT – The Chinese Navy now has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does, a US Navy admiral told lawmakers. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and Beijing is exploring new ways of projecting its power on the seas. The Chinese are experimenting with new geographic location, length of missions and new weapons, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief ... Read More »

The Island Dispute No One Is Talking About

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While the South China Sea and Senkaku Island disputes are all the rage these days, South Korea and Japan’s conflict could be equally consequential. The National Interest - Ted Galen Carpenter * Acrimonious territorial disputes between East Asian nations involving largely uninhabited islands are nothing new, and they have received an abundance of attention from foreign policy officials and the news media. ... Read More »

CIA Planted Nuclear ‘Evidence’ In Iran

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False evidence planted by the CIA in Iran in an effort to sabotage peace talks 15 years ago has been exposed in a judicial hearing after an ex-CIA agent, Jeffrey Sterling, leaked classified information. The leaked documents which expose the CIA planting nuclear evidence in Iran now bring into question the conclusions reached by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran’s atomic ... Read More »

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners in bid to end ‘rent-a-womb’ tourism

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Thailand’s interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a “rent-a-womb” industry that made the country a top destination for fertility tourism. Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals last year, including allegations that an Australian couple abandoned a baby boy with Down syndrome while taking his healthy twin sister. Another case involved ... Read More »

South China Sea sees significant construction

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New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea Written by  Chris Fitch Published in Geopolitics Two hundred nautical miles (370km). That is how much adjacent ocean – and whatever else happens to be in it – each coastal country can claim as its own territory, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention ... Read More »

Japan Looks to Ocean for Renewable Energy

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As an island nation, Japan controls large swaths of ocean territory, about the sixth-greatest expanse of any country in the world, according to government data. That is stark contrast to its relatively meagre land area, which ranks near the middle of list, in 60th place. So it makes sense for Japan to look to the seas for renewable energy — ... Read More »