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China launches first indigenous aircraft carrier

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China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries, and… Taipei Times AP, BEIJING The 50,000 tonne carrier was yesterday towed from its dockyard just after 9am following a ceremony in Dalian, where its predecessor, the… Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in… China launches first… Read More »

As Pollution Levels Rise, China Looks to Clear the Air With ‘Vertical Forests’

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To address serious smog issues, the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will be building two skyscrapers covered in plants to help naturally filter out toxins from the… Sputnik On the Air Quality Index’s scale from 0 to 500, Nanjing rates a 132, which is considered unhealthy, especially for people dealing with respiratory… The towers will be designed by Italian firm Stefano… As Pollution Levels… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

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Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

A cry for help: Millions facing famine in Yemen

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The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian… Al Jazeera Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost… But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling “the world’s largest hunger… A cry for… Read More »

Eureka! the price is right

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Asia Times had one excited economist this week as a deeper delve into the first-quarter growth data threw up some intriguing… STEVE WANG Asia Times Anyone fortunate enough to have shared an office with a follower of the dismal science will know that when a eureka moment strikes, the… “I’d like to thank my mom, my first grade math teacher, professor Ma … ad… Eureka! the price… Read More »

US assembles missile defense in South Korea amid street protests

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TV images showed local protesters hurling water bottles and police trying to block… By ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a site in South Korea on Wednesday amid… Television footage showed military trailers carrying what appeared to be launch canisters being driven into the planned THAAD battery site, about 250… US assembles missile… Read More »

‘We’re eating the Mercedes’

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Once among their nation’s elite, former Turkish NATO officers are now refugees seeking political asylum in… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico They were once among Turkey’s military elite — fighter pilots, tank commanders and naval officers assigned to prestigious posts abroad at NATO in… Now, they and their families — who had enjoyed comfortable lives abroad, sending their children to… ‘We’re eating the… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

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Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies The Sydney Morning Herald A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick governor known to all as Ahok mounted a… He told of inviting kindergarten children to watch a scene from the… Jakarta governor Ahok… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »

Grim warning on North Korea missile threat as Julie Bishop blasts regime

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As military tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated further on Sunday, defence experts said Pyongyang could have the ability to strike Australia with an… James Massola Kirsty Needham The Sydney Morning Herald, with AAP, Reuters Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered a blistering rebuke to the hermit kingdom after it threatened a nuclear strike against Australia for “blindly and… And the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the… Grim warning on… Read More »

Tale of the jihadist widow

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From aspiring stylist to living under IS: a woman’s Syria story Global Times AFP Twenty-three-year-old Islam Maytat from Morocco poses for a photo with her children Maria (left) and Abdullah in the Kurdish-majority city of… Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in… Instead, she became a… Tale of the… Read More »

UN Watch outraged as Saudi Arabia takes place on UN Women’s Right Commission

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UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the… RT “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the… It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said… UN Watch outraged… Read More »

Former ‘comfort woman’ Chen Lien-hua dies at 93

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Chen Lien-hua (陳蓮花), one of three known surviving former “comfort women” in Taiwan, died of intestinal infection on Thursday at the age of 93, said the… Staff writer, with CNA Taipei Times Chen was taken to hospital last month when she complained of stomach… Doctors said her intestines had… After surgery, Chen became very… Former ‘comfort woman… Read More »

‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

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For more than a century, Turkey has denied any role in organizing the killing of Armenians in what historians have long accepted as a genocide that started in 1915, as… TIM ARANGO  The New York Times The Turkish narrative of denial has hinged on the argument that the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to… Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in… ‘Sherlock Holmes of… Read More »

North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

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North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »