Asia

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

Syrian refugees share excitement and nerves while journeying to new home in Australia

The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Australia is increasing, as families who received visas under the Government’s new protection program begin to arrive. Correspondents Report By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill travelled with some of these newest Australians, on the journey to their new home. I could spot them at… Syrian refugees share excitement and… Read More »

UN human rights watchdog orders Saudi Arabia to stop stoning children

People over 15-years-old in the Kingdom are tried as adults and can be executed Matt Payton   Independent The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children. Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”, according to the report by the UN Committee on the… UN human rights… Read More »

Russia mulls restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Russia is considering plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba where Moscow earlier had military bases, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Oct. 7. “We are dealing with this issue,” the agencies quoted Pankov as saying in the State Duma lower house of… Russia mulls restoring military bases in… Read More »

North Korea’s DMZ: NBC News Gets Rare Access to Frozen Frontier

PANMUNJOM, North Korea — Most roads in rural North Korea are little more than dirt tracks, unpaved and constantly maintained by workers shoveling earth to fill ruts and holes. by BILL NEELY Not this one. Just south of Pyongyang, the paved highway suddenly grows to the… North Korea’s DMZ: NBC News Gets Rare Access to… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis

Donors and Afghan state agencies must urgently tackle an economic crisis building up since 2014, when foreign troops started leaving and political instability worsened. The starting point must be a socio-economic assessment of just how big the problems are… The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis… Read More »

Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled a home-built drone that they said was capable of carrying bombs, state media reported on Oct. 1, in what appeared to be another copy of a reconnaissance U.S. drone that Iran captured five years ago. DUBAI – Reuters The drone, called Saegheh, or lightning, was unveiled at an expo showcasing the latest achievements by the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace arm. Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft… Read More »

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies

REUTERS, AP, AFP-JIJI BEIJING/WASHINGTON – China’s yuan is joining the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies as of Saturday, a milestone for the government’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the dollar, euro, yen and pound in the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which… China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies… Read More »

India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions

A tax evasion amnesty in India has prompted tens of thousands of people to declare more than $9.5bn (£7.3bn) in undeclared income and assets. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the four-month window that ended on Friday brought in 64,275 declarations. All were offered immunity from prosecution in return for paying tax, a… India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions… Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home

In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »

Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once?

Now is the time to invest in the future of America’s military. Rachel Zissimos , Justin T. Johnson Much has changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. The “low-end” threat posed by terrorist organizations continues. But… Source: Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once? | The National Interest Read More »

Three Japan conglomerates aim to merge nuclear fuel operations: Source

By Makiko Yamazaki and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese conglomerates are in talks to combine their loss-making domestic nuclear fuel operations, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the outlook for restarts of reactors following the Fukushima nuclear crisis remains bleak. Hitachi Ltd, Toshiba Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd aim to… Source: Three Japan conglomerates aim to merge nuclear fuel operations: Source – Asia Times Read More »