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Can India Keep Pace With China in Africa?

Can India Keep Pace With China in Africa?

If it weren’t for China, Africa’s largest trading partner would be India. But how different is its mode of engagement? With China’s top-level Africa forum set to begin in Beijing on 3-4 September, many outsiders not invited to the party will be watching closely. Among them will be China’s populous neighbour, and sometimes rival, India. […]

China not exploiting Africa: Top official

China not exploiting Africa: Top official

CHINA has defended its investment policies in Africa, saying trade between the two was mutually beneficial and not meant to exploit the continent. Addressing the Press ahead of the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (Focac) summit which opens in Beijing tomorrow, Chinese charge d’affairs in Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang said his country had extended loans of […]

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

Top military commanders in Myanmar should be investigated and prosecuted for the “gravest” crimes against civilians under international law, including genocide, United Nations-appointed investigators said on Monday. The development follows the release of a report into the circumstances surrounding the mass exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar, beginning in mid-August last year […]

Rohingya refugees mark a year of suffering and hope

Rohingya refugees mark a year of suffering and hope

With villages in flames in northern Myanmar, Tahara grabbed her four-month old baby and set out under the monsoon downpour in a desperate search for safety in Bangladesh. “We were stuck under the rain,” the Rohingya mother recalls. “We had to hide under a tree in the hills for two nights. All I had was […]

Cambodia Must Free Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

Cambodia Must Free Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

Cambodian authorities should drop all charges and immediately release the opposition leader Kem Sokha, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 22, 2018, Cambodia’s Supreme Court will consider the latest bail request from Sokha, head of the since-dissolved main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). He has been held on fabricated charges for […]

Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday. The UN agency is offering its expertise to farmers and Governments in the region to help them […]

Beijing-Tianjin railway speed rises to 350 kph

Beijing-Tianjin railway speed rises to 350 kph

China on Wednesday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Tianjin high-speed railway to 350 km per hour (kph), reducing the inter-city travel time by five minutes. The route now runs a Fuxing (Rejuvenation), the newest bullet train model developed in China. The increase will shorten travel time between Beijing South Railway Station […]

‘I’ll have you killed!’ Duterte scolds 100+ corrupt Philippines cops brought before him

‘I’ll have you killed!’ Duterte scolds 100+ corrupt Philippines cops brought before him

President Rodrigo Duterte has demonstratively threatened to keep a close watch on and to neutralize suspected corrupt cops if they ever make a single mistake that taints the public image of the Philippines’ police force. More than one hundred policemen, who are currently being probed for various offenses across the country, were delivered to Malacañang […]

‘God’ agreed to send all victims of extrajudicial killings to heaven, Duterte claims

‘God’ agreed to send all victims of extrajudicial killings to heaven, Duterte claims

All victims of extrajudicial killings will get a free pass to heaven, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced after purportedly consulting with “God” on the issue. Speaking at the opening of a drug rehabilitation center on Friday, the eccentric Philippines leader disclosed that he had “asked God” for “all the victims of extrajudicial killings” to go […]

Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ for peace, UN chief says marking 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ for peace, UN chief says marking 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

The survivors of the atomic bombings, known in Japanese as the hibakusha, have become global “leaders for peace and disarmament”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Thursday’s Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of that devastating day. “Nagasaki is not just an international city with a long and fascinating history. […]

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