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With the wealth of information at our fingertips, it is sometimes hard to see the ‘’forest for the trees’’. In this Strategic Briefing, we will give you a current perspective on many of the trends that shape our world and their relevance to Biblical Prophecy. Now, more than ever, we need to stay informed about what is really going on.

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Chinese warships in first call at an Iran port: media

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Sept 21, 2014 - Two Chinese destroyers have arrived at Iran's Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, in an unprecedented visit attesting to a new rapprochement between the two countries, Iranian media reported Sunday.

The four-day visit is the first time a Chinese naval vessel has called at a port in the Islamic republic, across the Gulf from Bahrain where the US Fifth Fleet is based.

The two navies will conduct joint search and rescue exercises and training for maritime accidents, according to Admiral Hossein Azad, a senior commander of the Iranian navy, quoted by media.

Iran's navy has boosted its international presence over the past few years, in particular to help guard commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden against pirate attacks.

Ships from Iran's navy have called at Chinese ports in the past.

Iran and China have greatly enhanced their trade and economic relations in recent years.

China has become Iran's largest trading partner.

Trade between them is this year expected to exceed $45 billion, despite the economic and banking sanctions against Iran because of its controversial nuclear programme.

China is among so-called P5+1 states (the United States, Russia, China, France, UK and Germany) negotiating with Tehran in the hope of ending more than a decade of crisis over the nuclear issue.

 

 

NATO says Russian forces 'still inside Ukraine'

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Vilnius (AFP) Sept 20, 2014 - NATO's top military commander on Saturday said Russian forces were still operating in Ukraine and that a ceasefire was not working, but he expressed hope a new peace plan could bring progress.

"As to Russian forces on the ground, yes, they are still inside Ukraine," US General Philip Breedlove told reporters in Lithuania, without providing precise numbers.

He said a two-week-old ceasefire was "still there in name, but what is happening on the ground is quite a different story. We hope that this will change."

"The fluidity of movement of Russian forces and Russian-backed forces back and forth across that border makes it almost impossible to understand the numbers," he said in Lithuania's capital Vilnius, where NATO military chiefs met this weekend to focus on the alliance's eastern flank and ties with Russia.

Breedlove said the number of Russian troops inside Ukraine had "come down significantly" from what he termed the "height" of Russian movement into Ukraine "over a week ago".

But he insisted "they haven't returned home and are still available to bring their military force to bear on Ukraine should it be desired."

"And then of course we have seen Russian forces reposition inside the country to bring great pressure on Mariupol in the south.

"So the short answer is yes, there are still Russians inside of Ukraine enabling the Russian-backed forces there."

But he was hopeful about a nine-point peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk, which calls on Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone in eastern Ukraine.

"We heard today of some possible new agreements... and it is our sincere hope and desire that... the two combatants can come to agreement to again get to a ceasefire situation," he said.

Under the freshly agreed Minsk pact, forces from both sides are required to retreat 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from current frontlines within 24 hours of the signing of the accord and allow monitors from the OSCE pan-European security organisation into the area to make sure the truce holds.

Territory under rebel control would be left open to their administration under a temporary self-rule plan adopted by lawmakers in Kiev on Tuesday.

The pact -- also signed by Moscow's ambassador to Kiev and the self-proclaimed "prime ministers" of the rebel-run regions of Donetsk and Lugansk -- aims to shore up a ceasefire deal signed on September 5.

- Afghan deal -

Breedlove also said NATO was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there.

"We are hoping for very fast signatures," he said, adding that the rival candidates both endorsed crucial security pacts that will allow NATO troops to stay in Afghanistan after the end of this year.

The result of Afghanistan's disputed election is due to be declared on Sunday.

The stalemate between presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah since the June 14 vote has plunged Afghanistan into a political crisis as US-led NATO troops end their 13-year war against the Taliban.

NATO's combat mission will end in December, with a follow-on force of about 12,000 troops likely to stay into 2015 on training and support duties.

The talks in Lithuania focusing on defending NATO's eastern flank and relations with Russia come just two weeks after the alliance announced a new rapid reaction force at a key summit in Wales.

Lithuania said the new measures will also include regional "command and control" centres in the Baltic states and Poland.

These countries, formerly behind the Iron Curtain, are concerned about Russia's territorial ambitions in view of the Crimea annexation and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 

 

Ukraine says Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Simferopol (AFP) Sept 18, 2014 - The Ukrainian government accused Russia on Thursday of massing around 4,000 troops on the border of Russian-annexed Crimea and Ukraine, as multiple Crimean residents also reported seeing troop movements.

"According to our information, almost all military units of the Russian Federation stationed in the north of occupied Crimea... were pushed to the administrative border with Ukraine along with all their equipment and ammunition," said National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

He said the units, totalling about 4,000 troops, were deployed in "small tactical groups" along the border in Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in March.

Ukraine's border service said Thursday that Russia was also using drones for air reconnaissance, with border guards reporting three cases of the use of drones in the last 24 hours, one near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, and two on the Crimean border.

Crimea residents, who asked for their surnames not to be published, told AFP they had noticed recent Russian troop movements going towards the border.

"Tanks and some types of artillery were clearly seen moving on open railway cars through the station of Krasnoperekopsk towards Ukraine. I saw them myself," Sanie, a resident of the town of Krasnoperekopsk close to the border, told AFP.

She said that her friends in the village of Ishun, close to the highway that crosses the border, had also called her last week to say that "military hardware was going past all the time... about 20 at a time."

"There were several of these convoys. The vehicles were closed and they couldn't see what was inside: soldiers or equipment," Sanie said.

A resident of the town of Dzhankoy southeast of the border, Muzafer, confirmed he had spotted troop movements around a week ago.

"It's definitely the case that military vehicles were going towards the border then with soldiers," he told AFP.

An AFP reporter on Thursday saw three military vehicles carrying Grad multiple rocket launchers outside Crimea's main city of Simferopol.

A regional Tatar activist who asked not to be named said inhabitants of the village of Chongar, which straddles the border, reported seeing intensified Russian movements in the last few days including vehicles carrying Grad rocket systems and eight military transport helicopters.

The same activist said inhabitants of the village of Strelkovoye, which is on a spit formally on the Ukraine side, but where Russian paratroopers have been based since March, had also seen Russians move in more armoured vehicles and personnel in the last three to four days.

Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier this week that Moscow planned to boost troop numbers in Crimea because of what he described as a deteriorating situation in Ukraine and a buildup of foreign troops near its border.

Russia is deeply concerned at NATO's move eastwards and President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of provoking the crisis in Ukraine in order to "revive" the military bloc.

NATO this month agreed to boost its presence in eastern Europe, and the United States is currently staging war games in western Ukraine, along with another 14 countries.

Russia's Black Sea fleet is based in Crimea and Moscow announced in July that it had begun expanding and modernising it with new ships and submarines.

In weekend elections, Putin's ruling United Russia Party won more than 70 percent of the vote in Crimea's regional parliament, a poll the United States rejected as illegitimate.

 

 

Twin crises could shape Obama's twilight years in office

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Tampa (AFP) Sept 18, 2014 - With voters souring on his statesmanship as never before, President Barack Obama has a sudden chance to use two sudden world crises to recast his final two years in office.

Obama is making a show of assuming command of the confrontation with the Islamic State group and the right against Ebola, both of which will shape final judgments of his White House years.

Both dramas highlight the vision Obama has set for his foreign policy -- that the United States should lead global coalitions to tackle threats head on.

And with critics assailing his "collapsing" foreign policy, the widening showdown with the IS group has become an unexpected test for Obama's military doctrine that the United States can crush terror groups without getting sucked into power-sapping land wars in the Middle East.

- War and Pestilence -

Waging war and battling pestilence was not where Obama expected to be in September 2014.

Weeks before congressional elections in which his Democrats face heavy losses -- Obama had blocked time in his diary to pound out a message that the economic recovery, however uneven, is at risk from Republicans who scent a Senate takeover.

But once again, terror threats stalk the headlines amid fears the IS group will turn its Western-passport-holding jihadists on the US homeland.

One close Obama aide reflected on the changed environment this week, noting that a few months ago, many Americans had not even heard of the IS group.

And even a few weeks ago, no one in the White House expected Obama would have to give the kind of call-to-arms address he delivered on September 10, heralding a new American adventure in the Middle East.

But the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged the truth that all White House teams learn -- that the presidency always busts best-laid political plans.

Obama used used a two-day trip to Georgia and Florida which wrapped up Wednesday to open a new dialogue with an American public skeptical of new commitments overseas.

His message on both Ebola and the IS group was similar -- that US leadership abroad can stop each crisis from becoming a problem at home.

"Our intelligence community ... has not yet detected specific plots from these terrorists against America," Obama told US troops at US Central Command.

After meeting top medical authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday, Obama said "the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low."

The Ebola and IS challenges struck at a vulnerable time for Obama.

A New York Times poll Tuesday found his approval rating at 40 percent and his rating on foreign policy at just 34 percent. Only 41 percent of Americans had confidence on his leadership on combating terrorism -- once a strong point.

This is also a delicate political moment, with mid-term polls looming on November 4.

Democratic candidates already struggling to overcome their president's plunging popularity hardly welcome the prospect of a new Middle East war or signs his war plan is not up to the task.

But could a strong showing by Obama revive confidence in his leadership -- and edge his approval ratings up a notch to give some vulnerable candidates a bit of cover?

The senior official dismissed the idea that the president would leverage the international situation to his advantage before election day.

That may be a tactical decision as much as a statesmanlike one because in a rare show of unity Republican leaders in the House and the Senate are falling in behind Obama's strategy on the IS group.

Politicizing the war could splinter that support.

The White House is also looking beyond the mid-terms, as unpleasant as they are likely to be.

The conflict with IS puts one of the fundamental principles of the Obama presidency on the line -- that of limited but lethal war to smash terror groups.

A second senior US official said that the White House viewed the IS campaign very much as a counter-terrorism campaign -- not as a full blown war, and made a direct distinction between Obama's efforts, using air power and local partners and former president George W. Bush mass land invasion of Iraq.

- Africa legacy -

The Ebola epidemic has been a slow-boiling crisis for Obama -- but one which the White House says he has been preparing to confront for three months.

"Faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to us, the United States, and it's a responsibility that we embrace," Obama said in Atlanta.

"We're prepared to take leadership on this," he said as he ordered 3,000 US troops to West Africa to help support local doctors tackling Ebola.

The Ebola fight could also impact Obama's legacy in a significant way.

His foreign policy team has often chafed at the idea that the president, with his African ancestry has left less of an imprint on the continent than Bush, whose multi-billion dollar HIV/AIDS plan saved millions of lives.

If Obama goes down as the president who delivered the continent from another horrific disease, that could change.

 

 

Uighur scholar defiant as China separatism trial ends

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 18, 2014 - A prominent scholar from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority strongly rejected charges of separatism and said he loved his country as his trial ended on Thursday, his lawyer said, in a prosecution critics warned could worsen tensions in the unstable Xinjiang region.

Ilham Tohti, a former University professor and outspoken critic of China's policies in the vast western region, told the court in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi he had "always opposed separatism and terrorism, and that not a single one of his articles supported separatism," according to his lawyer Li Fangping.

The United States,the European Union, and several human rights groups have called for the release of Tohti, who stated his opposition to independence for Xinjiang in interviews, and now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

In the past year escalating violence between locals and security forces in Xinjiang, the Uighurs' traditional homeland, has claimed more than 200 lives and prompted Beijing to launch a security crackdown on what it calls terrorist groups seeking independence for the region.

Tohti, 44, said in a closing statement that "he loved his country...and that his opinion has always been that it is in the best interests of Uighurs to remain in China," Li said, adding that the scholar had spoken loudly with a hint of anger in his voice.

He also told the court that it was "unjust," for the trial to take place in Xinjiang, as all the evidence presented by the prosecution related to his work in China's capital Beijing, where he has worked at a University for over a decade.

Tohti was detained in January after he criticised the government's response to a suicide car attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, which the government blamed on separatists from Xinjiang.

His prosecution -- almost certain to result in a guilty verdict -- risks silencing moderate Uighur voices and cutting off the possibility of dialogue, critics say. The court is not likely to announce a verdict until next week at the earliest, Li added.

- 'Mockery of justice' -

Chinese courts are tightly controlled by the ruling Communist party and have a near-100 percent conviction rate in criminal cases.

State prosecutors presented the court with a large amount of material, including videos of Tohti's university lectures and posts from his website "Uighur Online", as evidence that he had lead a separatist group, Li said.

They also included testimony from some of Tohti's students, around eight of whom have also been detained.

Tohti's detention prompted an outcry from human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as overseas groups run by Uighurs.

"China's allegations against Ilham Tohti represent the government's typical manipulation of the judiciary," Dilshat Rexit, spokesman for the US-based World Uyghur Congress, said in a statement.

"A Uighur intellectual who moderately and openly called on China to adjust its policies has lost his freedom," he said, calling the case "a mockery of justice".

Nine diplomats from Europe and North America stood outside the heavily-guarded court as the trial opened on Wednesday, with a European Union spokesman calling for Tohti's release.

Guzaili Nuer, Tohti's wife, attended the trial with three of the academic's brothers and appeared distraught.

"He has never opposed the country or any ethnic group," she said. "He has never done anything like that."

Tohti devoted decades to researching government policy towards Uighurs, about 10 million of whom live in Xinjiang, a vast, resource-rich and strategically important region which abuts central Asia.

China blames ongoing unrest in the region on organised terrorists, while rights groups say cultural and religious repression of Uighurs has stoked violence.

As a professor and writer, Tohti was known for his moderate stance on Uighur issues but was repeatedly subject to house arrest and prevented from leaving the country.

He has been denied food and kept in shackles for weeks at a time during his detention, his lawyers say, and before the trial his wife told AFP she is continually tailed by security agents.

 

 

India says Modi raised China border incursions with Xi

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 18, 2014 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue of incursions by Chinese troops on the disputed border during talks with visiting President Xi Jinping, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP the issue was discussed on Wednesday evening during Xi's rare visit to India amid reports of a stand-off involving hundreds of troops from both sides in the remote Himalayan Ladakh region.

The incursion threatens to overshadow Xi's three-day visit, which includes more formal talks with Modi in New Delhi on Thursday that had been expected to focus on forging stronger investment and strategic ties.

Separately, Akbaruddin told reporters that the border issue was expected to be raised again during talks on Thursday.

"The summit meetings are occasion for leaders to raise all substantive issues having bearing on bilateral ties," said the spokesman.

"The prime minister took the opportunity to raise the issue last night with the visiting dignitary," he told reporters, when asked about the latest reported incursion.

As many as 1,000 Chinese troops had crossed over the border in Chumar in the southern area of Ladakh, according to the NDTV network and other local media.

A meeting between representatives of the two armies was held on Wednesday along their 3,380 kilometre (2,100 mile) long disputed border known as the Line of Actual Control, the reports said.

"About 1,000 Chinese troops crossed into the India side yesterday," a local lawmaker from Modi's party told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The government has sent reinforcements. A flag meeting was also held last night (to try to diffuse the situation)," he added.

The neighbours, now nuclear-armed, fought a brief but bloody war in 1962 over the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern Himalayas, and are still embroiled in a bitter dispute over the territory.

Only last April India accused Chinese troops of intruding deep into Indian-held territory, sparking a three-week stand-off that was resolved when troops from both sides pulled back.

Small incursions of a few kilometres across the contested boundary are common but a mass build up of troops in the disputed territory is rare.

 

 

State media urges China to say if Iceland envoy was spy

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 18, 2014 - A Chinese state-run newspaper Thursday urged Beijing to say whether its ambassador to Iceland was a spy following reports he had been held for leaking intelligence to Japan, while authorities said they had "no information" on the matter.

The editorial by the Global Times newspaper, which is run by the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece the People's Daily, throws a rare official spotlight on such cases.

Envoy Ma Jisheng left Iceland mysteriously in January and has not been replaced, with Beijing only telling Reykjavik that he was unable to return for "personal reasons", according to the Icelandic foreign ministry.

The embassy website contains a link titled "CV of Ambassador", but the resulting page is blank.

Ma's name has also been removed from the embassy's directory listing on the Chinese foreign ministry homepage.

Asked for an update on Ma's case Thursday, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: "I have no information in such regard".

In its editorial, the Global Times urged Beijing to clear the air, citing the need to raise public awareness of espionage risks.

Few spying cases involving Chinese officials have been reported in the domestic media, it said.

"In actuality, reporting such incidents will educate many people by letting them know how close those manipulators of overseas intelligence agencies are to us," the newspaper said.

Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily, citing US-based Chinese-language website Mingjing News, reported that Ma and his wife "were suspected of giving state secrets to Japan and were arrested (in early February) by the Ministry of State Security."

Ma was a high-ranking diplomat in Japan from 2004-08.

- 'A warning for others' -

The Global Times argued that those engaged in espionage were increasingly likely to be caught due to advances in investigation technology.

"All the potential high-risk groups should recognise this point, which may help them refrain from selling information when they are about to cross the red line," it said.

"If it is confirmed that Ma has been caught, we hope that his story will one day appear on media to serve as a warning for others," the paper added.

Ming Pao said the Ma case, if confirmed, would mark the second case of an ambassador-level Chinese official caught in an espionage scandal.

In December 2006, then-ambassador to South Korea Li Bin was investigated and detained on suspicion of providing intelligence to Seoul. He was later sentenced to seven years in prison on economic charges, it said.

Ma's disappearance comes as a US congressional panel is lobbing its own espionage accusations against Beijing.

According to a report released Wednesday by the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Beijing-linked hackers carried out at least 50 cyberattacks on US defence contractors between 2012 and 2013, potentially compromising military operations.

"Of those 50, at least 20 were successful intrusions into contractor networks attributed to an 'advanced persistent threat' (APT), a term used to distinguish sophisticated cyber threats that are frequently associated with foreign governments," the report warned.

Beijing on Thursday flatly rejected the accusations, which foreign ministry spokesman Hong called "fabricated out of thin air".

"Chinese law prohibits cyberattacks and other crimes, and cracks down on such crimes," Hong said. "The Chinese government and military will never support hacker attacks."

 

 

China mum as Iceland envoy reportedly held for spying

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Reykjavik (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 - China refuses to clarify the status of its ambassador to Iceland, who left the country mysteriously in January, the Icelandic foreign ministry said Wednesday, after a news report that he has been arrested for spying for Japan.

The envoy, Ma Jisheng, has not been replaced, and Reykjavik has been informed only that he was unable to return for "personal reasons", foreign ministry spokeswoman Urdur Gunnarsdottir told AFP.

Icelandic media reports claimed that the ambassador and his wife had "disappeared".

Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily, citing US-based Chinese-language website Mingjing News, said Ma and his wife "were suspected of giving state secrets to Japan and were arrested (in early February) by the Ministry of State Security."

Ma was a high-ranking diplomat in Japan from 2004-08.

A Chinese foreign ministry official was unable to shed further light on Ma's whereabouts at a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday, telling reporters: "I have no information on this."

The Chinese embassy in Iceland has refused all media requests for comment, and its website has a blank space where the name of the ambassador would normally appear.

Iceland's strategic location close to Arctic oil and gas reserves as well as new Arctic maritime routes has led to closer diplomatic ties with China.

It entered a free trade agreement with Beijing in April 2013, the only European country to do so.

 

 

China's Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 - India's new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his hometown Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with Asia's rival superpowers seeking to reset relations.

Narendra Modi pulled out all the stops for Xi, organising an intimate riverside dinner in Ahmedabad, the main city in his home state of Gujarat, where giant billboards in Chinese, Gujarati and English welcomed him.

With both sides eager to emphasise cooperation over competition, Xi said in an article published Wednesday "the world's factory and the world's back office" made a winning combination, welcoming Indian businesses to China and pledging vital funding for infrastructure development.

Xi will hold official talks Thursday with Modi and India's President Pranab Mukherjee when the two sides will sign a string of agreements expected to include nuclear cooperation.

Wednesday's agenda was deliberately informal, including a visit to the former hermitage of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi and a riverside stroll. Modi escorted Xi through a photo exhibition on Gandhi's life.

After the private dinner with Modi, who celebrated his 64th birthday Wednesday, Xi was headed for New Delhi.

Despite his hardline nationalist reputation, Modi moved quickly to engage with China after being elected in May on a pledge to revive India's flagging economy, which experts say has been held back by weak infrastructure.

But Modi has also made clear he will pursue a more muscular foreign policy than the previous centre-left Congress government.

- nuclear-armed neighbours -

During his election campaign, he said China would have to shed what he called its "expansionist mindset", although he also spoke admiringly of China's economic success.

The neighbours, now nuclear-armed, fought a brief, bloody war in 1962 over the eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and are still embroiled in a bitter dispute over the territory.

Border issues are on the agenda for the visit of Xi, who is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, that came amid reports in India of new Chinese incursions along the de-facto frontier.

The number of alleged Chinese intrusions stood at 334 as of August, Indian government figures showed, while the total for all of 2013 was 411, according to Indian media reports. In 2010, India reported 228 alleged incursions.

But both sides say they want to focus on economic cooperation, with India seeking Chinese funding for an overhaul of its dilapidated railways and cooperation in nuclear energy.

"China-India relations have become one of the most dynamic and promising bilateral relations in the 21st century," wrote Xi in the article in The Hindu daily.

China is India's biggest trading partner, with annual two-way commerce of more than $65 billion. But the trade deficit with China has soared to over $40 billion from $1 billion in 2001-02, Indian data shows.

Experts said China would seek to allay Indian concerns over the widening deficit as it tries to cement its relationship with its western neighbour at a time of heightened tensions with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations over disputed sea territory.

- huge investment -

Modi enjoys a close relationship with Japan's President Shinzo Abe, and analysts say he may be able to leverage Beijing's rivalry with Tokyo to secure Chinese investment.

China's consul-general in Mumbai Liu Youfa told the Times of India ahead of the visit Xi would "commit investments of over $100 billion", noting this was triple the sum pledged by Japan during Modi's visit earlier this month.

India and China signed several agreements Wednesday, including one to set up a Chinese-backed industrial park in Gujarat.

Indian and Chinese companies, meanwhile, inked 24 preliminary deals worth $3.43 billion in sectors from aircraft leasing to telecom.

Xi headed to India after visiting the Maldives and Sri Lanka as China asserts its influence in a region traditionally in India's sphere.

Before arriving in India, Xi launched construction of a $1.4-billion port city in Sri Lanka's capital, underscoring Beijing's growing foothold in the Indian Ocean region.

Colombo has sought to allay Indian fears by insisting its Chinese ties are based on commercial considerations.

But some in New Delhi still fear China's growing regional engagement aims at encircling India.

"Wariness of China's regional primacy will continue to drive India's foreign policy, and shared economic and regional interests will make Japan India's single most-valued partner," said Sasha Riser-Kositsky, an analyst at risk consultancy Eurasia Group.

The presence in India of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, creates additional friction. Police in New Delhi detained around 10 Tibetan protesters Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy.

 

 

US still concerned after arms treaty talks with Russia

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:21 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2014 - Washington's concerns that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty "were not assuaged" during a meeting between the two sides in Moscow, the State Department said Thursday.

US negotiators nevertheless felt they had a "useful exchange of views" with their Russian counterparts and have "agreed to continue the dialogue," it said in a statement.

Both sides "acknowledged the importance" of the treaty "and reconfirmed their commitment to it" during Thursday's meeting, it added.

The US and Russia have accused each other of violating the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which first took effect on June 1, 1988, and was broadened after the Soviet Union broke apart.

Washington has raised concerns over Moscow's development since 2008 of a new missile banned under the accord. Russia, meanwhile, wants the United States to abandon or limit its anti-missile shield plans in Europe, saying the project threatens its security.

The treaty required the destruction of all ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, as well as launchers and support equipment, by June 1, 1991, according to the State Department.

 

 

Dalai Lama calls inter-faith meeting in India to counter violence

 
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New Delhi (AFP) Sept 16, 2014 - The Dalai Lama will convene a rare meeting of India's religious leaders to try to tackle rape, communal violence and other issues facing the world's biggest democracy, an aide said Tuesday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has invited India's spiritual leaders for the two-day meeting this weekend to seek practical strategies to address "important issues ailing society today", a statement said.

The aide, Gelek Namgyal, said the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, who has lived in India since 1959, was deeply concerned about levels of violence in the country, along with environmental degradation and poverty.

Namgyal said the Dalai Lama's initiative was not a criticism of India's Hindu nationalist right-wing government, which swept to power in May.

But the meeting in New Delhi, the first such gathering organised by the Dalai Lama, comes at a time of rising communal tensions in India, particularly between majority Hindus and minority Muslims.

"His Holiness has decided to come forward because he is concerned about the problems in India," Namgyal told AFP.

"The criminal violence against women, against children and the communal violence, he feels that he should do something practical and try to come together to help those in need."

"He feels that spiritual leaders such as himself have a moral responsibility to address the situation."

Those expected to attend include Hindu guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a senior Muslim cleric, the archbishop of Bombay and the head of the Jewish community in Delhi, the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political party was accused during the election campaign of trying to polarise votes along communal lines.

The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, faces charges of inflaming religious tensions in a speech during the campaign.

The speech was given in the northern district of Muzaffarnagar, which was hit last year by Hindu-Muslim riots that left at least 50 people dead and thousands displaced.

India is also facing high levels of rapes against women, underscored by a series of high-profile assaults including the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012.

News of the meeting comes on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India to build stronger ties.

The Dalai Lama, who fled an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet in 1959, lives in the northern hill station of Dharamsala and is reviled by Beijing.

The leader supports "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet within China rather than outright independence. But China accuses the Dalai Lama of covertly campaigning for Tibet's independence and calls him a "splittist".

 

 

China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka

 
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Colombo (AFP) Sept 16, 2014 - China's President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased defence and maritime security cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighbouring India.

Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse's vision to turn the Indian Ocean island into a regional shipping and aviation hub were "cut out for one another".

Both believed they should realise the benefits of the silk road plan, an initiative to secure trade routes through economic diplomacy, by "deepening" their cooperation, Xi said after talks with Rajapakse at his sea-front office in the capital.

He pledged to strengthen cooperation in "areas such as port construction and development, development and construction of coastal industrial parks, maritime economy and maritime security".

In a joint statement after bilateral talks, the two sides said they agreed to step up defence and marine security cooperation, and also search Sri Lankan coasts for possible wreckage of a 15th century Chinese fleet.

"The two sides agreed to strengthen defence cooperation... and to cooperate in the areas of defence-related science and technology, exchange of military academics, and provide logistic support," the joint statement said.

China is increasingly asserting its influence in Sri Lanka, a midway point on one of the world's busiest international shipping lanes.

It is already the largest investor in the island nation, having financed the construction of a deep-sea port and an international airport.

Before leaving Wednesday for India, the final leg of a three-nation South Asian tour that has already taken him to the Maldives, Xi is due to kick off building work on another Beijing-funded $1.4 billion port city in Colombo.

On Tuesday, he along with President Rajapakse launched Sri Lanka's biggest electricity generator, a Chinese-funded 900-megawatt coal power plant located less than 200 kilometres (125 miles) from India.

Soon after connecting the Chinese power pant to the national grid, Rajapakse, who called China "a sincere and a trusted friend who has assisted Sri Lanka at all times" announced slashing domestic electricity tariffs by 25 percent.

He also reduced fuel prices by about three percent.

In a letter published on the front page of Sri Lanka's state-run Daily News ahead of his visit Tuesday, Xi said he wants to "enhance exchanges and cooperation between us in maritime, business, infrastructure, defence, tourism and other areas".

The reference to defence came despite the repeated insistence of Sri Lankan officials that relations were based on commercial rather than security considerations, an apparent attempt to allay Indian fears.

Sri Lanka and China Tuesday entered 27 agreements, including one for starting negotiations on a free trade pact.

Some officials in New Delhi have voiced fears in the past that China's growing engagement in the region is a deliberate strategy to encircle India.

A military aircraft maintenance facility which Sri Lanka sought to establish with Chinese help has been in limbo since India privately objected to its chosen venue, the strategic eastern port district of Trincomalee.

- Backing Colombo -

Xi also said no country should be allowed to intervene in the affairs of the small island nation, which has historically come under India's influence.

"China... resolutely opposes any move by any country to interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs under any excuse," Xi said

Beijing has consistently supported Colombo in its efforts to resist a UN investigation into alleged war crimes against Tamil Tiger rebels, while India has pushed Sri Lanka to ensure accountability.

Beijing has already financed the construction of Sri Lanka's second international airport and a deep sea port in the southern district of Hambantota, the home constituency of President Rajapakse.

The ambitious port city project being developed by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority with Chinese backing will include a luxury marina and a Formula One race track.

China also faces competition for influence in the region from Japan whose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travelled to Sri Lanka earlier this month and secured an agreement on forging stronger maritime links.

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, has embarked on a regional charm offensive since taking office in May to restore relationships which critics say the previous government neglected.

 

 

Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area: minister

 
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Moscow (AFP) Sept 16, 2014 - Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defence minister said on Tuesday.

Sergei Shoigu told a meeting of defence ministry top brass it was a "priority" to deploy a "full and self-reliant group of troops in the direction of Crimea," Russian news agencies reported.

He said the "situation in Ukraine has sharply worsened and the foreign military presence has increased very close to our border".

Shoigu said the "military and political situation" in southwest Russia had "changed significantly since the start of this year."

Russia is deeply concerned at NATO's move eastwards and President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of provoking the crisis in Ukraine in order to "revive" the military bloc.

NATO this month agreed to set up a new rapid response force that would be ready to deploy within a few days and also to maintain a "continuous presence" in its eastern member states.

Putin said last month that it was necessary to "implement all of the country's defence measures fully and promptly, including of course in Crimea and Sevastopol, where we have to de facto create military infrastructure from scratch".

Russia's Black Sea fleet is based in Crimea and Moscow announced in July that it had begun expanding and modernising it with new ships and submarines.

Putin ordered the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March, saying later he had righted a wrong by reclaiming a peninsula that used to belong to the Soviet republic of Russia before 1954.

Over the weekend Crimea's residents joined Russians across the country in voting in the first local elections since the peninsula's takeover.

In Sunday's elections to the Crimean regional parliament, Russia's ruling United Russia party won more than 70 percent of the vote, while the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia received just under 8.5 percent.

Kremlin-friendly analysts said the results showed that Crimea's residents conclusively backed joining Russia.

The United States on Monday rejected the Crimean polls as illegitimate.

"The United States does not recognise the legitimacy of the so-called local and regional elections in Crimea on September 14 and will not acknowledge their outcome," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

"Our position on Crimea remains clear: the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine," she said.

 

 

China's Xi visits India, sets tone for future relations

 
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Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 16, 2014 - India's new prime minister will spend his 64th birthday Wednesday at a private dinner with Xi Jinping in his home state of Gujarat, as the Chinese president begins a visit that will set the tone for relations between Asia's rival superpowers.

Despite his hardline nationalist reputation, Narendra Modi moved quickly to engage with traditional rival China after taking office in May, and has pulled out all the stops for Xi's first state visit to India.

The Chinese president will fly into Gujarat's main city Ahmedabad, where giant billboards in Mandarin, Gujarati and English have been put up to welcome him.

But Modi has also made clear he sees China as a competitor and intends to pursue a more muscular foreign policy than the previous centre-left Congress party government.

The nuclear-armed neighbours fought a brief but bloody war in 1962 over the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern Himalayas, and are still embroiled in a bitter dispute over the territory.

India's new government recently eased restrictions on construction in the areas up to 100 kilometres of its disputed border, allowing the Indian military to build roads and other infrastructure in an area that China claims as its own.

But both sides say they want to focus on economic cooperation, with India seeking Chinese funding for a planned overhaul of its dilapidated railways and cooperation in nuclear energy.

China is India's biggest trading partner, with annual two-way commerce of more than $65 billion. But Indian data shows the trade deficit with China has soared to more than $40 billion from just $1 billion in 2001-02.

Modi, who ran for election promising to revive India's flagging economy, called for more Chinese investment when he met Xi in Brazil in July.

China meanwhile is eager to cement its relationship with its western neighbour at a time of heightened tensions with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations over disputed territory.

Rajrishi Singhal, senior fellow at New Delhi think tank Gateway House, said Xi would be eager to allay India's fears over the widening trade deficit during his visit.

"The tenor and purpose of President Xi Jinping's visit to India... can be gauged from the large size of the delegation accompanying him, comprising of senior ministers, leading business barons and bankers," said Singhal.

"Apart from the scheduled talks on political, security and border issues, the Chinese president's visit is likely to primarily focus on allaying the Indian government's growing discomfort over the widening trade deficit between the two countries."

- China to invest in India -

Modi has spoken of his admiration for China's economic growth in the last decade.

But he also enjoys a close relationship with Japan's President Shinzo Abe, and analysts have said he may be able to leverage Beijing's rivalry with Tokyo to secure Chinese investment.

China's consul-general in Mumbai Liu Youfa told the Times of India daily ahead of the visit that Xi would "commit investments of over $100 billion", pointing out that this was three times the amount pledged by Japan during a visit by Modi earlier this month.

Xi heads to India after visiting the Maldives and Sri Lanka as China increasingly asserts its influence in a region that has traditionally come under India's sphere of influence.

Colombo has sought to allay Indian fears by insisting its relations with Beijing are based on commercial rather than security considerations.

But some in New Delhi still fear China's growing engagement in the region is a deliberate strategy to encircle India.

The presence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, is another source of tension between India and China, and New Delhi is on alert for any protests during Xi's visit.

Xi will visit Gandhi's former hermitage, now a museum, and have dinner with Modi in a tent on the riverbank in Ahmedabad, where he is expected to announce plans to build a Chinese-funded industrial park.

On Thursday he will hold formal talks with Modi and India's President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi and sign a series of agreements with the prime minister, before departing for China on Friday.

 

 

British PM holds fire on IS, pursues cautious strategy

 
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London (AFP) Sept 14, 2014 - The murder of British aid worker David Haines has upped the pressure on London to take the fight to the Islamic State, but Prime Minister David Cameron is proceeding with caution -- and some confusion.

Cameron said Sunday he was ready to "take whatever steps are necessary" to destroy the militant group which has seized territory across Iraq and Syria, and has now killed three Western hostages in less than a month.

But the Conservative leader has yet to commit Britain to join US air strikes against jihadists in Iraq and possibly Syria, despite calls by former generals this weekend warning that IS must be stopped.

Cameron chaired a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee to discuss its response to a video released late Saturday showing the beheading of Haines and threatening the life of another British hostage.

In a televised address afterwards, Cameron promised a "calm, deliberate" response, backing the United States' efforts to build an international coalition to take on the jihadists.

"As this strategy intensifies, we are ready to take whatever steps are necessary to deal with this threat and keep our country safe," he said.

He added: "Step by step, we must drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy ISIL (IS) and what it stands for."

Cameron proved during the 2011 conflict in Libya that he is prepared to authorise targeted air strikes, joining France in a bombing campaign to help rebels overthrow Moamer Kadhafi.

But his calls last year for military action against the Assad regime in Syria ended in humiliating defeat when the proposal was rejected in the House of Commons.

That vote still casts a long shadow, and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond caused confusion this week when he said that it meant Britain could not act in Syria now against IS.

Hammond was swiftly contradicted by Cameron's Downing Street office, which insisted that nothing had been ruled out.

- 'Fight will take time' -

Cameron said the extremists who killed Haines were the "embodiment of evil" and promised to hunt them down and bring them to justice -- although he said it would take time.

On the broader fight, he highlighted the deployment of British jets to northern Iraq to provide intelligence for the US strikes and the humanitarian aid effort.

The government is arming Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting IS militants in northern Iraq, with the first consignment of heavy machine guns and ammunition announced this week.

And Cameron emphasised the importance of counter-terrorism efforts at home to stop young Britons joining IS and identify those who return with plans to attack Britain.

But his comments are unlikely to satisfy those demanding a show of force from Britain.

"They are just a group of thugs. We have a perfect right to use all means at our disposal to do something about them," the former head of the Royal Navy, Lord West, told Sky News.

The British response had to be "level and sensible", he said, but added: "I think we will have to ... start using very targeted and very carefully used force and all things at our disposal."

The former head of the British army, Richard Dannatt, urged a "decisive" move, while the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Richard Kemp, also said it was time for "serious action" against IS.

"If we do not confront and destroy these Islamic State jihadi fighters then their influence will grow, their confidence will grow and the problem will get bigger," Dannatt told Sky News.

But a former military intelligence officer interviewed by the BBC, Frank Ledwidge, warned against doing something that might boost the Islamic State's numbers.

After the rapid advance earlier this year IS was keen to hold on to its territory, he said.

"And there's no better way of doing that than recruiting to it the millions of people in the area who'd be quite happy to fight yet another Western intervention in the area."

 

 

China offers Russia 'helping hand' in Xi, Putin talks

 
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Beijing (AFP) Sept 12, 2014 - Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Beijing and Moscow to offer each other a "helping hand" in the face of external challenges, at talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Tajikistan Thursday, state media reported.

The two leaders met in the Central Asian nation's capital Dushanbe ahead of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a six-nation regional security group that also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

It was the pair's fourth meeting this year, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

China and Russia -- at times close allies during the Cold War -- have been forging closer relations through energy deals in the face of spiralling diplomatic challenges.

Moscow has come under international criticism over its seizure of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, while Beijing's relations with neighbouring countries, such as Japan and Vietnam, have been troubled by territorial disputes.

The two nations often vote together on the UN Security Council, where both hold a veto, sometimes in opposition to Western powers on issues such as Syria.

At the meeting Xi called for the two to "enhance mutual support, expand two-way openness and offer each other a helping hand, so as to jointly deal with external risks and challenges and realise our respective development and revitalisation," Xinhua reported.

During a visit to China by Putin in May, China and Russia signed a huge 30-year gas deal said to be worth $400 billion that took a decade of negotiations to conclude.

Russia has been seeking to sell its gas in more Asian markets, a goal that has become more urgent as the conflict in Ukraine has called into question future supplies to Europe, a major customer.

Putin described the international and regional situation as unstable and characterised by growing uncertainty, and said the two countries should increase coordination, according to Xinhua.

He hoped they will keep moving forward major projects in oil and gas, nuclear energy and other areas, it added.

Separately, Xi and Putin met Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and Xi proposed creating an economic corridor connecting the three countries.

Resource-rich Mongolia is a landlocked country between China and Russia, and both Xi and Putin have visited it in recent weeks.

 

 

More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

 
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Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2014 - More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.

A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.4 percent of Chinese envisage a future conflict, with more than a fifth of those saying it would happen "within a few years", while 29 percent of Japanese view military confrontation as a possibility.

The findings come ahead of the second anniversary Thursday of Japan's nationalisation of disputed islands in the East China Sea that have formed the focus of tensions between the Asian giants.

Underlining the lingering row over the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into their territorial waters on Wednesday morning.

China regards them as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

The survey was conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation the Genron NPO and the China Daily, a Chinese state-run newspaper, in July and August.

It questioned 1,000 Japanese aged 18 or older and 1,539 Chinese of the same age range in five cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xian.

In the annual opinion poll which started in 2005, 93.0 percent of Japanese respondents said their impression of China was "unfavourable," worsening from 90.1 percent last year and the highest level since the survey began.

The percentage of Chinese who have an unfavourable impression of Japan stood at 86.8 percent, an improvement on 92.8 percent last year.

"The most common reason for the unfavourable impression of China among the Japanese public was 'China's actions are incompatible with international rules' at 55.1 percent," Genron NPO and the China Daily said in a joint statement.

That was closely followed by "China's actions to secure resources, energy and food look selfish" at 52.8 percent.

The third most commonly-given reason was "criticism of Japan over historical issues" at 52.2 percent, while "continuous confrontation over the Senkaku islands" came fourth place at 50.4 percent, it said.

"On the other hand, 'The Diaoyu/Senkaku islands' (64.0 percent) and 'historical understanding' (59.6 percent) were the two prominent reasons for the unfavourable impression of Japan among the Chinese public," it said.

- Ties in decline -

Despite a huge trade relationship and their deeply interwoven economies, relations between Tokyo and Beijing have seen several periods of deterioration over recent decades.

But ties have been particularly bad since late 2012 when Japan nationalised the Senkakus, a move it says was just an administrative change, but which China says was a provocation.

Beijing regularly insists that Japan has not atoned enough for its imperialist past, and lambasts nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for an "incorrect" understanding of history and what it describes as his intention to remilitarise.

For its part, Tokyo accuses Beijing of dwelling on the past for domestic political reasons and says that in the seven decades since World War II it has apologised repeatedly and trodden a pacifist path.

In an editorial, the China Daily described the poll as "worrying", commenting that "these findings should be concerning" for leaders in both countries.

"There is a need for a meeting between the leaders of both countries to reverse the deteriorating relations," the paper said, but added: "the ball is in Japan's court."

"Abe needs to show Chinese leaders with his actual deeds that he is sincere about improving relations."

Abe has repeatedly said his door is open for dialogue and called for a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but has so far been rebuffed.

 

 

China warns citizens to avoid Philippines

 
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Manila (AFP) Sept 12, 2014 - China on Friday warned its nationals to avoid visiting the Philippines, citing a foiled bomb plot against the Chinese embassy in Manila and the danger of criminal gangs.

"Given the worsened security situation in the Philippines, the consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges Chinese citizens not to travel to the Philippines for the time being," a ministry statement said.

The warning came after three men were arrested last week over an alleged plot to bomb the Chinese embassy, the international airport and the business premises of ethnic Chinese tycoons.

In Beijing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Friday urged the Philippine government to do more to protect Chinese citizens.

Aside from the alleged bomb plot, Hua cited "criminal gangs" who had targeted Chinese citizens and businesses.

Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said last week that the bomb plot may be linked to a fringe politician who had been involved in a string of anti-Chinese protests.

However the Philippine military dismissed the alleged bomb plot, calling the fringe politician a crank who posed no real danger and saying his "bombs" were merely firecrackers.

Police arrested him but then quickly released him.

Diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines have been extremely tense in recent years due to a dispute over competing territorial claims in the South China Sea.

In response to the travel warning, the Philippine foreign ministry released a statement saying it had been liaising with Chinese diplomats to ease their concerns.

Many foreign governments warn their nationals to avoid large parts of the southern Philippines due to the threats of kidnapping, however there are no blanket advisories similar to China's to avoid the entire country.

The travel warning was released just before reports emerged that armed men abducted an 18-year-old Chinese man on the strife-torn southern island of Mindanao late on Thursday.

Local police spokesman Senior Inspector Leo Castillo said the gunmen had not been identified but it was believed to be another case of kidnapping for ransom, a common crime in the south committed by Muslim rebels.

Castillo said the parents of the abductee, a store manager, were Chinese nationals.

However a spokeswoman at the Chinese embassy in Manila said Friday that diplomats were still trying to confirm if the abducted man was a Chinese citizen.

Chinese tourist arrivals in the first half of 2014 rose 13.6 percent year on year to 226,163, the third highest, just behind South Koreans and Americans, according to the Philippine government.

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India and China in wary dance as Xi visits South Asia

 
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New Delhi (AFP) Sept 11, 2014 - China's president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a $1.4-billion port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track -- all just 250 kilometres (150 miles) from India's coast.

Xi Jinping's trip to the site, next to a major Chinese-funded commercial port, will provide a vivid reminder of Beijing's growing economic clout in India's backyard ahead of his maiden visit to New Delhi next week.

Despite his hardline nationalist reputation, India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved quickly to engage with traditional rival China after taking office in May, inviting Xi to India.

But he has also sought to stop India's neighbours falling further into China's embrace, choosing Bhutan and Nepal for his first foreign trips as prime minister and extending an olive branch to arch-rival Pakistan.

That may not worry China too much. Modi's close relationship with Tokyo, on the other hand, is likely to raise alarm bells in Beijing that analysts say he may be able to use to his advantage.

Modi enjoys a particularly warm friendship with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who welcomed him even as he was shunned by Western powers over claims he failed to stop deadly religious riots in Gujarat, the state he used to run.

Both India and Japan are wary of what many see as Beijing's growing territorial assertiveness, and Washington is eager for them to step up their cooperation by way of counterweight to China.

"China is concerned that we would get closer to Japan and to the US under Modi. They don't want that to happen," said Jayadeva Ranade, president of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy in New Delhi.

Ranade said this could give New Delhi valuable leverage in its negotiations with Beijing, after Japan pledged during a recent visit by Modi to double its investment in the country over the next five years.

- Focus on investment -

Liu Jianchao, assistant minister of foreign affairs, said this week Xi would discuss investment in India's railways as well as nuclear cooperation during his visit.

Developing India's crumbling infrastructure is a key priority of the Modi government, which has said it will upgrade existing railways and build the country's first high-speed train line.

Liu also said the two sides would seek to push forward negotiations on their disputed border during Xi's visit.

While the frontier between China and India has never been formally demarcated, the two sides have signed accords, and analysts said Beijing was eager to maintain the peace with its western neighbour.

Both sides will "emphasize the points of convergence" during Xi's visit, focusing on trade and investment as well as international cooperation, political analyst Shyam Saran told AFP

"It is quite apparent that China is looking at India under Modi as a serious and credible partner as well as potential adversary," said Saran, a former foreign secretary and senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

China offered reassurances ahead of the visit that it is not seeking to "encircle" India -- a long-held fear in some quarters given Beijing's closeness to neighbouring Pakistan and growing investment in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

"China sees India as a development partner," Liu told reporters in Beijing. "China has not and will not encircle India."

Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours are still characterised by mutual suspicion, in large part as a legacy of a brief but bloody war in 1962.

But India is rolling out the red carpet for Xi, who will begin his visit in the prime minister's home state of Gujarat on September 17 -- Modi's 64th birthday.

Xi will begin his tour of South Asia on September 14 in the Maldives, according to Chinese state media, where Beijing has been expanding its presence, setting up a full embassy in 2011.

From there he will head to Sri Lanka, where China has invested heavily, building a deep-sea harbour and an international airport in an area that straddles the main east-west international shipping lane, the world's busiest trade route.

Plans for a military aircraft service facility with Chinese investments remain in limbo following concerns privately expressed by India.

China has also invested heavily in Bangladesh, financing one of the country's largest coal-fired power plants and several key infrastructure projects.

Critics say India's previous government, led by the centre-left Congress party, failed to take a sufficiently strong line on China while also neglecting its South Asian neighbours.

But Ranade predicted that would change under the Modi government, whose Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said this week India's relationship with China was one of both "cooperation and competition".

"The Modi government will draw some red lines," he told AFP.

 

 

Vietnam accuses China of attacking fishermen

 
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Hanoi (AFP) Sept 10, 2014 - Hanoi has accused Chinese sailors of attacking a group of Vietnamese fishermen near a disputed island chain, the latest in a string of maritime spats between the communist neighbours.

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said the vessels were fishing in waters around the Paracel Islands -- claimed by Vietnam but controlled by China -- when they were attacked.

They were stopped by Chinese sailors in speedboats who "prevented them fishing and took away their equipment... some sailors were beaten," the foreign ministry said in a Tuesday statement, without giving further details.

Vietnam has demanded China investigate the incident and punish those responsible, ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said.

China and Vietnam, once close ideological allies, are locked in a bitter territorial wrangle over waters and island chains in the South China Sea.

In May, Beijing moved a deep-sea oil rig into waters that Hanoi claims, sparking deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam and triggering a standoff around the rig.

Beijing removed the rig in July, claiming its mission was successfully completed.

A month later Chinese President Xi Jinping told a top Vietnamese envoy that the two countries should repair strained ties.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of its neighbours, and has become increasingly assertive in staking those claims.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have competing claims to parts of the sea.

Vietnam's authoritarian leaders have struggled to balance traditionally warm ties with fellow communists in Beijing with widespread anti-China sentiment among the population.

 

 

China's President Xi to visit India next week

 
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Beijing (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - China's President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to rival Asian giant India next week, officials said Tuesday, as Beijing sought to allay fears it is encircling its neighbour.

The announcement came just a week after India's recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to take ties to a "new level" with Japan, a move seen as an attempt to shore up regional alliances to counter China's increasing might.

Xi's four-nation trip begins this Thursday in the central Asian state of Tajikistan, before going on to the South Asian island states of the Maldives and Sri Lanka, culminating in India, the Chinese foreign ministry said on its website.

It did not give specific dates but said the tour would finish on September 19.

Ties between India and China have long been clouded by suspicion over disputed territory in the Himalayas, which saw a brief border war in 1962.

Beijing has also moved to establish port facilities elsewhere in South Asia, in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, raising fears of encirclement among some Indians.

Chinese assistant foreign minister Liu Jianchao dismissed such fears at a press briefing on Tuesday, saying: "China has not and will not encircle India."

Chinese troops last month advanced into disputed territory claimed by India, official sources said, raising tensions after a similar incident the previous year.

But Liu added that "both sides hope they will find acceptable solutions as soon as possible" to the border issue, without giving details.

Also on Tuesday, Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval met Xi in Beijing, saying that he carried a letter from Modi, and extended an invitation to the prime minister's home town.

"When it was decided you will be visiting India, Prime Minister Modi was extremely keen that you come to his home town of Vadnagar," Doval added.

China is India's biggest trading partner, with two-way commerce totalling close to $70 billion. But India's trade deficit with China has soared to more than $40 billion from just $1 billion in 2001-02, Indian figures show.

Beijing sent Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Delhi in June soon after right-wing Modi's landslide election victory, delivering a message that India and China were "natural partners".

After meeting Xi at a summit of the BRICS emerging economic powers in Brazil in July, Modi called for increased Chinese investment in India, where economic growth has slowed in recent years.

 

 

US, Russia to hold talks on 1987 arms control treaty

 
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Washington (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - A US delegation heads to Moscow Thursday to discuss the 1987 arms control treaty with their Russian counterparts, with both sides accusing the other of violations.

The United States has raised concerns over Moscow's development since 2008 of a new missile banned under the accord, while Russia wants the United States to abandon or limit its anti-missile shield plans in Europe, saying the project threatens its security.

"We'll make every effort to resolve concerns we have about Russian compliance and to ensure they continue the viability of the treaty," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, agreed between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, first took effect on June 1, 1988. The bilateral agreement was later broadened when the Soviet Union broke apart.

It required the destruction of all ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, as well as launchers and support equipment, by June 1, 1991, according to the State Department.

 

 

Ukraine in NATO would be 'unprecedented challenge': Russia

 
‎16 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:52:04 PMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - Russia said emphatically on Tuesday it did not want Ukraine to become a NATO member, describing such a possibility as an "unprecedented challenge to European security".

"Ukraine in NATO would be an unprecedented challenge to European security, the biggest since the collapse of the Berlin Wall," said Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's envoy to the European Union.

Kiev announced its intentions to relaunch negotiations to join the Western military alliance in August, effectively restarting a process which was suspended in 2010 by pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych.

NATO has left the door open to membership for Ukraine on condition that it meets certain criteria.

Despite Russia's misgivings, the alliance has already welcomed several former Soviet states into its fold, including three Baltic nations -- Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Kiev's tilt towards the West, including the signing of an association agreement with the European Union, sparked the current crisis with Russia.

Moscow responded by annexing Crimea and now stands accused of direct involvement in the conflict ripping apart eastern Ukraine -- a charge it denies.

On Tuesday, Russia's envoy reiterated a warning to the EU against imposing sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

"Our message to the EU is: don't undermine the Ukraine peace process by supporting the party of war in Ukraine," said Chizhov.

"Only the UN Security Council has the right to impose sanctions. But sanctions have never been an effective tool.

"The EU's unilateral measures against Russia are wrong, unfair and misleading, based on the assumption that Russia is part of the conflict. It never was, it is not and will never be," said Chizhov.

 

 

Hu's he? China's ex-president drops down rankings: paper

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:54:12 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has slipped further down the Communist Party rankings, state-run media said Tuesday, as his successor Xi Jinping consolidates his authority in the one-party state.

The ranking of officials is highly sensitive and closely watched in China as it often indicates power changes.

Hu had been listed after members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful body, in official media news reports since the country's once-in-a-decade power transition in October 2012 that anointed Xi as the new head of the Communist Party.

But he was given a lower position in a Friday report about the funeral of a retired provincial official in Jiangsu, with his name slotted below members of the 25-strong Politburo, which is under the Standing Committee, in the list of dignitaries who sent their condolences, according to the Global Times.

Xi was highlighted in a separate sentence at the beginning of the report, said the paper, which is close to the ruling party.

"The lowered position sends a positive signal that retired top officials will not interfere with current leadership," the report cited Yin Yungong, a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government think-tank, as saying.

Wang Zhanyang, a professor with the Central Institute of Socialism, told the Global Times that Hu's new ranking indicated "strong support for Xi's core role in the new central leadership".

The change came amid speculation that the ongoing anti-corruption campaign under Xi, which has ensnared dozens of high-ranking officials including China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, is pointing at other allies of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin.

Jiang's name often appeared immediately after Hu's in state media reports during the latter 10 years in office, underlining the enduring influence of the head of the so-called Shanghai Gang.

In January 2013, the official Xinhua news agency said that Jiang "requested" his name be placed below those of serving party and state leaders and alongside other retired senior officials.

Last month, Shanghai authorities announced that Wang Zongnan, a former official turned businessman who is believed to be an associate of Jiang, was put under investigation for suspected embezzlement of public funds, stoking rumours that anti-graft investigators were turning their focus to the ex-leader's power base.

 

 

China warplane interception 'unsafe', 'unprofessional': US official

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:54:12 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - A Chinese fighter jet's interception of a US surveillance aircraft last month was "unsafe and unprofessional", a US official said Tuesday as a top White House adviser concluded a visit to Beijing.

But while the US side said National Security Advisor Susan Rice raised the hot-button issue, it remained unclear what steps Beijing and Washington plan to take in order to avoid such flare-ups in the future.

"When it comes to the issue of unsafe and unprofessional intercepts, we talk with the Chinese regularly and at high levels because this is risky behaviour that could imperil the relationship," a senior Obama administration official told reporters at the end of Rice's three days of wide-ranging talks.

"We're confident that the Chinese understood the risks associated with dangerous intercepts," the official said, adding that both sides had agreed to work on unspecified "confidence-building measures to ensure that accidents don't occur".

Rice's visit is aimed at setting the stage for a one-on-one summit between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping being planned to coincide with the US leader's visit to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing in November.

The rebuke came three weeks after the Pentagon said that an armed Chinese warplane came within 30 feet (nine metres) of a US surveillance aircraft that had been flying over international waters about 135 miles (220 kilometres) east of China's Hainan island.

Beijing, which says that the waters are part of its exclusive economic zone, has dismissed the accusation as "groundless" and has called on the US to end air and naval surveillance near its borders.

- 'They were interested' -

The confrontation was one of a broad range of issues addressed in the talks between Rice and senior Chinese leaders including Xi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong.

At the outset of his meeting with Rice, Xi said that the "profound and complex changes" in the international situation make it "even more important than ever for China and the United States to work with each other".

Rice told Xi that "in our vision, the new model of our relationship is trying to work to maximise our cooperation across the widest range of issues and to manage and minimise our differences".

During the three-day visit -- which included nearly eight hours of talks between Rice and Yang as well as a 45-minute meeting with Xi -- the top White House adviser urged Beijing to "make a contribution" in fighting Islamic State jihadists, US officials said.

"The Chinese answer was not 'no'," said one official who was not authorised to speak on the record about the closed-door talks. "They were interested. But I think we need to figure out precisely what we need and where they can contribute."

Other topics raised included the issue of Russia and Ukraine, Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, and Beijing's denial of journalist visas as a means of seeking to influence coverage.

 

 

NATO pushes initiatives in face of Russian aggression

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:54:12 PMGo to full article
Brussels (UPI) Sep 8, 2014 - NATO leaders are aiming to strengthen alliance capabilities amid Russian aggression in the Ukraine and growing threats elsewhere that threaten Europe.

First, leaders of the 28 member countries meeting in Wales last week resolved to maintain a continuous air, land, and sea presence in Eastern Europe -- including the Baltics -- on a rotational basis given Russian machinations in the region.

They also agreed to create a rapid response force.

"This spearhead will include several thousand land troops ready to deploy within a few days with air, sea and Special Forces support," said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The force plan includes a command-and-control presence, reception facilities and pre-positioned equipment.

"This is a demonstration of our solidarity and resolve," Fogh Rasmussen said. "In these turbulent times, NATO must be prepared to undertake the full range of missions and to defend allies against the full range of threats."

The demonstration of resolve comes amid months of tension in Europe over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and action by pro-Russian insurrectionists -- reportedly with active Russian involvement -- to take other parts of the Ukraine, which was once part of the Soviet empire.

The belligerence from Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to European and American protests -- and actions such as sanctions against Russia -- has done nothing to dampen fears of a return to Cold War footing, not to mention fears for the future of territorial integrity in Baltic countries.

Canada, Germany, Portugal, Britain and others perform rotational air patrols in the region as a message to Moscow.

NATO leaders also agreed to put their money where their mouth is by reversing years of declining defense spending by member states.

NATO said the allies will focus their military budgets over the next 10 years to meet the "existing NATO guideline of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense and with a view to meeting NATO capability priorities."

"The security of our countries and citizens is too important for us to cut corners, or to cut still more funds and without security we can have no prosperity," Fogh Rasmussen said.

Whether or not countries -- i.e. their voters -- will spend more for defense is an open question. The United States has decried for years the shrinking defense budgets of its European allies but to no avail.

Only the United States, Britain, Greece and Estonia spent 2 percent or more of their GDP on Defense in 2013, according to NATO figures. Germany and the Netherlands each spent about 1.3 percent.

 

 

India expects 'substantial' results from Xi visit

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:54:12 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 08, 2014 - Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday that India expected "substantial" results from Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to New Delhi later this month while classifying Beijing as a competitor.

"Our relationship with China is of cooperation and competition," Swaraj told reporters in New Delhi.

"The outcome of the visit will be substantial and solid."

Although there was no announcement on the date of Xi's visit, Indian foreign ministry officials confirmed it was expected before he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi head to the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of the month.

Beijing sent its Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Delhi in June soon after the right-wing Modi's landslide election victory, delivering a message that India and China were "natural partners".

After meeting Xi at a summit of the BRICS emerging economic powers in Brazil in July, Modi called for increased Chinese investment in India.

However relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours are still dogged by mutual suspicion, in large part as a legacy of a brief but bloody war in 1962 over the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern Himalayas that China also claims as its own.

 

 

US sending 200 troops for drills in Ukraine: Pentagon

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:56 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 03, 2014 - The United States will send about 200 troops to take part in a US-led annual exercise in Ukraine later this month, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a show of solidarity with Kiev.

The presence of 200 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will mark the first deployment of US ground troops to Ukraine since the Kiev government's conflict with pro-Russia separatists erupted earlier this year.

Dubbed "Rapid Trident," the yearly exercise was set for September 13-26 and will involve more than a dozen countries, including "approximately 200 personnel" from the US military, spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said.

"It's a peacekeeping exercise," said Warren, and would focus in part on countering homemade bombs.

The drill was due to be held in Yavoriv, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) from Lviv in western Ukraine.

US naval forces also were due to take part in a separate maritime exercise starting next week in the Black Sea which will involve forces from Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia and Romania, officials said.

Two vessels from a NATO maritime group will also participate.

Washington is sending the USS Ross, a guided missile destroyer, to join the naval drill, dubbed "Sea Breeze," which runs from Monday to Wednesday. About 280 US sailors were due to take part.

The aim of the exercise was "to improve interoperability while promoting regional stability and security" among allies and partners, spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Hillman said.

With Russia's intervention in Ukraine raising alarm in Eastern Europe and beyond, the United States has held a series of high-profile military exercises in the region in a bid to reassure anxious allies on NATO's eastern border.

Ukraine, facing a separatist rebellion and suspected Russian military operations in its east, has asked for US military aid but Washington has declined so far to provide weapons to the Kiev government.

Romania gives green light to NATO fighter force
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 03, 2014 - Romania has given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine deepens, its president said Wednesday.

"These planes will be part of the NATO integrated defence system alongside the Romanian air force," Traian Basescu said after a meeting of the country's defence council.

"As many as 200 pilots, mechanics and maintenance personnel will be stationed on Romanian territory," he said.

Basescu has urged Europe to take a stronger line with Russia over Ukraine, and called on NATO on Wednesday to reinforce its eastern flank in case the situation degenerated futher.

"The presence of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea worries us," he said.

Last week he called for the EU and NATO to supply weapons to Kiev to help the country fight pro-Russian insurgents in the east.

The decision comes as the alliance begins a major meeting in Newport, Wales, on Thursday dominated by the conflict in Ukraine.

With Kiev and the West accusing Russia of supporting the insurgency, Basescu has also called on NATO member states to "go beyond declarations of good intent" and pleaded for a "new level of sanctions".

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the 28-nation alliance will aim to approve a "readiness action plan" at the summit, which will see rotating troops and equipment deployed throughout Eastern Europe.

The force -- which he says will be thousands-strong -- could be deployed within days to meet any perceived Russian military movements in the region.

 

 

China brooks no opposition in Hong Kong clampdown

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:56 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 03, 2014 - Beijing's denial of open elections for Hong Kong's next leader demonstrates the ruling Communist Party's desire for complete political control and its resolve to quash any opposition, whatever the cost, observers say.

The standing committee of China's rubber-stamp parliament on Sunday ruled out public nominations for Hong Kong's next chief executive in 2017, with candidates for the city's top job to be approved instead by a Beijing-backed committee.

The move by the National People's Congress (NPC) drew fury and pledges of a mass sit-in by Hong Kong's pro-democracy campaigners, who say Beijing is working to weed out any potential critics of the Communist Party.

But the authorities dismiss such protestations, insisting that a popular vote between the chosen contenders fulfils their pledge of "universal suffrage".

Some experts say any expectations Beijing would loosen its grip in the former British colony -- where London appointed its leaders, and which returned to China in 1997 -- were unrealistic in the first place.

The decision came as Chinese President Xi Jinping rolls out a national crackdown on dissent since taking office last year, with authorities suppressing online debate and detaining activists.

"The mainland has its view, which will not be shaped by the Hong Kong people," said Shen Dingli, a professor at Shanghai's Fudan University.

Mainland authorities, he said, "want to have a person that will listen to Beijing". The pro-democracy activists, he added, "cannot persuade Beijing, because these people don't listen to Beijing".

China's political system is controlled by the Communist Party, and while it has long permitted elections at the village level, it typically keeps a tight grip on the process, with approved candidates often running unopposed. There are no direct polls at higher levels.

The State Council, China's cabinet, reasserted Beijing's control over Hong Kong in a policy "white paper" in June.

Jia Qingguo, associate dean of Peking University's School of International Studies, said the NPC decision was "absolutely necessary" to end debate in Hong Kong.

"If the NPC makes its decision very clear, this will help stabilise Hong Kong," he said. "The NPC is China's most powerful organ, so when it speaks, it speaks with authority."

- 'Crisis of governance' -

Residents of Hong Kong enjoy rights not seen on the mainland, including freedom of expression and assembly, as well as an independent legal system.

But there are signs some of those rights are beginning to be curtailed, especially media freedom, with physical and cyber-attacks on Hong Kong-based journalists critical of Beijing, and independent website House News shutting its doors last month.

Surya Deva, a professor at the City University of Hong Kong, said Beijing wants to "control the political governance in Hong Kong".

But the NPC's decision violated both the city's Basic Law and the 1997 joint declaration between the British and Chinese governments, he argued, and was "likely to prove counterproductive".

"Hong Kong is going to face a crisis of governance in the near future if the central government continues to behave in this way," he said.

- System 'cannot be trusted' -

The move is also likely to have repercussions in Taiwan, to which the defeated Nationalists fled at the end of China's civil war in 1949 and which Beijing considers a renegade province.

Beijing has a standing offer of reunification with Taipei along the lines of the "one country, two systems" model that applies in Hong Kong.

But Lai Chung-chiang, a lawyer and rights activist who played a major role in Taiwan's unprecedented student-led movement earlier this year, told AFP: "The example of Hong Kong has clearly told lots of people in Taiwan that the political mechanism of 'one country, two systems' does not work and cannot be trusted."

He Weifang, an outspoken law professor at Peking University, warned on his Sina Weibo microblog that "right now, before our eyes, we are obviously pushing Taiwan further away".

Nonetheless the Party's decision will ultimately prevail, experts say.

In Hong Kong, Occupy Central activists initially promised "wave after wave" of demonstrations, but the group's co-founder Chan Kin-man admitted to AFP on Tuesday that they were powerless to overturn Beijing's decision.

Ray Yuen, a 20-year-old student who waited outside a Hong Kong hotel to boo NPC official Li Fei, was adamant the campaigners would protest "until the end of time" -- but acknowledged that power rests in the Party's hands.

"I believe the Chinese government will not give us true democracy, but we're still here," he said. "We know what democracy means, we are not sheep."

Fudan University's Shen insisted there was no room for debate following Sunday's announcement.

"That's the end. No 'next'," he said. "Beijing announced the legal decision, so what can they do?

"If they protest, they will be sent to jail. This is a country ruled by law."

 

 

Romania gives green light to NATO fighter force

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:56 PMGo to full article
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 03, 2014 - Romania has given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine deepens, its president said Wednesday.

"These planes will be part of the NATO integrated defence system alongside the Romanian air force," Traian Basescu said after a meeting of the country's defence council.

"As many as 200 pilots, mechanics and maintenance personnel will be stationed on Romanian territory," he said.

Basescu has urged Europe to take a stronger line with Russia over Ukraine, and called on NATO on Wednesday to reinforce its eastern flank in case the situation degenerated futher.

"The presence of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea worries us," he said.

Last week he called for the EU and NATO to supply weapons to Kiev to help the country fight pro-Russian insurgents in the east.

The decision comes as the alliance begins a major meeting in Newport, Wales, on Thursday dominated by the conflict in Ukraine.

With Kiev and the West accusing Russia of supporting the insurgency, Basescu has also called on NATO member states to "go beyond declarations of good intent" and pleaded for a "new level of sanctions".

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the 28-nation alliance will aim to approve a "readiness action plan" at the summit, which will see rotating troops and equipment deployed throughout Eastern Europe.

The force -- which he says will be thousands-strong -- could be deployed within days to meet any perceived Russian military movements in the region.

 

 

 

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U.S. strikes IS oil refineries in Syria

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:39 PMGo to full article
US Air Forces Central Command photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) shows US Navy F-18E Super Hornets in flight over northern Iraq, on September 23, 2014U.S.-led airstrikes target oil installations that have helped fund the militant group.
 
 

Matt Bai: Of candidates and strip clubs

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:05:48 PMGo to full article
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American describes life inside N. Korean prison

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:48:57 AMGo to full article
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Venture capitalist Khosla loses California beach access case

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:32:00 AMGo to full article
File picture shows Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, speaking during the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Dana PointSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and now a prominent venture capitalist, lost a court battle on Wednesday against a coastal protection group that sued the billionaire for closing access to a northern California beach, court records show. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach ruled in the tentative decision that Khosla, who was sued last year by the Surfrider Foundation for blocking an access road to a property known as Martin's Beach, failed to obtain a required permit. ...
 
 

At L.A. Clippers, Steve Ballmer prizes team tested by adversity

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:26:16 AMGo to full article
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Tsarnaev trial delayed, but not moved

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:15:27 AMGo to full article
This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.A two-month trial delay has been granted for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
 
 

3 surrender in Philadelphia gay beating case

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:55:09 AMGo to full article
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Cops: Saw Pa. fugitive, found soiled diapers

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:29:35 AMGo to full article
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Washington state pot law author proposes testing sewage to gauge use

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:09:21 AMGo to full article
Hu Barney smokes a joint during 420Fest at the Luxe Nightclub in SeattleBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The main author of a Washington state law that legalized recreational marijuana said on Wednesday that testing sewage for the active ingredient in pot could give municipalities a broader and more reliable picture of drug use than traditional surveys. Alison Holcomb, who is also an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, said wastewater analysis for psychoactive THC could provide policymakers crucial data at a time of sweeping shifts in marijuana policy in U.S. states and cities. ...
 
 

U.S. to pay Navajo tribe $554 million in landmark settlement

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:04 AMGo to full article
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Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader dead

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:57:42 AMGo to full article
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GM compensation fund makes first offers to victims, gets more claims

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:51:03 AMGo to full article
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Appeals court clears way for early voting in Ohio

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:47:21 AMGo to full article
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Man charged in disappearance of Va. student in custody

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:35:09 AMGo to full article
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New 'Bash' bug could be worse than 'Heartbleed'

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:02:27 AMGo to full article
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No death penalty for dad in hot car death

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:03 AMGo to full article
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U.S., allies launch new airstrikes in Syria

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:16:59 AMGo to full article
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U.N. Security Council passes resolution on foreign jihadists

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:15:50 AMGo to full article
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Obama: U.S. foreign policy won't be guided by counterterrorism

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:10:05 AMGo to full article
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Jury seated in north Florida retrial of loud music shooting

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:59:35 PMGo to full article
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Appeals court overturns ruling that halted Wisconsin campaign probe

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:55:19 PMGo to full article
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French hostage beheaded by extremists, U.S. monitoring group says

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:56:02 PMGo to full article
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Increase in train track worker deaths prompts NTSB safety study

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:43:27 PMGo to full article
Abby Brockway waves from atop a tripod erected on train tracks to a pair of engines passing on an adjacent track Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Everett, Wash. About a dozen demonstrators blocked the tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard to protest oil and coal export terminals in the Northwest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)An investigation into last year's spike in the number of deaths among track workers has concluded that some federal workplace safety standards should be extended to railroads. A report approved Wednesday ...
 
 

No charges for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart in fatal incident

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:39:15 PMGo to full article
File of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart during news conference in Hampton(Reuters) - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed a young driver, a county prosecutor said on Wednesday. Stewart, 43, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, during a non-NASCAR sprint-car race on Aug. 9 on a dimly lit part of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park track, about an hour's drive west of Syracuse. ...
 
 

Red Cross team attacked in Guinea

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:34:57 PMGo to full article
A health worker, left, is seen on his way to collect a man suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.(AP Photo/ Michael Duff)Incident occurred while group was collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola.
 
 

2 victims identified in shooting at Ala. UPS facility

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:27:23 PMGo to full article
Police vehicles are seen outside a UPS service center following a deadly shooting in Birmingham, AlabamaBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday released the names of the victims killed a day earlier in a murder-suicide at a UPS facility in Alabama, where police said an employee who had been fired shot dead two supervisors before turning the gun on himself. The victims in the Tuesday shooting in Birmingham were Doug Hutcheson, 33, and Brian Callans, 46, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office said. ...
 
 

New Jersey weighs crumbling roads, bridges vs gas tax hike

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:58:35 PMGo to full article
By Hilary Russ Montclair N.J. (Reuters) - The New York City suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, may be picturesque, but its roads are a mess. More than half of its 82 miles of roadways are in poor or fair condition. Just paving them would cost $9 million, not including curbs and other features, Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson told state lawmakers on Wednesday. "We learn to live with pot-holes, he said. "The economics are untenable." So are the politics, with elected officials reluctant to raise the state's gasoline tax, among the nation's lowest, to pay for repairs. ...
 

Wichita boxer crushed to death by six-ton tank: police

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:16 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - A Kansas boxer with Olympic aspirations was killed when a six-ton steel tank he was sandblasting fell on him, police and local media said on Wednesday. Tony Losey, 22, who had been ranked third in USA Boxing's 152-pound (69-kg) weight class, died at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, said Wichita Police Lieutenant James Espinoza. Espinoza said the steel tank, which was 12 to 14-feet-high (3.6-4.3 meters), had been sitting on some support racks when the tank shifted and fell on Losey. The accident happened at Boardman, a steel plate fabricator. ...
 

Dutch to send fighter jets to strike at IS in Iraq

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:21:43 PMGo to full article
AIR FORCE GROUNDS AGING F-16 FIGHTER JETSThe Dutch government says it will send six F-16 fighter jets to strike at the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.
 
 

Former Ohio congressman Traficant critical after farm accident: police

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:45:52 PMGo to full article
Democratic U.S. Rep. James Traficant (D-OH), a former sheriff turned convicted felon, steps out of h..By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Former U.S. congressman James Traficant of Ohio, who served seven years in prison for bribery, tax evasion and other crimes, was hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday after a tractor he was riding rolled over on him, police said. The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday and Traficant, 73, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, said Goshen Township Police Chief Steven T. McDaniel. ...
 
 

NFL sponsors should sever ties over scandals, majority in poll says

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:38:35 PMGo to full article
A man stands at a window lit by the NFL logo in New YorkBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half of Americans believe that brands should drop their sponsorship deals with the National Football League over its handling of players accused of domestic violence, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Among those surveyed, 30 percent said that the NFL's largest sponsors should sever their ties permanently with the league, while 24 percent said they should end their sponsorship for this season. ...
 
 

Florida poll shows Scott and Crist neck and neck in nasty campaign

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:58 PMGo to full article
Scott talks with reporters after visiting a campaign office in TampaBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Months of mud-slinging by Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist have made voters distrust both men in a hot race that is too close to call, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Six weeks before election day, the Quinnipiac University Poll found Republican Scott with support of 44 percent of likely voters, while 42 percent said they would vote for Crist, a former Republican running for his old job as a Democrat after he switched parties in 2012. ...
 
 

After fire at slain teen's memorial, protests erupt in Missouri

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:21 PMGo to full article
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Five people were arrested and two police officers injured in renewed violence overnight on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by a fire that destroyed a shrine to a black teenager killed by a police officer last month. Shots were fired and rocks and bottles thrown at officers in clashes between police and more than 100 protesters, which took place late Tuesday into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning. One area business was looted and vandalized, and a restaurant was set on fire, officials said. ...
 

For $265, learn how to survive a plane crash

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:46:24 PMGo to full article
In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, British Airways flight safety instructor Andy Clubb, center, instructs participants as theatrical smoke begins to fill the cabin simulator during a British Airways flight safety course at the airline's Cranebank training facility, near Heathrow airport in London. The half-day safety course, now open to frequent fliers willing to pay $265, encourages passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)They raced down the slide, one by one, like children on a playground. At the bottom, smartphone photos were snapped and high fives exchanged. The frequent fliers were all smiling and laughing — and quietly ...
 
 

13-year-old girl earns spot on middle school football team

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:15:52 PMGo to full article
Paige Smith made the Gladewater Middle School football team two years after coaches told her it would be impossible.
 

Not just a feeling: Middle class majorly squeezed

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:39 PMGo to full article
Jason Prosser Prosser and his wife are one of many struggling middle-class couplesWASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.
 
 

Terror threat surfaces in GOP campaigns

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:04 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks during a campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. "Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country," Brown, the former Massachusetts senator trying to unseat first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, says in a commercial. "President Obama and Sen. Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat. Not me." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)Latest ad shows lone militant with black Islamic State banner; effort to cast Democrats as weak on terrorism.
 
 

Massachusetts house where dead babies were found to be razed: reports

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:48:00 PMGo to full article
A police officer stands in front of the home where the bodies of three dead infants were found earlier in the week in BlackstoneBOSTON (Reuters) - Officials in Blackstone, Massachusetts, ordered the owner of a home where a 31-year-old woman was found living with the bodies of three of her dead children to tear the structure down, local media reported on Wednesday. The town's board of health voted at a meeting late Tuesday to order the destruction of the beige, one-story house. Investigators had found it filled with refuse a foot high in places, including dirty diapers and dead animals, and infested with vermin. The chairman of the board of health did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. ...
 
 

U.S. can't confirm death of Khorasan group leader: Rice

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:32:03 PMGo to full article
US national security adviser Susan Rice (L) pictured in Beijing on September 9, 2014Washington (AFP) - US airstrikes in Syria have had an "important impact," US national security adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday, but it is unclear if they have killed the head of the Khorasan group, an Al-Qaeda offshoot.
 
 

Ex-convict seeking comeback leads race for Providence mayor: poll

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:45:15 PMGo to full article
Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, former mayor and current mayoral candidate of Providence, answers a question during an interview in ProvidenceBOSTON (Reuters) - Former Providence, Rhode Island, mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, who served five years in prison after being convicted of racketeering, is leading in his bid to reclaim the job he held for 22 of the past 50 years, a poll released on Wednesday found. The 73-year-old candidate, running as an independent, has a narrow lead in a three-way race, though many voters said they remain undecided with six weeks to go until Election Day, according to the Providence Journal/WPRI-12 poll. Some 38 percent of 503 registered voters polled Sept. ...
 
 

Exclusive: Oil company rewrites its history, may aid founder's divorce case

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:19:50 PMGo to full article
CEO of Continental Resources Hamm enters the courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma CityBy Joshua Schneyer and Brian Grow OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oil driller Continental Resources Inc has been revising its corporate history in ways that diminish the publicly traded company’s accomplishments under CEO Harold Hamm, part of a legal strategy that might help Hamm avoid the largest divorce award in U.S. history. Downplaying his role in Continental’s success is central to Hamm’s chances of minimizing the financial blow from his divorce, lawyers say. ...
 
 

U.S. drone strike said to kill 10 in Pakistan

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:19:35 PMGo to full article
COAST TO COAST: NAVY'S BIGGEST DRONE ACCOMPLISHES IMPRESSIVE FEATISLAMABAD (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.
 
 

5 U.S. strikes hit Syria, Iraq targets

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:35 PMGo to full article
U.S. Navy handout shows F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron 213 landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush after conducting strike missions against Islamic State targets, in the GulfPentagon says U.S. forces destroyed two Islamic State armed vehicles, 8 other vehicles, weapons cache.
 
 

2 U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:49:33 PMGo to full article
A resident walks upon the debris of buildings which were damaged in what activists say was one of Tuesday's U.S. air strikes in Kfredrian, Idlib provincePentagon says group's staging areas in eastern Syria were targets.
 
 

NATO says Russia makes significant pullback from Ukraine

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:28:54 PMGo to full article
U.S. and European troops stand at attention during the opening ceremony of major international Anakonda-14 defense exercise at the National Defense Academy in Warsaw-Rembertow district, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. The 10-day exercise of the army, navy and air force from Poland, U.S. Canada and six other countries from northern and eastern Europe is to test their readiness to jointly react to security threats at a time of armed conflict in Ukraine, that also involves Russia. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO has observed a significant withdrawal of Russian forces from inside Ukraine, but many Russian troops remain stationed nearby, an alliance military spokesman said on Wednesday. "There has been a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine, but many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border," Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Janzen said in an e-mailed response to a request from Reuters for comment. "Some Russian troops remain inside Ukraine. ...
 
 

Three Seattle schools sealed off as man opens fire, attempts kidnap

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:56:54 AMGo to full article
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Three Seattle schools ordered students to "shelter in place" after a man opened fire with a handgun in the area and tried to lure several children into a car, police said late on Tuesday. Police responded to reports of gunfire in the Washington state city's Brighton neighborhood, south of downtown, around the time students usually leave school for the day, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. The man was also trying "to lure several children into his car", according to separate reports received by the department. ...
 

Activists: Air raids hit IS group in eastern Syria

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:32:24 AMGo to full article
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 10 airstrikes hit suspected Islamic State positions on Wednesday in an eastern Syrian town near the Iraqi border, activists said.
 

Mission accomplished: India joins Mars explorers

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:20 AMGo to full article
ISRO scientists and engineers cheerNEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.
 
 

Denver area students walk out over conservative history curriculum proposal

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:42:24 AMGo to full article
Pamona High School student Ciana Vrtikapa holds up a sign to passing motorists in a busy intersection near her school, during a multi-school protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in Arvada, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Students from several high schools walked out of class Tuesday in the second straight day of protests in Jefferson County. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.
 
 

UPS gunman had been fired before attack

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:22 AMGo to full article
A UPS warehouse has police cars and tape surrounding it on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before taking his own life, police said.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Police: Man who killed 2, himself at an Ala. UPS facility had been fired a day earlier.
 

 

 

 

 

ID: Human Rights in Somalia - 37th Meeting 27th Regular Session of Human Rights Council

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:25 PMGo to full article
Interactive dialogue on: - Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia A/HRC/27/71
 

ID: Human Rights in Somalia - 37th Meeting 27th Regular Session of Human Rights Council

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:25 PMGo to full article
Interactive dialogue on: - Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia A/HRC/27/71
 

Panel discussion on South Sudan - 36th Meeting 27th Regular Session of Human Rights Council

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:16 AMGo to full article
Panel discussion on the human rights situation in South Sudan
 

Panel discussion on South Sudan - 36th Meeting 27th Regular Session of Human Rights Council

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:16 AMGo to full article
Panel discussion on the human rights situation in South Sudan
 

Open Government Partnership, High-Level Side Event

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:12:10 AMGo to full article
This event is organized by the Mission of Indonesia
 

Switzerland, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:11:45 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

South Africa, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:11:17 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Syria: Supporting moderate voices, Ministerial meeting on Syria

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:10:49 AMGo to full article
This event is organized by the United Kingdom. The British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, is co-hosting with John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America, Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France,
 

Phillip Hammond (UK) and Hadi Al-Bahra (Syrian National Coalition) - Press Conference

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:10:06 AMGo to full article
Press Conference by H.E. Mr. Phillip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom and Mr. Hadi Al-Bahra, President of the Syrian National Coalition.
 

Honduras, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:09:28 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, President of the Republic of Honduras at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Honduras, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:09:03 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, President of the Republic of Honduras at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Montenegro, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:27 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Nigeria, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:50 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Costa Rica, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:21 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Chad, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:58:51 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Chad, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:58:23 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

走近吴红波 - 联合国气候峰会

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:56:48 AMGo to full article
9月23日,联合国秘书长潘基文将邀请各国政府、金融、企业和民间社会领袖参加联合国气候峰会,动员全世界采取气候行动,为2015年达成有意义的法律协定调动政治意愿。在峰会召开前,联合国负责经济与社会事务的副秘书长吴红波接受了我们的专访。
 

Spain, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:56:02 AMGo to full article
Address by His Majesty Don Felipe VI, King of the Kingdom of Spain at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Francois Hollande - Press Conference (24 September 2014)

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:39:47 AMGo to full article
Press conference by President Francois Hollande of France
 

Dominican Republic, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:36:52 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Women’s Right to Land – the Development Impact

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:13:39 AMGo to full article
Panel discussion organised by the Governments of Finland and Ethiopia together with UN Women.
 

Brazil, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:10:11 AMGo to full article
Address by Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Localizing from intergovernmental partnership in the implementation of the MDGs

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:07:34 AMGo to full article
National Perspective in localizing from intergovernmental partnership in the implementation of the MDGs. Organized by the Mission of Nigeria
 

Dominican Republic, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:06:16 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Towards inclusive societies: empowerment and education as a strategy to prevent genocide

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:05:18 AMGo to full article
Ministerial Side-Event The aim of the side event is to explore how to tackle the root causes of hate speech, in particular via targeted awareness raising and educational initiatives and programmes for online communication.
 

Lunch for Heads of State and Government (24 September 2014)

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:04:39 AMGo to full article
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States
 

Turkey, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:02:39 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Turkey, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:02:06 AMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Chile, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:01:32 AMGo to full article
Address by Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 

Bolivia, General Debate, 69th Session

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:27:04 PMGo to full article
Address by His Excellency Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).
 
 

 

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走近吴红波 - 联合国气候峰会

 
‎25 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:56:48 AMGo to full article
9月23日,联合国秘书长潘基文将邀请各国政府、金融、企业和民间社会领袖参加联合国气候峰会,动员全世界采取气候行动,为2015年达成有意义的法律协定调动政治意愿。在峰会召开前,联合国负责经济与社会事务的副秘书长吴红波接受了我们的专访。
 

illUmiNations: Protecting our Planet - directed by FISHER STEVENS

 
‎24 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:30:27 PMGo to full article
September 20, 2014, United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings lit up on Saturday night in a revolutionary call for climate action in connection with the Secretary-General's climate Summit. #climate2014.
 

联合国环境规划署亲善大使李冰冰专访

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:18:12 PMGo to full article
9月23日,联合国环境规划署亲善大使、中国著名影星李冰冰出席了联合国气候峰会,并发表了演讲。会后,李冰冰接受了联合国新闻部的专访。
 

联合国环境规划署亲善大使李冰冰在气候峰会上的发言

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:18:10 PMGo to full article
9月23日,联合国气候峰会在纽约联合国总部开幕。联合国环境规划署亲善大使、中国著名影星李冰冰表示,身为环境署的亲善大使,她对气候变化问题深为关注。她希望世界领导人能够就此采取迅速和雄心勃勃的行动。
 

Camera operators - UN News Centre's original series, A Day in the Life

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:43:24 AMGo to full article
The UN News Centre's original series A Day in the Life profiles how an array of UN staff positions contribute to the greater goals of the Organization as a whole.
 

Interpreters - UN News Centre's original series, A Day in the Life

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:30:41 AMGo to full article
The UN News Centre's original series A Day in the Life profiles how an array of UN staff positions contribute to the greater goals of the Organization as a whole. UN interpreters Laurence Viguie and Anthony Mango demystify their magical role.
 

Interpreters - UN News Centre's original series, A Day in the Life (long version)

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:30:05 AMGo to full article
The UN News Centre's original series A Day in the Life profiles how an array of UN staff positions contribute to the greater goals of the Organization as a whole. UN interpreters Laurence Viguie and Anthony Mango demystify their magical role.
 

Security - UN News Centre's original series, A Day in the Life

 
‎23 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:23:14 AMGo to full article
The UN News Centre's original series A Day in the Life profiles how an array of UN staff positions contribute to the greater goals of the Organization as a whole.
 

30米全球地表覆盖数据

 
‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:55:47 PMGo to full article
今天上午在联合国气候变化峰会即将举行之际,以习近平主席特使身份率团与会的中国国务院副总理张高丽9月22日在纽约联合国总部举行的一个仪式上签署了中国政府向联合国捐赠全球30米地表覆盖数据集(GlobeLand30 Datasets)的协议,潘基文秘书长对此表示欢迎。
 

走近吴红波

 
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对话吴红波

 
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9月16日,联合国大会第69届会议隆重开幕。在随后的两个星期内,全球140多位国­家元首或政府首脑将齐聚纽约,就国际形势、联合国各项议题以及重大国际和地区问题阐述­观点。作为联合国三大支柱之一,经济和社会问题是联大重点讨论的话题。我们将对话联合­国负责经济与社会事务的副秘书长吴红波,直击第69届联大。
 

The 69th General Assembly - The world is watching

 
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Video spot for the 69th General Assembly - The world is watching
 

Samoa: Island Voices, Global Choices

 
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Highlights from Film Festival in Remembrance of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

 
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Highlights from Film Festival in Remembrance of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade - The Educational Outreach Division of DPI has screened several award winning films from Hollywood and Independent producers in remembrance of slavery.
 

I'm for climate action

 
‎15 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:53:37 PMGo to full article
Climate Summit 2014 - Catalyzing Action Activists, celebrities and policy makers from around the world show their support for climate action in this UN Climate Summit video. #climate2014
 

Women Ambassadors Make History on the Security Council

 
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There are currently a record 6 women sitting on the 15-nation Security Council, making history at this venerable United Nations institution and sending a strong message about women's empowerment.
 

2014 United Nations Interns

 
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United Nations - 2014 Interns and staff members share their unique experiences about working as global citizens at the New York headquarters.
 

Climate Heroes, Stories of Change (Official Trailer)

 
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Momentum for Change | Official trailer: Actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder narrates an inspiring new documentary that takes the viewer on a trip around the world to see people taking action on climate change.
 

联合国周刊·20140912

 
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数以百计的儿童在伊拉克、叙利亚和加沙惨遭杀害;西非埃博拉疫情正变得更加复杂;世界经济仍未找到可持续的发展之路;臭氧层有望缓慢恢复;中亚国家存在数十万童工;全黑队携手儿基会改善儿童生活。
 

This Week at the UN – 12 September 2014

 
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Video highlights from the UN News Centre - this week's round-up includes children in armed conflict, Ebola, ozone layer recovery, global economy report, child labour in Central Asia, and rugby for a good cause.
 
 

 

 

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The Rothschilds have been in control of the world for a very long time, their tentacles reaching into many aspects of our daily lives, as is documented in the following timeline.  However, before you jump to the timeline, please read this invaluable introduction which will tell you who the Rothschilds are as oppose to who they claim to be.

The Rothschilds claim that they are Jewish, when in fact they are Khazars.  They are from a country called Khazaria, which occupied the land locked between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea which is now predominantly occupied by Georgia.  The reason the Rothschilds claim to be Jewish is that the Khazars under the instruction of the King, converted to the Jewish faith in 740 A.D., but of course that did not include converting their Asiatic Mongolian genes to the genes of the Jewish people.

You will find that approximately 90% of people in the world today who call themselves Jews are actually Khazars, or as they like to be known, Ashkenazi Jews.  These people knowingly lie to the world with their claims that the land of Israel is theirs by birthright, when in actual fact their real homeland is over 800 miles away in Georgia.

So, next time you hear an Israeli Prime Minister bleating about the so-called persecution of the Jews, consider this, every Prime Minister of Israel has been an Ashkenazi Jew.  Therefore when all these Prime Ministers have curried favour with the West for their re-establishment of a Jewish homeland, they have knowingly and deliberately lied to you, as they were never from that region, and they well know it, because it is they who call themselves Ashkenazi Jews.

The Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verse 9, states the following which would appear to be about these Ashkenazi Jews:

"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.

However, these are not the only bloodlines to worry about.  You are probably aware of the centuries old pratice undertaken by many Ashkenazi Jews whereby they would change their name, in order for them to appear part of the dominant race of the country in which they lived, so as they could obtain influential positions in that country, which they would then exploit to serve their real masters elsewhere.  There is plenty of evidence to prove the Rothschilds continue that deceptive tradition.

Furthermore the Rothschilds are known to sire many children secretly that they can put into positions of power when required.  This started with the very first man who took the name Rothschild, who had a secret sixth son.  Finally, remember the world is a diverse place, I could if I wanted change my name to Rothschild, or any of the names listed above, and that would not make me part of this family anymore than converting to Judaism in 740 A.D. will make these Ashkenazis Jewish.

Please, therefore, do not automatically assume someone you see with the name Rothschild or any of the names listed above are part of the Rothschild criminal network.  Furthermore and most importantly, the majority of Ashkenazi Jews are innocent and not part of this network.  Check the facts out for yourself first, this article is designed to inform people who the enemy is, not single out people of a particular race or people with a particular surname, who may have nothing to do with this Rothschild criminal network.
 

1743: Mayer Amschel Bauer, an Ashkenazi Jew, is born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Moses Amschel Bauer, a money lender and the proprietor of a counting house.

 

Moses Amschel Bauer places a red sign above the entrance door to his counting house. This sign is a red hexagram (which geometrically and numerically translates into the number 666) which under Rothschild instruction will end up on the Israeli flag some two centuries later.

 

1753: Gutle Schnaper, an Ashkenazi Jew (future wife of Mayer Amschel Bauer), born to respected merchant, Wolf Salomon Schnaper.

1760: During this decade Mayer Amschel Bauer works for a bank owned by the Oppenheimers' in Hanover, Germany.  He is highly successful and becomes a junior partner. Whilst working at the bank he becomes acquainted with General von Estorff.

Following his father's death, Bauer returns to Frankfurt to take over his father's business. Bauer recognises the significance of the red hexagram and changes his name from Bauer to Rothschild, after the red hexagram or sign signifying 666 hanging over the entrance door ("Rot," is German for, "Red," "Schild," is German for, "Sign").

 

Now Mayer Amschel Rothschild, he discovers that General von Estorff is now attached to the court of Prince William IX of Hesse-Hanau, one of the richest royal houses in Europe, which gained its' wealth by the hiring out of Hessian soldiers to foreign countries for vast profits (a practice that continues today in the form of exporting, "peacekeeping," troops throughout the world).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date 2003–2009 /2010

 

Location Darfur, Sudan
Belligerents
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Bandera Darfur.svg SLM (Minnawi faction)
Sudan LJM
Allegedly supported by:
 Chad
 Eritrea
Sudan Janjaweed
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African Union
 
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Sudan Khalil Ibrahim
Sudan Ahmed Diraige
Bandera Darfur.svg Minni Minnawi
Sudan Abdul Wahid al Nur
Sudan Omar al-Bashir
Sudan Musa Hilal
Sudan Hamid Dawai
Sudan Ali Kushayb
Sudan Ahmed Haroun
Rodolphe Adada
United Nations
Martin Luther Agwai
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  • 178,258-461,520 excess deaths
  • 2,850,000 Displaced (UN estimate)
  • 450,000 Displaced (Sudanese estimate)
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