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Koinonia Institute presents its 2014 Strategic Perspectives IX Conference in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on DVD, intel and insight to understand the times.


DVD Set - 10 discs
Run time approximately 21 Hours
Dr. Chuck Missler: The Spiritual Entrepreneur
L.A. Marzulli: On the Trail of the Nephilim
Bill Salus: Nuclear Showdown in Iran: Revealing the Ancient Prophecy of Elam
Mark Biltz: The Blood Moons
Joseph Farah: ISIS SHMISIS: God's Mideast Peace Plan
Bob Cornuke: Amazing New Discoveries that Change Everything about the Location of Solomon's Temple
Louis Powell: China - The Sleeping Dragon
Ron Matsen: The Re-emergence of Assyria


Also featuring: Trevor MacDuff, Chris Corlett, Jeff Altus, Gordon McDonald, William Welty, Avi Lipkin, Dan Stolebarger, Kings Highway/Debbie Holland, Steve Elwart, John Loeffler, and Jay Seegert

 

Price R799.00

 

 

Strategic Perspectives Conference

Run time approximately 21 Hours

 

  • Avi Lipkin - Russia, Ukraine, ISIS at the Gates
  • Dr. William Welty - Surviving God’s Discipline of a Nation
  • Dr. Dan Stolebarger - The Future is Now: Koinonia Institute Small Group Fellowship
  • Ron Matsen - The Reemergence of Assyria?
  • The King’s High Way Panel - The King’s High Way Ministries with Debbie Holland and Tim Tyler
  • Louis Powell - China: The Sleeping Dragon
  • Mark Biltz - The Blood Moons 
  • Dr. William Welty - I, Jesus an Autobiography 
  • Steve Elwart - WWIII: A Hundred Year Old Prophecy 
  • Joseph Farah - ISIS-SCMISIS: God’s Middle East Plan 
  • Dr. Chuck Missler - The Spiritual Entrepreneur: The Encroaching Darkness 
  • John Loeffler - Stumbling Toward an Omega Point 
  • Jay Seegert - Evolution: Problem or Problematic 
  • L.A. Marzulli - On the Trail of the Nephilim 
  • Bill Salus - Nuclear Showdown in Iran: Revealing the Ancient Prophecy of Elam
  • Bob Cornuke - Amazing New Discoveries: The Temple

Also featuring bonus workshop sessions:

  • Trevor MacDuff - Discipleship
  • Chris Corlett - Education is an “Everyman” Strategic Perspective
  • Jeff Altus - Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act?
  • Gordon McDonald - Guard Your Heart
  • Louis Powell - Koinonia Institute

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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.

What is REALLY going on in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt?
Who is going to deal with the nuclear Iran?
Will Israel go it alone?
What about America’s political future and what is on its' 2013 horizon?

Most Americans are totally unaware that the sacred Bill of Rights has been essentially
eliminated; how, when and by whom?

Europe - The State of Dis-Union and its Islamization.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Briefing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary of some of the
Strategic Trends that will impact all of us.

© 2012 Koinonia House Inc.

This briefing pack collection contains 4 hours of teaching

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4 M4A Files
Color, 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region 0 encoding

 This DVD will be viewable in other countries WITH the proper DVD player and television set.)

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World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:47:27 PMGo to full article
Map shows main migration routes into EU countries; 2c x 4 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 114 mm;DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.
 
 

Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:44:00 PMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo West African migrants walk on train tracks on their way towards the border with Macedonia near the town of Evzonoi, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.
 
 

For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:42:37 PMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo a migrant from Cameroon feeds 10-months-old Kendra Koffi on their way to the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Polikastro, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.
 
 

Brazil joining Beijing-backed infrastructure investment bank

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:15:12 PMGo to full article
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says it has accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international infrastructure bank.
 

Saudi Arabia blames 'technical failure' for Yemen jet crash

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:04:21 AMGo to full article
A Yemeni man carries a box of ammunition he took from a military depot in Aden, Yemen, Friday, March 27, 2015. Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, has seized the city since Wednesday. Looters have then taken weapons and ammunition from two abandoned army camps. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Saturday blamed a "technical fault" for forcing two of its pilots in an F-15 to eject over waters south of Yemen during a mission amid a bombing campaign targeting Shiite rebels in the country.
 
 

Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:55:19 AMGo to full article
Sauber driver Raffaele Marciello of Italy steers his car during the first practice session for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month.
 
 

Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:49 AMGo to full article
This photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows a view of the Boao Forum in its opening in Boao on Hainan island in southern China, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Guo Cheng) NO SALESBOAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.
 
 

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:15:19 AMGo to full article
This Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 image shows Ngwe Thein, 42, who has been living on an island near Benjina, Indonesia for three years, after being forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay, he said. In the wake of an AP report on fishermen who were enslaved, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, Thai lawmakers voted unanimously to create tougher penalties for violating the country's anti-human trafficking law, including the death penalty. But in a Thursday email, Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division said, "The Thailand government has made repeated verbal commitments to get tough with traffickers but every time real follow-up has been lacking." In the meantime, Thein is one of the thousands of men who are waiting. (AP Photo/APTN, Esther Htusan)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.
 
 

Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo

 
‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:20:12 AMGo to full article
Maria Muzinga, a Pygmy, cooks in the village of Mukondo, in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on November 16, 2014Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Since colonial times, they have cohabited uneasily with majority Bantus, who are accused of exploiting the Pygmies, paying them meagre wages -- or with alcohol and cigarettes -- and generally treating them as inferior beings.
 
 

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:08:26 PMGo to full article
Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, as they chant slogans during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their allies, military officials said.
 
 

Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:03:09 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, women's rights activist Wei Tingting, right waits outside a court where the first court case in China involving so-called conversion therapy is held in Beijing, China. A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday, March 27, 2015 it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group’s offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy of five women’s rights activists including Wei Tingting whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny. T-shirt reads "We want to watch gay movies." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group's offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women's rights activists whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny.
 
 

Yemen's Aden a key battleground in conflict

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:02:03 PMGo to full article
A Yemeni man carries a box of ammunition he took from a military depot in Aden, Yemen, Friday, March 27, 2015. Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, has seized the city since Wednesday. Looters have then taken weapons and ammunition from two abandoned army camps. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country's president and Shiite rebels and their allies.
 
 

Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:06:36 PMGo to full article
Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov (C) dances during a state celebration of the Nowruz holiday marking the beginning of spring in Tashkent on March 21, 2015Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family. "Without a strong government there will be chaos in society," Karimov told a small group of voters at a Wednesday meeting in the Uzbek capital Tashkent aired by state media. All of the other candidates were put forward by parties that back his rule and the best known of them is famed for angrily rebutting accusations of shocking government rights abuses abroad. As he moves toward another seven years in power, Karimov's main concern may be what to do with his daughter Gulnara -- a pop-singing, corruption-tainted tycoon once seen as a potential successor -- who dramatically fell from grace in an apparent palace power struggle.
 
 

With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:41:35 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Saturday, April 27, 2013 file photo, an Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia, once known for epic famines that sparked global appeals for help, has a booming economy and big plans these days, with several muscular, forward-looking infrastructure projects undertaken by the government that have fueled talk of this East African country as a rising African giant. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.
 
 

Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:29:42 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, workers from Myanmar load fish onto a Thai-flagged cargo ship in Benjina, Indonesia. An intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.
 
 

US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:49:38 PMGo to full article
In this March 23, 2015, photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, second from left, talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second from right, during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Lagarde said Sunday that China's economic slowdown is legitimate and that Beijing can contribute to global prosperity. U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.
 
 

Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:47:45 PMGo to full article
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday.
 

Bernie Ecclestone casts doubt on German, Italian GPs

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:43:15 PMGo to full article
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the second practice session for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia Friday, March 27, 2015.(AP Photo/Thomas Lam)SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The German Grand Prix could remain off the sport's calendar after this year's cancellation, and the iconic Italian GP may be next to go, Formula One commercial head Bernie Ecclestone said Friday.
 
 

Indian companies scramble to find women directors

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:42:45 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 file photo, Nirupama Rao, Indian ambassador to the United States, speaks with reporters in Charleston, South Carolina. India's market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has set a deadline of April 1 for all of the country's listed companies to name at least one female director. On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Network-18, the Ambani-led media company that owns television channels CNN-IBN and CNBC in India, appointed Rao, a former foreign secretary, as an independent director on the board of the company. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)NEW DELHI (AP) — As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives.
 
 

Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:31:42 PMGo to full article
Men walk past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, March 27, 2015. Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets on Friday recovered their poise after the previous day's losses when investors were spooked by the escalating conflict in Yemen. However, oil prices slipped back from Thursday's sizeable advance when traders worried about the conflict's impact on oil supplies.
 
 

Image of Asia: Waiting to pay respects to Singapore's Lee

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:55:40 PMGo to full article
Tents are set up to provide shade for members of the public, as they stand in line to pay their respects for the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)In this photo by Wong Maye-E, tents in a grassy area in front of the Singapore skyline provide shade for people standing in line to pay their respects for the city-state's late founder Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House, where his body is lying in state. Some 230,000 people have viewed Lee's coffin, and the government discouraged more people from coming to the venue because of the long waits. Prime minister for 31 years, Lee is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub of gleaming glass towers and broad, immaculate streets. He died Monday of pneumonia and his funeral attended by several heads of state is scheduled for Sunday.
 
 

Singapore overwhelmed by huge crowds mourning founding leader Lee

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:51:06 PMGo to full article
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his body lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015Tens of thousands of Singaporeans braved waits of up to 10 hours outside parliament Friday to pay their last respects to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, despite appeals from overwhelmed officials to honour him elsewhere. The city-state, famous for its clockwork handling of major events like the night-time Singapore Grand Prix, seemed unprepared for the scale of the outpouring of grief since their 91-year-old first prime minister died on Monday. "Members of the public are strongly advised not to join the queue at the Padang now," said a government advisory which urged mourners to go instead to 18 community sites to pay homage to Lee, who is revered for transforming Singapore from a British colonial outpost into one of Asia's richest societies. Mourners are now being given only a few seconds to file past the former leader's brown wooden casket draped with the red-and-white Singapore flag in the parliament lobby.
 
 

Chevron sells stake Australian refiner as energy prices fall

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:01:07 PMGo to full article
Chevron plans to sell its 50 percent stake in the Australian oil refiner Caltex Australia Ltd. as energy prices continue to slide.
 

Beijing assures Olympic security as 2022 bid inspections end

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:17:54 PMGo to full article
Alexander Zhukov, center, chairman of The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission watches as he tours a ski field in Chongli town, near the Zhangjiakou, near the Zhangjiakou,in China's Hebei Province Thursday, March 26, 2015. Leaders of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics said Wednesday the capital's notorious air pollution will be much improved by the time of the games. The IOC will select the host city on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Wang Zhao, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials said Friday they can provide a secure environment for a Winter Olympics in Beijing, as IOC evaluators wrapped up their five-day inspection tour of the city's 2022 bid.
 
 

Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:57:42 AMGo to full article
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the center of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody after a Thai court on Friday rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal. Turkey and China both claim the detainees as nationals in a dispute with potential implications for hundreds of other suspected Uighur detainees and to where they should be repatriated. Thai police detained the group, all from the same family, in March 2014 after they illegally entered Thailand overland from Cambodia. The family claimed to be Turkish and, while still in detention, were issued with passports by the Turkish Embassy and granted permission to travel to Turkey.
 

Yemen weighs on Asian shares, Japan gains on stimulus hopes

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:08:48 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Oct. 2, 2015 file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are edging lower in midday trading Thursday, March 26, 2015, extending the market’s losses to a fourth day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were lackluster Friday as investors monitored violence in the Middle East but Japan's market rose after weak economic data boosted hopes for more central bank stimulus.
 
 

Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:28:04 AMGo to full article
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after signing a condolences book for the late Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, at the Singapore Embassy in TokyoBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen the constraints of Japan's pacifist, postwar constitution on the military. In announcing the invitation to the Japanese leader, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Abe's speech would be an opportunity for Americans to hear from a close ally about ways to expand cooperation on economic and security priorities. Trade is an important component of President Barack Obama's diplomatic and security "pivot" to Asia.
 
 

US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:02:59 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.
 

Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

 
‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:05:06 AMGo to full article
Houthi fighters sit on a tank near the Presidential Palace in SanaaBy Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at the Shi'ite Houthis and allied army units, who have taken over much of the country and seek to oust Hadi. Warplanes resumed bombing the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday evening, shaking whole neighborhoods and terrifying residents. We live near the airport, where we think a lot of the Houthi leaders are living and many of the air strikes are." Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in a televised speech Yemenis would confront the "criminal, unjust and unjustified aggression" by Saudi Arabia.
 
 

U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:24:15 PMGo to full article
A ranger walks behind a pair of black rhinoceros at the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation Park near Marondera in this file photoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it had found that $550,000 in proceeds generated from two planned hunts in the southern African country will go to conservation and granted permits for them, including the one sold at the Texas auction. Animal protection groups said the decision sends the wrong message. Poachers, many from impoverished Mozambique, in 2014 killed more than 1,200 rhinos in South Africa, home to almost all of the animals in Africa, for their horns.
 
 

Maldives jails ex-defense minister for 11 years

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:11 PMGo to full article
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in Maldives on Thursday sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm.
 

Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:48:23 PMGo to full article
By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after neighboring Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen that targeted Iran-backed Houthi rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president. "The collapse of Yemen as a political reality and the power of the Houthis will enable Iran to expand its presence on both sides of the Bab el-Mandeb, in the Gulf of Aden and in the Red Sea. Already discrete numbers of Iranian naval vessels regularly sail these waters," J. Peter Pham of U.S. think tank the Atlantic Council said.
 

Russian, American ready for a year in space

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:19:44 PMGo to full article
From left: U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, attend a news conference in the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled on Saturday, March 28.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The Russian astronaut heading off for a year in space says he'll miss the natural landscapes on Earth. His American counterpart jokes he won't miss his twin brother.
 
 

Japan PM Abe to address joint session of U.S. Congress

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:46:58 PMGo to full article
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after signing a condolences book for the late Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, at the Singapore Embassy in TokyoBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen restraints on Japan's pacifist postwar constitution. In announcing the invitation to the Japanese leader, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Abe's speech would be an opportunity for Americans to hear from a close ally about ways to expand cooperation on economic and security priorities. Trade is an important component of President Barack Obama's diplomatic and security "pivot" to Asia.
 
 

Factbox: Middle East oil, gas shipping risks; alternative routes

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:22:05 PMGo to full article
Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a push by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard. Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Iraq -- together with nearly all the liquefied natural gas (LNG) from lead exporter Qatar -- must slip through a four-mile-wide (6.4 kilometer) channel between Oman and Iran. More than 85 percent of the crude oil that moves through it is sent to Asia -- mainly Japan, India, South Korea and China. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain and responsible for an area that includes the Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean, said it would not allow any disruption of traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.
 

U.S. 'troubled' by Thai leader's threat to execute journalists

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:48:24 PMGo to full article
Thai PM Chan-ocha speaks at the Stock Exchange of Thailand in BangkokThe United States said on Thursday it was troubled by reports that the head of Thailand's military junta had threatened to execute journalists who do not report the truth and hoped he was not serious. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a coup in May last year, told a gathering of reporters on Wednesday he would "probably just execute" journalists who did "not report the truth." He may have meant the comments in jest, but according to journalists present, he delivered them without a smile. "We are of course troubled by reports that General Prayuth said that he would 'execute' journalists who do not report the 'truth,'" a representative of the U.S. State Department said. "We sincerely hope that this threat was not a serious one ... Statements like this, even if not serious, contribute to an atmosphere where ... freedoms are suppressed." It was the latest expression of U.S. concern about developments in Thailand, a long-time U.S. treaty ally.
 
 

World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:59:18 PMGo to full article
Map shows main migration routes into EU countries; 2c x 4 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 114 mm;DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.
 
 

US, UN press Europe to make strong return to peacekeeping

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:05:36 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Spanish U.N peacekeepers patrol the area where a rocket fell short in Lebanon several kilometers north of the Israeli border, near the village of el-Meri, southern Lebanon. Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe’s militaries register new threats close to home, they’re now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well.
 
 

Yemen conflict hits stocks hard but sends oil price surging

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:02:16 PMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The stock market drifted lower, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, following a drop in durable goods orders and news of a big merger between Kraft and Heinz. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabian strikes on key military installations in Yemen hit stock markets hard Thursday and sent oil prices surging.
 
 

Yemen shuts major ports due to conflict: sources

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:08:37 PMGo to full article
DOHA (Reuters) - Yemen shut its major seaports on Thursday, industry and local sources said, after neighboring Saudi Arabia and Arab allies launched military operations including air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting Yemen's Western-backed president. "All major seaports were shut down on Thursday due to the rising conflict," said an industry source. Local sources in Yemen confirmed the closure. Yemen exports about 1.4-1.5 million barrels of Masila crude each month, mainly to China. ...
 

For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:40:41 AMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo a migrant from Cameroon feeds 10-months-old Kendra Koffi on their way to the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Polikastro, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.
 
 

Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:34:55 AMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo West African migrants walk on train tracks on their way towards the border with Macedonia near the town of Evzonoi, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.
 
 

Canadian jailed in US for smuggling horns, ivory

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:18:37 PMGo to full article
A US judge jailed a Canadian antiques dealer for two-and-a-half years on Wednesday for smuggling rhinoceros horns, seen here, coral and elephant ivoryA US judge jailed a Canadian antiques dealer for two-and-a-half years on Wednesday for smuggling rhinoceros horns, coral and elephant ivory. Xiao Ju Guan, also known as Tony Guan, was arrested in March 2014 after buying two endangered black rhinoceros horns from undercover special agents in New York for $45,000.
 
 

New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:21:37 PMGo to full article
Afghan President Ghani addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in Asia, and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country. In a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Ghani said Afghanistan owes a "profound debt" to the thousands of U.S. troops killed and wounded in the war that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ghani, who became president last year, has been feted in Washington during a five-day trip to the United States seeking to repair ties frayed under his predecessor, Hamid Karzai. Lawmakers also are considering President Barack Obama's request for authorization of his military campaign against Islamic State, which has met stiff resistance on Capitol Hill.

 

 

US stocks head lower following drop in durable goods

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:30:04 PMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The stock market drifted lower, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, following a drop in durable goods orders and news of a big merger between Kraft and Heinz. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market headed lower Wednesday following a drop in durable goods orders and news of a big merger between Kraft and Heinz.
 
 

Afghan president says his country owes 'profound debt' to US

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:55:55 PMGo to full article
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, and Vice President Joe Biden applaud. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, trying to repair relations with the U.S., told Congress on Wednesday that his country owes a "profound debt" to the more than 2,200 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
 
 

Guam airmen to deploy to Afghanistan

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:51:36 PMGo to full article
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Officials say nearly 100 Guam Air National Guard members will be deployed to Afghanistan in the fall.
 

Emotions raw as Singapore pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:35 PMGo to full article
The body of Singapore's ex-premier Lee Kuan Yew lies in state at Parliament House on March 25, 2015Singaporeans wept on the streets and queued in their thousands Wednesday to pay tribute to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew after his flag-draped coffin was taken on a gun carriage to parliament for public viewing. More than 26,000 had filed past the coffin before sundown, a government spokesman told AFP, and thousands more were in line outside despite warnings that it could take them up to eight hours to view the casket. After a two-day private wake for the family, Lee's coffin was taken early Wednesday from the Istana government complex, Lee's workplace for decades as prime minister and cabinet adviser, to the legislature. The government led by his son Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, apparently surprised by the heavy turnout on day one, announced that Parliament House would stay open for 24 hours a day until Saturday night due to the "overwhelming response from members of the public".
 
 

AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:03:36 PMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 image from video, a former slave from Myanmar who goes by the name Mozet, center, one of several slaves who escaped or ran away while Thai trawlers were docked at the Benjina port, cuts planks from a tree to earn money for food. Because the men were brought to Indonesia illegally - many after being tricked, sold or kidnapped by Thai brokers - they do not have any official documents and live in constant fear of being arrested. (AP Photo/APTN)A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.
 
 

Global summit in Botswana tackles illegal wildlife trade

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:58:17 PMGo to full article
A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) officer stands near a burning pile of elephant ivory seized in kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, 2015Politicians, activists and conservation experts meeting in Botswana on Wednesday vowed to fight the booming illegal wildlife trade that is decimating populations of elephants, rhinos and other threatened species. Warning that "the time to act is now", delegates from 30 countries pushed for concrete progress on pledges made at a conference in London last year that was hailed as a turning point in the battle to protect endangered animals. Elephants, rhinos and tigers are among those targeted by poachers and illegal traffickers. "Today is an opportunity to maintain and build on the high level of political commitment we saw in London a year ago and to agree essential new measures to tackle the trade," British politician Lord de Mauley told the conference.
 
 

Macau rolls out the red carpet for Asian Film Awards

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:52:40 PMGo to full article
Members of the K-Pop music band "Infinite" arrive at the 9th Asian Film Awards in Macau on March 25, 2015Asia's movie greats converged on the gambling hub of Macau Wednesday as the city rolled out the red carpet for the Asian Film Awards. The awards, organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and aimed at promoting regional cinema, are in their 9th year. Movie heavyweights including China and India take on newer talents from Taiwan and the Philippines this year, with Hong Kong director Ann Hui's "Golden Era" -- a biopic of acclaimed Chinese writer Xiao Hong -- leading the pack with five nominations. "You'd better give one to me, at least, or I will have to walk away with nothing," she joked when asked about the number of nominations the movie has.
 
 

Image of Asia: Supporting India's team in Cricket World Cup

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:48:34 PMGo to full article
Indians perform a Hindu fire ritual during a prayer ceremony in support of the Indian cricket team on the eve of the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal match against Australia, in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)In this photo by Ajit Solanki, Indians perform a Hindu fire ritual during a prayer ceremony in Ahmadabad in support of the Indian cricket team on the eve of the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal match against Australia. The two teams have a heated rivalry and have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles. The winner of Thursday's semifinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground advances to Sunday's final against New Zealand.
 
 

World stocks drift as Fed, China weakness weigh

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:37:47 PMGo to full article
HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets drifted Wednesday as investor sentiment was kept in check by the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates as well as the lingering fears about China's weakening growth.
 

AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:21:20 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, workers from Myanmar load fish onto a Thai-flagged cargo ship in Benjina, Indonesia. An intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
 
 

China says proposed Asian bank might have branches abroad

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:32:23 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — China says its proposed Asian bank might have regional offices in other countries in a new move to mollify concern it will be a Chinese political tool.
 

What to Watch in the Australia vs India World Cup semifinal

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:33:26 AMGo to full article
Australia's captain Michael Clarke, left, chats with David Warner after batting practice for the Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Australia will play India in a World Cup semifinal on Thursday to gain a place in the final against New Zealand.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia and India have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles and have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade. When the teams meet in the World Cup semifinal on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, there's bound to be some friction. Both captains have attacking mindsets in the 50-over format, and the top order of both batting lineups are stacked with free-hitting players, so there's also bound to be some entertaining and enterprising cricket.
 
 

Taiwan activists fan China fears as protest trial opens

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:31:51 AMGo to full article
Activists push a ball reading "constitution reformation" during a sit-in to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the Sunflower Movement outside the Legislative Yuan in TaipeiBy Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Anti-China activists told a court in Taiwan that their weeks-long protest campaign last year saved the island from further economic colonization by Beijing, in defense statements given at the start of their trial on Wednesday. The protests, dubbed the "Sunflower Movement", marked the largest display of anti-China sentiment seen in Taiwan for years and followed nearly a decade of rapprochement between the two historical foes. Some 119 activists stand accused of stirring public unrest and attacking police during protests aimed at blocking a controversial trade deal that Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou had signed with China. "What would Taiwan be like now if we hadn't organized those protests?" Chen Wei-ting, one of eight main protest leaders on trial, told the court.
 
 

AP investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:05:49 AMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, workers from Myanmar load fish onto a Thai-flagged cargo ship in Benjina, Indonesia. An intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
 
 

Asia stocks drift lower as Fed, China weakness weigh

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:44:23 AMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock indexes are mixed in morning trading on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a strong performance last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Asian stocks drifted mostly lower Wednesday as investor sentiment was kept in check by the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates following improved economic data as well as the lingering fears about China's weakening growth.
 
 

AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:37:46 AMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, Kyaw Naing, a slave from Myanmar, looks through the bars of a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. After working for three years on a Thai trawler, sometimes enduring beatings with the bones of sting ray, he begged his captain to let him return home. "All I did was tell my captain I couldn't take it anymore, that I wanted to go home," Naing says. "The next time we docked, I was locked up." (AP Photo/APTN)BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
 
 

Telefonica sells O2 to Hutchison Whampoa for £10 bn

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:58:17 AMGo to full article
Spain's Telefonica said it would sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25 billion in a deal that could create Britain's biggest mobile phone firmSpain's Telefonica said it would sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25 billion in a deal that could create Britain's biggest mobile phone firm. "A definitive agreement has been reached after the finalisation of the process of due diligence on O2 UK," the Spanish firm said in a statement, adding the deal was worth the equivalent of 14 billion euros ($15.2 billion). Subject to regulatory approval, Hutchison Whampoa will make an initial payment of £9.250 billion and a further £1.0 billion later once O2 reaches an agreed cash flow level, it said. It is the latest purchase in a spending spree by Hutchison's owner, Hong Kong investment tycoon Li Ka-shing, one of Asia's richest men.
 
 

Indonesian tycoon sues government to stop key opposition party defecting to president

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:39:34 AMGo to full article
Aburizal Bakrie (C), the head of Golkar Party walks as he enters a plenary session at the Golkar Party National Conference in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of BaliBy Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian tycoon Aburizal Bakrie is suing the government in a bid to keep control of the country's biggest opposition party and prevent it defecting to President Joko Widodo's minority coalition. The opposition Golkar party controls 14 percent of parliamentary seats and would give Joko's coalition control of over half the parliament, easing fears of political gridlock in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Bakrie, the patriarch of the sprawling family-owned Bakrie Group conglomerate, has filed a legal challenge against last week's ministerial decree that gave the Golkar chairmanship to a rival faction sympathetic to the president. A law ministry spokesman said the government, which intervened after being asked by Golkar to resolve months of political infighting, would see the legal process through.
 
 

Germanwings, Lufthansa's response to battle for budget travelers

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:33:59 AMGo to full article
By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - The Airbus which crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday was operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings, a budget airline that has grown to become the German flag-carrier's main short-haul operator as it battles competition from no-frills rivals. It was the first crash in the history of Cologne-based Germanwings, which was founded in 2002 and operates flights between European cities and to some holiday destinations in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Acquired by Lufthansa in 2009, the airline was kept deliberately small for many years so as not to compete with its parent company. Germanwings now carries around 16 million passengers per year and operated a fleet of 78 aircraft as of October 2014, comprising Airbus A319, A320 and A330 planes as well as Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
 

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:32:50 AMGo to full article
By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe's aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers. The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world's most intensively used together with its main rival, the Boeing 737. Put together with the rest of the A320 family of twin-engined, single-aisle jets -- the A318, A319 and A321 -- more than 6,000 are in use several times a day, whether feeding passengers into hubs for traditional carriers or fuelling the growth of low-cost airlines. "The A320 family has a very good safety record considering that there is a fleet of ... 6,000 aircraft out there," said Paul Hayes, safety director at UK consultancy Ascend.
 

Vietnam wants full lifting of US arms embargo

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:34:55 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vietnam wants the U.S. to lift fully an embargo on arms sales that was eased last year, but Washington is calling for more progress by the communist-governed nation on improving human rights, their respective ambassadors said Tuesday.
 

Utah's adoption of firing squads bucks global trend

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:02:36 PMGo to full article
Utah's decision to reintroduce the firing squad as an execution method if lethal injections drugs are unavailable bucks an international trend.
 

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:51:32 PMGo to full article
By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe's aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers. The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world's most intensively used together with its main rival, the Boeing 737. Put together with the rest of the A320 family of twin-engined, single-aisle jets -- the A318, A319 and A321 -- more than 6,000 are in use several times a day, whether feeding passengers into hubs for traditional carriers or fuelling the growth of low-cost airlines. "The A320 family has a very good safety record considering that there is a fleet of ... 6,000 aircraft out there," said Paul Hayes, safety director at UK consultancy Ascend.
 

Spain's Telefonica sells O2 to Hutchison Whampoa for £10 bn

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:50:15 PMGo to full article
Spain's Telefonica said Tuesday it will sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10 billion in a deal set to create one of Britain's biggest mobile phone firmsSpain's Telefonica said Tuesday it will sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10 billion in a deal set to create one of Britain's biggest mobile phone firms. Subject to regulatory approval, Hutchison Whampoa will make an initial payment of 9.250 billion pounds and a further 1.0 billion later once O2 reaches an agreed cash flow level. It is the latest purchase in a spending spree for Hutchison's owner, Hong Kong investment tycoon Li Ka-shing, ranked as Asia's richest man.
 
 

Telefonica to sell UK phone operator O2 to Hutchison Whampoa

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:25:36 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — European cell phone operator Telefonica SA said Tuesday it has reached an agreement to sell its British business, O2, to Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.24 billion).
 

Germanwings, Lufthansa's response to battle for budget travelers

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:54:46 PMGo to full article
By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - The Airbus which crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday was operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings, a budget airline that has grown to become the German flag-carrier's main short-haul operator as it battles competition from no-frills rivals. It was the first crash in the history of Cologne-based Germanwings, which was founded in 2002 and operates flights between European cities and to some holiday destinations in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Acquired by Lufthansa in 2009, the airline was kept deliberately small for many years so as not to compete with its parent company. Germanwings now carries around 16 million passengers per year and operated a fleet of 78 aircraft as of October 2014, comprising Airbus A319, A320 and A330 planes as well as Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
 

Tug-of-war between China, Turkey over suspected Uighurs in Thailand

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:53:55 PMGo to full article
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A group of suspected Uighur Muslims has become the focus of a diplomatic tug-of-war in Thailand between China and Turkey, with both countries wanting to repatriate them and hundreds of other suspected Uighurs detained in Thailand as illegal immigrants. The family, who use the name Teklimakan, have spent most of the past year in the main police immigration detention center in Bangkok. The group claimed to be Turkish and, while still in detention, were issued with passports by the Turkish Embassy and granted permission to travel to Turkey. China insists the 17 detainees are Chinese Uighurs who should be returned to the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang, according to court documents seen by Reuters.
 

Singapore's visionary draws followers in Africa

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:23:37 PMGo to full article
By Edmund Blair and Clement Uwiringiyimana NAIROBI/KIGALI (Reuters) - Few world leaders transform their own nations, let alone create a model that dozens of other countries seek to emulate. Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, who died this week aged 91, did both. Rwanda has come as close as any in Africa to emulating Singapore's rags-to-riches rise, though not in the same spectacular style -- annual per capita income is still roughly 100th that of the Asian state's. The landlocked nation of 10 million people boasts years of sturdy economic growth, pristine streets and donor praise, although critics of President Paul Kagame's government say gains have come at the cost of political freedom.
 

Image of Asia: Singapore's Lee meets mourners for his father

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:37:10 PMGo to full article
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks to a pre-school student who told him that his father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, has gone to heaven, during a private family wake at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)In this photo by Wong Maye-E, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks to a preschool student who told him that Lee's father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, has gone to heaven, during a private family wake at the Istana, or Presidential Palace. The prime minister also visited a memorial at Parliament House on Tuesday in honor of his father and the nation's founder, who died Monday at age 91 after being hospitalized several weeks with pneumonia. The government has declared seven days of national mourning, and flags are flying at half-staff on state buildings. Outside the prime minister's office, mourners laid cards and flowers and lined up to sign condolence books.
 
 

Obama allies recruit top Democrats to promote trade pacts

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:39:12 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks during an interview at his Statehouse office in Boston. President Barack Obama’s allies are recruiting high-profile Democrats to help combat liberal resistance to his bid for new trade agreements. A new pro-trade advisory board being announced March 24 includes Patrick and former US. Trade Representative and Dallas mayor Ron Kirk. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's allies are recruiting high-profile Democrats to help combat liberal resistance to his bid for new trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere.
 
 

As Lee era ends, Singapore braces for change as young worry about future

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:25:44 PMGo to full article
By Saeed Azhar and A. Ananthalakshmi SINGAPORE (Reuters) - If Lee Kuan Yew represented the Singapore of yesteryear, his death this week raises the question of whether the generation of leaders in waiting will reshape the mould that transformed the city-state from a colonial backwater to a haven of prosperity. While Lee had long retired from active leadership, his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is still the standard-bearer of a free-market model that relied on efficiency, low taxes, zero tolerance for corruption and a distaste for the welfare state. Years of galloping growth have led to income inequality, resentment over immigration, overcrowded trains and expensive housing, issues that knocked the PAP's share of the vote down to 60 percent from 67 percent in elections four years ago. Since then, the PAP has faced calls to abandon what one senior party member dubbed a policy of "growth at all costs".
 

After Lee, Singapore looks beyond his authoritarian legacy

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:24:31 PMGo to full article
Singapore wants to shed its image as a dull, rules-based society and develop a vibrant local arts sceneThe death of Lee Kuan Yew has generated calls for Singapore to escape the shadow of its authoritarian founder and his "culture of fear", and begin a debate on embracing freedoms needed to power growth and innovation. The 91-year-old patriarch who died Monday transformed Singapore into a high-tech industrial hub and financial centre but also entrenched a system notorious for one-party rule, the muzzling of the press and curbing of political liberties.
 
 

China executes three for Kunming attack

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:54:42 AMGo to full article
Police walk past abandoned luggage at the scene of an attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan province, on March 2, 2014China executed three people on Tuesday for a mass stabbing in Kunming that killed 31 people last year, the country's top court said, with authorities blaming the attack on separatists from mainly Muslim Xinjiang. Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death for "leading a terrorist organisation and intentional homicide", the Supreme People's Court said in a microblog post. China uses both lethal injection and shooting for executions, but the method used this time was not specified. The bloodshed in Kunming, in the southwestern province of Yunnan, saw more than 140 people wounded and was dubbed "China's 9/11" by state-run media.
 
 

China executes three men convicted in mass stabbing at train station

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:06:55 AMGo to full article
Police stand near luggage left at the ticket office after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station, Yunnan provinceChina executed three accused separatists on Tuesday for their role in an attack that killed 31 people at a train station in the southwest last year, a court said. The government has said the attack, in the city of Kunming, was carried out by knife-wielding separatists from the far western region of Xinjiang, which is located on the borders of Central Asia. The three men who were executed, Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad, were sentenced to death in September after being convicted of homicide and leading a terrorist organization, the Kunming Intermediate People's Court said. A higher court later upheld the sentence, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
 
 

Australian watchdog to block Qantas-China Eastern agreement

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:26:18 AMGo to full article
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's competition watchdog said Tuesday it was leaning toward blocking a tie up between Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines because it could increase fares on the popular Sydney-Shanghai route.
 

Beijing mayor promises frugal, smog-free Winter Games

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:25:43 AMGo to full article
Beijing's Acting Mayor Wang delivers his government work report speech during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Municipal People's Congress at Beijing Conference CentreIf Beijing wins the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics they will be both frugal and free from the city's notorious smog, the city's mayor was quoted as saying in a state-run newspaper on Tuesday. "Holding the Games in a frugal way is not a slogan, it's a reality," Mayor Wang Anshun said, according to the official China Daily. "We will make full use of our current sports facilities and strictly control construction costs." Beijing, along with the nearby city of Zhangjiakou jointly bidding for the Games, is playing host this week to an evaluation team from the International Olympic Committee. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 summer Olympics to broad acclaim, is planning to make use of existing facilities to lessen the costs.
 
 

ADB president: China-led bank potential partner, not rival

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:00:57 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, left, poses with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for a photo at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The president of the Asian Development Bank says a proposed Chinese-led regional bank is a potential partner instead of a rival and the ADB is talking with Beijing to share its experience. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)BEIJING (AP) — The president of the Asian Development Bank says a proposed Chinese-led regional bank is a potential partner rather than a rival and the ADB is talking with Beijing to share its experience.
 
 

China says it agrees with India to maintain border peace

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:26:45 AMGo to full article
China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi and India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval shake hands during a photo opportunity before their meeting in New DelhiChina and India have agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along their Himalayan border while they work on resolving a long-festering boundary dispute, China's foreign ministry said after talks in New Delhi. The talks are aimed at fixing a dispute over the border that divides Asia's largest nations, part of a push to make progress on the festering row before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits China. China's foreign ministry said in a statement released on Monday both countries would build on the results of previous negotiations and push forward in "the correct direction".
 
 

Trial begins in Philippines of US Marine charged with murder

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:10 AMGo to full article
U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, third left, the suspect in the Oct.11, 2014 killing of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude at the former U.S. naval base of Subic, northwest of Manila, is escorted into the courtroom for his scheduled trial Monday, March 23, 2015 at Olongapo city, Zambales province, northwest of Manila, Philippines. Pemberton was tagged as the suspect in the killing which the protesters termed as a "hate crime" against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Filipinos. (AP Photo/Jun Dumaguing)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after allegedly discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel went on trial in a Philippine court Monday.
 
 

For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:25:09 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, aromatherapist Emma Arkell poses for a portrait with one of the natural remedies for the skin and body she makes near Winchester, England. Evidence is growing that gender equity is not just politically correct window-dressing, but good business. Yet while companies are trying to increase the number of women in executive positions, many are struggling because of a failure to adapt workplace conditions in a way that ensures qualified women do not drop off the corporate ladder. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.
 
 

Pakistan: Short-range nukes needed to deter India

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:06:22 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan needs short-range "tactical" nuclear weapons to deter arch-rival India, a top adviser to its government said Monday, dismissing concerns it could increase the risk of a nuclear war.
 

Pakistan: Short-range nukes needed to deter India

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:51:53 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan needs short-range "tactical" nuclear weapons to deter arch-rival India, a top adviser to its government said Monday, dismissing concerns it could increase the risk of a nuclear war.
 

Black Keys cancel Asia tour over drummer injury

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:08:09 PMGo to full article
The Black Keys, pictured here near Paris on August 25, 2012, cancelled a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan because of drummer Patrick Carney's (L) shoulder injuryThe Black Keys have scrapped a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan due to drummer Patrick Carney's injury, which earlier led to the cancellation of European dates. The US garage rock duo called off 12 shows in the three countries scheduled for April, saying that Carney was working with doctors to recover from a broken and dislocated shoulder. The duo said it anticipated to keep dates at summer music festivals including Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Governors Ball in New York and Rockwave in Greece. The Black Keys have won an international audience with their raw guitar-driven rock.
 
 

Experts warn African elephant numbers likely to decline

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:36:49 PMGo to full article
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A high rate of elephant poaching in parts of Africa was unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year, meaning that a continued decline in elephant numbers is likely, according to a study released Monday at a conservation meeting in Botswana.
 

Factbox - Yemen risks: separatism, sea lanes, Qaeda, poverty, sectarianism

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:10:41 PMGo to full article
Houthi fighters and loyalists of Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi are locked in a power struggle that diplomats say risks drawing in neighboring Saudi Arabia and its main regional rival Iran. SECTARIANISM The political crisis threatens to pit Yemen's two main Islamic sects against each other. Zaydi Islam, an offshoot of Shi'ism, predominates in the northern highlands while Sunni Shafi'i Islam is the majority school in the south and east. The Houthis are a Zaydi Islamist militia group which says it has no sectarian agenda.

 

 

Obama to host Japan's Abe for state visit in April: White House

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:34:00 PMGo to full article
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in TokyoU.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House for a state visit next month as part of Abe's eight-day visit to the United States, officials said on Monday. Abe will go to the White House on April 28 for meetings with Obama on a range of economic and security issues as well as a formal state dinner, the White House said in a statement. Obama and Abe will discuss a number of global topics, "including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan's expanding role in the alliance and climate change," it added, referring to a 12-nation trade pact still to be finalized.
 
 

Image of Asia: Bowing in respect to late Singapore founder

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:30:23 PMGo to full article
A man bows to pay his respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at a community club where members of the public can gather to express their condolences, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Singapore. Singaporeans wept and world leaders paid tribute Monday as the Southeast Asian city-state mourned the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew. The government announced that Lee, 91, "passed away peacefully" several hours before dawn at Singapore General Hospital. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)In this photo by Wong Maye-E, a man bows to pay his respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at a community club where members of the public can express their condolences in Singapore. Singaporeans wept over the death of the city-state's founding father on Monday, and the government declared seven days of national mourning with a state funeral on Sunday. Boards were set up at Parliament House and other locations and a website was created where people can leave condolence messages.
 
 

Stocks mostly turn lower after gains in Asia

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:23:17 PMGo to full article
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a press conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 20, 2015. The European Union committed 2 billion euros ($2.15 billion) on Friday to help Athens deal with what even EU leaders now call the "humanitarian crisis" hitting Greeks in the wake of the financial crisis that left the nation on the brink of bankruptcy.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)LONDON (AP) — European stocks fell and Wall Street was set for a modest open on Monday despite gains in Asian markets overnight.
 
 

All roads lead to Singapore: Asians study Lee Kuan Yew's mantra

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:00:20 PMGo to full article
By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Dozens of Asia's best and brightest government officials each year join what has become known as the "Mayors' Class" - studying good governance, economic management and how to make their countries work like Singapore. Their mentors at two of the city-state's top universities are high-flyers from Singapore's political, government and financial sectors, who reveal the secrets of what it takes to make a country efficient, competitive, and rich. Equally, many of the students are drawn by Singapore's "managed" democracy, a system forged in the image of its first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday aged 91, that extols one-party rule, keeps a tight rein on the press and rewards politicians with executive-level wages. As a result, dozens of countries are sending civil servants to study the Singapore way.
 

Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:21:12 AMGo to full article
People arrive to grieve at an area set aside earlier for messages of support at a hospital where Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Yuan Yew passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died Monday, the government said. He was 91. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared.
 
 

Lee's authoritarian legacy may fall short for new Singapore

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:14:43 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 17, 2007, file photo, Singapore's then former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, left, is greeted by Italian Premier Romano Prodi, right, at the Chigi Premier's palace in Rome. Lee brought prosperity to Singapore with an authoritarian system designed to outlast him, but that legacy may be ill-suited for the 21st-century challenges facing the tropical city-state. One of the last of a generation of Southeast Asian strongmen, Lee died Monday, March 23, 2015, at age 91. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)SINGAPORE (AP) — Lee Kuan Yew brought prosperity to Singapore with an authoritarian system designed to outlast him, but that legacy may be ill-suited for the 21st-century challenges facing the tropical city-state.
 
 

Indonesian president says China's main claim in South China Sea has no legal basis

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:01:11 AMGo to full article
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo leads a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in JakartaBy Kanupriya Kapoor and Linda Sieg JAKARTA/TOKYO (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo says one of China's main claims to the majority of the South China Sea has no legal basis in international law, but Jakarta wants to remain an "honest broker" in one of Asia's most thorny territorial disputes. Widodo's comments in an interview with a major Japanese newspaper come as he embarks on a visit to Japan and China and is the first time he has taken a position on the issue since coming to power in October. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas.
 
 

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:37:45 AMGo to full article
In this Nov. 12, 1978 photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Lee Kuan Yew, left, welcomes then-Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping in Singapore. Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore’s founder Lee for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee’s model of “Asian values,” combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China’s own blueprint for modernity. Most significantly, late Chinese leader Deng looked to Singapore, with its ethnic Chinese majority, as he embarked on his country’s economic reforms in the late 1970s. Those changes would spur three decades of rapid growth and lift China from the grinding poverty and political dysfunction that were legacies of Mao Zedong’s centrally planned economy. Lee, who died Monday, March 23, 2105 at age 91, and Deng established a close relationship during their several meetings, sharing a starkly practical approach, hard-headed manner and similarly ruthless bent when their wills were defied. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Guiyu) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore's founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee's model of "Asian values," combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China's own blueprint for modernity.
 
 

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:14 AMGo to full article
In this Saturday, March 21, 2015, photo, a Malaysian Muslim woman poses for a photo during the religious spring festival Holi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and water at each other. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)People threw colored powder and water at each other in Malaysia last week to celebrate the Hindu Holi festival of colors, while rooftop police watched over Tiananmen Square as China wrapped up its annual National People's Congress.
 
 

Factbox: World leaders' tributes for Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:47:57 AMGo to full article
World leaders expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, who died on Monday aged 91.
 

Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:43:42 AMGo to full article
People pay their respects at Singapore General Hospital following the death of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23, 2015Singapore plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the iron-fisted politician who forged a prosperous city-state out of unpromising beginnings. His son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, issued a statement before dawn announcing the passing of his 91-year-old father at Singapore General Hospital following a long illness. Onlookers chanted "Mr Lee, Mr Lee" as a white hearse carrying his remains entered the Istana state complex at midday for a two-day private family wake before lying in state at Parliament House. US President Barack Obama led world leaders in hailing Lee, who turned a small territory lacking its own natural resources into a world player in finance, trading and shipping -- all the while with a heavy political grip that was long decried by rights campaigners.
 
 

Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:33:27 AMGo to full article
A man bows as he pays his respects to late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Tanjong Pagar community club, in the constituency which Lee represented as Member of Parliament since 1955, in SingaporeBy Rujun Shen and Lee Rou Urn SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial center. U.S. President Barack Obama described Lee, who ruled Singapore for three decades, as "a true giant of history" whose advice on governance and economic development had been sought by other world leaders down the years. Lee had receded from public and political life over the past few years, but he was still seen as an influential figure in the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his eldest son. He inspired us, gave us courage, and brought us here," a choked Prime Minister Lee said in a live television address on Monday.
 
 

Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:50:50 AMGo to full article
File photo of Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee smiling as he attends the LKY School of Public Policy 7th anniversary dialogue session in SingaporeBy Rujun Shen and Lee Rou Urn SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre. U.S. President Barack Obama described Lee, who ruled Singapore for three decades, as "a true giant of history" whose advice on governance and economic development had been sought by other world leaders down the years. Lee had receded from public and political life over the past few years, but he was still seen as an influential figure in the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his eldest son. "To many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore." Lee died at 3:18 a.m. (1918 GMT) at Singapore General Hospital, where he had been admitted on Feb. 5 suffering from pneumonia.
 
 

Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:34:53 AMGo to full article
A quote attributed to Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lies among earlier messages of support for him at the hospital where he passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died Monday, the government said. He was 91. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans wept and world leaders paid tribute Monday as the Southeast Asian city-state mourned the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew.
 
 

Cyclone on course to smash into Australian coast a second time

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:21:12 AMGo to full article
A home damaged by Cyclone Marcia is pictured without a roof and with some walls gone in the coastal town of YeppoonBy James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three days after making landfall, Cyclone Nathan continued to threaten Australian coastal communities, with 400 residents of a remote northern island on Monday ordered to evacuate after meteorologists warned the storm was intensifying. It is the second time since late February that people living in Goulburn Island off Australia's Northern Territory have had to evacuate to escape a tropical cyclone. "Police have the power to force people to evacuate," said regional controller Commander Bruce Porter of the Northern Territory Police. Tropical cyclones typically weaken rapidly over land, where they are cut off from their primary energy source - warm water.
 
 

Time running out for wild African elephants: experts

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:59:48 AMGo to full article
The latest figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature show that the African elephant population dropped from 550,000 in 2006 to 470,000 in 2013African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts warned on Monday at a major conservation summit in Botswana that highlighted an alarming decline in numbers due to poaching. The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China -- which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade. The conference heard latest figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which reported that the African elephant population had dropped from 550,000 in 2006 to 470,000 in 2013. "The overall objective of this meeting is to secure commitments at the highest political level to effectively protect the elephants and significantly reduce the trends of killings of elephants," said Elias Magosi, from the Botswanan environment ministry.
 
 

Slum kids confront sexism as India grapples with abuse of women

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:12:40 AMGo to full article
By Nita Bhalla MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Standing before a classroom packed with teenagers, Yojana Salunke begins her weekly one-hour lesson on a subject which many experts say is crucial to helping India address one of its biggest challenges - gender inequality. As India grapples to stem rising violence against women, activists say classes like these - which confront traditional gender roles and challenge sexism amongst the youth – are key to changing attitudes and curbing widespread gender abuse. We talk about how boys and girls are equal as human beings, but how we treat girls differently," said Shakir Parvez Shaikh, 15, a student at the Shahaji Nagar Municipal Hindi School in Mumbai's Cheeta Camp area. I didn't realize before ... I think it's unfair." BARRAGE OF THREATS From female feticide, child marriage and dowry killings to rape and domestic violence, Indian girls and women face a barrage of threats, say experts, largely because of age-old patriarchal attitudes that view them as inferior to men.
 

Obama praises Singapore's longtime leader as a visionary

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:23 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to modern Singapore's founding leader, calling him a "giant of history" as well as one of the great strategists of Asian affairs.
 

Obama mourns death of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, calls him 'true giant'

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:48:29 AMGo to full article
President Barack Obama offered condolences on Sunday on the death of Lee Kuan Yew, calling Singapore's first prime minister "a true giant of history." Obama said in a White House statement that he appreciated Lee's wisdom, including during discussions they held on the president's trip to Singapore in 2009 when Obama was formulating his Asia-Pacific policy. "He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs," Obama said of Lee, who died at age 91.
 

Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:06:07 AMGo to full article
Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee speaks during his book launch at the Istana in SingaporeBy Saeed Azhar SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state's rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial center, died on Monday aged 91. Although Lee had receded from public and political life over the past few years, he was still seen as an influential figure in the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his oldest son. "The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. It said he had died at 3:18 a.m. local time (3:18 p.m. EDT) at Singapore General Hospital, where he had bee admitted on Feb. 5 suffering from pneumonia.
 
 

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:27:18 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister Lee Kuan Yew died Monday, the prime minister's office said. He was 91. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)SINGAPORE (AP) — Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died Monday, the government said. He was 91.
 
 

Lee Kuan Yew's legacy seen in vibrant, controlled Singapore

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:43:03 PMGo to full article
Former PM Lee waves to audience during Singapore's 49th National Day Parade at floating platform in Marina BayLee Kuan Yew, a towering figure in post-colonial Asia, oversaw tiny Singapore's transformation from British tropical outpost to an affluent, global city in just over a generation, setting the example for developing economies from China to Dubai. He retained English as Singapore's working language as a means of keeping the peace between the island's Chinese majority and Malay and Indian minorities and focused very early on in making "clean and green" Singapore, which turns 50 this year, one of Asia's most liveable and corruption-free countries. The People's Action Party (PAP), co-founded by Lee, has ruled Singapore since six years before independence, and while it has propelled the city-state into a gleaming financial hub, it has also been criticized for heavy-handed government with little tolerance of dissent. Under Lee, a huge fan of late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, political opposition and independent media were not allowed to flourish in the same way as the economy, a state of affairs that persists to this day.
 
 

India's Modi faces opposition from farmers to land reforms

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:29:25 PMGo to full article
India's Prime Minister Modi attends India's Republic Day parade in New DelhiBy Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought on Sunday to stave off farmer protests against his efforts to make it easier for businesses to buy land, after opposition to the bill overshadowed a burst of progress on economic reform. Tussles over land acquisition have locked up hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure developments, and looser rules are important for Modi's vision of building modern cities and industrial corridors crisscrossing India. In a radio address, Modi said amendments to the land act would benefit farmers but also added that state governments could opt out, in a conciliatory message after accusations that he was seeking to push through reforms without discussion. "The changes that we are making to the law, the drawbacks that we are fixing for the benefit of farmers, the steps that we are taking ... if any state does not want to accept it, they are free to do so," he said.
 
 

US first lady urges Cambodian students to seek more freedoms

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:36:25 AMGo to full article
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, takes a tour of Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to stay in school and take advantage of their education to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Michelle Obama urged Cambodian students to finish their education and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality on a landmark visit to a Southeast Asian country that has been ruled by an authoritarian strongman for decades.
 
 

Chinese envoy due in India for Himalayan border row talks

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:01:21 AMGo to full article
A Chinese envoy will hold talks in India from Sunday aimed at fixing a dispute about the Himalayan border that divides Asia's largest nations, part of a push to make progress on the festering row before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits China. China's special representative, Yang Jiechi, will visit India from Sunday until Tuesday for the eighteenth round of boundary talks, India's foreign ministry said in a statement.
 

Singapore's founding leader Lee 'weakens further': govt

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:25:51 AMGo to full article
A poster of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew is surrounded by messages of support and flowers outside the Singapore General Hospital where he remained critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit in Singapore on March 21, 2015The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on Sunday as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said. The 91-year-old, one of Asia's towering post-colonial leaders, has been in the Singapore General Hospital for more than six weeks and is being aided by mechanical ventilation, a form of life support. "Mr Lee Kuan Yew has weakened further today," said a statement from the office of his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who visited him in hospital. Singapore media reported that the prime minister mingled early Sunday with well-wishers outside the hospital block where his father was being cared for under tight security.
 
 

Indonesia leader eyes investment, defence on Japan trip

 
‎22 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:15:28 AMGo to full article
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, pictured in Jakarta on March 12, 2015, is kicking off a week-long tour of Japan and China aimed at attracting investment and boosting defence co-operationIndonesian President Joko Widodo will arrive in Tokyo late on Sunday, kicking off a week-long tour of Japan and China aimed at attracting investment and boosting defence co-operation. I would like to ask Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for co-operation on this issue," Widodo said in footage aired by Japan's public broadcaster NHK. Widodo, who took office in October, will be in Japan until Wednesday and will meet Abe as well as Japanese businessmen. Widodo told the Yomiuri Shimbun that he and Abe would sign a memorandum on boosting defence co-operation.
 
 

US first lady urges Cambodian students to seek more freedoms

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:35:20 PMGo to full article
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, takes a tour of Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to stay in school and take advantage of their education to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to finish their education, follow their dreams and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country.
 
 

S. Korea, China, Japan revive talks after history disputes

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:11:36 PMGo to full article
From right, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose during the 7th trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Meeting for the first time in three years, the foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan agreed Saturday to work together to improve ties strained by historical and territorial issues and restore trilateral summit talks among their leaders.
 
 

Top South Korea, Japan, China envoys agree to work for a summit soon

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:46:31 PMGo to full article
Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang make a toast during a banquet at the South Korean Foreign Minister's residence in SeoulBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China agreed on Saturday that a summit meeting of their leaders, on hold for nearly three years because of tensions over history and territory, should be held soon to mend the countries' ties. The ministers were meeting, also for the first time in three years, in a bid to restore what had been a regular forum to discuss cooperation until it collapsed over what Seoul and Beijing saw as Japan's reluctance to own up to its wartime past. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a joint news conference much depended on Japan proving it was serious about recognizing its wartime past. South Korea and China see Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to recast Japan's war record in a less apologetic tone as an attempt to whitewash history, and have urged him to uphold former leaders' statements of apology.
 
 

Beijing says Winter Games bid a spur to fight smog

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:43:27 PMGo to full article
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will spur the city in its fight against a serious air pollution, a senior official said on Saturday, putting an overall figure of $7.6 billion on efforts to tackle the issue. While Beijing made strenuous efforts to clean up its air in time for the 2008 summer Olympics, the city still suffers from terrible smog, so bad on occasion that it forces the airport to shut and envelops everything with a thick, choking haze. "I think this is a fact -- Beijing's air at the moment has a problem. This is a problem that we have great determination to resolve," Wang Hui, spokeswoman for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee, told a news briefing.
 

South Korea, China, Japan vow to hold leadership summit

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:32:19 PMGo to full article
(R-L) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meet in Seoul on March 21, 2015The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan pledged to set up a trilateral leadership summit at "the earliest" opportunity as they met in Seoul on Saturday for the first time in nearly three years. The talks were an effort to calm regional tensions stoked by territorial disputes and historical rows with roots in Japan's colonisation of the Korean peninsula and occupation of parts of China before and during World War II.
 
 

US First Lady urges Cambodian girls to hold leaders accountable

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:54:52 AMGo to full article
US First Lady Michelle Obama hugs students during her visit to a school in Siem Reap province on March 21, 2015Michelle Obama called on schoolgirls to stay in school to push for equality and hold their leaders accountable on Saturday during the first trip by a sitting US president's wife to Cambodia. The First Lady is visiting Cambodia -- ruled by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen for the last thirty years -- to highlight what she has described as a "crisis" in women's education with 62 million girls around the world denied schooling, primarily for economic or cultural reasons. "When girls get educated, when they learn to read and write and think, that gives them the tools to speak up and talk about injustice and demand equal treatment," she said in a speech to Peace Corps volunteers in Siem Reap.
 
 

US first lady in Cambodia to promote girls' education

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:26:04 AMGo to full article
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is greeted by Bun Rany, the first lady of Cambodia, as she arrives at Siem Reap International Airport on Friday, March 20, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama's Friday evening arrival in Cambodia comes after a three-day visit to Japan. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plans to meet Cambodian students Saturday to hear their stories and share America's perspectives on education as part of a campaign to help girls around the world stay in school.
 
 

Abe to be first Japan PM to address joint session of US Congress

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:33:07 PMGo to full article
Shinzo Abe is expected to become the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of the US CongressShinzo Abe is expected to become the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of the US Congress next month, crowning a visit focused on deepening trade and military ties. Abe is due to make the speech during a trip to Washington at the end of next month, diplomatic and legislative sources told AFP, with an official announcement expected soon. Few Japanese politicians have ever addressed Congress and none have done so in a coveted joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives. Japan's neighbors, which have perennially strained ties with Tokyo given the bitter legacy of World War II and ongoing territorial disputes, were muted in their reaction.
 
 

AP Interview: Pele backs Blatter for 5th term running FIFA

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:19:43 PMGo to full article
Brazilian soccer legend Pele poses with a sandwich he prepared, during a media opportunity at a restaurant in London, Friday, March 20, 2015. Pele will attend the match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Pele is supporting Sepp Blatter's bid to continue running world football as the FIFA president prepares for his toughest-ever election battle.
 
 

Forests shrink; 70 percent now less than 1 km from edge

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:14 PMGo to full article
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Farms, roads and towns are fast slicing up the world's wilderness, leaving 70 percent of the world's remaining forested land less than one km (half a mile) from a forest edge, a U.S.-led study showed on Friday. The report, by two dozen researchers on five continents and using data the covers the past 35 years, said a rising human population was putting more pressure on forest animals and plants, which suffer greater risk of extinction as their habitats become fragmented. "We found the results surprising and frightening," Nick Haddad, a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina University who led the study, told Reuters. "The signs are all still downwards." The Amazon and Congo basins were the main areas where vast tracts of forests remained far from human activity, according to maps published with the study in the journal Science Advances.
 

FIFA kicks off 2026 World Cup bidding; 2022 start left open

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:11:59 PMGo to full article
FIFA President Joseph Blatter, right, and Secretary General, Jerome Valck, left, attend a press conference following the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on Friday, March 20, 2015. Among many topics, the Committee discussed the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (AP Photo/Keystone,Ennio Leanza)ZURICH (AP) — Before even agreeing on a kickoff date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA has begun the search for a host in 2026.
 
 

Annual greenhouse gas emissions from forests drop by a quarter, U.N. says

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:05:49 PMGo to full article
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yearly carbon emissions from the world's forests have dropped by more than 25 percent in the last 15 years, a U.N. agency said on Friday. The decrease in annual emissions, which cause global warming, is largely due to slowing rates of global deforestation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported. "Deforestation and forest degradation increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but forest and tree growth absorbs carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emissions," FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva said in a statement.

 

 
 

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