(NYT) — An American tanker airplane used for midair refueling over Afghanistan crashed soon after departure on Friday from the Manas airport in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, according to an American official and local media reports.
A crew of five people were flying the airplane, a KC-135 Stratotanker, according to AKI Press, [...]
Postmedia News, William Marsden, April 14
WASHINGTON – The world’s two biggest polluters have signed what could be a groundbreaking agreement and “call to action” on the fight against escalating climate change.
The United States and China announced Sunday they would accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and [...]
Sydney Morning Herald, April 14
A seven-year-old girl is Beijing’s first human case of H7N9 bird flu, local authorities say as China’s outbreak of the disease spreads to the capital.
The girl, whose parents are poultry traders, was in a stable condition in hospital, the Beijing health bureau said on Saturday. Her mother and father [...]
Beijing says defence ministry and another site subjected to 1.7m attacks last year, two-thirds of which came from within America.
Reuters, February 28
Beijing – Two Chinese military websites were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the US, China’s defence ministry has said.
Earlier this [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Brian M Downing
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered U.S. special forces out of Wardak province. It lies southwest of and near to Kabul, where he resides – isolated and dependent on foreign protection.
The U.S. soldiers are said to have assisted local forces in kidnapping locals and beheading one of [...]
Globe and Mail reader Maggy Carter astutely comments on the death of the New Dehli gang rape victim.
According to the hospital head, the victim “passed away peacefully”. A curious phrase to describe death from such a horrific, violent, depraved, evil, inhuman atrocity. Is it the passage of time, the fact that she was heavily [...]
Slate, By Jen Swanson
India may be the world’s largest democracy, but it’s also one of the most dangerous countries for women.
As if the Haryana rape spree earlier this year, and the religious and political leadership’s indifference to it, weren’t awful enough, this week brought news of a horrific gang-rape of a 23-year-old [...]
Human rights tribunal hears allegations of abuse and low pay against clothing companies that supply high street stores
Guardian, By Gethin Chamberlain
Workers making clothes that end up in the stores of the biggest names on the British high street have testified to a shocking regime of abuse, threats and poverty pay. Many workers in [...]
Deutsche Welle, By Shamil Shams, November 23
Experts say that democratic forces in the so-called Developing Eight (D-8) Muslim nations are under threat and that economic progress could be impeded by the rise of Islamism in their societies.
The biennial economic summit of the Developing Eight (D-8) Muslim nations ended in Islamabad on Thursday with [...]
South China Morning Post, By George Chen, November 19
The man who built up Blackwater – the giant private security force that guarded US diplomats in some of the world’s most dangerous places, including Afghanistan and Iraq – sees Africa as his future.
After Erik Prince sold his firm to investors about two years ago, [...]
Reuters, By Gopal Sharma & John Chalmers, November 11
Kathmandu – Apart from a small bust of Chairman Mao beside his armchair, Nepali Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai flaunts no trappings of his revolutionary past: these days he talks of foreign investment, infrastructure projects and double-digit growth.
The trouble is that, since they handed over their [...]
Asia Times, By Peter Lee
China is looking for a “Western” pivot to counter the United States’ diplomatic and military inroads with its East Asian neighbors such as Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar.
For China’s strategists, as an interesting analysis in the Indian Express tells us, the “Western” pivot means nurturing the PRC’s continental [...]
Raw Story (via AP)
About 40 whales died in a mass stranding on the west coast of India’s remote North Andaman island in the Bay of Bengal, wildlife officials said on Thursday.
“The short-finned pilot whales were found by fishermen who alerted us and investigations show it was a case of mass stranding,” said Ajai [...]
AP, October 24
Beijing – China has decided to approve new nuclear power plants as part of plans to reduce reliance on oil and coal, ending the moratorium it imposed to review safety in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year.
The government’s decision Wednesday that nuclear power is safe for China takes the [...]
Aljazeera, October 25
A new wave of sectarian unrest in western Myanmar has left at least 20 dead, officials say, sparking an exodus of “thousands” of people and prompting the UN to express its grave concern.
Hundreds of homes were burnt on Thursday in the fresh outburst of unrest in Rakhine state, which was convulsed [...]