04/25/2015CHINA Most wanted graft suspects in the United States and Canada The list of 100 names includes 40 who fled to the US and 26 to Canada, most from Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces. Extradition will be difficult because China has few treaties with other countries. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Wednesday released a list of names of 100 fugitives sought under a new programme codenamed Sky Net launched earlier this month.
04/24/2015THAILAND Thai Prime Minister asks Indonesia for help against illegal fishing by Weena Kowitwanij The European Union has threatened to suspend fish imports from Southeast Asia unless Thailand does not move against banned fishing practices. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha met the Indonesian president to discuss a common strategy against illegal fishing. Thai admiral says, “We shall do it.”
04/23/2015BANGLADESH Cricket: Bangladeshi fans delirious after resounding defeat of Pakistan by Sumon Corraya The "Tigers" have beaten the "green shirts" for the third consecutive time in a series of individual matches. Hundreds of thousands of fans take to the streets to celebrate the sporting success. It is the first time that Dhaka has chalked up such a victory against one of the best Asian teams.
04/23/2015NORTH KOREA Pyongyang seeks English teachers to "revive tourism" The government has given a mandate to an agency in London to find young volunteers, willing to pay over a thousand dollars for the privilege of teaching the language to the native guides. The move "will help to break distrust and preconceptions that have persisted for more than 60 years."
04/23/2015INDIA New Delhi, farmer commits suicide during anti-corruption demonstration by Nirmala Carvalho The man hanged himself from a tree while he a protest was being held against the controversial "anti-farmer" law (Land Acquisition Bill). In a note he wrote that his crop was destroyed. The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal accused of not having stopped the rally.
04/23/2015JAPAN-CHINA Yasukuni visit, a few hours after meeting between Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping The sanctuary remembers the fallen of the wars. These include personalities considered war criminals by the international community. Visits to Yasukuni fuel economic tensions and territorial claims. Demands for a "profound apology" to mark the anniversary of the Second World War.
04/22/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi The heads of state and government from the two continents want to scrap the "outdated ideas" that underscore the Bretton Woods system and existing international financial institutions. Indonesian President Widodo calls on leaders to "work together" for a "global leadership". Observers wait to see if Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet. Iran’s president calls for more efforts to fight terrorism.
04/22/2015PAKISTAN – CHINA Beijing “buys” Pakistan for US$ 45 billion Xi Jinping and Nawaz Sharif signed 51 agreements for projects related to the "New Silk Road". A China-Pakistan Economic Corridor linking Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea and the Karot dam are among the ambitious goals. Agreements include roads, port facilities and power stations.
04/22/2015EGYPT – ISLAM Mohamed Morsi’s 20-year sentence is “too light," he escaped “the death penalty" The trial of the former president is the first of four that await him. Yesterday’s verdict refers to the events of 5 December 2012 when Morsi gave orders to attack and kill protesters who accused him of seeking to impose a dictatorship. The spokesman of the Catholic Church in Egypt was an eyewitness to the violence of the Islamist regime. There are some small signs of improvement in security situation and the economy.
04/21/2015THAILAND Thailand’s ruling junta to focus on the economy and social peace by Weena Kowitwanij Retired general and current Prime Minister Prayuth outlined government’s priorities: economic growth, security and the fight against corruption. He called on all Thais to work for peace and the good of the country. Tourism grows by 23 per cent. The government plans to promote social policies and boost international relations against a background of authoritarianism.
04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.
04/21/2015JAPAN Japan, train sets 603 km / h speed record Central Japan Railway test runs a train in Yamanashi province at a speed never achieved before. First 286 km of track that can accommodate the new technology is already under construction, and will be covered in just 40 minutes. Plans to market the new trains in 2027 and most attractive market is America
04/20/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA In the "spirit of Bandung", Asia and Africa to boost global south cooperation by Mathias Hariyadi Sixty years after the historic conference that marked the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, heads of state and government meet again to boost multilateralism, economic growth and sustainable development. However, divisions among the leading nations – including China and Japan – are likely to limit the summit’s results.