04/18/2014IRAN - UNITED NATIONS Nuclear deal: Iran diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile The International Agency for Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announces results. The United States responds by unfreezing funds for US$ 450 million. Hope remains for a final deal by next July. Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) -
Iran has diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile in
accordance with the deal reached in Geneva with the 5 +1 group (United States,
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04/18/2014LAOS - THAILANDIA Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk The huge barrage under construction on the Laotian section of Mekong River is located near active fault lines and is therefore vulnerable to seismic activity. There is a 30 per cent chance of a medium-sized earthquake in the next 30 years, and a 10 per cent chance of a magnitude 7 tremor. Builders claim instead that the project complies with all earthquake safety rules
04/16/2014CHINA Dongguan: 40,000 workers down tools again Strike hits Yue Yuen, a company that works for giants such as Nike, Adidas and Timberland. Workers complain about the level of payments for pensions, want higher wages, better medical insurance, and injury compensation.
04/16/2014JAPAN Japan’s whalers want to return to sea "soon" The Japanese organization for whalers proposes a change in program to international community to in exchange for the resumption of activities. They also seek an injunction against the environmental movement Sea Shepherd, which follows the whalers to boycott them at sea.
04/15/2014ASIA Asia home to world’s biggest arms traders This was revealed by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI). After the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and India are - in this order - among the top 10 nations.
04/14/2014KUWAIT Kuwait invests 27 billion to upgrade refineries The project aims to increase production capacity and reduce pollution. Contracts signed with the UK's Petrofac, US-based Fluor and Japan's JGC Corporation. Most of the other companies South Korean .
04/14/2014AFGHANISTAN Elections in Afghanistan, exit polls put Abdullah Abdullah in the lead The Independent Electoral Commission has scrutinized about 500 thousand votes in 26 provinces . The candidate of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA, Islamic democracy) is in the lead with 41.9% , followed by Ashraf Ghani with 37.6% . Final results expected for April 24.
04/10/2014SRI LANKA Tamil and Sinhalese New Year celebrated together at fair and equitable exhibition by Melani Manel Perera Organised by the Savisthri women's movement in Colombo, the event aims to promote more sustainable trade between producers and buyers. Goods on sale included rice, cereals, shoes and handmade clothes, jewellery, sweet meat, jaggery and honey. This year, both Tamil and Sinhalese communities will celebrate the New Year on 14 April.
04/09/2014SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS Drought in Syria could bring hunger to 6.5 million people According to the United Nations, rainfall since September has been less than half the long-term average, reducing wheat yields. This comes at a time when food parcels to Syrian families were cut by 20 per cent because of a drop in donors' contribution.
04/08/2014KOREA Number of North Korean refugees in South Korea up this year Despite rising risks, statistics show that in the first quarter of this year show, 360 North Koreans fled Kim's regime seeking refuge in the southern part of the peninsula. However, it is impossible to know how many have decided to stay in China.