08/27/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong government’s vendetta against students and Occupy Central founders by Paul Wang Three student leaders - Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow – have been accused of unlawful assembly and inciting others to take part in. Benny Tai, Robert Chung, and Daniel Chua have been accused of receiving anonymous donations to promote pro-democracy referendum, and conducting public opinion studies on the matter. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Police have charged three student leaders in last year’s Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong with unlawful assembly. Occupy Central founder Benny Tai and two other professors face a temporary...
08/27/2015YEMEN – SAUDI ARABIA Human Rights Watch slams Saudi-led coalition for using cluster bombs in Yemen Between April and July, the Saudis carried out at least seven attacks in which they employed such weapons with devastating effect. HRW calls for a stop to their use, urging the parties to the conflict to sign the treaty banning them. Meanwhile, joint Arab League regional force has been postponed under Saudi pressure.
08/27/2015SRI LANKA Defence seminar to focus on global threats by Melani Manel Perera Titled ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats,’ the event will be held in Colombo on 1-2 September. Some 350 delegates are expected from 66 countries. The ambassadors of China and Pakistan will address the seminar. The Army chief claims the military has achieved high levels of professionalism since the end of the civil war.
08/27/2015MYANMAR Jailed Burmese students in isolation for going a hunger strike by Francis Khoo Thwe The students are protesting the refusal by the authorities to let them out on bail to take exams scheduled for September. The four students, who are from a Mandalay university, were arrested on July 1 for demonstrating against education reform. For Myanmar activists, the four have been abused and denied their basic rights.
08/27/2015CHINA Government and industry officials involved in Tianjin explosion arrested Those arrested include the president and vice president of the Rui Hai International Logistics. 500 people are still hospitalized. Fear of environmental pollution and water pollution remains high. Meanwhile, prosecutors are investigating 11 others, suspected of negligence and abuse of power.
08/27/2015JORDAN - ISLAM Muslims are not doing "enough" to fight the Islamic State, says Queen Rania The Queen of Jordan - in France for a number of meetings - calls for greater attention to young people in the Middle East: if they are not given jobs and opportunities they swell the ranks of Isis militias. The urgent need to create 100 thousand jobs by 2020. The global consequences.
08/26/2015INDIA India census: Muslims grew faster than Hindus but less than Christians Census data covering 2001-2011 show Muslims increased by 0.8 per cent whilst Hindus rose 0.7 per cent. Muslims and Hindus are 172 million and 966 million respectively out of a total of a population of 1.2 billion. Christians make up 2.3 per cent of the population, but grew by 15.5 per cent.