Asia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23065/all en China won't swallow 'bitter pill' of ceding sovereign rights: military official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/china-wont-swallow-bitter-pill-ceding-sovereign-rights-milita-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Megha Rajagopalan</p> <p>QINGDAO, China (Reuters) - China will not "swallow the bitter pill" of ceding its sovereign rights to others, a senior military official told foreign naval leaders on Wednesday, as the country takes an increasingly assertive approach to guarding its maritime territory.</p> <p>"No country should expect China to swallow the bitter pill of our sovereignty, national security or development interests being compromised," said Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/china-wont-swallow-bitter-pill-ceding-sovereign-rights-milita-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia China South China Sea Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:54:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6128641 at http://www.globalpost.com European human rights body says concerned about abuses in Azerbaijan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/european-human-rights-body-says-concerned-about-abuses-azerbaij <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Margarita Antidze</p> <p>TBILISI (Reuters) - Human rights are deteriorating in Azerbaijan, a European watchdog said on Wednesday, calling on the authorities to uphold regional standards and expressing concerns over what it says is a "worrying pattern" of abuse.</p> <p>Azerbaijan, a mainly Muslim former Soviet republic, has been governed by President Ilham Aliyev since he succeeded his father in 2003. It has been courted by the West because of its role as an alternative to Russia in supplying oil and gas to Europe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/european-human-rights-body-says-concerned-about-abuses-azerbaij" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Earth Mammadov Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:51:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6128640 at http://www.globalpost.com Qatar says dispute with Gulf neighbours 'over' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/qatar-says-dispute-gulf-neighbours-over <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Qatar's dispute with three fellow Gulf states, which withdrew their envoys from Doha last month, is "over", the Qatari foreign minister said Wednesday, while insisting his country had made no concessions.</p> <p>"The statement issued in Riyadh on April 17 was clear ... For the brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) the dispute is over," Khaled Al-Attiyah told a press conference in Kuwait after a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/qatar-says-dispute-gulf-neighbours-over" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Persian Gulf countries AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:41:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128611 at http://www.globalpost.com Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/mourners-flock-funeral-myanmar-pro-democracy-hero-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.</p> <p>Activists, political figures -- including Aung San Suu Kyi -- and ordinary citizens crowded a cemetery on the outskirts of Yangon, filing past the coffin for a last glimpse of the co-founder of Myanmar's opposition party.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/mourners-flock-funeral-myanmar-pro-democracy-hero-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Health Win Tin AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:40:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128603 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria lawmaker becomes first presidential challenger http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/syria-lawmaker-becomes-first-presidential-challenger-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A communist MP has registered as the first challenger for the Syrian presidency in a June election expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to power, the parliament speaker said Wednesday.</p> <p>"We have received information from the higher constitutional court that member of parliament Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar has filed his candidacy for the post of president of the Syrian Arab Republic," Mohammad Lahham said, quoted on state television.</p> <p>News of Hajjar's candidacy came two days after Lahham announced that Syria would hold a presidential election on June 3.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/syria-lawmaker-becomes-first-presidential-challenger-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Middle East Politics Politics of Syria AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:39:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128598 at http://www.globalpost.com Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/cancellations-everest-amid-talks-save-climbing-season-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nepal's government strove Wednesday to save the Everest climbing season from an unprecedented walkout by sherpa guides as another major mountaineering company abandoned its expedition following a deadly avalanche last week.</p> <p>New Zealand-based Adventure Consultants lost three people in Friday's avalanche, which struck a party of sherpas preparing routes for commercial climbers up the world's highest peak and killed 16. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/cancellations-everest-amid-talks-save-climbing-season-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Geography of Tibet Physical geography AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:39:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128591 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/iran-says-95-opt-cash-handouts-rather-state-projects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ninety-five percent of the Iranian population signed up to a cash handout programme, dealing a blow to the government which wanted to spend the money elsewhere, a top official said Wednesday.</p> <p>Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, vice president for management and development, said 73 million out of the country's 77 million people had opted to receive the $14 monthly payments.</p> <p>The government employed celebrities in a media campaign to discourage families from taking the handouts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/iran-says-95-opt-cash-handouts-rather-state-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Economy of Iran Human Interest Politics of Iran Technology AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:38:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128588 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkey's Erdogan says WWI massacre of Armenians 'shared pain' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/turkeys-erdogan-says-wwi-massacre-armenians-shared-pain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences over the massacre of Armenians almost 100 years ago, describing the events of World War I as "our shared pain".</p> <p>Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/turkeys-erdogan-says-wwi-massacre-armenians-shared-pain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armenian Genocide Asia Ethnic groups in Asia Recep Tayyip Erdogan Social Issues AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:38:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128586 at http://www.globalpost.com Nepal mountaineering officials deny Everest boycott plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/nepal-mountaineering-officials-deny-everest-boycott-plans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nepalese mountaineering officials on Wednesday denied that sherpa guides on Mount Everest plan to abandon this year's climbing season out of respect for 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week.</p> <p>The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), a national body representing tourism promoters, released a statement saying "we have not received any confirmation regarding the abandon(ment) of the expeditions on Everest". </p> <p>"Whatever the news disseminated in the media about the abandon(ment) of the expedition is false and does not hold any sense," the statement said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/nepal-mountaineering-officials-deny-everest-boycott-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Geography of Tibet Physical geography AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:36:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128577 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinians in new unity push as Israel talks teeter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/palestinians-new-unity-push-israel-talks-teeter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip agreed Wednesday to form a unity government within five weeks as peace talks with Israel face collapse.</p> <p>It is not the first time that the rival sides have announced a deal to end seven years of separate Palestinians administrations in the West Bank and Gaza.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/palestinians-new-unity-push-israel-talks-teeter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:34:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128569 at http://www.globalpost.com Pirates raid oil tanker off Malaysia, take away three crew http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/pirates-raid-oil-tanker-malaysia-take-away-three-crew <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Keith Wallis</p> <p>KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them, Malaysian maritime officials said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.</p> <p>The incident in the Malacca Strait, a route for about a quarter of the world's seaborne oil trade, has fuelled fears piracy could be on the rise in the area and drive up ship insurance premiums.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/pirates-raid-oil-tanker-malaysia-take-away-three-crew" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia International criminal law Piracy Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:15:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6128541 at http://www.globalpost.com China calls on U.S. to not take sides in territorial disputes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/china-calls-us-not-take-sides-territorial-disputes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on the United States on Wednesday to respect its promises not to take sides in territorial disputes, after U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the center of a dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty.</p> <p>Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a daily news briefing.</p> <p>(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Asia Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:14:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6128538 at http://www.globalpost.com China won't swallow 'bitter pill' of ceding sovereign rights: military official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/china-wont-swallow-bitter-pill-ceding-sovereign-rights-military <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Megha Rajagopalan</p> <p>QINGDAO, China (Reuters) - China will not "swallow the bitter pill" of ceding its sovereign rights to others, a senior military official told foreign naval leaders on Wednesday, as the country takes an increasingly assertive approach to guarding its maritime territory.</p> <p>"No country should expect China to swallow the bitter pill of our sovereignty, national security or development interests being compromised," said Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140423/china-wont-swallow-bitter-pill-ceding-sovereign-rights-military" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Political geography Politics of the People's Republic of China Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:09:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6128517 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan, China navy chiefs meet briefly at Western Pacific Naval Forum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140423/japan-china-navy-chiefs-meet-briefly-at-western-pacifi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The navy chiefs of Japan and China mingled and chatted briefly during a regional naval symposium that ended Wednesday, a rare face-to-face encounter between senior military officials of the two countries at a time of severe strains in bilateral ties.</p> <p> "Given the current state of Japanese-Chinese relations, it is good that we were able to talk to each other," Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of staff of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force, told reporters about the meeting with Adm. Wu Shengli, head of the People's Liberation Army's naval operations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140423/japan-china-navy-chiefs-meet-briefly-at-western-pacifi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Political philosophy Political status of Taiwan Kyodo News International Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:07:39 +0000 Kyodo News International 6128509 at http://www.globalpost.com Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/pirates-kidnap-three-singapore-tanker-malaysia-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Heavily-armed pirates have boarded a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of its cargo of diesel fuel, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.</p> <p>The attack occurred early Tuesday off Malaysia's west coast, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre. The tanker was believed en route to Myanmar.</p> <p>"A tanker was boarded by about 12 heavily armed pirates," a report from the IMB said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140423/pirates-kidnap-three-singapore-tanker-malaysia-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia International criminal law Piracy AFP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:04:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6128495 at http://www.globalpost.com