Asia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23065/all en U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140417/us-envoy-power-urges-myanmar-action-stop-rakhine-violence <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>UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday urged the Myanmar government to intervene in Rakhine State to stop violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid.</p> <p>Power's remarks came after U.N. special adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar briefed the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Thursday on the crisis in the country formerly known as Burma.</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/140417/us-envoy-power-urges-myanmar-action-stop-rakhine-violence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Languages of Bangladesh Rohingya people Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:01:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124560 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/gulf-states-agree-deal-end-qatar-tensions-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>Gulf foreign ministers agreed a deal Thursday to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over the Muslim Brotherhood.</p> <p>At an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh, the ministers agreed that the policies of GCC member states should not undermine the "interests, security and stability" of each other, a statement said.</p> <p>Such policies must also not affect the "sovereignty" of a member state.</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/140417/gulf-states-agree-deal-end-qatar-tensions-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Middle East Persian Gulf countries Politics AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:06:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124471 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/gulf-states-agree-deal-end-qatar-tensions <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>Gulf foreign ministers on Thursday agreed on a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, a statement said.</p> <p>At an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh, the ministers agreed that the policies of GCC member states should not undermine the "interests, security and stability" of each other.</p> <p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar last month, accusing it of meddling in their internal affairs and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.</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/140417/gulf-states-agree-deal-end-qatar-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Persian Gulf countries AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:04:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124457 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish parliament approves law expanding spy powers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-law-expanding-spy-powers <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>Turkey's parliament approved a controversial law on Thursday expanding the powers of the national spy agency and setting prison terms for publishing leaked information as the government fights back against a widening corruption scandal.</p> <p>The new legislation, passed after a heated debate in parliament, is the latest ammunition being deployed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he seeks to push back against the greatest challenge yet to his 11-year rule.</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/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-law-expanding-spy-powers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Europe Government Technology AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:34:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124391 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish parliament approves law expanding spy powers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-law-expanding-spy-powers-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>Turkey's parliament approved a controversial law on Thursday expanding the powers of the national spy agency and setting prison terms for publishing leaked information as the government fights back against a widening corruption scandal.</p> <p>The new legislation, passed after a heated debate in parliament, is the latest ammunition being deployed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he seeks to push back against the greatest challenge yet to his 11-year rule.</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/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-law-expanding-spy-powers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Europe Government Technology AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:34:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124392 at http://www.globalpost.com Bailed-out Cyprus to issue 6-year bond in June as first test in return to global debt markets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140417/bailed-out-cyprus-issue-6-year-bond-june-first-test-return-g <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NICOSIA, Cyprus - Bailed-out Cyprus says it will issue six-year government bonds every month starting in June as a first step to returning more permanently to international markets after a three-year absence.</p> <p>Investor interest in European government debt has risen in recent months, reducing the countries' borrowing rates and allowing countries like Greece and Cyprus to tap markets for money. Greece this month sold its first long-term bond since its crisis began four years ago.</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.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></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/the-canadian-press/140417/bailed-out-cyprus-issue-6-year-bond-june-first-test-return-g" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Divided regions Political geography The Canadian Press Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:20:45 +0000 The Canadian Press 6124371 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria rebels attack army barracks in Aleppo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/syria-rebels-attack-army-barracks-aleppo <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>Nearly 50 people were killed on Thursday when Syrian rebels attacked one of the largest military barracks in the country, in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.</p> <p>It said at least 27 soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed and that the rebel losses of 20 dead included a commander.</p> <p>"Rebels, including fighters from Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Front, launched an assault today on the barracks in Hanano in Aleppo," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman 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/140417/syria-rebels-attack-army-barracks-aleppo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aleppo Asia Fertile Crescent War AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124359 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish parliament approves law expanding snooping powers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-law-expanding-snooping-powers <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>Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the spy agency and setting prison terms for publishing leaked information as the government fights back against a widening corruption scandal.</p> <p>The legislation, passed after a heated debate in parliament, was first introduced by lawmakers from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party in the run-up to last month's local elections.</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/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-law-expanding-snooping-powers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Earth Europe AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:49:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124358 at http://www.globalpost.com Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140411/amid-gas-war-talk-russia-reassures-europe-supply <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 Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk</p> <p>MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks.</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/140411/amid-gas-war-talk-russia-reassures-europe-supply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Earth Europe War Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:43:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6119618 at http://www.globalpost.com Previously unknown sections of Great Wall found in NW China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140417/previously-unknown-sections-great-wall-found-nw-china <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Beijing, Apr 17 (EFE).- Archaeologists discovered three previously unknown sections of the Great Wall in the northwestern region of Ningxia, Chinese state media said.</p> <p>The segments, which together span some 20 meters (65 ft.), were found near Nanchangtan, the former curator of the Museum of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region told the official Xinhua news agency.</p> <p>The newly found sections are thought to be more than 2,400 years old and formed part of the Great Wall built by the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), Zhou Xinghua 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.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140417/previously-unknown-sections-great-wall-found-nw-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 1st millennium BC Ancient Chinese states Asia Agencia EFE Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:55:45 +0000 Agencia EFE 6124272 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama offers deepest sympathy to South Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/obama-offers-deepest-sympathy-south-korea <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>US President Barack Obama on Thursday offered "deepest sympathies" to the families of the victims of a ferry sinking in South Korea, from which nearly 300 people, mostly children, are missing.</p> <p>"The bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people are strong and enduring," Obama said in a statement also offering the condolences of his wife Michelle.</p> <p>"Our hearts ache to see our Korean friends going through such a terrible loss, especially the loss of so many young students. </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/140417/obama-offers-deepest-sympathy-south-korea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Barack Obama Divided regions Political geography South Korea AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:50:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124232 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi activist sentenced to 15 years in jail for protests: lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140417/saudi-activist-sentenced-15-years-jail-protests-lawyer <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>DUBAI (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday sentenced a Saudi blogger and activist to 15 years in jail for taking part in protests and defaming the kingdom by communicating with foreigners and through publishing articles on the Internet, his lawyer said.</p> <p>Fadhel al-Manasef, 26, is the latest activist to be convicted this week on charges which international human rights groups and activists in the kingdom say are part of a new drive to curb political, religious and social dissent. The government denies there is any crackdown.</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/140417/saudi-activist-sentenced-15-years-jail-protests-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Saudi Arabia Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124203 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140417/iraqi-kurds-entrench-political-faultline-syria-border-ditch <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 Isabel Coles</p> <p>ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier.</p> <p>Iraqi Kurdish authorities say the ditch, which is approximately 3 meters deep and 2 meters wide, will help reduce smuggling and keep Islamist militants out of their relatively stable region as war grinds on in Syria.</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/140417/iraqi-kurds-entrench-political-faultline-syria-border-ditch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Iraq Kurdish people Technology War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:35:01 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124201 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria foreign fighters look to Western preachers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/syria-foreign-fighters-look-western-preachers <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>Foreign fighters in Syria are looking to Western-based spiritual authorities acting as "cheerleaders" on social media, a British-based research body said Wednesday.</p> <p>A study of the social media activity of foreign jihadists showed many were following certain influential preachers -- one from the United States and another from Australia, said the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London university.</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/140417/syria-foreign-fighters-look-western-preachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Syria AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:33:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124192 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek Cypriots in landmark Easter mass in Turkish-held north http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/greek-cypriots-landmark-easter-mass-turkish-held-north <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>Greek Cypriots have been authorised to hold a Good Friday mass at a church in the Turkish-held town of Famagusta on divided Cyprus for the first time in decades.</p> <p>Famagusta mayor-in-exile Alexis Galanos said Friday's landmark service at Saint George Exorinos church will send a message of reconciliation on one of the most important dates in the Greek Orthodox calendar.</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/140417/greek-cypriots-landmark-easter-mass-turkish-held-north" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Divided regions Island countries AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:32:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124180 at http://www.globalpost.com