• Australian FM's Putin emoji sparks debate on Russia relations

    22/Oct/2015 // 422 Viewers

    AFP/File | Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop used a red-faced emoji to depict Russia's Vladimir Putin in what was dubbed the world's first political emoji interview with website Buzzfeed SYDNEY (AFP) - 

    The Australian foreign minister's use of a red-faced emoji to depict Russia's Vladimir Putin sparked debate among lawmakers in Canberra Thursday, demanding to know what the icon means for relations between the nations.

    The image was used to describe the Russian leader when Foreign Minster Julie Bishop, who regularly tweets the icons, conducted what was dubbed as the world's first political emoji interview with website Buzzfeed in February.

    The ideogram -- a fuming red face with angry eyes and a downturned mouth -- prompted a brief back-and-forth in parliamentary hearings about Australian-Russian relations.

    "I'm trying to understand what is the public message from Australia's foreign spokesperson about our relationship -- which is obviously, shall we say, a difficult one -- with Russia, which is being expressed via emoji," said opposition Labor senator Penny Wong during the hearing.

    "It may be that the foreign minister is saying she is angry with him. It may be that she thinks he is a red-faced angry man. I don't know."

    Attorney-General George Brandis replied that the red face "could be a reference to ideology", alluding to Russia's communist past.

    "Nobody suggests, and I don't understand you to be suggesting, that the communication concerned was a formal diplomatic demarche of any kind," he said.

    "It's plainly not an expression of our relationship with Russia."

    Bishop later told reporters that Putin, as a "hard man", would have liked the emoji.

    "In the case of President Putin, he self-describes as a hard man," she said, the Australian Associated Press reported.

    "Having met President Putin I think he'd be delighted with the... emoji that I used to describe him."

    Australia's diplomatic relations with Russia have been tense since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July last year, killing 298 people, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.

    Several countries, including Australia, accuse pro-Russian separatist rebels of downing the aircraft with a Buk surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia. Moscow denies involvement and blames the Ukrainian military.


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  • Heavy tension as US set to defy CHINA, RUSSIA, vows to show its military might to the world, denuclearize North Korea

    23/Apr/2017 // 9791 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 23, 2017: (DGW) THE hermit kingdom of North Korea on Saturday vowed to launch ''full-out war'' with nukes as the United States Supercarrier Carl Vinson arrives the Korean peninsula in a few days as possible military confrontation builds up in the region.

    Meanwhile, the North Korea Foreign Ministry has warned the US in a statement that ''Now that we possess mighty nuclear power to protect ourselves from US nuclear threat, we will respond without the slightest hesitation to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike, and we will emerge victor in the final battle with the United States.''

    Also commenting on the arrival of US Supercarrier in the tense Korea peninsula, the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper reiterated North Korea firm resolve to launch a pre-emptive strike at the slightest provocation.

    It read in part: "The US has now gone seriously mad. It is mulling frightening the DPRK and achieving something with nuclear strategic bombers, nuclear carriers, etc. However, the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by such bluffing," it said, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.  

    "Under the situation where the US hurts the DPRK by force of arms, we have nothing to be bound to. The DPRK will answer to such war moves and provocations with a pre-emptive strike of its own style and a great war of justice for national reunification."

    Reacting, Pence renewed US calls for Beijing to use its "unique" position to bring Pyongyang to heel and vowed that the US will show its military might to the world by denuclearizing the defiant North Korea by force if need be while urging China to do more.

    He said, "The steps we're seeing China take, in many ways unprecedented steps, bringing economic pressure to bear on North Korea are very welcome," Pence said. "We do believe China can do more."

    Meanwhile, the US officials have repeatedly warned with all the emphasis at their command that "all options are on the table including military strikes to curb the North's nuclear ambitions, any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an effective and overwhelming response.''


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  • CHINA warns N'Korea, urges complete and immediate denuclearization of Korean peninsula as two US nuclear-powered Supercarriers with at least 200 attack jets land in days

    23/Apr/2017 // 8607 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 23, 2017: (DGW) AMID  rising tension over  North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, China has called for a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as the US Supercarriers, Carl Vinson, land the tense region in a few days for a possible military strike by the United states.

    The US has consistently urged China to do the needful to persuade its closest ally to abandon its nuclear programme or they will do it alone.

    Reacting to this threat as the US SuperCarrieer sails dangerously close, China has taken urgent steps to prevail its closest ally from bringing instability to the region.

    “China is firmly supporting the denuclearisation of the area in the name of stability and peace”, Wang Yi told reporters in Athens after meeting Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias.

    “China may not have the key to this solution … but we are happy that more sides are accepting our point of view”, he added.

    Meanwhile, the firebrand US President Donald Trump has urged China to take a stronger step to stop the hermit kingdom of North Korea to curb its nuclear programmes, a warning which the North Korea refuses to heed would risk a military confrontation with the world's most powerful country.

    Vice President Pence during a regional tour last week warned that “all options are on the table” to curb the North’s nuclear ambitions.


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  • North Korea's Kim hails 'successful' submarine missile test

    24/Apr/2016 // 286 Viewers

     

    Seoul (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said Sunday, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases.

    Saturday's missile launch came amid growing concern that Pyongyang is preparing a fifth nuclear test.

    But it was followed just hours later by a North Korean offer to impose a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing if the United States suspends annual military exercises with South Korea.

    The US and Britain denounced the SLBM test as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and called on the North to refrain from further moves that could destabilise the region.

    South Korea's defence ministry said the missile, fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan, flew around 30 kilometres (18 miles).

    The North's state-run KCNA news agency said the test, personally monitored by Kim, confirmed the reliability of the country's underwater launching system.

    It also cited the young leader as saying Pyongyang was now capable of "hitting the heads of the South Korean puppet forces and the US imperialists anytime as it pleases."

    Still images broadcast on state television showed Kim on the deck of the submarine before watching the test through binoculars from shore and meeting the crew and scientists afterwards.

    "This eye-opening success constitutes one more precious gift the defence scientists and technicians are presenting to the great leaders and the party," the KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

    - Nuclear test offer -

    Pictures showed the missile, with "The North Star" emblazoned on it, soar out of the water and fly into the sky, leaving a massive plume of smoke above the sea surface.

    State TV also showed what it claimed were underwater images of the missile being ejected from the submarine, using key "cold launch" technology.

    North Korea has been pushing to acquire an SLBM capability that would take its nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and the potential to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.

    The isolated country has conducted a number of what it says were successful SLBM tests, but experts had previously question the claims, suggesting Pyongyang had gone little further than a "pop-up" test from a submerged platform.

    The latest launch comes as the North gears up for a rare and much-hyped ruling party congress early next month -- the first in 36 years -- at which Kim is expected to take credit for pushing the country's nuclear and missile weapons programme to new heights.

    Many analysts and senior Seoul officials have suggested the regime may carry out a fifth nuclear test as a display of defiance and strength ahead of the May party congress.

    In an interview with the Associated Press in New York, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-Yong said Pyongyang would be willing to halt further tests if Washington announced an end to annual joint military exercises with Seoul.

    The annual drills always raise tensions on the Korean peninsula, with the North condemning them as provocative rehearsals for invasion.

    The North made exactly the same offer in January last year, when it was flatly rejected by the United States as an "inappropriate" effort to link nuclear testing with regular military exercises.

    North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, followed by a rocket launch a month later that was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.

    The UN Security Council responded by slapping its strongest sanctions to date on Pyongyang.


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  • Tension worsens in Korea Peninsula as Trump vows to destroy N'Korea, mentions US powerful nuclear weapons, Japan joins military drills

    24/Apr/2017 // 5381 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 24, 2017: (DGW)Tensions remain very high in the Korean Peninsula as North Korea threatens to sink US aircraft carrier, the  USS Carl Vinson during drills in the Western Pacific Ocean, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

    Reports further say the USS Carl Vinson will be joined by the Ashigara and Samidare destroyers in “tactical training” drills near the Philippines.

    In its usual rhetoric, the North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun reports in an editorial that the in a show of military strength would sink the USS Carl Vinson “nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike.”

    The state newspaper claimed to have weaponry which “can reach continental U.S. and Asia Pacific region” and the “absolute weapon,” hydrogen bomb.

    However, CNN reports that it could not independently verify the claims.

    In the face of recent saber-rattling from North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump had said the USS Carl Vinson carrier group was being deployed to waters off the Korean peninsula.

    The location of the USS Carl Vinson has dominated headlines after Trump’s remark on April 12.

    Trump said he was sending “an armada” to Korean waters potentially to deal with threats from North Korea.

    The statement came after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a new ballistic missile.

    “We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”

    But it turned out the carrier group was not actually steaming toward the peninsula, but rather heading to joint exercises with the Australian navy.

    The U.S. Pacific Command said Tuesday that training with the Australian navy had been completed, and that “the Carl Vinson Strike Group is heading north to the Western Pacific as a prudent measure.”

    U.S. defense officials told CNN the Vinson and its carrier group would arrive off the Korean Peninsula by the end of April.

    The U.S. Navy announced Thursday that it was extending the Vinson’s deployment by 30 days “to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula.”

    Sunday’s threats are consistent with others North Korea has made in past weeks.

    North Korea has said it will respond in kind to any U.S. attack on the country and it has claimed it would strike the U.S. mainland and U.S. carriers and forces in the region, specifically U.S. bases in Seoul and Tokyo.

    Meanwhile, the Pentagon has called on North Korea to avoid destabilizing the situation further.

    “We call on (North Korea) to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its international obligations and commitments and return to serious talks,” Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross said.

    “North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to U.S. national security.”

    The statement came just hours after a North Korean newspaper said Pyongyang was ready to take out a U.S. aircraft carrier conducting drills with Japanese destroyers near the Philippines.

    North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear weapons test last September and displayed a series of missiles at a military parade on an important North Korean holiday earlier this month before firing one off, which the U.S. said went down in flames shortly after the launch.

    President Donald Trump has pledged to rein in the “menace” of North Korea’s nuclear program, and has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping several times about getting China, as one of North Korea’s only allies, to put pressure on its neighbour to change course.

    The State Department said Sunday that it remains committed to directly addressing the North Korean nuclear threat.

    “Provocations from North Korea have grown far too common and far too dangerous to ignore,” a department spokesperson said, referring to the country by the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

    “Together with the international community, we will hold the Kim Jung-un regime accountable for its dangerous and reckless actions and serious human rights abuses through a robust international campaign to cut the DPRK off from the rest of the world through diplomatic, security, and economic measures.

    “With our allies and partners around the world, we will show the DPRK that the only path to a secure, economically-prosperous future is to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” the spokesperson said.

    “We do not seek military conflict, nor do we seek to threaten North Korea,” the spokesperson added.

    “However, we will respond to threats to us or our allies accordingly.  We remain open to talks with the DPRK, but need to see that the DPRK will cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behaviour in the region.”

    The Pentagon spokesman, Ross, said the U.S.’s continued commitment to defending South Korea and Japan was “ironclad.”

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that a North Korean nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S. would be a “grave threat” and anticipated North Korea could achieve this capability before Trump would begin his second term. (NAN)


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  • Chinese President XI JINPING begs TRUMP on the telephone on Monday as massive deployment of more nuclear-powered military hardware in region continues

    24/Apr/2017 // 3360 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 24, 2017: (DGW) THE President of China, Xi Jinping, on Monday, waded in fully as tension mounts in the Korean peninsula over US massive deployment of nuclear-powered military hardware and joint drills by Japan.

    He reportedly made a telephone call to President Trump urging the US leader to 'restraint' as Us Supercarriers arrive in less than 48 hours.

    Trump had in a recent statement warned that America would use its military might that will shock the world against North Korea in a bid to denuclearize the hermit kingdom.

    According to the Chinese leader, “China hopes that the relevant parties can maintain restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions in the Korean Peninsula,”  the foreign ministry quoted the Chinese leader as saying.

    “The only way to realise denuclearization in the Korean peninsula and quickly resolve North Korea’s nuclear problem is for each relevant party to fulfil its duties.”

    This is the second time since their summit between both leaders in Florida early this month as a military confrontation between the US and North Korea looms and appears unavoidable.

    “The international situation is rapidly changing, it is essential that China and the US maintain a close contact and exchange opinions on important matters in a timely manner,” Xi told Trump during the telephone call.

    DailyGlobeWatch also reliably gathered that was also a telephone conversation between President trump and his Japanese counterpart Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday where the joint drills were extensively discussed as the US nuclear-powered Carl Vinson due to land any time now in the tense region.

    “We completely agreed that we strongly demand restraint by North Korea, which has repeatedly taken dangerous provocative actions,” Abe told reporters after the call.

    Reacting to the arms build-up, North Korea reportedly says  “The world will witness how Washington’s rash nuclear aircraft carriers are turned into a huge pile of steel and buried at sea and how a country called America is wiped out from the Earth.”


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  • Man shouts ''Allahu akbar'' stabs woman to death

    24/Aug/2016 // 418 Viewers

     

     (AP) — A French man shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

    The 29-year-old suspect did not have any known links to the Islamic State group and appeared to have acted alone, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said. Police were trying to determine whether the man had been motivated by extremism, or something else.

    "While this information will be factored into the investigation, we are not ruling out any motivations at this early stage, whether they be political or criminal," Gollschewski told reporters in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane. "Investigators will also consider whether mental health or drug misuse factors are involved in this incident."

    The attack took place Tuesday night at a hostel in the town of Home Hill, south of Townsville in northern Queensland. A 21-year-old British woman was found dead at the scene and a 30-year-old British man was hospitalized in critical condition. A local man was treated and released for injuries. A dog was also fatally wounded in the attack.

    The man, a French national visiting Australia, shouted "Allahu akbar" — the Arabic phrase meaning "God is great" — both during the attack and while being arrested by police, Gollschewski said. He has not yet been charged, but police weren't looking for any other suspects related to the incident.

    Police were treating the attack as a homicide, rather than a terrorism-related incident, Gollschewski said.

    "The associated issues of what motivated him and whether that has any relevance to radicalization is something we're going to explore fully, but we won't know for some time whether that's the case," he said.

    The man had been in Australia on a temporary visa for about a year, Gollschewski said.

    Australian Federal Police Commander Sharon Cowden said her office was speaking to international police agencies about the attack.


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  • India paves for women in army combat roles

    24/Oct/2015 // 202 Viewers

    AFP | Members of India's Border Security Force in the closing ceremony of the Women Camel Safari expedition at the Wagah Border post with Pakistan on March 22, 2015

     

    NEW DELHI (AFP) - 

    The Indian government gave its nod Saturday for women to fly fighter jets, paving the way for them to assume combat roles for the first time in one of the world's largest militaries.

    The federal defence ministry gave the green light to a proposal for recruiting female fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force (IAF), where women already fly transport aircraft and helicopters.

    "With this decision to open up induction of women in the fighter stream, women have become eligible for induction in all branches and streams of the IAF," a defence ministry statement published on Saturday said.

    "This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in Armed Forces of developed nations," it said, adding that after training, selected women "would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017".

    The latest move not only marks the maiden entry of women in combat roles in the IAF but in any branch across the Indian armed forces.

    Many countries like the United States, Israel and even arch-rival neighbour Pakistan already allow women as fighter pilots.

    But India has kept them out of such roles, reportedly fearing women would be more vulnerable to sexual attacks, and worries over lodging and physical fitness.

    Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha expressed his reluctance to change tack last year when he said "women are by nature not physically suited for flying fighters for long hours".

    Since then, increasing numbers of female officers have brought court cases demanding better work conditions and permanent commissions instead of temporary terms of five to ten years.

    The ministry said it had carried out a review in connection with how to increase roles of women in the forces.

    "Once finalised more and more branches would be opened up for induction of women to give them the space which they deserve in the Armed Forces of the country," it said.

    Women form some five percent of around 1.32 million active personnel and 2.14 million reservists in the defence forces, according to government figures.

     

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  • US military vessels 'just streaming in international waters'

    24/Oct/2015 // 213 Viewers

     US Admiral John Richardson talks to reporters at the US Embassy in Tokyo on Oct. 15th.
    TOKYO -- The U.S. Navy's highest ranking officer in uniform made clear on Thursday that any navigation by a U.S. naval vessel in the South China Sea is an expression of international rights, rebutting China's claim that such voyages are provocations.

         "They are just steaming in international waters," Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, during his maiden international trip. "I don't see how this can be interpreted as a provocation."

         Richardson was responding to the backlash in China toward reports that the U.S. Navy is planning to send a cruiser or destroyer within 12 nautical miles of the man-made islands that China is building in the South China Sea. The Global Times, a hawkish newspaper published by the People's Daily of China, carried an editorial on Thursday that said, "China has remained calm with self-restraint even in the face of Washington's escalating provocations, but if the U.S. encroaches on China's core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it."

         Richardson's cold shoulder and continued emphasis that the South China Sea is part of international waters come as blunt signaling that the U.S. does not recognize the waters around the Nansha Islands -- where China just completed two lighthouses -- as Chinese territory, as the Chinese claim.

         During this trip, Richardson, who assumed his current position in September, will visit Japan, South Korea, Bahrain and Italy to meet with U.S. sailors and strengthen relationships with host nations. "That fact that this is my first stop gives you a sense of where my focus is in terms of our priorities" he said, indicating that the Asia Pacific region -- with the rise of China and the unpredictability of North Korea -- is the U.S. Navy's top concern. The U.S. plans to send approximately 60% of its ships to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region by 2020.

         He welcomed passage of Japan's new security law, which expands the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' overseas operations. "Certainly," he said, "the legislation provides an opportunity to increase cooperation between the [Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force] and the U.S. Navy in humanitarian assistance and other operations."

         The admiral also talked about the Navy's plan to relax the boundary between the 7th Fleet, whose area of responsibility ranges from the West Pacific to the Indian Ocean, and the 3rd Fleet, which covers the East Pacific, from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.

         "What you are seeing is a fluid structure in our Navy so that we can more adaptively respond to the changing situations," Richardson said. "And we wouldn't be prohibited by something like the International Date Line."

         Until now, the International Date Line, which runs just West of Hawaii, has been the boundary between the two fleets. As a symbol of further involvement of the 3rd Fleet in the West Pacific, Nora Tyson, the fleet's commander vice admiral, rather than her 7th Fleet counterpart, will represent the Navy at the Japan Fleet Review, to be held by the Maritime Self-Defense Force on Sunday.


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  • China aligns with TRUMP, bans all Muslim call to prayer

    25/Dec/2016 // 1067 Viewers

     

    Non-Muslim countries are experiencing the true agenda of Islamists: to establish an Islamic state in which unbelievers are subjugate to Islamic rule and must pay jizyah to be allowed citizenship.

    However, one country has quickly recognized the threat of Islamization, and has taken measures to stunt the growth of such demands.

    The Xinjiang region in western China has officially banned Muslim prayer meetings and other religious practices in government buildings, schools, and business offices, The Times Of India reports.

    Steep fines have been imposed on the use of mobile phones and internet for content that may “undermine national unity,” meaning Islamic propaganda will be punished.

    Officials claim that such propaganda may threaten social stability or incite ethnic hatred, quite the contrary of the U.S.’s idea of Islam.

    All religious activity, including praying, will be restricted to designated mosques.

    Another rule is that Muslims cannot wear clothing or logos associated with extremism. Sorry, mujahideen, no ISIS flags or patches allowed.

    The new legislature will immediately affect Muslim employees, many of whom require five prayer breaks each day in their places of work. Their personal phones may also no longer be used to study the Quran or practice religious hymns.

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