• Breaking: World's fastest supercomputer entirely made in China (See photo)

    20/Jun/2016 // 778 Viewers

     

    China has built the world's fastest supercomputer using locally made microchips, a survey said Monday, the first time the country has taken the top spot without using US technology.

    The Sunway TaihuLight machine is twice as fast as the previous number one, which was built in China with chips from US firm Intel, the Top500 survey of supercomputers said on its website www.top500.org.

    China also has more top-ranked supercomputers than the US for the first time since the survey began, with 167 compared to 165.

    Located at China's national supercomputer centre in the eastern city of Wuxi, the Sunway TaihuLight will be used for climate modelling and life science research.

    Its performance ends "speculation that China would have to rely on Western technology to compete effectively in the upper echelons of supercomputing," the survey's website said.

    The supercomputers on the Top500 list, which is produced twice a year, are rated based on speed in a benchmark test by experts from Germany and the US.

    Of the top ten fastest computers, two are in China, with four in the US, the ranking said. Others are in Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

    China has poured money into big-ticket science and technology projects as it seeks to become a high-tech leader.

    It plans to open the world's largest radio telescope in southeastern China this year, state media reported.

    But despite some gains the country's scientific output still lags behind, and its universities generally fare poorly in global rankings.


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  • Liberia 2017: NEC releases dates

    20/Jun/2016 // 472 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 20, 2016: (DGW) Ahead of 2017 general elections, the National Elections Commission has released timetable for the 2017 Liberian presidential and legislative elections.

    The diamond-rich West African state says the election dates are subject to review and change according to the country's electoral body, the National Elections  Commission.

    "But as for October 10'', according to NEC,  ''it will remain unchanged because that is provided for by the Constitution as the official date for the elections."

     


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  • Israel to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers

    20/Sep/2015 // 396 Viewers

    © AFP | A worker stands on a beam on a construction site in Beijing on September 9, 2015
    JERUSALEM (AFP) - 
    Israel plans to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers to help build new apartments as part of efforts to lower housing costs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

    Netanyahu announced the plan at the start of a cabinet meeting, his office said. The finance ministry later said the cabinet had approved it.

    Israeli attorney general Yehuda Weinstein has opposed the move because the two countries lack a formal agreement related to such cooperation.

    The lack of an agreement can lead to immigrant workers paying middlemen hundreds or even thousands of dollars to obtain permits.

    Chinese workers are currently brought into Israel under private contracts between Israeli and Chinese companies. The two countries have engaged in negotiations on working conditions, but have not yet reached an accord.

    A statement from the finance ministry said that due to the urgency of the matter, the workers would be brought without a bilateral agreement, while creating mechanisms to ensure their rights were protected and prevent them from paying middlemen for permits.

    Netanyahu said that it was important to move forward despite "side costs," with the cost of living a major issue in Israel.

    "In my view, this is a necessary and important step to lower housing prices," Netanyahu said.

    Israel's construction sector employs 216,000 workers, including 37,000 Palestinians and 6,000 foreigners, with some 3,700 Chinese.

    The finance ministry said the lack of skilled Israeli and Palestinian construction workers, as well as the instability in employing Palestinians -- whose permits can be revoked due to the security situation -- have created a shortage of workers.

    The Chinese's pace of work in building high-risers was 50 percent higher than that of Israelis, Palestinians and others, the finance ministry said.

    China told Israel in June it will not allow migrant builders to work on settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    Construction in settlements, where some 400,000 Israelis live, accounts for about three percent of the total.

    ? 2015 AFP


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  • ''Don't mess with us; we will bomb US to ashes'' - Again, North Korea warns US

    21/Apr/2017 // 1844 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 20, 2017: (DGW) 'Don't mess with us; we will bomb US to ashes', the hermit kingdom of North Korea has issued a stern warning to the most powerful country in the world.

    The warning was given on Tuesday amid tthreats of a 'super mighty preemptive strike' that will destroy American sources in South Korea and US mainland, The Rodong Sinmun reports.

    This has created tension in the Korean peninsula as US nuclear-powered  aircraft carrier has set sail and being expected any time now in the region.

    The USA on its part has warned that any use of nuclear weapons by North will be met with ''an effective and overwhelming response.'


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  • Two key opposition leaders executed in Bangladesh

    21/Nov/2015 // 238 Viewers

    Bangladeshi Minister of Justice has confirmed the execution of two opposition leaders today for war crimes committed back in 1971 during the independence war with Pakistan.

    Speaking to reporters in Dhaka the Minister of Justice, Anisul Huq said the senior opposition leaders namely Salahudeen Ku' ader and Mohammad Mujaheed last-minute reprieve could not save them from the gallows.

    The duo of Mohammad Mujaheed and Salahudeen were eventually hanged at 18:45 GMT


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  • Asia-Pacific summit season to wrap up

    21/Nov/2015 // 274 Viewers

    © AFP | Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) shakes hands with US President Barack Obama (C) prior to the ASEAN Summit Leaders dinner at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - 

    Asia-Pacific leaders on Sunday wrap up a week of diplomacy on trade and security issues that has been jolted by revulsion over the recent jihadist attacks.

    Heads of government from 18 countries including the United States, China, India, Japan and Southeast Asia hold an annual summit hosted this year by Malaysia.

    At the summit President Barack Obama and other leaders on Saturday expressed the rising international alarm over the deadly attacks in Paris, Mali and Lebanon, calling for global cooperation to fight extremism.

    "The perpetrators of these cowardly and barbaric acts do not represent any race, religion or creed," Prime Minister Najib Razak of Muslim-majority Malaysia told the summit.

    "They are terrorists."

    The Kuala Lumpur diplomatic-political meetings follow a trade-related forum in Manila earlier in the week that included many of the same leaders and similar expressions of concern over terrorism.

    Obama is on something of a victory lap for his newly signed 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, which Washington is pushing signatories in the region to ratify so it can eventually be implemented.

    China's push to expand tiny atolls in the South China Sea into full islands capable of supporting a sustained military presence has also hung over the meetings.

    Obama met Saturday with his ASEAN counterparts, and a joint statement emerged that stressed the need to maintain freedom of navigation and over-flight in the South China Sea.

    Washington has warned that traffic through the South China Sea, a key conduit for world trade, could be threatened by China's moves.

    It recently sent US naval vessels to the region to stress the right to free passage, a move that angered Beijing.

    Earlier in Manila, Obama called on China to cease the island-building, while announcing hundreds of millions of dollars of new aid to regional allies worried by China's territorial assertiveness.

    China insists on sovereignty over virtually all the strategic and resource-endowed South China Sea, which also is claimed in part by a handful of other countries.

    Southeast Asian foreign ministers who met Friday in Kuala Lumpur issued a joint statement saying they were "seriously concerned" over the land reclamation.

    In Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia leaders will declare the establishment on Sunday of an "ASEAN Economic Community" (AEC), inspired by Europe.

    The move takes ASEAN a step closer to an envisioned single Southeast Asian market with free flow of goods, capital and skilled labour across borders.

    But the AEC's realisation remains a distant goal -- if it is ever fully achieved -- due to significant non-tariff and other barriers and large development gaps across the diverse region, and the declaration is largely symbolic

    Source: AFP


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  • Three Nigerian men wanted for duping Vietnamese women

    21/Oct/2015 // 318 Viewers

    A picture of Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan and a Nigerian man who cheated Vietnamese women through a series of online romance scams. — Photo cand.com.vn

     

    HA NOI (VNS) — The HCM City police are hunting for three Nigerian men who allegedly cheated a number of Vietnamese women of over VND1.6 billion (US$72,000) through a series of online romance scams.

    Chikelu Tobechukwu Samson, 33, Nkwocha Peter Emeka, 45, and Nmoruka Samuel Obumneme, 39, claimed to be in love with Vietnamese women they made friends with on the Internet.

    They promised to send the women valuable gifts and asked them to pay a sum of money for shipment, tax and other kinds of fees to their accomplices who impersonated as bank officers or shipment officials.

    The three suspects used to live in HCM City's District 7.

    At least 21 women have been swindled of more than VND1.6 billion ($72,000).

    Investigations revealed that the group had worked with Le Dung Tuyen, 28, Tran Thuyen Ly, and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan to create bank accounts for the victims to transfer their money.

    Ly and Tuyen have been arrested. Police are hunting for the woman. — VNS


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  • Strike delays hit Australian airports

    21/Sep/2015 // 181 Viewers

     AFP/File | The Australian Border Force has warned passengers travelling in and out of the country over the coming week may experience delays at international airports due to industrial action
    SYDNEY (AFP) - 
    Travellers using Australia's international airports faced delays on Monday and were warned of more to come as immigration and border force workers went on strike over pay and conditions.

    Morning peak-hour travel was held up with long queues forming in Sydney, which along with airports in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Coolangatta and Cairns experienced two-hour stoppages when staff walked out.

    "These workers are angry, they're under pressure, they face major cuts to their take-home pay and workplace rights and government simply hasn't listened," said Nadine Flood, secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) representing workers.

    The strikes affecting those departing and arriving on international flights are set to continue until September 30.

    "Border Force workers feel they have no choice but to act, so they are prepared to strike every day, twice a day over peak periods, over 10 days," Flood said.

    The union claims the government wants to reduce rights, conditions and allowances, cutting current annual pay for many staff by Aus$8,000 (US$5,735) and have called on new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to resolve the 18-month dispute.

    The Australian Border Force said passengers travelling in and out of the country over the coming week may experience delays at international airports due to the industrial action.

    "Arrangements are in place to protect Australia's borders and minimise the impact on our operations, but if you are going overseas, we advise you to arrive at the airport early," it said in a statement.

    Managers stepped in during the strike at Sydney Airport on Monday, but there were still delays.

    "We've been about an hour and a half to get through; it's a bit chaotic in there to say the least," one traveller told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    ? 2015 AFP


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  • South Korea and U.S. Begin Drills Despite North Korea’s Threat of Nuclear Strikes

    22/Aug/2016 // 275 Viewers

     

    (SEOUL) — South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea’s threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal.

    Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual. But the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following the defection of a senior North Korean diplomat and a U.S. plan to place a high-tech defense missile system in South Korea.

    The North’s military said in a statement Monday that it will turn Seoul and Washington into “a heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike” if they show any signs of aggression toward the North’s territory.

    The North’s “first-strike” units are ready to mount retaliatory attacks on South Korean and U.S. forces involved in the drills, according to the statement, carried by Pyongyang’s state media.

    South Korea’s Unification Ministry expressed “strong” regret over the North’s warning, saying the drills with the U.S. are defensive in nature. Seoul and Washington have repeatedly said they have no intentions of invading Pyongyang.

    The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills that began Monday for a 12-day run are largely computer-simulated war games. The training involves 25,000 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the U.S. and South Korean militaries.

    The drills come just days after Seoul announced that Thae Yong Ho, No. 2 at the North’s embassy in London, had recently defected to South Korea because he was disillusioned with the North’s leadership. Pyongyang’s state media called him “human scum” and a criminal who had been ordered home for a series of alleged criminal acts, including sexually assaulting a minor.

    South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said Monday that there were signs of “serious cracks” in the North’s ruling elite class after defections of key figures she didn’t identity. Park told a security meeting that Pyongyang could carry out cyberattacks or other provocations on South Korea to divert public attention away from such domestic problems.

    Many analysts said Thae’s defection was an embarrassment to the North Korean government of leader Kim Jong Un, but would not weaken the unity of the country’s elite class.

    North Korea has already boosted its war rhetoric because of the planned deployment of the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea, which Washington and Seoul says is needed because of the increasing North Korean threats.

    About 28,500 U.S. troops are in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from North Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended with armistice, not a peace treaty. - YAHOO NEWS


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  • Tension as US reveals readiness to attack, destroy North Korea

    22/Dec/2016 // 643 Viewers

     

    On Wenesday, the U.S. warned North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons against South Korea would “be met with effective and overwhelming response”.
    The warning was contained in a statement issued jointly on Wednesday by the Governments of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the U.S. after the inaugural meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington, D.C.

    The joint statement said the EDSCG, established by the U.S.-ROK (Republic of Korea)Foreign and Defense Ministers’ (2+2) Meeting on Oct. 19, 2016, was led by vice ministerial-level officials from the ROK and the U.S.

    “Officials from both sides held comprehensive and in-depth discussions on strategic and policy issues regarding extended deterrence against North Korea, including how to better leverage the full breadth of national power – using diplomacy, information, military, and economic elements.

    “The United States reiterated its ironclad and unwavering commitment to draw on the full range of its military capabilities, including the nuclear umbrella, conventional strike, and missile defence, to provide extended deterrence for the ROK.

    “The United States reaffirmed the longstanding U.S. policy that any attack on the United States or its allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an effective and overwhelming response.

    “In particular, the United States emphasised that it remains steadfast in meeting these enduring commitments and providing immediate support to the ROK.

    “In response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, the officials reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to regularly deploy U.S. strategic assets for the defence of the ROK, as well as to enhance such measures and identify new or additional steps to strengthen deterrence.”

    The officials also highlighted that the U.S., in 2016, demonstrated its commitment and resolve to the South Korea by exercising extended deterrence through measures to enhance missile defense capabilities and through clear demonstrations of the U.S. nuclear triad.

    “This includes multiple B-52 strategic bomber flights as well as visits by South Korean officials to observe a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch on Feb. 25 and board a nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) during its port visit to Guam on Nov. 1.”

    The joint statement emphasised the importance of the EDSCG as a high-level consultative mechanism and with a common understanding that such various measures to strengthen their combined defense were necessary to maintain effective deterrence of North Korea.

    The two sides expressed their intent to continue alliance discussions through the EDSCG on how to best tailor their response to the evolving North Korea’s nuclear threat.


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