• China court rules against same-sex couple's marriage application

    13/Apr/2016 // 223 Viewers


    BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court ruled against two men seeking to marry, it said Wednesday, as more sexual minorities push for equal rights in the country.
    Sun Wenlin, 27, sued a civil affairs bureau after it refused to grant him and his partner, Hu Mingliang, a marriage certificate.

    The Furong district court in Changsha, in the central province of Hunan, agreed in January to hear the case, a move many observers considered a landmark development in itself.

    But the court quickly dismissed the suit after hearing it on Wednesday.

    "According to our country's relevant marriage laws and regulations, marriage is only between a man and a woman," it said on an official social media account.

    The couple's lawyer said they would appeal against the verdict.

    "This is the first gay marriage case in China, and I believe there will be more gay people fighting for their rights in different ways," attorney Shi Fulong told AFP.

    China's judicial system is firmly under the control of the Communist Party, and so-called politically sensitive rulings are rarely decided based purely on legal matters.

    China only officially decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, and listed it as a mental illness for another four years.

    More recently tolerance has grown in larger Chinese cities, but conservative attitudes remain deeply ingrained and discrimination against gays and lesbians is common.

    The same-sex marriage case is just the latest in an increasingly vocal tide advocating for equal rights for China's sexual minorities.

    A tribunal in the southwestern city of Guiyang is hearing a transgender discrimination suit where a man, identified only as Chen, who was born female, claimed he was fired from his job at a health clinic.

    According to the Guiyang Evening News, a manager at the Ciming Medical Centre said: "Chen's appearance really didn't fit our standards."

    Chen is now claiming he was unfairly dismissed and is seeking 2,000 yuan ($309) in compensation at a labour tribunal. He has also demanded an apology.

    But the Changsha couple's lawyer remained upbeat about prospects for same-sex couples.

    "We lost, but I think it is just a matter of time for same-sex partners being allowed to get married," Shi said.

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  • BREAKING: USA drops the 'mother' of all bombs, hits ISIS with non-nuclear bomb ever used in war history

    13/Apr/2017 // 2414 Viewers


    U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said.

    The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. When it was developed in the early 2000s, the Pentagon did a formal review of legal justification for its combat use.

    The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement that the bomb was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex in Achin district of Nangarhar province, where the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group has been operating. The target was close to the Pakistani border.

    The U.S. estimates 600 to 800 IS fighters are present in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. The U.S. has concentrated heavily on combatting them while also supporting Afghan forces battling the Taliban. Just last week a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Maryland, was killed in action in Nangarhar.

    In its 2003 review of the legality of using the bomb, the Pentagon concluded that it could not be called an indiscriminate killer under the Law of Armed Conflict.

    "Although the MOAB weapon leaves a large footprint, it is discriminate and requires a deliberate launching toward the target," the review said, using the acronym for the bomb.

    Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the bomb was dropped from a U.S. MC-130 special operations transport. He said the bomb had been brought to Afghanistan "some time ago" for potential use.

    Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a written statement that the strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area "while maximizing the destruction" of IS fighters and facilities. He said IS has been using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen its defenses.

    "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K," he added, using the U.S. military's acronym for the IS affiliate.

    White House spokesman Sean Spicer said IS fighters had used the tunnels and caves in Achin to maneuver freely.

    "The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did," Spicer said. - YAHOO NEWS

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  • Breaking News: Tears as powerful earthquake strikes again

    13/Nov/2016 // 578 Viewers


    A powerful earthquake  measuring 7.4 magnitude reportedly struck causing large-scale destruction   just after midnight (11:02) on Sunday some 95 km about (59 miles from  Christchurch,  New Zealand’s South Island, BBC has just reported.

    Recall Christchurch is still recovering from the 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people and destroyed the city centre.

    New Zealand lies on the notorious Ring of Fire, the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

    There are no immediate reports of damage from the latest quake.
    ‘The Herald’ newspaper said the tremor was felt all the way to Wellington, where sirens sounded and people fled buildings into the streets, some of them crying.

    The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat, reports the BBC.


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  • North Korea says ready for war with the US as it marks anniversary

    13/Oct/2015 // 206 Viewers

    Long-range missiles roll down a street in Pyongyang as part of a military parade Oct. 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. © Kyodo
    PYONGYANG (Reuters) -- Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States.
    Thousands of troops stood at attention under a blue autumn sky in Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square, named after Kim Jong Un's grandfather and the founder of the nation, as Kim, appearing relaxed and confident, made his speech, leaning heavily on the lectern.
    The young leader was accompanied by senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan, with whom he was seen speaking throughout the event and occasionally shared laughs, and flanked by senior North Korean party and military officials.
    "The party's revolutionary armament means we are ready to fight any kind of war waged by the U.S. imperialists," Kim said in a speech strikingly more forceful than previous public comments, praising the feats of past leaders and the ruling party.
    He made no direct mention of the country's nuclear programme, likely a conciliatory diplomatic gesture towards China, which hosted the now-defunct "six-party talks", also involving the United States, on giving economic incentives to Pyongyang in return for scrapping its atomic ambitions.
    On Wednesday, a high-level U.S. military official said Washington believed North Korea had the capability to launch a nuclear weapon against the U.S. mainland and stood ready to defend against any such attacks.
    Kim's speech was followed by troops marching in formation, first by a corps of soldiers dressed in the style of the revolutionary force that fought Japan during World War Two, and then a procession of military might rolling past the square.
    A battery of the North's intercontinental ballistic missiles was the highlight of the weapons display, although they are not known to have been successfully tested.
    Impoverished North Korea and rich, democratic South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty. The North, slapped with U.N. and U.S. sanctions for its nuclear weapons and rocket programmes, often threatens to destroy the South, and its major ally the United States, in a sea of flames.
    In a letter delivered by Liu, the most senior Chinese official to visit Pyongyang since leader Kim came to power following his father's death in 2011, Xi said China attached vital importance to its relationship with North Korea, China's official Xinhua news agency said.
    Reuters with DailyGlobeWatch

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  • BREAKING: Strong quakes hit Japan, nuclear plants safe, dozens injured: media

    14/Apr/2016 // 174 Viewers


    TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6 hit southwestern Japan on Thursday, bringing down some buildings and injuring dozens of people, local media reported, but the nuclear regulator reported no problems at power plants.

    The initial quake struck 11 km (7 miles) east of the city of Kumamoto, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. It said the magnitude was 6.2 but later revised it down. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the quake registered 6.4.

    There was no tsunami warning, but Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said several buildings had collapsed. He gave no more details.

    "We intend to do the utmost to grasp the situation," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters. "I'm now planning to hear what we have gathered on the situation."

    The Kyodo news agency reported that around 40 people were being treated at a hospital in Kumamoto city, some of them seriously injured.

    A fire also broke out in Mashiki, a town of about 34,000 people near the epicenter of the quake. NHK showed footage of firefighters tackling a blaze at a building.

    Some 16,000 households in the area were without electricity and 38,000 homes had no gas supplies in Kumamoto, Japanese media reported.

    At around 1503 GMT, another tremor struck the region, according to the USGS. It was initially measured at magnitude 6.4, before being revised down to 5.9. Again, there was no tsunami warning.

    After the first tremor, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said there were no irregularities at three nuclear plants on the southernmost island of Kyushu and nearby Shikoku.

    Some high-speed trains were halted as a precaution.

    Japanese media showed watermelons falling from shelves at a supermarket in Kumamoto.

    A quake of magnitude 9 struck offshore north of Tokyo in March 2011, causing tsunami waves along the coast which killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered a meltdown at a nuclear power plant.

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  • 2 plane parts to be examined in Australia for links to MH370

    14/Mar/2016 // 255 Viewers


    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister said Monday two plane pieces found in Mozambique will be sent to Australia to verify if they belong to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said a part found recently by an American in Mozambique is now in Malaysia for safekeeping.

    He said a Malaysian team is expected to return this week from South Africa with another part found by a family holidaying in Mozambique. The family took the piece with them when they returned home to South Africa.

    Liow said both pieces will be sent to Australia to be examined by an international investigation team. The plane vanished March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

    "We want to be transparent and accountable in our investigation as much as possible ... that is why we want (the parts) to be verified in Australia," Liow said. He said a Malaysian team will be sent to Mozambique to comb its beaches for more possible debris.

    He said French and Malaysian teams will work to verify another piece of plane debris recently recovered from Reunion Island.

    "At this juncture, it has not been confirmed whether any of the recovered debris came from MH370," he said, urging the public to avoid speculation.

    Liow said if the Flight 370 links were confirmed, the locations where the pieces were found would be consistent with ocean drift models done by Australia. Those models were used to determine the search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

    The search is expected to end by June. A wing part found in Reunion last July is the only part so far confirmed from Flight 370.

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  • Ahead of TRUMP's inauguration, US issues warning, set to confront China over aggressive behaviour in South China Sea

    15/Dec/2016 // 700 Viewers


    The United States will confront China if it continues to stoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea region, the head of the U.S. Pacific fleet said Wednesday. Admiral Harry Harris also reassured allies Washington would not allow the contested territory to be controlled unilaterally.

    In a speech at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Harris said China continues to behave in an “aggressive” manner in the South China Sea.

    “We will not allow a shared domain to be closed down unilaterally no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China Sea,” Harris said. “We will cooperate when we can but we will be ready to confront when we must.”

    China has laid claims to almost all of South China Sea, through where about $5 trillion worth of maritime trade sails every year. It has also reportedly been building runways and ports on islands in the contested waters to assert its claim over the region. Beijing has consistently defended its actions, saying it does not intend to start a conflict and that its operations will add to the safety of the region.

    Following this, the U.S. carried out a series of freedom-of-navigation operations in the recent months, angering China which has blamed Washington of militarizing the disputed region.

    “The U.S. fought its first war following our independence to ensure freedom of navigation,” Harris said during Wednesday’s speech. “This is an enduring principle and one of the reasons our forces stand ready to fight tonight.”

    Harris also said the Pentagon will deploy F-22 Raptors as part of stepping up its presence in the South China Sea. The F-22 Raptors are considered the most sophisticated fighter jets currently in use by the U.S. military.

    “My point is that you can count on America now and into the future,” Harris said. “I say that confidently because it’s in our national interest to continue our engagement in this vital region as we support the rules-based international order.”

    Apart from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims over disputed territory in the region.

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  • BREAKING: North Korea missile test launch on Sunday fails, blows up

    16/Apr/2017 // 10287 Viewers


    PARIS, APRIL 15, 2017: (DGW) A North Korean missile “blew up almost immediately” on its test launch on Sunday, the U.S. Pacific Command said,

    The failed launch from North Korea’s east coast, came a day after North Korea held a military parade in its capital, marking the birth anniversary of the state founder, in which what appeared to be new long-range ballistic missiles were on display.

    The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. It has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland United States but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology.

    “The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed,” South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

    The U.S. Pacific Command said the missile “blew up almost immediately”, adding the type of missile was being analyzed.

    There was a high degree of confidence it was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity. A second U.S. official said the launch was land-based.

    The timing of the test, coinciding with US Vice President Pence’s trip and a day after the military parade, would suggest deliberate defiance.

    Pence had been briefed on the failed launch en route to Seoul and had been in touch with Trump, White House aides said.

    South Korea’s Yonhap news agency cited an unidentified South Korean intelligence source as saying the missile appeared to have not flown far from its land-based launch site.

    The North launched a ballistic missile from the same region earlier this month ahead of a summit between the leaders of the United States and China to discuss the North’s arms program.

    That missile flew about 60 km (40 miles) but what U.S. officials said appeared to be a liquid-fuelled, extended-range Scud missile only traveled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control.

    China has spoken out against North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests and has supported U.N. sanctions. China on Friday again called for talks to defuse the crisis.

    Sinpo, where the Sunday launch took place, is the site of a North Korean submarine base and where the North has tested the submarine-launched ballistic missile it is developing.

    “It appears today’s launch was already scheduled for re-launching after the earlier test-firing,” said Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.

    “This launch can possibly be a test for a new type of missile or an upgrade,” Kim said.

    Tension had escalated sharply in the region amid concerns that the North may conduct a sixth nuclear test or a ballistic missile test launch around the April 15 birth anniversary of founding father Kim Il Sung it calls the “Day of the Sun”.

    The White House has said Trump has put the North “on notice”.

    Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. (NAN)

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  • Breaking! Tears as suicide bomber explodes, 4 security officials killed, 11 others mortally wounded

    16/Nov/2016 // 594 Viewers


    Akhmed Uthman, Middle East Correspondent

    PARIS, NOVEMBER 16, 2016: (DGW) INFORMATION  reaching our Paris news desk say no fewer than four security officials were blown to bits when a suicide bomber attacked  their vehicle thus leaving behind a scene of tears , sorrow and blood in the Afghan capital of Kabul, DailyGlobeWatch Middle East  correspondent, Akhmed Uthman, reports.

    Eleven other people were also  seriously injured by the blast, security officials also disclosed to our correspondent on condition of anonymity citing ongoing investigations.

    The attack in question  occurred near the Ministry of Defence compound. 

    Our correspondent, however,  said no group has claimed responsibility as of the time of filing this report but chances are that it was carried out by Taliban insurgents who have recently stepped up attacks targeting security  forces throughout the country.

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  • Scores arrested as US targets Chinese synthetic drugs network

    16/Oct/2015 // 190 Viewers

    US law enforcement officials announced on Thursday they had arrested 151 people in a crackdown on synthetic “designer” drugs that tied Chinese suppliers to Middle East profiteers on the sales.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency said arrests took place in 16 states around the country in the past two days as part of a 15 month effort against synthetics, linked to a rise in overdoses and drug deaths.

    The operation seized some 10,000 kilograms of raw and packaged synthetic cannabinoids—often called synthetic marijuana—as well as $15 million in assets and 39 weapons.

    The DEA said the drugs, many which are often chemically structured to just fall outside of US bans, are mostly imported from China and openly sold in convenience shops, gas stations and other outlets.



    But investigators have found that the proceeds are often sent to the Middle East, the DEA said.

    “For the past several years, DEA has identified over 400 new designer drugs in the United States—the vast majority of which are manufactured in rogue labs in China,” it said in a statement.

    “Abuse of these psychoactive substances has resulted in ever-increasing numbers of overdose incidents and deaths.”

    The investigation into the industry, meanwhile, “continues to reveal the flow of millions of dollars in US synthetic drug proceeds to countries of concern in the Middle East.”

    The agency did not identify which countries, but in the past two years DEA officials have made reference to Yemen and Syria, among others.

    “The availability and illicit marketing of synthetic drugs creates the impression that they are safe and legal, when in fact they are neither,” said Sarah Saldana, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which was also involved in the investigation.

    In a coordinated move, the US Treasury hit with sanctions Nanjing, China-based Bo Peng and his company Kaikai Technology, who it said had “significant role” in trafficking synthetic drugs internationally.

    “Today’s action exposes Bo Peng’s illicit synthetic drug operations and cuts off his access to the international financial system. Treasury is committed to working with the DEA and our other law enforcement counterparts to disrupt this dangerous industry.”


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