• Three Nigerian men wanted for duping Vietnamese women

    21/Oct/2015 // 255 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 // 142 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 // 212 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 // 578 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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  • Australian FM's Putin emoji sparks debate on Russia relations

    22/Oct/2015 // 386 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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  • North Korea's Kim hails 'successful' submarine missile test

    24/Apr/2016 // 243 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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  • Man shouts ''Allahu akbar'' stabs woman to death

    24/Aug/2016 // 388 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 // 179 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 // 192 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 // 993 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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