Tag Archives: Asia

04Sep/17

Growing pressure for Suu Kyi as Myanmar violence swells

Nearly 90,000 of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya have fled the country’s violence since August, as international criticism mounts on its Nobel Peace Prize laureate leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to do more to protect the minority. Matthew Larotonda reports. Continue reading

06Aug/17

Another Dubai tower catches fire in three days – media

DUBAI, UAE (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) – Another tower in Dubai caught fire on Sunday morning (August 6), the second in three days, but the fire was extinguished soon, emergency services told national media. Continue reading

04Aug/17

Huge fire engulfs Dubai residential skyscraper

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AUGUST 4, 2017) (ANDRE VAN NIEKERK) – A massive blaze was engulfing one of the world’s tallest residential buildings in Dubai early on Friday (August 4), residents said, but authorities said the tower had been evacuated and no injuries were reported. Continue reading

16Jul/17

In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup

ANKARA, TURKEY (JULY 15, 2017) (PRESIDENTIAL POOL) – Thousands of Turks gathered in front of the Turkish parliament in the capital Ankara at the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in the early hours of Sunday (July 16). Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressed to the thousands gathered in front of the parliament.

A sea of rapturous, flag-waving crowds spilled across the streets of Istanbul, where last year unarmed civilians stood up to rogue soldiers who commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in a bid to topple Erdogan.

Some 250 people were killed and parliament bombed before the coup was put down. The show of popular defiance has likely ended decades of military interference in Turkish politics.

But along with a groundswell of nationalism, the coup’s greatest legacy has been a far-reaching crackdown that has deepened the divide between Western-facing, secular Turks and the pious millions who back Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted politics.

02Jul/17

Thousands of migrant workers leave Thailand after labour crackdown

MYAWADDY, MYANMAR (JUNE 30, 2017) (TPBS) – Thousands of irregular migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia are leaving Thailand each day, Thailand’s immigration police said on Friday (June 30), after a decree aimed at managing foreign workers took effect earlier this month.
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16Apr/17

China’s Alibaba to build cyber Silk Road by creating global e-commerce platforms

China Central Television (CCTV) – China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has been developing cross-border e-commerce platforms in countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, promoting the idea of building a “cyber Silk Road”.
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28Jan/17

Trump travel ban sparks panic abroad, lawsuits at home

U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely will likely land his administration in court. Zachary Goelman reports. Continue reading