BENGHAZI, Libya: A military push in southern Libya which strongman Khalifa Haftar says is aimed at rooting out “terrorists” and foreign fighters has sparked backlash from an ethnic minority and the UN-backed government. The offensive risks fuelling tensions in a country already wracked by violence and torn between rival administrations since the overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. A power struggle between the UN-backed government in Tripoli and a parallel cabinet supported by Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east have left the country’s vast desert south a lawless no-man’s land. The rugged territory, which shares borders with Algeria, Niger, Chad and Sudan, has become a haven for jihadists and armed groups of all stripes. They include Chadian rebels accused of fuelling insecurity and taking advantage of the country’s porous borders to establish rear bases. The LNA in mid-January announced the start of an … [Read more...] about Haftar push in south Libya sparks backlash
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Asia UnhedgedReal-time intel on what moves markets The PLA scrambled a frigate and two helicopters to intercept the British ship off disputed islands that China claims By Frank Chen September 7, 2018 4:14 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 China’s defense ministry has broken its silence about what it described as an “incursion” and a following face-off with the British navy at the end of August in disputed waters in the South China Sea. China slammed a move by the HMS Albion, a British Royal Navy amphibious transport ship, into disputed waters, calling it “provocative.” Beijing alleged that the HMS Albion, carrying a contingent of British Royal Marines, entered its territorial waters off the Xisha Islands, otherwise known as the Paracel Islands, while en route to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. Beijing media also reported that People’s Liberation Army seamen stationed on the islands … [Read more...] about British navy and PLA face off in South China Sea
SEOUL: As soon as the Seoul office worker told police she had been raped, her attacker struck back with a barrage of complaints against her under South Korea's criminal defamation law, which states that truth is not necessarily a defence."He kept filing complaints against me non-stop, accusing me of defamation, insult, perjury, intimidation and even sexual harassment," said the woman, who asked to be identified only as "D" for fear of her personal safety."For months, I couldn't eat," she told AFP. "I couldn't drink. I couldn't sleep. I felt like I was trapped in a swamp I could never escape."The man was later convicted of rape and sentenced to two years in prison, while all the accusations against D were dismissed.But the legal quagmire she faced is not rare in the South, where defamation laws make libel a crime and stating the truth can still be an offence if it is deemed to have tarnished others' social reputation.A growing number of alleged sex abusers are seeking to use legal … [Read more...] about Fighting for justice in South Korea, where truth can be a crime
A group of suspected rhinoceros poachers were killed by a pride of lions in South Africa's Sibuya Game Reserve on Monday morning (July 2). According to a statement posted on the reserve's Facebook page on Thursday, an anti-poaching dog alerted its handler that something was amiss at about 4.30am on Monday. The handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions but was not concerned as it is common to hear the lions at night. At about 4.30pm on Tuesday evening, a field guide on duty spotted what appeared to be human remains and other items in the immediate vicinity of the lions. Mr Nick Fox, the reserve's owner, was immediately called to the scene, where a high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack with food, water and other supplies were found. The Daily Mail reported that one head and a number of bloodied body parts and limbs have been recovered from the area, together with three pairs of empty shoes. In the Facebook post, Mr Fox said that the group of at … [Read more...] about Suspected rhinoceros poachers killed by pride of lions in South African game reserve
One reason for this toothlessness is that any statement issued by Asean must be agreed to in full. If any member objects, it is rejected or revised. But the bigger reason is that some Asean members – Laos, Cambodia and now the Philippines – are beholden to Beijing because of largesse they have received from China. After a July 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration that junked China’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea and recognised Philippine sovereignty over the Kalayaan Islands – part of the Spratly group – Manila could have led in calling for a more assertive Asean stance against expansionist China’s threat to regional stability. But President Rodrigo Duterte rejected that move and instead shelved the arbitral ruling in favour of wider economic collaboration with China. Beijing has since pledged $4.4 billion (Bt138 billion) in funding to finance 12 huge infrastructure projects in the Philippines. This is on top of the … [Read more...] about Silence in South China Sea: Why is Asean so afraid of Beijing?