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  • Uganda denies minister was bribed by former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho

    HONG KONG, 2017/11/29 US Department of Justice claims Ho considered setting up yuan exchange centre in Uganda with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa. Uganda on Friday rejected US accusations that its foreign minister curried favour with a Chinese energy firm in return for US$500,000 in bribes from Patrick Ho Chi-ping, Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary presently under arrest in the US on corruption charges. According to the Department of Justice in the United States, Ho was contemplating last year setting up Africa’s initial yuan exchange centre in Uganda by collaborating with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa.
  • Vietnam prosecutes bank officials in corruption crackdown

    VIETNAM, 2017/11/25 Vietnam has prosecuted five former officials of the unlisted Dong A Bank for violating rules that “lead to critical consequences”, police said on Friday, part of a widening investigation involving the Ho Chi Minh City-based lender.
  • WFP chief appeals for peace on World Food Day

    WORLD, 2017/10/17 The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday made an impassioned plea for peace amid mounting evidence of the links between conflict, migration and rising hunger.Concerns are growing that evolution in defeating world hunger is being reversed as record numbers of people flee their homes to escape fighting. “Someday someday, World Food Day will be a celebration of a peaceful and well-fed world. Sadly, that day seems very far off right presently. We have far too much violence and conflict, and that is why we have additional people who are hungry and in need of assistance,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
  • 5 charts that show how China is spending billions in foreign aid

    CHINA, 2017/10/14 China's foreign aid is sharply in focus this week with an unprecedented new data trove showing the country's growing global reach and detailing how Beijing spends its cash. In recent decades, the world's second largest economy has evolved from an aid recipient to a net aid donor. But a lack of official information on China's development activities had prevented the international community from understanding where and how the country spends its foreign aid. That's because the government considers its international development finance program to be a "state secret," according to AidData, a research lab at Virginia-based College of William & Mary.
  • UN report attacks austerity budgets for growing inequality

    WORLD, 2017/09/16 Study says spending cuts have encouraged rise of robots and AI and heightened job insecurity, particularly for women Austerity budgets adopted by governments across the world since the 2008 financial crash are to blame for undermining the job security of millions of workers and threatening the evolution made by women in the workplace, according to a UN statement. The threat to jobs from the growing use of robots and artificial intelligence has been exacerbated by a lack of government investment and lack of national support for skills training, the statement as well said.
  • Information products for children to be age-rated in Uzbekistan

    UZBEKISTAN, 2017/08/26 The Senate (upper home) of the Uzbek Parliament approved the law “On protecting children from data harmful to their health” on August 24, Trend’s correspondent reported from the Senate conference. According to the law approved by the senators, hereafter, data products will be labeled according to age categories (7, 12, 16 and 18), this is while some products will be labeled as prohibited for distribution part children.
  • Philippines' Duterte calls North Korea's Kim a 'fool' over nuclear ambitions

    NORTH KOREA, 2017/08/03 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "fool" and a "son of a bitch", just days before Manila hosts an international conference certain to address Pyongyang's long-range missile tests. Duterte held nothing back in rebuking Kim for "playing with dangerous toys", setting the stage for next week's rare get-together, to be attended by foreign ministers of all the nations involved in the standoff on the Korean peninsula. North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and officials in Washington said Saturday's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed it may be able to reach most of the country.
  • Why did Japan leave South Sudan?

    JAPAN, 2017/07/10 In March 2017, the Japanese government announced it was terminating the Self-Defence Force’s (SDF) participation in the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). This abrupt withdrawal came only four months next the SDF’s deployment in November 2016 under the new upgraded mission of Kaketsuke Keigo (rush and rescue). Under Kaketsuke Keigo, the SDF’s mandate is to protect Japanese nationals, foreign aid workers and peacekeepers under threat. It was added to the security legislation passed by the Diet in September 2015 legalising Japan’s proactive contribution to peace. The South Sudan mission was the initial mission the SDF undertook under the new laws.
  • Mongolia’s mighty military diplomacy

    MONGOLIA, 2017/07/10 Mongolia is quickly becoming known for its world military presence. With China and Russia as its only direct neighbours, Mongolia faces a conundrum. Mongolia’s foreign policy is dominated by the necessity to balance the influences of its powerful neighbours and the need to gather support from like-minded nations. Mongolia refers to this as their ‘Third Neighbour Policy’, which aims to allow for economic and political self-determination independent of both China and Russia. Mongolia’s military is key to the execution of this policy.
  • Philippines: Rebels Back ‘Fatwa’ Against Violent Extremism

    PHILIPPINES, 2017/07/08 The major Moro rebel group in the southern Philippines has declared its support for a “fatwa” against violent extremism before declared by a senior Islamic religious leader in Mindanao. A statement by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) released on July 4 said it “fully endorses and supports such edicts without fear and reservation.”