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  1. News - World - SCIENCE

    Siberian crater may have been caused by methane gas, scientists say

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:23am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... and temperatures can plunge dozens of degrees below zero. Such a place is the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, translated as "the ends of the Earth". Many have heard of the crater on the Yamal Peninsula that suddenly appeared, yawning nearly 65 metres in diameter. There's now a substantiated theory about what created the crater. And the news is not good. It may be methane gas, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568448/siberian-crater-may-have-been-caused-methane-gas-scientists-say
  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    HK$4.125 million paid to Rafael Hui as a ‘special bonus’, court hears

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 11:42pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... performance and valuable advice. He had recommended against SHKP increasing its investment in KMB amid high oil prices, and against knocking down the Redhill Peninsula estate to prevent complaints ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576343/hk4125-million-paid-hui-special-bonus-hears-court
  3. News - World - AL-QAEDA

    Ransoms are al-Qaeda’s main source of funding, says new investigation

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 09:24pm by AFP

    ... al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Wuhayshi said ransom money- reaching about US$10 million per hostage in recent cases- accounts for up to half his operating budget. ... sources. Somalia's al-Shabab insurgents received US$5.1 million from Spain, while al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula received nearly US$30 million in two payments, one from Qatar and Oman, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1562864/ransoms-are-al-qaedas-main-source-funding
  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Pope says Asian eye on wealth is wrong

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 11:08pm by AP

    ... for the reunification of their peninsula, saying they should aim to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished". The remarks were the pope's most specific comments on the division ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574481/pope-says-asian-eye-wealth-wrong
  5. News - World

    Russia retaliates against sanctions with ban on Western food imports

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:23am by AP

    ... accused Russia, which annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in March, of supplying the insurgency in eastern Ukraine, and have sanctioned individuals and companies in Russia in retaliation. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568730/russia-retaliates-against-sanctions-ban-western-food-imports
  6. Russia eyes closer ties on Korean Peninsula

    Posted Mar 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk Vladimir Putin's resurgence as president of Russia evokes uneasy memories of the era of Soviet rule when Russia was the dominant element in an empire that encompassed much of eastern Europe and central Asia. Since the fall of communist ru ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994911/russia-eyes-closer-ties-korean-peninsula
  7. News - Asia - RELIGION

    800,000 turn out for Pope Francis' open-air mass in Seoul

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 07:21pm by AP, Reuters

    ... centuries by the Joseon dynasty, which tried to shut the Korean peninsula off from Western influence. The Vatican said about 800,000 people turned out in Seoul. About 10 per cent of South ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575001/pope-beatifies-over-100-korean-martyrs-visits-anti-abortion-shrine
  8. News - World - UKRAINE

    Russia could be about to invade Ukraine, warns Nato

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:54am by Reuters

    ... of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission as an excuse to send troops into Eastern Ukraine", she said. Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in the Black Sea in March, and Western countries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1567970/russia-could-be-about-invade-ukraine-warns-nato
  9. Korean Peninsula faces uncertain path out of crisis

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... on the Korean Peninsula- is a shared goal of key powers in the region. China was the first to offer official condolences to Pyongyang in the name of the government (within four hours) as well ... as it was on the verge of conducting serious dialogue with North Korea regarding denuclearisation. While Washington takes seriously the lingering dangers of instability on the peninsula, it also considers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/988732/korean-peninsula-faces-uncertain-path-out-crisis
  10. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Hagel agrees strategy with Seoul to deal with threat from North Korea

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... that the alliance must respond to what Kim described as the "vastly different" security situation on the Korean peninsula following the North's nuclear test. It has requested an extension ... of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. "North Korea has increased its threat clearly against South Korea, and against the United States. It has increased its capability," Hagel said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1323036/hagel-agrees-strategy-seoul-deal-threat-north-korea

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