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  1. Asia's floating time bombs

    Posted Dec 19th 2003, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Sevastopolya, from Europe to Asia, is a case in point. The vessel, carrying 50,000 metric tonnes of heavy fuel oil from Latvia to Singapore, was warned by Spain this week to stay several hundred kilometres away from the Spanish coast on its way south. The European Union recently banned the Geroi Sevastopolya, and other heavy-oil carriers like it, from EU waters. With tougher rules ...

  2. East Asia's underlying danger

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... East Asia and the Russian Far East. Dry peat bogs, like coal seams close to the surface, are very difficult to douse when they catch fire. They also release huge amounts of soot, carbon dioxide ... peatland south of Kuala Lumpur has been drained to make way for a new airport and other developments. Parts of the cleared but undeveloped peatland started burning in the recent dry spell, adding ...

  3. 11 dead, scores sick, in Xinjiang food poisoning

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... not give further details of the incident, such as where it happened and what food was consumed. But local officials told the South China Morning Post that the villagers, observing Ramadan, went ...

  4. Frigate aground off Spratlys

    Posted Jul 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com A Chinese frigate has run aground while patrolling near a shoal in the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea, the Ministry of National ... but Philippine defence officials said the frigate bore the number 560- suggesting it is the Jianghu class frigate Dongguan of the People's Liberation Army's South Sea Fleet. 'We have ...

  5. Beyond repair

    Posted Apr 09th 2008, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... across Nias, the raw, exuberant and often untamed natural beauty of the island is offset by the abject poverty of its inhabitants. Heading south from Nias' capital, Gunungsitoli, the road ...

  6. Mining boom brings conflict

    Posted Jun 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the country has led to increasing environmental concerns, with a number of high-profile protests in all corners of the mineral-rich country. Now, conflicts are stirring in the South Gobi, which ... with the people who live and work there', Batbold says. Mongolia's Ministry of Environment, Nature and Tourism refused to comment. The emerging conflict is not unique to the South Gobi region, ...

  7. Onslaught continues as south braces for storms

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... south of the Yangtze River, from yesterday to tomorrow, from landlocked Yunnan to coastal Zhejiang. More than 220mm of rain is expected in regions such as Guizhou. The central government ordered ...

  8. The high seas' den of thieves

    Posted May 20th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Pirates in Southeast Asia have recently become bolder and started targeting bigger ships. This is worrying Japan and China, two of the main users of the Malacca ... the longer route through another Southeast Asian strait. But it would add significantly to the cost of oil for Asia's two biggest economies, hurting the transport sector. Piracy is a menace ...

  9. Social order breaks down after years of food shortages

    Posted Feb 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of North Korean refugees compiled by a leading South Korean aid group. Drawing on interviews with thousands of refugees who have fled across the border into China, the South Korean group Good ... husband was murdered by his best friend.' As public order breaks down, the government is becoming increasingly oppressive in its attempts to maintain control, says the South Korean group. One ...

  10. Cracks in the dream

    Posted Jul 30th 2006, 12:00am by David Evans

    ... US$300,000 for less than an acre on the beach. 'There's a guy from Hong Kong who recently sold a big plot of land near Tangalle [on the south coast] for over US$1 million and I bet he ... 'People have always settled where it is safe and that's been the same whether in Europe or Asia,' says Thomas Thumerer, an expert in storm and flood cover at insurance group Munich Re. ...




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