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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan 'strongly protests' Russian military exercises on disputed Pacific islands

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 06:39pm by Reuters

    ... against Russian military exercises on northern Pacific islands that it also claims and which have been at the root of strained relations between the two countries since the end of the second world war. The exercises on the islands are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue with Moscow, despite the Ukraine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572923/japan-strongly-protests-against-russian-exercises-disputed-isles
  2. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    China to build five lighthouses in disputed Paracel Islands

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:55am by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com China to build five lighthouses in disputed islands China is planning to build five lighthouses in the disputed Paracel Islands in a move analysts said ... in the area, which the Chinese authorities call the Xisha Islands, the China News Service reported yesterday. The deployment of a Chinese oil rig in the region in May sparked riots in Vietnam, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1568640/china-build-five-lighthouses-disputed-paracel-islands
  3. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Teenage inmates endure 'culture of violence' at Rikers Island prison

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 09:25pm by MCT

    ... rights investigation has concluded that adolescent male inmates at Rikers Island endured a "culture of violence" in one of New York's most historic and congested detention centres, ... with up to 20 per cent of the young prisoners in segregation on any given day last year, the report found. "Rikers Island is a broken institution," Bharara said. "It is a place ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1567063/teenage-inmates-endure-culture-violence-rikers-island-prison
  4. News - China - DISPUTED TERRITORY

    Japan’s naming of disputed islands a ‘farce’ says China

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 08:29pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... state media on Sunday slammed Japan’s move to name islands at the edge of its territorial waters claimed by Beijing as a “farce”, saying they already had Chinese names. Tokyo on Friday named 160 uninhabited islands in the East China Sea which include five in an archipelago known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Senkakus in Japan and over which the two nations have long been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1565637/japans-naming-disputed-islands-farce-says-china
  5. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan President orders island-wide pipeline check after deadly Kaohsiung explosions

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 02:09pm by Ada Lee, Minnie Chan

    ... President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday ordered the government to review the safety of underground pipelines and cables across the island amid public concerns about poor management following deadly gas explosions in Kaohsiung on Thursday. The order came as the government said LCY Chemical, one of the island's key gas suppliers, had never notified the Kaohsiung government about the location ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1564903/buildings-jumped-kaoshiung-gas-blasts-ripped-roads-residents-recall
  6. News - Asia - MARITIME DISPUTE

    Chinese ships advance in waters near Diaoyus defying Japan’s white paper warning

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 02:03pm by AFP

    ... into waters off Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday, officials said, after Tokyo's annual defence paper warned of China's "dangerous acts" near the disputed archipelago. Three Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567585/defying-japans-warning-chinese-ships-advance-waters-near-diaoyus
  7. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    China dredges channels near disputed islands as Beijing 'asserts stance on South China Sea'

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 05:04am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing clearing channels around Drummond Island in disputed chain to ease access for fishermen and supply boats, Xinhua says China dredging ... to sovereignty in the region. Xinhua reported yesterday that up to 1.7km of channels had been dredged around Drummond Island, known as Jinqing in Chinese. The island, which is about 0.21 sq km, is one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1557769/china-dredging-channels-disputed-paracels-xinhua-reports
  8. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    15 people, including 10 foreigners, missing when boat sinks off Indonesia

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:06pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Ten foreigners among 15 missing after boat sinks Ten foreign tourists and five Indonesians were missing yesterday after a boat sank between islands in the east of the country, while 10 others had been rescued, search-and-rescue officials said. The vessel hit a reef and went down on Saturday en route from Lombok island to Komodo island, the home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575524/15-missing-after-tourist-boat-sinks-indonesia
  9. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

    Oil rig stops exploration work near disputed Paracel Islands a month early

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 09:14am by Teddy Ng, KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing and Kristine Kwok Exploration ends and vessels leave base near disputed islands that raised tensions with Vietnam, but operations are 'likely to resume' ... that developed after the rig was deployed on May 2. But observers said it would probably return to the area near the disputed Paracel Islands- which China calls the Xisha Islands and Vietnam calls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1555221/china-says-oil-rig-finishes-mission-waters-vietnam
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:34pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese government seeks specific guarantees over protection for remote islands- thought to be the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyus chain Tokyo presses U.S. over islands ... calls its "remote islands", as the two nations revise their defence pact. Japan and the US have started the process of rewriting their guidelines for Japan-US defence cooperation. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554274/diaoyus-their-minds-tokyo-seeks-us-military-guarantee-protect-remote

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