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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    China, Malaysia to hold first joint military drills

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 04:54pm by AFP

    ... a "direct-contact" relationship with China's fleet in the South China Sea. The resource-rich water body has become a potential military flashpoint in recent years as Beijing has pressed its claim ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1343727/china-malaysia-hold-first-joint-military-drills
  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Beef most costly protein based on environmental harm, US study finds

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 09:57pm by AFP

    ... in beef production. "I am glad to see that the authors also considered water, nutrient, and land use which are all important resources and are intensively used by beef and dairy cattle," ... in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Raising beef also required 11 times more irrigation water than other proteins, said researchers at Bard College in New York, Yale University ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557275/beef-most-costly-protein-based-environmental-harm-us-study-finds
  3. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    US asks China to stop building Spratlys island which could host airfield

    Posted Nov 22nd 2014, 08:45am by AFP, Minnie Chan

    ... Agence France-Presse and Minnie Chan Massive island has been created by reclamation project on Fiery Cross Reef, according to report US urges China to stop work in disputed waters The United States has urged Beijing to stop its reclamation projects in the South China Sea, as a report provided more details on a massive island being built in the disputed waters. According ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1646025/us-asks-china-stop-building-spratlys-island-which-could-host-airfield
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    UN spotlights trauma of Syrian refugee children

    Posted Nov 29th 2013, 03:44pm by AFP

    ... six months of this year, and 1,000 cared for in the vast Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. The massive influx of Syrians has stretched food, water, healthcare and accommodation resources ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1368673/un-spotlights-trauma-syrian-refugee-children
  5. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China foreign minister Wang Yi in ‘candid’ talks with Japanese delegates

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 06:24pm by AFP

    ... in the East China Sea intensified last year. Japan administers the unoccupied islands, which it calls Senkaku. China, which also claims them, refers to them as Diaoyu. The waters around them are considered potentially rich in natural resources. Wang has extensive experience with Japan. He was China’s ambassador to Tokyo from 2004 to 2007, was previously stationed there as a diplomat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1343791/china-foreign-minister-wang-yi-candid-talks-japanese-delegates
  6. News - World - BRAZIL

    Brazil to join elite club of nations building nuclear-powered submarines

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 09:16pm by AFP

    ... submarines aim to protect that resource, the navy official coordinating the US$10 billion project, Gilberto Max Roffe Hirshfeld, said. "The nuclear-propelled submarine is one of the weapons with the greatest power of dissuasion," he said. "Brazil has riches in its waters. It's our responsibility to have strong armed forces. Not to make war, but to avoid war, so that no one tries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1525347/brazil-join-elite-club-nations-building-nuclear-powered-submarines
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan nuclear regulator berates Fukushima operator

    Posted Oct 04th 2013, 03:56pm by AFP

    ... sloppy standards at the crippled nuclear plant, as yet another problem with contaminated water emerged. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) called in Tokyo Electric Power president Naomi Hirose and other executives over “the inappropriate management of contaminated water”. “The problems have been caused by a lack of basic checks,” NRA secretary general Katsuhiko Ikeda told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1324381/japan-nuclear-regulator-berates-fukushima-operator
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia probes Great Barrier Reef board over ‘mining links’

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 02:32pm by AFP

    ... According to the ABC, two of GBRMPA’s five board members have close links to the resources sector – Tony Mooney, an executive with Guildford Coal and Jon Grayson, who owns a stake in Gasfields Water ... to degrade inshore diversity”. Instead, the board issued a watered-down statement saying such biodiversity impact should be a “key consideration” in port approvals, while calling for further ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1343632/australia-probes-great-barrier-reef-board-over-mining-links
  9. News - Asia

    Desperation in Tacloban, city at eye of storm, as food and water run short

    Posted Nov 11th 2013, 05:46am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tacloban The Philippines struggles to deal with the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan as the bodies pile up and survivors search for food and water It's ... have no food, we need water and other things to survive." After half a day's work, he had filled a bag with an assortment of essentials including packs of spaghetti, cans of beer, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1352935/desperation-tacloban-city-eye-storm-food-and-water-run-short
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima remains ‘very complex’ despite progress, says UN nuclear watchdog

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 09:49pm by AFP

    ... backed up earlier assessments that processed water now kept at the site would probably have to be dumped in the ocean. “The team considers that since our previous mission in April this year, Japan has achieved good progress in improving its strategy and in allocating necessary resources to conduct a safe decommissioning of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station,” team leader ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1373148/fukushima-remains-very-complex-despite-progress-says-un-nuclear-watchdog

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