June 12, 2021

Review Category : People

China 'pleased' India withdraws from disputed border

China 'pleased' India withdraws from disputed borderChina said Monday it was "pleased" that India had agreed to withdraw troops from a disputed border area in the Himalayas following a months-long stand-off. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Chinese personnel on the ground verified that Indian troops and equipment had pulled back in the morning from the area, which is disputed between China and Bhutan. India's foreign ministry announced earlier an "expeditious disengagement" in the Doklam area after reaching an "understanding" with Beijing on the confrontation that began on June 16.


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Trump meets and tweets as Texas gov praises Harvey response

Trump meets and tweets as Texas gov praises Harvey responseWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to showcase the federal government's response to Hurricane Harvey in a tweetstorm of his own, marveling over its size like a TV host and announcing a visit to Texas with the natural disaster only just beginning to take its catastrophic toll.


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Ecuador prison for Chinese fishers caught in Galapagos

Ecuador prison for Chinese fishers caught in GalapagosA court in Ecuador sentenced the crew of a Chinese ship caught fishing endangered sharks in the Galapagos marine reserve to prison terms on Sunday. The Chinese-flagged Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was caught within the protected zone on August 13 with 300 tonnes of fish -- including some 6,000 sharks, mostly protected species such as the hammerhead and the bigeye thresher. The court announced on the third day of the trial against the crew that it was sentencing the ship captain to four years prison for committing an environmental crime with aggravating circumstances.


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Myanmar army conducts clearance operations; thousands flee clashes

Myanmar army conducts clearance operations; thousands flee clashesBy Ruma Paul COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents on Monday, police and other sources said, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving Myanmar's Muslim minority in five years. The fighting - triggered by coordinated attacks on Friday by insurgents wielding sticks, knives and crude bombs on 30 police posts and an army base - has killed 104 people and led to the flight of large numbers of Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist civilians from the northern part of Rakhine state.


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Whereabouts of former Thai PM Yingluck unknown, defense minister says

Whereabouts of former Thai PM Yingluck unknown, defense minister saysBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's defense minister on Monday said he did not know the whereabouts of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, days after she failed to show up for a verdict in her trial for negligence at which she faced up to 10 years in prison. Yingluck, whose government was ousted in a 2014 coup, fled to Dubai via Singapore, sources in her Puea Thai Party said on the weekend. "We don't know where Yingluck fled and whether she has asked for asylum anywhere," Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also a deputy prime minister, told reporters.


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Indonesia's first female would-be suicide bomber jailed

Indonesia's first female would-be suicide bomber jailedAn Indonesian woman has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years jail for her involvement in an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace in Jakarta, her lawyer said Monday. Dian Yulia Novi was arrested at her boarding house with a three-kilogram bomb encased in a pressure cooker the night before the planned attack on the palace in December. Novi, a 28-year-old former migrant worker who is nine months pregnant, was found guilty of committing an act of terrorism by the East Jakarta District Court on Friday, her lawyer confirmed to AFP.


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