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Indonesia’s crackdown on foreign imported waste has disturbed the village of Bangun, where inhabitants say they gain more cash sorting through trash stacks than growing rice in one-time paddy fields. Indonesia, overwhelmed by a spike in waste tariffs after China closed its doors to foreign waste, tightened import regulations and customs checks and returned hundreds of tons of foreign waste. Green organizations commended the crackdown, but citizens in Bangun say

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China’s Hong Kong affairs department condemned what it called “near-terrorist acts” at Hong Kong airport and reiterated support for local authorities to heavily punish those involved in the Chinese-controlled town in the midst of an escalating crisis. In a declaration published on Wednesday, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office also highly condemned assaults by what it said were violent demonstrators against a reporter from China’s Global Times newspaper and

Leader of Hong Kong urges calm as tensions of protest increase ;

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that it could take a long time for the city to recover from riots that swept the Asian financial hub and that it would be accountable for rebuilding its economy “after the easing of violence.”   Her remarks accompanied severe developments over the previous week in the increasing crisis. Beijing said the protests had started showing “terrorism sprouts” on Monday, and the airport


A pro-democracy protester wearing heat-proof gloves and carrying a traffic cone sprints from the crowd to put it out as a tear gas canister clatters on a road in Hong Kong. Police have stepped up their use of the crowd control measure as two months of rallies in the global financial hub have become increasingly violent, peaking with 800 rounds fired on Monday in what protesters call a “tear gas


Asian stocks braced for more volatility as key banks ‘ eye-catching easings stoked fears of worldwide recession, pushing US returns to near-record lows and for the first time since 2013 lifting gold past $1,500. The last spot gold was $1,503.56 per ounce, up to $1,510. Since May, the precious metal has risen by 16 percent as the worsening trade conflict between Sino-US caused a rush to secure havens. Asian share


Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it had called on the Japanese ambassador in Moscow to complain about what it said was Tokyo’s criticism bordering on an effort to interfere with Russia’s national affairs. Earlier this month, Tokyo called on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit one of four islands that Japan and Russia claimed to be highly regrettable and encouraged Moscow to take positive measures to advance


LOS ANGELES, USA – The 19-year-old perpetrator of the recent U.S. mass shooting murdered himself, the coroner’s office said Friday, August 2, in contradiction with police reports that policemen shot the teen dead within a minute.   At last Sunday’s famous festival in the town of Gilroy, California, Santino William Legan was armed with an AK-47-type assault rifle, killing two kids and a 25-year-old person. In the assault, twelve individuals


An agreement creating the border between the Philippines and Indonesia’s overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZs) came into force on Thursday after two centuries of negotiation, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi signed protocols for the exchange of instruments of ratification on EEZ delimitation between the two countries on the sidelines of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bangkok,


Joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea will continue, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday after missile tests and calls for North Korea to cancel the drills. The affirmation of the annual joint exercises came in the midst of a sequence of missile launches by North Korea, one of which it called a special warning to South Korean warmongers about the scheduled drills. But despite Pyongyang’s warning

10 Pinoys from Indonesia repatriated

After the Philippine Armed Forces-Eastern Mindanao Command performed the second leg of the Philippine-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol this year, repatriates from Indonesia were carried home. Indonesian officials detained the repatriates, mostly from General Santos City, for illegal entry and fishing in Indonesian waters. They were released in Manado, Indonesia, with the help of the Foreign Affairs Department and the Philippine Liaison. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr., commander of the Eastern Mindanao