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UN appoints senior official to end reprisals against human rights defenders

NEW YORK & GENEVA – A new report prepared by ISHR for the UN Secretary-General demonstrates the need for the UN and States to prevent and ensure accountability for acts of intimidation and reprisals against those who cooperate with the UN, and lays out a series of recommendations for reform in that regard. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has …

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Indonesia-Singapore Army Joint Exercise

The annual Singapore Armed Forces Kartika (SAFKAR) Indopura, a joint exercise between the Singaporean and Indonesian armies, was conducted in West Bandung, Indonesia, from 16 to 23 September. Now in its 28th year, Exercise SAFKAR Indopura reaffirms the long-standing defense relations between both countries. Military Area III/ Siliwangi Commander, Major General Hadi Prasojo, represented by Chief of Staff, Brigadier General …

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Four hotspots in South Kalimantan detected by satellite

TANJUNG, South Kalimantan—In order to fight and reduce land and forest fires, Indonesia continues to monitor  hot spots everyday, either via satellite or by patrols on the ground. On 19 September, Banjarmasin Tribune reported that one of the methods used to monitor by satellite is via data from Aqua Terra (MODIS). MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument …

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Renho wins leadership of Japan’s Opposition Democratic Party

TOKYO — Renho, a half-Taiwanese parliamentarian, was elected as the leader of Japan's main opposition party. The Democratic Party (DP) selected the acting leader Renho as its new chief Thursday. This makes the 48-year-old third-term member of the House of Councillors as the first woman to head Japan’s main opposition party. She easily defeated her competitors, the former administrative reform …

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Philippines President says the US Special Force has to go from Mindanao

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that the US Special Forces has to go out of Mindanao, because their presence could rouse trouble in the region. “Those US special forces, they have to go. They have to go. In Mindanao, there are many white people there,” the President said in Malacañang while taking the oath of new government officials. …

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Duterte lash out at U.S during summit over human rights concerns by Obama

VIENTIANE, LAOS – Just after a brief meeting between the U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the East Asia Summit, thinking that all was well for the two  President Duterte decides to show a picture of killings by the American soldiers during his speech. The Philippine president reportedly ‘shocked’ some people in the room by saying, …

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Daldykan River in Siberia turned blood red

Russian authorities are trying to determine the cause of the unpleasant change to the Daldykan River, a Siberian river that has suddenly and mysteriously turned blood red on 7 September. Photos are shared on social media, and the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the Taimir Peninsula’s Facebook show clearly that the river has turned a vivid red. Норильская река …

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Duterte and Obama finally met in Vientiane

VIENTIANE, Laos — US President Barack Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte finally met informally in a holding room on Wednesday (7 september) prior of a gala dinner at a regional summit. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary, Pefecto Yasay affirmed the leaders had met shortly after the event. "They met at the holding room and they were the last persons to leave …

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Singapore and Philippine affirms bilateral ties with meeting of leaders before the Asean Summits

VIENTIANE – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had their first meeting on Tuesday (6 September) morning. The two leaders met before the Asean Summits in Vientiane. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said, in the half-hour meeting, PM Lee congratulated President Duterte on his election and invited the Philippines President to visit Singapore. "Both leaders …

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