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27 Mar, 2015

Botswana Conference Highlights Fight Against Illegal Trade In Wildlife

KASANE, BOTSWANA, March 26 (NNN-XINHUA) — Delegates attending a conference on illegal wildlife trade in Botswana have agreed to step up actions to fight the illegal trade of wildlife products, and to protect elephants, rhinos and other endangered species. The Kasane Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade wrapped up Wednesday in the northern Botswana town […]

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27 Mar, 2015

Malaysia’s Fast Track Clearance Pass Can Now Be Processed In Singapore

SINGAPORE, March 26 (NNN-Bernama) -- A new streamlined experience will avail greater convenience and save time for Singaporean motorists and pedestrians seeking to apply the MACS (Malaysia Automated Clearance System) pass that allows for smoother auto-gate processing at the Malaysian checkpoints. Third Link Pte Ltd, a vendor appointed by the Malaysian more…

27 Mar, 2015

Malaysia Aims to Energise Halal Ecosystem via World Halal Summit starting 30 March

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (26 March 2015) – Malaysia will take another giant leap towards establishing the country as the global Halal hub when it hosts the World Halal Summit. Scheduled to be held from 30th March to 4th April 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), WHS 2015 is more…

26 Mar, 2015

Jewish Fanatic Settlers Mobilize for Mass Entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Passover

JERUSALEM, March 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Jewish groups that define themselves by the name of the alleged ancient Temple are preparing for the Jewish holiday Passover by mobilizing the largest number of settlers to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque and perform religious prayers in its yards. According to the Islamic Institute of Waqf more…

26 Mar, 2015

UN marks Day of Remembrance with calls to end modern slavery

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 25 March 2015 – As the international community gathers to commemorate the millions of victims exploited by slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the insidious practice of forced bondage continued to reverberate around the world in various more…

25 Mar, 2015

Muslim woman in Hijab assaulted on Sydney train

Sydney, (IINA) 25 Mar 2015 – A hijab wearing Muslim woman was attacked by a man while she was onboard a train in Sydney, leaving her traumatized and terrified, media sources reported. Hina, who wanted to be identified only by her first name, was on her journey from the city's Town more…

24 Mar, 2015

Thai Tourism Minister listens carefully as PATA finds its “Voice”

Bangkok -- The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has long claimed to be the “voice” of the tourism industry in the world’s most populous and dynamic region. Over the last few years, failing to walk that talk has been a major contributor to its decline. Now, that is changing. On 19 more…

24 Mar, 2015

World Social Forum in Tunis can inspire activists to unite against the global power grab

By Adriano Campolina, chief executive, ActionAid International Tunis, March 25, 2015, The Guardian -- There’s no snow, fewer celebrities, and a lot less glitz, but the World Social Forum’s 10th global meeting, which opens in Tunis on 24 March, is the critics’ answer to the Davos World Economic Forum. Here in Tunis, more…

21 Mar, 2015

ACLU Sues TSA for Records on Discredited US$1 billion ‘Behavior Detection’ Program at U.S. airports

March 19, 2015, NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and the NYCLU took the Transportation Security Administration to court today in an effort to uncover documents about a controversial passenger screening program used at airports nationwide., The program is called Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. TSA “behavior more…

21 Mar, 2015

Chinese Commentary: America the Kibitzer on South China Sea

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Uncle Sam has long been in the grip of many addictions, such as muscle-flexing, preaching and borrowing, but there has turned out to be one more: kibitzing. The latest symptom of the obsession with unwanted counseling emerged into plain sight earlier this week, when Robert Thomas, more…

20 Mar, 2015

China’s global image on the upswing

Beijing, (China Daily), March 19, 2015 - China's national image has been improving over the past few years, with President Xi Jinping becoming a highlight, according to a survey report. The global survey, based on 4,500 respondents from nine countries last year, found that China's overall image has been increasingly more…

20 Mar, 2015

China rethinks how forex reserves are used as U.S. Treasuries holdings fall

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The reduction of U.S. government bond holdings has signalled investment in U.S. Treasuries is gradually losing appeal to China's massive foreign exchange (FX) reserves. According to data released this week by the U.S. Treasury Department.China cut its holdings by 5.2 billion U.S. dollars to 1.2391 trillion more…

20 Mar, 2015

Backed by Israeli troops, Jewish Fanatic Settlers Take over Property in East Jerusalem Neighborhood

JERUSALEM, March 18, 2015 (WAFA) – Armed Israeli settlers Wednesday took over a Palestinian property in East Jerusalem’s town of Silwan as well as two plots of land which belong to two different Palestinian families. Protected by large Israeli troops, armed settlers broke into Silwan and occupied a building, which houses more…

20 Mar, 2015

Israel Demolishes Dozens of Residential Structures, Livestock Barns in Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, March 18, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities early Wednesday demolished dozens of residential structures and livestock barns in the northern Jordan Valley localities of Makhoul and al-Hadidiya, according to a municipal source and local activist. Escorting bulldozers, Israeli forces broke into and cordoned the area off and prevented locals more…

20 Mar, 2015

Israel Cuts 150 Olive Trees in Hebron, Burns Roots to Ensure Damage

HEBRON, March 18, 2015 (WAFA) – The so-called Israeli Civil Administration Wednesday sprayed the roots of around 150 Olive trees in the area of Mala southeast of Dahriya south of Hebron with Chemicals to kill the trees, under allegations of being planted in a state property. According to local sources, the more…

20 Mar, 2015

Buddhist monk shames branding gurus: “Are you really contributing to sustainability?”

Bangkok, March 28, 2015 - Thailand’s leading branding gurus got more than they bargained for at a conference on sustainability when the keynote speaker, a prominent Buddhist monk, ripped into the human frailties of greed, pride, egotism and conceit, all of which he said help meet corporate goals but are more…

20 Mar, 2015

March 21: Bali to go silent for Nyepi, all religious leaders to join in

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The Jakarta Post, Denpasar, March 19 2015 - Preparations are gearing up for Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu Day of Silence, which falls on Saturday. This year’s celebration will offer another demonstration of Bali’s strong interfaith relations, as the celebration coincides with the Catholic period of Lent, where adherents fast and make more…

20 Mar, 2015

March 20 Int’l Happiness Day: Gallup Poll lists countries where people are most/least happy

by Jon Clifton

Ahead of the United Nations' International Day of Happiness, Gallup looks at the countries where the highest and lowest percentages of people are experiencing positive emotions daily. Story Highlights Top 10 countries for positive emotions are in Latin America At least 70% laugh/smile a lot, experience enjoyment, treated with respect, well-rested WASHINGTON, D.C. -- more…

17 Mar, 2015

China’s luxury big spenders: young, trendy and not so rich

Beijing, (Agencies) 2015-03-16 - Global luxury brands expanding in China are better off targeting the HENRYs - "high earners, not rich yet" - instead of the ultra-wealthy, as a slowing economy and a government that frowns on official excesses usher in an era of less showy spending. HENRYs believe less is more…

17 Mar, 2015

#HappySoundsLike: UN launches social media campaign to create world’s happiest playlist

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 16 March 2015 – Does happiness have a sound? And, if so, what does it actually sound like? That is the question the United Nations is asking as it launches its latest campaign – #HappySoundsLike – an appeal for the global citizenry “to nominate a song more…

17 Mar, 2015

Japan to loan $160m for Phnom Penh-Thailand highway

Phnom Penh, 16 Mar 2015, KYODO NEWS - Japan will extend about US$160 million in low-interest loans to Cambodia to improve a major road, a move that would increase transportation capacity and efficiency in the Mekong region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on Sunday that Japan more…

17 Mar, 2015

U.N. under fire for US$2.3 million extra costs in business and first-class travel authorisations

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and his office management staff are under fire for authorising “exceptions” to the UN’s travel policies that cost global taxpayers an additional US$ 2.3 million for business- and first-class travel in 2012-14, mostly by “prominent” persons, for UN meetings around the world. Although the UN General Assembly more…

17 Mar, 2015

India’s first private airport, majority owned by Changi, nears opening

Press Trust of India | Durgapur (West Bengal) March 16, 2015 -- The country’s first private greenfield airport at Durgapur, promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), is likely to be operational by April 14. “The final calibration of navigational aids at the airport by Airport Authority is done. Now, we more…

17 Mar, 2015

Iran reports rise in foreign investment interest in tourism sector

Shahrekord, Chaharmahal-o Bakhtiari Prov, March 14, IRNA - The foreign investment demands in Iran tourism sector have recently increased, a senior official said on Sunday. Talking to IRNA, Head of the Organization for Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, Masoud Soltanifar said so far, several foreign groups have voiced their readiness to more…

17 Mar, 2015

China’s Spring Festival passengers up 3.5% to 2.81 bln

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese railways, roads, airlines and waterways carried a total of 2.81 billion passengers during the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, known as "chunyun," which concluded on Sunday. The figure is 3.5 percent up on last year, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Monday. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" more…

16 Mar, 2015

Australian musicians to get A$900,000 in grants to promote their work locally and abroad

Canberra, Media statement by the Minister of the Arts, George Brandis - 13 March 2015 Today I am announcing close to $900,000 in grants to increase the exposure of Australian musicians to national and international audiences, and support the development of new work. Forty-two musicians will be supported by a range more…

16 Mar, 2015

The Future of China: Full Transcript of Premier Li Keqiang’s Broad-ranging Press Conference

Beijing, Mar 15,2015, english.gov.cn -- Fu Ying: Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Today we are delighted to invite Premier Li Keqiang to meet Chinese and foreign journalists and take your questions. We have a full house today. There are about eight to nine hundred journalists present at today’s press conference. But our more…

15 Mar, 2015

In Washington Post column, Jewish neocon calls for more war in Middle East

Following up on the anti-Iran speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the U.S. Congress earlier this month, another Jewish neocon has called openly for an attack on Iran. Reeking with shameless arrogance and shoulder-shrugging nonchalance about advocating more conflict and human suffering in an explosive and volatile region, Joshua more…

15 Mar, 2015

India to step up economic projects for Northeast region, links with Myanmar, B’desh & Bhutan

New Delhi, Ministry for Development of North-East Region, 14-March-2015 - The members of the consultative committee attached to the Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) in a meeting held here yesterday discussed the issues of promotion of Tourism, improvement of connectivity & other infrastructural projects in the region. During the more…

13 Mar, 2015

Chinese frugality drive takes toll on luxury hotel revenues

By Cao Yin

Beijing, (China Daily) 2015-03-11 - Five dozen luxury hotels in Beijing lost money in the past few years as tough policies and regulations took effect against government corruption and waste of public funds, an insider from the capital's tourism authority said during the annual legislative session. Beijing saw 60 five-star hotels more…

10 Mar, 2015

Australia to return questionably-procured cultural artefacts to China, India

The Australian Government has agreed to return two prized cultural artefacts originating in India and China to their home countries. Both were found to have been procured under questionable circumstances and are to be returned in accordance with the principles and legal obligations of the Australian Best Practice Guide to more…