RIYADH/SANAA (Reuters) - The Houthi movement that controls northern Yemen vowed on Monday to fire more missiles into Saudi Arabia unless it stops bombing the country, after one of its missiles caused casualties in the Saudi capital for the first time. A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia March 25, 2018. Houthi Military Media Unit/Handout via Reuters The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis accused them of using Iranian-made missiles. Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the coalition reserved the right to respond to Iran “at the appropriate time and manner”, under international law and within the framework of the United Nations, to protect Saudi Arabia. The incident threatens to sharply escalate a war that has already unleashed what the United Nations considers the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis. Millions of Yemenis live under threat of mass … [Read more...] about Barrage of missiles on Saudi Arabia ramps up Yemen war
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At the back of a restaurant in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, cats stand paws splayed against the bars of their tiny wooden cage, soon to be submerged in hot water. The drowned carcasses are shaved and their skins burned, meters from a pile of ageing, silent bones. Often grilled or stir-fried in a marinade of garlic and peppers, the meat is best served with an accompaniment of beer or rice wine. Sitting on stools, two groups of men await their food. "My restaurant has been running for three years. Cat meat is exotic and expensive, perfect for those with good taste. Customers can pay up to VND2 million ($86.34) for a black cat," says owner Cuong. It is difficult to cook cat meat, he adds, noting he first learnt the recipe from a relative in northern Thai Binh Province. Cuong's restaurant serves up to five cats a day, "though by the end of lunar months, the number could double thanks to the belief the meat helps avoid bad luck." The owner describes cat as softer and sweeter than pork … [Read more...] about Paws for thought: cat meat still top of the menu
India on Friday sought resolute and comprehensive global action against terror infrastructure, saying the challenge must be taken seriously as different "theatres" are getting interconnected through terror networks as well as globalisation of the "supply chain of ideology".In her address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Corporation Organisation, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India has long been a victim of terrorism and called upon member countries of the powerful grouping to join hands to combat the menace."We are acutely aware of the threat that its perpetrators pose to our people, as also to our common region. We are seeing different theatres getting interconnected through terror networks and a globalisation of the supply chain of ideology, radicalisation, recruitment, training and financing of terrorism," she said. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were among a host of … [Read more...] about Swaraj seeks resolute global action against terror
Between 2016 and 2017, Australia and Nigeria enjoy a prosperous trade relationship. According to the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)’s stats on Australian trade transactions, trade between the two countries was worth approximately 100 billion Nigerian nairas (equivalent to AUD$343 million). But that was two/three long years ago and the financial markets (and the financial outlooks) of both countries have changed plenty since then. It’s worth asking, what do the economic relations between Nigeria and Australia look like today? How the Australia/Nigeria Trade Partnership Has Grown Strong Australia has already been heavily invested in Nigeria – and in the continent of Africa as a whole – because of its mining and oil activities. According to The Sydney Morning Herald’s report on Australian mining companies, in 2017, Australia became the biggest international miner on the African continent. Collectively, the 140 Australian companies … [Read more...] about What Do the Economic Relations Between Nigeria and Australia Look Like in 2019?
From left, Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono take a commemorative photo before their trilateral meeting in Bangkok Sunday on the sidelines of the Asean Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus. Jeong and Kono earlier held bilateral talks. [YONHAP]The defense ministers of Korea and Japan held a bilateral meeting Sunday in Thailand to discuss their endangered intelligence-sharing pact, the first such one-on-one talks since Seoul announced it would withdraw from the agreement last August. Neither Korean National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo nor Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono, however, compromised on the issue of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (Gsomia).Jeong’s meeting with Kono was held in Bangkok on the sidelines of the Asean Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus, a gathering of defense ministers representing Asean and other countries. The meeting lasted for about 40 … [Read more...] about Defense chiefs make no progress