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Bangladesh and UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar after earlier repatriation bid failed

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Rohingya refugees shout slogans against repatriation at the Unchiprang camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh last fall. Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. | AP

Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar’s offer to return home, an ...

Twitter and Facebook find China-backed interference in Hong Kong protests, dismantle operations

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Riot police officers detain an anti-extradition bill protester during a demonstration in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood in Hong Kong Aug. 11. | REUTERS

Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement ...

Chinese pop stars from mainland and elsewhere toe Beijing’s line on Hong Kong

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Lay, a member of South Korean K-pop group EXO, speaks during a news conference in March 2015 in Seoul. At least eight K-pop stars from China and even one from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for the

At least eight pop stars from mainland China and one each from Taiwan and Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing’s “One China” ...

Britain ‘concerned’ by reports Hong Kong Consulate employee detained in China

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A pedestrian walks past a plaque outside the British Consulate building in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Britain's Foreign Office said the same day that it was

Britain’s Foreign Office said Tuesday it was “extremely concerned” by reports that a Hong Kong Consulate employee had been detained by mainland Chinese authorities on ...

Chinese military aircraft conducted drills simulating targeting of MSDF warships in East China Sea in May

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

A gas field drilling facility that China built around the so-called median line between the exclusive economic zones of Japan and China in the East China Sea, is seen in this photo from the Japanese Foreign Ministry's website. | KYODO

Chinese military aircraft conducted a drill in international waters of the East China Sea in late May that simulated the targeting of Self-Defense Force destroyers, ...

Iranian foreign minister likely to visit in late August to discuss situation in strategic Strait of Hormuz

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference in Tehran on Aug. 5. | WANA / VIA REUTERS / VIA KYODO

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is likely to visit Japan this month for talks on the situation in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, it ...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species, and curbs

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

A family of elephants walks through the Mara River in the Mara basin in southwest Kenya in 2017. Dozens of European parliamentarians and conservation groups called Sunday on the regulator of global wildlife trade to ban all trophy hunting of rhinos, elephants and other endangered animals. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) bans all commercial trade in more than 1,000 species of animals and plants considered to be endangered, listed under its so-called Appendix I. | AFP-JIJI

From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk ...

Jeremy Corbyn gears up for election as Brexit fears soar, Johnson heads to heart of EU

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn plays table tennis during a visit to unveil new plans to give councils the power to reopen abandoned shops that have been left vacant for 12 months or more, in Bolton, England, Saturday. | PETER BYRNE / PA / VIA AP

U.K. opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn will promise to do “everything necessary” to prevent a no-deal Brexit as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to take his ...

Chinese embassy tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

People gather in Lafayette Square in front of the White House in Washington Sunday in solidarity with the

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa warned Canada on Sunday to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs a day after the country issued a joint statement ...

Orders flood in for Onepedal device after spate of car accidents involving elderly in Japan

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Orders are flooding in for a device called Onepedal, which was developed by a small company to help reduce car accidents by eliminating the possibility ...

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