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Two Chinese missing after clash with S.Korea coast guard

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

Two Chinese fishermen are missing and another is in a critical condition after their trawler collided with a South Korean coastguard ship Saturday and capsized, officials said.

South Korean Coast Guard patrols near a group of disputed islets.

Four coastguard officers were also injured as they tried to arrest the crew of the Chinese boat for illegal fishing off South Korea’s Eocheong island in the Yellow Sea.

The Chinese fishermen attacked the Korean officers with iron pipes and clubs, the Yonhap news agency quoted the coastguard as saying.

The 63-ton Chinese boat capsized after it collided with the 3,000-ton coastguard ship, leaving two of its crew members missing. Eight other Chinese were rescued but one was in a coma and taken to hospital by helicopter.

Eight boats and four helicopters were searching for the missing.

Illegal Chinese fishing is common in South Korean waters. In 2008 a South Korean coast guard officer was attacked and drowned while trying to inspect a Chinese boat operating illegally.


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Mexican troops kill 11 in clash with drug gang: official

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Serbia fans clash with Italian police after cancelled match

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

Fourteen people were hospitalised early Wednesday after Serbian fans clashed with Italian police following the two countries’ cancelled Euro 2012 qualifying match in Genoa, northern Italy.

In violence before, during, and after the match, some Serbian fans targeted not just Italian fans and local police but their own team’s goalkeeper.

Serbian supporters burn an Albanian flag at Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa on October 12, 2010

The most seriously injured in the violence early Wednesday was a member of Italy’s paramilitary caribinieri, who was rushed to hospital after an explosive device detonated in his face. A Serbian fan also suffered facial injuries.

The match was abandoned Tuesday night just six minutes in, after Italy’s goalkeeper was hit by a flare, which Serbian fans were throwing onto the pitch and at Italian supporters.

After the game, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Italian police kept Serbian fans hemmed into a gated parking area, intending to release them in small groups to waiting buses.

The clashes started when some of the fans managed to break out and police in riot gear moved to try to get them under control

“It’s scandalous,” said Serbian FA president Tomislav Karadzic after the match.

“Those who organised these incidents are in Belgrade,” he added.

“It’s an attack against the state and the state must resolve this problem.”

Wednesday morning’s violence was just the latest incident in a series of clashes that started the previous day.

On Tuesday, before the match, Italian police moved in when Serbian fans attacked one of their vehicles.

There was more trouble when the Serbia players left their team hotel, as Serbian fans attacked first-choice goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who was hit by a flare thrown on to the team bus.

Although not seriously hurt, he was taken to hospital for checks. Once at the Marassi stadium, he stayed inside the Italians’ changing rooms and refused to play.

Before the kick-off, Serbian fans threw flares and firecrackers at Italy supporters — and onto the pitch — while three fans climbed onto a security screen and for a while refused to get down.

The start was delayed by 35 minutes, and police, firemen, and stewards were still trying to bring order to the area surrounding the away fans as players came out onto the pitch.

Riot police were eventually called in and stationed themselves between the Italian and Serbian supporters while the players were sent back to the changing rooms.

When the players came back out to keep warm, members of the Serbian team went over to the away stand to try to calm the fans down, which appeared to work.

But there was trouble again soon after Scottish referee Craig Thomson blew for kick off. Six minutes in, a flare appeared to hit Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano and Thomson halted the match.

Officials took almost an hour to formally call off the game following protracted talks between football officials and the referee.

“Before the game the Serbian goalkeeper (Stojkovic) was in our dressing room and wasn’t just afraid to play he was also afraid for his return home,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli told reporters afterwards.

Stojkovic used to play for Red Star Belgrade but now plays for rivals Partizan Belgrade, which has angered hardcore Red Star fans.

The fans who caused the trouble at the match were linked to these two teams, ANSA news agency reported, citing witnesses at the scene.

“The Serbian players felt these fans were doing everything they could to stop the match being played,” Prandelli added.

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US, Iran clash at UN nuclear meet

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted the United States at a UN conference for threatening to use nuclear arms, triggering a sharp American response and a walkout by several delegations.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed the Iranian leader’s charges as “wild accusations” in her speech to the opening session of the three-week review conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Ahmadinejad said having nuclear weapons was “disgusting and shameful, and even more shameful is the threat to use, or to use, such weapons.”

“Regrettably, the government of the United States has not only used nuclear weapons but also continues to threaten to use such weapons against other countries, including Iran,” he said.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks to the 2010 High-level Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations In New York.

Ahmadinejad also hinted that Israel and an unnamed European country had made nuclear threats.

His attacks against the United States and its allies triggered the walkout. Delegates from the United States, Britain, France and several non-nuclear weapons states left the assembly hall.

Clinton insisted that US President Barack Obama “has made reducing the threat posed by nuclear weapons and materials a central mission of our foreign policy.”

In Washington, the Defense Department on Monday released previously classified statistics on the size of the US nuclear arsenal, saying it has over 5,000 warheads stockpiled.

This is part of a US drive to prove it is serious about disarmament and transparent about its nuclear weapons.

Washington has launched various initiatives recently to give weight to Obama’s vow made in Prague a year ago to work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

But in a new nuclear policy unveiled last month, it stated that atomic weapons were still part of its defense posture and that it reserved the right to use them against non-nuclear-weapons states, like Iran, which fail to comply with the NPT. It did not threaten any attacks.

The Iranian nuclear crisis is seen as a key right of passage for the 40-year-old treaty which is credited with keeping the lid on nuclear proliferation worldwide.

Eight nations have the bomb instead of the larger numbers feared in 1970 when the treaty was signed. Israel is also believed to have nuclear weapons.

Iran is a test case, as its getting nuclear weapons could set off an atomic arms race in the Middle East.

The NPT review is an attempt to tighten up the non-proliferation regime, which involves monitoring national nuclear programs as well as promoting both disarmament and the peaceful use of atomic energy.

But even the United States has played down expectations for concrete results.

Little progress is expected on such proposals as:

— making the NPT universal

— amending the NPT to impose penalties on states, such as North Korea, which withdraw from the treaty.

— making tougher verification of nuclear programs by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency applicable to all countries.

In fact, the some 150 nations gathered here may not even be able to agree on a final document, as this must be by consensus.

The problem is the divide and mistrust between the nuclear haves and have-nots.

Ahmadinejad took up this theme when he accused nuclear states of using the NPT to keep weapons and key atomic technology for themselves.

But Clinton named Iran as the “only country” currently not in compliance with NPT obligations. She said this was why Iran “is facing increasing isolation and pressure” from the international community.

She said Iran will not “succeed in its efforts to divert and divide” at the NPT conference.

Iran is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions to get it to stop enriching uranium, which can be used to make the bomb, even though it insists its nuclear program is a peaceful effort to generate electricity.

Faced with Tehran’s nuclear defiance, the United States and five other major powers are trying to reach agreement on a fourth round.

Another stumbling block at the conference is Egypt’s insistence, backed by non-aligned states, that there be an international conference on creating a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

The 1995 review conference had called for such a zone. Review conferences are held every five years.

Israel is not a member of the NPT. It says there must be peace in the Middle East before setting up a weapons-free zone.

Clinton said the United States was ready to carry out “practical measures” towards such a zone. She did not say what these steps would be.

She later told reporters that “conditions for such a zone do not exist” at the present time.

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India’s water crisis laid bare by clash with US cola giants

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

A pollution fine for Coca-Cola and an order for PepsiCo to cut water use at factories in India have highlighted an intensifying conflict between big business and farmers over natural resources.

Indian village women demand the closure of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo factories due to fears over groundwater poisioning during a protest in New Delhi in October 2006. (AFP Photo)

Last month, a report commissioned by the southern state of Kerala ordered Coca-Cola to pay 47 million dollars in compensation for polluting agricultural land and extracting too much groundwater at a bottling plant.

A similar report submitted at the same time instructed PepsiCo to cut groundwater use by two-thirds at its plant also in Kerala’s Palakkad district.

The twin investigations were ordered by the Kerala government after years of protests by farmers who say industrial projects like those run by the soft drinks giants leave just a small fraction of water for irrigating fields.

“Operating water-guzzling bottling plants in drought-hit areas where farmers do not have access to water is highly unethical and criminal,” said R. Ajayan, who is spearheading the campaign in Kerala.

A report by the World Bank released in March said about 60 percent of aquifers in India would be in a critical condition within 15 years if the trend of indiscriminate exploitation of ground water continued.

Farmers in Kerala close to the Coca-Cola plant, which was only open between 1999 and 2004, say the water table dropped drastically and a sludge containing toxic chemicals dumped by the unit seeped into their soil making it infertile.

Similar accusations have been levelled against Coca-Cola by farmers near bottling plants in the town of Varanasi and on the outskirts of the desert city Jaipur.

“They have ruined our fields completely. We wait and wait for water and what we extract is not even worth feeding the cattle,” said Raghav Govind, a farmer living near the Varanasi plant.

Coca-Cola closed its plant in Kerala after months of angry protests — led by the state’s powerful Communist and anti-American politicians.

Environmentalists say future clashes between farmers and industry will become increasingly fraught due to government failure to regulate the use of water, with the country’s annual consumption expected to almost double by 2050.

Water shortages are one of the biggest issues restricting new towns planned outside fast-growing cities such as the capital New Delhi.

“Fights over water will worsen if India does not define a clear policy on sharing,” said Ashima Roychoudhari, an environmentalist working for the government in New Delhi.

“There has to be a point where we have to start prioritising and rationing water to stop wastage and prevent conflicts.”

Farmers who are against industries such as the bottling plants say their opposition will not end until their demands are met.

“We will not allow factories to take water when communities do not have enough water to sustain their lives. Agriculture is more important than making a fizzy drink,” said Nandlal Master, a community organiser in Varanasi.

Both companies deny all the allegations, which many observers see as politically motivated.

“Based on scientific evaluation, our Palakkad plant operations have not been shown to be the cause of local watershed issues,” Coca-Cola said in a statement about its closed unit.

PepsiCo said its plant was a model factory and one of the most water efficient examples of its type.

“Through innovative recycling and recharging techniques, the plant has been able to save about 200 million litres of water in the last four years and has also brought down the water usage by 60 percent,” it said.

Kerala’s minister for water, N.K Premchandran, who heads the panel that issued the damning reports, vowed to pressure the conmpanies to act — though the fines are not legally binding as they have not been imposed by the courts.

“In the case of Coca-Cola, they will have to allocate compensation to the farmers, and PepsiCo should install water meters at their bottling plant to check their daily consumption,” he said.

“Granting agricultural land for the Coca-Cola plant was a mistake. At that point we did not want to miss the industrialisation bus, but now we have to protect the environment,” he told AFP.

Premchandran said the government would not order the PepsiCo plant to shut down as it employed more than 3,500 people.

Experts focusing on industrial policy and foreign investment said Indian states often create the problem by hosting lavish trade fairs to attract big companies and offering them concessions to set up businesses.

“It is not the multinational company that decides to open a unit near a farm. The government allocates them land,” said a senior official at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry who declined to be named.


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France, Ireland set for bad-tempered Paris clash

In Vietnam Sports on November 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

DUBLIN, Nov 15, 2009 (AFP) – Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni ensured Wednesday’s World Cup play-off showdown in Paris against France will be a combustible affair after accusing a French player of insulting behaviour.

France, the 1998 world champions and runners-up in 2006, edged the first leg of the play-off 1-0 in Dublin on Saturday courtesy of a late goal from Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

French forward Nicolas Anelka scores in front Republic of Ireland’s goalkeaper Shay Given during the first leg of the World Cup 2010 play-off football match Republic of Ireland vs. France, on November 14, 2009 (AFP photo)

The final whistle sparked a mid-pitch clash between the two sets of players at Croke Park with wily Italian Trapattoni hitting out at his French visitors.

“A famous French player (who he refused to name) launched insults at the end of the game against my players and this really surprised me. What he said was insulting for all Irish people in general,” he said.

“You cannot do that when you have won.”

France did all they came to do, scoring an away goal and keeping a clean sheet in a game in which the second-half performance of both teams was the deciding factor.

French captain Thierry Henry reckoned his team’s dominance in the second half meant they were entitled to the slice of luck that saw Anelka’s goal take a heavy deflection off Sean St Ledger and past Shay Given in the Irish goal.

“In the second half we passed the ball better than in the first half. We were creating some chances – maybe not great chances – but we had the ball most of the time so maybe that’s why we deserved the luck to turn our way,” said the Barcelona forward.

His boss Raymond Domenech agreed that France’s improved second-half performance was the source of his team’s success.

“In the second half we were more ourselves. There were a lot of high balls and that wasn’t our game. It’s up to us to impose ourselves and in the second half it was definitely better. The main point is that we didn’t concede any goals.”

Trapattoni agreed that France were the superior team in the second half but he refused to write off his team’s chances in Paris on Wednesday where the eventual winner will book their place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“We are a little bit disappointed because I think the fair result would have been a draw,” he said.

“It is possible to score a goal, maybe from a corner or a free kick (in Paris). Maybe the next game we can get this little deflection at the start of the game and it is 1-0 to us. Why not?”

Trapattoni also maintained his players had more to offer than they displayed in the second half here.

“I don’t think the individual performances were good enough from some of our players. There were two or three who under performed a little bit but normally these players play well. We just seemed to be missing a little bit of strength.”

However, he still believed his team’s attitude was good and they will need to show it again if they are to overhaul the deficit on Wednesday.

“We cannot allow them play how they want. We must play with the same attitude and the same tactics in Paris. We also have to pressurise them a little bit more.”

With just four days to recover the prospect of Ireland putting in the sort of energetic performance that Trapattoni wants seems unlikely.

Even if his team gets an equaliser they will be faced with a further half hour of extra-time unless they get a second.

But the Italian reminded reporters that Ireland have a tradition of famous victories against the odds.

“The team knows what has been achieved in the past and today we could have scored in the last 10 minutes. So the players must take this positive mentality to Paris.”

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N.Korea: S.Korean military will pay for sea clash

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 10:27 am

North Korea accused South Korea’s military Thursday of staging a naval clash this week to raise tensions on the peninsula, and said it would pay dearly for the provocation.

Each side has blamed the other for Tuesday’s exchange of fire near the disputed Yellow Sea border, which came just over a week before a scheduled visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama.

The South has sent one of its newer destroyers equipped with torpedoes and guided missiles closer to the border, military sources told AFP, in addition to two extra patrol boats.

The South Korean forces will be forced to pay dearly for the grave armed provocation perpetrated by them,” the North’s official news agency KCNA quoted newspapers as saying.

“The artillery pieces of the KPA (Korean People’s Army), convinced of justice and afire with hatred, are now levelled at the provokers,” it quoted Rodong Sinmun as saying.

South Korea Navy-issued photo shows high-speed patrol boats on patrol.

Rodong, the journal of the ruling communist party, said the clash was not accidental “but a deliberate and premeditated provocation” by the south Korean military to try to heighten tension on the peninsula and damage relations.

Seoul says a North Korean patrol boat crossed the border, ignored five warnings to turn back and then opened direct fire at a South Korean boat that had fired a warning shot.

It said South Korean boats returned fire and set the North’s boat ablaze.

The North says Seoul’s ships opened fire while its craft was north of the border, which was the scene of bloody battles in 1999 and 2002. Chronology: Clashes on Korean peninsula

Its military demands an apology, as do the South’s armed forces.

South Korea has put its forces on alert but says it does not want the clash to damage relations. After months of frosty ties, the North has recently put out peace feelers to Seoul and Washington.

Some analysts suspect the North wants to strengthen its bargaining hand in upcoming talks with the United States by raising tensions on the peninsula.

The US special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, is expected to visit the North by the end of the year to try to bring it back to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks. Related article: US warns North Korea after naval clash

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed Wednesday the trip would go ahead despite the naval clash.

The North’s Minju Josun government newspaper said it was in fact the South’s military which had sought to raise the stakes before Obama’s visit and Bosworth’s trip.

“By committing this armed provocation, the South’s military authorities are seeking to raise animosity against us among their US lords, and to appeal to them not to change their hostile policy against the DPRK (North Korea) and not to engage in DPRK-US talks,” it said.

Military sources told Seoul media that one North Korean sailor was killed and three wounded in the exchange of fire, although there was no official confirmation.

No South Koreans were hurt, although one South Korean boat was hit 15 times.

Yonhap quoted an unidentified defence official as saying the North’s boat had to be towed on the final stretch of its journey home.

Cross-border tensions have been high for more than a year. The North has also angered the international community with missile test-launches, a walkout from the six-party talks and a second atomic weapons test.

The United Nations tightened sanctions in response.

The North now says it is ready to rejoin the six-nation talks if the US discussions go well.

Washington stresses its bilateral talks are intended only to bring Pyongyang back to the six-party forum, which also includes South Korea, Japan, China and Russia.

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S.Korea military on alert after naval clash

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

South Korean Navy vessels sit at anchor at a naval base in Incheon, west of Seoul, on November 11, 2009 (AFP photo)

SEOUL, Nov 11, 2009 (AFP) – South Korea’s military was on alert Wednesday for any retaliatory moves after a North Korean patrol boat was set ablaze in a naval clash, as Washington warned Pyongyang against escalating tensions.

Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young ordered army, navy and air force commanders in charge of border areas to step up surveillance and respond immediately to any provocation, a spokesman for Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Tuesday’s clash near the disputed Yellow Sea border raised tensions just over a week before US President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul as part of an Asian tour.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called on the North to avoid any further actions “that could be seen as an escalation”.

But Washington also announced it was accepting an invitation to send an envoy to Pyongyang to try to bring the communist state back to nuclear disarmament talks.

The State Department said the US envoy to North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, would visit at an appropriate time, probably before year-end.

Military sources quoted by Seoul newspapers said one North Korean sailor was killed and three wounded in the brief but fierce exchange of fire.

The defence ministry said it could not confirm the figure. No South Koreans were injured.

President Lee Myung-Bak called Tuesday for calm to prevent any escalation. His Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan described the clash, which follows recent peace overtures from the North, as unplanned.

But Lee is concerned about a possible retaliatory move by the North, Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young told parliament Tuesday.

The top presidential aide for security affairs, Kim Sung-Hwan, told Yonhap news agency Wednesday there were no signs of preparations for any revenge strike.

“But the North may take its time, waiting for the best chance for retaliation. We’re taking countermeasures,” he said.

Cross-border tensions have been high for more than a year and the North has also angered the international community with missile test-launches and a second atomic weapons test. The United Nations tightened sanctions in response.

The North says it is ready to rejoin six-nation nuclear disarmament talks that it quit in April if the US discussions go well.

Washington stresses that the bilateral talks are intended only to bring Pyongyang back to the six-party forum, which also includes South Korea, Japan, China and Russia.

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