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Vietnam denies sale of fake eggs

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

Vietnamese health authorities confirmed on December 29 that Chinese made synthetic eggs were not being sold in markets around the country.

A step to make fake egg

This confirmation came after certain revelations made in the Chinese media stated that companies were using fraudulent technology to make fake eggs.


Nguyen Cong Khan, head of Vietnam Food Administration, reaffirmed that health authorities had so far not found any fake eggs in markets anywhere in the country, but added that his department would visit markets and do more intensive checks to clarify the situation further.


Meanwhile, the Animal Breeding Department claimed that it was impossible to manufacture uncooked fake eggs and that only cooked eggs were possible to be reproduced artificially.


Many companies in China teach people how to produce fake eggs fraudulently by chemicals and certain technologies. Internet ads teach people that eggs can be produced from calcium carbonate, starch, resin, gelatin, alum and some other chemical products.


Normally the method involves putting a raw egg into a mould to which calcium chloride is added along with some coloring dye. The ‘yolk’ is then shaped into a round mould. Calcium chloride is used to create the desired effect and by further adding a yellow pigment an egg yolk is produced. 


In another mould 1 / 3 raw egg white is poured and similar to the method of making an egg yolk, some chemicals are added to produce the egg shell. A perfect looking egg can take about 1 hour to dry. To make the egg white, various ingredients such as a white powder and alum are mixed together.


The hard shell of an egg is formed by pouring paraffin wax over it which is then left to dry. When consumers use these eggs, small bubbles can be seen during the frying process though most people will not be able to tell the difference between a real egg and a fake egg. The cost to produce a fake egg is much cheaper than a real egg.

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Former New Zealand PM denies Iraq troops-for-contracts claim

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:33 am

WELLINGTON, Dec 22, 2010 (AFP) – Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark on Wednesday denied sending non-combat troops to Iraq in 2003 to ensure one of her country’s largest companies retained lucrative UN contracts.


A US diplomatic cable released by the WikiLeaks website this week reportedly cited New Zealand defence officials saying Clark opposed the Iraq deployment until she was told dairy giant Fonterra might lose UN “oil-for-food” contracts.


Clark, whose left-leaning Labour government was defeated in 2008 and who now heads the UN Development Programme, told Radio NZ she was “flabbergasted” at the “ridiculous” claim.


“I am absolutely incensed at the suggestion that some defence ministry personnel seem to have made to various diplomats that there was any connection between my support for sending engineers to do humanitarian work in Iraq with the interests of Fonterra,” she said.


“I mean this is simply preposterous.”


Two rotations of 61 New Zealand military engineers spent a year in Basra from September 2003 performing engineering and humanitarian tasks.


Clark said she always opposed the war in Iraq and would never allow commercial considerations to sway her decision-making on the issue.


She said the engineers were sent to Iraq in response to a UN Security Council request for help in reconstruction efforts following the US-led invasion.


Clark also defended the decision to keep secret a move to tighten military ties with the United States in 2007 following a rift dating back to the 1980s over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.


She said she did not want to create expectations in New Zealand that the country was resuming the full military alliance with the United States that was in place before the anti-nuclear row erupted.


The former prime minister supported her conservative successor John Key’s choice to maintain the secrecy when New Zealand and Washington restored full intelligence ties last year without telling the public.


“There’s always secrecy around intelligence relationship and I guess that’s where I part company with the founder of WikiLeaks (Julian Assange) and others,” she said.


“I actually believe that you do have to have areas of communication between governments and officials which aren’t on the front pages of newspapers.”


Questioned about WikiLeaks revelations that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked US officials to spy on UN officials, Clark said the international organisation “takes a very a dim view” of such activities.


However, she was not concerned such snooping would reveal anything that was personally embarrassing to her.


“My life is an open book, it has been for so many years. If there’s anything more they can find out, good luck to them,” she said.

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Geithner denies dollar manipulation, slams Greenspan

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 4:52 am

British author denies intention to insult Singapore courts

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:25 am

SINGAPORE, Aug 18, 2010 (AFP) – A British author facing charges for publishing a book on the death penalty in Singapore said it was never his intention to scandalise the judiciary, a court document showed Wednesday.


Freelance journalist Alan Shadrake, 75, who penned “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock,” described himself in an affidavit filed with the High Court as a “strong believer in the need to abolish the death penalty”.


But he said “it was never and is not my intention to scandalise the judiciary in Singapore,” according to the affidavit obtained by AFP.


The document was filed last week and forms part of Shadrake’s defence in a contempt of court case.


Shadrake, who divides his time between neighbouring Malaysia and Britain, is also facing a separate charge of criminal defamation.


Both offences are punishable by jail and fines.


His 219-page book contains a profile of Darshan Singh, the former chief executioner at Singapore’s Changi Prison who, according to the author, executed around 1,000 men and women from 1959 until he retired in 2006.


It also features interviews with local human rights activists, lawyers and former police officers on various cases involving capital punishment.


Shadrake is out on bail but his passport has been impounded to prevent him from leaving the country.


He appeared in court for the first time on July 30, and the case will be heard again on August 30.

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‘Abducted’ Iranian denies being nuclear scientist

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

An Iranian who claimed he was “abducted” by US spies last year denied upon his arrival in Tehran Thursday that he was a nuclear scientist, but said he was questioned by Israelis during his captivity.


Shahram Amiri, who vanished from Saudi Arabia in June 2009 while on a pilgrimage, arrived in Tehran on Thursday after surfacing in Iran’s Interest Section in Washington two days ago.


Immediately after his arrival he told reporters that he was just a “simple researcher”, refuting earlier claims by Iranian officials that he was a nuclear scientist.


“I had nothing to do with Natanz and Fordo sites,” Amiri said referring to Iran’s two uranium enrichment plants.


“It was a tool the US government brought up for political pressure. I have done no research on nuclear. I am a simple researcher who works in a university which is open to all and there is no secret work happening there.”

An image grab taken from a video broadcast by Iran’s state-run English-language Press TV shows Iranian Shahram Amiri giving an interview. Amiri, who claimed he was abducted by US spies last year, denied on Thursday that he was a nuclear scientist, but claimed he was interrogated by Israelis during his captivity

Amiri’s denial is the latest twist to a bizzare saga which has baffled the world media for months and which began with his mysterious disappearance, followed by conflicting video footages of a man claiming to be Amiri and talking of being abducted.


On Thursday, Amiri said during the initial two months of his captivity he was put through the “harshest mental torture”.


He said his kidnapping was a “psychological warfare against Iran and proving those lies that the US wanted to tell other countries about Iran”.


Amiri said that during his interrogations, “there were interrogators from Israel present in some sessions and it was evident that they had planned of moving me to Israel”.


Israel is Iran’s key regional foe and has not ruled out a military strike against Tehran to stop its gallopping nuclear programme.


Iranian officials claim Amiri was kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, while US media has reported he defected to Washington. US officials have denied these claims.


Amiri told reporters that in due time he would talk and prove his point as certain issues were sensitive and could hurt national interests.


He also dismissed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments that he had freely come to the United States and was free to go whenever he wanted.


“I am really amazed by the US foreign minister who says I was free there and went there freely. I was not free there and I was under the control of armed people of the intelligence service,” he said.


Clinton said on Tuesday there was nothing to stop Amiri from leaving after he had surfaced in Washington.


“He’s free to go. He was free to come. These decisions are his alone to make,” she said.


Amiri said US officials had even offered him “50 million dollars” if he changed his mind and decided to stay in the United States. They also assured him they would get his family out of Iran, he said, but added that during his captivity there were “threats issued against my family”.


Before jetting out of Washington, Amiri gave an interview to Iranian state televisions which was broadcast Wednesday in which he said he had been abducted at gunpoint in Saudi Arabia.

He said he had been approached by besuited Farsi-speaking men in a car in the Saudi city of Medina and offered a ride to the mosque.

“As I opened the door, one of the passengers pulled out a gun and told me to be quiet. They gave me an injection and when I came around I was in a big plane. I was blindfolded. It was likely a military plane,” he said.

The speculation over Amiri’s mysterious disappearance was further compounded when a man claiming to be him was shown in two different videos on June 7 — one saying he was kidnapped by US agents and the other that he was studying in Tucson, Arizona.

These videos were followed by a third one a few weeks later in which the man said he had escaped from the custody of US spies in Virginia.

US officials consistently denied Amiri’s kidnapping but on Tuesday Crowley confirmed that Washington had been in touch with him.

“The United States government has maintained contact with him,” he said, adding that Amiri “has been here for some time, I’m not going to specify for how long.”

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi meanwhile denied Amiri’s return would lead to a prisoner swap with the United States.

“Amiri’s freedom has nothing to do with the (exchange of) Americans,” he said referring to three American hikers arrested in Iran when they strayed into the country last year.

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Thai PM denies fear as assassination plots revealed

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

BANGKOK, July 1, 2010 (AFP) – The Thai prime minister on Thursday dismissed fears about his safety after he was revealed to be the target of assassination plots, but announced plans to maintain a state of emergency across Bangkok.


National police chief General Pateep Tanprasert said Wednesday that premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban were targets after they ordered a military crackdown on mass anti-government protests in May.

(AFP files) The “Red Shirt” anti-government movement in May 2010

“Intelligence reports show it from time to time, but all the security agencies who offer protection for high profile people are fully at work, so I personally do not worry at all,” Abhisit told reporters.


“Nowadays some groups are ready to resort on violence, so we have to be more careful,” he added.


The prime minister said senior judges and government officials were also believed to be targets for assassination.


“If they feel that they are intimidated or threatened they can ask for government security protection,” he said.


“A culture of violence has already been introduced into Thai politics… but those who use violence will be dealt with.”


The state of emergency, which hands sweeping powers to the police and military, is currently in place across about a third of Thailand after two months of anti-government protests in Bangkok that sparked bloody clashes.


The violence during the “Red Shirt” rally and the army crackdown on May 19 left 90 people dead, triggering a rampage by protesters.


The emergency decree is due to expire on July 7, but Abhisit said it would be extended in the capital and possibly elsewhere, although “for how long depends on the situation”.

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Israel denies ‘nuclear’ talks with S.Africa

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:15 am

Central bank denies rumor of devaluation

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

State Bank of Vietnam Thursday persistently denied a rumor saying that it would devaluate Vietnam Dong by 4%, adding that the rumor caused worries among investors.

In an announcement the bank said that the foreign exchange market had been stable since the end of March, because of rich supplies and the satisfying of foreign currency demand among businesses.


Credit organizations have kept enough foreign reserves, and overbuy foreign currencies; even they sold foreign currencies to the State Bank. The bank has bought US$1 billion from the credit organizations since the middle of April, increasing its foreign reserves.


The bank also affirmed that macro-economic data was stable and had positive signals, hence foreign exchange rate would be unchanged 
 


 

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North Korea denies plot to kill top defector

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

SEOUL, May 5, 2010 (AFP) – North Korea denied Wednesday it had sent spies to assassinate a top-ranking defector in South Korea and accused Seoul of making up the story to fuel tensions.


North Korea’s official website Uriminzokkiri said the spy case was a “ridiculous fabrication” by Seoul’s conservative government to justify its tough stance on Pyongyang.


Tensions are high after a South Korean warship sank in March with the death of 46 sailors near the disputed inter-Korean border. Suspicions of a North Korean torpedo attack are growing but unproven.


South Korean prosecutors said on April 20 that two elite North Korean military officers had tried to kill Hwang Jang-Yop after themselves entering South Korea in the guise of defectors.


Hwang, the architect of the North Korean regime’s ideology of “juche,” or self-reliance, was once secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party and a tutor to leader Kim Jong-Il.

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Campbell denies ‘sexing up’ Iraq dossier

In World on January 13, 2010 at 4:48 am

Tony Blair‘s former chief spin doctor Alastair Campbell has fiercely denied “sexing up” a dossier which claimed Iraq could launch chemical or biological weapons within 45 minutes ahead of the 2003 war.


In a defiant appearance Tuesday at a public inquiry on the conflict, Campbell said that while the controversial document could have been “clearer”, he still defended “every single word” of it — and the invasion itself.


“I think Britain as a country should feel incredibly proud of the role it played in taking on one of the most brutal, barbarous regimes in history,” said Campbell, one of the former prime minister‘s closest allies.


The first big name to appear before the Chilcot inquiry, he appeared days before Blair gives evidence later this month or early next.








An anti-war protestor burns a mask outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London.

Current prime minister Gordon Brown — who Campbell said was one of the “key ministers” Blair consulted in the run-up to war — will appear after this year’s general election, expected in May.


Aside from his staunch defence of the infamous dossier, Campbell told the inquiry that while Britain pressed the United States to seek a diplomatic solution, Blair wrote notes in 2002 to then president George W. Bush saying he would support military action if this did not work.


“If that cannot be done diplomatically and it is to be done militarily, Britain will be there. That would be the tenor of the communication to the president,” he said.


A large part of Campbell’s evidence focused on a September 2002 dossier which the British government issued to explain its growing concerns over Iraq, six months before Britain joined the invasion.


The BBC subsequently reported that Campbell had “sexed up” the report, which claimed Iraq could launch a chemical or biological attack within 45 minutes, sparking an angry row with the prime minister’s office in Downing Street.


On Tuesday, Campbell again insisted he had never tried to “beef up” anything written by the dossier’s author, John Scarlett, then chairman of a high-level committee advising the government on intelligence.


“At no point did anybody from the prime minister down say to anybody within the intelligence services: ‘You have got to tailor it to fit this judgment or that judgment,'” Campbell said.


“The whole way through, it could not have been made clearer to everybody that nothing would override the intelligence judgments and that John Scarlett was the person who, if you like, had the single pen.”


Campbell, Downing Street’s former director of communications and strategy, resigned in August 2003, the month after Ministry of Defence weapons expert Dr. David Kelly was found dead near his home with slashed wrists.


Kelly believed he may have been the source of the BBC’s “sexing up” story and officials confirmed his name as such to some reporters.


At the time, Campbell insisted he wanted to resign to spend more time with his family well before Kelly’s death and a previous official inquiry exonerated him over the affair. The Chilcot inquiry is not covering Kelly’s death.


Its committee members have faced criticism over alleged soft questioning of witnesses but the ex-BBC journalist who made the original “sexing up” claim was among those to praise their hard line with Campbell Tuesday.


“Campbell, inevitably, ran a classic ‘no surrender’ defence,” Andrew Gilligan wrote on his blog for the Daily Telegraph.


But he praised Chilcot’s committee saying they “asked often exactly the right questions.”

Elsewhere in his evidence, Campbell insisted Blair was determined to deal with Saddam Hussein‘s regime peacefully right up to a crucial vote on the Iraq war in the House of Commons on March 18, 2003.

US-led forces began their invasion of Iraq two days after that vote, despite the lack of explicit backing from the UN Security Council. Britain was the second-biggest troop contributor, its deployment peaking at 46,000.

Campbell’s evidence came as an independent commission in the Netherlands found that the Iraq war lacked legitimacy under international law.

British newspapers devoted large amounts of space to Campbell’s appearance Wednesday, with the Guardian saying it reminded voters that “it was the Iraq war that broke the bond of trust between his government and the nation.”

The Telegraph said the “important lesson” of the inquiry was highlighted by the appearance — “Labour’s pathological obsession with spin and manipulation to mould public opinion is not a sound basis on which to invade another country.”


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