Singapore Airshow: Asia-Pacific spending up on defence

February 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

By Puneet Pal Singh Business reporter, BBC News, Singapore

China's J-10 jets flying China has seen a steady rise in defence budget making it the world’s second-biggest spender in the sector

Throughout history, a region or country’s economic growth has often been followed by a rise in defence spending.

Vietnam’s illegal trade in rhino horn

February 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm

By Sue Lloyd Roberts BBC Newsnight

White elephants in South Africa

Record numbers of rhinos are being poached and killed in South Africa for their horn. Many of those horns end up being sold illegally for their supposed medicinal properties – in countries such as Vietnam.

Schapelle Corby: Australian drug trafficker freed from Bali jail

February 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby (centre) is escorted by police and prison officials at the prosecutor's office on 10 February 2014 Schapelle Corby was ushered out of court amid a media and police scrum

Convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby has been released on parole after nine years in prison in Indonesia.

Corby was convicted and jailed for 20 years i

Douglas Slocombe: The cameraman who escaped the Nazi invasion of Poland

February 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

By Vincent Dowd BBC World Service

Hitler reviews troops in Poland, October 1939

For more than 40 years Douglas Slocombe, who turns 101 this week, was one of British cinema’s most acclaimed cinematographers. But in 1939 his efforts to film the German invasion of Poland forced him to make a dramatic escape.

Where to find Kyoto’s glow-By Brad Cohen

February 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  • Kyoto, Japan

Few visitors come to Kyoto for the nightlife. With traditional teahouses, countless kōyō (maple trees) and sakura (cherry blossoms) and 17 castles, shrines and temples on the Unesco World Heritage list, the Japanese city is far better known for its daytime splendour.

Russian roulette: The rising risk of cyberhackers -By Angela Henshall

February 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm


Police security patrol in Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics (Getty)Police security patrol Rosa Khutor village, Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics (Getty)

Drones, sniffer dogs, snipers in helicopters and an estimated 100,000 troops on the ground are all part of a colossal security effort underway in Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Russians have created a vast security perimeter encircling the Black Sea resort amid fear of terrorist attack from neighbouring Caucasus region.

Geox boss: ‘Nobody believed in me’

February 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

By Emily Young BBC News

Mr Polegato

Mario Moretti Polegato wasn’t supposed to run a footwear and clothing company. He wasn’t even supposed to set up his own business.

When he was a baby, his mother has told him, his father wetted his lips with wine and declared that he was the one who was going to run the family’s winery in north east Italy.

Syria crisis: ‘Hundreds’ evacuated from besieged Homs

February 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Footage shows terrified civilians running towards UN vehicles

More than 600 civilians have been evacuated from the rebel-held Old Quarter of the central Syrian city of Homs, state media report.

This was despite mortar fire and shooting which activists say killed several people and wounded others.

A Nation of Bystanders

February 9, 2014 at 1:01 am
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

| by Tisaranee Gunasekara
“There must be some way out of here….”
Bob Dylan (All along the Watchtower)
( February 6, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Mel Gunasekera, the accomplished journalist; Lahiru Sandaruwan Rathnayake, the aspiring undergraduate – both died last week. The acclaimed journalist at the Zenith of her profession was murdered, reportedly by a non-professional thief. The unknown student at the threshold of his university life died, when a pre-existing health condition turned lethal during the military-conducted ‘Leadership Training Programme’ all university-entrants are subjected to.

International Pressure as part of Democratization: Possibilities and Limitations

February 9, 2014 at 12:09 am
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

| by Laksiri Fernando
( February 7, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) ‘International pressure’ is something much talked about these days particularly in the context of the impending 3rd resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC next month. If one is not totally blind or prejudiced, it is clear that as a result of the previous two resolutions (2012 and 2013) and concurrent international pressure, that the Rajapaksa regime was kept under scrutiny and the slide towards gross violations of human rights and authoritarianism was to a great extent arrested. If not for that international pressure, much worst things could have happened. The holding of the NPC elections was one good thing, among others, of this international pressure.

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