extraordinary_year_logo1Abe calls for summit for ‘inseparable’ Japan and China
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 24, 2014 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan and China are “inseparable” and urged Beijing to come to the table for “vital” summit talks as he sought to move on from comparisons he drew with World War I. Abe told lawmakers he would not budge on the sovereignty of the Tokyo-administered islands that Beijing claims, but insisted the disagreement should not prevent a meeting between two clo … more

India celebrates Republic Day, president warns on corruption
New Delhi (AFP) Jan 26, 2014 – India marked its Republic Day on Sunday with a parade of military hardware in the capital, as the president warned the country’s politicians against underestimating public anger over corruption. Thousands of spectators turned out for the annual military and cultural parade along New Delhi’s ceremonial Rajpath boulevard, along with political leaders and chief guest Japanese Prime Minister Shi … more

Philippines, rebels see final peace deal in weeks
Manila (AFP) Jan 26, 2014 – The Philippine government and the country’s main Muslim rebel group said Sunday they hoped to sign within weeks a final peace deal to end decades of deadly insurgency after clearing the last hurdle in 18 years of negotiations. A “comprehensive agreement” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should be signed in February or March, Manila’s chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer told A … more

Afghan govt offers 2009 AFP photo as ‘evidence’ of 2014 airstrike
Kabul (AFP) Jan 26, 2014 – A photograph the Afghan government distributed to back up its claims about civilian casualties in a US airstrike 10 days ago was actually a 2009 AFP photograph of a different funeral, a media investigation revealed Sunday. The presidential palace gave journalists a dossier compiled by a fact-finding team sent by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Parwan province to gather evidence on the airst … more

Croatian secret police ex-chief extradited to Germany
Zagreb, Croatia (UPI) Jan 24, 2013 – Croatia Friday handed over a former secret police chief chief to Germany to head off further worsening of relations between European Union leaders and the newest EU member. Croatia resisted extradition of Josip Perkovic, 68, despite EU warnings of financial sanctions and isolation of Zagreb in the European community. But, on Friday, Croatian authorities handed him over to German officia … more

Google to offer $3 million in bounties for successful Chrome OS hacks
Mountain View, Calif. (UPI) Jan 24, 2013 – U.S. tech giant Google says it will pay a combined total of nearly $3 million to hackers who can find security weaknesses in its Chrome OS computer software. The search giant will hold a contest called “Pwnium” in March, when hackers will be able to test their skill by trying to hack into either an HP Chromebook 11 or an Acer C720 Chromebook, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. … more