Opponents of Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo yesterday vowed to try again to march in the main city Abidjan, despite vicious clashes in which at least 25 people were killed. \nOpposition groups in the West African country attempted to hold a rally in the city center on Thursday, ignoring a ban by authorities, but as they gathered in different suburbs clashes broke out with security forces and Gbagbo supporters. \nTwo policemen were shot and hacked to pieces while 12 other people died from machete wounds, police and army officials said. \nMilitary helicopters clattered overhead, soldiers sealed off the city center and gunshots rang out in several districts. \nThe death toll -- state radio said it was 25 but the opposition put the figure at nearly 40 -- was the highest in the city since a failed coup attempt in September, 2002 sparked civil war in the world's top cocoa grower. \nThe conflict was officially declared over in July last year but rebel forces still control the north of the country and most of the peace accord has yet to be implemented. \nThe rebel movement and two opposition parties suspended their participation in a power-sharing government in protest at Thursday's violence, accusing security forces of shooting unarmed demonstrators. Police said they were fired on first. \nThe PDCI froze its participation in the government.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”