Ukrainian female rebel fighters swap uniforms for evening gowns

Twelve female rebel fighters from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine swapped military clothing for evening gowns on Saturday (March 7) to bring a splash of color to International Women’s Day. The show participants – fighters from rebel “Vostok” and “Oplot” battalions arrived at the Donetsk Plaza hotel – the show’s venue – wearing camouflage uniforms. Make-up artists and hairdressers were already waiting for them in a dressing room. The event participants said […]

Workshop offers etiquette classes to Lebanese children

A workshop in the Lebanese capital Beirut is giving children a lesson in French etiquette. ‘Les Petits Diplomates’ is an idea conceived of in France for children aged 8-12, and brought to Lebanon through ‘Château Marianne’, a group that imports French concepts to Lebanon. Joumana Piglowski, who co-founded the ‘Château Marianne’ and trains the children, says it gives the young ones valuable skills. “Children play games or do role play all the time – they […]

China defends reclamation of disputed isles in South China Sea

(Reuters) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday (March 8) defended China’s activities in the South China Sea, hinted at inviting Japan to a commemorative World War II military parade and said progress has been made on the Sino-Indian border dispute. At a news conference on the sidelines of China’s annual National People’s Congress, Wang defended his government’s controversial policy of reclamation on disputed isles in the South China Sea which has sparked regional […]

Philippines assessing discovery of Japanese sunken ship

The Philippines on Thursday (March 5) said it was verifying reports that a sunken World war II Japanese warship was discovered off the coast in the central Philippines. A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the sunken Japanese warship Musashi, one of the largest battleships ever built, where it was sunk during World War Two off the coast of the Philippines, the billionaire said on Wednesday (March 4). Presidential Spokesperson Sonny Coloma […]

U.S. envoy slashed in face by assailant in South Korea, already in stable condition

The United States (US) ambassador to South Korea is already in a stable condition after being attacked by a South Korean with a fruit knife in Seoul during a breakfast forum (Reuters) –U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean assailant at a breakfast forum in the capital early on Thursday (March 5), police and a witness said, but was not seriously wounded. Lippert, 42, was bleeding from […]

Netanyahu grateful for the warm response to his speech in the U.S. Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was grateful for the warm reception he received by the U.S. Congress on Tuesday (March 03) for a speech in which he warned of dangers in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran. “I was very moved by the attention and the responses to the speech from both sides of the aisle. And, it was very clear to me and it was clear in that hall to anyone who […]

Israel’s Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States about accepting a nuclear deal with Iran, likening Tehran to Islamic State in a much anticipated speech before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 3). “The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America. Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the […]

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes off Indonesia, no reports of damage

(Reuters) – An earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The quake was 37 km (23 miles) deep and centred 179 km (111 miles) offshore. It was felt by people on land but there was no panic, Indonesia’s disaster agency said. There was no word on a tsunami. Indonesia, badly hit by the Indian Ocean […]