World Bulletin / News Desk
The upper chamber of the Russian parliament ratified Wednesday a strategic alliance partnership agreement, which includes a controversial collective defense pact with the self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and self-proclaimed President of Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba signed the agreement in Sochi, Russia on Nov. 24, 2014. Once it gets approved by Putin, the treaty will "create a common sphere of defense and security," obligating the signatories to come to each other's aid in the event of aggression against either party.
The agreement was denounced by NATO last November. "This so-called treaty does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia."
The self-proclaimed "Republic of Abkhazia" broke away from Georgia after a short conflict in the early 90's. Since 2008, only Russia and three other UN member nations have recognized the breakaway territory's independence, with the remainder recognizing the territory as part of Georgia.
"Immediately after the aircraft carrier arrived in the Sea of Japan, South Korea and the US strike forces launched a drill from 6:00 pm (0900 GMT) Saturday", a defence ministry spokesman said.
The amphibious assault ship arrived at the Sasebo naval base in southwestern Japan ahead of the first joint exercise among Japan, France, the US and the UK.
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The landslide hit the village of Ayu in the Osh region of the mountainous Central Asian country at around 0720 am (0120 GMT), the emergencies ministry said in a statement.
Duterte, who has faced international condemnation for his own crackdown on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, also insisted that outsiders should not interfere in Southeast Asia's affairs.
The government's human rights commission discovered a dozen men and women packed into the tiny cell behind a wooden cabinet during an unannounced visit to a police station in a Manila slum neighbourhood on Thursday.
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Comparisons with the characters of a popular Chinese television drama called "In the Name of the People" -- which also happens to be the slogan of French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen -- have flooded China's Twitter-like Weibo.
Diplomats in Manila said the other parties apparently refer to the United States and regional powers China, Japan and South Korea -- all key strategic players in the region.
Human Rights Watch said the incident was another sign of widespread rights abuse under Duterte's war on drugs, which has seen thousands of drug suspects killed either by policemen or mysterious vigilantes.