One dead, dozens hurt in stampede at Iraq Gulf Cup finalStampede broke out outside the football stadium in southern Iraq hours before the final matchIraqi stadium security team members carry an injured football fan into an emergency area at the Basra International Stadium following a stampede ahead of this evening's final match of the Arabian Gulf Cup between Iraq and Oman, in Basra on Jan. 19. (Photo: AFP)One person was killed and dozens injured Thursday during a stampede outside an Iraqi football stadium hours before the Gulf Cup final, officials said. Fans began arriving again in the afternoon as calm was restored to Basra International Stadium, said interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan. 'Doing honour to Iraq'Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani had earlier chaired a meeting with key ministers and the governor of Basra to discuss "special measures for the Gulf Cup final", his office said. The Gulf Cup was contested by Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen as well as Iraq.
Chinese 'police stations' in Canada being probedChina denies illegal activity, says the posts offer services such as driver's license renewals to Chinese nationals abroadCanadian and Chinese flags prior to a meeting between Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Dec. 5, 2017. (Photo: AFP)Canadian federal police said Thursday they are investigating reports that China has set up illegal police stations in the North American nation and harassed Chinese expatriates. China, however, denied accusations of illegal activity, saying the locations simply offer services -- such as driver's license renewals -- to Chinese nationals abroad. According to Safeguard Defenders, the police stations have been used by Chinese police to carry out policing operations on foreign soil, and pressure Chinese nationals to return to China to face criminal charges. Canada's public broadcaster, meanwhile, said a journalist and rights activist who moved to Canada from China in 1989 claimed to have been repeatedly targeted by Chinese officials online.3 months ago UCA News
Now Beijing has given the Hong Kong government the green light to block Owen, and indeed to veto any defendant’s choice of lawyer. Ten years ago, the situation in both Myanmar and Hong Kong was very different. In Hong Kong, while “one country, two systems” was showing some signs of strain, no one predicted then its total destruction a decade later. Suu Kyi had been released from years under house arrest and was in dialogue with the then-military ruler, Thein Sein. The titles speak for themselves — God is Love, In Hope We Were Saved and Charity in Truth.1 month ago UCA News
'Bikini killer' Charles Sobhraj flies to France after releaseNepal's top court rules that he be freed on health grounds and deported to France within 15 daysFrench serial killer Charles Sobhraj sits in an aircraft from Kathmandu to France, on Dec. 23. (Photo: Atish Patel/AFP)French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, responsible for multiple murders in the 1970s across Asia, was due to arrive in France Saturday after almost 20 years in prison in Nepal. Including the state of Nepal," Sobhraj told AFP on Friday onboard the plane. Asked if he thought he had been wrongly described as a serial killer, the 78-year-old said: "Yes, yes." Nicknamed the "bikini killer", Sobhraj was eventually linked to more than 20 murders.1 month ago UCA News
(Photo: AFP)Oct. 23 marks the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic of China, which exists today in Taiwan. What we are commenting on here is precisely the relationship between the Holy See and the Republic of China, based in Taiwan. The People's Republic of China has no diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The relations signed by Pius XII with the Republic of China were, in fact, relations with China: the Holy See chose to remain present in Chinese territory. In 1970, Pope Paul VI visited Hong Kong and sent an unheard appeal to the authorities of the People's Republic of China.3 months ago UCA News
Japan's sperm donation law spurs controversyFor decades, anonymous sperm donation has existed in a legal grey zoneThis picture taken on Sept. 28 shows a member of staff monitoring the movement of donor sperm at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo. For decades, anonymous sperm donation has existed in a legal grey zone in Japan, with no law explicitly prohibiting it, but no framework to govern it either. JSOG's guidelines are non-binding, but already carry enough weight that only a handful of doctors defy them to accommodate lesbians and single women. But social media sperm donation raises health and safety issues in terms of verifying donor profiles. And Nagamura fears that these riskier donations will only become more common if legislation excludes single women and lesbians.3 months ago UCA News
Thai rescuers hopeful for missing sailorsDozens of sailors went missing when their naval vessel, HTMS Sukhothai, sank late Sunday in the Gulf of ThailandRelatives of missing sailors wait for news at Bang Saphan Pier in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Dec. 20 during the search operation for survivors after the Thai naval vessel HTMS Sukhothai capsized and sank about 37 kilometers (22 miles) off the coast on Dec. 18. (Photo: AFP)Rescuers in helicopters scoured the Gulf of Thailand on Tuesday for dozens of sailors who went missing when their naval vessel sank, hoping life jackets had helped them survive two nights in the choppy waters. Thai warship the HTMS Kraburi left port to resume the search early Tuesday, scanning the turbulent waters for 30 missing sailors alongside other naval vessels and two Seahawk helicopters. Efforts to find the missing crew were focused on aerial searches, with the Royal Thai airforce assisting the operation. The HTMS Sukhothai was commissioned in 1987 and built in the United States by the now-defunct Tacoma Boatbuilding Company, according to the US Naval Institute.1 month ago UCA News
Nuncio urges Malaysian Catholics to help poor churchesChurch facilities in East Timor were built with donations from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, says Archbishop ZaluskiArchbishop Wojciech Załuski, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia blesses the Catholic Archdiocesan Center in Kota Kinabalu on Nov 12. (Photo: Catholic Sabah)The Vatican ambassador to Malaysia has urged Catholics in the country to generously help poor churches across Asia. Archbishop Zaluski, also the Apostolic Delegate to Brunei, made the appeal while inaugurating the Catholic Archdiocesan Center (CAC) of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Nov. 12, reported todayscatholic.com, the archdiocesan news website. The Church leader said he was happy to learn Catholics in Kota Kinabalu contributed most funds needed for the Catholic Archdiocesan Center. The Malaysian Church has 1.17 million Catholics in three archdioceses and six dioceses.2 months ago UCA News