Sale of Cambodian breast milk to mothers in US criticised by UN

UN agency says trade puts babies of poor and vulnerable at risk of malnutrition as Cambodia moves to block further exports

A man on a motorbike past the offices of Ambrosia Labs in Phnom Penh.
A man on a motorbike rides past the offices of Ambrosia Labs in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty

The UN children’s fund has strongly criticised the sale by a commercial company of breast milk donated by Cambodian mothers to women in the US, warning it could lead to the babies of poor and vulnerable women becoming malnourished. Continue reading “Sale of Cambodian breast milk to mothers in US criticised by UN”

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China denies reports of building on disputed shoal

BEIJING: China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied reports that China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

China seized the shoal, which is northeast of the Spratly islands, in 2012 and denied access to Philippine fishermen. But after President Rodrigo Duterte visited China last year, it allowed them to return to the traditional fishing area. Continue reading “China denies reports of building on disputed shoal”

Watergrabbing A Story of Water

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Historically the source of many conflicts, water grabbing is the control and theft of water resources by the powerful, often at the expense of local populations and ecosystems. It can result in dispossession, displacement and ecological destruction.

In an age of dwindling resources and climate change, water is increasingly being privatised.

It is now 24 years since the United Nations designated March 22 as World Water Day.

Al Jazeera looks at water grabbing in four parts of the globe, including large-scale damming in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, the mining industry in South Africa, inequitable water practices in Palestine/Israel and the impact of dams on people living along the Mekong River in southeast Asia.

Continue reading “Watergrabbing A Story of Water”

North Korea vows to pursue nuclear arms amid US threat

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North Korea vows to pursue nuclear arms amid US threat

Pyongyang envoy to UN warns his country is developing ‘pre-emptive strike capabilities with nuclear forces’.

North Korean diplomat Choe Myong-nam, left, is seen at a press conference in this 2015 photo [Mike Segar/Reuters]

North Korea will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programmes including developing a “pre-emptive first-strike capability”, a diplomat from Pyongyang warned on Tuesday. Continue reading “North Korea vows to pursue nuclear arms amid US threat”

Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

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Diplomatic protest planned against Beijing as President Duterte calls for regional guidelines to resolve sea disputes.

Chinese ships spotted last September at Scarborough Shoal, which is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone [AP File]

The Philippines plans to file a “strong” protest against China after it announced preparatory work for an environmental monitoring station on a shoal in the South China Sea, as President Rodrigo Duterte called for regional guidelines governing the disputed area.

Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre told reporters in Manila on Tuesday the government would file a complaint against Beijing’s plan to construct a radar station on Scarborough Shoal.

“The case which will be filed is fairly strong I think,” Aguirre said. Continue reading “Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan”

France, Japan back free navigation in Asia-Pacific, Abe says

French President Francois Hollande and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint declaration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojaze

France and Japan support a “free and open maritime order” in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after talks with French President Francois Hollande on Monday.

The message seemed aimed at China, which claims almost all the South China Sea and which has fueled concern in Japan and the West with its growing military presence in the waterway. Continue reading “France, Japan back free navigation in Asia-Pacific, Abe says”