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Pence visits DMZ border zone day after North Korea missile test

The US vice president has made a trip to an American base in South Korea close to the heavily fortified border with North Korea. He said the US "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over. US Vice President Mike Pence continued his 10-day trip to Pacific nations Monday by visiting an American military base in South Korea just a few hundred meters south of the tense border with North Korea (DMZ). This is Pence's first trip to the Korean Peninsula since assuming office in January. Pence said it was "particularly humbling" to be at Camp Bonifas, a US-led UN command post, mentioning his father's military service during the Korean War. Pence emphasized the relationship between the US and South Korea. "The alliance between the United States Forces Korea and the forces of the Republic of Korea is historic," said Pence. "It is a testament to the unshakable bond between our people." "All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country," Pence remarked. In regard to North Korea, Pence said: "There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over." Pence's visit comes amid high tension between the US and North Korea. Pence called North Korea's failed ballistic missile test a "provocation" before gathered US military personnel. The missile test occurred following a parade that celebrated the 105th birthday of the late first Korean President Kim Il Sung. "This morning's provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world," said Pence. Pence is scheduled to visit the gateway to the DMZ and acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn on Monday. After South Korea, Pence is scheduled to travel to Japan, Indonesia and Australia during his 10-day trip. Trump, US allies on North Korea North Korea has launched short- and mid-range missiles in recent months. The country has also conducted five nuclear tests, including two in the previous year. North Korea's conducting nuclear tests is in defiance of UN resolutions on the country. US President Donald Trump has previously stated that if allies surrounding North Korea do not act to end North Korea's military program, the US will do it alone. China, North Korea's northern neighbor and sole political ally, previously spoke out against the missile tests. China banned the import of North Korean coal, Pyongyang's most important export, on February 26. Trump's national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, said China recognizes the severity of the situation, telling US media outlet ABC on Sunday "this situation just can't continue." Shinzo Abe, prime minister of fellow US ally Japan, demanded North Korea comply with UN resolutions and abandon developing nuclear missiles. "Japan will closely cooperate with the US and South Korea over North Korea and will call for China to take a bigger role," Abe told parliament.

The US vice president has made a trip to an American base in South Korea close to the heavily fortified border with North Korea. He said the US “era of strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over. US Vice President Mike Pence continued his 10-day trip to Pacific nations Monday by visiting an American military base in South Korea just a ... Read More »

Indonesia bans on duty police and military from playing Pokemon Go

Indonesia has ordered police not to play "Pokemon Go" while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well. The armed forces chief warned the game was a security threat. Indonesia's police and military have enacted a ban on their personnel, preventing them from playing the virtual-reality game "Pokemon Go," while also stressing that their premises were off limits to other gamers. The ban came after a 27-year-old French national was placed under arrest for several hours earlier this month after he had accidentally entered a military base while playing the treasure hunt-style game in the town of Cirebon in West Java. "We are worried that officers will get addicted to the game and forget to do their job to serve people. The job requires hard work and concentration," national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said when announcing the ban. "We have to be cautious against those who may use 'Pokemon Go' as a disguise for other purposes," he added. Amar cited the threat of militant attacks, citing a suicide bombing at a police station in the city of Solo earlier this month as an example. One police officer was reportedly injured during the attack. Ban to be extended to all military The ban will be extended to all on-duty military service members as well in a bid to protect high-security sites, military spokesman Tatang Sulaiman told the AFP news agency. Navy chief Admiral Ade Supandi meanwhile said that Indonesian Navy personnel had already been prohibited from playing the game. Indonesia has ordered police not to play "Pokemon Go" while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well. The armed forces chief warned the game was a security threat. Indonesia's police and military have enacted a ban on their personnel, preventing them from playing the virtual-reality game "Pokemon Go," while also stressing that their premises were off limits to other gamers. The ban came after a 27-year-old French national was placed under arrest for several hours earlier this month after he had accidentally entered a military base while playing the treasure hunt-style game in the town of Cirebon in West Java. "We are worried that officers will get addicted to the game and forget to do their job to serve people. The job requires hard work and concentration," national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said when announcing the ban. "We have to be cautious against those who may use 'Pokemon Go' as a disguise for other purposes," he added. Amar cited the threat of militant attacks, citing a suicide bombing at a police station in the city of Solo earlier this month as an example. One police officer was reportedly injured during the attack. Ban to be extended to all military The ban will be extended to all on-duty military service members as well in a bid to protect high-security sites, military spokesman Tatang Sulaiman told the AFP news agency. Navy chief Admiral Ade Supandi meanwhile said that Indonesian Navy personnel had already been prohibited from playing the game. The game superimposes characters onto real locations using satellite data and other technology on smartphones "It's not allowed for security reasons," he said. "The game uses GPS and video streaming and sends location details," he added according to the Indonesian news website, Viva. Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu also stressed that the gaming capabilities of "Pokemon Go" could be extended to spying activities. "Spying can come in different forms," he said. "At first, [Pokemon Go] appears cute but the longer you see (...) it is just not right." A database of user locations Nintendo's augmented reality game has become a worldwide hit since it was launched earlier this month and has already been blamed for a series of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe. Pokemon Go has not yet been launched officially in Indonesia; however, it is possible to download the game illegally. Players catch and interact with Pokemon characters on their smartphones that appear superimposed onto real physical locations through their device's camera. The game uses GPS settings to geolocate players.

Indonesia has ordered police not to play “Pokemon Go” while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well. The armed forces chief warned the game was a security threat. Indonesia’s police and military have enacted a ban on their personnel, preventing them from playing the virtual-reality game “Pokemon Go,” while also stressing that their premises were off limits ... Read More »

Volcano ash grounds flights in Bali

Indonesia has been forced to close two airports until Thursday because of ash from an erupting volcano on a nearby island. More than 100 flights have been grounded. Meteorological authorities say both Bali's international airport and Selaparang airport in West Nusa Tenggara will remained closed until at least Thursday. "The wind has blown the volcanic ash towards Bali in such a way that it covers the sky around the airport, making conditions unsuitable for flying," Bali airport official Yulfiadi told the AFP news agency. A total of 106 flights scheduled to take off Wednesday were canceled, including 59 international flights. Ash from a different volcano had stranded thousands of passengers on Bali for days during the peak holiday season in July. Airlines are concerned that ash could damage jet engines, even causing spontaneous failure in some cases. The eruption began Sunday. "Volcanic ash, even if it's invisible, is very dangerous for aircraft," transport ministry spokesman Julius Barata told the DPA news agency. Air traffic is regularly disrupted by volcanic activity in Indonesia, which is located in a basin of the Pacific Ocean home to about 130 active volcanoes, the greatest concentration in the world.

Indonesia has been forced to close two airports until Thursday because of ash from an erupting volcano on a nearby island. More than 100 flights have been grounded. Meteorological authorities say both Bali’s international airport and Selaparang airport in West Nusa Tenggara will remained closed until at least Thursday. “The wind has blown the volcanic ash towards Bali in such ... Read More »

Wreckage of doomed Trigana Air Service spotted by aerial searchers

A search plane has spotted the Indonesia passenger plane lost with 54 aboard. The plane went down in the Indonesian province of Papua and there has thus far been no official word on survivors or the cause of crash. Indonesian rescue officials said Monday that search and rescue teams had identified the wreckage of the twin turboprop plane that disappeared in bad weather in the province of Papua. "The crew of the Associated Mission Aviation plane reported seeing plane wreckage," local police chief Yunus Wally was quoted by the state Antara news agency. The ATR 42-300 operated by Trigana Air had disappeared from the radar on Sunday just 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival at Oksibil in the mountainous Pegunungan Bintang district. The Trigana Air Service plane had departed from Papua's provincial capital, Jayapura, for a short-haul flight. Officials said the wreckage was spotted about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from its destination. Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency, said search and rescue teams were preparing to try to reach the crash site by air and foot. All those on the plane were Indonesian nationals, a National Search and Rescue Agency official said. Treacherous mountainous terrain Much of Papua is covered with impenetrable jungles and mountains and some plane wrecks have never been found or recovered. Dudi Sudibyo, an aviation analyst, said that Papua is particularly treacherous for air travel because of its mountainous terrain and rapidly changing weather patterns. "I can say that a pilot who is capable of flying there will be able to fly an aircraft in any part of the world." he said. Even so, due to the difficult terrain, air transport is commonly used in the region as land travel is often impractical. Search and rescue officials noted that a helicopter was lost in the same area last year due to bad weather. "It's the weather there, it changes all the time,” Sito, a search and rescue official who goes by a single name, news agency Reuters. “In the morning it can be clear and hot and then suddenly it rains." Trigana has had 14 serious incidents since it began operations in 1991, according to the Aviation Safety Network. Including this latest incident, it has written off 11 aircraft and is on the EU's blacklist which bars it from operating in European airspace.

A search plane has spotted the Indonesia passenger plane lost with 54 aboard. The plane went down in the Indonesian province of Papua and there has thus far been no official word on survivors or the cause of crash. Indonesian rescue officials said Monday that search and rescue teams had identified the wreckage of the twin turboprop plane that disappeared ... Read More »

Indonesia closes three airports as two volcanoes erupt

The airport at Indonesia's second city of Surabaya and two others were closed after two volcanoes blasted ash and debris into the air. The closures come as millions of Muslims return home to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Mount Raung (photo) on the main island of Java sent ash and debris 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air. The ash traveled through the air near the cities of Surabaya and Malang. Juanda International and Abdurrahman Saleh airports were closed on Thursday and only opened again in the evening. Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said Surabaya's Juanda airport was not due to re-open until 7.20 pm (1220 UTC) and Malang's Abdul Rachman Saleh airport was to stay closed until 8.30 pm (1330 UTC). The ministry said Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate was closed after Mount Gamalama in eastern Indonesia sent volcanic ash as high as 1,500 meters into the sky. The shutdowns came as millions of Muslims in Indonesia tried to get home to celebrate Eid next Sunday, at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. With 202.9 million people identifying themselves as Muslim, Indonesia has a larger Islamist population than any other country in the world. The figure represents 87 percent of the total population. Last week the airport on the tourist island of Bali was closed because of an eruption by Mount Raung. Four other airports in the region were also closed, leaving thousands of tourists stranded. Two domestic airports in the East Java towns of Banyuwangi and Jember have stayed closed since then.

The airport at Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya and two others were closed after two volcanoes blasted ash and debris into the air. The closures come as millions of Muslims return home to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Mount Raung (photo) on the main island of Java sent ash and debris 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air. The ash ... Read More »

Indonesia military plane crashes in Sumatra

An Indonesian military transport plane has crashed in the city of Medan in northern Sumatra. The number of casualties was not immediately known. According to local television, the Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed into houses and a car in a built-up area shortly after midday on Tuesday. The aircraft was destroyed in the crash, moments after taking off from an air force base in Medan. Media reports said the pilot had asked to return to base due to technical problems. Pictures shared on social media showed emergency services attending the crash site, with the fuselage visible among flames and thick black smoke. The images also showed significant damage to nearby buildings. "We don't know yet the number of people on board or how many casualties have been caused," military spokesman Major General Fuad Basya said. Medan suffered a similar aircraft disaster less than 10 years ago. In September 2005, a Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after taking off from the city's Polonia International Airport. The accident claimed the lives of 143 people, including 30 on the ground.

An Indonesian military transport plane has crashed in the city of Medan in northern Sumatra. The number of casualties was not immediately known. According to local television, the Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed into houses and a car in a built-up area shortly after midday on Tuesday. The aircraft was destroyed in the crash, moments after taking off from an ... Read More »

Malaysian prime minister orders rescue operations to save migrants at sea

ملائیشیا کے وزیر اعظم نجیب رزاق نے کہا ہے کہ انہوں نے ملکی بحریہ اور کوسٹ گارڈ کو احکامات جاری کر دیے ہیں کہ وہ کشتیوں پر سوار غیر قانونی تارکین وطن کی تلاش اور ان کو بچانے کا کام شروع کر دیں۔ بہت سی کشتیوں پر سوار روہنگیا مسلمان اور بنگلہ دیشی مہاجرین ہزاروں کی تعداد میں خلیج بنگال میں پھنسے ہوئے ہیں۔ نجیب رزاق نے فیس بُک پر جاری کردہ اپنے ایک بیان میں کہا، ’’ہمیں زندگیاں بچانا ہوں گی۔‘‘ عالمی دباؤ کے بعد گزشتہ روز ملائیشیا اور انڈونیشیا نے ایسے ہزاروں غیر قانونی تارکین وطن کو عارضی طور پر اپنے پناہ دینے پر رضامندی ظاہر کر دی تھی۔

Malaysia’s prime minister has tasked the navy and coastguard with search and rescue missions to save migrants at sea. The USA, Philippines and Gambia have offered to resettle Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. In a shift from earlier practices of accepting refugees only who reach the shore or providing assistance to ships found while still at sea, Malaysia’s navy and coastguard ... Read More »

Hundreds of migrants brought ashore in Indonesia

More than 350 migrants have come ashore in Indonesia after drifting for several weeks at sea with little food and water. Most of the migrants are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants who had been stranded for months at sea landed in the northwestern Indonesian province of Aceh early Wednesday morning, according to search ... Read More »

Indonesia: Children Seeking Refuge Find Abuse, Neglect

Jakarta – Indonesia detains and neglects migrant and asylum-seeking children, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Each year, hundreds are detained in sordid conditions, without access to lawyers, and sometimes beaten. Others are left to fend for themselves, without any assistance with food or shelter. The 86-page report, “Barely Surviving: Detention, Abuse, Neglect of Migrant Children in Indonesia,” details ... Read More »

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