Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

‘International community should take responsibility for Afghan people’, ex-minister says

In less than a year, the Taliban have decimated the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. That’s the conclusion of a report released by Amnesty International to mark one year since the withdrawal of US and NATO troops. To understand exactly what’s happening in the country today, FRANCE 24 spoke to Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a former Afghan minister for women’s affairs and former governor of Bamiyan province. She urged the international community to “take responsibility for the Afghan people and Afghan women in particular”.

‘International community should take responsibility for Afghan people’, says former minister

A report released by Amnesty International marking one year since the withdrawal of US and NATO troops concludes that the Taliban has decimated the rights of girls and women in Afghanistan. To understand exactly what’s happening in the country today, FRANCE 24 spoke to Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a former Afghan minister for women’s affairs and former governor of Bamiyan province. She urged the international community to “take responsibility for the Afghan people and Afghan women in particular”.

Iran releases Iranian-French academic Adelkhah on five-day furlough

Iran has released Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah on furlough for five days, her lawyer told the Emtedad website on Tuesday, a day after Tehran and Washington wound up indirect talks in Vienna to revive a 2015 nuclear pact.

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, creator of ‘Pleats, Please’, dies at 84

Japanese designer Issey Miyake, famed for his pleated style of clothing that never wrinkles and who produced the signature black turtleneck of friend and Apple Inc founder Steve Jobs, has died, media said on Tuesday. He was 84.

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies of liver cancer at 84

Japanese designer Issey Miyake, famed for his pleated style of clothing that never wrinkles and who produced the signature black turtleneck of friend and Apple Inc founder Steve Jobs, has died, media said on Tuesday. He was 84.

China announces more military drills around Taiwan

China’s military announced fresh military drills on Monday in the seas and airspace around Taiwan a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises to protest against last week’s visit to Taipei by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

China’s ‘military threat’ to Taiwan ‘is much more credible than it was 20 years ago’

Dozens of Chinese military aircraft and ships entered Taiwan’s air defence zone from Friday to Sunday, as Beijing launched its largest-ever military exercises around the island. These manoeuvres allowed Western military experts to study the modernisation of the Chinese army. 

Chinese, Taiwanese warships play high-seas ‘cat and mouse’ ahead of end of drills

Chinese and Taiwanese warships played high-seas “cat and mouse” on Sunday, hours before the scheduled end of four days of unprecedented Chinese military exercises launched in reaction to a visit to Taiwan by the US house speaker.