Global Times - 01.08.2019

(Jacob Rumans) #1

8 Thursday August 1, 2019


Melting planet

Visitors walk among free-floating ice jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather on Tuesday near
Ilulissat, Greenland, Denmark. The Sahara heat wave that recently sent temperatures to record levels in parts of Europe is arriving
in Greenland. Photo: VCG

Afghanistan highway blast kills at least 35

Top diplomats

from S.Korea,

Japan to hold

talks: Seoul

The foreign ministers of South
Korea and Japan will meet this
week, Seoul said Wednesday, as
a long-running diplomatic row
develops into a bitter trade spat
between the two US allies.
Japan this month unveiled
tough restrictions on exports of
chemicals vital to Seoul’s world-
leading chip and smartphone
industry, in an escalation of a
decades-long dispute over Japa-
nese forced labor during World
War II.
Tokyo has also threatened to
remove South Korea from its
“white list” trade status as early
as Friday, in a move that could
affect hundreds of key items
imported to the South.
Seoul’s foreign minister
Kang Kyung-wha is due to meet
her Japanese counterpart Taro
Kono on Thursday in Bangkok
on the sidelines of a regional
foreign ministers’ meeting,
the South’s foreign ministry
It did not elaborate on what
will be discussed at the talks,
which will be their first since
Japan’s announcement.
Tokyo’s latest move has en-
raged South Koreans, where al-
most seven in 10 people still re-
port negative feelings towards
the country’s former colonial
South Koreans have
launched a nationwide boycott
of Japanese products ranging
from beer and clothes to cos-
Relationship between Ja-
pan and South Korea has been
strained for decades as a result
of Tokyo’s brutal 1910-45 colo-
nial rule over the Korean Pen-


The wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid al-
Maktoum has applied for a
“forced marriage protection
order” in England’s High Court
in relation to one of her two
Princess Haya bint al-Hus-
sein, the 45-year-old Jordanian
daughter of late King Hussein
and half-sister to King Abdul-
lah, also applied for a “non-mo-
lestation order,” which protects
from harassment or threats. It
was not clear who this order
was in relation to.
At the High Court of Eng-
land and Wales, she also applied
for wardship, which means a
child is placed in the hands of

the court for major decisions.
A forced marriage protec-
tion order helps if someone
says they have been forced
into marriage or are already
in a forced marriage, accord-
ing to official British legal
When asked about the court
proceedings, an official at the
London embassy of the United
Arab Emirates said: “The UAE
government does not intend to
comment on allegations about
individuals’ private lives.”
Representatives of the
sheikh did not immediately
respond to requests for com-
ment. The Dubai government
media office declined to com-

ment on “a private matter that
is being resolved in the court.”
The 70-year-old sheikh,
who is also vice president of
the UAE, wed the princess, a
former member of the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee, in
2004 in what was believed to
be his sixth marriage. He has
more than 20 children by dif-
ferent wives.
Princess Haya, who compet-
ed in equestrian jumping in the
2000 Olympics in Sydney, has
often attended Britain’s Royal
Ascot horse races with Sheikh
Princess Haya attended
the court hearing in London.
Sheikh Mohammed did not.

Two of Britain’s most famous
family lawyers are representing
the two parties: Fiona Shackle-
ton is representing Haya and
Helen Ward is representing
Sheikh Mohammed.
“These proceedings are con-
cerned with the welfare of the
two children of their marriage
and do not concern divorce or
finances,” the two parties said
in a joint statement issued by
the High Court earlier this


A roadside bomb in Afghanistan on
Wednesday killed at least 35 people trav-
eling on a bus, including children, and
injured 27, officials said.
Security has been deteriorating across
Afghanistan this year, with the Taliban
and Islamic State fighters mounting
near-daily attacks on Afghan forces, gov-
ernment employees and civilians.
The blast on the main road linking
the provincial capitals of Herat and Kan-
dahar happened in the Ab Khorma area
of Farah province, said provincial police
spokesman Mohibullah Mohib.
“The bomb was freshly planted by the
Taliban insurgents to target Afghan and

foreign security forces,” he said, adding
most of the dead or injured were women
and children.
No militant group claimed responsi-
Farah is on the border of Iran.
A Taliban official denied responsibil-
ity and said their fighters were not re-
sponsible for planting landmines in the
“The blast has not been conducted
by the Taliban, we are investigating the
incident,” said spokesman Zabihullah
The blast comes ahead of the re-
sumption of peace talks between US of-

ficials and Taliban representatives, who
are hoping to strike a deal on a timetable
for the withdrawal of foreign forces in
exchange for security guarantees by the
But despite the talks, violence has
been relentless.
Government and aid officials say
the number of people being killed and
maimed is rising because of new ex-
plosives planted by the Taliban, who
now control more territory than at any
point since their ouster nearly 18 years
According to the United Nations
Mine Action Service (UNMAS), more

than 1,415 civilians were killed or injured
by landmines and leftover ordnance in
Afghanistan last year.
A senior official at UNMAS in Kabul
said initial reports suggested a bomb
with a pressure plate was used in the bus
blast in Farah.
“These are used by the anti-govern-
ment groups to target convoys or control
population movement. They are indis-
criminate and currently inflict hundreds
of civilian casualties,” said Mohammad
Wakil Jamshidi, deputy program man-
ager at UNMAS.


Dubai ruler’s wife seeks ‘forced marriage protection order’

 Taliban, Islamic State fighters mounting near-daily attacks

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