China puts rocket launchers on island
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China’s ongoing military build-up. The state-run Defence Times newspaper said Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems with the capability to discover, identify and attack enemy combat divers had been installed on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. Fiery Cross Reef is administered by China, but also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Indonesians get cane for gay sex
BANDA ACEH (Reuters) – An Islamic court in Indonesia has sentenced two men to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, judges in the conservative province of Aceh said, ignoring pleas for clemency from human rights groups. The sentence was more severe than the 80 lashes requested by the prosecutor. “The defendants are proven to have committed sodomy and are found guilty,” the presiding judge, Khairil Jamal, said in a statement. Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia that criminalises same-sex relations and that uses sharia as its legal code in addition to the national criminal code.
Film banned in Myanmar
YANGON (Reuters) – A hotel in Myanmar abruptly cancelled a film screening yesterday by a non-government body, Global Witness, that is critical of the role of the military in the lucrative jade business and its impact on a difficult peace process. The hotel in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, had been due to host the screening with officials of the London-based NGO, but reporters arriving at the event were told hotel officials would not let it go ahead. The film, “Jade and the Generals”, but has made it accessible online.