DANDONG, China (Reuters) – Some Chinese tour operators have halted travel to North Korea at the behest of local authorities and because of rising safety concerns as Pyongyang whips up war rhetoric following weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula.
Authorities in the northeastern city of Dandong have told tour agencies to halt overland tourism into North Korea, local travel agents said on Wednesday.
GAOMI, China (Reuters) – Chinese Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan unexpectedly called for the release of jailed compatriot Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago, having come under fire from rights activists for not speaking up for him.
The author, a portly 57-year-old whose adopted pen name Mo Yan means “don’t speak”, said he had read some of Liu’s literary criticisms in the 1980s, but that he had no understanding of Liu’s work once it had turned towards politics.
BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters
besieged the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday, hurling
rocks and bottles at the building as police struggled to keep
control, amid growing tensions between Asia’s two biggest
economies over a group of disputed islands.
Paramilitary police with shields and batons barricaded the
embassy, holding back slogan-chanting, flag-waving protesters
who at times appeared to be trying to storm the building.
ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – Mongolian judoka Naidan Tuvshinbayar begins the day jogging through the glistening grasslands he says helped make him the country’s first Olympic gold medalist.
Back in the training centre, set in verdant hills 1,400 meters above sea level, he wiggles his hefty frame to thumping house music, as he slams younger athletes into the ground one-by-one with a sly grin, occasionally giving them a playful headlock for good measure.
ULAN BATOR, July 21 (Reuters) – Mongolian judoka Naidan
Tuvshinbayar begins the day jogging through the glistening
grasslands he says helped make him the country’s first Olympic
Back in the training centre, set in verdant hills 1,400
metres above sea level, he wiggles his hefty frame to thumping
house music, as he slams younger athletes into the ground
one-by-one with a sly grin, occasionally giving them a playful
headlock for good measure.
ZUUNMOD, Mongolia (Reuters) – A small cloud of dust rising in the distance sparks fevered chatter from hundreds of herders pressed around a wooden bandstand on the verdant Mongolian prairie.
Seconds later, dozens of small children on horseback, many of them under ten years old and most without helmets, thunder past the crowd, now whooping wildly.
ULAN BATOR, June 29 (Reuters) – The pro-free market
Mongolian Democratic Party (MDP), part of a grand coalition
until January, said on Friday it was leading in parliamentary
elections which are being closely watched to see how the new
government handles a spectacular mining boom.
The right-leaning party said it had won at least 36 of 76
seats in the legislature, the Great Khural, though the election
commission has yet to confirm the result of Thursday’s poll.
ULAN BATOR, June 27 (Reuters) – Resurgent nationalism in
mineral-rich Mongolia, which will vote for a new government this
week, will irk foreign investors, but it is unlikely to wreck
sentiment, with politicians still desperate to keep the dollars
Foreign investment in Mongolia’s much coveted mines like the
$7 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper project helped expand the economy
at the fastest pace in all of Asia last year. But many of the
country’s 3 million voters say the bulk of the nation’s nouveau
wealth still lies in the hands of the political elite.
JIUQUAN, China (Reuters) – China put its first woman into orbit on Saturday, one of three astronauts to attempt a critical space docking in the latest challenge for the country’s ambitious space programme.
A Long March rocket blasted off in the early evening from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi Desert, carrying with it the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and the three astronauts, including 33-year-old female fighter pilot Liu Yang.
JIUQUAN, China, June 15 (Reuters) – China will send its
first woman into outer space this week, prompting a surge of
national pride as the rising power takes its latest step towards
putting a space station in orbit within the decade.
Liu Yang, a 33-year-old fighter pilot, will join two other
astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft when it lifts off
from a remote Gobi Desert launch site on Saturday evening.