Scarborough Shoal satellite picture and geographical position.

Navy personnel and Philippine MPs at the tiny rock of Scarborough Shoal bearing Philippine flag in South China Sea in 1997.

Philippines, China hit diplomatic, military impasse over Scarborough Shoal standoff

The Philippines and China are in a diplomatic and military impasse in a new area of the West Philippine Sea as the newly bought warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar stands guard outside a lagoon of Scarborough Shoal where two Chinese maritime surveillance ships keep watch over at least eight Chinese fishing boats.

Kosovo Anti-Corruption Chief Held For Corruption

Nazmi Mustafi, head of the Anti-Corruption Taskforce set up by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, has himself been arrested for corruption. Mustafi was arrested on Monday on charges of corruption and abuse of his official position in a case being investigated by the EU rule of law, EULEX, prosecutors.

According to sources within EULEX, Mustafi was detained in connection to alleged extortion of money from at least one suspect whom he was investigating. In a press release, EULEX wrote that the offences being investigated were “abuse of official position or authority and trading in influence.

Europe: energy bill vs « oil sanctions »

While Iran has announced it will stop its oil sales to Greece, as counter-sanctions, Europe will have to face a sharp increase of its “energy bill” with estimated 500 billion Euros.

“Alors que l’Iran vient d’annoncer vouloir stopper ses exportations de pétrole vers la Grèce, réagissant ainsi à sa manière à l’embargo pétrolier décrété par l’Union européenne en vue de freiner le programme nucléaire iranien, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie estime pour sa part que la facture énergétique de l’ensemble des différents pays membres de l’UE pourrait s’élever à la modique somme de 500 milliards de dollars en 2012.”

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