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Belgian Frigate Louise Marie sails underneath Tower Bridge toward HMS Belfast in London, England.
e Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of World War One battle elds
in Flanders to the United Kingdom for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special
gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment.
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EU urges caution
over island zone
China scrambled jets overnight
in response to two United States
spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft,
including F-15 ghters, entering its
new air defence zone over the East
China Sea, State news agency Xinhua
said, raising the stakes in a stand-
o with the United States, Japan and
e jets were scrambled for e ective
monitoring, Xinhua cited air force
spokesman Shen Jinke as saying. e
report gave no further details.
Japan and South Korea ew military
aircraft through the zone, which
includes the skies over islands at the
heart of a territorial dispute between
Japan and China, the two countries said
while Washington sent two unarmed
B-52 bombers into the air space earlier
this week in a sign of support for its ally
Japan. None of those aircraft informed
e Pentagon has declined to o er
speci cs on any additional US ights
and it neither con rmed nor denied the
Chinese report of two US spy aircraft
entering the zone.
One US defence o cial, speaking to
Reuters on condition of anonymity,
said only the US military was still ying
routine missions in the region, including
reconnaissance and surveillance ights.
Xinhua earlier said China had sent
several ghter jets and an early warning
aircraft into the new air defence zone.
China last week announced that
foreign aircraft passing through it ---
including passenger planes --- would
have to identify themselves to Chinese
e Chinese patrol mission, conducted
on ursday, was "a defensive measure
and in line with international common
practices", Xinhua reported Shen as
e aircraft, including Russian-
designed Su-30 ghters, conducted
routine patrols and monitored targets
in the zone, Shen said.
"China's air force is on high alert and
will take measures to deal with diverse
air threats to rmly protect the security
of the country's air space," he said.
However, Defence Ministry
spokesman Yang Yujun said it was
"incorrect" to suggest China would
shoot down aircraft which entered
the zone without rst identifying
themselves. He did not elaborate.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary
Yoshihide Suga said overnight he did
not know if Chinese planes were in the
zone but added there was no change to
Japan's sense of alertness.
Ties between China and Japan have
been strained for months by the dispute
over the islands in the East China
Sea, called the Diaoyu by China and
the Senkaku by Japan. Washington
takes no position on the sovereignty
of the islands but recognises Tokyo's
administrative control and says the US-
Japan security pact applies to them.
Europe's top diplomat, Catherine
Ashton, said the European Union was
concerned about China's decision to
establish the new air defence zone as
well as its announcement of "emergency
defence measures" if other parties did
" is development heightens the risk
of escalation and contributes to raising
tensions in the region," Ashton said.
" e EU calls on all sides to exercise
caution and restraint."
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman
Qin Gang criticised Ashton's remarks,
saying China hoped the EU could
treat the situation "objectively and
"Actually, Madam Ashton should
know that some European countries
also have air defence identi cation
zones," Qin said. "I don't know if this
leads to tensions in the European
regional situation. European countries
can have air defence identi cation
zones. Why can't China?"
Asked to clarify China's expectations
for what information airlines
were expected to report, Qin said:
"International law does not have clear
rules on what kind of ight or aircraft
should apply", adding that each country
made its own rules.
" erefore, China's method does not
violate international law and accords
with international practice," he said.
China's Foreign Ministry said that
since the zone had come into force
there had been no impact on the safe
operation of international civilian
ights, although it added that China
"hoped" airlines would co-operate.
Japan's two biggest airlines have
de ed the identi cation order since
Wednesday at the request of the
Although there are risks of a
confrontation in the zone, US and
Chinese military o cials have stepped
up communication with each other in
recent years and are in regular contact
to avoid accidental clashes.
US Vice President Joe Biden is
visiting China, Japan and South Korea
next week, and will try to ease tensions
over the issue, senior US o cials said.
"We decline to comment on Chinese
ights, but the United States will
continue to partner with our allies
and operate in the area as normal," a
Pentagon spokesman said.
China's Defence Ministry has said
that it was aware of the US, Japanese
and South Korean military aircraft in
the zone and had tracked them all.
Syrian refugee children are paying
a cruel price as civil war rips their
country apart, the United Nations
warned yesterday in a report with
heart-rending testimony from
youngsters driven from their homes.
" is is impossible to forget. It's like
someone has stabbed me with a knife
when I remember," 15-year-old Taha,
who saw seven corpses near his house
in Syria, told the UN refugee agency
He and scores of other Syrian refugee
children in Jordan and Lebanon were
interviewed for a 60-page UNHCR
report, starkly laying out the trauma of
young exiles from a con ict that has
killed over 120,000 people.
e children's last names were not
revealed to protect them and their
"It is important that this human
face of the refugee crisis is not
forgotten," Volker Turk, UNHCR
head of international protection, said
in Geneva. "And if you look at what
children face, they illustrate very
strongly what this crisis is all about."
Children make up around half of the
more than 2.2 million Syrians who
have ed their homeland, according
to UN numbers of registered refugees.
Syria's neighbours meanwhile
estimate three million Syrians have
already left the war-ravaged country,
which means around 1.5 million
Syrian children are living as refugees.
"Looking back over the last 20
years, the Syria refugee crisis for us
is unparallelled since the Rwanda
crisis," Turk said, referring to the 1994
genocide in the African nation.
He pointed out that children also
represent about half of the 6.5 million
people driven from their homes but
who remain inside Syria.
In the report, the children describe
in words and with drawings the
horrors they have witnessed and the
" ere is blood up to people's knees
in Syria," 17-year-old Sala said.
Maher, 16, who was tortured in Syria
and whose father remains missing
there, said: "My rst wish would be to
go back to Syria and to have my father
Some of the children also drew
pictures of weapons of war and bodies.
" e idea of home and warmth is
gone with a stroke," Turk said.
Syria's children paying heavy price
A Chinese businessman has begun a
crusade to remedy his country's "moral
crisis" by opening a restaurant where
customers only pay if they want to.
Liu Pengfei, a 51-year-old from
Fuzhou in south-east China, opened
his "Good One" bu et in August in
what he said was an attempt to rescue
a long-lost sense of trust in Chinese
e restaurant's menu, a blend of
Chinese and international cuisine, is
What is unique is Liu's business
model. For customers can pay as much
or as little as they want --- and can
choose not to pay at all.
Liu, a Christian, said his idea was to
build trust by o ering diners the choice
of doing the right thing --- paying ---
or taking the dishonest path of leaving
without settling the bill.
"I don't run a business, I run a trust,"
"When I trust them (the customers),
they will trust me and they will begin
to love others.
"I hope that when people come here
they sense that.
" en, when they return to their work
and family, they will share this idea,"
the businessman said.
Liu blamed Mao Zedong's brutal
decade-long Cultural Revolution for
what he argued was a widespread
breakdown of ethics.
e 1966-76 campaign, which
saw China consumed by violence
and children denounce their parents
as "counter-revolutionaries", had
"destroyed mutual trust between
people", he said.
Alas, Liu's attempts to rescue Chinese
morals have got o to a slow start.
His business has incurred losses of
250,000 yuan ($50,600) since August.
--- Telegraph Group Ltd
Buffet with morals on the menu
by Dave Green 617 Di culty Level
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1. Which New Zealand brand, with a distinctive red and yellow logo, is still fondly
remembered despite going out of business in the 1990s?
2. In Casablanca, when Sam is asked to 'play it once, for old times sake', which tune is
3. Daddy Warbucks is the guardian of which fictional child?
4. The traditional pirate flag showing a skull and crossbones was given what name?
5. Which two New Zealand sporting heroes -- an All Black and an Olympian - have a
surname which historically meant someone who transported goods by wagon?
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7. Saigon is now known by what name?
8. Which 1999 film includes the quote 'I see dead people'?
9. 'Sent me off to Vietnam, to go and kill the yellow man' are lines from which song?
10. Which organisation, motto 'Blood and Fire', has been active in New Zealand
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