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  • US, S. Korean missile destroyers, subs send message to North
    The US and South Korean navies put on a show of force in the Sea of Japan on Monday, the latest in a string of displays of military might in response to North Korea's testing of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.
    - 5 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 5:35pm -
  • China's best-kept secret?
    Flaming mountains, beautiful lakes and riotous markets the high road to the edge of China.
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:57am -
  • North Korea's submarine technology
    The US and South Korean navies took to the seas Monday with a message for North Korea: Think twice before you threaten us.
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:25am -
  • Japan scrambles jets over China flight
    Japan scrambled fighter jets Sunday after China flew a fleet of aircraft near contested islands in the East China Sea.
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:44am -
  • What 'Made in China' really looks like

    - 17 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 5:24am -
  • Body parts discovered during raid
    Thai police say they've arrested three men -- including two Americans -- after officers found human body parts in a freezer during a raid on an alleged passport forgery operation in Bangkok.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 7:17pm -
  • Last Americans who fought for China
    One of three living members of World War II's Flying Tigers returns to the sky in an iconic Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter plane for the first time in over 70 years.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 4:29pm -
  • Is Aung San Suu Kyi the Mandela of Asia?
    After spending 15 years under house arrest, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi explains her life outlook and why she doesn't harbor bitterness.
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 3:27am -
  • Myanmar's democracy icon on Rohingya
    Why is a Buddhist country led by a Nobel laureate accused of massive human rights abuses? Leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Myanmar's "uphill battle" for tolerance.
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 2:51am -
  • Ai Weiwei's lawyer jailed for fraud
    A lawyer for the renowned Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei was sentenced to 12 years jail on Thursday, in a case his supporters say was politically motivated.
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 1:57am -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • Should we have a second EU referendum? – live
    Join us at 12pm today to discuss where you stand and why. Follow the blog over the morning as we will update it with opinions from journalists and experts 10.56am BST David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, has this to say about our debate topic:I will contin…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:56am -
  • Brexit live: 'sad' Cameron says EU must deal with immigration concerns - latest news
    27 EU leaders meet without Britain for first timeCorbyn faces leadership challenge after news 172 MPs fail to back himStephen Crabb confirms he will stand for Tory leadership with Sajid JavidNicola Sturgeon in Brussels for meeting with JunckerCatch u…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:55am -
  • Chagos islanders lose supreme court bid to return to homeland
    Islanders forcibly evicted to make way for US base in Indian Ocean had launched legal challenge to overturn resettlement banChagos islanders, forcibly removed from their homes in 1971, have lost a legal challenge at the supreme court that could have…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:49am -
  • Scotty Moore, guitarist on Elvis's early hits, dies aged 84
    Moore only worked with Elvis for three years, but helped invent the sound that influenced everyone from Keith Richards to Bruce SpringsteenScotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revoluti…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:41am -
  • UK house price growth up in final set of figures before vote to leave EU
    Nationwide index shows annual growth rate of 5.1% in June, up from May’s 4.7%, but analysts warn of ‘calm before the storm’Growth in UK house prices picked up in June, but agents and analysts are warning that Britain’s decision to leave the E…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:22am -
  • Italian navy recovers ship that sank with 700 migrants onboard
    Forensic experts to begin identifying victims of 2015 Mediterranean disaster in which vessel capsized off Sicily The Italian navy has recovered the ship that sank off Sicily last year with between 700 and 800 people onboard in one of the worst-known…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:11am -
  • Istanbul airport attack: Isis behind deaths of at least 36, PM says – latest updates
    Series of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening in attack officials blame on Islamic State 10.10am BST A video posted on Twitter shows the moment one of the Ataturk airport attackers detonated his…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:10am -
  • Joe Hart’s England place under threat after Iceland blunder
    After his errors against Wales and Iceland led to goals at Euro 2016 the goalkeeper’s six-year reign as No1 may be coming to an endAs mea culpas go Joe Hart’s could not be more searing: “I apologise for ultimately costing us the game and the to…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:01am -
  • Euro 2016 quiz: whose hair or beard is this?
    Can you spot the footballer by the hair on his head?Euro 2016 quiz: identify the players by their tattoosWhose hair is this?Radja NainggolanMarek HamsikAnsi AgolliJuraj KuckaWhose hair is this?Zlatan IbrahimovicBirkir SævarssonMichael LangDomagoj Vi…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:00am -
  • First past the post caused this Brexit disaster. We need electoral reform now | Susanna Rustin
    The Tories promised a referendum, but left it to other parties’ activists to fight the remain corner. Proportional representation has never been more relevantCaroline Russell, a London assembly member and Islington’s sole Green party councillor,…
    - 90 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:00am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Live Coverage: 1st Presidential Debate Between Clinton, Trump
    The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump begins at 9 p.m. (0100 UTC) at Hofstra University. The moderator is NBC's Lester Holt, who will discuss topics including America's direction,…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:53pm -
  • Aid Workers: Warplanes Bomb Syria's Aleppo for 4th Straight Day
    Aid workers in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo say Syria and its Russian allies stepped up their bombing campaign on rebel-held eastern parts of the city Monday, killing nearly 100 people on the fourth consecutive day of mayhem and death.Relie…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:45pm -
  • Nigeria's Buhari Talks Boko Haram, Niger Delta Avengers, Corruption
    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government is not ready to negotiate with Boko Haram until it is clear who is leading the terror group.“I gave directives on three different occasions and I am not ready to go beyond this unless th…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:45pm -
  • Just 30 Doctors Struggle to Treat Wounded in Eastern Aleppo
    Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped population of 300,000, Syrian doctors said on Monday.At least 40 wounded people in…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:28pm -
  • Islamic State Eyes Stronghold in Strategic Syrian Province
    Islamic State fighters are preparing for a major battle in a critical war-ravaged province, where government troops have successfully driven out rebel forces. IS has been fighting Syrian forces in eastern Homs province for weeks, gaining ground in…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:11pm -
  • Jupiter's Europa Moon May Have Subsurface Ocean, Huge Geysers
    Anyone versed in the arcana of science fiction knows about the significance of Europa, a moon of the planet Jupiter. Scientists have always considered it to be one of the best places in our solar system to look for life because chances are Europa has…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:00pm -
  • Expert: Putin's Reported Plan to Restore KGB May Reflect Fear of Overthrow
    The consolidation of Russia’s intelligence agencies into a massive security ministry, in effect recreating the old Soviet KGB, is a worrisome prospect for some Kremlin watchers.The plan reportedly under discussion would merge the Federal Security…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:50pm -
  • FIFA Ending Racism Task Force Denounced as Shameful Betrayal
    FIFA's abolition of its anti-racism task force was denounced as a shameful betrayal on Monday as the governing body went on the defensive to reaffirm its commitment to fighting discrimination.The Associated Press revealed Sunday that the anti-racis…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:12pm -
  • Pooches Hit the Waves at California Surf Dog Competition
    Tongues as well as tails were wagging Sunday as dogs drew crowds at the eighth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, near Los Angeles.Dozens of big and small dogs, along with their owners, braved unusually high surf…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:07pm -
  • South Africa Universities Close Amid Violent Tuition Protests
    Like many South African university students, Nontsikelelo Selleo is angry. And, like many young black South Africans, she says she struggles financially, but has yet to see the equality and prosperity promised with the end of apartheid two decades ag…
    - 4 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 6:30pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • India Seeks a Place at the Arms Bazaar
    New Delhi: India’s international diplomacy is increasingly taking on a newer and more assertive dimension – of combining high-level discussions with sales and exports of defense equipment. This has been evident in the country’s recent engagemen…
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 9:40am -
  • India Places $8.6 billion Jet Order Amid Failed Defenses
    At the end of a week when India has been agonizing to little effect about how to deal with a deadly attack on an army camp near the Pakistan border in Kashmir that should never have been allowed to happen, the government has signed a US$8.66 billion…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 16, 2:33pm -
  • Japan’s Female Troika: Potential Prime Ministers
    In fewer than two months over the summer, Japan’s famously male-dominated political system elevated three ambitious women into positions that could become stepping-stones to the prime minister’s office.  Although Japan is now flanked by neighbor…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 7:47am -
  • The Aging Dilemma for Asian Populations
    Japan, the first country into extensive experience with an aging population as fertility rates decline and life expectancy increases, is far ahead of other Asian countries including Singapore, Thailand, China, India and Taiwan in taking care of its e…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 4:55am -
  • Economics Claims an Important Vietnam Media Voice
    One of Vietnam’s best and most respected English language newspapers, Thanh Nien News, closed last week after being online since 2004. It wasn’t because the paper was too outspoken by Vietnamese standards or shuttered by the powers that be. The n…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Sep 16, 3:44am -
  • India Caught in Another Defense Scam
    Barely two weeks after a massive data leak of technical information on Scorpene submarines that India had bought from French contractor DCNS, the Narendra Modi government is embroiled in yet another major defense scandal. Prosecutors in Brazil and t…
    - 12 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 8:24am -
  • Philippine President Duterte Sows Chaos Internationally
    What kind of drugs – or to be polite, medicines – is President Duterte taking? This is a serious question. It is hard to remember any Asian leader in the past half century whose behavior has been so erratic, whose pronouncements so damaging to th…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Sep 16, 6:37am -
  • Cambodia Goes After Opposition Well in Advance of Elections
    After taking a relative drubbing during 2013 elections, when the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won only 68 of the 123-member parliament’s seats, the government headed by Hun Sen, is now trying to silence the opposition. Fearing a worse el…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Sep 16, 3:15am -
  • Indonesian Leader Names Dodgy Spy Chief
    Police General Budi Gunawan, the close personal friend of Megawati Sukarnoputri who was caught two years ago in a major bribery scandal, has been appointed by President Joko Widodo as the country’s new National Intelligence Agency  head, raising c…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Sep 16, 8:41am -
  • Former PM Mahathir Adds to Malaysia’s Muddled Political Mix
    Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and nowhere more than in Malaysia, struggling with a political scandal that has all but paralyzed governance. Thus it was that on Sept. 5 the jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim met his enemy an…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Sep 16, 5:56am -

Asian Correspondent

  • Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links
    MALAYSIA’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces.The post Malaysia admits armed forces under probe f…
    - 12 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 10:03am -
  • UN rep seeks security guarantees for probe on Philippine drug war
    A UNITED Nations rights rapporteur on Monday welcomed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement last week that he would allow an international probe on his drug war, but said she would first seek security guarantees for the people she planne…
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:39am -
  • Hong Kong refugees march to US embassy, demand pardon for Edward Snowden
    DOZENS of asylum-seekers and activists on Sunday held a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Hong Kong to demand the pardon of the famed American whistleblower and exiled fugitive Edward Snowden.The post Hong Kong refugees march to US embassy, demand…
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:38am -
  • New Canada deal allows faster deportation of inadmissible Chinese nationals
    THE ONE-year pilot agreement inked in conjunction with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Canada last week is expected to quicken the process of deportation of Chinese citizens deemed inadmissible by Canadian authorities, a government spokesman…
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:30am -
  • Saudia airlines lands in hot water over false alarm in Philippines
    SAUDI ARABIAN flag carrier airline Saudi Airlines (Saudia) may face penalties in the Philippines after a Manila-bound flight accidentally sent out a hijacking false alarm before landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) last Tuesday.T…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:51am -
  • Australia: Poll reveals strange paradox at the heart of the ‘immigration nation’
    LAST week in New York, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the United Nations General Assembly that Australia is an “immigration nation, and our immigrants are as diverse as the society that they have joined."The post Australia: Poll reveals stra…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 3:58am -
  • ‘Please help us’: Desperate Malaysian Abu Sayyaf captive sends SOS through media
    AFTER two months on the run through dense Philippine jungles with Abu Sayyaf terrorists, a Malaysian captive was allowed last week to send a desperate plea for help to his government through a phone call to the media.The post ‘Please help us’: D…
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 3:20am -
  • Only political dialogue can restore peace in restive Kashmir
    WHEN unidentified gunmen infiltrated India’s army base during the recent Uri attack in Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani officials immediately seized the opportunity to embark on yet another bout of political mudslinging.The post Only political dialog…
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 2:43am -
  • ‘Investigate your own brother’, former Thai PM Yingluck tells Prayuth
    FORMER Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told junta leader Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha to investigate his own brother who is embroiled in corruption allegations on contracts awarded to his family.The post ‘Investigate your own brother’, form…
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 2:33am -
  • Philippines: Wikileaks cable shows Duterte ‘admitted complicity’ in Davao murders
    A CONFIDENTIAL diplomatic cable unearthed by classified information publisher Wikileaks has reportedly revealed the Philippines president's "admission" that he was complicit in vigilante killings during his time as Davao City mayor.The post Philippi…
    - 21 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 1:15am -

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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • Hyundai Workers on Full Strike for First Time in 12 Years
    Hyundai Motor plants in South Korea were crippled by the first complete strike by unionized workers in more than a decade, threatening to worsen the auto maker’s profit slide.
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:22am -
  • Troubled Past Comes Into Focus for Mall Shooting Suspect
    Before police say he shot five people dead in a Macy’s Friday night, Arcan Cetin was already known in the small island city where he lived -- as a troubled young man with an affinity for guns.
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 3:15am -
  • Oil Producers Tap Brewing Demand From China's 'Teapots'
    Independent refiners in China, known as “teapots,” have emerged as perhaps the most important force in oil markets today, and OPEC is increasingly counting on them to help boost exports.
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 3:01am -
  • Profit Slump for S&P 500 Heads for a Sixth Straight Quarter
    The third quarter of 2016 was supposed to be when earnings growth returned to U.S. companies. Not anymore.
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 2:59am -
  • Banks Face Costly, Complex Technology Upgrades
    Even as banks build new technology in response to threats from fintech upstarts, some of their existing systems are struggling to keep up with new regulations.
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 2:47am -
  • Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting on Syria
    The Security Council held an emergency meeting on Sunday on what diplomats called an unprecedented acceleration of fighting in Aleppo in terms of numbers, scale and scope.
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 2:23am -
  • Goldman Sachs Slashes Asia Investment Bankers
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to lay off more than one-quarter of its investment bankers in Asia amid a slowdown in deal activity in the region, according to people familiar with the matter.
    - 21 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 1:41am -
  • Poll: Debates Will Be Major Influence for a Third of Voters
    The campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton acknowledged the huge stakes of Monday’s televised presidential debate, saying the event could shape the opinions of a large number of Americans.
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 12:48am -
  • Charlotte Police Chief Releases Video Footage in Shooting of Keith Scott
    Police Chief Kerr Putney said he won’t recommend charges for the officers involved in the shooting of Mr. Scott, who the chief said was holding marijuana and ignoring police commands to drop his gun before the fatal encounter.
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 12:34am -
  • Parties Boost Asian-American Outreach
    While much attention is paid to Hispanic and black voters, Democrats and Republicans are boosting their appeals to Asian-Americans, the single fastest-growing demographic group.
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 12:21am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • 31 October 2015
    The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, China Daily qu…
    - 31 Oct 15, 6:48am -
  • Nepal to India: Fulfil supply commitment
    Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently made two separate communications to the Indian government to fulfil its commitment made at the political level to ease and increase the supplies of fuel and other essential commodities to Nepal
    - 31 Oct 15, 6:02am -
  • 10kg cocaine seized on Indo-Bangla border
    In the biggest ever seizure of drugs in terms of monetary value along the India-Bangladesh border, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday seized 10 kg cocaine worth 400 million Indian rupees (US$6
    - 31 Oct 15, 5:31am -
  • Taiwan to pursue MH-60R Seahawk sale from the US
    Taiwan's military yesterday confirmed that it is seeking to buy 10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter from the US to replace its existing aging chopper fleet
    - 31 Oct 15, 5:31am -
  • Japan's MSDF, US Navy in joint S. China Sea drill
    Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force is holding a joint drill with the US Navy in the South China Sea, it has been learned
    - 31 Oct 15, 5:15am -
  • China, Japan and S. Korea summit to improve trust, relations
    The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, experts said
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:45am -
  • Couples must wait for law to catch up with China's ‘second-child’ policy
    The launch of the new policy needs to be in accordance with regional population and family planning laws, and the birth of a second child before such regulations are passed into law will be deemed illegal
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:45am -
  • Breakthroughs possible under Asean agreement
    In early September, when the forest fires began to show signs of rage, the newly appointed head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Willem Rampangilei, promised that the fires would be brought under control within 14 days from Septembe…
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  • Beijing dismisses South China Sea ruling
    China's foreign ministry on Friday, October 30, dismissed a ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea issue, saying it is null and void
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:14am -
  • Time to up the ante in the battle against stroke
    By the time you finish reading this editorial, another Thai citizen likely will have died of a stroke
    - 31 Oct 15, 3:43am -

The Economist - Banyan Blog

  • Farewell to Banyan, the blog
    IT IS with heavy trunk and trailing roots that Banyan, this blog, folds up its branches—and leaves. Many of us have grown attached to it over the past four years, in which time it has shot off nearly 1,200 posts. Starting life as Banyan’s noteboo…
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  • A bigger bazooka
    THE riposte to doubts about Abenomics, the three-part plan of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, to shake the country from its economic torpor, is more of the same, and a lot more. On October 31st the Bank of Japan (BoJ) stunned the financial mark…
    - 31 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • On permanent parole
    A FOUR-YEAR battle ended yesterday, when Singapore's highest court upheld the constitutionality of Section 377(a) of the country's penal code, which renders any man convicted of committing "or abet[ting] the commission of...any act of gross indecency…
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  • Soldiering on
    EVEN seasoned taxi drivers confess that they are finding it difficult to navigate sections of Christchurch. Portions of New Zealand’s second-largest city have become unrecognisable since an earthquake hit in February 2011, killing 185 people and in…
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  • When the luck runs out
    CASINOS have served Cambodia as a rare and dependable cash cow ever since the country first emerged from its decades of civil war, in the late 1990s. On the face of it this year will be no different, with the government expecting to increase its taki…
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  • Stakes upped
    THE bet was bound to be a risky one. In July Japan decided to restart talks with North Korea in the hope of securing the return of citizens kidnapped in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The stakes have since been raised. North Korea’s initial report…
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  • Party on
    WEIRDLY enough, Japan is still a land where you can’t move to the rhythm legally in a nightclub after midnight. This is despite years of campaigning by Japan’s youth. Yet nothing they have done has succeeded in changing laws—from the time of Ja…
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  • The second Modi wave
    EVEN though the results were not surprising, they are significant. So large was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory in general elections in May 2014, led by Narendra Modi, that his party was widely expected to triumph again in state elections in…
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  • Third term lucky
    THIRD-TERM governments are reputedly difficult for a governing party—and particularly in New Zealand’s multi-party system, in which voters plump for both a party and a candidate for their local electorate. But John Key, the country’s prime mini…
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  • Pushing the limits
    SHORTLY before he became prime minister last year, Tony Abbott praised the “freedom that our civilisation has nurtured”. Last month Mr Abbott’s mood in parliament was more sober. “Regrettably,” he said, “the delicate balance between freed…
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The World Bank - East Asia and the Pacific on the Rise

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • Afghanistan at an Inflection Point
    Afghanistan’s unity government has made progress on reform but remains dogged by endemic corruption and a resilient insurgency, says expert Christopher D. Kolenda.
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 7:58pm -
  • The Coming Confrontation with North Korea
    It is increasingly likely that the next U.S. President will face a fateful decision regarding North Korea’s nuclear program, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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  • A Conversation With Salahuddin Rabbani
    Salahuddin Rabbani discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Afghanistan's national unity government.
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 16, 4:41pm -
  • China Vital to Countering a More Dangerous North Korea
    North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a great danger to Northeast Asia and the United States. Washington should pursue policies that will induce Beijing to exert more pressure on its neighbor, says retired Admiral Mike Mullen. …
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  • U.S. Should Sharpen Strategy and Enlist China to Counter Threat from North Korea, Says CFR Task Force
    A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea will neither halt…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Sep 16, 11:19am -
  • A Sharper Choice on North Korea
    The Task Force recommends revising U.S. policy toward North Korea to break the cycle of North Korean provocation and promote stability in Northeast Asia.
    - 11 days ago, 16 Sep 16, 4:01am -
  • How to Deal With North Korea
    North Korea’s accelerating nuclear and missile programs, including its recent nuclear test, pose a grave and expanding threat to security, stability and peace in Asia and the rest of the world. This threat affects close U.S. allies — South Korea…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 11:14pm -
  • It’s All Fun and Games, Until Someone Unleashes Death Squads
    Anyone wondering how the bare-knuckle populism of Donald Trump’s campaign would translate to office should take a look at the Philippines.
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 8:42pm -
  • A Conversation With John Key
    John Key outlines the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and discuss its effects on the regional economies in the Asia-Pacific.
    - 13 days ago, 13 Sep 16, 3:19pm -
  • North Korea Nuclear Ambition Lives in the Gap Between U.S. and China–So Close It
    Because North Korea thrives in the gap created by Sino-U.S. strategic mistrust and the most dangerous threat to the Kim Jong-un regime’s legitimacy comes from South Korea, the most effective way of conveying to him that his regime’s survival depe…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Sep 16, 2:19pm -

MSNBC - Asia Pacific

  • Chinese ex-cops detained while fighting corruption
    The call came late on Monday night. "More than 70 police raided our (guest house)," said former policeman He Zuhua. "Police are everywhere.
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  • Video: Rodman: Kim Jong Un is ‘my friend’
    After being filmed spending time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, basketball legend Dennis Rodman said that while he doesn’t “condone what he does,” the dictator is “a good guy” and a friend. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. (TODAY)…
    - 4 Mar 13, 1:25pm -
  • Sanctions call over Thai elephant ivory trade
    Environmental groups plan to table a motion at a conference on endangered species in Bangkok next month calling for sanctions against hosts Thailand over the trade in elephant ivory.
    - 2 Mar 13, 9:02am -
  • Rodman: N. Korea dictator an 'awesome guy'
    The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for "wining and dining" visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
    - 1 Mar 13, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
    A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:04pm -
  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
    A Japanese court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors to up to 10 years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa last year.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:24pm -
  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
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  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
    As part of a documentary film, NBA’s former all-star Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea, but soon found himself bonding with its leader, making him the first American to meet Kim Jong Un since the nation’s leader took power. (TODAY)
    - 1 Mar 13, 12:48pm -
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  • China says US-based hackers target its websites
    China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokes…
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:58am -

France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • India signs deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets
    India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault for a reported 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), one of its biggest defence deals in decades.
    - 4 days ago, 23 Sep 16, 7:34am -
  • India confirms deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets
    India's cabinet committee on security on Wednesday approved the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France's Dassault, a senior Indian defence ministry official said.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 4:30pm -
  • More than a dozen Indian soldiers killed in rebel attack in Kashmir
    Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor borde with Pakistan on Sunday, killing 17 soldiers in one of the most deadly attacks in the northern region of Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency.
    - 9 days ago, 18 Sep 16, 7:46am -
  • More than 100 dead, hundreds missing in North Korea floods
    The death toll from severe flooding in a North Korean border region has risen to 133 with another 395 missing and tens of thousands left homeless, the UN said.
    - 15 days ago, 12 Sep 16, 5:45am -
  • North Korea 'ready to carry out new nuclear test'
    North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test.
    - 15 days ago, 12 Sep 16, 3:46am -
  • US envoy warns North Korea of unilateral sanctions over nuclear test
    The United States may launch unilateral sanctions against North Korea, a U.S. special envoy for the isolated state said on Sunday, two days after it carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
    - 16 days ago, 11 Sep 16, 6:14am -
  • Bangladesh factory fire leaves several dead
    A fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh killed at least 23 people and injured dozens on Saturday, in the country's worst industrial accident since the Rana Plaza building collapse of 2013 in which over 1,100 people died.
    - 16 days ago, 10 Sep 16, 5:50pm -
  • Facebook backs down from ‘Napalm Girl’ censorship
    Facebook backtracked Friday on a decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after its block on the historic image sparked outrage.
    - 17 days ago, 10 Sep 16, 9:03am -
  • China marks 40th anniversary of Mao’s death
    Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China in 1949, who led the country virtually uncontested until his death on September 9, 1976.
    - 17 days ago, 9 Sep 16, 12:09pm -
  • North Korea's 'biggest' nuclear test sparks global outrage
    World powers expressed outrage Friday after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile, prompting urgent UN talks and calls for new sanctions.
    - 18 days ago, 9 Sep 16, 1:54am -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Economist - Asia

  • Bottling hipness
    LANETTE FIDRYCH knew that people in Portland, Oregon, were obsessed with the tacky carpet at the city’s airport. Enraptured hipsters snap up everything from mousepads to underpants emblazoned with its dated 1980s design. But she had no idea th…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 2:44pm -
  • A ham-fisted hegemon

    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 2:44pm -
  • Guns and ghee
    TO MANY Indians, their country’s strategic position looks alarming. Its two biggest neighbours are China and Pakistan. It has fought wars with both, and border issues still fester. Both are nuclear-armed, and are allies with one another to boo…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 2:44pm -
  • Taking the rap
    NAMEWEE is a Malaysian rapper with a penchant for extravagant eyeware and a dangerous interest in politics. Police picked him up at the country’s main airport in August, when he flew home from a spell abroad. A score of touchy groups had compl…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 2:44pm -
  • Breeding bluefin
    THE Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory might not be the most enticing name for a fancy restaurant, but its customers are undeterred. On weekdays they line up in Ginza, a ritzy shopping district in Tokyo, to sample the fish. Diners appear sat…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 2:44pm -
  • Four wheels good, two wheels better
    Jam today and probably jam tomorrowCARS and motorbikes are banned from the old heart of Hoi An, a pretty tourist town in central Vietnam. When the country’s newish prime minister paid a visit, he obligingly travelled on foot. But as Nguyen Xua…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Sep 16, 3:29pm -
  • A kink in the hose
    Fighting drought with fireTHE toll was not shocking by Indian standards: two dead, nearly 100 vehicles torched and some 400 “miscreants” arrested. Nor did the violence that erupted on September 12th in Bangalore, capital of the southern stat…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 2:46pm -
  • Can a leopard change its spots?
    A handshake that shook MalaysiaFROM a cavernous office in a posh part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, Mahathir Mohamad is sowing dissent. “This government is really destroying the country,” complains the cantankerous former prime mini…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 2:46pm -
  • Bangs and bucks
    Another rib-tickler from the God-kingEVER since North Korea first tested a nuclear bomb, in 2006, it has repeatedly thumbed its nose at those seeking to halt its nuclear programme. Three more tests followed, in 2009, 2013 and January this year.…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 2:46pm -
  • Knife-edge lives
    IT’S a matter of survival, one Indian transgender woman explains: never make eye contact with anyone potentially threatening. Yet in the warren of alleys, workshops and tenements that is Old Delhi, Mallika, with a defiant gleam, is having none…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 2:46pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • China aiming for increased influence on FIFA
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influence of China in world soccer could increase on Tuesday if high-ranking Chinese official Zhang Jian is elected onto the FIFA Council in elections to be held in Goa, India.
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Sep 16, 9:04pm -
  • Philippines' Duterte wants to 'open alliances' with Russia, China
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and "open alliances" with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:47pm -
  • Philippines' Duterte to forge closer ties with China, Russia
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he has decided to "cross the Rubicon" in his ties with the United States and will open trade alliances and offer long-term land leases to "the other side of the ideological…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:01pm -
  • U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program
    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, a new step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea's nuclear program after its fifth n…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:00pm -
  • Japan navy chief urges resumption of China port visits
    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Japan's navy on Monday repeated criticisms of China's pursuit of territorial claims in Asia but called for a resumption of port and personnel visits suspended for several years amid rising tensio…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:12pm -
  • India says Pakistan believes terror will bring territory
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan continues to believe terrorist attacks will allow it to obtain territory it covets in Jammu and Kashmir, India's foreign minister said Monday.
    - 4 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 6:31pm -
  • Rights group says Pakistan's police commit widespread abuse
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Pakistan's corrupt and ill-equipped police system encouraged serious rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, torture and "encounter killings," in which police stage shootouts to kill indi…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:46pm -
  • Diplomats: Portugal's Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Secu…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:45pm -
  • Calais migrant camp demolition raises child trafficking fears, U.N. says
    By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lone children living in the shanty town near Calais are likely to go missing or risk being trafficked when France dismantles the migrant camp, the United Nations said on Monday, urging authorities t…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:27pm -
  • Egypt's Sisi promises more jobs to deter perilous migration to Europe
    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday pledged more jobs for Egyptians to help dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe after more than 160 migrants died when a boat capsized off the country's Mediterranean coast. Survivors and their f…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:03pm -

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Evelyn Leopold: Is the Race for the World's Top Diplomat Deadlocked?
    UNITED NATIONS - The latest and fifth straw poll for the selection of the next United Nations secretary-general again placed António Guterres of Port... Read more: Russia, United States, China, Britain, France, UN Security Council, Kris…
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  • Joseph Braude: Why China and Saudi Arabia Are Building Bases in Djibouti
    China and Saudi Arabia are building military bases next door to US AFRICOM in Djibouti--and bringing the consequences of American withdrawal from the ... Read more: Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Counterterrorism, China, South China Sea, Taiwan…
    - 12 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 10:47am -
  • Doug Bandow: Even China's Communist Party Needs Political Transparency
    China is a great nation with extraordinary potential. But it faces equally significant challenges. It will fare better in the future with a more transparent political system. Ultimately the PRC's leaders will find it ever harder to hide the most impo…
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 9:28am -
  • India Announces It Will Ratify The Paris Climate Agreement
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Sunday that the country will ratify the Paris Agreement early next month, giving the climate pact a majo... Read more: Climate Change, India, Paris COP21, Narendra Modi, Green News
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 16, 1:04pm -
  • AsiaToday: India Launches "Terminator Train" to Battle Mosquitoes
    [I headed to Delhi Railway Station to meet the so-called 'terminator' train./ Photographed by Jeong In-seo]By Jeong In-seo, New Delhi correspondent,... Read more: Terminator Train, Mosquito, Dengue, Chikungunya, Insecticides, New Delhi…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Sep 16, 4:51am -
  • Doug Bandow: America's Bipartisan Policy Of Perpetual War Has Failed To Deliver Peace
    The last three administrations have followed a bipartisan policy of constant war. Unfortunately, the consequences have been ugly: every intervention has laid the groundwork for more conflict. Read more: War, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Don…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 2:29pm -
  • Taylor Dibbert: Sri Lanka's President Misses an Opportunity at the UN
    Sri Lanka's Maithripala Sirisena spoke at the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday. Mr. Sirisena touched on economic development, poverty, drugs and more.... Read more: Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, UN General Assembly, Transitional Justi…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 2:24pm -
  • Man Snaps Selfie With A Python. The Snake Snapped Back.
    A man’s ill-judged attempt at taking a selfie with a captured python didn’t go entirely to plan.He moved in to snap a photograph of himself along... Read more: Viral Video, India, Selfie, Python, Snake, Weird News News
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 10:01am -
  • E. Nina Rothe: The Silk Road: Perfumes and More from the East at Pitti Fragranze
    Image courtesy of Richard Lüscher BritosI look to the East for my inspiration, because I believe understanding -- not indifference -- promotes peac... Read more: Style, Pitti Fragranze, Pitti Immagine, Florence, Italy, Iran, Spain, In…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 3:01am -
  • Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Wait
    The audience, when the debate actually happens, will be huge. Tremendous, in fact. Some (we won't say who) are even predicting it could be a bigger television event worldwide than the 1969 moon landing. Read more: Chris Weigant, Debate,…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 16, 8:54pm -

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

  • Japan reacts as China flies near disputed islands
    Japan scrambled fighter jets Sunday after China flew a fleet of aircraft near contested islands in the East China Sea. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the jets were sent up after eight Chinese military planes crossed between…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:38am -
  • After a lifetime in Pakistan, Afghans are told to go
    Saeed Hamid's restaurant is covered with touristic murals from Afghanistan - blue-tiled shrines and aqua lakes, ancient Buddhas carved into cliffs, and an enormous scene of horses and riders scrimmaging on a muddy field, trying to capture the carcass…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:40am -
  • APNewsBreak: FIFA disbands racism task force, says job done
    In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, a view of the Luzhniki stadium, which is undergoing a major rebuild to be ready to host the 2018 World Cup final, in Moscow, Russia.
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  • Anti-Terror Efforts: Bangladesh, US officials to meet on October 2
    The US and Bangladesh officials are going to discuss enhancing collaboration in countering extremism and terrorism and cooperation in defence in Dhaka on October 2. The government and military officials of both the countries are having the meeting fo…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 16, 8:50pm -
  • CBI to probe Mumbai blasts accused's murder, Chhota Rajan named in FIR
    Indian fugitive Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, known in India as "Chotta Rajan," centre, is escorted by plain-clothed police officers for questioning in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, October 29, 2015. Photo - PTI/AP file Indian fugitive Rajendra Sadashiv Ni…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 16, 4:55pm -
  • North Korean defectors sold as brides in China seek international help to get kids back
    After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with a rural Chinese farmer because she had nowhere to go. An even more painful decision came later.
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 16, 1:01pm -
  • China begins operating world's largest radio telescope
    The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beij…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Sep 16, 8:58am -
  • Attendees at North Korean air show wowed by model F-16 WONSAN, North...
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    - 2 days ago, 25 Sep 16, 5:07am -
  • Death of lawyer David Bitel denies justice for rape victims
    After years of allegations and investigation - and a gruelling committal hearing - the story of David Bitela , a prominent Sydney lawyer and human rights advocate accused of raping his own clients as they turned to him for help in his office, ended l…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Sep 16, 3:12am -
  • Syria believes it's on the way to military victory
    Syria's top diplomat told the world's nations Saturday that his country's belief in military victory is greater now because the army "is making great strides in its war against terrorism" with support from Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah fighter…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 11:16pm -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • Globalization is ancient
    Mapping the Mercantilist World Economy Our current globalized capitalist world economy was built on Mercantilist foundations, put in place in the first phase of global European expansion, the second phase being that of the formal European empires of…
    - 35 days ago, 22 Aug 16, 2:26pm -
  • The Obama Doctrine
    In the Atlantic's April cover story, Jeffrey Goldberg interviews President Obama about his foreign policy philosophy and ultimately, its lasting legacy. There is a sidebar of highlights at the top of the piece, including "Why he's proud of not striki…
    - 20 Mar 16, 12:48am -
  • Vietnam lifts ban on same-sex marriages
    Vietnam becomes the first South-East Asian country to abolish a ban on same sex marriages.
    - 18 Jan 16, 4:30am -
  • Power of Asian superheroes
    To say that Asians cannot be superheroes because of "Asian values" erases traditional and contemporary Asian superheroes, assumes all Asians are the same, and echoes a long history of racist oppression.It tells Asians that we can only be part of so…
    - 8 Jan 16, 10:27am -
  • "...people are guilty if they eat shrimp that we peeled like slaves."
    Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves. by Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan [Associated Press] Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours…
    - 15 Dec 15, 1:09am -
  • Cosplay for Traditional Geeks
    Malaysian illustrator Charis Loke designs geek culture-inspired traditional South/South East Asian outfits, primarily baju kurung and kebaya. Some of her inspirations include Tolkein, Pacific Rim, Watchmen, and the Hunger Games.
    - 12 Nov 15, 2:02pm -
  • Meet The Uyghurs
    Kevin Kelly spent two weeks in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) in far west China. "This area has more in common with the culture of Turkey than with Beijing. It's kebab with chopsticks. But this is really China. In fact it is the largest province of China.…
    - 28 Oct 15, 9:05pm -
  • Iran is opening up to foreign trade, but not to flagship US brands
    The message he wants the developing world, especially the Islamic world, to receive from Iran is simple: you can be a safe, advanced and prosperous state without depending on America.
    - 13 Oct 15, 1:55pm -
  • Funeral stripping in China, Taiwan: rural tradition vs urban modernity
    [Note: *starred* links contain images of scantily clad women, making them possibly NSFW] If you've caught some of the *shorter "Crazy China" articles* circulating around recently, you've heard that the Chinese government is trying to crack down on st…
    - 14 May 15, 7:46pm -
  • That dystopian fiction need not be confined to the developed world.
    "Why the hero of my YA dystopian novel had to be an angry young Indian girl." [Guardian Books] Laxmi Hariharan challenges the domination of dystopian western worlds in teen novels, why not a dystopian Asia or Latin America? And how it's time for the…
    - 6 Apr 15, 9:24pm -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • Political concerns fuel Japanese business pessimism in China
    Author: Amy King, ANU The Japanese business community is increasingly pessimistic about the Japan–China relationship. For the past three years the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Japan-based Nihon Keizai Shimb…
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Indonesia and the revolution in Asian energy markets
    Author: Editors, East Asia Forum China has made remarkable advances in the global effort to mitigate climate change, through reducing its huge reliance on coal and improving overall energy efficiency. But a broader look across the Asian region offer…
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 2:00am -
  • Can Indonesia’s energy path be nudged away from coal?
    Authors: Kurnya Roesad and Frank Jotzo, ANU Is Indonesia missing out on the global renewable energy revolution? Looking at Indonesia’s plan to boost coal-fired power generation, the answer may unfortunately be yes. Indonesia is at risk of locking i…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 16, 9:55pm -
  • Evaluating Bhutan’s development
    Author: Yoichiro Ishihara, World Bank Bhutan has a very different outlook on development. With a population of less than one million and nestled in the eastern Himalayas, this small country has adopted the sustainable development approach of gross na…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Singapore’s succession struggles
    Author: Stephan Ortmann, City University of Hong Kong When Lee Hsien Loong collapsed during the National Day Rally speech on 21 August 2016, it shocked not only many Singaporeans, but also leaders from around the world. Although he recovered quickly…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 16, 12:00am -
  • Pyongyang’s ‘weapons first, negotiations later’ strategy
    Author: Sangsoo Lee, ISDP On 9 September 2016, the US Geological Survey detected a 5.3-magnitude earthquake in the area of North Korea’s Punggye-ri underground test site. Four hours later, North Korean state television announced that it had succes…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • TPP to tarnish US relations
    Author: Richard Katz, The Oriental Economist Report When President Barack Obama said, ‘The TPP means that America will write the rules of the road in the 21st century’, he was not speaking metaphorically. Large passages in the final text were li…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Sep 16, 5:00am -
  • Natural disaster management and the future of ASEAN cohesion
    Author: Adam Leong Kok Wey, National Defence University of Malaysia The recently concluded 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits in Vientiane, Laos again saw ASEAN give a muted response to the more contentious issues facing member states. This is largely a res…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Sep 16, 12:00am -
  • Cyber security in India
    Author: Vidya Sharma, Melbourne Recently, technical and operational specifications of the Scorpene class submarine that India is buying from DCNS — a naval shipbuilder two-thirds owned by the French government — were leaked to The Australian news…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Nuclear ‘no first use’: the debate continues
    Author: Ramesh Thakur, ANU The US policy of being prepared to use nuclear weapons in response to a large-scale conventional attack on its allies is simply not credible. The logic of national survival will always trump the politics of alliance solidar…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 12:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Tackling South Asia’s Water Crisis: Can Civil Society Help?
    Last week, widespread mob violence broke out in India’s high-tech capital, Bangalore, over a Supreme Court order that requires the state of Karnataka to release 15,000 cubic feet of water per second per day from the Cauvery river to the neighboring…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 11:14pm -
  • Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation
    This month, the Southeast Asian nation of Laos hosted two of the region’s most important annual gatherings—the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit—in its capital, Vientiane. President Barack Obama, who led the U.S. delegation, made history by…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 11:13pm -
  • Charting a Future for Philanthropy: Dr. Wang Zhenyao on China’s New Charity Law
    After more than a decade in legislative limbo, China’s first national Charity Law came into force on Sept. 1, 2016. It is considered a watershed moment in advancing a culture of philanthropy in China as the law provides a set of social and ethical…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 11:12pm -
  • Can Asian Cities Lead the Way to a More Sustainable Future?
    Asia’s urban population is growing at an unprecedented rate. It took 130 years for London to grow from 1 million to 8 million, but Bangkok did it in 45 years, Dhaka in 37 years, and Seoul in only 25 years. Asia’s rapid urbanization—driven by en…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 11:11pm -
  • New Business Center Supports Women Entrepreneurs in Mongolia
    At first glance, Mongolia appears to be a shining star globally in the realm of women’s empowerment, and in many ways, it is. For example, according to the UN’s Gender Development Index (GDI), women in Mongolia have a longer life expectancy than…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 16, 11:10pm -
  • Six Pressing Issues in Asia and How We’re Adapting Our Approach to Address Them
    Today, 60 percent of the world’s population lives in Asia – with 40 percent concentrated in China and India alone – and the region will continue to host the majority of the world’s population through 2050. Over the past two decades, economic…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 4:04pm -
  • 5 Lessons on How to Build a Digital Library Program
    Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and a half century later there’s much to celebrate. However, one of the persistent problems faced by schools in developing countries still today is a lack of one of the most essentia…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 4:03pm -
  • To Realize SDGs, Thailand’s Minority Communities Need More Mother Tongue Books
    Northern Thailand, a region famous for its natural beauty, hill tribe communities, and trekking routes through lush jungle terrain, is home to a diversity of languages and cultures comprising approximately 59 unique ethnolinguistic groups. Standard T…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 4:02pm -
  • Economic Struggles and Expectations for Education in a Changing Mongolia
    Mongolia is currently a land in economic flux. Fallen revenues from the mining sector and potential bracing measures from the newly elected government point to economic uncertainty ahead. While investment in various sectors may inevitably be delayed,…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 4:01pm -
  • Giving a Voice to India’s Indigenous (Adivasi) Community
    Five years ago, Ruby Hembrom gave up a high-paying career in the IT sector to start her own publishing company to preserve the culture and historical heritage of India’s indigenous (Adivasi) community. Hembrom, who spent the first four years of her…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 4:00pm -

AsiaOne - Asia News

  • At least 9 dead in Kyushu quake, baby pulled from rubble alive
    Mashiki, Japan - Rescuers searched through rubble for possible survivors Friday after a powerful earthquake in southern Japan left at least nine people dead and hundreds injured, though officials said the toll was unlikely to rise dramatically.Tens o…
    - 15 Apr 16, 12:21pm -
  • More Western art on shopping list for Chinese tycoon Liu
    Hong Kong - He first stunned the auction world by snapping up hugely expensive Chinese antiquities, but now taxi driver turned tycoon Liu Yiqian is targeting Western masterpieces, saying it is his "social responsibility" to show them to China's young…
    - 15 Apr 16, 9:36am -
  • India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions
    New Delhi - New Delhi on Friday imposed driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital.The Delhi government first introduced t…
    - 15 Apr 16, 9:30am -
  • Japan plants shut down after quake, fuels economic fears
    TOKYO - Some of Japan's biggest firms including Sony and Toyota shut down operations in southern Japan Friday after the region was struck by a deadly earthquake, fuelling worries about disruption to supply lines and possible effects on the wider econ…
    - 15 Apr 16, 9:16am -
  • ChaCha the chimp escapes, survives dramatic fall
    Tokyo - A runaway chimpanzee in Japan was shot with a tranquiliser gun only to hang precariously from a power line before falling to the ground and surviving in a drama shown live on national television.The chimp, 24-year-old Chacha, was more fortuna…
    - 15 Apr 16, 9:00am -
  • Air traffic control officers charged over deadly Taiwan crash
    TAIPEI - Taiwan has charged two air traffic control officers with causing a TransAsia plane crash that killed 49 people in 2014, the first prosecutions in the country's worst air disaster for a decade.The plane's two pilots, who died in the crash, we…
    - 15 Apr 16, 8:28am -
  • Elderly couple pose as Descendants of the Sun lovers in fairytale photos
    It seems like a story straight out of an adorable romantic comedy: An elderly man goes all out to fulfill his wife's wishes, and in doing so, becomes the Prince Charming of her dreams.According to CCTV news, 81-year-old Zhang Yongsheng from Guangzhou…
    - 15 Apr 16, 5:09am -
  • Rescuers scramble for survivors after deadly quake hits Japan
    MASHIKI - Rescuers were rifling through the remains of collapsed building in southern Japan on Friday, after a powerful earthquake left at least nine people dead and injured hundreds, sparking fires and buckling roads.Tens of thousands of people fled…
    - 15 Apr 16, 3:57am -
  • N Korea attempts to launch intermediate range missile but fails: Yonhap
    SEOUL - North Korea attempted to launch an intermediate range ballistic missile off the country's east coast on Friday but the launch failed, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.The failed launch follows North Korea's fourth nuclear test in Jan…
    - 15 Apr 16, 12:48am -
  • Strong quake in southwestern Japan kills 9, topples homes
    TOKYO - Nine people were killed after a powerful earthquake hit southern Japan, collapsing homes, sparking fires and injuring hundreds, officials said Friday as rescuers worked through the night to find residents feared trapped in rubble.
    - 14 Apr 16, 11:52pm -

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PBS Newshour - Asia & Pacific

  • Column: Which currencies are overvauled? The Mini Mac Index tells all
    The “law of one price” holds that identical goods should trade for the same price in an efficient market. But to what extent does it actually hold internationally?The Economist magazine’s famous Big Mac Index uses the price of McDonald’s Bi…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:52pm -
  • More than one-third of calls to VA suicide hotline are left unanswered, official says
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald (reflected in doors, facing reporters) speaks outside VA headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/ReutersWASHINGTON — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotli…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 8:38pm -
  • South Sudan’s vice president responds to report over misuse of aid
    Taban Deng Gai, who is now first vice president of South Sudan, speaks to reporters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Jan. 8, 2014. File photo by Tiksa Negeri/ReutersIn an interview airing on Monday’s PBS NewsHour, South Sudan Vice President…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:58pm -
  • Seeing a culture of fear, poet explores the immigrant dream
    Tishani Doshi is a poet, writer and dancer. Photo by Carlo Pizzati.Tishani Doshi says she worries about the “culture of fear” that has developed toward immigrants in the United Sates and Britain.Doshi grew up in India but went to college and wo…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 7:07pm -
  • Friends pay tribute to ‘king’ of golf, Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer opens the 2007 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Photo by Mike Blake/ReutersArnold Palmer, American golfing great credited with bringing the upper-class sport to the masses, died Sunday of complications from heart problems.…
    - 5 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 5:05pm -
  • Twitter Chat: Coping with black trauma in the age of viral videos
    Research shows people of color can experience PTSD-like systems from repeated exposure to viral videos of police killings. Photo by Fuse/Getty ImagesHow can people of color cope with the psychological trauma that comes from frequent exposed to grap…
    - 5 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 5:01pm -
  • Gunman injures nine at shopping mall in Houston
    A Houston Police Department investigator photographs a vehicle that was damaged by gunfire in Houston on Sept. 26. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesA man who opened fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in Houston early Monday — injuring nine —…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:32pm -
  • What to watch for in tonight’s debate
    There are few real make-or-break moments in presidential elections. Tonight’s opening-round debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could very well become one. But then again, maybe not. Polls show that roughly 90 percent of voters have al…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 4:28pm -
  • Road to debate: Trump built image as he built business
    File photo of Donald Trump by Kamil Krzaczynski/ReutersWASHINGTON — Donald Trump once claimed to be publicity shy.No joke.It’s right there in The New York Times of Nov. 1, 1976. In the same article, the 30-year-old real estate developer talks…
    - 8 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 1:54pm -
  • Clinton as communicator, from Wellesley to campaign trail
    File photo of Hillary Clinton by Lucas Jackson/ReutersNEW YORK — Hillary Clinton has said it herself: She’s not the most naturally gifted public communicator.“I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or Pr…
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Sep 16, 1:49pm -

RFI English - Asia Pacific

  • Why Nashik is the wine capital of India
    Nashik has long been known as one of the three locations for Kumbh Mela, a religious event that witnesses the largest congregation of Hindus. However, over the past decade or so, the city of 1.4 million, which is located 190 km north of Mumbai, has e…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Sep 16, 9:43am -
  • How Indian widows turn their lives around
    In India, life can sometimes become difficult for women who have lost their husbands. Many face rejection from their community, and sometimes destitution. But in one village that was originally designed for orphans, widows are turning their lives aro…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 16, 4:20am -
  • India to ban commercial surrogacy
    India is on course to ban commercial surrogacy and foreigners and non-resident-Indians from hiring surrogates in the country. Once approved, there will be a complete ban on commercial surrogacy but altruistic surrogacy will be permitted for infert…
    - 12 days ago, 15 Sep 16, 4:20am -
  • North Korea claims 5th nuclear test
    An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council is being held on Friday to discuss steps moving forward.
    - 17 days ago, 9 Sep 16, 5:31pm -
  • UN, NGOs to help flood-ravaged North Korea
    More than 44,000 people have been displaced by flooding that ravaged northeastern parts of North Korea earlier this week. Representatives of international aid organisations and UN agencies are currently taking part in a mission led by the North Korea…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Sep 16, 3:52pm -
  • Asean 2016 agenda set by US, China
    Rivalry between China and the United States is dominating proceedings at the annual meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), which meets in the Laotian capital Vientiane on Tuesday and Wednesday, even if the two two global play…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 3:14pm -
  • Hollande clinches Airbus deals, dodges human rights on Vietnam visit
    Vietnamese airlines bought 40 jets worth six billion euros from France-based Airbus during as President François Hollande arrived in Hanoi for a 48-hour visit to the country.
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 16, 11:32am -
  • Thousands of French Chinese protest in Paris against racist attacks
    Several thousand Chinese living in France demonstrated in Paris on Sunday, demanding more security after a rise in attacks on the community, including the murder of a 49-year-old father of two last month.
    - 22 days ago, 4 Sep 16, 2:39pm -
  • Using Tinder as a tool to advance women's rights in India
    India has long been the land of online match-making, where mothers eagerly scan matrimonial web sites in search of the perfect son-in-law. But ever since Tinder exploded onto the scene three years ago, dating apps have been bending the rules of the…
    - 25 days ago, 2 Sep 16, 4:20am -
  • 2,000 bottles of French vintage wine to be sold at auction
    The French wine producer Bouchard Père & Fils is set to unveil a collection of vintage wines at an auction in Hong Kong on 3 September. The oldest grand cru being from 1846.
    - 25 days ago, 1 Sep 16, 2:12pm -