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BBC News - Asia

  • Bali suitcase murder: US pair jailed
    An Indonesian court sentences a US man to 18 years in jail for killing the mother of his girlfriend and hiding her body in a suitcase.
    - 19 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:15am -
  • New Afghan cabinet after long delay
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani swears in 16 new ministers - nearly completing his cabinet after seven months of delay.
    - 28 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:06am -
  • Mayor bans 'un-Tajik' black clothes
    The mayor of Dushanbe orders shops to stop selling and importing black clothing for women.
    - 30 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:04am -
  • AC/DC drummer Rudd pleads guilty
    Phil Rudd, drummer with Australian hard rock group AC/DC, unexpectedly pleads guilty at a New Zealand court to making a threat to kill.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:04am -
  • Three dead in New South Wales storm
    Three people die as storms with winds of up to 135km/h (85 mph) batter New South Wales, Australia, with more bad weather forecast.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:40am -
  • Japan train sets new speed record
    A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:53am -
  • Salman Khan case order date set
    An Indian court is to give its verdict on 6 May in a hit-and-run incident in which Bollywood star Salman Khan is accused of running over five men sleeping on a pavement.
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:49am -
  • South Korea PM offers to resign
    South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo offers to resign just two months into the job after accusations of accepting bribes.
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:28am -
  • China property firm Kaisa defaults
    Kaisa Group becomes the first Chinese property developer to default on its overseas debt, which is estimated to be about $2.5bn (£1.7bn).
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 6:22am -
  • Indian AAP expels founder members
    Indian anti-corruption party AAP expels two of its founder members amid in-fighting following its Delhi election win in February.
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:41am -

CNN Asia

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

  • Clippers sign Glen Davis to new contract
    The Clippers have re-signed free-agent power forward Glen Davis to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $1.2 million, according to an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:55pm -
  • Disney is developing 'Haunted Mansion' animated special for TV
    Guillermo del Toro may still be struggling to figure out the script for his planned "Haunted Mansion" theatrical feature, but Disney Television Animation is putting its own take on the popular Disney Parks attraction into development.
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:49pm -
  • Cuomo: Settlement reached to avert LIRR strike in New York
    A planned strike on the Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s busiest commuter rail line, was averted when the parties agreed on Thursday to a new contract after Gov. Andrew Cuomo personally intervened in the stalled talks.
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:37pm -
  • Remembering Elaine Stritch -- formidable, fun and candid
    Elaine Stritch, who died Thursday at the age of 89, was a formidable interview when we chatted on the phone in February about the candid documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me."
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:36pm -
  • Stocks edge lower; Mattel sinks
    Stocks moved lower in midday trading Thursday, weighed down by weak financial results from U.S. companies and a government report showing U.S. home construction slowed in June to its slowest pace in nine months. SanDisk, AutoNation and Mattel were am…
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:28pm -
  • TV Picks: The Divide, Extant, Sharknado
    "The Divide" AMC Network's attempt to get its very niche WE tv into the scripted drama game may not produce the industry-quake that "Mad Men" did, but this legal drama exploring themes of race, class, ambition and the elastic nature of justice is a…
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:24pm -
  • TCA 2014: CBS chief Nina Tassler grilled on casting diversity
    CBS may be America’s most popular network, but critics claim its new fall lineup doesn’t reflect America.
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:11pm -
  • 'Two and a Half Men' to kick off final season with gay-adoption storyline
    Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer are going to a chapel, and they're gonna get married. Or, rather, they're "Two and a Half Men" characters will in its final season.
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:08pm -
  • Microsoft to wind down Hollywood operations
    Microsoft is shutting down the bulk of its Hollywood unit as part of a broader restructuring at the software giant that will result in 14,000 jobs being cut.
    - 17 Jul 14, 6:04pm -
  • Florida judge rules ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
    A Florida judge overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday, but the order only carries weight in one of the state's 67 counties, according to court records and the American Civil Liberties Union.
    - 17 Jul 14, 5:36pm -

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • Greek bonds and shares slide as ECB 'mulls reining in support' - business live
    All the latest economic and financial news, including developments around Greece’s debt talksBloomberg: ECB losing patience with GreeceGreek stock market hits lowest level of 2015Bond yields hit new highsGazprom chief heading to Athens 12.28pm BST…
    - 6 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:28am -
  • Manchester United in pole position to sign Memphis Depay from PSV
    • Liverpool could lose out in race for £25m PSV Eindhoven winger• Louis van Gaal picked player for World Cup squadManchester United are in pole position to sign Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season, with the attraction of Lo…
    - 8 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:26am -
  • Irvine Welsh webchat – as it happened
    The ferocious bard of Scotland’s underbelly joined us to answer your questions – catch up with his answers on gender inequality, Scotland’s future, how Trainspotting characters would have voted in the referendum, what modern fiction needs, and…
    - 9 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:25am -
  • Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'seriously wounded in air strike'
    Baghdadi no longer in day-to-day control of terror group as he recovers from injuries sustained during attack in March near Syrian border, according to sourcesThe leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air str…
    - 10 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:24am -
  • Election 2015 live: PM demeaning himself over SNP stance, says Miliband
    Sturgeon calls John Major comments ‘affront to democracy’Ed Miliband accuses Cameron of ‘threatening integrity of UK’PM has given up attempting to win majority, Labour leader saysNigel Farage says Ukip would reduce TV licence fee to £50 12.1…
    - 13 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:21am -
  • County cricket – live!
    • Glamorgan v Surrey; Sussex v Worcestershire; Nottinghamshire v YorkshireCounty cricket: the week’s final over 12.12pm BST There are few better cricket grounds to “lap” than the County Ground, Hove. I’ve just been watching the action sitti…
    - 22 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:12am -
  • The EU can no longer stand by while child migrants are drowning
    With Libya in chaos, trafficking of people – particularly of children – is thriving. The humanitarian imperative for EU leaders to act is indisputableFollowing Sunday’s catastrophe, in which a suspected 800 people drowned off Libya’s coast, o…
    - 23 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:11am -
  • Two accused of handing out Islamic State leaflets in central London
    Luton pair Shah Jahah Khan and Ibrahim Anderson deny terrorist charges and will stand trial at Old BaileyTwo men accused of inviting people to support Islamic State by handing out leaflets in London’s West End have pleaded not guilty to terror offe…
    - 28 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:06am -
  • Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne still open to Manchester City move, says agent
    • Belgium midfielder is also wanted by Bayern Munich and PSG• ‘I have met the people from Manchester City and we know each other’• Liverpool set for Memphis Depay duel with Manchester UnitedKevin De Bruyne’s agent has insisted the Belgium…
    - 30 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:04am -
  • Three-minute election: Have the deaths in the Mediterranean changed the immigration debate? – video
    Columnists Jonathan Freedland and Zoe Williams discuss the assumption that the election campaign would be dominated by the debate around immigration. With the deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean, have voters' views changed? And if the…
    - 33 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:01am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Iran Calls for Yemen Cease-Fire
    Iran is calling for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen, where Houthi rebels have seized territory and drawn in a Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes backing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the proposal for…
    - 32 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:02am -
  • Car Bomb Explodes Outside Busy Mogadishu Restaurant
    Witnesses say a car bomb has exploded outside a busy restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.There was no immediate word on casualties from Tuesday's blast. The restaurant is near the Hotel Central, the scene of a deadly attack in February by m…
    - 56 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:38am -
  • US Couple Sentenced in Bali Suitcase Killing
    An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the death of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in p…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:41am -
  • China, Pakistan Discuss Regional Security
    Pakistan sought to alleviate China's concerns on terrorism as President Xi Jinping wrapped up his two-day trip to the South Asian country.While the two countries focused on China’s projected $46 billion of investment and loans to develop an econo…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:55am -
  • Ancient Treasures Help IS Finance Terrorism
    Islamic State militants released two videos this past month, boasting about the bombing of priceless ancient artifacts in Iraq.The destruction of “cultural heritage” in the Middle East is an element of the war, funding extremism and fueling sec…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:43am -
  • Mother of Ukraine Pilot Held in Russia Seeks Global Support
    The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter.Nadezhda Savchenko was captured by a pro-Russian militia and has be…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:10am -
  • Penalty Phase Begins in Boston Marathon Bomber's Trial
    Nearly two weeks after convicting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a federal jury will return to work Tuesday to determine whether to sentence him to death or life in prison.Prosecutors are seeking the death pen…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:47am -
  • Somali President: Al-Shabab Threatens Country's Future
    Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said a deadly al-Shabab attack on a minibus carrying staffers of the U.N. children's agency is an attack not just on the U.N., but also on Somalia and its future.In a statement, Mohamud said the attack confirm…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:32am -
  • Chileans Continue Protest Against Bishop With Links to Abuser
    Parishioners in a southern Chile diocese are gathering wherever their new bishop appears, but their presence is not the sort of assembly the Catholic Church would expect.In the month since Bishop Juan Barros was installed in Osorno, the priest has…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • S. Korea PM Offers to Resign Amid Bribery Scandal
    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo offered to resign Tuesday after becoming caught up in a bribery scandal.Prime Minister Lee has faced allegations he accepted illegal funds from a businessman who committed suicide earlier this month.Just be…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 6:57am -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • China’s US$46 billion Gift to Pakistan
    The one thing to take away from the visit of President Xi Jinping to Pakistan is that both are in trouble diplomatically if they have to regard each other as their closest friends in Asia. Even by its standards of official largesse, China’s offer o…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:20am -
  • International Investors Burned by China’s Kaisa Fiasco
    The post International Investors Burned by China’s Kaisa Fiasco appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:07am -
  • New Constitution Will End Thai Democracy
    The post New Constitution Will End Thai Democracy appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 24 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 11:36am -
  • Everybody is wrong about technology except me
    A nosy co-worker reading my screen over my shoulder was shocked that I had 12,457 unread emails. I told him: “The intelligence agencies read our emails these days. Why duplicate the work?” He warned me that if I let other people read my emails, s…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Apr 15, 1:50am -
  • Former Official Recalls Cambodian Collapse
    The post Former Official Recalls Cambodian Collapse appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 12:15pm -
  • Koh Samui Bombing Points to Confusion Under Junta
    The authoritarian posture of Thailand’s military regime led by General-turned-Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is obvious enough, going further than its numerous predecessors in muzzling the media and suppressing opponents. The military and police…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:10am -
  • Book Review: Hump Pilot
    Starting in 1942, Ned Thomas, then a young US Army second lieutenant, and his peers winged skyward from their base in northeast India to hoist multiple tons of war material over the Himalayas to land in and provision Chongqing, the headquarters of Ch…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 10:55am -
  • Book Review: In Manchuria
    The head of the chicken that is the map of China is more or less in the place that we would call Manchuria. Dongbei (the Northeast) as it’s more commonly known now is bitterly cold in winter, desolate, and pocked by mines and heavy industry. For th…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 10:40am -
  • The ‘Greening’ of Mahathir Mohamad
    The post The ‘Greening’ of Mahathir Mohamad appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 11:20am -
  • Update: Chinese Journalist Jailed For 7 Years
    Gao Yu, one of China’s most prominent dissident journalists, has been formally sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of disclosing state secrets.  She was tried in November after having been detained since last April. Gao, whose 36-year ca…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 11:05am -

Asian Correspondent

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Forbidden Place
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Glasgow - St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
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Saigon - Hôtel de Ville / City Hall
Saigon - Hôtel de Ville / City Hall
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Winter Wonderland
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Collective Amusement
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • Executives Awarded More Cash Pay
    CEOs’ cash pay rose at its fastest rate in at least four years in 2014, swelling to 37.3% of total compensation. Equity grants, meanwhile, are becoming less attractive as the stock market scrapes against record highs.
    - 1 min ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:33am -
  • Goldman, Morgan Stanley Find Varied Profit Paths
    The rival lenders’ strong first-quarter results show that when the markets and customers cooperate, there is more than one way to rack up big profits on Wall Street.
    - 21 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:13am -
  • Credit Suisse Profit Rises
    Credit Suisse net profit rose 23% in the first quarter as the Swiss lender saw a pickup at its investment bank.
    - 26 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:08am -
  • China Widens Economic Door to Pakistan
    Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off $28 billion in infrastructure projects in Pakistan, in a visit meant to showcase deepening ties between the two countries.
    - 37 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:57am -
  • Ex-Toyota Executive Tapped for BOJ Board
    Shinzo Abe nominated a senior adviser to Toyota as a candidate to replace a departing Bank of Japan policy board member.
    - 53 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:41am -
  • EU Tackles Thailand Over Illegal Fishing
    The European Union said it would ban seafood from Thailand unless it clamps down on illegal fishing.
    - 56 mins ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:38am -
  • Canon Ready to Snap Up Deal
    Canon aims to spend another $3 billion to buy a company in a growth sector.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:18am -
  • Cirque du Soleil's Sale Act
    Cirque du Soleil’s founder agreed to sell his controlling stake in the circus to a TPG-led group.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:33am -
  • Indonesia Prohibition Threat Stalls Investment, Multi Bintang Says
    The head of one of Indonesia’s biggest beer producers says that a ban on the sale of alcohol at minimarts could derail millions in allocated investments.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • In Singapore, Property Stocks Are Hot Property
    Singapore investors are snapping up stocks of property developers and hoping the companies will be taken private at a premium.
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:35am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • Nepal's digital doom
    Widespread digital technology has no doubt made our lives a lot easier
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:05am -
  • UOB to finance power plant project in Yangon
    United Overseas Bank (UOB) today announced its agreement to finance the construction of a new power plant in Yangon, taking another step in building its Myanmar portfolio
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:49am -
  • Africa - The long-time neglected business opportunity
    Like many Indonesian businessmen — or any Indonesian for that matter — there is precious little that helps me relate to Africa or make me think of Africa in terms of doing business
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:34am -
  • Xi wants PLA to march to a more professional beat
    When Chinese President Xi Jinping is not busy hunting "tigers" within the military, he is preoccupied with shaping the People's Liberation Army (PLA) into a more professional force
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:34am -
  • More medics to fight swine flu-like epidemic in Nepal
    Four medical teams with 12 doctors have been deployed to various village development committees in Jajarkot to contain the disease that has killed 24 people so far
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:34am -
  • Pandas in love: Kai Kai and Jia Jia mate for the first time
    Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia have mated for the first time, said the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) on Tuesday
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:18am -
  • Opposition rises to challenge SBY’s hegemony
    Politicians from Indonesia's Democratic Party have publicly challenged the party’s “authoritarian” leadership ahead of a national congress next month that is expected to reappointing former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as party chairman f…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:18am -
  • Human Rights Watch, others declare Pakistan's cyber crime bill ‘undemocratic’
    Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation and other organisations have expressed serious concerns over Pakistan's proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill and declared it a risk to the freedom of expression and p…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 5:44am -
  • Palestine calls for concrete actions from Asian, African leaders
    Palestine urged Asian and African countries on Monday to translate their support for the Palestinian struggle into concrete actions that would help accelerate the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 5:44am -
  • Presence of Sudan’s Bashir questioned at Bandung
    Security forces were deployed in greater numbers across Jakarta as leaders from several Asian and African countries arrived in the capital city on Monday, with leaders from major states, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minis…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 5:44am -

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…
    - 14 Nov 14, 3:47pm -
  • 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…
    - 30 Oct 14, 3:41am -
  • 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…
    - 29 Oct 14, 1:46pm -
  • 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…
    - 23 Oct 14, 7:29am -
  • 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…
    - 22 Oct 14, 11:59pm -
  • 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…
    - 21 Oct 14, 4:21am -
  • 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…
    - 20 Oct 14, 8:14am -
  • 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…
    - 17 Oct 14, 11:11pm -
  • 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…
    - 15 Oct 14, 11:02am -

The World Bank - East Asia and the Pacific on the Rise

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

  • Indian minister says 2,000 girls 'killed' every day
    Two thousand girls are "killed" every day due to a preference for sons in India with most aborted or murdered just after birth, the country's minister for women and child development said.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:30am -
  • Three dead as wild weather lashes Sydney region
    Australia's biggest city Sydney and surrounding areas were lashed by wild weather on Tuesday (Apr 21), with trees felled, thousands of homes without power, schools shut and huge sea swells that hampered cruise ship movements.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:22am -
  • South Korean PM Lee Wan-Koo resigns amidst political storm
    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo offers to resign over bribery allegations that have rocked the country’s government. Details of the scandal surfaced earlier this month after a business tycoon was found dead. 
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:14am -
  • One tanker attacked in Southeast Asia every 2 weeks: Piracy watchdog
    Southeast Asia saw 38 pirate attacks during January to March 2015 or 70 per cent of the global total of 54, according to the latest quarterly report by the bureau's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:10am -
  • Rehabilitating India's internally displaced Kashmiri Pandits
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has passed a resolution pledging to rehabilitate Kashmiri Hindus in the northern Jammu and Kashmir province. But the plan includes building separate settlements for the Kashmiri Hindus, kno…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:21am -
  • US couple jailed over 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder
    Tommy Schaefer, 21, was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years' jail for the brutal murder of his girlfriend's mother in Bali. His 19-year-old girlfriend, Heather Mack, was given a 10-year sentence.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:07am -
  • Cross protest raises fresh concerns of religious tolerance in Malaysia
    Protests over a church display of a cross have raised fresh concerns on religious tolerance in Malaysia. 
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:40am -
  • Japan PM Abe - aims to improve ties with China
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said ahead of his trip to a leaders' summit in Jakarta that he aims to improve ties with China, and reiterated that he is ready to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:10am -
  • Japan PM makes offering to war shrine
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent an offering to the Yasukuni shrine, but did not visit it in person, a day before his hoped-for meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. 
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:43am -
  • China's Finance Minister hits at US 'negative list' - Xinhua
    China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticised the U.S. proposal for sectors to be closed to foreign investment under a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) that is currently being negotiated between Washington and Beijing, state media reported.
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 6:41am -

Asia Times Online

  • Apple settles China iPad trademark dispute for $60 million
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has paid $60 million to China's Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to settle a dispute over the iPad trademark, a Chinese provincial court said on Monday. The announcement of the court-mediated settlement was made on the web…
    - 2 Jul 12, 3:50am -
  • Huge demo as Hong Kong marks 15 years under China
    Hong Kong's biggest protest for nearly a decade packed the former British colony's streets in a defiant reception for its new leader and a show of popular anger after 15 years of Chinese rule.
    - 2 Jul 12, 1:43am -
  • China caps car sales in Guangzhou to ease jams
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's booming southern city of Guangzhou is limiting the number of new cars on the streets to ease traffic jams and cut pollution, state media said on Sunday, a move that could weigh on sales in the world's largest car market. G…
    - 1 Jul 12, 1:55pm -
  • U.S. Reaches Out to China, but Not for Naval Maneuvers
    Chinese analysts said that cooperation was not the main American goal, as a 22-nation war exercise began off Hawaii.
    - 30 Jun 12, 5:30am -
  • World Briefing | Asia: China: Astronauts Finish Mission and Return to Earth
    China’s first female astronaut and two other crew members returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.
    - 30 Jun 12, 5:30am -
  • China, India step up global role with IMF fund
    After years of pressure to take a greater role in global affairs, China and India have stepped up by contributing to a new IMF emergency fund -- from which the United States is absent.
    - 20 Jun 12, 10:29am -
  • Laos, where rubber hits the road to China
    The rice fields that blanketed this remote mountain village for generations are gone. In their place rise neat rows of young rubber trees -- their sap destined for China. As Beijing scrambles to feed its galloping economy, it has already scoured the…
    - 11 May 08, 9:42am -
  • In battle with China for allies, Taiwan resorts to riskier tactics
    A scandal here over a bungled Taiwan attempt to forge official ties with Papua New Guinea has thrown a spotlight on the long-running, shadowy war between China and Taiwan for allies. (International Herald Tribune)
    - 8 May 08, 11:15pm -
  • IMF cuts Chinese economic growth forecasts to about 9%
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday it has adjusted its forecasts for the global economic growth in 2008 downward to below 4 percent, with a growth of just above 9 percent for the Chinese economy. (China Daily)
    - 8 May 08, 11:15pm -
  • China's submarine progress alarms India
    Reports of China building a massive strategic naval base capable of housing nuclear-powered submarines on Hainan island in the South China Sea have India on red alert. The fear is not so much that China will launch any offensive against India, but th…
    - 8 May 08, 9:06am -

Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash
    Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also U.S. allies. Yet despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have dr…
    - 10 days ago, 1 May 15, 8:47pm -
  • The Future of Asian Regional Architecture
    Experts discuss the future of Asia's multilateral and bilateral mechanisms.
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • The Future of the U.S. Alliance System
    Experts discuss the U.S. alliance system in East Asia.
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:00pm -
  • Perspectives on the Rebalance
    Daniel Russel and Michael Fullilove discuss the U.S. rebalance to Asia.
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 10:00pm -
  • Asia's New Leaders
    Experts discuss the foreign policy priorities of recently elected leaders in Asia.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:20pm -
  • The Future of China
    Experts discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:30pm -
  • China Will React With Displeasure if America Tries to Weaponise Trade
    As supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership try to round up backers, they increasingly emphasise the geopolitical case for concluding a deal. But too often they overstate the case—and, in doing so, generate real geopolitical risks of their ow…
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  • Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger
    The world is filled with foreign policy challenges. How better to think about such problems than to seek council from the two most impressive strategists of the post-World War II era, Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 4:06pm -
  • A New U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China
    The fundamental problem in U.S.-China relations concerns, quite simply, the balance of power in Asia.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 2:09pm -
  • The Future of U.S. Trade Policy
    The United States is currently pursuing two of the largest trade deals in history, the Asia-focused Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but concerns persist over the effects of trade…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 2:57pm -

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.
    - 4 Mar 13, 6:01pm -
  • 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.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:06pm -
  • 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'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…
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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

  • Abe urged to uphold Japan’s apology for wartime aggression
    TOKYO — As the 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender approaches, the prime minister risks tipping East Asia into a new era of bad feeling if he tries to dilute Japan’s officially stated remorse for its wartime aggression, according…
    - 17 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 7:01pm -
  • In Japan, schools so small they can't even form soccer teams resist the ax
    AONE, Japan — In the historic wooden schoolhouse here, decked out in the kind of bright artwork done by kids the world over, there are two classrooms, each containing three desks that sit marooned in the middle of a space made for many more. At bre…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 6:33pm -
  • To fight the Taliban, Pakistani military turns to unorthodox but simple tactics
    KHARIAN, Pakistan — Pakistan’s army is finally making significant gains in its campaign against Islamist militants, and some of the success can be traced back to unlikely sources: paintballs and bird calls. Read full article >>
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:30am -
  • South Korea asks to join Pacific trade deal. Washington says not so fast.
    TOKYO — South Korea has formally asked to join the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which is finally beginning to make some progress in Congress, but the United States has told it to wait until the pact is agreed on.Read full article…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:26pm -
  • Foreign fighters are spilling into Afghanistan, helping the Taliban
    KABUL — Hundreds of foreign militants are fleeing a months-long Pakistani military offensive and seeking sanctuary in Afghanistan, bolstering the ranks of Taliban factions and triggering one of the bloodiest starts to the spring fighting season in…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:37am -
  • Prime Minister Modi says India must lead on climate change
    NEW DELHI — During speeches in recent weeks, India’s prime minister has derided developed countries that “destroyed nature,” has touted his own solar projects and has even said yoga might help fight climate change.Read full article >>
    - 7 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 6:35pm -
  • China releases five women’s rights activists after global uproar
    BEIJING — In a surprise move, Chinese authorities on Monday released on bail five women’s rights activists whose detention had caused an international uproar.The five, best known for staging peaceful “performance art” demonstrations to highli…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 5:23pm -
  • Afghanistan’s defining fight: Technocrats vs. strongmen
    MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan — A massive portrait of a middle-aged man towers over the Ferris wheel and giant mushrooms at an amusement park here. At night, the image is bathed in an ethereal light, visible from a quarter-mile away.Read full article…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 1:12am -
  • Beijing’s Olympic bid tests whether IOC is serious about reform
    BEIJING — Ni Yulan vividly remembers how proud she was when China was awarded the 2008 Olympics — until her house was demolished ostensibly to make way for the Games, police beatings left her permanently disabled, and she spent four years behind…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 7:30am -
  • After suffering under the Taliban, an Afghan minority faces new threats
    KABUL — Inside the two seized buses, terrified passengers prayed to remain in their seats. The masked gunmen had collected their identification cards and snatched their cellphones, survivors would later recall. Next, they separated males from femal…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 7:30am -

The Economist - Asia

  • If a tree falls…
    SAPLINGS have sprouted on several streets in Hanoi, Vietnam’s leafy capital. They are puny replacements for at least 500 grand old trees that were uprooted last month without public consultation. The clearance was supposed to be the first phas…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 2:48pm -
  • Storm-tossed
    A SCATHING synopsis of Pakistan’s foreign policy might boil it down to four principles: provoke India, but not too much; say what America wants to hear; do what China wants done; and provide what rich Arab donors in the Gulf think they have bo…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 2:48pm -
  • Hometown dues
    Nostalgic twingesCOUNTRY folk in Japan often say that people in the big cities have forgotten all about them. Yet many city-dwellers still harbour strong feelings towards their furusato, or home town—that rural area which their forebears may h…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 2:48pm -
  • Bare branches, redundant males
    Lucky manKHAPs are informal local councils in north-western India. They meet to lay down the law on questions of marriage and caste, and are among India’s most unflinchingly conservative institutions. They have banned marriage between people o…
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  • Tentative two-step
    IT IS a feature of the fraught relationship between Japan and South Korea that the two are at once able to bicker and to work together. Last week South Korea summoned Japanese diplomats to protest over revisions to school textbooks, which it said wer…
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  • Sunflower seeds
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  • Judgment day
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  • End of the affair
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    - 12 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 2:44pm -
  • The pink and the saffron
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CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

  • China to inject $62bn in policy banks to boost 'New Silk Road' - report - RT
    RTChina to inject $62bn in policy banks to boost 'New Silk Road' - reportRTThe project called 'One belt, One road', also known as the New Silk Road, includes plans to build roads, ports, railway systems and other infrastructure from China into the Mi…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:24am -
  • Asian stocks join China stimulus-led global rally - CNBC
    CNBCAsian stocks join China stimulus-led global rallyCNBCAsian stocks jumped on Tuesday, drawing support from the global rally in the U.S. and Europe induced by China's move over the weekend to stimulate its cooling economy. The People's Bank of Chin…
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  • Japan's maglev train sets world record: 603 kph - CNN
    CNNJapan's maglev train sets world record: 603 kphCNNA Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 kilometers per hour (374 miles per hour) on an experimental track in Yamanashi Tuesday, setting a decisive new world record. A spokesperson said the train spent…
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  • China Criticizes U.S., Philippine Drills in South China Sea - Bloomberg
    BloombergChina Criticizes U.S., Philippine Drills in South China SeaBloombergExpanded war games in the South China Sea between the Philippines and its allies are inappropriate and run counter to efforts to ease territorial tensions in the waters, Chi…
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  • The 80% BlackRock ETF Return That Shortchanged China Stock Bulls - Bloomberg
    BloombergThe 80% BlackRock ETF Return That Shortchanged China Stock BullsBloombergThe $9.1 billion iShares FTSE A50 China Index ETF, an exchange-traded fund designed to track returns of the 50 largest companies traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen, has un…
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  • Abe: US, Japan Close to TPP Trade Deal - Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street JournalAbe: US, Japan Close to TPP Trade DealWall Street Journal... two allies as they seek to counter China's growing influence. “We think that an agreement between Japan and the U.S. is close, but we're hoping that even more progress…
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  • What's Wrong With Thailand's New Constitution - Bloomberg View
    Bloomberg ViewWhat's Wrong With Thailand's New ConstitutionBloomberg ViewThe draft constitution presented in Thailand last week grants "everything that every citizen ever felt the need to fight for," according to the junta-appointed committee that wr…
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  • Corridor of power - The Economist
    ReutersCorridor of powerThe EconomistEXPECT the diplomatic equivalent of a love-in now that China's president, Xi Jinping, has landed in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, for a two-day visit. When the two countries' statesmen talk about their “all-wea…
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  • Wall Street rallies on China stimulus ahead of tech earnings - Reuters
    ReutersWall Street rallies on China stimulus ahead of tech earningsReuters(Reuters) - Wall Street ended sharply higher on Monday after China moved to stimulate its slowing economy while investors bought up technology stocks on cautious optimism on up…
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  • China Frees Up $200 Billion for Lending to Stimulate Economy - New York Times
    New York TimesChina Frees Up $200 Billion for Lending to Stimulate EconomyNew York TimesOn Sunday, China's central bank freed roughly $200 billion for new lending, a widely expected stimulus measure devised to pump more money into the economy. It is…
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  • Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to an internati…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:29am -
  • How countries cope with migrants arriving by boat
    Two recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea believed to have taken the lives of as many as 1,300 asylum seekers and migrants has highlighted the escalating flow of people fleeing persecution, war and economic difficulties in their homelands.
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  • World stocks rally on China measures, earnings
    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets rallied Tuesday, boosted by investor optimism over recent stimulus efforts, market reform measures in China and quarterly earnings from U.S. and European companies.
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  • Hun Sen hostility puts decade-old U.N. Khmer Rouge tribunal in doubt
    By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Youk Chhang has spent 20 years documenting the horrors of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge "Killing Fields" regime and his team has provided half a million documents to a U.N.-backed tribunal building cases against thos…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:33am -
  • Ferry anger, corruption charges test South Korean president
    SEOUL (AP) — First it was the ferry sinking, which a year later still haunts Park Geun-hye's presidency: Seoul saw violent clashes over the weekend as enraged demonstrators accused Park of ignoring the alleged corruption and incompetence that cost…
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  • Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats
    Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:47am -
  • Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China
    HONG KONG (AP) — All around Chow Tak-yee's neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she's always called home.
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  • US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight
    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.
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  • UN refugee agency says Australia rejected Vietnamese at sea
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  • Pope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
    Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State militants. "With great distress and sadness I learn of the further…
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  • Israel frees impounded Palestinian funds - Yahoo News
    Israel on Monday unblocked close to half a billion dollars it confiscated from Palestinian tax revenues since the beginning of the year, the Palestinian Authority said.The Palestinian finance ministry said it received 1.8 billion Israeli shekels ($4…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 11:13pm -
  • Israeli Christian Cemetery Vandalized In Apparent Price Tag Hate Crime Attack
    Vandals reportedly smashed at least 20 gravestones along with a number of crosses at a Maronite Christian cemetery in the derelict village of Kufr Birim .The AFP reported last year that Kufr Birim, a former Palestinian village, is a ghost town after…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 9:38pm -
  • Australia FM hails Iran effort to defeat IS - Yahoo News
    Julie Bishop is Australia's highest-ranking official to visit Iran in 12 years and she discussed the conflict in Iraq with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.Australia is part of an international coalition in Iraq and has 500 troops deploy…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 4:46am -
  • Israel-Iran trade ties thriving
    “Despite what is seen on the ground, the secret relations with Iran total tens of millions of dollars a year,” says Yehoshua Meiri, chairman of the Israeli-Arab Friendship Association, which encourages the development of economic relations as an…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 4:38pm -
  • How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program - Avner Cohen and William Burr - POLITICO Magazine
    For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project. Yet, for decades, the world—and Israel—knew that Israel had once misleadingly referred to it as a “t…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:19pm -
  • Israel's dark future: Democracy in the Jewish state is doomed - Vox
    In June 1967, Israel won a stunning military victory against its neighbors, elating Israelis and the global Jewish community with a sense that the grand experiment of a Jewish state might really work. Three weeks later, amid Israel's national euphori…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:28pm -
  • 'Thousands' of Israeli Arab homes threatened with demolition
    "Where will we go," asks eight-year-old Tiba Qeren, saying goodbye to the family home that, like those of many other Israeli Arabs, is condemned to demolition for failing to meet planning rules."I'm afraid," she tells AFP. "I know that they are goin…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 8:56pm -
  • Israel, with nuclear weapons, is a bigger security threat than Iran | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Iran is willing to dismantle much of its peaceful nuclear program, redesign reactors, reduce the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds, get rid of much of its enriched uranium, permit intrusive inspections and limit nuclear research. Yet it is bera…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:06am -
  • Israeli courts convict hundreds of Palestinian children - Yahoo News UK
    Israeli, Palestinian and international rights groups have decried Israel's practice of arresting Palestinian children. According to a recent report by Military Court Watch, a group that monitors Israel's detention of children, 182 of the more than 5,…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 11:52pm -
  • Memo to Jewish Americans: It's pro-Israel to Find Netanyahu Embarrassing | Carlo Strenger
    After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thought it was acceptable to address a joint session of Congress without coordinating it with the White House, he has now engaged in a media blitz to tell the U.S. public why he thinks the deal reached by the s…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 9:48pm -

Topix - Asia

  • Afghan official: At least 2 dead in car bomb explosion
    " An Afghan official say at least two people have been killed in a car bomb explosion near a police station in the capital of southern Kandahar province. Qayyum Pokhla, the head of Kandahar's regional hospital, says he had received two bodies along w…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 6:36am -
  • South Korea's prime minister offers to resign after just 2 months amid bribery scandal
    In this Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, then South Korea's new Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan Koo listens to a question during a confirmation hearing in order to examine his qualification at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Prime…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 5:36am -
  • New Zealand PM happy to talk to China about spy claims
    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday invited Chinese officials to quiz him about reports that Wellington worked with US intelligence on a plan to hack Chinese diplomatic communications. Beijing has reportedly expressed concern at the claims,…
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 1:26am -
  • Bangladesh's opposition leader Khaleda attacked at election rally but unhurt
    Former Bangladeshi prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Khaleda Zia, centre, arrives for a court appearance in Dhaka on March 19, 2014. AFP/STR Dhaka: Assailants wielding iron rods attacked the car of Bangladesh's former prime minis…
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 9:17pm -
  • Chinese property developer Kaisa defaults on dollar bonds
    A struggling Chinese property developer says it has defaulted on dollar-denominated debt, exposing international creditors to potential losses as it grapples with a slumping property market amid a slowdown in the world's second biggest economy. Kaisa…
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 5:12pm -
  • Image of Asia: A rooftop refuge in a New Delhi slum
    An Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house at a shanty area in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 20, 2015. While hundreds of millions of Indians remained mired in poverty, the International Monetary Fund recently said it expects India" s economy to…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 3:13pm -
  • China makes big cut in bank reserve requirement to fight slowdown
    China's central bank on Sunday cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves, the second industry-wide cut in two months, adding more liquidity to the world's second-biggest economy to help spur bank lending and combat slowing growth. The P…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Apr 15, 11:12am -
  • China's Xi heads to Islamabad to unveil $46 billion investment
    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on Monday to unveil a $46 billion investment plan that Pakistan hopes will end a chronic energy crisis and transform it into a regional economic hub. With the plan, known as the China Pakistan Economi…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Apr 15, 7:04am -
  • S. Korean police question dozens after violent ferry protest
    In this Saturday, April 18, 2015, photo, riot police officers spray water to disperse protesters after a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean police say they're questioning dozens o…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Apr 15, 2:53am -
  • Anti-rape rap a hit from South Asia to Fremont
    A female Indian duo's rap song protesting violence against women has gone viral, joining the global debate about women's rights with a fiery message that has spread online from South Asia to Fremont. "Rap Against Rape," written and performed by Pankh…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 10:44pm -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • 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 th…
    - 15 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 9:24pm -
  • Walking in... single shot videos of city life
    Kees Colijn's "Walking in..." project is a series of fascinating single shot videos, each up to two hours long, filmed as he walks through cities such as Yangon in Myanmar, Varanasi in India, Makassar in Indonesia and Pokhara in Nepal (Youtube links)…
    - 66 days ago, 14 Feb 15, 6:45am -
  • Let the wild rumpus start
    "In some zoos in Japan and China, staff members perform regular security drills to practice their response to a large animal escape by using costumed zookeepers as the fugitive animals. Individuals in furry costumes or pairs in full-size mockups of l…
    - 68 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:57pm -
  • Gay marriage comes to Asia?
    Shibuya, Tokyo to begin issuing certification to same-sex couples of "relationship equivalent to marriage."
    - 68 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 4:45am -
  • The Myth of China's Super Schools
    The Myth of China's Super Schools China had all the elements necessary for an industrial revolution at least four hundred years before Great Britain, but keju diverted scholars, geniuses, and thinkers away from the study or exploration of modern scie…
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  • Time erases everything
    It’s a Secret: My Time with Charles Sobhraj, the Bikini Killer by the grate Gary Indiana.
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  • The origins of that stereotypical Chinese nine-note riff
    Kat Chow, with NPR's Code Switch, put together a short piece on the history and the prevalence of the well-known nine note "stereotypical Asian theme." As described in a 2005 Straight Dope forum question: You know, the one that goes dee dee dee dee d…
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  • Kenji in Asia
    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his…
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  • Illustrated Skills of the Traveller, Physician, Sailor, Martial Artist
    The Art of Shen Ku is a rambling, eccentric website displaying pages of an illustrated instructional book of the same name. The site is roughly divided into four topics: Traveller, Physician, Sailor, and Martial Artist. It features heavily notated il…
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  • When it comes to China stories, people will believe almost anything.
    Westerners are so convinced China is a dystopian hellscape they’ll share anything that confirms it. "The headlines of [...] news stories on China are mostly negative in tone and often put China in the role of the aggressor by stating that China “…
    - 10 Jul 14, 4:43am -

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  • Compromise essential to resolve Myanmar’s minority conundrum
    Author: Nicholas Farrelly, ANU Four decades civil wars have raged along Myanmar’s ethnic fault lines. In the official count the country tallies up 135 different ‘national races’. The majority Bamar people, who drive national expectations of lan…
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  • China–US economic relations no zero-sum game
    Author: Li Shengjiao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China The ‘China threat theory’ is once again in vogue, as US President Barack Obama pushes to overcome domestic resistance to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). US media outlets have described…
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  • The quest for Asian pluralism
    Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum A defining characteristic of the Asian continent is its pluralism. The vast Chinese civilisation on one side and the civilisation of the Indian sub-continent on the other each embraces its own rich cultural,…
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  • Making progress on Tibet
    Author: Robert Barnett, Columbia University The Chinese authorities last met with representatives of the Tibetan exile leadership five years ago. Since then, no progress has been made towards a resolution of the China–Tibetan dispute. Meanwhile, p…
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  • Detecting electoral fraud in Japan
    Author: Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College It may seem fairly obvious, but only those people who fulfil particular requirements are given voting rights in an election. In Japan, voters must be Japanese citizens aged 20 or over and have a registered a…
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  • Regional strategic context improves Australia–Vietnam relations
    Author: Derek McDougall, University of Melbourne Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Australia in mid-March 2015 has highlighted how Australia–Vietnam relations relate to the broader strategic picture in the Asia Pacific. While m…
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  • Indonesia’s long road to economic stability
    Author: Anwar Nasution, University of Indonesia Indonesia has come a long way since former president Suharto adopted a new economic stabilisation policy in 1996. But the country must take steps to improve infrastructure and enhance data measurement…
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  • Modi tinkering at the edges of trade policy
    Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research, India The Foreign Trade Policy of the Modi government, announced by trade minister Nirmala Sitharaman in early April, represents business as usual. It aims at only incremental change rather than the bo…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:00am -
  • Japan’s political dynasties fail the porky test
    Authors: Yasushi Asako, Waseda University; Takeshi Iida, Doshisha University; Tetsuya Matsubayashi, Osaka University; and Michiko Ueda, Syracuse University Political positions are no longer hereditary in modern democracies, but political dynasties ne…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:00pm -
  • The US and Vietnam go from mutual ‘menace’ to mates

    - 5 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Bangladesh: Billion Dollar Leather Sector Poised for Growth after Environmental Reform
    By Syed A. Al-Muti and Nayef AhmadBangladesh's highly productive leather sector, under growing international scrutiny for destructive environmental practices, now seems poised for new growth as a major environmental upgrade nears completion. For deca…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 11:19pm -
  • From the World Water Forum: A Look at South Asia’s Regional Cooperation on Water
    By Sagar Prasai and Mandakini Devasher SurieSouth Asia has witnessed rapid social and economic transformation over the last two decades. Undeterred by a global slowdown, the region's economic growth rate is expected to remain at a respectable 6 and 6…
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  • A New Way for Waste in Phnom Penh?
    By Jon MoralesThis February, the Cambodian Council of Ministers announced that they would review and possibly revoke the capital city's contract with solid waste collector CINTRI. CINTRI has held the 49-year monopoly contract since 2003. Like growing…
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  • Thailand and Taxes
    By John J. BrandonToday is tax day in the United States, a date many Americans dread whether they owe Uncle Sam or think they have paid too much already. April 15th always reminds me of the first time I had to pay income tax in Thailand. It was 1979,…
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  • The Road Ahead for Afghanistan
    By Karl W. Eikenberry and Erik JensenOn the eve of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's March 22–25 visit to the United States, the Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule Law, the United States Institute for Peace, and Chatha…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 10:59pm -
  • Mongolia Economic Forum: Building Credibility through Provincial Competitiveness Data
    By Gantulga Ganbaatar, Tirza Theunissen, and Amy WarrenFor years, Mongolia's economy outpaced most of the world, riding a mining boom to double-digit growth that peaked in 2011 at 17.5 percent. But since then, the economic tide has slowly turned, wit…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 10:54pm -
  • A Conversation with Singapore Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
    Last week, Singapore's Ambassador to the United States Ashok Kumar Mirpuri addressed the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, where he spoke of the recent passing of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his strategic vision for Singapore's role…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 10:52pm -
  • George Dupont, the Only Thai in the U.S. Civil War
    By John J. BrandonEditor's note: The 182-year history of U.S.-Thai diplomacy is the oldest uninterrupted bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Asia. It's a history with many colorful chapters. In 1861, Rama IV, known in English as King Mongkut…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 10:50pm -
  • Indian Supreme Court Nullifies Controversial Internet Speech Law
    By Surya Sayed-Ganguly and Chetan GuptaIn a decision being hailed by the Indian press, legal activists, and citizen journalists as a significant victory for freedom of expression, the Supreme Court of India has struck down Section 66A of the Informat…
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  • Electronic Citizen Report Cards in Sri Lanka: Rebuilding the Social Compact
    By Gopakumar K. ThampiFor Rapiel Thevaskayampillai in Sri Lanka's war-weary Northern Province, the challenge of rebuilding livelihoods and restoring faith in government starts with city services. Thevaskayampillai chairs the Urban Council in Chavakac…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 11:04pm -

AsiaOne - Asia News

  • US couple found guilty of "sadistic" Bali suitcase murder
    An Indonesian court found a young US couple guilty on Tuesday of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her battered body into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, both from the Chicago area, were arrested last…
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  • Thailand's Ko Tao beats Bali, Phuket as best island in Asia
    SINGAPORE - Thailand is undoubtedly the best place to visit if you are looking for a beach-themed holiday in Asia.Ko Tao in Thailand has been crowned the top Asian island in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards 2015, beating popular islands in Ba…
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  • World's largest most complete dinosaur skull for sale in Hong Kong, valued at $2.42m
    Lung Wong (The Dragon King) is the fossilized skull of a male Triceratops dinosaur that lived in the late Cretaceous period, approximately 65 million years ago.Over 95 per cent complete bone, 2.8 metres long, 1.6 metres high, and 1.4 metres wide, he…
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  • Japan aims to achieve moon landing in FY2018
    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is moving forward with a plan to land an unmanned probe on the moon's surface by as early as fiscal 2018, sources said.This would make Japan the fourth nation to achieve the feat, following the former So…
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  • Philippines to raise reclamation issue in Asean summit
    MANILA, Philippines-President Aquino will raise China's land reclamation in the South China Sea with other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) when they meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next week."Definitely, the reclamation…
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  • Youths from China's migrant families more prone to commit crime
    The structure of migrant families is more likely to cause juvenile crimes, an education report said."There were important links between family factors and juvenile crime. Bad family structure, an improper method of family education, and a poor famil…
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  • 5 places to get crafty in Jakarta

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  • Japanese PM Abe makes ritual offering at Yasukuni shrine
    TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead, a senior spokesman said, a day before he hopes to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a leaders' summit in J…
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  • Stroll through history: A stately house full of history, tragedy
    A sense of the Showa era floated inside the heavy gates of Tekigaiso, the mansion that was home to prewar Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe (See below).The one-story wooden mansion was built in 1927 by Tatsukichi Irisawa, a court physician of the then I…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:38am -
  • S Korea to punish firms who bowed to North's wage pressure
    SEOUL - South Korea said Tuesday it would punish three factory owners for bowing to North Korean pressure in a wage dispute over workers at the Kaesong joint industrial zone.The North unilaterally announced in February a wage hike for the more than…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:38am -

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PBS Newshour - Asia & Pacific

  • EU calls crisis meeting over growing migrant deaths at sea
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSEU struggles for plan to deal with migrants after deadly ship disaster African migrants risk their lives for chance to be smuggled into Europe Legal, financial perils don’t end for African migrants afte…
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  • How can Europe deter desperate migrants?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSEU struggles for plan to deal with migrants after deadly ship disaster African migrants risk their lives for chance to be smuggled into Europe Italy mourns ‘day of tears’ for shipwrecked migrants, cal…
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  • UN struggles to combat hunger in world’s worst combat zones
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSIn South Sudan’s conflict, families at least have names of those killed Why is the UN World Food Program turning off aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees? Faced with ‘mega-crisis,’ UN warns of refugee…
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  • Convicted former CIA contractor speaks out about prisoner interrogation
    Watch VideoRELATED LINKSWatch the full video from Retro Report Convicted former CIA contractor speaks out about prisoner interrogation Report on CIA interrogations draws criticism from around the world – Part 1 GWEN IFILL: The Senate investigated…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 10:15pm -
  • Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich take first place in Boston Marathon
    Men’s division winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, left, and women’s division winner Caroline Rotich of Kenya pose with the trophy at the finish line of the 119th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 20, 2015. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuter…
    - 15 hours ago, 20 Apr 15, 8:23pm -
  • U.S. warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons
    File photo of USS Theodore Roosevelt from Oct. 6, 2008. The naval aircraft carrier is reportedly heading to the waters off Yemen. Photo by Mark Wessels/ReutersWASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward th…
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  • In South Sudan’s conflict, families at least have names of those killed
    A woman attends a mass in Juba, South Sudan, on Dec. 15, 2014 to commemorate one year since the outbreak of the South Sudan civil war. The names of some of those killed in the fighting were released. With no official toll, South Sudanese civil societ…
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  • EU struggles for plan to deal with migrants after deadly ship disaster
    Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta’s Grand Harbour Monday. The Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized…
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  • Could the fix for Afghanistan’s opium economy be in your pantry?
    The spice saffron comes from the stigmas of these purple flowers. Each blossom yields three stigmas that must be picked by hand. Photo courtesy of Sarah Adams via Flickr Creative CommonsIn the mood for some saffron tea or saffron-infused asparagus s…
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  • U.S. troops are in Ukraine for training and the Kremlin isn’t happy about it
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Turning now to Europe: About 300 American military trainers have arrived in Ukraine, prompting an angry response from the Kremlin.For more about this, we are joined now via Skype from Moscow by Andr…
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