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  • Australian cardinal denies abuse claims
    Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, calls claims he sexually abused children "a scandalous smear campaign".
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:36am -
  • Hiroshima: Keep Pokemon away from atom bomb memorial
    The Japanese city of Hiroshima asks Pokemon Go's creators to keep its virtual monsters out of its memorials to nuclear bomb victims.
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:29am -
  • North Korean 'seeks asylum at S Korean consulate in Hong Kong'
    Security is boosted at South Korea's embassy in Hong Kong where a North Korean defector is reported to have sought asylum.
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:44am -
  • How to train your free-flying parrot
    Brody Murray lets his pet parrot Roku fly freely in vast landscapes near Brisbane, and now other enthusiasts are joining the free-fly movement.
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 2:26am -
  • Malaysia sultan builds royal retreat in Australia
    A billionaire Malaysian royal who counts a gold Boeing 737 among his possessions is building a house in Western Australia to mix business and pleasure.
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 1:38am -
  • MH370: Missing jet 'could be further north'
    The crashed remains from Flight MH370 could be as much as 500km further north than the current search area, argues a new modelling study.
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 12:46am -
  • Sacrificed life
    The story of a woman who cut her breasts to protest against a discriminatory "breast tax" in British ruled India is being revived by an artist in the south Indian state of Kerala.
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:40pm -
  • Political gamble
    It was meant to be a cleansing election called by a progressive Australian prime minister, but has Malcolm Turnbull's great political gamble backfired?
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:20pm -
  • Bunk bed businesses
    A look at a new hostel in India, which claims to be the first in the country aimed specifically at people trying to set up their own businesses.
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:01pm -
  • Australia's Turnbull 'shocked' by juvenile detention abuse video
    The Australian teenager who has become the face of a juvenile detention scandal has thanked Australians for their support.
    - 10 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 9:10pm -

CNN Asia

  • Painting with pollution
    Air Ink, a brand new concept by India-based Graviky Labs, uses polluted air to create paint and ink.
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:18am -
  • Suspect in Japan knife attack wrote letter months ago
    The suspect in a stabbing spree in a facility west of Tokyo that left 19 people dead wrote of his "ability to kill" disabled people.
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 3:28am -
  • Man wins island resort in $49 raffle
    An Australian man has won the raffle of a lifetime, taking home an entire Pacific island resort for the price of a $49 ticket.
    - 11 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 7:25pm -
  • Smiling knife attacker
    The suspect in the Japan stabbing spree that left 19 people dead wrote of his "ability to kill" disabled people. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
    - 14 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 4:45pm -
  • Could Pokemon Go save a city's economy?
    A South Korea town is seeing boom times due to the augmented reality game; Danny Cevallos says such games may reshape our economic landscape.
    - 19 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:43am -
  • Australia: Abused teen speaks
    The teenage boy whose treatment sparked outrage over widespread abuse at juvenile detention centers in northern Australia, has spoken out for the first time.
    - 24 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 7:04am -
  • Seal found sleeping in Tasmanian public toilet
    Rescue workers have returned a seal found napping in a public toilet in Tasmania to the sea.
    - 24 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 6:44am -
  • Liam Neeson on Korean War film
    As both Seoul and Pyongyang mark the end of the Korean War 63 years ago Wednesday, a new movie depicts one of the most remarkable operations of the three year conflict.
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jul 16, 1:15am -
  • Indian teen raped twice, then killed
    A 14-year-old girl died Sunday in another case of a lower-caste woman allegedly being raped by the same man twice in India.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 3:26pm -
  • Sister of MH370 pilot: Brother is a scapegoat
    Nearly two-and-a-half-years after the disappearance of flight MH370, the sister of the chief pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah still "thinks of him the first thing in the morning and cries for him the last thing at night."
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 1:58pm -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

  • For the record
      Japan citizen scientists: In the July 27 Section A, an article about Japanese citizen scientists tracking nuclear data referred to an eco-farm retreat as being 20 miles southeast of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The retreat is 20 miles northw…
    - 32 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:10am -
  • Mysterious streak of light across night sky is re-entry of Chinese rocket, expert says
    A streak of light burst across the night sky late Wednesday, generating a frenzy and prompting questions: Was it a meteor or meteor shower? A fireball or smoldering satellite? From witness accounts, the glowing trail was spotted in Nevada, Utah and…
    - 32 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:10am -
  • More than soccer on schedule for touring European teams like Chelsea and Liverpool
    Carlo Cudicini cheered from afar last season as fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri guided longshot Leicester City to the English Premier League title in his first season as coach. This season another Italian, Antonio Conte, goes after a championship in h…
    - 42 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:00am -
  • Angels protest key play during 7-5 loss to Royals
    Major League Baseball’s rulebook splayed out on his desk in Kauffman Stadium’s visiting clubhouse, Mike Scioscia spoke vehemently late Wednesday night. He believed an umpiring misinterpretation robbed the Angels of their rightful victory. Ahead…
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:40am -
  • 7 people arrested outside the DNC
    Democratic National Convention Day Three: Obama argues 'America is already great, America is already strong' July 27, 2016, 10:27 p.m. On the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:• President Obama drew a strong contrast between Hill…
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:27am -
  • Democratic National Convention Day Three: Obama argues 'America is already great, America is already strong'
    Democratic National Convention Day Three: Obama argues 'America is already great, America is already strong' July 27, 2016, 10:27 p.m. On the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:• President Obama drew a strong contrast between Hill…
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:27am -
  • Delegates react to President Obama's speech
    Democratic National Convention Day Three: Obama argues 'America is already great, America is already strong' July 27, 2016, 10:27 p.m. On the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:• President Obama drew a strong contrast between Hill…
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:22am -
  • Watch: President Obama lauds Hillary Clinton, says America is 'already great'
    Democratic National Convention Day Three: Obama argues 'America is already great, America is already strong' July 27, 2016, 10:27 p.m. On the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:• President Obama drew a strong contrast between Hill…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:00am -
  • Funny, gracious and cutting: Obama extols Clinton and excoriates Trump
    He was serious. He was funny. He was sarcastic. And he was definitely having a good time. Wednesday night in Philadelphia, President Obama proved once again that he is one of the best orators to take the political stage, as he extolled his accomplish…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:55am -
  • Some Republicans take to Twitter to voice frustration after President Obama's hopeful speech
    Democratic National Convention Day Three: Obama argues 'America is already great, America is already strong' July 27, 2016, 10:27 p.m. On the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:• President Obama drew a strong contrast between Hill…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:50am -

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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 29 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,…
    - 29 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:00am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Brother Killed Pakistani Social Media Star Over Taunts by Friends
    The mother of Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani model and social media star killed earlier this month, said her son strangled his sister after being ridiculed by friends because of Baloch's behavior.Anwar Wai told AFP that her son, Muhammad Wasim, murder…
    - 9 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:33am -
  • Donald Trump’s Reddit Appearance Tops Obama’s as Most Popular
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised his supporters on Reddit that his informal question and answer session – commonly referred to as an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) – would be “huge,” and it appears that he delivered.“Thi…
    - 22 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:20am -
  • Day 3: Democratic National Convention
    Photos from the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
    - 24 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:18am -
  • Voices from the 3rd Day of the DNC
    President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were among the speakers on the third day of the DNC in Philadelphia.
    - 51 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:51am -
  • US General: Afghan IS Linked to Main Group
    The Islamic State group presence in Afghanistan is directly linked to the parent organization in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Army general in charge of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.Gen. John Nicholson, speaking to The Assoc…
    - 53 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:49am -
  • Clinton's History is Both Strength and Weakness
    “Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it, and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:34am -
  • Uganda Unveils its First Solar-powered Bus
    A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has made its public debut. Kiira Motors' electric bus was displayed recently at a stadium in Uganda's capital.Kayoola is the brand name for the new bus, which is powered by…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:19am -
  • Uganda Unveils its First Solar-powered Bus
    A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has made its public debut. Kiira Motors' electric bus, Kayoola, displayed recently at a stadium in Uganda's capital. From Kampala, Maurice Magorane filed this report narrated…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:16am -
  • Pope Francis Urges Poles to Welcome Refugees
    Pope Francis has urged Poland to welcome refugees fleeing violence and hardship, on his first visit to the country. The pope is in Krakow to attend World Youth Day, a Catholic Church event aimed at rejuvenating the faith, launched by Pope John Paul I…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:07am -
  • Obama Makes Case for Clinton to Follow Him as President
    U.S. President Barack Obama laid out Wednesday why he thinks Hillary Clinton should take over when he leaves office in January, saying no man or woman has ever been more qualified for the job.His speech at the Democratic National Convention in Phil…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:03am -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • Desperate to Survive, Malaysia’s PM Sells his Country to China
    The vulnerability of Southeast Asian countries to the combination of Chinese money and their own corrupt politicians has been laid starkly bare by a new report on Malaysia’s scandal ridden 1MDB. Desperate to extricate himself from the massive misus…
    - 20 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:36am -
  • Jokowi Reshuffle Drops Reformers, Allows Politics
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s long-awaited cabinet reshuffle, presented today, July 27, shows the president accommodating more political interests into his chain of command. In all, 12 ministers are being moved or dropped and independent refor…
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:09am -
  • Is Singapore Prepared for its Future?
    Everything big or small is planned in Singapore. The next big thing in the economy – Greentech and Medtech – is centrally conceived. The next prime minister has been chosen. His own successor is in the making. Even the maximum walking-distance be…
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 9:55am -
  • China May Try Cash to Buy Off Philippines
    The Philippines may have handsomely won its case over the South China Sea at the Court of Arbitration, but the battle between the power of Chinese money and the Philippines’ national interests has a long way to run. Politicians everywhere are susce…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 11:02am -
  • Cambodia’s Stateless Vietnamese
    Up to 750,000 Vietnamese people are believed to be living in Cambodia, about 5 percent of the country's population, but no one knows for sure. They are almost universally stateless. Few qualify for Cambodian citizenship. Since land can’t be purchas…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 10:48am -
  • Najib’s Spectacular Carnival of Thievery
    Among all the questions triggered by the announcement last week that the US government had seized US$1 billion from assets stolen from 1Malaysia Development Bhd since 2009, the biggest one is perhaps this: How on earth did they think they could get a…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 9:20am -
  • US Sells Only Illusions of Success in Afghanistan
    Despite reports in major US newspapers regarding a successful phase of the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the country’s future continues to hang in uncertainty as do the prospects of a negotiated end to the war.   More than anything els…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 9:09am -
  • S.H.Raza’s Death: Sunset of India’s ‘Progressives’
    India has lost one of its greatest modern painters with the death at 94 of Syed Haidar Raza. He was a leading member of the Bombay-based Progressives Artists’ Group of the late 1940s and 1950s that now dominates the top end of the Indian art mark…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 8:38am -
  • Malaysia’s Prime Minister Finally in Danger?
    For the first time since he began the theft of vast amounts of Malaysian government funds, beginning at least in 1999 when he was named defense minister for the second time, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s kleptocratic career may finally be in danger.…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 10:46am -
  • US Probe Veers Close to Najib Family
    Reports in American newspapers that the US government plans to seize more than US$1 billion in assets purchased by funds allegedly stolen from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. sovereign wealth fund  brings a massive scandal one giant step closer to Pr…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 1:15pm -

Asian Correspondent

  • Human rights: Does Indonesia’s Jokowi walk the talk?
    INDONESIAN president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been called out over his commitment to protecting human rights following a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday.The post Human rights: Does Indonesia’s Jokowi walk the talk? appeared first on Asian Corre…
    - 54 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 5:48am -
  • Australia youth abuse: Centre may have violated UN torture convention
    THE use of teargas, restraints and hoods on juveniles at the Don Dale children’s prison in Australia’s Northern Territory are likely violations of the U.N. treaty against torture, a top official said today.The post Australia youth abuse: Centre…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 3:48am -
  • Japan: Officials angered by Pokémon GO players at atom bomb memorial site
    OFFICIALS of the western Japanese city of Hiroshima are irked by the influx of Pokémon GO players descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in the city.The post Japan: Officials angered by Pokémon GO players at atom bomb memorial site appeared fi…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 3:27am -
  • Study in Toronto – A City of Musical Diversity
    “I love Toronto. It’s a real melting pot in every sense of the word…all sorts of different people everywhere you go…all sorts of great music, great restaurants and great night spots.” – Prince On top of being ranked the world’s fourth m…
    - 16 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 2:41pm -
  • Chinese woman claims Vietnamese border staff scribbled ‘F word’ on her passport
    THE purported scribbling of profane words on a Chinese woman's passport by a Vietnamese border staff has caught the attention of the Chinese government.The post Chinese woman claims Vietnamese border staff scribbled ‘F word’ on her passport appe…
    - 20 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:53am -
  • Top Singapore university probes allegations of ‘sexualized’ orientation activities
    ASIA’S top university has launched an investigation into claims of inappropriate orientation activities by freshmen students, which included answering questions pertaining to sex and re-enacting a rape scenario.The post Top Singapore university pr…
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 9:58am -
  • Malaysia: Watch seller fined over ‘sexy’ poster of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai
    RELIGIOUS authorities in the conservative state of Kelantan, Malaysia have raided the shop of a non-Muslim watch retailer for displaying "racy" promotional posters, including one of a famous Bollywood actress.The post Malaysia: Watch seller fined ov…
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 9:28am -
  • China jails 2 Hong Kong journalists for ‘running illegal business’
    A COURT in China has jailed two Hong Kong journalists for running an illegal business after they reportedly sent copies of their political magazine to readers in the mainland.The post China jails 2 Hong Kong journalists for ‘running illegal busine…
    - 23 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 7:47am -
  • Indonesia: Jokowi seeks to address ‘poverty problems’ with Cabinet reshuffle
    INDONESIAN President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has moved to tackle poverty with a new Cabinet line-up announced Wednesday.The post Indonesia: Jokowi seeks to address ‘poverty problems’ with Cabinet reshuffle appeared first on Asian Correspondent.
    - 23 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 7:45am -
  • 3 Thai activists charged over damning report on military torture
    THAI authorities should immediately drop all charges against three of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, urged Amnesty International.The post 3 Thai activists charged over damning report on military torture appeared first on Asia…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jul 16, 5:15am -

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Raining evening in Osaka
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Singing Blues
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Vietnam: au marché de Caobang.
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Laos, Luang Prabang #17
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Sunset on the ferry to Southern Leyte, The Philippines
Sunset on the ferry to Southern Leyte, The Philippines
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Sunset over Camotes Sea (The Philippines)
Sunset over Camotes Sea (The Philippines)
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After sunset on a ferry to Southern Leyte, The Philippines
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Shwedagon pagoda
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

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…
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:14am -
  • 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.
    - 17 Nov 14, 8:44am -
  • 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 mar…
    - 3 Nov 14, 8:40am -
  • 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 indecenc…
    - 31 Oct 14, 7:58am -
  • 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 i…
    - 31 Oct 14, 7:52am -
  • 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 J…
    - 23 Oct 14, 1:04pm -
  • 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.
    - 23 Oct 14, 8:22am -
  • 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.
    - 23 Oct 14, 3:03am -
  • 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 min…
    - 21 Oct 14, 3:08am -
  • 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 i…
    - 20 Oct 14, 8:48am -
  • Shutting the door on Africa
    IN RECENT years India has made renewed diplomatic efforts to reach out to Africa. Manmohan Singh, India's former prime minister, visited the continent for six days in May 2011, promising $5 billion of loans on easy terms.
    - 16 Oct 14, 2:42pm -

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

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • The Struggle Over Bangladesh's Future
    The recent rise in Islamist violence in Bangladesh is caught up in a polarizing political debate over the country's identity, says CFR's Alyssa Ayres.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 4:06pm -
  • The Wisdom of The Hague’s South China Sea Decision
    Jerome A. Cohen discusses the verdict in the Philippines’ case against China in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.In this op-ed, Cohen writes about the importance of the decision both in drawing greater attention to the role of a…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 3:57pm -
  • U.S. Needs New South China Sea Strategy To Contain Beijing
    On Tuesday, the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration issued its final ruling in a landmark case between the Philippines and China over disputed maritime claims in the South China Sea. The object of intense global interest, the three-year-o…
    - 11 days ago, 17 Jul 16, 2:01pm -
  • Tweaking and Tinkering Will Not Fix Japan’s Democracy
    “Revising [the constitution] simply for the sake of revising will only weaken confidence in Japan’s democracy, at home and abroad,” writes Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies.
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 8:43pm -
  • The South China Sea Ruling Won’t Stop Beijing’s Belligerence
    The United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration delivered its final ruling Tuesday in a case between the Philippines and China over disputed maritime claims in the South China Sea. Closely watched around the world, the three-year-old landmark case…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 8:27pm -
  • Rebalance the Rebalance
    U.S. diplomats and policymakers need to think creatively about how best to harness the United States’ inherent advantages in South and Central Asia and thereby offset China’s overwhelming financial investments and diplomatic initiatives.
    - 15 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 3:20pm -
  • State Capitalism and the Return of Economic Interventionism
    Joshua Kurlantzick discusses economic interventionism amidst the return of statism.
    - 15 days ago, 12 Jul 16, 8:51pm -
  • Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea
    A UN tribunal's ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China's efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.
    - 15 days ago, 12 Jul 16, 8:28pm -
  • Like It or Not, UNCLOS Arbitration Is Legally Binding for China
    In this article, Cohen discusses why China is legally bound by the UNCLOS arbitration tribunal’s ruling on the Philippines’ case against China on the South China Sea and the potential for the Philippines and China to renew bilateral negotiations…
    - 17 days ago, 11 Jul 16, 3:00pm -
  • Women in Tech as a Driver for Growth in Emerging Economies
    Increasing women's access to tech jobs in low- and middle-income countries can help solve labor shortages, empower women, and grow the economy, argue Catherine Powell and Ann Mei Chang.
    - 23 days ago, 5 Jul 16, 6:08pm -

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 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…
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France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • Australian territory faces backlash over detention centre ‘abuses’
    Australia’ Northern Territory on Wednesday suspended the use of hoods and restraints on children as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull resisted pressure to broaden an inquiry into mistreatment in youth detention centres.
    - 14 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 4:31pm -
  • Japan knife attacker killed disabled out of hatred
    Hatred appears to be what fueled a young Japanese man who went on a stabbing rampage, killing 19 people Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired.
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 9:53pm -
  • IS group claims responsibility for deadly suicide bombing in Kabul
    Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200 when it tore through a demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority.
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 16, 12:42pm -
  • Hong Kong 'Occupy Central' protest leader found guilty of unlawful assembly
    A Hong Kong court on Thursday found bespectacled teenage democracy activist Joshua Wong guilty of unlawful assembly related to demonstrations that paralysed key arteries of the Chinese-ruled city in 2014.
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 9:36am -
  • N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South
    North Korea fired three ballistic missiles early on Tuesday which flew between 500 and 600 kms (300 and 360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country.
    - 9 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 12:07am -
  • Brother of Pakistani model confesses to killing her for 'family honour'
    The brother of slain Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch on Sunday confessed to strangling her to death for "family honor" because she posted "shameful" pictures on Facebook.
    - 10 days ago, 17 Jul 16, 7:58pm -
  • Beijing claims right to setting up air defence zone over South China Sea
    Beijing "has the right" to declare an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea, it said Wednesday as it stepped up denunciations of an international tribunal that ruled against its expansive claims in the strategic waters.
    - 15 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 7:34am -
  • Hague tribunal rejects Beijing’s claim to South China Sea
    The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague on Tuesday ruled that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in the South China Sea and had violated the Philippines' sovereign rights.
    - 16 days ago, 12 Jul 16, 9:42am -
  • Beijing defiant ahead of South China Sea ruling
    Beijing braced Tuesday for an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea, where it has expansive territorial claims, with all eyes watching for the Asian giant's reaction on the ground or in the water.
    - 16 days ago, 12 Jul 16, 3:58am -
  • Australia’s prime minister claims election win
    Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday that his conservative coalition government was re-elected for a second three-year term, after a chaotic national election that left the country in a state of political paralysis for more than a week.
    - 18 days ago, 10 Jul 16, 5:49am -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Economist - Asia

  • Radio silence
    Sombath is missingA HIGHLIGHT of Ounkeo Souksavanh’s years as a radio host in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, came in late 2011 when he hosted an episode of Wao Kao (“News Talk”) on land disputes in the south of the country. Near the end o…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • Bangsta style
    A WIFE and daughter arrive home to find their living room transformed. Behind a partition, Daddy is sitting in a soundproof cubicle, strumming his guitar. He offers his stunned wife a drink at his new bar, and gleefully shows off his table-footb…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • Twilight of the king
    TO THE casual observer the country is calm and orderly. And reverential: adorning a sweet-seller’s stall in a buzzing market in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, are a dozen laminated pictures of the 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej who, on th…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • Can the licence to kill be revoked?
    FEW Pakistanis have broken taboos as gleefully as Qandeel Baloch, a social-media star who used the internet to titillate and scandalise her fellow citizens. The 26-year-old (pictured with her iPhone), whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, twerked on…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • Hello Kitty, goodbye panda
    Catnip for Taiwanese babiesTHIS spring the world’s first Hello Kitty-themed train began service in Taiwan. It proved so popular that almost all the head-rest covers on the seats were snaffled by passengers on the first day. Last week EVA Air,…
    - 14 days ago, 14 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • After the funeral
    Under the cosh in KashmirAS NEWS spread that security forces had killed Burhan Wani and two other guerrillas, admirers from across the Kashmir Valley headed to his village. Over 20,000 gathered for Mr Wani’s funeral on July 9th. The crowd was…
    - 14 days ago, 14 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • Murder most murky
    THE murder on July 10th of Kem Ley, an independent-minded commentator who castigated the ruling party and the opposition alike, has jangled nerves ahead of local elections next year and a general election the year after. Thousands of Cambodians…
    - 14 days ago, 14 Jul 16, 2:44pm -
  • The long goodbye
    Goodbye Akihito, but not quite yetEVEN for such an unusual institution as Japan’s imperial system, Emperor Akihito is an anomaly. Descended from the sun goddess, Amaterasu, and son of the man-god in whose name Japan waged total war, Akihito wa…
    - 14 days ago, 14 Jul 16, 9:33am -
  • Squeaking back in
    IT WAS hardly the mandate Malcolm Turnbull had hoped for when he called an early general election, asking for a stable majority. On July 10th, eight days after the vote, Australia’s prime minister was at last able to claim victory for his cons…
    - 17 days ago, 11 Jul 16, 2:51pm -
  • Diet control
    AS THE results of the election for the Diet’s upper house rolled in on July 10th, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, beamed. And why not? This was his third sweeping election victory since he and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) returned…
    - 17 days ago, 11 Jul 16, 7:12am -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Asian shares slip as investors await Bank of Japan decision
    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock benchmarks were mostly lower Thursday as investors digested an upbeat Fed assessment of the U.S. economy that raised the prospect of further rate hikes, while anticipating more stimulus from Japan.
    - 18 mins ago, 28 Jul 16, 6:24am -
  • N. Korea's 'guerrilla' campaign for Games gold
    For isolated North Korea, the Olympic Games offer a rare opportunity to take to the global stage and compete for applause and prestige rather than censure and condemnation. A virtual pariah state due to its nuclear weapons programme, the North has ma…
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 2:58am -
  • Indonesian drug convict facing death row highlights risks to migrant workers: campaigners
    By Beh Lih Yi JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The case of an Indonesian woman expected to be executed this week for drug trafficking highlights the risk to migrant workers of being duped into becoming drug mules, human rights campaigners said.…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 12:45am -
  • U.S. diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder
    By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs t…
    - 7 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 12:05am -
  • Turkey, once touted as regional model, is mired in tension
    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 9:12pm -
  • Garcia reminded that time still on his side to win a major
    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Henrik Stenson took his silver claret jug and headed straight for Switzerland to play in a charity event organized by Sergio Garcia. It turned out to be the perfect occasion to deliver an important message to the host.
    - 10 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 8:29pm -
  • Indonesia says will execute 14 drug convicts this weekend
    Indonesia will execute 14 drug convicts including at least four foreigners this weekend, the attorney general said on Wednesday, stepping up a "war on drugs" that has drawn international condemnation. News of the impending executions prompted condemn…
    - 13 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 5:12pm -
  • Lack of FGM ban in domestic violence law fails Liberia's girls, activists say
    By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights activists condemned Liberia's parliament on Wednesday for removing a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) from a new domestic violence law in a country where half of women have…
    - 14 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 4:47pm -
  • Indian activist wins Asia's Nobel prize for fighting manual disposal of faeces
    By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian activist who helped to set up a human rights group campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, a euphemism for disposing of faeces by hand, was awarded Asia's equiv…
    - 14 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 4:28pm -
  • Three Thai activists charged with criminal defamation
    BANGKOK (AP) — Three Thai human rights activists have been charged with criminal defamation over a report that detailed alleged systematic torture inside military enclosures in the country's southern provinces. All three denied the charges and were…
    - 15 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 3:37pm -

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

  • Prostitution allegations investigated against Samsung boss
    South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday that they have started investigating allegations that ailing Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee bought sex from prostitutes several times between 2011 and 2013. In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, Samsung Group c…
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  • Before the DNC hack, Russian internet trolls were being hired...
    Russia's troll factories were, at one point, likely being paid by the Kremlin to spread pro-Trump propaganda on social media. That is what freelance journalist Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered as he was researching Russia…
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 9:40am -
  • Japan police search home of suspect in stabbing spree
    Satoshi Uematsu, left, the suspect of Tuesday's knife attack at a home for the mentally disabled, is escorted as he leaves a police station in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo to be sent to prosecutors. The deadliest mass killing in Japan in the post-World…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jul 16, 5:21am -
  • Afghan official says major offensive against IS underway
    Following a massive attack in Kabul, the Afghan military has launched a major offensive against the Islamic State group in the country's far eastern region near the border with Pakistan, Afghan and U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The offensive began…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jul 16, 3:13am -
  • Sri Lanka to conserve climate-friendly mangroves ecosystem
    Sri Lanka's government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests - the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natur…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Jul 16, 10:49pm -
  • Kerry says N. Korea should learn from Iran, end nuclear arms
    North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons - when the world is trying to rid itself of them - is "very provocative and deeply concerning," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, warning that there will be consequences if it does not stop. Ker…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 6:29pm -
  • Authorities relax curfew in Kashmir city; protests persist
    Authorities lifted a curfew in most of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city Tuesday after a 17-day security lockdown, but shops and businesses remained shut due to a strike called to protest Indian rule in the Himalayan region. Police and paramilita…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 2:04pm -
  • China: Former top general gets life over bribes
    A military court in China on Monday sentenced former top official Guo Boxiong to life in prison for accepting bribes, according to state media. "His personal assets were seized, and all his illicit gains were confiscated and turned over to the state…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 9:54am -
  • Bangladesh police say 9 militants killed in raid in Dhaka
    Police in Bangladesh's capital raided a five-story building Tuesday and killed nine suspected Islamic militants, the country's police chief said. Inspector General of Police A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque said the raid took place in Dhaka's Kalyanpur area and…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 5:46am -
  • US approves release of last Russian held at Guantanamo
    A review board determined Ravil Mingazov meets the criteria for release after nearly 14 years at the U.S. base in Cuba. The 48-year-old Mingazov is a former ballet dancer and member of the Russian military who U.S. authorities said fought with the Ta…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 1:49am -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • 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 -
  • 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)…
    - 14 Feb 15, 6:45am -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • How Trump’s trade policy is dividing Republicans
    Author: Claude Barfield, AEI No issue better illustrates the agony and self-inflicted wounds in the Republican Party than the Trump-inspired clashes over the future of US trade policy. While the Democratic Party has been wracked by deep divisions ove…
    - 7 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 12:00am -
  • Can Asia transform international investment law?
    Author: Stephan W. Schill, University of Amsterdam European and North American capital exporting countries have shaped international investment law for most of its history. They pushed for the customary international minimum standard of protection, f…
    - 19 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Is the Chinese economy closed?
    Author: David Dollar, Brookings China is unusual in that it is a developing country that has emerged as a major investor. China itself is an important destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), and opening to the outside world has been an impor…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jul 16, 12:00am -
  • Thailand’s constitutional referendum is in a royal mess
    Author: Patrick Jory, UQ After some months of uncertainty, a representative from Thailand’s Democrats Party last week declared in a televised seminar that the party would not support the proposed draft constitution in the 7 August referendum. This…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Changing masculinities in East Asian pop culture
    Author: Geng Song, UHK Descendants of the Sun, a South Korean TV drama featuring a romance between a soldier and a surgeon in a fictional war-torn nation, is reigniting K-drama fever across Asia. In China alone, where the program is simultaneously br…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 16, 12:00am -
  • Cause for optimism in the South China Sea
    Author: Donald Rothwell, ANU The ruling by the Annex VII Tribunal on the South China Sea maritime dispute between the Philippines and China lays down an unprecedented legal benchmark for disputes in the region. The unanimous decision of the five-memb…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Japan’s constitutional choice
    Author: Editors, East Asia Forum After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, the US-led occupation authority drafted the country a new constitution designed to disarm and democratise the former enemy. Japan’s constitution underpin…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 2:00am -
  • Can Abe revise Japan’s peace constitution?
    Author: Ben Ascione, ANU Since the 10 July upper house election in Japan there has been widespread speculation that the government will move to formally revise the country’s constitution including the Article 9 ‘peace clause’. This now appears…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • How likely is constitutional change in Japan?
    Author: Walter Hamilton, Sydney Following the 10 July upper house elections the Abe government now has the two-thirds majority in both houses of the Diet necessary to pass constitutional amendments. So what are the likely consequences? Four years ago…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • What happens now in the South China Sea?
    Author: Sajjad Ashraf, NUS China’s reaction to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s relatively harsh ruling against it on the South China Sea has been angry. The court upheld nearly all of the 15 points on which the Philippines approached the Cou…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 16, 12:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Nine Reactions to Duterte’s First State of the Nation Address
    On July 25, Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). In this special post, nine Asia Foundation staff in the Philippines share their reactions to his speech. Steven Rood, country representative…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:32pm -
  • Poor Waste Management Threatens Phnom Penh
    As more rural residents move to Phnom Penh in search of work, the city’s population has nearly doubled over the last decade. Estimates suggest it could reach 2.9 million by 2025. Meanwhile, new construction projects have driven thousands of urban p…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:31pm -
  • Getting Gender Equality on the G20 Agenda
    G20 Finance Ministers met in Chengdu, China, over the weekend for the last minister-level meeting before the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in September. While anxiety surrounding Brexit bubbled to the top of most discussions, leaders also stressed in their…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 11:30pm -
  • Brexit Lessons for ASEAN: Exiting Not a Good Option
    In 2013, I had dinner with six Thai high school teachers who had been my students back when I taught English at a university in Bangkok in the late 1970s. A few of them I had not seen in more than 30 years. Most of our conversation focused on the per…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 11:24pm -
  • Philippines Upgraded to Tier 1 Ranking in Trafficking in Persons Report
    On June 30, just as Noynoy Aquino officially ended his six-year presidency and incoming president Rodrigo Duterte took the reins, the Philippines welcomed the announcement that it had reached Tier 1 on the U.S. State Department’s Global Trafficki…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 11:23pm -
  • Inaugural XIN Philanthropy Conference an Inspiration
    Jack Ma and the Alibaba Foundation – the charitable arm of Alibaba Group – hosted a first-of-its-kind philanthropy conference in Hangzhou, China, this past week: the Xin Philanthropy Conference. Their goal? To establish credibility as major advoc…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 11:22pm -
  • Timor-Leste’s National Police Prioritize Crime Prevention through Community Policing for 2017 Elections
    Timor-Leste, the half-island nation nestled between Indonesia and Australia, is preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2017, the fourth round of elections since the brutal withdrawal by Indonesian occupation forces in 1999. Today,…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 11:21pm -
  • Expert Dialogue on South-South Cooperation at UN in Geneva
    On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Right to Development and to mark the launch of the new book, India’s Approach to Development Cooperation, co-editors Anthea Mulakala, The Asia Foundation’s director for International Development Coo…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 11:20pm -
  • Using Drone Technology to Improve Land Titling in the Philippines
    Last week, the Philippines’ incoming Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez announced the new administration’s 10-point economic agenda. One of the top items was improving security of land tenure to encourage greater investment and address bottleneck…
    - 28 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 10:07pm -
  • Summits Push Investment in Adolescent Girls to Achieve Gender Equality
    On June 14, The White House hosted the first-ever United State of Women Summit in Washington to rally women’s rights and gender equality advocates and to highlight achievements, identify remaining challenges, and chart the course for addressing the…
    - 28 days ago, 29 Jun 16, 10:06pm -

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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  • Here’s what happened during Donald Trump’s Ask Me Anything on Reddit
    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes the stage to formally accept the nomination on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstRepublican Party presidential n…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 4:23am -
  • Wikileaks releases 29 hacked DNC voicemails
    Delegates hold Hillary Clinton signs after she was named the Democratic nominee for president at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette – RTSJSQ1WikiLeaks has released 29 voicema…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 1:18am -
  • 3 things to watch for in Tim Kaine’s DNC speech
    The former mayor and governor of Virginia is a formidable speaker in his own right. Photo by REUTERS/Jason Reed/File PhotoPHILADELPHIA — Few people expect Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to steal the show in his first address as the Democratic Party’s v…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 12:19am -
  • AP fact check: 2016 Democratic National Convention edition
    Delegates applaud as Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Charles MostollerWASHINGTON — It’s hot out there, politically speaking, with Hillar…
    - 7 hours ago, 28 Jul 16, 12:06am -
  • Barack Obama gives Hillary Clinton presidential seal of approval
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The Democratic delegates here in Philadelphia have now completed their national ticket. This afternoon, they voice-voted the nomination of Tim Kaine to be Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running m…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:50pm -
  • Castro brothers on how Donald Trump has motivated U.S. Latinos
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: As we know, conventions are often a place where relative newcomers capture the national political spotlight. In 2012, that was true for Julian Castro, then mayor of San Antonio. He’s now serving in Pr…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:45pm -
  • How Hillary Clinton built her packed political resume
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: And now we turn to the final installment of our three-part series on Hillary Clinton’s life and legacy, which we have just been talking about.Tonight, a look at her post-first lady years, from her ru…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:40pm -
  • What Hillary Clinton has to do to beat Donald Trump
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudiobuttonGWEN IFILL: With that, we turn to syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, who are also joining us around the table each night for ma…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:35pm -
  • News Wrap: John Hinckley, who tried to kill Ronald Reagan, goes free
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN:  Thanks, Judy.GWEN IFILL:  But, for now, we’re going to back to Hari Sreenivasan in Washington.HARI SREENIVASAN:  Thank you, Gwen.In the day’s other news:  The man who tried to assassinate…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:30pm -
  • Why prosecutors dropped charges against Freddie Gray cops
    Watch Video | Listen to the Audio HARI SREENIVASAN: In a surprise move today, prosecutors in Baltimore dropped all remaining charges against three police officers in the Freddie Gray case.Gray died of spinal cord injuries last year, after being arre…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 16, 10:25pm -

RFI English - Asia Pacific

  • Highest ever civilian casualties reflect evolution of conflict
    In Afghanistan, civilian casualties reached a record high in the first half of this year, according to United Nations figures released Monday. The UN finds children paid an especially high toll and that a growing number of casualties are attributable…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 16, 4:08pm -
  • Pokemon Go to jail - Frenchman nabbed hunting Pokemon on Indonesian military base
    A Frenchman caught trespassing on a military base in Indonesia has said he was playing Pokemon Go, the popular smartphone game launched two weeks ago and already blamed for crimes, traffic violations and antisocial behaviour.
    - 9 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 11:20am -
  • China on the defensive after South China Sea ruling
    China said it will take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea on Wednesday after an international court in The Hague ruled that its claims were unfounded and contrary to United Nations conventions.
    - 15 days ago, 13 Jul 16, 3:56pm -
  • Uighurs slam Chinese 'occupation' at Paris congress
    Uighurs from China's Xinjiang province accused Beijing of stepping up repression in the majority-Muslim region and vowed to end the Chinese "occupation" when they met near Paris this week. But not everybody present was convinced that the World Uighur…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Jul 16, 4:09pm -
  • Saving the Malay tapir in European zoos
    The Asian tapir is an animal in danger. Only 2,000 of them are left in South East Asia. A European zoological programme is helping to protect the animal. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets Tengah the Tapir in La ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
    - 40 days ago, 18 Jun 16, 2:13pm -
  • World's tallest temple Vrindavan Chandrodaya
    Krishna worshippers in India will soon be graced with a new temple, slated to be the tallest in the world. It’s called Vrindavan Chandrodaya, and it comes with an 80 million dollar price tag. Right now it is still under construction in the holy t…
    - 44 days ago, 14 Jun 16, 4:20am -
  • Hollande to raise climate change, TTIP at G7 in Japan
    French President François Hollande arrived in Japan Thursday to attend the G7 summit of rich nations. He planned to follow up on last year's Cop21 climate talks in Paris, push for fiscal transparency, oppose the TTIP trade agreement as it stands and…
    - 63 days ago, 26 May 16, 9:31am -
  • Cannibalism in China 50 years on
    This week fifty years ago the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution started in China. With the “May 16 proclamation” Mao Zedong directly attacked his political opponents.
    - 67 days ago, 22 May 16, 11:25am -
  • Franco-Chinese cinema coproduction picks up steam
    In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams tries to find out who has benefited from France and China's six-year picture coproduction deal.
    - 74 days ago, 15 May 16, 2:13pm -
  • Philippines signs defence deal with France amid South China Sea tension
    France and the Philippines have signed a defence cooperation agreement, which aims to help Manila modernise its defence forces amid tension in its relations with China. The deal was signed two days after the election of new Philippines President Rod…
    - 75 days ago, 14 May 16, 8:44am -