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  • Pakistan denounces Valentine's Day
    Pakistan's president denounces St Valentine's Day, saying the festival has no connection with Pakistani culture and should be avoided.
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:22pm -
  • NZ beach crowdfund bid hits target
    A crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to bid for a private New Zealand beach for public use hits its target - bidders now face a wait to see if they are successful.
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 4:10pm -
  • India PM in 'happy birthday' gaffe
    Afghanistan's president takes to Twitter to correct India's leader - who had wished him happy birthday on the wrong day.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 1:38pm -
  • Taiwan earthquake toll reaches 116
    The official death toll from an earthquake in Tainan city, Taiwan, rises to 116, as the remains of the last missing person are found.
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 12:29pm -
  • Doctors side with Australia asylum baby
    Protesters gather at a Brisbane hospital in support of doctors refusing to discharge an asylum seeker baby facing deportation to an offshore immigration camp.
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 11:52am -
  • Australian PM announces new frontbench
    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reshuffled his cabinet following the departure of five ministers and ahead of a federal election.
    - 10 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 9:00am -
  • The Indian granny who left thousands teary-eyed
    A British Airways advertisement makes an Indian granny into a star, writes Sudha G Tilak.
    - 17 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 2:43am -
  • VIDEO: Japan MP quits amid affair scandal
    A Japanese MP who sparked a national debate about paternity leave has quit after admitting to having an affair as his wife was due to give birth
    - 21 hours ago, 12 Feb 16, 9:57pm -
  • Student held over 'anti-India slogans'
    Indian police arrest the student union leader at a top university on sedition charges, after a protest over the hanging of a Kashmiri man.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Feb 16, 4:31pm -
  • Goa seeks to classify peacock as vermin
    The southern state of Goa proposes reclassifying the peacock, India's national bird, as vermin.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Feb 16, 4:13pm -

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New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • Chelsea v Newcastle: Premier League – live!
    Live updates from the late kick-off in the Premier LeagueSaturday scoreboard: the latest scores and today’s results Email scott.murray@theguardian.comHiddink warns Chelsea his successor may struggle to lure top talent 6.19pm GMT Half-time entertai…
    - 57 mins ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:19pm -
  • Wales v Scotland: Six Nations 2016 – live!
    Live updates as both teams chase their first win of the tournamentEmail | Tweet @DanLucas86Scotland head to Wales unburdened by expectation 6.19pm GMT 68 min Wales get the penalty at the scrum, against McInally for driving a…
    - 57 mins ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:19pm -
  • Farage’s vile views are dominating the Europhobe pitch | Nick Cohen
    In the EU referendum build-up, the Out brigade are not only Trumpish in their bigotry, but also strangely sure we’ll be treated wellThe campaign to take Britain out of the European Union has become just another excuse to shout about race. It might…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:04pm -
  • Five people die after car plunges into Swedish canal
    Bodies of men aged 20-33 yet to be identified after car falls 25 metres from bridge in Stockholm’s Södertälje districtFive people were killed when their car plunged more than 25 metres from a highway bridge into a canal in the capital of Stockhol…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:03pm -
  • Outgoing US commander says mission in Afghanistan is not changing
    Gen John Campbell says US troops will continue to advise and assistUS special forces have been involved in gun battles in HelmandUS troops in Afghanistan will not return to an active role fighting the Taliban despite the likelihood of another difficu…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:58pm -
  • Snow and flood warnings issued for parts of UK
    Floods are possible all over the country but Scotland and north of England will bear brunt of cold weatherSnow and flood warnings have been issued for many parts of the UK as icy conditions forced some sporting fixtures to be cancelled.The Met Office…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:54pm -
  • Pope Francis greets adoring crowds in Mexico before 'tough love' speech
    Pontiff meets president Enrique Peña Nieto for private talks ahead of address expected to touch on drug violence and migration: ‘He comes to give us peace’Pope Francis kicked off his first day in Mexico with a long popemobile ride past adoring c…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:35pm -
  • Cyclist dies after HGV collision in Kent
    Driver arrested after woman in her 70s struck by vehicle on A2 in village of TeynhamA cyclist in her 70s has died after being struck by a lorry.The woman died at the scene following the collision involving an HGV in the village of Teynham, Kent, at 1…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:27pm -
  • Wasteful Everton frustrated as Salomón Rondón steals win for West Brom
    A very Tony Pulis type of victory also made for a sadly symptomatic defeat for Roberto Martínez. Purism 0 Pragmatism 1, perhaps. Salomón Rondón’s goal secured West Bromwich Albion’s first win in six league games and halted Everton’s revival…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:25pm -
  • The phony in American politics: how voters turn into suckers
    History tells us that the skeptical American people are easily conned when confronted with the promises of politicians. In 2016, the hairstyles may have changed but the schtick remains the sameDonald Trump recycles the hits in arena gig to the Tampa…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:23pm -

VOA News - Asia

  • Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somali Plane Bomb
    Somali militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bomb blast aimed at bringing down a Somali airliner earlier this month.The group said in a statement Saturday that it carried out the attack as “retribution for the crimes committ…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:03pm -
  • South Sudan Officials Urge Former VP to Stick to Peace Agreement
    The appointment of Riek Machar as South Sudan’s first vice president demonstrates President Salva Kiir’s commitment to the full implementation of the peace accord signed in Ethiopia on ending the young country’s conflict, according to foreign m…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Feb 16, 5:48pm -
  • More than 5,000 Pregnant Colombian Women Infected With Zika Virus
    Colombia’s National Health Institute said Saturday that more than 5,000 pregnant women in the country are infected with the Zika virus.The total number of people diagnosed in Colombia has reached 31,555, the institute said in its Epidemiology Bul…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 4:49pm -
  • South Sudan Rebel Leader Says he Will Take up VP position
    South Sudan's rebel leader says he has accepted his appointment by President Salva Kiir as vice president and will return to the country to take up the position when adequate security arrangements are made. Riek Machar on Saturday called for the d…
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 4:39pm -
  • Pope-Patriarch Meeting Seen by Russians as Significant
    Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.The meeting in Havana, C…
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 4:11pm -
  • Can You Find Love Online? Couple Proves You Can
    Ana Taverez almost tripped as she got out of her cousin’s car. It was a chilly night in March last year, but perhaps spring was a symbol for new beginnings.“I was so nervous. I really didn’t know what to expect,” she said.The 24-year-old…
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 1:00pm -
  • Uganda Police Deny Reports of Rising Tensions Ahead of Election
    Ugandan police have sharply denied local media reports that rising tension in the ongoing presidential campaigns could undermine the country’s peace in the run-up to the February 18 general election.Police officials say they are working with the…
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 12:39pm -
  • Kerry: Syrian Crisis at a Turning Point
    The crisis in Syria has reached a turning point, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, and decisions made in the near future could either end the war or “define a very difficult set of choices for the future.” “We hope this week…
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 12:02pm -
  • Kerry Reaffirms US Support for Europe on Ukraine, Refugees
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has affirmed the strong bond between the United States and Europe, saying the United States has "a profound interest" in its strength and success as it faces new tensions with Russia and a near-unprecedented flood o…
    - 8 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 11:40am -
  • Russian PM: West has Re-Started Cold War
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has accused the West of restarting the Cold War, speaking at a security conference in Germany where Ukraine is high on the agenda.Medvedev told delegates Saturday that "NATO's policies related to Russia remain…
    - 8 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 11:29am -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • Malaysia Tries to Obfuscate Blame for Altantuya Killing
    In his latest attempt to clean up his reputation although not necessarily his act, it appears that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak or others in Malaysia’s tainted government is attempting to steer away suspicion over his possible complicity in…
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 1:10pm -
  • India and Pakistan’s Ice-Bound Standoff
    It seems the most pointless military exercise in the world. Yet in the days since Feb. 3 when 10 Indian soldiers were hit by an avalanche and killed on the Siachen glacier some 20,000 feet up in the Himalayas, it is clear there is no prospect of the…
    - 13 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:09am -
  • Human Rights Groups Bullied for Detailing Thai Torture
    Three Thai human rights groups have jointly released a 120-page report detailing torture by military and paramilitary personnel in the south of the country, only to be accused of fabricating the reports and warned of a possible defamation suit.   Th…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Feb 16, 11:39am -
  • Indonesian President Rolls Out Dramatic Economic Reforms
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo today, Feb.11, rolled out the details of the plan he called a “big bang” the day before, to open nearly 50 sectors of the economy to foreign investment. The package of reforms is designed to ease investment rules…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Feb 16, 1:03pm -
  • Supreme Court Weighs Philippine Destiny
    In taking up the question of the presidential candidacy of Grace Poe, who now leads the public opinion sweepstakes for the election in May, the Philippine Supreme Court has assumed a crucial role deciding the country’s future. It is effectively a f…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Feb 16, 12:50pm -
  • Silencing by means of “superstition”
    The most interesting – and yet most disturbing – thing about the latest Thai craze for Kuman Thong, or “Angel Dolls”, is not the phenomenon itself. After all, it is not a novelty of the past month, the past year, the past decade, or even the…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Feb 16, 12:00pm -
  • Former Indonesian President’s Close Aide Convicted
    Jero Wacik, once one of Indonesia’s most powerful public officials and a close confidant of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was sentenced on Feb. 10 to four years in prison and fined RP5.7 billion for embezzlement and taking kickbacks d…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 11:35am -
  • Myanmar: New Parliament, Old Constitution
    Myanmar’s new parliament convened for the first time last week amid a flurry of underground power struggles and intense negotiations between the military and the National League for Democracy's chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi. But it is clear that des…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 11:28am -
  • Malaysia’s AG: Whistle-blowing Detrimental to Health
    Malaysia’s Attorney General, Mohamed Apandi Ali, appointed in July 2015, is turning out to be a jack-of-all-trades who appears ominously comfortable carrying out favors for Prime Minister Najib Razak and the United Malays National Organization. Apa…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Feb 16, 11:51am -
  • China’s Wooing of Iran May Not Pay Off
    Iran’s emergence from pariah status may seem to coincide nicely with China’s push for One Belt One Road links through Asia. China is already Iran’s biggest trading partner, buying much of the 2 million barrels a day of the oil Iran currently ex…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Feb 16, 11:37am -

Asian Correspondent

  • 2 Indian soldiers, 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army says four suspected rebels and two soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.The post 2 Indian soldiers, 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting appeared first on…
    - 11 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 8:07am -
  • Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have begun a survey to determine the exact number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Burma (Myanmar).The post Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims appe…
    - 12 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:51am -
  • Stripping terrorists of citizenship: Is Singapore fighting terror with terror?
    THE State giveth and the State taketh away. France and Australia have introduced anti-terror laws that will give them the power to strip terrorists of their citizenship. Now, a commentator from Singapore is proposing that Southeast Asian nations do t…
    - 15 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 4:03am -
  • US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch.The post US deploys more Patriot missiles in South K…
    - 16 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 3:10am -
  • North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has expressed anger over new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and says in response it has halted an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.The post…
    - 17 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 2:42am -
  • Thai police say slain Spaniard’s DNA found in suspect’s home
    BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him.The post Thai police say slain Spaniard’s DNA found…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Feb 16, 11:14am -
  • Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.The p…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Feb 16, 3:26am -
  • Fukushima 5 years on: What the headlines say
    IT'S been five years since an earthquake and resultant 15-meter tsunami caused the second worst nuclear incident in history.The post Fukushima 5 years on: What the headlines say appeared first on Asian Correspondent.
    - 2 days ago, 12 Feb 16, 3:26am -
  • Thai deputy PM sets July 31 date for constitution referendum, promises 2017 election
    BANGKOK (AP) — The deputy prime minister of Thailand's military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is app…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Feb 16, 3:16am -
  • US criticizes Cambodia for intimidation ahead of PM Hun Sen’s visit
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is criticizing Cambodia's government for threats against the political opposition as the Southeast Asian nation's prime minister prepares to make his first official U.S. visit during 31 years in power.The…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Feb 16, 3:04am -

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Biking towards the intriguing Dhammayangyi temple
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Dushanbe - St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
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Dushanbe - St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • Pope Francis Moves to End a 1,000-Year Rift
    The leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches took a major step toward ending a 1,000-year split between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy by identifying areas of common ground amid broad challenges for both churches.
    - 15 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 4:14am -
  • Why Kuroda's 'Bazooka' May Be Out of Ammunition
    The introduction of negative interest rates by the Bank of Japan’s Haruhiko Kuroda has done little to jolt the Japanese economy. Now, he may be running out of options.
    - 16 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 3:01am -
  • Rubio Tries to Recover His Momentum
    Marco Rubio is scrambling in South Carolina to recover the momentum his campaign lost in New Hampshire last weekend, changing his style and message in the run-up to a critical GOP presidential debate.
    - 17 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 2:41am -
  • U.S. Says North Korea Bent on Fielding Long-Range Missile
    North Korea remains committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that could pose a threat to the U.S., according to a Pentagon report released less than a week after Pyongyang tested a rocket.
    - 17 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 2:29am -
  • Europe Turns to NATO to Rescue Shaky Turkish Migrant Pact
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s new plan to use warships to help stop the flow of refugees to Europe is an acknowledgment of a simple fact: Europe can’t rely on Turkey to deliver the quick results it wants.
    - 18 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 1:24am -
  • Spirit Airlines Boss Vows to Repair Image
    Spirit Airlines new chief executive is planning a midcourse correction at the nation’s leading ultralow-cost carrier to address rising customer complaints and ward off new competitive threats.
    - 18 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 1:11am -
  • U.S. Stocks Stage Strong Rally, But End Week in the Red
    Major stock indexes posted weekly losses, putting a damper on a rally Friday in recently battered commodities and banking shares. The Dow Jones Industrials gained 313 points yet finished the week down 1.4%.
    - 18 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 1:05am -
  • Brazil Confirms More Infant Brain Damage Cases Related To Zika Virus
    Brazil released new figures Friday showing that the number of suspected and confirmed cases of infant brain damage continues its steady ascent.
    - 19 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 12:22am -
  • Volkswagen Questions Need for Recall Over Takata Air Bags
    The auto maker said the relevant safety devices on its vehicles were largely produced in Takata Corp.’s German factory, which so far hasn’t been cited for manufacturing problems.
    - 20 hours ago, 12 Feb 16, 11:27pm -
  • Russia Plays Familiar Hand in Syria
    Russian warplanes have a week to hammer rebel forces and secure Aleppo even as diplomats hash out a cease-fire—a similar strategy to what happened in Ukraine.
    - 23 hours ago, 12 Feb 16, 8:14pm -

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. 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

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

  • What China Could Learn From Richard Nixon
    The country’s growth is slowing. The wrong response might make the problem worse.
    - 17 days ago, 1 Mar 16, 2:27pm -
  • The Dark Heart of ASEAN
    Next week, at a summit in California, US President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of the ten countries of Asia’s most important regional grouping: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The event, the first-ever US-ASEAN summit on Ame…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Feb 16, 4:27pm -
  • Can the World Adjust to China’s New Normal?
    Douglas Rediker, Michael Levi, and Elizabeth Economy assess what slower Chinese growth could mean for the global economy and China’s role within it.  
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 9:18pm -
  • Why India’s Economy Is at the Head of the Pack
    India is growing faster than any other economy in the world. This is not just because oil prices have fallen, writes CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby.
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 5:00pm -
  • TPP Tobacco Exception Proves the New Rule in Trade
    The special exemptions for tobacco products in the TPP trade deal say less about cross-border investment rules generally, and more about the unique nature of tobacco under U.S. and international law, writes CFR's Thomas Bollyky.
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  • Global Economics Monthly February 2016
    Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that the idea of capital control is less radical than it seems; although comprehensive liberalization is theoretically the ideal option, capital controls may be China…
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  • TPP's Big Ambition Could Be Its Undoing
    While final ratification seems more likely than not, the very ambition of the TPP could yet be its undoing, writes CFR’s Edward Alden
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  • Why China Hacks the World
    In this excerpt from his new book, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age, Adam Segal explains the rise of Chinese hacking, its rationale, and what China hopes to gain by it.
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  • The Strange Tale of Sino-Pakistani Friendship
    Daniel Markey discusses the “comprehensive assessment of one of the world’s most consequential, peculiar , and poorly understood bilateral relationships” found in Andrew Small’s The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics.
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  • China Policy and the U.S. Presidential Election
    The president of the United States will have to deal with a rising and more assertive China on a wide range of issues, including Asia-Pacific security, trade, and cybersecurity. U.S.-China relations will likely continue to be a mix of competition and…
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MSNBC - Asia Pacific

  • Chinese ex-cops detained while fighting corruption
    The call came late on Monday night. "More than 70 police raided our (guest house)," said former policeman He Zuhua. "Police are everywhere.
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  • Video: Rodman: Kim Jong Un is ‘my friend’
    After being filmed spending time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, basketball legend Dennis Rodman said that while he doesn’t “condone what he does,” the dictator is “a good guy” and a friend. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. (TODAY)…
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
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  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
    As part of a documentary film, NBA’s former all-star Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea, but soon found himself bonding with its leader, making him the first American to meet Kim Jong Un since the nation’s leader took power. (TODAY)
    - 1 Mar 13, 12:48pm -
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  • China says US-based hackers target its websites
    China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokes…
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The Telegraph - Asia

France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • US, Asian allies hit N. Korea with new sanctions after rocket launch
    The United States and its Asian allies tightened the economic screws on North Korea Thursday, with the US Senate adopting fresh sanctions and South Korean firms abandoning a joint industrial park.
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  • China confirms first Zika case as virus spreads
    China confirmed on Tuesday its first case of an imported Zika virus, the country’s state news agency Xinhua reported, as new cases were reported in the Caribbean island of Barbados.
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  • S. Korea, US, Japan working on 'strong' N. Korea sanctions
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, agreeing to work for "strong and effective" U.N. sanctions against North Korea following its weekend rocket launch.
    - 5 days ago, 9 Feb 16, 5:51am -
  • Police fire warning shots at Hong Kong street vendor protest
    Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots on Tuesday during angry clashes that erupted when authorities tried to remove illegal street stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014.
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  • UN Security Council condemns N. Korean rocket launch
    The UN Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch and said it would speed up work on a sanctions resolution “in response to these dangerous and serious violations.”
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  • Taiwan quake toll rises as rescue operation continues
    Rescuers in Taiwan pulled more people alive from a collapsed apartment tower on Sunday, a day after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the ruins of the building.
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  • UN Security Council to hold emergency session on N. Korean rocket launch
    North Korea said Sunday it had successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test for a weapons delivery system to strike the US mainland.
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  • Residential complex collapses after deadly quake hits Taiwan
    Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people.
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  • Missing Hong Kong booksellers held by Chinese police
    Chinese police on Thursday night confirmed for the first time that three of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing last year are being held on the mainland for “illegal activities”.
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  • China says missing Hong Kong booksellers are 'under investigation'
    Chinese police have said for the first time that they are holding three Hong Kong booksellers who went missing on the mainland last year.
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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Economist - Asia

  • Between Punxsutawney and Pyongyang
    NORTH KOREA sent its latest satellite into orbit on February 7th, five days after Groundhog Day. Much of the world could be forgiven for thinking that, like the protagonist in the 1993 film of that name, they are stuck in a time loop. They wake…
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  • Water into wine
    FOR 27 years Yvonne and Noel Gerke ran a transport business, hauling logs from Tasmania’s forests to mills grinding woodchips for customers in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Then came the global financial downturn as well as campaigns to protect…
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  • Saving the swift parrot
    The race is not always to the swiftBRUNY island, off south-eastern Tasmania, is a home to the swift parrot. Small and green, with patches of red and blue, it breeds only in Tasmania, feeding on nectar from the blue gum tree, a eucalypt, and migr…
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  • Of Yorkies and Great Danes
    FOR two days next week Barack Obama will lay on a party for an unlikely club at Sunnylands, a Californian estate used for bigwig retreats. Among his guests are: a recent coup leader; Asia’s longest-serving autocrat; a prime minister who thinks…
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  • Old shoes and duckweed
    IT SEEMS odd for Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime minister, to tamper with the political system. His country’s style of government has many admirers. Europeans and Americans envy how efficient and clean it is. Authoritarians, not least in…
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  • What lurks beneath
    FIGHTER jets roar overhead, spitting out decoy flares. Helicopters clatter past, bearing commandos rappelling down ropes. Warships lurk in the waters beyond. All week the crowds on the beaches of Visakhapatnam, a coastal Indian city, have been t…
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  • A strange new world
    IT FELT like the first day of school. On February 1st freshly sworn-in legislators belonging to the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party led by Myanmar’s Nobel peace-prize winning campaigner for democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured,…
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  • Negative rates, positive polls
    SorryRECENT days have witnessed unusual phenomena in Japan. On January 29th, for the first time in its history, the central bank adopted negative interest rates as a way of dealing with the threat of deflation. Then came the public’s equally s…
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  • Satellite of Kim
    Update: At about 9.30am local time, North Korean media and the American military command announced separately that an object—satellite or missile—had been launched into space from North Korea. IN ITS quest for nuclear weapons, North Korea…
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  • Trouble in the basement
    A smuggler coveEVEN without the Terai plain’s winter fogs that cling to the flat borderlands between Nepal and India, the villages on either side of the frontier look much the same: dusty lanes lined with houses made of mud, bamboo and tin. Bu…
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CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

  • Sanction China For Its Support Of North Korea...And So Much More - Forbes
    ForbesSanction China For Its Support Of North Korea...And So Much MoreForbesPeople watch news of North Korea's long-range rocket launch in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, just weeks after…
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  • China stocks in focus after ringing in 'Year of the Monkey' - MarketWatch
    MarketWatchChina stocks in focus after ringing in 'Year of the Monkey'MarketWatchWhile U.S. traders enjoy the President's Day holiday on Monday, they'll be keeping a cautious eye on the reopening of markets in mainland China following a week-long Lun…
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  • China's Exodus of Capital - New York Times
    European Council on Foreign RelationsChina's Exodus of CapitalNew York TimesOver the last year and a half, individuals and companies have moved about $1 trillion out of China, as investors have begun to lose faith in the economy and sought better ret…
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  • Myanmar military chief's term extended - Bangkok Post
    Bangkok PostMyanmar military chief's term extendedBangkok PostYANGON — Myanmar's powerful army chief and his deputy will have their terms extended for another five years, a local newspaper said on Saturday, as the military and democracy champion Au…
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  • Myanmar army chief to get five year extension as talks with Suu Kyi continue-media - Reuters
    ReutersMyanmar army chief to get five year extension as talks with Suu Kyi continue-mediaReutersYANGON Myanmar's powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy are slated to extend their terms for another five years, a local newspaper said on Sat…
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  • US military deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea - Fox News
    Fox NewsUS military deploys more Patriot missiles in South KoreaFox NewsThe U.S. temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea late Friday in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of…
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  • China foreign minister urges US caution on missile system - Reuters
    ReutersChina foreign minister urges US caution on missile systemReutersBEIJING The United States needs to proceed with caution on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch and not use…
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  • Bill Richardson Aids Effort to Free Student Held in North Korea - New York Times
    Bill Richardson Aids Effort to Free Student Held in North KoreaNew York TimesBill Richardson of New Mexico, a veteran diplomat and North Korea troubleshooter, to help in the effort to free an Ohioan arrested by the North Korean authorities six weeks…
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  • When a Collapsing, Paranoid North Korea Turns to Nukes. . . - The National Interest Online
    The National Interest OnlineWhen a Collapsing, Paranoid North Korea Turns to Nukes. . .The National Interest OnlineOn February 7, North Korea conducted another long-range missile test, disguised as a satellite launch. The test comes after a nuclear t…
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  • Ranking North Korean army officer said to be executed by regime - CNN
    CNNRanking North Korean army officer said to be executed by regimeCNNNorth Korea insists the launch was to put a satellite into orbit, but it was viewed by other nations, such as Japan and South Korea, as a front for a ballistic missile test. This ty…
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Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Brazil troops battle Zika mosquitoes
    SAO PAULO (AP) — More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops fanned out across Brazil on Saturday to teach people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus that many health officials believe is linked to severe b…
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  • Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited — neighboring power Chin…
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  • South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park
    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Fr…
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  • Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that d…
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  • Sparkling 60 lifts Kang to share of Pebble Beach lead
    South Korea's Kang Sung fired a scintillating 60 to seize a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday, never realizing how close he was to golf's magic number of 59. Kang had nine birdies and an eagle in his 11-under effort…
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  • US, European stocks rebound to end brutal week
    US and European stocks rallied strongly Friday, ending a painful week on a positive note following solid US and German economic data and a surge in oil prices. London jumped 3.1 percent and Frankfurt and Paris gained 2.5 percent, brushing off another…
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  • Britain's Independent daily drops print edition
    The Independent will publish its final print edition next month and become digital only, its owners said on Friday, in the latest shake-up for British newspapers hit by falling advertising revenues. The last Independent on Sunday will be on March 20.…
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  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to the North's recent lo…
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  • Image of Asia: Commemorating Union Day in Myanmar
    In this photo by Aung Shine Oo, an ethnic Shan woman takes a selfie during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Union Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Union Day marks the anniversary of a 1947 agreement among the country's ethnic groups that paved th…
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  • Congress bans import of forced labor products
    A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Feb 16, 8:19am -

Popurls - Asia

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

  • Headley deposition day two: 26/11 attacks planned one year in advance
    Mumbai: Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today continued his deposition for the second consecutive day before a court here. Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley revealed in a Special Court that the dastard…
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  • Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies
    Kathmandu, Feb 9 : Former Prime Minister of Nepal and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala passed away due to Pneumonia at his residence early today. He was 79. Koirala, who was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014, died at his re…
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  • New North Korea rocket more powerful than old one fired in 2012: Seoul
    The launch, widely seen as a disguised long-range missile test, sparked international condemnations and resulted in an agreement at the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions against the increasingly defiant state. The rocket North Korea launche…
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  • Four killed in crash of Russian military helicopter
    Four people were killed when a Mi-8 helicopter owned by the Russian Defense Ministry crashed on Monday in the Pskov region of northwest Russia, local news agencies reported, quoting the ministry. Accidents involving Mi-8 aircraft are frequent in Russ…
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  • Pathankot terror attack: Pakistan gives clean chit to JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar
    New Delhi/Islamabad, Feb 8: In a latest development in the Pathankot terror attack investigation, a team, constituted by Pakistan government to probe the strike, gave clean chit to Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar. The team, which was form…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Feb 16, 2:31am -
  • Hundreds of thousands celebrate Carnival in Cologne
    Duesseldorf , Mainz and Essen have joined several other German cities in calling off their main Carnival processions because of a forecast ... . A carnival float depicting Angela Merkel with a European flag participates during the traditional carniva…
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  • Russians Arrest Seven in Alleged ISIS-Related Terror Plot
    Russian security services have arrested seven people accused of plotting terror attacks on behalf of the Islamic State in major Russian cities, the country's FSB intelligence agency said Monday. The arrests were made in the city of Ekaterinburg, loca…
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  • Man rescued 56 hours after Taiwan quake
    Beijing, Feb 8: A second survivor was rescued on Monday from under the debris of a collapsed residential building some 56 hours after a 6.7 magnitude quake struck Taiwan. The man, identified as Li Tsung-tian, was conscious and talking to rescuers as…
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  • Suicide bomber in Afghan city kills 3, wounds 14
    SHARIF, Afghanistan: At least three people were killed and 14 wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a bus filled with Afghan army personnel in northern Afghanistan, officials said. The blast occurred just before 8 a.m. in Dehdadi district,…
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  • North Korean patrol boat crosses to South, retreats after warning shots
    SEOUL: A North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korean waters early on Monday and retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots, a South Korean military official said. The incursion came amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsu…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Feb 16, 6:00am -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • Vietnam lifts ban on same-sex marriages
    Vietnam becomes the first South-East Asian country to abolish a ban on same sex marriages.
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  • 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…
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  • "...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…
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 -
  • 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…
    - 12 Feb 15, 3:57pm -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • Will Nepal once again become a Hindu state?
    Author: Pawan Kumar Sen, Leiden University Nepal was constituted as a secular state after the endorsement of the Interim Constitution in January 2007, which was formally ratified in May 2008. The declaration of secularism was taken as a major contrib…
    - 12 Sep 15, 12:00am -
  • Malaysia’s troubles just beginning
    Author: Andrew Harding, NUS As it tussles with multiple crises of political legitimacy and governance, Malaysia has reached a decisive point in its more than half-century history as an independent nation. What started as a shocking but not exceptiona…
    - 11 Sep 15, 12:00pm -
  • South Korea’s generation of discontent
    Author: Hyung-a Kim, ANU In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise. Following the Asi…
    - 11 Sep 15, 12:00am -
  • Economic reform needed to achieve Modi’s ‘Make in India’ slogan
    Author: M. Govinda Rao, NIPFP Of the many slogans coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, ‘Make in India’ is the most important. It promises to make India an important investment destination. But, like most other slogans, it is imp…
    - 10 Sep 15, 12:00pm -
  • Hypocrisy mars RMB devaluation debate
    Author: Stephen Olson, Hinrich Foundation The verdict on China’s recent currency devaluations differs depending on who you listen to. To some, the devaluations are either a positive and responsible step in the direction of a more market-determined…
    - 10 Sep 15, 12:00am -
  • Why are women supporting Myanmar’s ‘religious protection laws’?
    Authors: Matthew J Walton, Melyn McKay and Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi, University of Oxford In mid-August 2015 Myanmar’s parliament passed the final two of four controversial religious protection laws. The bills have now been signed into law by President…
    - 9 Sep 15, 12:00pm -
  • Are Japan–China relations sweetening or souring?
    Author: Akio Takahara, The University of Tokyo Are Japan–China relations on a collision course? The two thorny issues between Japan and China are history and security. But despite these problems, there is a case for cautious optimism for the time b…
    - 9 Sep 15, 12:00am -
  • US presidential campaign mustn’t undermine Xi’s state visit
    Author: Elizabeth Ingleson, United States Studies Centre Another year of presidential campaigns, another round of China bashing. In the wake of China’s stock market crash in August 2015, Republican presidential candidates have turned their attentio…
    - 8 Sep 15, 12:22pm -
  • Why India’s policymakers need to fire on all cylinders
    Authors: Shekhar Shah and Rajesh Chadha, NCAER India, the world’s third largest economy measured in purchasing-power parity terms, became a middle income country in 2007. It has one of the world’s youngest populations, with some 260 million peopl…
    - 8 Sep 15, 12:00am -
  • Why the Iran deal could work for North Korea
    Author: Chung-In Moon, Yonsei University On the brink of a crisis that threatened to escalate into conflict, North and South Korea recently reached an agreement on 25 August to prevent further confrontation, resume official talks, hold reunions of se…
    - 7 Sep 15, 12:00pm -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Sunnylands Summit Needs More Than Symbolism
    By John J. BrandonWhen President Obama meets with the 10 Southeast Asian leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next week in California, it will be an opportunity to expand and deepen U.S.-ASEAN relations. At the third ASEAN-…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 9:52pm -
  • Photo Blog: Building Digital Libraries in Mongolia
    By Kyle BarkerSince the end of the socialist regime in the early 1990s, urban migration in Mongolia has continued to play an outsized role in the country’s evolving economic and social identity. With 45 percent of Mongolia’s traditionally nomadic…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 9:51pm -
  • Advancing Leadership in Asia: 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellows
    By David L. KimAcross Asia, countries are shifting from a reliance on low-cost manufacturing to a focus on innovation and knowledge to drive their economies forward. By 2030, Asia will represent two-thirds of the global middle class and account for o…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 9:50pm -
  • Is It Time for a Peacekeeping Force for ASEAN?
    By Victor BernardThis decade marks a radical shift in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states' attitudes toward its role in the region. The idea of an ASEAN regional peacekeeping cooperation was first raised in 1994, but neve…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Feb 16, 9:03pm -
  • To Ensure Stability in South Asia, Protection of Religious Minorities a Must
    By Nadia Tariq-AliAt the South Asian Forum for Minorities (SAFM) last week, prominent parliamentarians, government functionaries, civil society activists, and journalists put forward a first-ever call to action to the leaders of South Asian Associati…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Feb 16, 9:02pm -
  • Perilous Progress in Nepal
    By George VarugheseFollowing seven years of fitful birthing Nepal's new constitution was promulgated in September 2015, and instantly became the epicentre of ongoing political turmoil that threatens to undermine progress on many fronts in the country…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Feb 16, 9:01pm -
  • New Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank Breaks Ground: What You Need to Know
    The newly created Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) officially opened at a ceremony in Beijing on January 16. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with The Asia Foundation's International Development Cooperation program director, Anthea Mu…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Jan 16, 10:13pm -
  • A Look at Asia Foundation Highlights in 2016
    By Eelynn Sim and Amy OvalleWhat's ahead in 2016 at The Asia Foundation? Over the next 12 months, we'll be examining emerging trends in development, sharing insights into addressing Asia's critical issues, and featuring the knowledge of our engaged p…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Jan 16, 10:12pm -
  • Conversation with Economist Namet Ilahi on Pakistan’s Biggest Challenges, Opportunities
    The Asia Foundation's deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with veteran development practitioner and economist, Namet Ilahi, who began his career in the early 1970s as Pakistan's joint secretary in the Planning Comm…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Jan 16, 10:11pm -
  • 2016 Australasian Aid Conference Convenes Leading Researchers on Global Development
    By Stephen Howes, Camilla Burkot, Anthea Mulakala, and Joel NeginIt's not often that Canberra can be described as an international crossroads. But on February 10-11 it will be a hotbed of discussion when researchers and practitioners from across Asia…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Jan 16, 10:10pm -

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  • Indian woman walks into police station with alleged rapist's severed genitals
    A Indian woman in her 30s shocked officers at a police station when she walked in holding the severed genitals of a man whom she claims raped her on Feb 11, reported the Times of India.The woman, Vimlesh Koul, who was with her three children at the t…
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  • China not as big a bogeyman as Japan was
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the US-Japan Semiconductor Agreement. The pact, which expired after 10 years, triggered declines in Japan's electronics industry.
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  • Thai students mock military at football match in rare show of dissent
    Bangkok - Thai university students lampooned the military at a football game on Saturday in a rare act of open defiance against the junta, which has strangled political expression since seizing power two years ago.In a colourful parade around the Ban…
    - 8 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 11:43am -
  • Nepal Maoists mark 20 years since start of civil war
    Kathmandu - Nepal's former Maoist rebels paid tribute to fallen comrades Saturday in a ceremony marking 20 years since the start of an insurgency that transformed the Himalayan nation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic.On 13 February, 1996,…
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  • 'Avoid' Valentine's Day, Pakistan president tells youth
    Islamabad - Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain has urged the nation to refrain from celebrating Valentine's Day, while other officials blasted it as "vulgar and indecent" as they moved to outlaw festivities.The president made the remarks to a crowd o…
    - 9 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 10:09am -
  • Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end
    TAIPEI - The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit."The search and rescue has come to an end," said Tainan Mayor Will…
    - 9 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 9:56am -
  • Myanmar army chief to get five year extension as talks with Suu Kyi continue
    YANGON - Myanmar's powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy are slated to extend their terms for another five years, a local newspaper said on Saturday, as the military and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi negotiate the terms of transiti…
    - 11 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 8:39am -
  • Outgoing Myanmar president cancels US visit to monitor political transition
    Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.Thein Sein was due to attend a summit for le…
    - 12 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 7:33am -
  • More than 100 dead in collapsed Taiwan building: Rescue agency
    Taipei - Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an appartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, emergency services said on Saturday.Only three residents of the Wei-kuan complex in the southern c…
    - 12 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:47am -
  • China underground banks did $214 billion in transactions in 2015: Regulator
    BEIJING - Underground banks in China did more than 1 trillion yuan (S$214 billion) in transactions last year and the government will step up efforts to combat the problem this year, state media said on Saturday citing the foreign exchange regulator.C…
    - 13 hours ago, 13 Feb 16, 6:35am -

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