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BBC News - Asia

  • Is Australia still the Lucky Country?
    Fifty years on, does bleak assessment still apply?
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
  • Myanmar in rare multi-party talks
    Myanmar's president holds rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" elections next year.
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:06pm -
  • China makes 'biggest cash haul'
    Anti-corruption investigators in China confirm the finding of the equivalent of $33m in cash at an official's home - the biggest such haul to date.
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:53pm -
  • Three held over India bank heist
    Police in India say they have arrested three people who they suspect robbed a bank by digging a 125-foot (40-metre) tunnel straight into the vault.
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:26pm -
  • VIDEO: Stories of Sri Lankan survivors
    Following devastating landslides in Sri Lanka, Yogita Limaye visits a shelter and hears the stories of some of the survivors.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:41am -
  • Chinese 'tomb raiders' arrested
    Eleven people are accused of exhuming bodies for use in ritual 'ghost marriages'.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:41am -
  • Nikkei leads Asia up after BOJ move
    Japan led Asian shares higher after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) surprised markets by announcing more stimulus measures to boost the economy.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:07am -
  • India's Bangalore changes name
    India's technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Bengaluru from Saturday, exactly eight years after the state first proposes it.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:34am -
  • China executes toddler-thrower
    A court in China executes a man who killed a two-year-old girl in Beijing following a parking space row with her mother.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:13am -
  • Beijing bans Halloween on metro
    Beijing police say people wearing Halloween-themed fancy-dress on the city's metro could face arrest, state media report.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:52am -

CNN Asia

  • Facing the smog with style
    High fashion isn't often inspired by environmental hazards, but as air pollution levels soared in Beijing on Tuesday, models at China Fashion Week walked the runway wearing designer respiratory face masks.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:49pm -
  • Two boys sue Malaysia Airlines
    Two children sued Malaysia Airlines and three government agencies Friday over the loss of their father aboard missing Flight 370.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:19am -
  • See this tiny photo winner
    The true test of patience is peering for hours into a microscope waiting for a rotifer to open its mouth so you can snap a quick photo.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:45am -
  • Cheating claims delay SAT scores in China, South Korea
    Thousands of Chinese and South Korean students applying for colleges and universities in the United States face an anxious wait amid claims of widespread cheating during recent SAT tests -- the measure used in the admissions process.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:02am -
  • Drone 'selfies' in the skies?
    What comes in a white cardboard box, weighs little more than a kilogram and can be purchased in a few clicks from Amazon?
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:04am -
  • North Korea proposes human rights visit
    Under unprecedented scrutiny over its human rights record, North Korean officials met with a UN human rights investigator on Tuesday for the first time in 10 years.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:00am -
  • Could tough new terror laws misfire?
    New Australian legislation that will allow the government to lock up foreign fighters runs roughshod over human rights issues and could easily backfire, one analyst says.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:50am -
  • At least 300 missing in Sri Lankan landslide
    At least six people are dead and an emergency search operation has been launched to find 300 more missing after a landslide ripped through a village in Sri Lanka.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 6:14pm -
  • Who has most extravagant palace?
    A look through some of the most exquisite residences of leaders from across the world.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 5:29pm -
  • Indian bank heist sees culprits go underground
    In an incident that seems to be inspired by the Bollywood blockbuster movie series "Dhoom," burglars dug a tunnel measuring at least 100 feet long into the vault of a state-run bank in northern India over the weekend, leaving local authorities, bank…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:48pm -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

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

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • Citizen Khan review very traditional British sitcom
    Watch out for the Khans in the arrivals hall theyre the family who seems to have flown in from a 1970s sitcomAh, the return of Citizen Khan (BBC1). To the schedules, and from Pakistan. The Khan family has just landed, with plenty of excess baggage,…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:29pm -
  • Brendan Rodgers preaches patience as Liverpool transition continues
    The manager is adamant his new signings will reach their potential but recognises that expectancy has grown at AnfieldBrendan Rodgers had reached his first cup quarter-final as Liverpool manager 48 hours earlier but his mood was decidedly tetchy when…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:30pm -
  • Alexis Sánchez proving the South American street fighter Arsenal needed
    Arsène Wenger failed with his £40,000,001 bid for Luis Suárez but he ended up with arguably the next best thingSuch is the curious cycle of football, Arsène Wenger could hardly believe his luck when one year after that infamous £40,000,001 bid f…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:30pm -
  • Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of governments child abuse inquiry
    Embarrassment for No 10 after senior legal figure quits over links to Westminster political establishmentThe governments child sex abuse inquiry was thrown into crisis after Fiona Woolf became the second senior legal figure to quit as chair over her…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:20pm -
  • Norwich back to winning ways as Cameron Jeromes double sinks Bolton
    Cameron Jeromes brace got Norwich City going again in the Sky Bet Championship as they beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Carrow Road on Friday night. Neil Adamss side had gone five games without a win and were in desperate need of a boost. Jerome gave the…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:06pm -
  • Miliband calls for second chamber to represent all UKs cities and regions
    House of Lords not representative of much of the country, says Labour leader as he calls for senate to meet outside LondonEd Miliband will broaden his drive for the devolution of political and economic power to the cities and regions, and away from L…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:04pm -
  • How Manchester United became the new noisy neighbours
    Louis van Gaals improving side are banging the drum as they seek to wrest the balance of power back from the blue to the red side of ManchesterHere we go then, same old Manchester derby. Settled champion team against big-spending upstarts. Well-groov…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in F1 practice for US GP despite gear problem
    Hamilton called into pits after topping both sessions Nico Rosberg close behind with Fernando Alonso thirdLewis Hamilton topped both practice sessions in Austin on Friday as he prepared for the US Grand Prix with hopes of repeating his victory in 201…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:47pm -
  • Brighton jihadi vows to fight to the death in Syria despite family pleas
    Amer Deghayes says he will not leave the battlefield, following the deaths of his two brothers in Jabhat al-Nusra ranksA British jihadi whose two brothers have been killed fighting in Syria has said he is ignoring pleas from his father to return home…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:29pm -
  • Verdict due on British-Iranian woman arrested at Tehran sports stadium
    Ghoncheh Ghavami went to watch mens volleyball match, breaching Islamic republics ban on women at big sports events A British-Iranian woman detained in Iran for trying to watch a volleyball game will learn on Saturday whether she has been found guilt…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:06pm -

VOA News - Asia

  • Deadline Looms for Iran Nuclear Talks
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Europe, Asia and the Middle East for a series of meetings on numerous issues. In the Mideast, Kerry will visit Oman for a trilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU rep Cathe…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:57pm -
  • Gorgeous Fall Leaves Unfold Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway
    In autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is considered one of the top places in the United States to see the colorful fall leaves. The scenic highway, which stretches through Virginia and North Carolina, also offers fantastic mountain views of woods and far…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:01pm -
  • Iraqi Kurds Join Syrian Kurds in Fight for Kobani
    A convoy of 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey into Syria to bolster Syrian Kurds defending the city of Kobani from Islamic State militants.Kurdish civilians lined the road leading to the border crossing Friday, cheering the pershm…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:16pm -
  • Zambia Workers Group ‘Concerned’ over Power Struggle
    The leader of Zambia’s Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has expressed concern about the ongoing power struggle within the ruling Patriotic Party (PF) even before the burial of deceased President Michael Sata.Leonard Hikaumba said the power struggl…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:57pm -
  • Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp
    When you look at it on a map, the Okeefenokee Swamp seems too close to the Atlantic Ocean’s white sandy beaches and Florida’s golf courses and theme parks to be a wilderness area.That proximity led to an ill-conceived plan at the beginning of t…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:30pm -
  • Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act designating some federally owned lands as wilderness areas. These large tracts of land had few roads or buildings, offered opportunities for outdoor recreation, and were important be…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:26pm -
  • Kerry, Iranian FM to Hold Nuclear Talks in November
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks next month with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the deadline for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program approaches.The State Department says Kerry will meet with the Iranian diplom…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:22pm -
  • NYC Kids Draw Worldwide Praise for Chorus
    Fourteen-hundred fresh-faced, eager, talented, New York youngsters blending their voices -- the Young People’s Chorus of New York City -- are making an impact on the world. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:14pm -
  • The Correspondents
    The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, as seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe. Hosted by Mil Arcega, our panel of journalists goes beyond the headlines to give listene…
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • New Ebola Treatment Center Opens in Liberia
    One of the largest Ebola treatment centers opened Friday in Liberia, as the death toll from the disease continues to rise in West Africa.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked the international community for its part in opening the 200-…
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:59pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asian Correspondent

Flickr - Asia Geofeed

Butterfly in Longsheng
Butterfly in Longsheng
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Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Royal Palace #14
Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Royal Palace #14
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Himalayas, cara sur / south face
Himalayas, cara sur / south face
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Tibet, cultivos / Crops
Tibet, cultivos / Crops
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Himalayas, cara sur / south face
Himalayas, cara sur / south face
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Melungtse, 7.181m
Melungtse, 7.181m
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Melungtse, 7.181m
Melungtse, 7.181m
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • Japan Takes Massive Stimulus Actions
    In a stunning policy reversal, Japan’s central bank and the government pension fund vow to pump trillions of yen into stocks and other assets.
    - 53 mins ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:53pm -
  • Exxon, Chevron Post Strong Results
    Exxon and Chevron reported surprising profit growth, despite gloomy market conditions, boosted by their refining divisions that have lost favor with some smaller peers.
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:14pm -
  • Dow, S&P 500 Set Records
    The Dow and S&P 500 closed at record highs, joining a rally in Asian and European shares, spurred by the Bank of Japan’s decision to unexpectedly expand its stimulus measures.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:58pm -
  • Myanmar Conglomerate Wins Control Over Brewery
    Myanma Economic Holdings, a conglomerate controlled by Myanmar’s military, said it has won a legal fight to wrest full control over a brewery from its Singaporean partner, Fraser & Neave.
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:33pm -
  • Wages Show Signs of Pickup, Just as Consumers Hiccup
    Workers are starting to see a little spring in their paychecks and benefits, just as consumer spending fell unexpectedly in September.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • Russia Raises Interest Rates
    The Bank of Russia raised interest rates by 1.5 percentage points seeking to slow surging inflation and shore up the sagging ruble as the economic cost of sanctions and falling oil prices deepens.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:49pm -
  • Sony Posts Hefty Loss
    Sony posted a $1.2 billion loss after writing down the value of its struggling smartphone business, but strong PlayStation sales brightened up the quarterly report.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:13pm -
  • Panasonic Looks for Acquisitions, Tie-Ups
    Following several years of heavy losses and restructuring that cost thousands of jobs, the electronics giant now says it is ready to spend more on growth through acquisitions and alliances.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:20pm -
  • Japan Mega-Pension Shifts to Stocks
    Japan’s mammoth public pension fund is unveils a new asset allocation for its $1.2 trillion portfolio, shifting hundreds of billions of dollars of assets from Japanese government bonds into stocks and foreign assets.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:49pm -
  • Nissan Recall Adds to Takata Woes
    U.S. car-safety regulators disclosed a new air bag recall for a problem unrelated to an earlier recall affecting 7.8 million older vehicles, raising questions about the breadth of the problem of air bags that can explode with too much force.
    - 9 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:12pm -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • Dr Mahathir: Absolute equality between sexes a 'stupid idea'
    Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says absolute equality between men and women is a "stupid idea" as there are inherent differences among them
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:23am -
  • Rocket blows up with piece of S'pore research
    It took just 11 seconds for an unmanned rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station to come crashing down to earth
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:06am -
  • S. Korea, Germany to share experience on unification
    Officials from South Korea and Germany will hold a first round of bilateral talks to discuss current geopolitical issues on the Korean Peninsula and share the European country’s experience of achieving peaceful unification, the Seoul government sai…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:51am -
  • Myanmar's jade trade grinds to halt over battles for Kachin mines
    Due to recent armed conflict between Union government troops and the Kachin Independence Army near jade-rich Hpakant Township, trade at the jade market southwest of area in Seng Taung has ground to a halt, merchants said
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:51am -
  • Meet world's best private banking leader, in S'pore
    In a first for Singapore, a local banker has been named the world's best leader in private banking
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • No mention of China's ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang as he is retired, says CCP
    The case of former security czar Zhou Yongkang, who is under probe for graft, did not come up for discussion at a recent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) meeting because he has retired and is no longer part of the central leadership, an official said
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • Cyclone Nilofar weakening in Pakistan
    Although cyclone Nilofar appeared to be dying out on Thursday, it still has the potential of causing heavy rain with strong gusty winds in lower Sindh and the Lasbela coastline
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • In the penal code
    Nepal’s justice system can sometimes seem like a hopeless tangle
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • 'Dead walking’ in Tacloban
    In February, a woman asked pedicab driver Ariel Avanzeña to take her home to Barangay 88, San Jose district, considered the worst-hit area when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” struck last year
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • S'pore market reacts calmly to Fed move
    Singapore's stock market took the end of the final round of money printing by the United States central bank in its stride yesterday
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35am -

The Economist - Banyan Blog

  • 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…
    - 8 hours ago, 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…
    - 2 days ago, 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…
    - 2 days ago, 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…
    - 9 days ago, 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…
    - 9 days ago, 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…
    - 11 days ago, 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…
    - 12 days ago, 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…
    - 14 days ago, 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…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 11:02am -
  • Slow train through Jaffna
    RAIL services between the south of Sri Lanka and its battle-scarred northern peninsula resumed on October 13th, for the first time in 24 years. Moments after the first train to complete the reopened service chugged to a halt at the new Jaffna railwa…
    - 17 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:05pm -

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

  • Realizing the hopes of unemployed youth in Papua New Guinea
    I met Gilford Jirigani at a workshop in Port Moresby a few months ago. What struck me about him was his natural confidence and poise as he captured the audience’s attention - including mine-as he told us how one project changed his life. He we…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:29am -
  • Of Seasons and Typhoons
    Communities living along the coast in Cebu province are at highly at risk to the impacts of climate change.Having grown up in Cagayan, a province in the northeastern most part of the Philippines, our lives have always been defined by the wet and…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:40am -
  • Developing the Youth Workforce in Solomon Islands
    I see it every time I come back to Honiara, Solomon Island’s bustling capital, soon after I arrive.  Young people on the streets, wandering around in groups or by themselves with nothing to do.  It’s the same thing my local friends and colle…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:26am -
  • Pacific Island Youth taking Action4Climate
    The onslaught of climate change in the Pacific Islands that look like tiny spots from space, is a big wake-up call for the youth of these nations. Young Pacific Islanders are taking a proactive stance by raising their voices on this issue.
    - 19 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 3:11am -
  • Việt Nam: Một kỳ thi quốc gia có đánh giá được hết năng lực học sinh?
    Học sinh Việt Nam tham dự kỳ thi tốt nghiệp trung học phổ thông.Photo: Van Chung/World BankSau nhiều tháng thảo luận sôi nổi, Bộ Giáo dục và Đào tạo cuối cùng đã ra thông báo về việc tổ chức mộ…
    - 30 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 3:12am -
  • Vietnam: Can One National Exam Test All?
    Students in Vietnam attend the high school completion exam.Photo: Van Chung/World BankAfter months of impassioned public discussion, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has finally announced that one national exam will determine high sc…
    - 31 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 9:29am -
  • Nothing left to waste in the Philippines
    The waste sector spans from collection, sorting, separation, recycling, handling of residuals and safe, final disposal. The elements of an efficient and effective waste management system are multifaceted and its operations are complex. While m…
    - 38 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 5:37pm -
  • Vietnam’s long-term growth performance: A comparative perspective
    Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased three-and-a-half-fold during 1991-2012, a performance surpassed only by China. The distribution of growth has been as remarkable as…
    - 43 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:00pm -
  • Tiềm năng tăng trưởng của Việt Nam: Góc độ so sánh
    Kể từ cuối thập kỷ 80 của thế kỷ trước, Việt Nam đã có tốc độ tăng trưởng kinh tế cao với lợi ích bao trùm. GDP bình quân đầu người tăng 3,5 lần trong giai đoạn 1991-2012 — chỉ sau Trung Qu…
    - 43 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Việt Nam phải đối mặt với những thách thức gì khi tiến tới bảo hiểm y tế toàn dân?

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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)
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  • 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)
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  • 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…
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Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • China’s Imperial President
    Xi Jinping's reforms are designed to produce a corruption-free, politically cohesive, and economically powerful one-party state with global reach: a Singapore on steroids. But there is no guarantee the reforms will be as transformative as the Chinese…
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  • China’s Imperial President
    Xi Jinping's reforms are designed to produce a corruption-free, politically cohesive, and economically powerful one-party state with global reach: a Singapore on steroids. But there is no guarantee the reforms will be as transformative as the Chinese…
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  • The Senkaku Islands and Japan’s Evolving Diplomacy
    Sheila A. Smith explains how the two crises with China over the Senkaku Islands changed Japan's politics at home as well as its diplomacy.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:12pm -
  • Is China Committed to Rule of Law?
    China's leaders have made a renewed call for rule of law reforms, but it is important to stress the ruling Communist Party remains above the law, says CFR's Elizabeth C. Economy.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:36pm -
  • The War on ISIS: More Than One Battle
    Even as ISIS is losing a little ground at Kobani, it is gaining strength elsewhere and the new Iraqi interior minister's ties to Iran compromises the response, writes Max Boot for the Wall Street Journal.
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  • Responding to Religious Repression in North Korea
    Michael Kirby, former chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, discusses the commission's recommendations for addressing systematic crimes against humanity in North Korea, including religious repression.
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • Responding to Religious Repression in North Korea
    Michael Kirby, former chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, discusses the commission's recommendations for addressing systematic crimes against humanity in North Korea, including religious repression.
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  • How to Shut Down a Country and Kill a Disease
    In this article for, Laurie Garrett compares how China finally stopped SARS in 2003 inside its vast territory to options for halting the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Garrett reported on the SARS epidemic, so some firsthand observ…
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  • The ITU and Unbundling Internet Governance
    Samir Saran explains India's position in advance of the 2014 ITU conference, arguing that India believes that the ITU has a role to play in Internet governance, although Delhi does not oppose a multistakeholder approach.
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  • A Look at North Korea From Its Neighbors
    Experts discuss Chinese and Japanese perceptions of reclusive Pyongyang since the death of Kim Jong-il as well as the political, security, and economic implications of the relations between these East Asian countries.
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:41pm -

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

  • No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide
    All hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:39am -
  • Some 100 people dead in Sri Lankan mudslide
    A major mudslide at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka killed about 100 people on Wednesday, with the victims buried alive, the country's disaster management minister said.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:23pm -
  • French reporters land in Paris after release from Indonesia jail
    Two French journalists who were jailed for illegal reporting in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua landed at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport early on Tuesday.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:05am -
  • Hong Kong activists mark one month of 'umbrella protests'
    Hong Kong democracy activists on Tuesday marked one month of mass protests by unfurling a sea of umbrellas as student leaders called for direct talks with Beijing officials, the first time such a request has been made.
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 1:49pm -
  • S. Korea prosecutors seek death for captain of doomed ferry
    South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people, most of them school children, dead or missing, in a trial of 15 crew who abandoned ship before it sank.
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Britain’s long war in Afghanistan comes to an end
    Britain’s last remaining combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations in the country after 13 years on Sunday as they transferred control of their final military base to the Afghan military.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 11:42am -
  • Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign
    Iran hanged Saturday a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had tried to sexually assault her, defying international appeals for a stay of execution.
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  • Indonesia to release French journalists detained in Papua
    Two French journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in prison Friday for illegally reporting in Indonesia's Papua province on tourist visas but will be released Monday after having already served time in custody, their lawyer said.
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 6:31am -
  • Two deadly attacks hit Pakistani city of Quetta
    Attacks in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, including an assault on the country’s beleaguered minority Shiites Muslims and a suicide bombing targeting a pro-Taliban cleric, killed 12 people on Thursday, police said.
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 5:22pm -
  • S. Korea takes down disputed border ‘Christmas tree’
    South Korea has demolished a “Christmas tree” border tower that has long angered its northern neighbour, though denying the move was aimed at appeasing the North.
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:59am -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Diplomat

The Economist - Asia

  • Prostitution in India: Make it legal
    Another day in G.B. RoadSINCE her husband walked out on her a year ago, Sumana has commuted from a rented slum house in south-eastern Delhi to sit by a busy road in the city centre. Dressed in a floral-print salwar kameez and with kohl around her…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • Malaysia: A lousy sequel
    FOR 16 years Anwar Ibrahim, leader of Malaysia’s opposition, has battled dodgy charges of sodomy and corruption designed to keep him from power. One way or another, a court hearing which began on October 28th looks like the end of the road. As…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • Politics and the past in Bangladesh: Dialling down
    IT IS rare to be sentenced to death twice over. On October 29th Bangladesh’s self-styled International Crimes Tribunal told Motiur Rahman Nizami (pictured), leader of the country’s main Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, that he would hang. The…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • New Zealand’s identity: Clashing with the sunset
    THE country’s prime minister, recently re-elected to a third term, is a cast-iron monarchist. Even so, John Key is bent on coming up with a new flag for New Zealand, one in which Britain’s Union Jack will no longer feature. Instead, he says,…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • Banyan: The city on the hill
    WHEN Barack Obama ducked out of two summits in Indonesia and Brunei a year ago, the credibility of the “pivot to Asia” he had proclaimed, giving the region greater importance in American foreign policy, took a big knock. This month he is due…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • Taiwan and Hong Kong: Told you so
    More practical than a sunflower“ONE country, two systems”, the formula supposed to guarantee Hong Kong’s autonomy under Chinese sovereignty, was first devised for Taiwan. But it has never held much appeal there, and China’s refusal to ced…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • Banyan: The enablers
    NOT since Indira Gandhi has a prime minister of India been as dominant as Narendra Modi. His clout comes from the big electoral victory in May of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a remarkably personalised campaign; from a hyperactive prime…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:53pm -
  • Pakistan’s militants: Taliban tumult
    FOR years Pakistan’s government and army put off confronting the Pakistani Taliban and their allied fanatics who had set up what was almost a state of their own in North Waziristan, the wildest of several tribal agencies on the country’s nort…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:53pm -
  • Indonesia’s new president: Taking the reins
    Oh what joy it is to rideEVERYONE loves a politician with a common touch—except that politician’s security detail. After Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, was inaugurated as Indonesia’s seventh president, he and his vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, rode…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:53pm -
  • Japanese politics: Sukyandaru
    Yuko Obuchi’s sun sinksTO LOSE one minister may be counted a misfortune. To lose two on the same day makes the prime minister look careless. On October 20th Japan’s recently appointed trade and industry minister, Yuko Obuchi, and justice mini…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:53pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

  • Japan Abruptly Acts to Stimulate Economy - New York Times
    New York TimesJapan Abruptly Acts to Stimulate EconomyNew York TimesAfter insisting for more than a year that its aggressive monetary action was sufficient, the Bank of Japan on Friday unexpectedly announced that it would buy larger quantities of gov…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:31pm -
  • Apologizing to Japan - New York Times
    LivemintApologizing to JapanNew York TimesTOKYO — For almost two decades, Japan has been held up as a cautionary tale, an object lesson on how not to run an advanced economy. After all, the island nation is the rising superpower that stumbled. One…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:46pm -
  • Market Closes Up With a Big Assist From the Bank of Japan - New York Times
    Market Closes Up With a Big Assist From the Bank of JapanNew York TimesStocks started the month modestly below a nominal high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, or a 10 percent drop, the market r…
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  • Dow, S&P 500 close at record highs - USA TODAY
    The Economist (blog)Dow, S&P 500 close at record highsUSA TODAYTwo benchmark stock indexes closed at record highs Friday, on the last trading day of a month that was a roller coaster ride for investors. Driving the rally: Huge and surprising moves by…
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:03pm -
  • Allegations of Mass SAT Cheating Delay Test Scores in China and South Korea - TIME
    TIMEAllegations of Mass SAT Cheating Delay Test Scores in China and South KoreaTIMEAll students living in China and South Korea who took the SAT on Oct. 11 will have their test scores delayed and reviewed because of allegations of widespread cheating…
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:59pm -
  • What the Bank of Japan's Surprise Move Means for the Global Economy - New York Times
    New York TimesWhat the Bank of Japan's Surprise Move Means for the Global EconomyNew York TimesTwo days after the Federal Reserve ended its program of quantitative easing, the Bank of Japan has doubled down on the strategy with a surprise expansion o…
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  • China and Russia Said to Block Creation of Antarctic Marine Reserves - New York Times
    ReutersChina and Russia Said to Block Creation of Antarctic Marine ReservesNew York TimesSYDNEY, Australia — International talks in Australia on establishing two marine reserve areas, each larger than Texas, in the waters around Antarctica ended in…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:38pm -
  • Nikkei Soars As Bank Of Japan Announces Unexpected Stimulus Measures - Huffington Post
    Nikkei Soars As Bank Of Japan Announces Unexpected Stimulus MeasuresHuffington PostTOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to tr…
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  • Japan's Surprise Stimulus Lifts Asian Shares - Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street JournalJapan's Surprise Stimulus Lifts Asian SharesWall Street JournalHONG KONG—Japanese markets were rocked Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised investors by aggressively expanding its stimulus measures, sending the yen plummeting…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:11am -
  • Pressure in Japan to Forget Sins of War - New York Times
    New York TimesPressure in Japan to Forget Sins of WarNew York TimesMr. Kyomoto and others said their resentment was fueled in part by intensifying disputes over history and territory with China and South Korea, two victims of Japan's early-20th-centu…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 11:26am -

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare
    TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.
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  • US blacklists Myanmar ruling party lawmaker
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:46pm -
  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
    - 9 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:01pm -
  • Pakistan holds big lead vs Australia after 2nd day
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australia was facing an uphill task to level the two-match test series against Pakistan after losing opener Chris Rogers in a brief session while chasing its opponent's big first-inning total Friday.
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Image of Asia: Watching the iPhone line in Seoul
    In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a phone store worker dressed as Santa Claus keeps customers in line as they wait to buy Apple's iPhone 6, in Seoul, South Korea. The device went on sale Friday in South Korea, one of the world's most wired societies,…
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:31pm -
  • Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban
    BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month…
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  • Myanmar hosts talks with Suu Kyi to show progress
    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president hosted talks Friday that brought together opposition leader and the nation's military chief for the first time, a meeting that appeared timed to showcase the Southeast Asian nation's ongoing reforms ahe…
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  • Hong Kong activists mull taking protest to Beijing
    Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering travelling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts US President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit. Beijing has refused to back down o…
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  • AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda against the state" before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just th…
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  • Beijing bans Halloween costumes on subway ahead of APEC
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create "trouble", a state-run newspaper said on Friday, unveiling a list of APEC summit-relate…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:23am -

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The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Mikaela Reyes: Kaya Kwento
    When my friends come to me screaming, "I have kwento!" in the most Taglish accents they can muster, I always feel a jolt of excitement run through me. I approach them, eyes wide, ears open, ready to listen to their story. Read more: Kaya…
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:04pm -
  • Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey: Choice Between Voters and Rioters?
    While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole. Read more…
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  • Harlan Green: Government Spending Boosts Q3 Economic Growth
    We can now say we have the goldilocks economy that prevailed through the 1990's -- not too hot or too cold -- that should boost economic growth for years to come, if Congress can be ignored. Read more: Economic Growth, Gdp, QE3. Janet Ye…
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:40pm -
  • Minxin Pei: Squaring the Circle: Rule According to Law in a One-Party State
    The greatest dilemma facing the Chinese government in its long-standing efforts to build an effective legal system is how to ensure both the integrity of the judiciary and the Communist Party's monopoly of power. Read more: Deng Xiaoping…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:11pm -
  • Keping Yu: What Political Reform Looks Like in China
    If you look at Chinese politics over the last 30 plus years solely from the perspective of multi-party competition, general elections and the separation of the powers, you could well conclude that nothing has changed. However, from a governance persp…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:56pm -
  • No Deal On Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
    PERTH, Australia, Oct 31 - China and Russia have thwarted an international attempt to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica as bo... Read more: Plan Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, Antarctic Marine Sanctuary, Antarctica,…
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  • Carol Kuruvilla: Why It's Never Too Late To Start Celebrating Halloween
    I can't help thinking about all those Halloween nights I missed because of what my parents believed about God. Read more: Halloween, Halloween Christianity, Christianity, India, Religion News
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  • Beijing Bans Halloween Costumes On Subway
    BEIJING, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowd... Read more: Reuters, China, Beijing Bans Halloween Costumes, China News, Beijing, Be…
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:17am -
  • China To Send Elite Army Unit To Ebola-Hit Liberia
    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING, Oct 31 (Reuters) - China will dispatch an elite unit of the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit L... Read more: Reuters, Ebola, China, China Ebola, China Ebola News, Ebola News, Ebola…
    - 21 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:12am -
  • The Odd Friendship Between North Korea And Its First American Surfers
    Julie Nelson was something of a pioneer in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The 27-year-old American citizen was one of the first people... Read more: North Korea Surf, Surfing the Nations, North Korea, Surfing North Korea, N…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:09pm -

Newsvine - Asia

  • Australia to list Medibank as state winds back health insurance subsidies| Reuters
    Just as it prepares to list state-owned health insurer Medibank Private, Asia's biggest initial public offering in two years, Australia is quietly unwinding the generous subsidies that had determined the company's fortune over the past decade.
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • These Are All the Countries That Now Recognize Palestinian Statehood - Defense One
    Currently, more than 130 countries officially recognize Palestine. Sweden announced that it will recognize the state of Palestine, becoming the first member of the European Union to do so. Stefan Lofven became the prime minister of a new center-le…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 12:04am -
  • How Many Times Should We Rebuild Gaza? | Jan Egeland
    More than 2,200 people, including more than 500 Palestinian children, lost their lives during the devastating war between Israel and Hamas this summer. About 108,000 people in Gaza are left without a home, and 450,000 people are unable to access muni…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 11:53pm -
  • Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

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  • Netanyahu Fooled the New York Times -- For One Day | James Zogby
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was up to his old tricks again this week. On Monday, he addressed a half empty UN General Assembly chamber and then came to Washington for what was reported to be a rather chilly meeting with President Obama.…
    - 27 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 7:28pm -
  • Sweden to recognise state of Palestine - Yahoo News
    Sweden's new center-left government will recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.
    - 28 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 10:41pm -
  • Israeli settlers, soldiers occupy 25 Palestinian houses
    Israeli settlers, escorted by the Israeli occupation forces, occupied 25 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders as well as a local information center said.The…
    - 30 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 3:33am -
  • Israeli cargo ship heads for L.A. to unload after Oakland protest
    An Israeli-owned container ship that was blocked from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland by pro-Palestinian protesters over the weekend was headed to Los Angeles on Monday, according to a ship-tracking website. The Zim Shanghai left Oakland w…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 3:47pm -
  • Rabbi to Jews: Atone for Israel's Sins! - Yahoo News
    If you happen to be Jewish, please contact your rabbi and ask for permission to add these prayers to the High Holiday services you are attending, and if s/he refuses, you might want to stand up in your synagogue when the old list of sins are read and…
    - 35 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 10:58pm -
  • Talk in Synagogue of Israel and Gaza Goes From Debate to Wrath to Rage
    Picture:After Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum read names of children killed in Gaza, she was vilified online but retained the backing of her synagogue’s board. The recent bloody outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip may have done…
    - 37 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 12:43am -

Topix - Asia

  • International conference on Afghanistan in Beijing highlights Chinaa s growing role in region
    China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and reconstruction that highlights its growing role in the country as U.S. and NATO forces depart. New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is headlining Friday's forum in Beiji…
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:33am -
  • Ohio man detained in North Korea returning to...
    An American arrested and detained in North Korea is headed back to the job he lost while abroad, with an agreement that his travel was risky and he could be fired for doing it again. Jeffrey Fowle disregarded cautions by the U.S. Secretary of State,…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:47am -
  • South Korean soldiers given up to 45 years in prison in hazing death of subordinate
    A mother, center, of a victim, identified as Private First Class Yoon, cries after the trial at an outside of military court in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry says a military court has sen…
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:00am -
  • Five Indian Fishermen Sentenced to Death by SL Court
    Five Indian fishermen were given death penalty by a Sri Lankan court today for alleged drug trafficking, prompting a response from India that it will appeal to a higher court against the judgement. The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, wer…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:53pm -
  • After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut
    3 reactor building of Kyushu Electric Power Co.' s Genkai plant in the town of Genkai, southwestern Japan.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:41pm -
  • N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
    This Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo shows passengers boarding an Air Koryo plane bound for Beijing, at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea would seem like the last place on Earth that has anything to worry about from…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:44pm -
  • Wait for daughter's body ends on her 17th birthday
    Hwang In-yeol and his wife waited seven years to have a child, and then she was born on Oct. 29, 1997. After a ferry disaster in April that killed her and 303 others, the couple waited again for nearly seven months to see Ji-hyeon's body.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:56am -
  • Beijing recommends home quarantine for people coming from Ebola regions
    A transmission electron micrograph shows Ebola virus particles in this undated handout image released by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fredrick, Maryland. Photo credit: Reuters/USAMRIID/Handout China's capital wil…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:12am -
  • China shipping delivers toxic pollution cocktail, says US environmental group
    A container ship docks at the port of Qingdao. Seven of the world's 10 largest ports are in China.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • 10 dead, 250 missing in Sri Lanka mudslide
    Check out this story on At least ten people are dead and scores missing after a landslide triggered by monsoon rains hits central Sri Lanka. Rough Cut Video provided by Reuters Sri Lankan residents stand near a da…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:37pm -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • Time erases everything
    It’s a Secret: My Time with Charles Sobhraj, the Bikini Killer by the grate Gary Indiana.
    - 50 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 3:57am -
  • The origins of that stereotypical Chinese nine-note riff
    Kat Chow, with NPR's Code Switch, put together a short piece on the history and the prevalence of the well-known nine note "stereotypical Asian theme." As described in a 2005 Straight Dope forum question: You know, the one that goes dee dee dee dee d…
    - 64 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 5:05am -
  • Kenji in Asia
    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his…
    - 91 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 3:54pm -
  • Illustrated Skills of the Traveller, Physician, Sailor, Martial Artist
    The Art of Shen Ku is a rambling, eccentric website displaying pages of an illustrated instructional book of the same name. The site is roughly divided into four topics: Traveller, Physician, Sailor, and Martial Artist. It features heavily notated il…
    - 18 Jul 14, 3:21am -
  • When it comes to China stories, people will believe almost anything.
    Westerners are so convinced China is a dystopian hellscape they’ll share anything that confirms it. "The headlines of [...] news stories on China are mostly negative in tone and often put China in the role of the aggressor by stating that China “…
    - 10 Jul 14, 4:43am -
  • A cartographic history of why North, not East or South, is up
    How the north ended up on top of the map is an article by Nick Danforth, author/curator of (The/Mid) Afternoon Map blog, detailing how the north-up orientation came to be the default orientation, looking beyond Eurocentrism to Byzantine monks and Maj…
    - 18 Feb 14, 10:46pm -
  • Yes, Kazakhstan should change its name. This map shows why.
    "Life-long Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has suggested changing his country's name to make it friendlier to investors and tourists. It's obviously a little silly to change your country's name for marketing purposes. But there may be more…
    - 12 Feb 14, 3:35am -
  • The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean
    Over the course of nearly 20 centuries, millions of East Africans crossed the Indian Ocean and its several seas and adjoining bodies of water in their journey to distant lands, from Arabia and Iraq to India and Sri Lanka.Called Kaffir, Siddi, Habsh…
    - 6 Feb 14, 3:36pm -
  • SMS Is Passe
    Japan and other Asian countries have moved from SMS to smart phone messaging apps, with great success for all.
    - 19 Dec 13, 2:27am -
  • Spoiler: It's largely cultural
    Why Japanese Web Design Is So… Different... If you've ever visited a Japanese website, it's a little like time traveling back to 1998. Randomwire explains some of the reasons why.
    - 12 Nov 13, 6:43pm -

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  • Can Japan’s feed-in tariff continue to promote growth in renewable energy?
    Author: Espen Moe, NTNU The effects of Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) for renewable energy have been impressive. Since 2011, Japan has seen a massive expansion of solar photovoltaics (PV). The size of the domestic market increased from 1GW in 2010 to…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Concerns over judicial independence in Timor-Leste
    Author: Michael Leach, Swinburne University of Technology The parliament of Timor-Leste passed a motion on 24 October announcing the government’s intention to dismiss the contingent of foreign judicial officers working in its legal system. Citing c…
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  • PNG’s exchange rate policy hurting the poor
    Author: Paul Flanagan, ANU Earlier this year, Papua New Guinea moved away from a market-based exchange rate. It seemed just a technical announcement at the time. The central bank indicated that the exchange rate would float within a narrow band aroun…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Does the WTO ruling against China on rare earths really matter?
    Author: Nabeel Mancheri, Tokyo University In August, the Appellate Body of the WTO ruled that China’s export duties, quotas, and administration of rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum products violated various provisions of the GATT and the Accessi…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Is Vietnam in denial on military strategy?
    Author: Shang-su Wu, RSIS Vietnam’s recent, and significant, investment in military hardware is aimed at coping with a changing strategic environment. But will it make any significant difference in balancing against China’s military might in the…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Sino–Japanese relations 120 years after the war
    Author: Liu Jiangyong, Tsinghua University The year 2014 marks 120 years since the First Sino–Japanese War. While the two nations have enjoyed several decades of peace, there is an uneasy feeling in China that recent developments and revisions to…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • After historic IPO, where to from here for Alibaba?
    Author: Mark J Greeven, Zhejiang University Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has a track record of breaking records. It not only operates the world’s largest online business-to-business platform, but also the world’s largest online consumer marke…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • What to expect from the new US–Japan Defense Guidelines
    Author: Ken Jimbo, Keio University When the current Guidelines for US–Japan Defense Cooperation were released in 1997, the core strategic impulse of Washington and Tokyo was to deal with potential armed contingencies in Northeast Asia, namely regar…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 11:10am -
  • Continuity the key to New Zealand’s regional participation?
    Author: Gary Hawke, NZIER New Zealand’s approach to regional affairs is unlikely to change with the recent re-election of Prime Minister John Key. The election, held on 20 September, provided a clear mandate for Key’s National Party. The routine…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 11:09pm -
  • Is that as good as it gets for Abenomics?
    Author: Tobias Harris, Teneo As the second year of Abenomics progresses, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s program of coordinated monetary and fiscal stimulus and structural reform has lost some of its lustre. Not only have Abe’s approval ratings falle…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 11:13am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Firing of Foreign Judges in Timor-Leste Threatens Justice System
    By Susan MarxIn a dramatic challenge to the principles of democracy, on Friday night, the parliament of Timor-Leste decided in a closed session to fire all foreign judges and advisers in its justice system. The National Parliament passed Resolution N…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:04am -
  • Myanmar’s National Museum Reveals Country’s Dynamic Past
    By Julia ChenNext month, Myanmar will host the ninth annual East Asia Summit, marking the conclusion of the country's highly anticipated leadership role as 2014 ASEAN chair. Over the last three years, Myanmar has made strides in moving forward...
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • Q&A with Leading China Expert, Asia Foundation Trustee Elizabeth Economy
    In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently sat down with new Asia Foundation trustee Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Affairs' C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director for Asia Studies, to discuss China's environmental challenges...
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:02am -
  • Human Rights and Mongolia’s Small-Scale Mining Sector
    By Bolormaa PurevjavSince the collapse of the socialist regime in 1990, Mongolia's economic development has been dependent on an expanding formal and informal mining sector that for many years had little regard for the environment.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:01am -
  • Discussion Series Examines Myanmar’s Path to Decentralization
    By Kim N. B. Ninh and Matthew ArnoldSince Myanmar's President U Thein Sein took office in April 2011, the country has embarked on a dramatic set of reforms that have shifted the nation from one of the world's most repressive regimes to this year's Ch…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • Global Summits Shine Spotlight on Obama’s Pivot to Asia
    By John J. BrandonLess than one week after midterm elections in the United States, President Obama will travel to Asia to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum from November 10-11 in Beijing, and the East Asia Summit from November…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:42pm -
  • Indonesians Have High Hopes for Their Next President
    By Sri Budi Eko WardaniIn Indonesia, people are celebrating. Joko Widodo's supporters joined a parade on Monday to welcome him and Jusuf "JK" Kalla on the day they were sworn into office as Indonesia's new president and vice-president. After a grueli…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:41pm -
  • Q&A with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake
    The Asia Foundation hosted four U.S. ambassadors to Asia at its headquarters in San Francisco on October 9 for "ASEAN Matters," a panel discussion on why Asia is crucial to the United States' economic growth. In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:40pm -
  • Poll Shows Fighting Corruption Drives Support for Education Reform in Cambodia
    By Silas Everett and Menghun KaingEarlier this week, Cambodia's Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) held a second high school exam to provide a second chance for the over 70 percent of 93,000 high school students who failed to pass the fir…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 11:01pm -
  • One Year After Bohol Earthquake, Partnerships Thrive Amid Rehabilitation Efforts
    By Jowil Mejia PlecerdaOne year ago today, an earthquake reported to have the energy equivalent of 32 Hiroshima bombs struck Bohol and nearby provinces in south central Philippines. Generated from a fault in the northwestern sector of Bohol Island, t…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 11:00pm -

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  • Is Burkina Faso sub-Saharan Africa’s version of the Arab Spring?
    People in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou celebrate after embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Oct. 31 that he was stepping down to make way for elections following a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:40pm -
  • Vatican sheds new light on Sistine Chapel’s masterpieces
    Journalists stare at the Sistine Chapel with its new lighting during a press visit at the Vatican Thursday. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/MUSEI VATICANI/AFPThe Sistine Chapel just got a makeover. Vatican officials unveiled new state-of-the-art energy-…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:21pm -
  • News Wrap: Burkina Faso declares state of emergency
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The U.S. economy has turned in another solid quarter. Growth from July through September ran at an annual rate of 3.5 percent. That follows an even stronger second quarter. And falling gas prices ar…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:50pm -
  • Jerusalem holy site becomes ground zero for fresh fighting – Part 1
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: It’s one of the holiest sites for each of the world’s three major religions. Known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount, it’s also home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the most sacred in Isl…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:45pm -
  • Are we seeing signs of a third intifada? – Part 2
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: For more on these tensions and what’s behind them, I’m joined by Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine, and David Makovsky from the Washington Institute. He was part of Secretary o…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:40pm -
  • How to help Ebola relief efforts
    Boys carry food cans during a food distribution by the World Food Program in Dolo Town, Liberia, east of the capital Monrovia, on Sept. 2. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty ImagesThis year’s Ebola outbreak is the worst of its kind with more than…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:41pm -
  • News Wrap: WHO reports Ebola deaths may be slowing
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: The Ebola death rate in West Africa may be slowing. The World Health Organization reported today that total cases now top 13,700, but fatalities remain at just under 5,000. That’s partly due to the death…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:40pm -
  • Lost and found? Fragment of Earhart’s missing plane identified
    A fragment from Amelia Earhart’s plane may bring researchers one step closer to solving her mysterious disappearance.After 77 years of searching, researchers announced they are one big step closer to knowing where aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart a…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:14pm -
  • More than 2,000 Chinese students caught cheating on national pharmacist test
    More than 2,000 Chinese pharmacist candidates were caught cheating during a national licensing exam. Photo by Flickr user Nina J. GChina was shaken earlier this month by an elaborate cheating scam, involving high tech methods and more than 2,000 ph…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • California orders 21-day quarantine on travelers from Ebola-afflicted countries
    Medical staff wearing protective suits work at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid on October 10, 2014. California is now instating its own 21-day quarantines for travelers arriving from an Ebola-affected West African country who have also had contact…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:55pm -

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