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  • 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

  • Cricket World Cup 2015 final: Australia v New Zealand – live!
    Live updates from the final of the Cricket World Cup 2015 in MelbourneEmail: russell.jackson@theguardian.com | Twitter: @rustyjacko Michael Clarke to retire from ODI matches after World Cup finalGallery: the best images from the MCG 4.58pm AEST 34th…
    - 15 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:48am -
  • Jill Meagher's family criticise Catholic priest over 'disgusting' claim
    Priest reportedly told students at a Melbourne primary school that if Meagher had been more ‘faith filled’ she would have been home and ‘not walking down Sydney Road at 3am’A Catholic priest in Melbourne has reportedly been criticised for a s…
    - 27 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:36am -
  • Funeral of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew – in pictures
    Thousands of people gathered along with world leaders to pay their respects to the founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, at his funeral on Sunday Continue reading...
    - 28 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:35am -
  • Thousands gather with world leaders for Lee Kuan Yew's funeral in Singapore
    Mourners brave torrential rain as leaders from Indonesia, India, Japan and Australia join former leaders from the US at Sunday’s funeral Tens of thousands of Singaporeans have braved torrential rain to pay tribute to the country’s first prime min…
    - 40 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:23am -
  • Nick Clegg targets female vote as Lib Dems launch election campaign
    Deputy prime minister kicks off campaign by attempting to secure target seats in series of marginal constituencies, with party’s internal polls bringing confidenceNick Clegg will today begin his mission to win over female voters in a number of his…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:00am -
  • Is being vegan the most ethical way to live?
    Reducing meat consumption is important, but going vegan may not solve all our problems...If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.ukToday is the last day of Meat Free Week, the annual jamboree for meat reducers. I hope yo…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:00am -
  • Travel tips: Deauville, France, and the week’s best deals
    Visit a French seaside town, plus adventure in the Peak District, and living history in BrusselsWhy go?With its Belle Epoque hotels, bathing huts and air of faded grandeur, the seaside town of Deauville is the French answer to Brighton. But instead o…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:00am -
  • The lamplighter dining rooms: restaurant review
    Sunday lunch should not be an elegant affair. Nor inventive. Now pass the roast potatoes, would you?High Street, Windermere (01539 443 547). Sunday lunch for two, including drinks and service: £70It’s time to talk about the really important things…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:00am -
  • Mercedes-Benz SL400: car review
    The SL400 is the latest in a line of luxurious cruisers – and what better test for it than a long midweek burn?Price £72,500MPG 36.7Top speed 155mphRather amazingly the Mercedes-Benz SL400 is an entry-level model. It costs £72,500, which is almos…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:00am -
  • The pains and gains of breastfeeding

    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:00am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Lights Switched Off Around World for Earth Hour
    The lights went out in countries across the world on Saturday to mark Earth Hour, a campaign to raise awareness about climate change.In Jordan, about 200 people attended an event in Amman. This year's theme was "#YourPower," aimed at promoting sust…
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:05am -
  • Guinea 'Emergency' Aimed at Stemming Spread of Ebola
    Guinea's President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and southwest of the Ebola-hit nation in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly disease.Conde announced measures on state TV late Saturday that will…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 12:51am -
  • Swiss Watches Latest Weapon in Vietnam-China Sea Conflict
    Nguyen Van Liem has bought a few Swiss watches over the years, but his latest acquisition stands out from the rest of the collection. On the face of Liem’s new watch are the words, “Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam,” and on the back is a…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 11:57pm -
  • Pair Begin Record-Setting Year in Space After 'Beautiful Launch'
    An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut began a record-setting year in space Saturday, entering the International Space Station for a mission designed to study the long-term effects of zero gravity on the human body.Scott Kelly and Mikhail Ko…
    - 8 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 10:03pm -
  • French Woman Shot in Tunisia Museum Attack Dies
    France announced Saturday the death of another French citizen wounded in the March 18 terror attack on Tunisia's National Bardo Museum.President Francois Hollande's office identified the victim as Huguette Dupeu. She had been hospitalized in Tunis.…
    - 8 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 9:38pm -
  • Abuja

    - 9 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 9:24pm -
  • EU-Ukraine Summit Set for Late April in Kyiv
    A summit between European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders is scheduled to be held in Kyiv at the end of April.A statement on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's official website said that during a Saturday phone conversation with European…
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 9:19pm -
  • Libya Government in Tripoli Redirects Troops to Fight IS
    Libya's Tripoli-based government, which leads one of two warring factions, has ordered its forces to withdraw from bases near major oil ports to fight Islamic State militants in the central city of Sirte, a Tripoli lawmaker said Saturday.The withdr…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 8:03pm -
  • High-Tech Motorbike Helmet's Goal: Improve Road Safety
    In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS.A Russian startup company is working to make na…
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 7:15pm -
  • Kano
    Nigeria Decides 2015: Kano
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 7:11pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • Coca Cola farts Milk & Charges Double
    At a critical stage of Apple’s negotiations to hire Pepsi’s John Sculley as their new CEO back in 1983, Steve Jobs clinched the deal by asking Sculley “do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me an…
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:20am -
  • Wahhabism in Southeast Asia
    When I joined Malaysia’s foreign ministry in 1972, a major foreign policy concern in the region was that Southeast Asian nations would soon fall like dominoes to militant communism supported and abetted by the People’s Republic of China. Fortunat…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 2:32pm -
  • China: Challenge of the Middle-Income Transition
    The Chinese economy grew by 7.4 percent in 2014 and is expected to expand by 7.0 percent this year. These are impressive growth rates for any country but lower than what has been achieved in the past. For three solid decades, since the beginning of m…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 1:57pm -
  • Indonesia Ups the South China Sea Ante
    The post Indonesia Ups the South China Sea Ante appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 12:19pm -
  • Gauging Xinjiang’s ISIS Threat
    The post Gauging Xinjiang’s ISIS Threat appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 11:34am -
  • Update: Malaysia’s Sultans Deny Blocking Hudud
    Malaysia’s Conference of Rulers on March 26 denied a report by Malaysian Insider that the country’s sultans would intervene in the steadily worsening crisis over whether the fundamentalist Parti-Islam se-Malaysia could implement harsh Islamic law…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 1:26pm -
  • Don’t Count Singapore Out Yet
    The post Don’t Count Singapore Out Yet appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 1:19pm -
  • Rodney Tasker, 1945-2015
    Rodney Tasker’s name may now mean little to the current generation of journalists and politicians in Asia. But for 25 years from the mid-1970s, Tasker, chief correspondent of the now-defunct Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review, was well-kn…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 12:32pm -
  • Where does Singapore Go from Here?
    With the death of the man who ruled Singapore for three decades and passed on his harsh governing tactics to his son and to the ruling People’s Action Party, Singapore’s citizens today are trying to dope out whether one of Asia’s most modern so…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 11:45am -
  • China and the Great Aid Debate
    How much attention is being paid to China’s growing role in the global humanitarian space? Not enough perhaps, but the wariness cuts both ways.  There appears to be an elephant in the room, or rather a dragon. Amid the countless meetings, summits…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 11:32am -

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20150318_304  Antique and Flea Market in Shitennoji-Temple [ Osaka, JP ] | 大阪・四天王寺 骨董市
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • How China Plans to Shape New Asian Order
    President Xi Jinping sketched out China’s vision for a new security and economic order in Asia, offering to spread the benefits of Chinese prosperity and cooperation across the region.
    - 53 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:10am -
  • Some British Airways Frequent-Flier Accounts Hacked
    Some British Airways frequent-flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline said most personal information is safe.
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 3:13am -
  • Dufry Nears Deal for World Duty Free
    Swiss airport retailer Dufry said it has agreed to buy Italy’s World Duty Free in a deal that values the latter at about €3.6 billion ($3.9 billion), including debt.
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 11:45pm -
  • Co-Pilot Was Examined for Vision Problems
    Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who flew Germanwings Flight 9525 into a French mountainside, was examined for vision problems that may have affected his ability to fly, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 9:01pm -
  • How Wall Street Helps Tech Workers Cash In
    Financial firms are creating a murky market where the red-hot stocks of closely held technology companies trade largely out of sight of regulators, other investors and the companies themselves.
    - 14 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 3:42pm -
  • Tycoon Li's Horizons Ventures Bets on Tech Startups
    Li Ka-shing’s venture-capital fund, run by his longtime companion Solina Chau, is accelerating investments from Israel to Silicon Valley.
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 12:39pm -
  • Retail Investors Fuel China Stock Surge
    Despite slowing economic growth, corporate earnings under pressure and a property market in a funk, China’s long-maligned stock market is among the strongest in the world.
    - 23 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 6:35am -
  • China's Big Banks Double Their Write-Offs
    China’s major banks last year wrote or spun off more than twice the bad loans that they did in 2013 to keep the fallout from a slowdown in China’s economy from lingering on their balance sheets.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:33am -
  • Macquarie to Pay $15 Million to Settle SEC Charges in China Case
    Macquarie will pay $15 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges related to a unit’s 2010 underwriting of a public offering by China-based Puda Coal.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:31am -
  • Has Japan's 'Bazooka' Misfired?
    Japan is drifting back toward deflation, underscoring the continuing difficulties in pulling the world’s third-largest economy out of its long slump.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:29am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • M'sia preparing for influx of refugees if southern Philippines peace talks break down
    Malaysia is preparing offshore military bases in the Sulu Sea to prepare for an influx of “hundreds of thousands” of displaced southern Filipinos if peace talks between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) break down
    - 10 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:54am -
  • Beijing capable of hosting 2022 Winter Olympics, says IOC official
    The International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission said on Saturday that its five-day inspection visit to Beijing has assured members that the Chinese capital is capable of hosting a successful Winter Olympics in 2022
    - 25 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:39am -
  • Lee Kuan Yew's State funeral by the numbers
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  • Lee fostered region's ties with world, says Xi
    Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday credited Singapore founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew for his "outstanding contributions" to peace and development in Asia, and for fostering the region's ties with the rest of the world
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Mar 15, 4:38am -
  • Dignitaries pay their respects, hail Lee Kuan Yew's legacies
    Dignitaries singled out Singapore's corruption-free society, education system and the Government's succession planning for praise yesterday, saying these were the legacies of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 4:23am -
  • LKY made the world a better place, says Kissinger
    Prime ministers and potentates from some two dozen nations, joined by close friends of Lee Kuan Yew, gathered last night to bid a final farewell to the man who often was called upon to step in to explain Asia to a global audience confounded by its co…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 4:23am -
  • LKY's final journey through Singapore
    The endless queue of visitors lining up to pay their respects to the country's founding Prime Minister was finally closed last night, setting the stage for Singapore to give Lee Kuan Yew a final farewell today
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 4:07am -
  • Indonesian minister in hot water for encouraging smoking
    With Indonesia's Health Ministry stepping up efforts to reduce tobacco use in the country, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has drawn criticism for her decision to hand out ciga .....
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:03pm -
  • Indonesians rake up tickets as holidays draw near
    The holiday season is coming next month and Kemas Hasyim, 55, wants to spend it travelling with his family, with India as their destination this time. Kemas joined a large pack of people hunti .....
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:03pm -
  • Taiwan raids 10 firms in label scandal
    Ten companies involved in mislabeling Japanese food products were searched by investigators and the owners were questioned by prosecutors last night to find out whether they altered the labels ille .....
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:03pm -

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

  • Address by Afghan President Ghani to Congress
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke to a joint session of Congress on March 25, 2015. He discusses U.S.-Afghan agreements such as the Bilateral Security Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement, the withdrawl of American combat troops from A…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 5:10pm -
  • Stop Putting Afghanistan on a Deadline
    Withdrawal timetables only delay failure; the U.S. should stay in or get out now.
    - 4 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 7:28pm -
  • Lee's Lasting Legacy
    Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew leaves behind a remarkable record of economic transformation, but the city-state faces a series of tests on the horizon, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.
    - 6 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 5:42pm -
  • The Taliban
    The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of conflict will have consequences that extend far…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 5:07pm -
  • What Made Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew So Great
    The tributes are pouring in, so without dissenting exactly—I’m an admirer—let me offer a different view of Lee Kuan Yew, the longtime leader of Singapore, who died Sunday at 91. 
    - 7 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 1:50pm -
  • A Conversation With Ashraf Ghani
    Ashraf Ghani discusses the political and economic priorities of the government of Afghanistan.
    - 9 days ago, 20 Mar 15, 2:26pm -
  • A Bank Too Far?
    The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank seeks to address a critical infrastructure gap in the region, but it is also a challenge to the existing global economic order, says CFR's Robert Kahn.
    - 12 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 3:39pm -
  • Remarks by Japanese Prime Minister Abe at UN University: "What the United Nations means for Japan"
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at UN University on March 16, 2015. He discussed how Japan has worked with the UN on issues such as post-war reconstruction regarding Korean-Japanese relations and Japan's financial contributions to the UN for…
    - 12 days ago, 16 Mar 15, 8:25pm -
  • How Japan Views China's Rise
    CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith joins CFR President Richard N. Haass to introduce her new book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.
    - 16 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 10:00pm -
  • China's Rise Affects Japanese Domestic Politics, Sheila Smith Writes in New Book
    No country feels China’s rise more deeply than Japan. In her new book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it navigates i…
    - 17 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 12:30pm -

MSNBC - Asia Pacific

  • Chinese ex-cops detained while fighting corruption
    The call came late on Monday night. "More than 70 police raided our (guest house)," said former policeman He Zuhua. "Police are everywhere.
    - 4 Mar 13, 6:01pm -
  • Video: Rodman: Kim Jong Un is ‘my friend’
    After being filmed spending time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, basketball legend Dennis Rodman said that while he doesn’t “condone what he does,” the dictator is “a good guy” and a friend. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. (TODAY)…
    - 4 Mar 13, 1:25pm -
  • Sanctions call over Thai elephant ivory trade
    Environmental groups plan to table a motion at a conference on endangered species in Bangkok next month calling for sanctions against hosts Thailand over the trade in elephant ivory.
    - 2 Mar 13, 9:02am -
  • Rodman: N. Korea dictator an 'awesome guy'
    The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for "wining and dining" visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
    - 1 Mar 13, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
    A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:04pm -
  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
    A Japanese court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors to up to 10 years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa last year.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:24pm -
  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
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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

  • Eiffel Tower set to plunge into darkness as Earth Hour kicks off
    Hong Kong's iconic skyline dimmed and the sails on Sydney's Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks across Asia were switched off for the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour.
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:26pm -
  • Iran and powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal
    Iran and major powers are close to agreeing a two- or three-page accord with specific numbers as the basis of a resolution of a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, officials have told Reuters.
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 2:38pm -
  • Crunch time for Iran nuclear talks as France’s Fabius flies in
    Tense negotiations on reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme entered a crucial phase on Saturday as France's top diplomat flew in to join talks in Lausanne.
    - 19 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 10:34am -
  • Why old ally Pakistan is wary of joining Saudi offensive in Yemen
    When Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Houthi forces in Yemen on Friday, the second day of the campaign led by mostly Gulf Arab nations, Pakistan pledged to defend Saudi Arabia against any threat to its territorial integrity.
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:47pm -
  • Iran appeals to world leaders as nuclear deadline nears
    Iranian President Hassan Rohani appealed to world leaders including US President Barack Obama on Thursday as part of an intense diplomatic push to ensure that a deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme can be reached ahead of a deadline next week.
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 9:42am -
  • Gunmen kill bus passengers in Afghanistan
    Gunmen killed 13 passengers travelling on a bus in Afghanistan on Tuesday, underlining the country's fragile security situation as President Ashraf Ghani holds talks with the United States in Washington.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 8:24am -
  • Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91
    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on Monday aged 91.
    - 6 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 11:13pm -
  • Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition
    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday, in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability.
    - 6 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 7:01pm -
  • Kerry says progress made in nuclear talks, time to make tough decisions
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday talks with Iran had made genuine progress and the time had come to make hard decisions in reaching a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme.
    - 8 days ago, 21 Mar 15, 2:16pm -
  • Former PM Yingluck to face trial over Thai rice scheme
    Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to face trial for criminal negligence over a failed rice subsidy scheme in place while she was in power. Yingluck was ousted by the military in May last year.
    - 10 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 10:56am -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

  • Suicide bombing kills 7 in Kabul
    KABUL —A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 36 during rush hour in the Afghan capital Wednesday, striking near the presidential palace and the Finance Ministry, officials said.The blast was the second attack in a week in Kabul, suggesti…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 6:55pm -
  • How a slain Afghan woman became an unlikely champion for women’s rights
    KABUL — In life, Farkhunda would have been an unlikely role model for empowering Afghanistan’s women.Every day, she wore the head-to-toe black garment favored by conservative Muslim women. She studied at an Islamic religious school. She believed,…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 11:32pm -
  • India moves to improve ‘shameful’ record on orphan adoptions
    NEW DELHI — When Shreya Roy applied to adopt an orphan in New Delhi in 2012, she was told that the wait could be at least three years — if she was lucky.“We called about 25 children’s adoption homes in the city. They kept saying, ‘There are…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 7:30am -
  • Afghan protesters demand justice for woman killed by mob
    KABUL — Hundreds of protesters in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday demanded justice in the mob killing of an Afghan woman falsely accused of burning a Koran, as senior officials announced arrests in an incident that has sparked outrage across the…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 3:24pm -
  • In China and West, contrasting views on legacy of Singapore’s patriarch
    BEIJING — Tributes poured in Monday for the late founder of modern Singapore and the enormous influence he had on Asia and the world. But the debate over Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy, and the lessons from his paternalistic model of governance, also cont…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 1:31pm -
  • Singapore in uncharted territory as longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew dies
    Singapore’s founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, died early Monday, leaving the wealthy and orderly city-state in uncharted territory as a small but growing percentage of the country questions the one-party monolith that Lee helped forge.Read ful…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 12:07am -
  • Lee Kuan Yew, who led Singapore into prosperity over 30-year rule, dies at 91
    Lee Kuan Yew, whose efficient but often heavy-handed leadership helped transform Singapore from a chaotic British colonial backwater into one of the world’s most prosperous and orderly states, died March 23 in a Singapore hospital. He was 91.Read f…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 8:48pm -
  • Afghanistan president faces a delicate task on first official Washington visit
    KABUL – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani faces a delicate task Sunday when he arrives in Washington on his first official visit since taking office. Convincing U.S. lawmakers that Afghanistan is on the right track but still requires monetary aid and m…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Mar 15, 9:17pm -
  • In Japan, Michelle Obama decries ‘injustice’ of barriers to girls’ schooling
    TOKYO — First lady Michelle Obama, saying it’s an “injustice” that 62 million girls globally are not in school, joined forces with her Japanese counterpart, Akie Abe, on Thursday to announce that they would together promote education for girl…
    - 10 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 9:33am -
  • Singapore tries to imagine a future without its founder, Lee Kuan Yew
    SINGAPORE —When his ruling party won all but two of the 84 seats up for grabs in parliamentary elections nine years ago, Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, declared: “Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 3:17pm -

The Economist - Asia

  • After the patriarch
    The mourners keep comingLEE KUAN YEW died on March 23rd after spending 47 days in intensive care. His son and prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, told the country that Singapore will not see a man like him again. Its first prime minister had “fou…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:47pm -
  • Love bombs
    Ghani and Obama: seeing eye to eyeDURING his first visit to Washington as Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani said everything his infuriating predecessor, Hamid Karzai, did not. Where Mr Karzai could sound insultingly ungrateful, Mr Ghani he…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:47pm -
  • Treasure hunt
    IN GINZA, Tokyo’s best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from which they emerge with the extra capacity they need to cart home the cornucopia…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:47pm -
  • The pen and the sword
    TEN months after seizing power in a coup, Thailand’s junta chafes at still having to defend its record. It will soon start handing out to passers-by in busy parts of Bangkok the first of 10,000 glossy booklets recounting the junta’s glorious achi…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:47pm -
  • Wall of shame
    Leave them cheats alonePHOTOGRAPHS of parents scaling the walls of an exam hall to pass cheat sheets to students offer the latest evidence of India’s failing school system. The examinees in Bihar, a largely rural state, were in the matriculati…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:47pm -
  • What’s the big deal?
    NEGOTIATIONS on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an ambitious trade agreement linking America, Japan and ten other countries—together accounting for 40% of global GDP—have missed so many deadlines that one more may not seem to matter. Bu…
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  • The buds of March
    THE prospects for a summit between the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea had appeared bleak since an annual chin-wag, begun in 2008, was called off in 2013 over worsening territorial spats (between China and Japan, and between South Korea and J…
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  • Summer of love
    IN THE gay bars and clubs of Shinjuku, a lively part of Japan’s capital, the talk is all about what the neighbouring district of Shibuya is up to. The local mayor, Toshitake Kuwahara, is on the verge of introducing certificates which would recognis…
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  • The son also disappears
    Rahul is away, working on his beardIT IS hard to imagine what more could go wrong for Congress, which has dominated Indian politics for much of the country’s independent life. Last year’s parliamentary elections were disastrous: the party to…
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  • No enchanted evening
    TROPICAL cyclones are frequent in the south-west Pacific between November and April, with an average of ten a year. They are born near the equator and scythe southward. Rivers burst their banks and crops are destroyed, but the loss of life is us…
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CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe
    DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often…
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  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans…
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  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak
    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.
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  • Brazil joining Beijing-backed infrastructure investment bank
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says it has accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international infrastructure bank.
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  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal
    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month.
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  • Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum
    BOAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.
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  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.
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  • Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo
    Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who li…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:20pm -
  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 8:08pm -
  • Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group's offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women's rights activists whose detentions have drawn…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 8:03pm -

Popurls - Asia

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Group: Myanmar Military Aided Vast Land Grab From Ethnic Minorities
    BANGKOK, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Businesses in Myanmar have colluded with military and government officials to seize vast tracts of fa... Read more: Myanmar Land Seizures, Myanmar Land Grab, Myanmar, Myanmar News, Myanmar…
    - 14 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 3:48pm -
  • Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms
    At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein... Read more: China Health Food, China, CHina Food, China Health, China Organic, China…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 5:40pm -
  • Jung-kyu Kim: Park's Dresden Speech
    Park may have thought she was holding out an olive branch, but her counterpart in North Korea did not see it that way. Read more: North Korea, Park Geun-Hye, Geopolitics, World News
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 5:09pm -
  • Indian Women Take Down Their Country's Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap
    Two Indian women busted rhymes to make a point, and they got the world's attention.Uppekha Jain and Pankhuri Awasthi uploaded a video to YouTube o... Read more: Rape, Rape Culture, Rap, Rap Music, India, India Women's Rights, Indian Wo…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 5:04pm -
  • Jonha Revesencio: Andrew Pickup: Actively Seek Bigger Challenges for Broader Experiences
    Contrary to what most career coaches may advise, Andrew Pickup, Senior Director for Communications at Microsoft Asia, encourages us to actually change environment and seek for greater responsibilities especially during the early stages of our careers…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 1:00pm -
  • U.S. Troubled By Thai Prime Minister's Threat To Execute Reporters
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it hopes that Thailand's leader, who took power in a military coup last year, wasn't serious when he made a threat t... Read more: Ap, Thailand, Thailand Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, Media Freedom,…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 11:32am -
  • Barbara A. Finamore: China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction
    Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:07am -
  • North Korea Says Detained 2 South Korean 'Spies'
    By James Pearson and Jack Kim SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) - South Korea demanded the immediate release on Friday of two of its... Read more: Reuters, North Korea Detains Spies, North Korea, North Korea News, North Korea Spi…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 8:57am -
  • Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen: 'Green News Report' -- March 26, 2015
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Lots of good and/or hysterical news today! Climate change denier Ted C... Read more: BRAD BLOG, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Cha…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 6:52pm -
  • Aparna Pande: Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled
    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Read more: Pakistan, USA, America, India, Afghanistan,…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 6:49pm -

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

  • Banks to be investigated for militant financing: Bangladesh central bank governor
    The Bangladesh central bank governor said all commercial banks would be investigated for links to militants and warned lenders would be shut down if found to be involved in funding such organisations. A Bangladeshi vendor gives back change of Banglad…
    - 26 mins ago, 29 Mar 15, 5:38am -
  • Taipei arrests 13 protesters over China's Taiwan Strait flight route
    Taiwanese police arrested 13 people yesterday who splashed red paint on the wall of the presidential residence in the latest protest against China's planned launch of a controversial new flight route. The protesters from the small anti-China oppositi…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 1:19am -
  • Afghan Court Sentences AP Journalist's Killer to 20 Years
    Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that a police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding an AP correspondent almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison. Documents sent to the country's a…
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 9:09pm -
  • Pakistan militants deny 30 killed in renewed Khyber fighting
    Pakistan security forces killed 30 militants in gun battles in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Saturday, a senior official said, but a spokesman for the militants denied suffering any losses. Both sides have been making conflicting clai…
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 5:10pm -
  • Iran nuclear talks reach final stage in Switzerland
    Delegates from major powers and Iran on Friday continued nuclear talks into its final stretch to ink a framework agreement ahead of a March 31 deadline, Xinhuanet reported. After 90 minutes of negotiations with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on F…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 1:00pm -
  • Pakistani fears of Sunni-Shiite violence spark opposition to helping Saudis
    Opposition party leaders and influential commentators reacted with deep suspicion to the government's announcement Thursday that it was considering a Saudi request to support the campaign. Under sharp questioning Friday in Parliament, Pakistan's defe…
    - 21 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 8:55am -
  • Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped
    But when the nurse was reunited with them on Friday at Shriners Hospital For Children, she found two cheerful 8-year-olds who had learned to speak English and to walk and even paint with artificial limbs. In 2013, Abdul Wahid was working with his fam…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Mar 15, 4:35am -
  • Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights
    Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. The ICAO's designation of Thai…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:21pm -
  • Success threatens Shanghai's street food scene
    To visitors, the draw of Shanghai might be the gleaming skyline, but to born-and-bred locals the charm of the city is street food. The egg pancake rolling fresh off the pan at wet markets, the steaming baskets of soup dumplings served at local cantee…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 6:12pm -
  • Police say 10 people killed, dozens injured in a stampede at Hindu festival in Bangladesh
    At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Friday in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Bangladesh, police said. Local police chief Nazrul Islam said the accident took place in Langalbandh, a Hindu pilgrimage spot on the ban…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 9:46am -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • 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)…
    - 43 days ago, 14 Feb 15, 6:45am -
  • Let the wild rumpus start
    "In some zoos in Japan and China, staff members perform regular security drills to practice their response to a large animal escape by using costumed zookeepers as the fugitive animals. Individuals in furry costumes or pairs in full-size mockups of l…
    - 45 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:57pm -
  • Gay marriage comes to Asia?
    Shibuya, Tokyo to begin issuing certification to same-sex couples of "relationship equivalent to marriage."
    - 45 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 4:45am -
  • The Myth of China's Super Schools
    The Myth of China's Super Schools China had all the elements necessary for an industrial revolution at least four hundred years before Great Britain, but keju diverted scholars, geniuses, and thinkers away from the study or exploration of modern scie…
    - 3 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • Time erases everything
    It’s a Secret: My Time with Charles Sobhraj, the Bikini Killer by the grate Gary Indiana.
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • Refining the Western counter terrorism strategy
    Author: Amin Saikal, ANU The US-led international coalition may well be able to roll back the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, but this will not be the end of the story. As long as the conditions and causes that have given rise to IS persists in…
    - 19 hours ago, 28 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • Why Indonesia should take a leading role in ASEAN
    Author: Pattharapong Rattanasevee, Burapha University ASEAN would benefit from stronger leadership. But Indonesia, the country best placed to take up that role, appears unwilling. Indonesia could be the leader that ASEAN needs, but it intentionally r…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Mar 15, 11:00pm -
  • Fiji’s ‘coup babies’ just starting to log on to democracy
    Author: Jope Tarai, USP The ‘coup babies’ are the generation that were born around the years before and shortly after Fiji’s first coup of 1987. The majority of this generation voted for the first time in Fiji’s 2014 elections, after living t…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • China needs to get the integration ball moving
    Author: Jan Fidrmuc, Brunel University Despite China’s history of experimenting with new policies and the economic liberalisation since the late 1980s, China is still only a partially integrated economy. This has caused regional divergence and ineq…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 11:00pm -
  • How Lee Kuan Yew shaped Singapore’s identity
    Author: Terence Chong, ISEAS The passing of Lee Kuan Yew, the most important personality in Singapore’s postcolonial history, will have little to no ramifications on the city-state. Lee had gradually receded from national politics over the last dec…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • Time to sow the seeds of land reform in Cambodia
    Author: Alice Beban France, Cornell University While the majority of Cambodians live off the land, access is precarious. Recently the Cambodian government has been making some encouraging reforms, but troubling signs remain. Rapid, unregulated develo…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 11:00pm -
  • How contact and English proficiency can help Japan’s immigration policy
    Authors: David Green and Yoshihiko Kadoya, Nagoya University With the foreign population in Japan expected to grow in the future, policymakers have an interest in promoting a more positive view of immigration. Current public opinion toward immigratio…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • Using connections brings instant gain but long-term pain for China’s stocks
    Authors: Li Guoping and Zhou Hong, CUFE Political connections are invaluable to industries or individual enterprises in China. But while they may bring regulatory benefits to private-owned enterprises during the state-controlled process of going publ…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 11:00pm -
  • Overcoming gender discrimination in India
    Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi It is a bitter irony that International Women’s Day came right on the heels of the controversy about the government ban on a BBC documentary about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young Indian…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • Competition the true marker of Xi Jinping’s economic reforms
    Author: James Laurenceson, UTS The usual assessment of Xi Jinping’s performance as China’s leader goes like this: since taking the reins at the end of 2012 he’s over-delivered on anticorruption and underwhelmed on economic reform. The headlines…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 11:00pm -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • South Asia’s Water Crisis: A Problem of Scarcity Amid Abundance
    By Mandakini Devasher SurieThe latest United Nations World Water Development Report, released just ahead of World Water Day on March 22, warns that, by 2030, only 60 percent of the world's demand for water will be met by existing resources at the cur…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 12:11am -
  • Lee Kuan Yew’s Role in Singapore-U.S. Relations
    By Ong Keng YongMr. Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, 2015, aged 91, has been the most instrumental factor in the development of Singapore's relations with the United States. In fact, bilateral ties were initially very much centered on the friendsh…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 12:08am -
  • Remembering Lee Kuan Yew: A Passing of an Era for Singapore
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  • Asia’s Maturing Democracies Wrestle with Election Realities
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  • World Leaders Issue Political Declaration on Gender Equality by 2030: Asia Foundation Experts Weigh In
    At the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters on March 9, world leaders issued a political declaration calling for gender equality by 2030. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with Barbara Rodriguez, The Asia Foundatio…
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  • Energy Crisis in the Philippines: An Electricity or Presidential Power Shortage?
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  • A Conversation with Korea Journalist and Nieman Fellow Seung Ryun Kim
    Veteran Korean journalist Seung Ryun Kim, assistant editor at Channel A's political desk, prime-time host, and 2014-15 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, recently visited Asia Foundation headquarters in San Francisco. Kim is the 27th Asian journali…
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  • Report Reveals Barriers to Access to Information on Transboundary Rivers in South Asia
    By 2050, South Asia's population is expected to hit 2.2 billion, and as urban populations grow, estimates predict that all major population centers in the region will experience extreme seasonal or perennial water shortages. While the region supports…
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  • World Water Day 2015: Links We Like
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  • Registration Symbolizes First Step in Integrating MILF in Philippines Electoral Process
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  • More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank

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  • Japan is set to extend sanctions on North Korea-Nikkei
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  • Rift deepens in Aam Aadmi Party that challenged Modi
    Two founding members of anti-establishment Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were ousted from its top decision-making panel on Saturday, deepening the rift in the party that is seen as a potential challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The AAP, or Common Ma…
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  • Philippine President Benigno Aquino signs Mr Lee's condolence book at embassy in Manila
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  • Bringing fun to Bruneian pupils the McDonald's way
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  • LG complex inauguration attended by Vietnam President
    HAI PHONG - President Truong Tan Sang made a working visit to Hai Phong yesterday and attended the inauguration of an LG technology complex built at Trang Due Industrial Park.The complex, part of LG's US$1.5 billion (S$2 billion) project and its lar…
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  • Vietnamese Hai Duong lychees win US order
    HAI DUONG - Farmers in Hai Duong Province's Thanh Thuy Commune are preparing to export their first lychee crop to the US.One of the busy lychee farmers, Nguyen Thi Lua, was among 87 households in the commune chosen for a lychee-export programme, und…
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  • China to regulate square-dancing
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  • Intense bombing shakes Yemen capital: Residents
    SANAA - Heavy bombing shook Yemen's capital for a third night, residents said Saturday, as Saudi-led warplanes struck Iranian-backed rebels to try to prevent the fall of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi."It was an intense night of bombing and the wi…
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  • Investigators reveal new details on life of co-pilot behind Germanwings crash
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR ANCHOR: While definitive answers remain elusive, new information emerged today about the young co-pilot who authorities believe deliberately flew a Germanwings Airbus into the side of a…
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  • Cities around the world hit the lights for Earth Hour 2015
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  • Iran nuclear talks expand as deadline for deal approaches
    US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (R) talk before a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 28, 2015 in Lausanne. Talks have expanded as deadline for a nuclear deal looms. Photo by Brendan Smialowsk…
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  • US rescues Saudi pilots from waters near Yemen
    A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter launches from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde during preparations for a field exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, October 24, 2011. US forces rescued two Saudi pilots from waters south of Yemen. Photo…
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  • News Wrap: Germanwings co-pilot was hiding illness, say prosecutors
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  • Why Assad sees an opening for dialogue with the U.S.
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  • Nigeria wages offensive against Boko Haram ahead of election
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSPhotos: Nigerians worried about safety, vote-rigging in upcoming elections As military advances in Nigeria, Boko Haram ramps up bombings Former captive brings news about school girls held by Boko Haram J…
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  • Will Nigeria have its first-ever democratic transition of power since independence?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSAl Jazeera demands Nigeria release two detained journalists ahead of election Photos: Nigerians worried about safety, vote-rigging in upcoming elections As military advances in Nigeria, Boko Haram ramps u…
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  • Unicef warns of a looming humanitarian crisis in Yemen
    People gather at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahAs Saudi airstrikes against Houthi rebels enter their second day, Unicef has cautioned that a humanitarian crisis in…
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  • Photos: Algae-growing nuns in Central African Republic fight malnutrition with ingenuity
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