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  • Pakistan divided over condom ads
    A ban on condom advertising by Pakistani authorities -- who have since backtracked on the restriction -- has sparked debate and divided the socially liberal and conservative sides of the country.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:54pm -
  • Teen delivers 15-pound baby in India
    A woman in India has given birth to a 15-pound baby girl, which doctors believe is the country's heaviest newborn.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:53pm -
  • Japan's oldest elephant dies
    Hanako, an aged Japanese elephant whose living conditions sparked protests earlier this year has died, zoo officials said. Sponsored: Drivers Feel Stupid For Not Knowing This New Rule Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:53pm -
  • Firm apologizes after 'racist' ad
    A Chinese firm is apologizing after its seemingly racist ad went viral.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:53pm -
  • Waves could engulf ancient statues
    Higher waves caused by a warming planet are chipping away at platforms that have supported some of the famous statues on Easter Island for more than 500 years, according to a United Nations report on cultural heritage sites and climate change. Sponso…
    - 10 hours ago, 29 May 16, 7:44am -
  • Islamic council in Pakistan: How men can discipline their wives

    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 4:00pm -
  • Kim Jong Un's aunt secretly lives in U.S.
    The Washington Post reports that Kim Jing Un's aunt and uncle have been secretly living in the U.S. for the past 20 years. CNN's Brian Todd reports on new insights on the North Korean leader.
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 3:54pm -
  • Why did the U.S. bomb Hiroshima?
    President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, the first city ever to be devastated by a nuclear weapon. Here's why the President's visit to the Peace Memorial Park is such a historic event. Popu…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 3:54pm -
  • Obama calls for world without nukes

    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 3:53pm -
  • Everest deaths: 5th body located
    The body of one of two Indian nationals who went missing on Mount Everest last week has been located, the managing director of Trekking Camp Nepal said Friday.
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 3:59pm -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

  • Disney seamlessly blends high-tech special effects into 'Frozen' musical
    Like a sprinkling of Disney’s trademark magic, the hidden-in-plain-sight high-tech special effects in the new “Frozen” musical at Disney California Adventure weave seamlessly and effortlessly into the production at the Hyperion Theater. Disney…
    - 364 days ago, 28 May 17, 5:15pm -
  • Nailbiter at Libertarian convention in Orlando
    As primary nears, Sanders sees California as the 'big enchilada" May 29, 2016, 9:07 a.m. Bernie Sanders continues to traverse California ahead of June 7 primary. Sanders pledges to defeat Trump , but warns Clinton on VP choice Former California Gov.…
    - 24 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:52pm -
  • The logistical and cultural challenges of creating the Manana Cuba festival
    It’s hard to overstate the amount of work and ingenuity that went into producing Manana Cuba, the country’s first international electronic music festival. The Times’ Sunday Calendar piece on the event mainly focused on the cultural significanc…
    - 38 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:38pm -
  • Live coverage and updates: 100th Indianapolis 500
    The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is underway. The 33-car field started the race cleanly and Ryan Hunter-Reay, a former winner, quickly took the lead. Pole-sitter James Hinchcliffe was second, followed by Townsend Bell. :: A crowd expected to…
    - 40 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:36pm -
  • Mystery of missing Pearl Pinson deepens as police call off search in remote area
    The mystery over the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old Bay Area girl deepened after authorities called off an extensive search along the Russian River in Sonoma County. Pearl Pinson was abducted on Wednesday in Vallejo while walking to a school…
    - 42 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:34pm -
  • Boys' basketball: Alemany is site for three-day tournament
    Alemany High will be the site for a three-day basketball tournament starting Friday, June 10. Among the teams entered at Loyola, Redondo, Heritage Christian, El Camino Real, West Ranch and Pasadena. Here's the link to complete parings. For the latest…
    - 44 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:32pm -
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger not ready to endorse Trump, warns of extremes
    As primary nears, Sanders sees California as the 'big enchilada" May 29, 2016, 9:07 a.m. Bernie Sanders continues to traverse California ahead of June 7 primary. Sanders pledges to defeat Trump , but warns Clinton on VP choice Former California Gov.…
    - 55 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:21pm -
  • Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido kidnapped in northern Mexico
    A state official says that Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.  Pulido is a forward for the Greek team Olympiacos and has made several appearances for Mexico's national team, though he wasn'…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 4:15pm -
  • As primary nears, Sanders sees California as the 'big enchilada"
    As primary nears, Sanders sees California as the 'big enchilada" May 29, 2016, 9:07 a.m. Bernie Sanders continues to traverse California ahead of June 7 primary. Sanders pledges to defeat Trump , but warns Clinton on VP choice Former California Gov.…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 4:07pm -
  • A question of timing: A lawsuit claims Gilead Sciences could have developed a less-harmful version of its HIV treatment sooner
    More than a decade ago, researchers at Gilead Sciences thought they had a breakthrough: a new version of the company’s key HIV medicine that was less toxic to kidneys and bones. Clinical trials of the new compound on HIV-positive patients in Los An…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 3:33pm -

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • French Open 2016: Murray v Isner, and more – day eight, live!
    Live updates from Roland Garros as Andy Murray takes on John IsnerEmail les.roopanarine@theguardian.comDelgado open to coaching Andy Murray on full-time basis 5.45pm BST Third set: Isner 6-7 (9-11), 4-6, 1-2 Murray*A big thank you to Justin Horton, w…
    - 31 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:45pm -
  • England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day three – live!
    Over-by-over updates from the action in DurhamEmail | Tweet @Vitu_E Day two report: Moeen and Woakes give England total controlCounty cricket: Yorkshire v Lancashire, and more – live! 5.44pm BST 71st ove…
    - 32 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:44pm -
  • Device used in Nazi coding machine found for sale on eBay
    Rare Lorenz teleprinter, part of Hitler’s encryption equipment, snapped up by National Museum of ComputingFor codebreakers with the allied forces, it was more important a discovery than the Enigma machine, offering encryption for the Nazi command t…
    - 38 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:38pm -
  • London show reflects global boom in Islamic fashion
    Saverah Expo aimed at ‘empowering Muslim women. We have a voice and a lifestyle, we start businesses, we don’t fit the stereotype’Within minutes of the end of Sanzaa’s catwalk show, there was a swarm of women flicking through rails of clothin…
    - 44 mins ago, 29 May 16, 4:32pm -
  • How Nottinghamshire hamlet wages quiet battle against fracking
    After North Yorkshire allows test drilling, villagers in Misson are determined to stop the same happening in former bomb pilot testing ground When councillors in North Yorkshire ignored widespread public opposition and granted planning permission for…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 4:13pm -
  • Barnsley promoted to Championship with play-off final win over Millwall
    This has been a year for footballing miracles – and Barnsley have pulled off their own take on the concept by beating Millwall 3-1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley. The Tykes were bottom of the table in November but an extraordinary turn…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 4:09pm -
  • Should I sleep-train my child?
    New research suggests letting infants cry for short periods until they settle can help both parent and child sleep better. But is it emotionally harmful?I am confident that one day our six-year-old will sleep through the night. It may not be this wee…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 4:00pm -
  • England hopefuls give Eddie Jones much to ponder in defeat of Wales
    • England 27-13 WalesEngland maintained their 100% record under the stewardship of Eddie Jones with a convincing 27-13 victory in a fast, open encounter at Twickenham. The Six Nations grand slam champions scored five tries to boost squad morale ahe…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 3:52pm -
  • Kurdish forces in big push against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
    Peshmerga fighters tighten noose around Mosul as Iraqi forces target Falluja and Syrians advance north of Raqqa strongholdKurdish peshmerga forces backed by the US-led coalition have launched attacks on Islamic State east of Mosul as the campaign to…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 May 16, 3:46pm -
  • County cricket: Yorkshire v Lancashire, and more – live!
    Live updates from Headingley, plus action from around the groundsEmail | Tweet @JamieBowman77England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day three – live! 4.38pm BST Lancashire are fighting back hard here after tea with two wickets fall…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 3:38pm -

VOA News - Asia

  • 700 Migrants Feared Drowned Trying to Cross Mediterranean
    More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned this week in three separate ship wrecks in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach Europe in smuggling boats, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 3:45pm -
  • Concerns Over Civilian Suffering as Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah
    Thousands of residents are trapped inside the IS-held city ahead of a full scale Iraqi offensive aimed at retaking it.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 3:11pm -
  • Concerns Over Civilian Suffering as Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah
    Iraqi security forces have surrounded Fallujah on four sides ahead of a full scale offense, but there are growing concerns over the plight of civilians trapped inside the Islamic State held city."They (IS) have put bombs in the roads, they are usin…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:59pm -
  • German, French Leaders Mark 100 Years Since Battle of Verdun
    In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their cou…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:11pm -
  • US Military's Fallen Honored With Flags
    Memorial Day is a long weekend for most Americans. For some, it is the unofficial start of summer -- local swimming pools open and outdoor grilling season begins. But Memorial Day remains true to its origins -- a day to remember the U.S. military's…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 May 16, 1:52pm -
  • Slain Pakistani Driver's Family Initiates Legal Action Against US Officials
    Relatives of a Pakistani taxi driver, who was killed in last week’s U.S. drone strike targeting the leader of the Afghan Taliban, have formally lodged a police complaint against unnamed U.S. officials.The deceased driver, Mohammad Azam, was trans…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 May 16, 1:47pm -
  • Nepal Honors 9 Sherpas Who Paved Way for Everest Climbers
    Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters.  Prime Minister K…
    - 4 hours ago, 29 May 16, 1:30pm -
  • W. Africa Better Prepared to Contain Future Ebola Outbreaks
    The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa says West Africa is better prepared to tackle future outbreaks of Ebola. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Matshidiso Moeti says Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are now able to respond…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 May 16, 12:10pm -
  • Hajj in Jeopardy for Iranians
    Iran's state media said Sunday that Iranians will not be able to make their Hajj pilgrimage this year because Iran cannot reach an agreement with Saudi Arabia.According to IRNA, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati said the decision…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 May 16, 12:02pm -
  • The Struggle With Painkillers: Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction
    The "wonder drug" pain medications of the mid-1990s have turned out to be a major problem – and a big disappointment.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said not only do they run a high risk of addicting the user, but they can act…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 May 16, 12:00pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

  • Why I Miss The Pools (And Pool Rules) Of America
    If the rules at your neighborhood pool seem a bit strict, come take a dip with me in an Indian pool. It's a free-for-all.
    - 6 hours ago, 29 May 16, 11:00am -
  • Arms Embargo Lift Also Means More Regular U.S. Military Visits To Vietnam
    In response to China's moves in the South China Sea, the U.S. has tightened security ties and boosted its military presence in the region. Now Vietnam can host regular visits by U.S. military units.
    - 22 hours ago, 28 May 16, 6:53pm -
  • Obama Makes Historic Visit To Hiroshima
    President Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city since American warplanes bombed it in WWII. The president did not apologize, but some Japanese still found solace in his remarks.
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 12:03pm -
  • After Hiroshima Bombing, Survivors Sorted Through The Horror
    NPR's Scott Simon remembers the work of John Hersey, who visited with people who lived through the bombing of Hiroshima. His reporting filled an entire issue of the New Yorker magazine in 1946.
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 11:28am -
  • Americans React To Obama's Speech In Hiroshima, Japan
    In a speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan on Friday, President Obama said the world had "a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history," and pursue a world without nuclear weapons. Across the U.S., Americans reacted to t…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 8:31pm -
  • Thai Military Leadership Moves To Guarantee Permanent Political Role
    Once upon a time, democracy in Thailand was the envy of its Southeast Asian neighbors. But since a coup in 2014, critics say the regime is digging in with a new constitution that will guarantee the military a permanent role in Thai politics.
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 8:31pm -
  • Obama Advances Vision Of Nuclear-Free Future At Hiroshima Peace Memorial
    NPR looks at the significance of President Obama's visit to Hiroshima at the conclusion of his last trip to Japan as president. It was the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since an American warplane bombed the city during World War II.
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 8:31pm -
  • North Korea Linked To Cyber Attacks On Asian Banks
    Cybersecurity researchers are linking a recent spate of attacks against Asian banks to North Korea. The digital security firm Symantec says the recent breaches in Asia have identical lines of malicious software deployed in the high profile attack aga…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 8:31pm -
  • A Survivor's Tale: How Hiroshima Shaped A Japanese-American Family
    Kikue Takagi narrowly survived the atomic bomb that killed her classmates. Soon after she moved to California, where she worked for many years at Disneyland. Now in her 80s, she's back in Hiroshima.
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 11:05am -
  • Obama Visits Hiroshima, Which Symbolizes Atomic Age Horrors
    Morning Edition talks to NPR's Scott Horsley and Elise Hu, Sheila Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rep. Mark Takano of California and Kikue Takagi who survived the attack on Hiroshima.
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 9:25am -

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • India’s Modi Plans Reshuffle
    An urgently needed cabinet reshuffle is being planned by Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party henchman, Amit Shah, as the Indian prime minister enters the third year of his time in office. He has not achieved nearly as much as he should have…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 2:35pm -
  • ‘Talibanization’ for Malaysia?
    After being dormant for more than a year, the issue of hudud – harsh seventh-century Islamic law prescribing the amputation of limbs for theft and stoning of adulterers – has suddenly come alive in Malaysia again. The government appears to be ful…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 10:14am -
  • Something Fishy with Thailand’s Fishing Industry
    Thailand’s military rulers are making another effort to sidetrack European Union threats to hand out a “red card” to the Thai fishing industry for illegal fishing – and the trafficking and labor abuse which are also widespread. In a curious r…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 11:01am -
  • Bonn Climate Negotiations
    The past few days of United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, have been the focus of heated discussions over whether or not private companies should be allowed to participate as observers in the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 i…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 10:39am -
  • 1MBD Starts to Come Apart
    The decision on May 24 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to force the closure of BSI Bank Ltd – the first merchant bank to be closed in Singapore in 32 years – means that after months of last-ditch defense in Malaysia, the scandal over the s…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 12:43pm -
  • Dodgy Donors Dog India’s Litfest Circuit
    When the organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival arrived at London’s Festival Hall on the banks of the Thames for a day of bookish discussions and debates on May 21, they were worried about how far protesters opposed to Vedanta Resources, thei…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 12:35pm -
  • Waiting for Obama
    I've been a freelance writer and journalist living in Ho Chi Minh City for six years, totally without license or permission. Prior to the visit this week of President Barack Obama, the folks at the US Consulate urged me to notify the Ministry of Fore…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 12:16pm -
  • Japan Enters South China Sea Dispute
    In the coming months, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague is set to issue its judgment on the case brought by the Philippines that challenges China’s claims in the South China Sea. Beijing appears to be anticipating an unfavorable rulin…
    - 5 days ago, 24 May 16, 12:12pm -
  • Indonesia Opens the Door – a Bit – to More Foreign Investment
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo has fulfilled a long-awaited promise, delivering a revised list of businesses and sectors formerly closed or limited in terms of foreign investment. The list largely follows a February policy package that described se…
    - 5 days ago, 24 May 16, 11:51am -
  • 4 true stories about taking risks
    I NEVER USED TO be a risk-taker but then I had children who would play in the dirt and say things like: “Daddy, close your eyes and open your mouth.” Parents soon learn what true courage is. I’ve been thinking about brave decisions after readi…
    - 6 days ago, 24 May 16, 2:16am -

Asian Correspondent

Flickr - Asia Geofeed

Iconic Landscape
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Osaka: Shinsekai
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Sushi in Osaka
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Nanakoshima Park
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Osaka Castle
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Osaka: Shinsekai
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Osaka Central Fish Market
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • 31 October 2015
    The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, China Daily qu…
    - 31 Oct 15, 6:48am -
  • Nepal to India: Fulfil supply commitment
    Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently made two separate communications to the Indian government to fulfil its commitment made at the political level to ease and increase the supplies of fuel and other essential commodities to Nepal
    - 31 Oct 15, 6:02am -
  • 10kg cocaine seized on Indo-Bangla border
    In the biggest ever seizure of drugs in terms of monetary value along the India-Bangladesh border, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday seized 10 kg cocaine worth 400 million Indian rupees (US$6
    - 31 Oct 15, 5:31am -
  • Taiwan to pursue MH-60R Seahawk sale from the US
    Taiwan's military yesterday confirmed that it is seeking to buy 10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter from the US to replace its existing aging chopper fleet
    - 31 Oct 15, 5:31am -
  • Japan's MSDF, US Navy in joint S. China Sea drill
    Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force is holding a joint drill with the US Navy in the South China Sea, it has been learned
    - 31 Oct 15, 5:15am -
  • China, Japan and S. Korea summit to improve trust, relations
    The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, experts said
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:45am -
  • Couples must wait for law to catch up with China's ‘second-child’ policy
    The launch of the new policy needs to be in accordance with regional population and family planning laws, and the birth of a second child before such regulations are passed into law will be deemed illegal
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:45am -
  • Breakthroughs possible under Asean agreement
    In early September, when the forest fires began to show signs of rage, the newly appointed head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Willem Rampangilei, promised that the fires would be brought under control within 14 days from Septembe…
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:14am -
  • Beijing dismisses South China Sea ruling
    China's foreign ministry on Friday, October 30, dismissed a ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea issue, saying it is null and void
    - 31 Oct 15, 4:14am -
  • Time to up the ante in the battle against stroke
    By the time you finish reading this editorial, another Thai citizen likely will have died of a stroke
    - 31 Oct 15, 3:43am -

The Economist - Banyan Blog

  • Farewell to Banyan, the blog
    IT IS with heavy trunk and trailing roots that Banyan, this blog, folds up its branches—and leaves. Many of us have grown attached to it over the past four years, in which time it has shot off nearly 1,200 posts. 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…
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  • 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

  • Unleashing Myanmar’s agricultural potential
    Myanmar’s unusually fertile soils and abundant water source are legendary in Southeast Asia. It is even said that Myanmar has the most favorable agricultural conditions in all of Asia. Almost anything can be grown in the country, from fruits to v…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 5:36am -
  • Hear our voice: Young people in the Philippines want more from their leaders
    Scroll through social media in the Philippines, and you’ll get the feel of how young people have transformed digital spaces into a microcosm of what the Philippines should or should not be. If only their ideas and fervor in cyberspace could be tran…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 6:33am -
  • Ungkapkan suaramu Indonesia! Mengusung akuntabilitas sosial layanan kesehatan
     Untuk mengetahui bagaimana akuntabilitias sosial bisa memperbaiki kualitas layanan kesehatan di Indonesia, silakan kunjungi kawasan perbatasaan di provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).Kejadian ini berlangsung di suatu siang yang panas pada…
    - 10 days ago, 19 May 16, 5:45pm -
  • Speak up and be heard, Indonesia! Championing social accountability in healthcare services
    To get a full picture of how social accountability can improve the quality of health services in Indonesia, one only has to travel to the border areas in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province.  On a scorching afternoon in August 2015 in Bijaepas…
    - 11 days ago, 18 May 16, 7:22pm -
  • Immigrant labor: Can it help Malaysia’s economic development?
    Malaysia has been able to reach remarkable achievements over the past decades, including extreme poverty eradication and promotion of inclusive growth. It aims to reach a high-income nation status by 2020, which goes beyond merely reaching a per ca…
    - 13 days ago, 16 May 16, 6:50am -
  • Ending a 20-year water crisis in a remote village in Solomon Islands
    Surrounded by water, Nanngu’s taps have been without drinking water for the past 20 years.With the throttle at full tilt, the boat cut through the surf, spraying salt water into the air. Around me, the unfolding scenery is breathtaking. White sa…
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 4:06am -
  • Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini di pedesaan, kunci untuk menghidupkan potensi Indonesia
    “Lima tahun pertama akan sangat menentukan (perkembangan) 80 tahun ke depan,” filantropis dan jutawan Bill Gates, pernah berkata, terkait pentingnya pendidikan anak usia dini (PAUD).Pendidikan anak usia dini kerap disebut dalam Strategi Pendid…
    - 19 days ago, 10 May 16, 7:03am -
  • Early childhood education in rural areas: a key to unleash Indonesia’s potential
    “The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out,” billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates once said, summing up the importance of early childhood education.Early education is featured prominently in the World Bank’s Educ…
    - 20 days ago, 10 May 16, 4:48am -
  • Growing together: Reducing rural poverty in Myanmar
    The changes underway in Myanmar can be felt almost everywhere: in Nay Pyi Taw, portraits of Bogyoke Aung San grace the walls of parliament; in Yangon, traffic is choking roads while construction cranes dominate the skyline; and across the country, p…
    - 20 days ago, 9 May 16, 6:48am -
  • Asia can help lead the way to change the course of climate change
    China has the world’s largest wind and solar capacity, contributing to more than half of global energy savings since the 1990s.Last month in New York, 175 countries signed the historic Paris agreement on climate change, with commitments to…
    - 26 days ago, 3 May 16, 7:23pm -

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

  • Looking Back to Look Ahead: The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Today’s Asia
    CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith refutes the idea that the U.S.-Japan alliance appears to be a Cold War artifact. Rather, the U.S. and Japan have adjusted to the complex geopolitical currents, and President Obama’s landmark visit to Hiroshima has mor…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 4:46pm -
  • U.S. Relations With India
    In testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 24, 2016, Alyssa Ayres discussed areas of progress and the importance of managing expectations in U.S.-India relations. Drawing on recommendations made by the 2015 CFR Independent T…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 8:30pm -
  • New Geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan
    South Asia is in the midst of a geopolitical transformation wrought by several simultaneous developments: China’s rise, India’s rise, and attempts by the United States to recalibrate its own strategy to address new power dynamics across the arc o…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 7:46pm -
  • Why Donald Trump's Plan for Japan Would Be a Nightmare for Asia
    Republican Party’s Presumptive Nominee for President Donald Trump stated that he would consider ending the U.S. commitment to Japan’s defense and encouraging it to develop its own nuclear arsenal. Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies,…
    - 5 days ago, 24 May 16, 3:47pm -
  • For Japan, a G7 to Remember
    Japan hosts the G7 summit at a time of rising strategic tensions in Asia and worrisome global economic trends, but for many the gathering will be sidelined by a U.S. presidential visit to Hiroshima, writes CFR's Sheila Smith.
    - 9 days ago, 20 May 16, 3:18pm -
  • U.S.-Japan-Relations: 2016 Opens with a Bang
    Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies, analyzes how the United States and Japan together dealt with North Korean fourth nuclear test, China’s increasing military activities in the South China Sea, the long-standing base relocation issue…
    - 11 days ago, 18 May 16, 6:54pm -
  • Japan’s Important Sideshow to Arbitration Decision in the South China Sea
    While tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea and the disputing governments nervously await a decision in the Philippines’ arbitration case against China, an important sideshow has arisen between Japan and Taiwan in the central Philippine…
    - 13 days ago, 16 May 16, 7:29pm -
  • Philippines: Some Brief Takeaways on Duterte’s Win
    What can the nation expect now that Rodrigo Duterte has been confirmed as the winner of its presidential election?
    - 16 days ago, 13 May 16, 6:51pm -
  • Behind China’s Gambit in Pakistan
    China’s flagship investment project in Pakistan could provide a much needed economic spark, but significant security and political challenges loom, write CFR’s Daniel S. Markey and James West.
    - 17 days ago, 12 May 16, 3:46pm -
  • China’s Healthcare Sector and U.S.- China Health Cooperation
    In testimony before the United States-China Economic and Security Commission on April 27, 2016, Yanzhong Huang discussed China’s 13th Five Year Plan in the context of China’s healthcare system landscape, attempts at reform, and potential opportun…
    - 18 days ago, 11 May 16, 3:38pm -

MSNBC - Asia Pacific

  • Chinese ex-cops detained while fighting corruption
    The call came late on Monday night. "More than 70 police raided our (guest house)," said former policeman He Zuhua. "Police are everywhere.
    - 4 Mar 13, 6:01pm -
  • Video: Rodman: Kim Jong Un is ‘my friend’
    After being filmed spending time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, basketball legend Dennis Rodman said that while he doesn’t “condone what he does,” the dictator is “a good guy” and a friend. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. (TODAY)…
    - 4 Mar 13, 1:25pm -
  • Sanctions call over Thai elephant ivory trade
    Environmental groups plan to table a motion at a conference on endangered species in Bangkok next month calling for sanctions against hosts Thailand over the trade in elephant ivory.
    - 2 Mar 13, 9:02am -
  • Rodman: N. Korea dictator an 'awesome guy'
    The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for "wining and dining" visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
    - 1 Mar 13, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
    A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:04pm -
  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
    A Japanese court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors to up to 10 years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa last year.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:24pm -
  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:06pm -
  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
    As part of a documentary film, NBA’s former all-star Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea, but soon found himself bonding with its leader, making him the first American to meet Kim Jong Un since the nation’s leader took power. (TODAY)
    - 1 Mar 13, 12:48pm -
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  • China says US-based hackers target its websites
    China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokes…
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:58am -

France 24 - Asia Pacific

Flickr - Asia Latest

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Economist - Asia

  • Southern comfort
    Coimbatore: bobbin and weavin’MAHATMA GANDHI would not have enjoyed Texfair 2016 in Coimbatore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The man hated machines and factories, and promoted Indian independence by urging every household to spin its ow…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 2:45pm -
  • Pull the other one
    BARACK OBAMA fooled no one this week when, having announced that America was lifting its embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, he denied that the decision was “based on China or any other considerations”. It was a tactful fib, to portray th…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 2:45pm -
  • Taliban reshuffled
    Out of a clear blue skyFOR the second time in under a year, senior men from the Afghan Taliban have descended on Quetta, capital of Balochistan, the largest but least populated of Pakistan’s four provinces, to elect a new supreme leader. The f…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 3:46pm -
  • Not clear yet
    Aung San Suu Kyi in a pas de deuxMYANMAR’S journey towards democracy was never going to be easy. Yes, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a general election in November in a landslide. And the army, defying precedent a…
    - 10 days ago, 19 May 16, 2:42pm -
  • Cash for questions
    WHEN she was sent to prison for helping organise a strike at a shoe factory in Vietnam’s Mekong-delta region, Do Thi Minh Hanh was only 25. In the four years that followed the young labour activist was shuffled through six different jails, end…
    - 10 days ago, 19 May 16, 2:42pm -
  • Dropping the scales
    Enough to make a grown judge cryIT MIGHT seem natural for senior figures from three furiously sparring political parties to meet in front of a judge. Yet a recent case before India’s Supreme Court found three lawmakers fighting not against eac…
    - 10 days ago, 19 May 16, 2:42pm -
  • Rebuilding bridges
    NOT long after the atom-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan’s surrender in the second world war, American soldiers reached one of the holiest shrines of the state religion, Shinto, at Ise in Mie prefecture on the main Japanese island o…
    - 10 days ago, 19 May 16, 2:42pm -
  • Taking the cop out of copulation
    It’s no way to recruit an armyWHEN Sri Rumiati joined the police, she had to take a virginity test. It was uncomfortable and humiliating, she recalls. Not to mention unscientific and irrelevant to police work.Ms Rumiati, who is now a commissi…
    - 10 days ago, 19 May 16, 2:42pm -
  • Hidden blight
    VISITORS to Japan rarely encounter the usual markers of privation. Housing is not run down. The urban homeless are out of sight, in makeshift tents in public parks or down by river banks. Japanese cherish a belief that theirs is an egalitarian s…
    - 17 days ago, 12 May 16, 2:56pm -
  • Sizing Tsai up
    YOUNG designers have come up with a rose-gold brooch for the ushers at the presidential inauguration on May 20th of Tsai Ing-wen. One of the designers, Zita Hsu, explains that they found inspiration in a mathematical concept known as Euler’s f…
    - 17 days ago, 12 May 16, 2:56pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Next Philippine leader seeks early talks with communist rebels
    Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he would seek an early start to peace talks with communist rebels and free detained guerrilla chieftains when he takes office in end-June. Duterte is betting on his close friendship with Sison…
    - 6 hours ago, 29 May 16, 11:15am -
  • In high-rise Hong Kong, fine wines lurk in British war bunker
    In high-rise, high-priced Hong Kong, even millionaires don't always have room to store their fine wine collection at home, but a converted British war bunker offers space-crunched oenophiles the perfect solution. Built by Her Majesty's government in…
    - 12 hours ago, 29 May 16, 5:34am -
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 May 16, 2:32am -
  • AP Analysis: Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. But Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a hard-liner who has…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 5:02pm -
  • US naval, air maneuvers become 'new normal' in Asia Pacific
    WASHINGTON (AP) — American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow.
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 1:43pm -
  • Japan shares G-7 push for inclusive growth with Asia, Africa
    NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is sharing a push by the Group of Seven advanced industrial nations to promote inclusive growth across the globe in meetings with leaders of seven developing countries.
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 11:15am -
  • Australian Dion Lee a designer for all seasons
    Fashion retail is experiencing a seismic shift: the audience is global, seasons are increasingly irrelevant and the rise of social media means consumers don't want to wait for runway styles. Designer Dion Lee, the breakthrough star of Australian fash…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 7:59am -
  • US official: Tribal shield should be pulled from auction
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday asked French authorities to prevent the auction of a ceremonial shield from a Native American community in New Mexico, saying the item was believed to have been stolen decades…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 9:18pm -
  • Rio Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts
    An open letter signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers Friday called for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be moved or delayed due to the Zika virus. To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected ci…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 9:00pm -
  • Argentine FM says Falklands no obstacle to becoming UN chief
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's foreign minister said Friday she believes there's no conflict of interest between her bid to be the next U.N. secretary-general and her work pressing her country's sovereignty claim over the disputed Falkl…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 8:46pm -

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Kicker: Obama In Hiroshima: What He Said, Why It Matters, and What People Think
    President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a city we rained death and destruction on, so the whole world was watching and listening to what he's saying and doing there. Read more: Politics, Japan, United States, Barack Obama…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 5:26pm -
  • Dalai Lama Urges Tibetan Unity Under New Leader
    The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to remain united on Friday, telling an audience gathered for the swearing-in of his exiled people's new leader that they... Read more: Dalai Lama, Tibet, Tibetans, Buddhism, Dharamsala, Lobsang Sangay, Reli…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 3:00pm -
  • Josh Stephens: A Purple Rain Falls in Shanghai
    I awoke to news of Prince's death that Friday morning (still Thursday in the U.S.) in a hotel room about as far from Minneapolis as you can be. I reacted with a combination of sorrow and homesickness, tempered by words of mourning that I shared with…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 12:32pm -
  • Watch These Chinese Kids Scale A 2,600-Foot Cliff To Get To School
    Never complain about your commute again.Recent footage of Chinese schoolchildren scaling a treacherous, 2,600-foot cliff to get to school is shocking... Read more: China, China Schoolchildren, WorldPost Asia Pacific, World News
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 11:26am -
  • Marian Wright Edelman: Original Child Bomb
    The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have not produced eternal peace. Instead they opened a Pandora's box that can never be fully locked back up. Read more: Black Voices, Politics, President Obama, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nuclear Wea…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 11:22am -
  • William Hartung: Obama After Hiroshima: From Words to Action
    President Obama's visit to Hiroshima this morning was a piece of history. He rose to the occasion in his remarks, speaking not only of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons but also questioning the institution of war itself, all with a clear focus on…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 11:04am -
  • North Korea Threatens Retaliation After South Fires On Patrol Boat
    North Korea threatened retaliation on Friday after South Korea fired what it said were warning shots when a patrol boat and fishing boat from the Nort... Read more: North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong Un, World News
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 10:55am -
  • These GIFs Show How Hiroshima Has Emerged From Devastation Over 71 Years
    U.S. President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, becoming the first sitting American president in history to visit ​the southwestern Japanes... Read more: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Bombings, Obama Hiroshima Visit, Japan, WorldPost A…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 9:47am -
  • World’s Saddest Elephant Dies After 60 Years Alone In Her Cell
    Hanako, the world's loneliest elephant, has died.... Read more: Elephants, Hanako, Animal Captivity, Animals in Captivity, Tokyo, Japan, Green News
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 9:24am -
  • Obama Mourns Dead In Hiroshima, Calls For World Without Nuclear Arms
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama on Friday became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bom... Read more: Barack Obama, Obama, Hiroshima, Nuclear Weapons, Nagasaki, Japan, World…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 8:24am -

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

  • Delhi government bans all forms of chewing tobacco
    An Indian laborer chews tobacco as he prepares to transport goods in a market in the old quarters of New Delhi, India, Monday, April 18, 2016. India's capital has banned chewing tobacco in an effort to lower the high incidence of mouth and throat can…
    - 41 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 1:14pm -
  • South Korea's Park says North is preparing 5th nuclear test
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a regular meeting with her top aides at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 18, 2016. President Park said Monday there are signs that North Korea is preparing a fifth nuclear…
    - 41 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 8:36am -
  • Trying to prevent making of child stars, China issues a ban
    China is banning the children of famous entertainers from appearing on hugely popular reality shows, as the country continues efforts to try to prevent the manufacture of child stars.
    - 41 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 7:36am -
  • China Dispatches Military Plane to Disputed Man-Made Island
    China's Defense Ministry says a military plane was dispatched to one of China's new manmade islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea in what is believed to be the first openly acknowledged landing of its kind. A brief statement on the minist…
    - 41 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 7:36am -
  • Afghan soldiers declared dead, then alive and in debt for own funerals
    Zia ul-Haq, second from right, and three of his brothers visit the cemetery near their home, in Behsud District, where they buried a body they wrongfully believed was their father, in Afghanistan. The family went through the burial of a body too dama…
    - 41 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 5:17am -
  • 127 Thais rescued from quake-hit Japan
    A group of Thai tourists are sent to Fukuoka airport by the Royal Thai embassy, according to images posted by the Tokyo embassy's Facebook page. A total of 127 Thai tourists and students have been rescued from the Oita and Kumamoto prefectures of sou…
    - 42 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 12:33am -
  • India may make citizenship process for Pakistani Hindus easier
    The government has announced that it proposes to simplify procedures for grant of Indian citizenship to minority Hindus from Pakistan, and allowing those staying in India on a Long Term Visa" to buy property, open bank accounts and obtain PAN and Aad…
    - 42 days ago, 17 Apr 16, 7:48pm -
  • Heavy fighting continues in Afghan city Kunduz
    Kunduz : Afghan forces fought back a renewed series of attacks on Kunduz, killing dozens of Taliban fighters, officials said on Sunday as insurgent forces stepped up their bid to retake the northern city that they captured briefly last year. The atta…
    - 42 days ago, 17 Apr 16, 3:16pm -
  • N. Korea on Trump comment: 'Absurd, illogical'
    A North Korean official said recent remarks by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump are "absurd and illogical," in a rare interview granted to a CNN team in Pyongyang. Trump suggested the U.S. military should withdraw from key allies South Korea and J…
    - 42 days ago, 17 Apr 16, 10:53am -
  • Journalist close to opposition detained in Bangladesh
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    - 42 days ago, 17 Apr 16, 7:31am -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • The Obama Doctrine
    In the Atlantic's April cover story, Jeffrey Goldberg interviews President Obama about his foreign policy philosophy and ultimately, its lasting legacy. There is a sidebar of highlights at the top of the piece, including "Why he's proud of not striki…
    - 71 days ago, 20 Mar 16, 12:48am -
  • Vietnam lifts ban on same-sex marriages
    Vietnam becomes the first South-East Asian country to abolish a ban on same sex marriages.
    - 18 Jan 16, 4:30am -
  • Power of Asian superheroes
    To say that Asians cannot be superheroes because of "Asian values" erases traditional and contemporary Asian superheroes, assumes all Asians are the same, and echoes a long history of racist oppression.It tells Asians that we can only be part of so…
    - 8 Jan 16, 10:27am -
  • "...people are guilty if they eat shrimp that we peeled like slaves."
    Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves. by Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan [Associated Press] Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours…
    - 15 Dec 15, 1:09am -
  • Cosplay for Traditional Geeks
    Malaysian illustrator Charis Loke designs geek culture-inspired traditional South/South East Asian outfits, primarily baju kurung and kebaya. Some of her inspirations include Tolkein, Pacific Rim, Watchmen, and the Hunger Games.
    - 12 Nov 15, 2:02pm -
  • Meet The Uyghurs
    Kevin Kelly spent two weeks in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) in far west China. "This area has more in common with the culture of Turkey than with Beijing. It's kebab with chopsticks. But this is really China. In fact it is the largest province of China.…
    - 28 Oct 15, 9:05pm -
  • Iran is opening up to foreign trade, but not to flagship US brands
    The message he wants the developing world, especially the Islamic world, to receive from Iran is simple: you can be a safe, advanced and prosperous state without depending on America.
    - 13 Oct 15, 1:55pm -
  • Funeral stripping in China, Taiwan: rural tradition vs urban modernity
    [Note: *starred* links contain images of scantily clad women, making them possibly NSFW] If you've caught some of the *shorter "Crazy China" articles* circulating around recently, you've heard that the Chinese government is trying to crack down on st…
    - 14 May 15, 7:46pm -
  • That dystopian fiction need not be confined to the developed world.
    "Why the hero of my YA dystopian novel had to be an angry young Indian girl." [Guardian Books] Laxmi Hariharan challenges the domination of dystopian western worlds in teen novels, why not a dystopian Asia or Latin America? And how it's time for the…
    - 6 Apr 15, 9:24pm -
  • Walking in... single shot videos of city life
    Kees Colijn's "Walking in..." project is a series of fascinating single shot videos, each up to two hours long, filmed as he walks through cities such as Yangon in Myanmar, Varanasi in India, Makassar in Indonesia and Pokhara in Nepal (Youtube links)…
    - 14 Feb 15, 6:45am -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • South Korea–China FTA falls short on reform
    Authors: Jeffrey J. Schott and Euijin Jung, PIIE The South Korea–China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which entered into effect in December 2015, has proved disappointing. The pact excludes too much economic activity and does too little to propel grow…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 May 16, 12:00pm -
  • Putting Cambodian corruption into context
    Author: Courtney Work, Chiangmai University Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is doing two things quite effectively. The first is rigorously investigating opposition party leader Kem Sokha for extramarital dalliances and promises of gifts to hi…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 12:00pm -
  • Asian integration a key part of Australia’s economic transition
    Author: Shiro Armstrong, ANU Australia, as in the past, has the potential to play a role in shaping the Asian economic cooperation agenda in a way that deepens regional economic linkages and lifts the growth potential of Asian economies. As the world…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 12:00am -
  • Responding to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis
    Author: Iromi Dharmawardhane, ISAS Sri Lanka’s balance of payments is in dire straits. The country’s mounting foreign and domestic public debt, a huge fiscal deficit and a severe foreign exchange shortfall have led to potentially calamitous econo…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 12:00pm -
  • Japan–Russia relations need more than just energy
    Author: Anthony V. Rinna, Sino-NK On 16 May 2016 Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern district, Yury Trutnev, met with officials from Japanese and Russian energy and metallurgical companies. The meeting followed…
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 12:00am -
  • A WTO challenge to China’s internet censorship is long overdue
    Author: Claude Barfield, AEI For the first time this year, the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) ‘National Trade Estimate Report’ took note of China’s Great Firewall. Granted, it was with this tame statement: ‘China’s filtering…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 12:00pm -
  • Can Obama kickstart Asia-Pacific reconciliation?
    Author: Christian Wirth, Tohoku University At the end of this month President Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima. The momentous visit is planned around Obama’s trip to nearby Ise-Shima for the G7 Summit. In light of…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 12:00am -
  • G7 summit plays into Japan’s constitutional politics
    Author: Ernils Larsson, Uppsala University When the leaders of G7 countries descend on Japan later this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken the opportunity to invite them to visit Ise Shrine as well. Although there were many reasons for the cho…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 12:00pm -
  • Should Duterte step back on the South China Sea?  
    Author: Aileen San Pablo-Baviera, University of the Philippines Some countries have become wary of China’s aspiration to become a maritime power because the means pursued by the Xi Jinping government — as seen in the disputed South China Sea —…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 12:00am -
  • Obama and the absence of apology in Hiroshima
    Author: Tessa Morris-Suzuki, ANU ‘As President of the United States of America, I express my profound apologies for the sufferings inflicted on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the atomic bombings’. These, of course, are the words that we…
    - 5 days ago, 24 May 16, 12:00pm -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • New App Provides Nepali Migrant Workers with Safe Migration Information
    At Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport, young men and women snake through the international terminal, waiting their turn to begin what could be the world’s longest commute to work. More than 1,500 people depart the country in this way every day, mostly…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 10:32pm -
  • Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections
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  • Community Mediated Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka
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  • Two Years After Thailand’s Coup, Draft Constitution Stirs Controversy
    May 22 marks the second anniversary of the coup that ousted Thailand’s elected Pheu Thai government, ended weeks of escalating political tensions in the streets of Bangkok, and installed the military-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)…
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  • Philippine Elections: Politics and Peace Make Strange Bedfellows
    On May 9, a record-breaking 81.6 percent of Filipino voters went to the polls to elect a new president. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who ran a tough-talking, polarizing campaign that focused on criminality and promised to instill law and order,…
    - 11 days ago, 18 May 16, 11:18pm -
  • Local Development Funds Shift Decision-Making Power to Mongolia’s Citizens
    Many stories about Mongolia lead with the economic “boom” the country has experienced from its vast mineral resources. While the economic windfalls have certainly driven the country’s rapid development over the last decade, Mongolia has struggl…
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  • Digital Governance in Indonesia: An On and Offline Battle
    The data revolution has permeated beyond the closeted realm of computer science into becoming a lynchpin of public policy-making. Data in all of its buzzy forms (big data, little data, open data) are transforming the face of public governance into a…
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  • New Asia Foundation Annual Report: First-Ever Exclusively Online Experience
    Today The Asia Foundation releases its 2015 annual report. In an effort to minimize environmental impact and to provide a more interactive, engaging experience, this year’s annual report appears only online – no printed copies were produced. The…
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  • What a Duterte Win Means for Philippines
    In 2010, the Philippines conducted its first-ever automated poll, and I wrote that “elections had changed, but politics didn’t.” This year for a second time, a general election, including the presidency, was automated. Again we had concessions…
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  • Amid Tensions, Lanao’s Butig Municipality Holds Violence-Free Election
    In the Philippines, violence has always been an issue of great concern come election time, and May 9 was no exception, especially in Lanao del Sur, one of the five provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao where the risk of violence is co…
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  • At least 9 dead in Kyushu quake, baby pulled from rubble alive
    Mashiki, Japan - Rescuers searched through rubble for possible survivors Friday after a powerful earthquake in southern Japan left at least nine people dead and hundreds injured, though officials said the toll was unlikely to rise dramatically.Tens o…
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  • More Western art on shopping list for Chinese tycoon Liu
    Hong Kong - He first stunned the auction world by snapping up hugely expensive Chinese antiquities, but now taxi driver turned tycoon Liu Yiqian is targeting Western masterpieces, saying it is his "social responsibility" to show them to China's young…
    - 44 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 9:36am -
  • India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions
    New Delhi - New Delhi on Friday imposed driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital.The Delhi government first introduced t…
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  • Japan plants shut down after quake, fuels economic fears
    TOKYO - Some of Japan's biggest firms including Sony and Toyota shut down operations in southern Japan Friday after the region was struck by a deadly earthquake, fuelling worries about disruption to supply lines and possible effects on the wider econ…
    - 44 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 9:16am -
  • ChaCha the chimp escapes, survives dramatic fall
    Tokyo - A runaway chimpanzee in Japan was shot with a tranquiliser gun only to hang precariously from a power line before falling to the ground and surviving in a drama shown live on national television.The chimp, 24-year-old Chacha, was more fortuna…
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  • Air traffic control officers charged over deadly Taiwan crash
    TAIPEI - Taiwan has charged two air traffic control officers with causing a TransAsia plane crash that killed 49 people in 2014, the first prosecutions in the country's worst air disaster for a decade.The plane's two pilots, who died in the crash, we…
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  • Elderly couple pose as Descendants of the Sun lovers in fairytale photos
    It seems like a story straight out of an adorable romantic comedy: An elderly man goes all out to fulfill his wife's wishes, and in doing so, becomes the Prince Charming of her dreams.According to CCTV news, 81-year-old Zhang Yongsheng from Guangzhou…
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  • Rescuers scramble for survivors after deadly quake hits Japan
    MASHIKI - Rescuers were rifling through the remains of collapsed building in southern Japan on Friday, after a powerful earthquake left at least nine people dead and injured hundreds, sparking fires and buckling roads.Tens of thousands of people fled…
    - 45 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 3:57am -
  • N Korea attempts to launch intermediate range missile but fails: Yonhap
    SEOUL - North Korea attempted to launch an intermediate range ballistic missile off the country's east coast on Friday but the launch failed, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.The failed launch follows North Korea's fourth nuclear test in Jan…
    - 45 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 12:48am -
  • Strong quake in southwestern Japan kills 9, topples homes
    TOKYO - Nine people were killed after a powerful earthquake hit southern Japan, collapsing homes, sparking fires and injuring hundreds, officials said Friday as rescuers worked through the night to find residents feared trapped in rubble.
    - 45 days ago, 14 Apr 16, 11:52pm -

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  • Hollande to raise climate change, TTIP at G7 in Japan
    French President François Hollande arrived in Japan Thursday to attend the G7 summit of rich nations. He planned to follow up on last year's Cop21 climate talks in Paris, push for fiscal transparency, oppose the TTIP trade agreement as it stands and…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 9:31am -
  • Cannibalism in China 50 years on
    This week fifty years ago the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution started in China. With the “May 16 proclamation” Mao Zedong directly attacked his political opponents.
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  • Philippines signs defence deal with France amid South China Sea tension
    France and the Philippines have signed a defence cooperation agreement, which aims to help Manila modernise its defence forces amid tension in its relations with China. The deal was signed two days after the election of new Philippines President Rod…
    - 15 days ago, 14 May 16, 8:44am -
  • France's Rafale deal with India faces graft probe
    French planemaker Dassault's long-delayed sale of Rafale jets to India faces another hitch because Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has ordered a corruption probe into arms deal talks under the previous government. The purchase of Swiss-made…
    - 22 days ago, 7 May 16, 1:50pm -
  • South Korea's Iran visit angers Pyongyang
    The South Korean president Park Guen-Hye has paid a three day official visit to Iran, the very first time since the establishment of relations between the two countries in 1962 that such a visit has taken place.
    - 26 days ago, 3 May 16, 3:51pm -
  • Maoist rebels in India, part 2
    Bastar, a region in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is one of the strongholds of Maoist rebels fighting the Indian government. The rebel army is made up of people from impoverished indigenous communities.
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  • Maoist rebels in India, part 1
    The Indian government has vowed to unleash a massive offensive against Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh. But human rights groups say such an operation will not address the root cause that led to the Maoist insurgency in the first…
    - 32 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 4:20am -
  • Thousands of jobs promised as France wins big Australian submarine contract
    French naval contractor DCNS's massive contract to design and build Australia's next generation of submarines will create "thousands of jobs" in France, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull…
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  • Tokyo 2020 unveils 'snake-eye' logo after plagiarism row
    Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers this Monday unveiled a new "snake-eye" logo nearly eight months after the original choice was scrapped over a plagiarism scandal. They faced an immediate backlash from critics, who judged it dull.
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  • Australians remember WWI war heroes who fought in France
    Some 3,000 Australians gathered to mark Anzac Day on Monday with a dawn service in northern France to honour their forebears who fought in the Battle of the Somme a century ago. The faces of the fallen were projected onto the imposing tower of the Au…
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