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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

  • South Africa v West Indies: Cricket World Cup - live!
    Latest updates from the Pool B match at the Sydney Cricket GroundEmail geoff.lemon@theguardian.com | Tweet: @GeoffLemonSport 4.28pm AEST 28th over: South Africa 136-1 (Amla 64, du Plessis 54)West Indies are caught a bit short with their bowling, tryi…
    - 28 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:28am -
  • Chile's president 'overcome by emotion' after ill girl, 14, makes euthanasia plea
    Government says request is ‘impossible’ but offers counselling and medical support to Valentina Maureira, who has cystic fibrosisChile’s government has said it cannot grant an ailing 14-year-old girl’s request on social media to let her “sl…
    - 51 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:05am -
  • Investigation ordered into spending of public funds at Binyamin Netanyahu's homes
    Israeli attorney general says he will determine whether criminal investigation is necessary, but stresses prime minister is not a suspect Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has ordered a preliminary investigation into alleged fiscal misconduct…
    - 52 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:04am -
  • How to get a 'rare glimpse' of North Korea
    It’s become a cliche to boast of unseen footage from inside the secret state, but tourist Pierre Deport’s recent video stands out from the rest. He talked to NK News about how best to go about itGoogle “rare glimpse North Korea” and you will…
    - 56 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:00am -
  • John Darnielle: pro wrestling is real the way fiction is real
    The New Yorker called him America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist, so is it any wonder John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats turned his attention to fiction? Halfway through a book tour, he talks to Guardian Australia about writing, wrestling and whethe…
    - 1 hour ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:44am -
  • Hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury faces more rape claims
    Six women accuse exercise mogul of various forms of sexual assault from harassment to groping and rapeA yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexu…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:12am -
  • Pope Francis arranges for homeless man to be buried in the Vatican
    Willy, a Belgian who lived on the streets around St Peter’s, was buried in an exclusive cemeteryA homeless man has been buried in the exclusive Teutonic Cemetery within the Vatican in the latest sign of how Pope Francis’s concern for society’s…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:10am -
  • Tourists visiting Machu Picchu in Peru cross raging river in basket - video
    Dozens of tourists have been carried across a raging river in the Peruvian Andes after a bridge connecting Machu Picchu to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes collapsed. The tourist group, which included a large contingent of Argentinians, had been vi…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:49am -
  • China 'aggressively' expanding into South China Sea says US
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells US senators there is a worrying trend of conflict between China’s neighbours over expansionChina is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential ai…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:37am -
  • Brazil judge targets WhatsApp with suspension order
    Messaging system still operating while lawyers appeal nationwide order arising from ‘sexually graphic’ photos of children being sharedA judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Braz…
    - 4 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:34am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Islamic State Sets No Limits to Destruction
    There seems to be no limit to the atrocities committed by radical Islamists in their intent to create a world designed according to their own interpretation of Islam.  As Islamic State militants continue on their destructive path, experts say they a…
    - 45 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:11am -
  • Islamic State Sets No Limits To Destruction
    There seems to be no limit to the atrocities committed by radical Islamists in their intent to create a world designed according to their own interpretation of Islam. As Islamic State militants continue on their destructive path, experts say they ar…
    - 47 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:09am -
  • China Bans Ivory Imports
    China has announced a one-year ban on the import of all ivory products, which took immediate effect on Thursday.China's State Forestry Administration announced the move days ahead of a visit to China by Britain's Prince William, who has campaigned…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:50am -
  • Friction Increasing Between White House, Israel
    The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week.National security adviser Susan Rice’s remarks on the subject Tuesday on the "Charlie Rose"…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:04am -
  • Liberian Leader Thanks US for Ebola Support
    Seven months after the Ebola outbreak turned Liberia upside down, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to Washington on Thursday to say thanks to a country she said did so much."You did not run from Liberia. ... With many of our global challenges,…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:43am -
  • War of Words Escalates Between White House, Israel
    The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week. National security advisor Susan Rice’s remarks rebuking that decision have raised further qu…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:27am -
  • Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support
    On her first trip to Washington since her country declared a state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak last July, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the difference American involvement made in the fight against the deadly virus. S…
    - 4 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:24am -
  • Embassy Reopenings Top Americans' List in Cuba Talks
    A Cuban delegation will be at the State Department on Friday to talk about restoring diplomatic ties with the United States for the first time since 1961 — part of President Barack Obama's initiative to end the trade embargo against Cuba.A senior…
    - 4 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:00am -
  • US: IS Losing Ground, Remains 'Formidable'
    Top U.S. intelligence officials warn the Islamic State remains a “formidable and brutal threat” even as coalition airstrikes and fighting on the ground begin to erode its strength. But there are also indications that the constant bombardment is s…
    - 5 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:13am -
  • Diplomat: US Committed to Ending Abuses in N. Korea
    A senior U.S. official said the United States is dedicated to improving human rights conditions in North Korea.Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a recent meeting with North Korean defectors at U.N. headquarters in N…
    - 5 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 12:36am -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • Thai Military Tribunals Lock Down a Country
    The late American comic Groucho Marx once famously said that military justice is to justice what military music is to music. That is being proven out with a vengeance in Thailand. Almost immediately after ousting the elected Pheu Thai government of f…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:20pm -
  • Japan-Korea Spat Complicates US Task in Asia
    The Abe government also ratcheted up pressure on Seoul on the Dokdo-Takeshima row. In February 2013, Abe dispatched a parliamentary secretary to Shimane prefecture to attend “Takeshima Day” ceremonies. “Given the fact that Takeshima is an inher…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 11:53am -
  • A Tale of Two Budgets
    The gulf in quality of leadership at the top administrations between Singapore and Hong Kong was again illustrated this week by comparing the annual budget speeches of Tharman Shanmugaratnam in Singapore and John Tsang in Hong Kong. Tharman is intern…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:55am -
  • Irate Najib Brothers Dispute Family Wealth
    The rift between Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his family appears to be growing, with the publication of a formal statement by Najib’s four brothers. The statement was likely triggered by questions over the prime minister’s financial affairs…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 12:10pm -
  • China needs to address the effects of dams
    As China shifts its focus to curbing carbon emissions, hydropower is becoming central to its alternative energy plan. But while the potential for renewable power generation cannot be ignored, the potential for costly environmental degradation is also…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 11:04am -
  • Can Indonesia Save the Last Reformasi Remnants?
    Will the greatest gifts of reformasi in Indonesia that were born out of the 1998 fall of Suharto  — an  independent presidency and a Corruption Eradication Commission, be destroyed in 2015? The prospects don’t look good. On May 22, 1998, I sat…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 11:20am -
  • Stricken Filipino City Finally Rebuilds
    Ridge View Park has a fancy ring to it, a name more in keeping with modern, upscale  real estate expansion in major cities across the Philippines. But in Tacloban, the site of the typhoon disaster that took place more than 15 months ago, this housin…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 11:05am -
  • Tokyo Districts Give Boost to Same-Sex Marriage
    Two Tokyo wards are considering a plan to issue same-sex “partnership certificates,” putting the spotlight on the status of same-sex marriage in Japan. Trendy Shibuya Ward got the ball rolling in early February by announcing that it would declare…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 10:49am -
  • Another Marcos Presidency in the Philippines?
    Filipino politics are in their usual state of uproar, with the wheels coming off the presidency of Benigno S. Aquino.  PNoy’s own uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., has acknowledged that he is among those demanding that Aquino step down over…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • Malaysia Media Circus over Murder Case
    As many expected, a Kuala Lumpur-based “telephone press conference” didn’t come off with convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar, who is sitting in an Australian detention center and has hinted to the independent news portal Malaysiakini at the ide…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 11:30am -

Asian Correspondent

  • Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case
    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has sentenced a woman to 6 years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that triggered outrage over its brutality.
    - 57 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:59am -
  • Boat capsizes off Macau, 15 people missing
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people has capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau, and 15 people are still missing.
    - 1 hour ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:39am -
  • Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police say unidentified attackers have hacked to death a prominent U.S. blogger, who was known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.
    - 1 hour ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:38am -
  • Tourism Thailand’s creepy tourist clip
    Tourism Thailand’s attempt to charm potential travellers with romantic plot twists and photogenic actors has had the opposite effect. MSN’s coverage of the ad says it “comes off as more creepy than creative.” Meanwhile, a harsher critique on…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:33am -
  • Gunman kills 4 in South Korean city: report
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news reports say that four people were dead after a gunman opened fire at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in two days.
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:15am -
  • South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has renewed a license of its second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022.
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:12am -
  • Japan’s inflation rate falls in Jan on lower energy costs
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's core inflation rate edged lower in January as lower crude oil prices reduced energy costs, while weak retail sales and manufacturing underscored the fragility of its economic recovery.
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:08am -
  • Detained Maldives’ ex-leader denies ordering judge’s arrest
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives' former president has denied in court that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three years ago.
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:01am -
  • With Lee Kuan Yew on life support, what’s next for him and for Singapore?
    News of Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s hospitalisation for severe pneumonia has been making its rounds on Twitter, Facebook and even the international media. Reuters, AFP and almost every other major media outlet have picked up…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:50am -
  • US says China is expanding its outposts in South China Sea
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of national intelligence for the United States says China is expanding and accelerating its buildup of outposts in the South China Sea.
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:35am -

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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • India Looks for Budget to Deliver on Promises
    Narendra Modi’s government releases its first full-year budget on Saturday amid concerns that the nine-month-old administration has so far promised much more than it has delivered in its campaign to revive the economy.
    - 20 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:36am -
  • Oil's Big Swings Are the New Normal
    Volatility is roiling the oil market, luring traders in search of quick profits but discouraging longer-term investors who had grown accustomed to more muted swings.
    - 24 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:32am -
  • Fewer Bets on Oil Storage at Sea
    Fewer oil tankers are being used to store crude than traders and shipbrokers had expected at the start of the year, as a recent run-up in oil prices upended a popular trading strategy.
    - 41 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:15am -
  • China's Neighbors Bulk Up Militaries
    Despite Beijing’s more conciliatory tone, many Asian countries are modernizing their militaries, seeing little reason to adjust their long-term preparations for potential friction with China.
    - 54 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:02am -
  • China's Yuan Slumps on Growth Worries
    China’s yuan fell to its weakest level against the dollar in more than two years on Friday, extending a decline driven by the prospect of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
    - 1 hour ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:48am -
  • U.S. Presses China on Bank-Technology Rules
    The Obama administration is pushing China to back away from proposed new bank-technology rules that have drawn protests from foreign tech companies, the U.S.’s top trade official said.
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:16am -
  • Embattled Standard Chartered CEO to Exit
    Standard Chartered Chief Executive Peter Sands said he will step down in June and be replaced by former J.P. Morgan executive Bill Winters, after months of disquiet from shareholders and executives.
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:11am -
  • Japan Economy Diverges in Output, Consumption
    Data painted diverging pictures for Japan’s industries and consumers. Factory output grew sharply in January, helped by a weaker yen and rising exports. But consumption remained weak, keeping inflation muted.
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:06am -
  • Gas's Drop Drives U.S. Into Deflation Territory
    A measure of U.S. consumer prices fell in January from a year earlier, marking the first annual decline in more than five years and potentially complicating the calculus for when the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates.
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:29am -
  • J.P. Morgan Emerges as CEO Breeding Ground
    Bill Winters, a former deputy to chief James Dimon, is the latest ex-executive to helm a large financial firm, U.K. bank Standard Chartered.
    - 4 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:52am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • IS fangirls lured by raw sex appeal
    Photographs of abe hensem (good-looking men) are apparently being used to lure young and impressionable girls to join militants in Syria
    - 24 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:32am -
  • 5 ways '50 shades of Grey' is your average Pakistani drama
    We really wanted to ignore 50 Shades of Grey, but the movie refuses to go away
    - 40 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:16am -
  • All eyes on whether Abe statement offers apology
    A statement to be issued by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is shaping up to be a major political issue this summer
    - 40 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:16am -
  • Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas
    Spring Festival is no longer a time solely for family reunions in China as more and more Chinese are traveling abroad during the holiday
    - 55 mins ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:01am -
  • The jet-set world of pre-flight retail
    In this day and age where travel is a given, it’s no surprise that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it expects global air travel to grow significantly this year
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:14am -
  • Consumption becomes key driver of China's economy
    Domestic consumption surpassed investment to become the strongest driving force of the Chinese economy in 2014, indicating a new growth model has already started forming as the country enters a "new normal" development era, the National Bureau of Sta…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:59am -
  • HK seeks fewer mainland visitors
    While the number of Chinese mainland visitors to Hong Kong fell for the first time in 20 years over the Spring Festival holiday, the government in the special administrative region wants to cut it back even further
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:59am -
  • Beijing reworks draft of anti-terror law
    China has made major changes to the draft of its first counter-terrorism law that had sparked concern about potential state abuse due to its broad and vague definition of terrorism
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:44am -
  • ‘N. Korea’s nuke miniaturisation limited’
    North Korea is not yet likely to have miniaturised nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles, though it appears to have been developing related technology to a “considerable” degree, Seoul’s Defence Ministry said Thursday
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:44am -
  • LG takes on Samsung, Apple with new smart watch
    Tech giant LG Electronics said Thursday that it would unveil the world’s first Long Term Evolution-support smart watch at a mobile trade show next week, upping the ante against rivals Samsung and Apple
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:44am -

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

  • Japan's Hard Power Play
    While the ISIS executions of two Japanese hostages have reinvigorated a public debate about the country’s postwar pacifism, recent moves by Tokyo to revise its counterterrorism policies should be viewed in the context of Prime Minister Shinzo Ab…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 7:27pm -
  • Global Efforts to Eradicate Polio
    Though polio had nearly been eradicated, the virus is on the rise amid an increase in violence against vaccine workers in conflict zones. This Backgrounder examines the challenges to eradicating the disease.
    - 14 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 7:14pm -
  • The Real Danger in Nuclear Modernization
    The real risk to strategic stability may not be the U.S. falling behind the modernization of other countries but in racing aggressively ahead.
    - 17 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 8:40pm -
  • The United States and India: Can a Bilateral Relationship Become a Strategic Partnership?
    Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fello…
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  • The United States and India: Can a Bilateral Relationship Become a Strategic Partnership?
    Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fello…
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  • The United States and India: Can a Bilateral Relationship Become a Strategic Partnership?
    Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fello…
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  • The United States and India: Can a Bilateral Relationship Become a Strategic Partnership?
    Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fello…
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  • The United States and India: Can a Bilateral Relationship Become a Strategic Partnership?
    Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fello…
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  • The A Word:An Accomodationist Strategy for US-China Relations
    Many predictions have been made that the United States and China will find themselves in competition or even direct conflict. Yet this is not preordained and both sides need to be careful not to talk themselves into a hostile relationship. In this bo…
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  • Energising the Friendship
    Alyssa Ayres writes that clean energy cooperation has become the new big idea in U.S.-India relations.
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MSNBC - Asia Pacific

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

  • Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm ‘renamed ships’
    A UN-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
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  • Atheist US blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
    A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on Thursday, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from radical Islamists.
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  • Hollande enlists film stars for climate change push in Manila
    French President François Hollande arrived in the Philippines Thursday accompanied by two of France’s leading actresses, Marion Cotillard and Mélanie Laurent, to promote the fight against climate change ahead of a crucial summit later this year.
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  • Taliban suicide bombing targets Turkish envoys in Kabul
    A Taliban suicide bomber targeted a Turkish diplomatic vehicle on Tuesday, police said, killing a Turkish national and an Afghan bystander.
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  • Avalanches kill scores in northeastern Afghanistan
    Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.
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  • New Zealand non-combat troops to aid Iraqi army
    New Zealand will send troops to Iraq on a non-combat mission to boost the local military’s ability to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday.
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  • Scores killed in Bangladesh ferry accident
    The death toll in a ferry accident in central Bangladesh soared to 65 on Monday and is expected to rise, officials said, after more bodies were recovered from the overcrowded boat, which sank within minutes of colliding with a cargo ship.
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  • Iran executes young Iranian Kurd despite global outcry
    Iran on Thursday executed an Iranian Kurd arrested at the age of 17 for belonging to the rebel Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and involvement in armed confrontations with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards despite calls for leniency.
    - 7 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 4:32pm -
  • Thai parliament bans surrogacy for foreigners
    Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated industry.
    - 7 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 2:38pm -
  • Dozens of Burma troops killed in clashes with rebels
    Heavy fighting between Burma’s army and rebels near the border with China in the past few days has killed 47 soldiers, state-backed media said Friday, overshadowing hopes of forging ceasefires in the country's many ethnic minority conflicts.
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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

  • The unlikely life of Afghanistan’s first female taxi driver
    MAZAR-E SHARIF, AfghanistanAt first glance, the Toyota Corolla looked like any other taxi bumping along the craggy street. In the back seat, three women wore blue burqas that covered their faces and bodies. In the front passenger seat, a bearded man…
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  • China removes top U.S. tech firms from government purchasing list
    BEIJING — China has dropped several top U.S. technology companies, including Cisco and Apple, from a list of brands that are approved for state purchases, amid a widening rift with the United States about cyberspace.Read full article >>
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  • Avalanches bury homes in Afghanistan; 124 dead, dozens missing
    Rescue teams in Afghanistan used shovels and bare hands Wednesday to try to reach possible survivors after a series of avalanches buried villages and roads. An official said at least 124 people were killed and dozens missing.Read full article >>
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  • Fear of the Islamic State spawns a renegade Afghan militia
    MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan — The 25 men who gathered last week in a poor enclave of this ancient city bore the scars of a lifetime of war. One lost four fingers fighting Taliban militants. Another lost his right leg fighting the Soviets. Now, seat…
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  • With changing tastes and warming oceans, Japanese seaweed in danger
    URAKAWA, Japan — To the uninitiated, a strip of kombu looks like any old piece of seaweed you would find washed up on a beach: slimy and brown and decidedly unappetizing.But to generations of Japanese chefs, this prized kelp is the basis for much o…
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  • Pakistanis face a deadline: Surrender fingerprints or give up cellphone
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Cellphones didn’t just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise, considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days. Read full article >>
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  • Children of Sri Lankan refugees born in India uncertain about future
    KEEZHPUDHUPATTU, India – The election of a new president in Sri Lanka in January ushered in renewed hopes for the return of thousands of ethnic Tamils displaced by war – and uncertainty for their children born abroad during decades of bloody conf…
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  • U.S. considers slowing military withdrawal from Afghanistan
    KABUL — The United States and Afghanistan are nearing agreement to rewrite key aspects of their plan for ending U.S. military involvement in the war against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters here, U.S. and Afghan officials said Saturday.Read full artic…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 5:58pm -
  • Chinese soccer is terrible, and now Xi Jinping has officials jumping to fix it
    BEIJING — For years, soccer in China has been a source of national embarrassment. It is the sport Chinese often care about most but also one that infuriates them most. For years, the most impressive ability of the men’s team has been its knack of…
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  • In Japan, Chinese tourists are a welcome boost — if a loud, messy one
    SAPPORO, JAPAN — Chinese tourists come to Japan for the sushi and for the shopping. But increasingly, they’re also coming for one thing that money can’t buy: fresh air. “The blue sky and the clean air are great. They’re something we don't h…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 3:01am -

The Economist - Asia

  • Spring release
    Not quite Chol Pass, but it’s an improvementIN A fast-changing region, one thing has long been a constant: the utter disregard that the mafia dynasty ruling North Korea evinces for the welfare of ordinary people. So growing evidence of liberal…
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  • Such quantities of sand
    EVEN on a quiet Sunday morning, a steady stream of lorries trundles along the broad, pristine and otherwise deserted streets of Punggol Timur, an island of reclaimed land in the north-east of Singapore. They empty their loads into neat rows of w…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:44pm -
  • In a sling
    Nasheed: down but not yet outHIS arm wrapped in a makeshift sling symbolised the bruised state of Maldivian democracy. Mohamed Nasheed, a former president, was injured on February 23rd as police dragged him to court for a trial on charges of ter…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:44pm -
  • Just do it
    THE prime minister, Shinzo Abe, clearly wants to convey a certain impression. In a policy speech to the Diet this month, he repeated the word kaikaku, or reform, no fewer than 36 times. Indeed, he promised “the most drastic reforms since the end of…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:44pm -
  • Reclamation marks
    THE barren islets, cays, reefs, shoals and rocks of the South China Sea are witnessing an unprecedented building boom. Satellite pictures have revealed more about the reclamation work undertaken by China on features, especially in the Spratly ar…
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  • Restoring balance
    Sirisena looks north againFOR many Sri Lankans the most remarkable feature of Maithripala Sirisena’s four-day trip to India this week, his first as president after a stunningly unexpected election victory in January, was that he took a commerc…
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  • Bear with us
    IN WHAT must have seemed a good idea at the time, Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, this week gave an interview to BuzzFeed, a digital news-service, answering questions solely in emoji icons. Asked to pick one to embody Vladimir Puti…
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  • More process than peace
    EVERY year Myanmar celebrates Union Day on February 12th to mark the signing of the Panglong agreement in 1947, which unified the country then known as Burma. President Thein Sein had hoped to use this year’s Union Day to sign a national cease…
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  • Phone home
    JUST before the celebrations of Myanmar’s Union Day, not to mention the Chinese new year, a warlord and drug baron in his 80s, Phone Kyar Shin, created spectacular fireworks of his own. His militia launched blistering attacks on the Burmese ar…
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  • More than a lick of paint needed
    APOLLO TYRES started life in 1972, but a milestone for the firm came two decades later, in 1991, when it completed a huge factory in Limda, near the industrial city of Vadodora in Gujarat state. It was a notable year for India because, in the fa…
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  • Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case
    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sentenced a mother of two to six years in prison on Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that triggered outrage over its brutality.
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  • Chinese fans laud departing FC Guangzhou Evergrande coach Lippi
    Beijing (AFP) - Chinese football fans and media heaped praise on Italy's World Cup winning-coach Marcello Lippi on Friday, after he resigned from Guangzhou Evergrande club following three trophy-laden years.
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  • Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid
    A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia. Former…
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  • China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants
    BEIJING (AP) — China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.
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  • Asia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor cleared to leave
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship that has been detained in an Alaska harbor amid an environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port.
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  • London's FTSE hits record closing high
    London (AFP) - London shares soared to a record closing high on Thursday, with banks Standard Chartered and RBS experiencing sharply contrasting fortunes.
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  • Management shake-up at UK's troubled StanChart bank
    Britain's troubled Standard Chartered announced Thursday the exit of its top two bosses in a radical management reshuffle, as the Asia-focused bank battles to transform its fortunes. The lender, facing sliding profits, slowing growth in emerging mark…
    - 12 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 5:36pm -
  • Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad seeks seat on FIFA board
    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is seeking election to the FIFA executive committee.
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  • Ancient wheat points to Stone Age trading links
    BERLIN (AP) — Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, thanks to trade with more advanced neighbors on the European continent.
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  • Stuck in limbo, Bangkok's hidden urban refugees scrape by
    BANGKOK (AP) — They were a middle-class family in Pakistan, living in a comfortable three-bedroom apartment with a modern kitchen and a PlayStation for the three kids. Fluent in English, the father ran his own moving company while the mother taught…
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  • Several Dead In Second Shooting In South Korean City In 2 Days
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the se... Read more: South Korea Shooting, South Korea, Shooting, South Korea Gunman Kills, S…
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  • Tom Nagorski: In Myanmar, a Former Hijacker Finds His Own 'Middle Path,' Without Regrets
    Returning to Myanmar after a quarter century, one is confronted constantly by reminders of how much the country has changed. Read more: Asia Society, Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, Museums, Myanmar, Thein Sein, Yangon, Democracy, World News
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  • Warren J. Blumenfeld: Negotiating for Cessation of Persecution of LGBT People in Iran
    Repressive regimes around the world currently and throughout history have scapegoated, oppressed, and murdered LGBT people. The time has long since passed that we speak out against repression in all of its forms Read more: Iran, Lgbt, M…
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  • 'Praying Pig' Goes Viral In China
    In video footage shot Tuesday, a pig facing a date with the slaughterhouse is shown kneeling directly in front of a local Buddhist temple, as if in an... Read more: China, Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, Pigs, Prayer, Chinese New Year, Buddh…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:19pm -
  • Buddhists, Muslims In Myanmar Seek Peace
    YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) Buddhists and Muslims in the central city of Meiktila were separated along faith lines after interreligious violence destroyed r... Read more: Myanmar, Myanmar Violence, Myanmar Muslims, Buddhists Muslims Myanmar, B…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:08pm -
  • Brad Mattson: Solyndra's Fall was Great for Solar, Just Ask Henry Ford
    Why is there so much investment and M&A activity in an industry plagued by bankruptcy? The answer is that solar energy is now on a growth path that will make it the energy story of the 21st century. How could bankruptcy lead to such fantastic growth?…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 11:39am -
  • Doug Bandow: Six Allies Washington Should Dump From Its Lonely Hearts Club
    With almost a year before Valentine's Day hits again, the Obama administration has time to take an unsparing look at the ever-growing crowd of American allies and ally-wannabes. It's time for Washington to send the equivalent of a "Dear John" letter…
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  • Nicolas Hulot: For a Call From Manila
    The Philippines and the rest of the world will have to continue up-skilling on disaster risk management for many years to come. Climate change is happening but risk change has already happened, and we have to understand and manage it. Re…
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  • The Thailand Tourists DON'T See Is A Perfect Island Called Koh Mak
    Tourism is booming in Thailand, and it seems like everyone knows about the main beaches and islands by now. The country is almost in danger of becoming too popular, and we're almost in need of somewhere more under-the-radar to escape to. But never fe…
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  • Condom Stock Surges In S. Korea After Court Rules Adultery Not A Crime
    SEOUL, Feb 26 (Reuters) - South Korea's highest court struck down a decades-old law banning adultery, a statute that critics said is anachronistic a... Read more: Reuters, South Korea, South Korea Adultery, South Korea Condoms, South K…
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Topix - Asia

  • Scientists discover black hole 12 billion times bigger than the sun
    Researchers in China have spotted a supermassive black hole, which they say is 12 billion times the size of the sun and formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. A black hole is a dense region of space that has collapsed in on itself in a w…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 4:00pm -
  • Turkish soldier killed in suicide attack on embassy vehicle in Afghan capital
    A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives targeted a Turkish Embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital during the Thursday morning rush hour, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding another. The Turkish military said in a brief statement tha…
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  • Prince William Starts First Japan Visit _ With Green Tea
    Britain's Prince William is having afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Thursday, but it's green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house. The Duke of Cambridge began his four-day stay with the tea cere…
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  • Pakistan tightens cellphone control after Taliban massacre
    Pakistanis have been lining up to scan their fingerprints and verify their identities in order to keep their cell ph... . In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo, a man gets his fingerprints scanned to get a cell phone SIM card verified in Islamabad,…
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  • UN: North Korean company renames ships to evade sanctions
    A new report says a North Korean shipping company tried to evade U.N. sanctions by renaming most of its vessels in an attempt to hide their origins. The effort by Pyongyang-headquartered Ocean Maritime Management Company, Ltd. is detailed in the repo…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 5:21am -
  • Para's VC: Keeping it in the family
    A Para has won the Victoria Cross almost 70 years after another member of his family was awarded the same honour. Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, 27, has been given the British armed forces' highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of…
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  • Leaders in Asia face jail, arrests _ often due to politics
    " On Wednesday, a court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia, the opposition leader whose political feud with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dominated the country's politics for more than a decade. It was the latest in a series of…
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  • Bangladesh court issues arrest warrant for former leader Zia
    In this Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Bangladesh's former Prime Minister and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Khaleda Zia, waves as she arrives for a public meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A Bangladesh court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday…
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  • LDP vice president urges Abe to uphold past WWII apologies
    The vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to uphold past government apologies and expressions of remorse for Japan's wartime aggression in Asia as Abe prepares to issue a statement on the 7…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 3:38pm -
  • Official: At least 108 people killed in Afghan winter storm
    Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:37pm -

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)…
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  • 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…
    - 15 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."
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  • 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…
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  • Time erases everything
    It’s a Secret: My Time with Charles Sobhraj, the Bikini Killer by the grate Gary Indiana.
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  • 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…
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  • 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 “…
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  • 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…
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East Asia Forum

  • China’s nine-dash line still infringes international law
    Authors: Huy Duong, and Tuan Pham, UNSW Suggestions that China could claim historic fishing rights within the nine-dash line misinterpret international law. While Sourabh Gupta’s arguments, outlined in a recent Forum article, relating to the UN Con…
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  • Some Malaysian inequality measures more equal than others
    Author: Hwok-Aun Lee, University of Malaya Is inequality in Malaysia going up or down? Answers differ. Official statistics unambiguously show household income inequality going down in the past decade, but almost everyone seems to think it has gone up…
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  • Revitalising Japan’s security policy: Between pacifism and the modern world
    Author: Hitoshi Tanaka, JCIE This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Such milestones offer an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and the steps needed to ensure that such tragic events are never repeated. Thus it is u…
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  • Shanghai experiment is a major step towards financial liberalisation
    Authors: Daqing Yao, SASS and John Whalley, UWO Since September 2013 China has been operating a new form of free trade zone (FTZ) based in a small area of Shanghai, called the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (SPFTZ). Only 28 square kilometres…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Modi’s BJP no longer invincible
    Authors: Purnendra Jain and Peter Mayer, University of Adelaide The tale of the recent February Delhi assembly elections shows how quickly political fortunes can decline. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recorded a landsl…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 11:00pm -
  • China needs to address the effects of dams
    Author: Bryan Tilt, Oregon State University As China shifts its focus to curbing carbon emissions, hydropower is becoming central to its alternative energy plan. But while the potential for renewable power generation cannot be ignored, the potential…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Narendra Modi and the future of Indian politics
    Author: Amitabh Mattoo, University of Melbourne When India opted for constitutional democracy in 1947, few gave it much of a chance. India’s diversity was overwhelming and it was home to some of the world’s poorest. But India’s democracy has su…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 11:00pm -
  • Revitalising sluggish FDI in Japan
    Author: Shujiro Urata, Waseda University Japan’s inward foreign direct investment (FDI) is extremely low compared with that of other developed countries and even its Asian neighbours. In 2013, the ratio of Japan’s inward FDI stock to its GDP was…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Crunch time in Papua New Guinea
    Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum The talk in Canberra is that the priority in Australia’s diplomacy for 2015 will be its own backyard in the Pacific. This is long overdue, and may be too late. Mending diplomatic fences with Fiji may be one…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 1:00am -
  • Is PNG heading for a crisis?
    Author: Stephen Howes, ANU Last year in Papua New Guinea was eventful, marked by a series of controversial government decisions. In March, the government decided to take out a loan of about 3 billion kina (US$1.2 billion, about 8 per cent of GDP) to…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 11:00am -

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  • Indonesia’s Forests Disappearing at Record Rates
    By Tessa ToumbourouIn early November, less than one month after Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's inauguration, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, the newly installed Environment and Forestry minister, announced that the government would extend an existin…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:58am -
  • India Under Prime Minister Modi: A Conversation with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens
    In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with Asia Foundation trustee Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, who visited Asia Foundation headquarters in San Francisco having just concluded a 7-month post as chargé d'affaires at the U.S Embassy in New Delhi.
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:57am -
  • Can Transitional Justice Bring Peace to Thailand’s Deep South?
    By Patrick BarronThe conflict in Thailand's Deep South, which has killed almost 7,000 people since 2004, is currently Southeast Asia's most deadly. So what role might transitional justice play in nudging the South toward peace? Transitional justice (…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:56am -
  • A Conversation with KDI’s Joon-Kyung Kim on Korea’s Growth Potential
    Last week, Joon-Kyung Kim, president of leading economic policy think tank, the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, visited The Asia Foundation's headquarters in San Francisco for a signing ceremony t…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:55am -
  • Timor 2.0: Reinventing a Republic through Resignations, Reshuffles, and Resilience
    By Susan MarxWhile Japanese prime ministers in recent history have done so with unusual regularity, to voluntarily relinquish the post of prime minister anywhere in the world remains an unusual transition strategy. Yet, this is precisely what occurre…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 11:32pm -
  • Can Malaysia Bring ASEAN Closer to the People?
    By Herizal Hazri2015 is a crucial year for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – particularly so for Malaysia which officially assumed its chairmanship last month. Among other goals, December 31 is the target date for the creation of…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 11:31pm -
  • Is Phnom Penh Losing its Luster under Rapid Urbanization?
    By Silas EverettThere were around 32,000 people living in Phnom Penh when the Pol Pot regime was expelled from the city in 1978. Today, there are over 2 million people crammed into Cambodia’s capital, growing by an estimated 50,000 people each year…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 11:30pm -
  • Trends That Will Shape Asia’s Economic Future (Part 2)
    By Véronique Salze-Lozac'hIn last week's blog, I highlighted four top trends to look out for in Asia's economic future, including: Asia as the driver of growth, the growing tide of inequality and disparity, Asia's trendsetters, and regional integrat…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 12:03am -
  • A New Era of Development Finance
    By Anthea MulakalaThe global development landscape has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. In 2000, bilateral Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors (UK, U.S., Japan, France) and multilateral institutions like the World Bank dominated t…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 12:02am -
  • As Aid Landscape Shifts, Security and Justice Programs Remain Critical in Timor-Leste
    By Todd WasselIn October, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jose Ramos-Horta, former president of Timor-Leste, Nobel Peace laureate, and former head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Guinea Bissau...
    - 15 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 12:01am -

AsiaOne - Asia News

  • Rajasthan sets up heritage council
    A heritage council will be set up in Rajasthan for the conservation, regulation and maintenance of structures with historical and archaeological importance.The Rajasthan Heritage Conservation Bill 2014 was brought up during the Budget session that b…
    - 1 hour ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:32am -
  • Most popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas
    Spring Festival is no longer a time solely for family reunions in China as more and more Chinese are traveling abroad during the holiday. Shopping has one of their most important missions during the weeklong vacation.From Japanese electronic toilet…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:05am -
  • Benefits for three-daughter families in Haryana
    The Haryana government has decided to extend the benefits of welfare schemes applicable to families with two daughters to the third daughter as well.Registered workers with three girls can expect education coverage, support for their nutrition and s…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:00am -
  • China’s top climate negotiator removed from leadership list
    BEIJING - China's top climate change negotiator has been removed from the nation's leadership list, appearing to confirm media reports he has retired, but the move has left it unclear who will lead China at crucial climate talks in Paris at the end…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:49am -
  • Four dead in second rare shooting in South Korea
    SEOUL - Four people, including a policeman, were killed on Friday in the second shooting incident in two days in South Korea where gun crime is extremely rare.A 75-year-old man, armed with a hunting rifle, shot dead his brother, the brother's wife a…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:45am -
  • Man crucifies himself for Tamil Nadu chief minister
    Karate master Shihan Hussaini, 46, crucified himself on Feb 23 for J. Jayalalithaa's comeback as the Tamil Nadu chief minister.Mr Hussaini, who is popular for his daring stunts, performed a self-crucification for six minutes and seven seconds. The n…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:37am -
  • Hong Kong’s ageing master tailors need a stitch in time
    HONG KONG - Bill Clinton did it. So did Boris Johnson, the mayor of London. For many tourists, even if they are not former US presidents, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor sho…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:34am -
  • Mysore royal family adopts heir
    The legendary Wodeyra dynasty has a new heir, as Mysore's royal family adopted Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs, 22, as the new prince.Pramoda Devi, widow of the late prince Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, adopted Yaduveer as they have no children of the…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:26am -
  • Students put their knowledge to use
    HANOI - Making glass from beach sand? Forget it! Students from Hue University of Science are using a new technique to make liquid glass from rice husks and ash.Ho Phuoc Diep, Nguyen Thi Le Giang and Tran Thi Lien came up with the idea after reading…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:25am -
  • President celebrates heroines' victory
    HANOI - President Truong Tan Sang yesterday attended the celebration of the 1,975th anniversary of the Trung sisters' Uprising at Hai Ba Trung Temple, a national relic site in Ha Noi's Me Linh District.Addressing the event, Sang affirmed that over t…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:19am -

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PBS Newshour - Asia & Pacific

  • Identity of militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhat can the U.S. do to stop radicalization at home? What’s driving European Muslims to extremism? Obama to call for joint efforts against violent extremism at summit JUDY WOODRUFF: Following yesterday…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 11:45pm -
  • How did Mohammed Emwazi become ‘Jihadi John’?

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  • South Korea strikes down ban on adultery
    South Korea today struck down a 1953 law that made adultery illegal and punishable by jail time. Photo by Image Source/Getty ImagesSouth Korea’s Constitutional Court struck down a 1953 law on Thursday that made adultery illegal and punishable by u…
    - 11 hours ago, 26 Feb 15, 7:04pm -
  • Does China have a secret plan to take America’s place?
    Watch VideoRELATED LINKSU.S. files case against China over subsidizing export industry To speed up economy, China’s central bank makes borrowing cheaper Host of challenges ahead for new defense secretary GWEN IFILL: Now to a controversial warning…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Feb 15, 11:25pm -
  • U.S.-Israel tensions continue to rise ahead of Netanyahu speech
    A planned speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress has raised tensions between the U.S. and Israel. Photo by Jason Reed/ReutersWASHINGTON — Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesda…
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  • Obama selects first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991
    File photo of then-U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani (second from right) visiting the Barkas area in the old city of Hyderabad, India, on Nov. 30, 2010. Dhanani was nominated on Feb. 24, 2015, to be the U.S. ambassador to Somalia. Photo by Noah S…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:43pm -
  • Kerry defends Iran negotiations before Congress
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate hearing on the department’s FY2016 funding request in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24. Photo by Yuri Gripas/ReutersWASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry defended Tuesday the Obama admini…
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  • Eurozone extends Greece’s bailout by four months
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a ministerial meeting at the parliament in Athens on Feb. 24. Eurozone finance ministers approved a list of reforms proposed by Greece in return for a bailout extension. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 5:15pm -
  • Gazans suffer as post-war rebuilding lags
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Now we turn to a story about life after war.Six months ago, Israel and Hamas agreed to a truce to stop the fighting which dominated much of last summer’s headlines. The fighting stopped, the spotlight…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 11:45pm -
  • Alan Turing’s family fights to correct a historical injustice
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS8 things you didn’t know about Alan Turing Benedict Cumberbatch on ‘The Imitation Game’ and making Alan Turing less of an enigma In ‘Innovators,’ Isaacson tells story of digital revolutionaries…
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