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  • Hong Kong holds election for panel to pick next leader
    Voting is under way in Hong Kong in elections for the panel that chooses the next leader.
    - 4 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 1:42am -
  • Smoke and mirrors
    One of the most repressive states in the world is trying to become one of the healthiest.
    - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 12:18am -
  • Where now?
    Hong Kong politics may be stormy, but it is a quiet, technical election that shows where things are really at.
    - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 12:12am -
  • 'Historic' Sandhurst role for Pakistani officer
    An officer from Pakistan has returned to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst to help train its cadets fight militants.
    - 9 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 8:50pm -
  • Putin turns down Japanese dog gift, MP says
    Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected Japan's offer of a gift Akita dog, a Japanese MP says.
    - 13 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 4:48pm -
  • Park Geun-hye impeached: South Korea rally demands full removal
    Opponents of impeached President Park Geun-hye rally in Seoul to demand her definitive removal.
    - 14 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 3:52pm -
  • Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000
    The official number of people displaced by an earthquake in Indonesia soars to at least 43,000.
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 5:05am -
  • After the experts
    Families who lost loved ones on board missing Malaysian flight MH370 are driving the search for the truth.
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 2:39am -
  • Turning to dust
    How young volunteers and social media are helping revive India's 204-year-old Madras Literary Society.
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 2:33am -
  • 'War on law'
    John Sudworth speaks to the families of rights lawyers detained in China's "War on Law" crackdown.
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 1:50am -

CNN Asia

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

  • Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis live round-by-round coverage
    UFC 206 live coverage: Holloway vs. Pettis live updates Dec. 10, 2016, 8:47 p.m. Max Holloway (16-3-0) will take on Anthony Pettis (19-5-0) in the main event of UFC 206 on Saturday night in Toronto. Holloway will be crowned UFC interim featherweight…
    - 38 mins ago, 11 Dec 16, 5:20am -
  • UFC 206 live coverage: Holloway vs. Pettis live updates
    UFC 206 live coverage: Holloway vs. Pettis live updates Dec. 10, 2016, 8:47 p.m. Max Holloway (16-3-0) will take on Anthony Pettis (19-5-0) in the main event of UFC 206 on Saturday night in Toronto. Holloway will be crowned UFC interim featherweight…
    - 39 mins ago, 11 Dec 16, 5:19am -
  • NBA roundup: Grizzlies push Warriors around for sixth consecutive win
    Marc Gasol and Tony Allen each scored 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies rolled over the Golden State Warriors, 110-89, Saturday night for their sixth consecutive victory.  The Grizzlies led by as many as 30 points in the second half, the biggest a…
    - 48 mins ago, 11 Dec 16, 5:10am -
  • Rendondo Beach police shoot suspect during pursuit
    A Redondo Beach police officer shot and wounded a suspect during a pursuit on Saturday evening, authorities said. The suspect, who was not identified, and officers were engaged in a car chase that ended in a collision around 6 p.m., according to Redo…
    - 58 mins ago, 11 Dec 16, 5:00am -
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown live round-by-round coverage
    UFC 206 live coverage: Holloway vs. Pettis live updates Dec. 10, 2016, 8:47 p.m. Max Holloway (16-3-0) will take on Anthony Pettis (19-5-0) in the main event of UFC 206 on Saturday night in Toronto. Holloway will be crowned UFC interim featherweight…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 16, 4:48am -
  • Brian Schmetzer's Cinderella season in Seattle ends with a title
    The clock never struck midnight for Brian Schmetzer and his Seattle Sounders. The coach never turned back into a pumpkin, the glass slipper fit perfectly and so did the crown after a penalty-kicks 5-4 win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final Saturd…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 16, 4:30am -
  • Sounders win their first MLS Cup by defeating Toronto in shootout
    Roman Torres scored in the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Seattle Sounders their first MLS Cup title, 5-4 over Toronto FC after 120 scoreless minutes Saturday night.  It was the first MLS Cup final to fail to produce a goal in regulation,…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 16, 4:30am -
  • Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi live round-by-round coverage
    UFC 206 live coverage: Holloway vs. Pettis live updates Dec. 10, 2016, 8:47 p.m. Max Holloway (16-3-0) will take on Anthony Pettis (19-5-0) in the main event of UFC 206 on Saturday night in Toronto. Holloway will be crowned UFC interim featherweight…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 4:14am -
  • Up next for USC basketball; Sunday vs. Pepperdine
    USC (8-0) is among the few teams in college basketball without a loss, and is the only one not ranked in the Associated Press top 25. Here’s a look When: 7 p.m. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Update: The Trojans are inching …
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 3:55am -
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Kelvin Gastelum live round-by-round coverage
    UFC 206 live coverage: Holloway vs. Pettis live updates Dec. 10, 2016, 8:47 p.m. Max Holloway (16-3-0) will take on Anthony Pettis (19-5-0) in the main event of UFC 206 on Saturday night in Toronto. Holloway will be crowned UFC interim featherweight…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 3:53am -

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • Should we have a second EU referendum? – live
    Join us at 12pm today to discuss where you stand and why. Follow the blog over the morning as we will update it with opinions from journalists and experts 10.56am BST David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, has this to say about our debate topic:I will contin…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:56am -
  • Brexit live: 'sad' Cameron says EU must deal with immigration concerns - latest news
    27 EU leaders meet without Britain for first timeCorbyn faces leadership challenge after news 172 MPs fail to back himStephen Crabb confirms he will stand for Tory leadership with Sajid JavidNicola Sturgeon in Brussels for meeting with JunckerCatch u…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:55am -
  • Chagos islanders lose supreme court bid to return to homeland
    Islanders forcibly evicted to make way for US base in Indian Ocean had launched legal challenge to overturn resettlement banChagos islanders, forcibly removed from their homes in 1971, have lost a legal challenge at the supreme court that could have…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:49am -
  • Scotty Moore, guitarist on Elvis's early hits, dies aged 84
    Moore only worked with Elvis for three years, but helped invent the sound that influenced everyone from Keith Richards to Bruce SpringsteenScotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revoluti…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:41am -
  • UK house price growth up in final set of figures before vote to leave EU
    Nationwide index shows annual growth rate of 5.1% in June, up from May’s 4.7%, but analysts warn of ‘calm before the storm’Growth in UK house prices picked up in June, but agents and analysts are warning that Britain’s decision to leave the E…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:22am -
  • Italian navy recovers ship that sank with 700 migrants onboard
    Forensic experts to begin identifying victims of 2015 Mediterranean disaster in which vessel capsized off Sicily The Italian navy has recovered the ship that sank off Sicily last year with between 700 and 800 people onboard in one of the worst-known…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:11am -
  • Istanbul airport attack: Isis behind deaths of at least 36, PM says – latest updates
    Series of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening in attack officials blame on Islamic State 10.10am BST A video posted on Twitter shows the moment one of the Ataturk airport attackers detonated his…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:10am -
  • Joe Hart’s England place under threat after Iceland blunder
    After his errors against Wales and Iceland led to goals at Euro 2016 the goalkeeper’s six-year reign as No1 may be coming to an endAs mea culpas go Joe Hart’s could not be more searing: “I apologise for ultimately costing us the game and the to…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:01am -
  • Euro 2016 quiz: whose hair or beard is this?
    Can you spot the footballer by the hair on his head?Euro 2016 quiz: identify the players by their tattoosWhose hair is this?Radja NainggolanMarek HamsikAnsi AgolliJuraj KuckaWhose hair is this?Zlatan IbrahimovicBirkir SævarssonMichael LangDomagoj Vi…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:00am -
  • First past the post caused this Brexit disaster. We need electoral reform now | Susanna Rustin
    The Tories promised a referendum, but left it to other parties’ activists to fight the remain corner. Proportional representation has never been more relevantCaroline Russell, a London assembly member and Islington’s sole Green party councillor,…
    - 29 Jun 16, 9:00am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Roof Collapse at Nigeria Church Kills 60
    At least 60 people in the southern Nigerian city of Uyo died Saturday when church roof collapsed during a service.The Associated Press quoted an unnamed rescuer as saying the death toll could rise as cranes remove debris.The Reigners Bible Church…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 16, 4:37am -
  • Kenya Fuel Tanker Crash Kills at Least 30
    A fuel tanker collided with several vehicles on a Kenyan highway Saturday, killing more than 30 people, the Kenyan Red Cross said.The accident happened in west-central Kenya on the Nairobi-Naivasha Highway, about 10 kilometers north of Naivasha.K…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 4:26am -
  • Last US Senate Seat Filled: Louisiana Republican Wins
    Louisiana voters Saturday chose to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, filling the nation’s last Senate seat and giving the GOP a 52-48 edge in the chamber when the new term begins in January. Kennedy had always been…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 3:49am -
  • Kyrgyzstanis Consider Increasing Prime Minister’s Power
    Voters in Kyrgyzstan are casting ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments that boost the power of the prime minister — something opposition groups have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.Sunday’s vote was in…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 3:28am -
  • Filmmaker Flees Afghanistan, is Still Seeking to be Heard
    Filmmaker Hassan Fazili fled Afghanistan last year in search of a home where he could speak freely after the Taliban threatened him with death over one of his movies. But Fazili, who moved to Serbia, will nevertheless be voiceless at a German film…
    - 3 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 2:43am -
  • OPEC Persuades 11 Non-members to Cut Oil Production
    The cartel of oil-producing countries known as OPEC has persuaded 11 non-member countries to slash oil production as a way to raise the low price of oil, which has caused financial stress for the oil producers.OPEC President and Qatar Energy Minist…
    - 7 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 10:32pm -
  • Bomb Plot Alleged as Suspects Are Arrested in Indonesia

    - 8 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 9:42pm -
  • Bombs Targeting Turkish Police Kill 29 in Istanbul
    Two explosions were touched off near a huge soccer stadium late Saturday in Istanbul. Witnesses and authorities said the attacks — a car bombing and a suicide blast — were aimed at security officers two hours after a match ended.Authorities sai…
    - 10 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 8:07pm -
  • Colombia’s Santos Touts Peace Prize as ‘Gift from Heaven’
    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, touting the honor as a “gift from heaven” for his efforts in ending the 50-year civil war in Colombia.
    - 12 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 6:25pm -
  • China Condemns US Defense Bill Provision on Taiwan
    China has spoken out against a U.S. defense bill passed Friday which includes a provision calling for yearly military exchanges with Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a breakaway province."China firmly opposes any kind of military exchanges between Tai…
    - 13 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 5:07pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • Beijing Loses Patience with Hong Kong’s Leung
    New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key surprisingly quit last week while he was ahead. Hong Kong’s Chief executive CY Leung has surprisingly quit as well, but he was hardly a success. His Beijing bosses evidently decided that he was too much of a…
    - 3 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 3:08am -
  • Duterte’s Long Game: Marcos Family Return, Critics say
    The ugly divide between Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, which culminated last week with his kicking her out of cabinet meetings, is raising concerns that his long game is to eventually turn the presidency over to a close ally, Ferdin…
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 4:26am -
  • China Adventurism Grows in Pakistan’s Gwadar Area
    Beijing’s decision to deploy its warships and submarines in conjunction with the Pakistani Navy at Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea has set alarm bells ringing in New Delhi.  The port features prominently in China’s 2,442-km…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 4:43am -
  • The Conspiracy to Save Najib
    In an extraordinary twist, a new Malaysian website has conflated George Soros, Tony Blair, former US Vice President Al Gore, the “Clinton team,” the aristocratic Rothschild family,  Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy chief Andrew McCabe, for…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 3:49am -
  • India Loses a Charismatic Actress- Politician
    India lost one of its most controversial and charismatic political leaders with the death this week of J.Jayalalithaa, the 68-year old autocratic chief minister of Tamil Nadu. A former film star, Amma (mother) as she was widely known, managed to mix…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 10:07am -
  • Danger to Democracy Increases in Hong Kong
    The Hong Kong government is making an all-out effort to decimate the ranks of pro-democracy legislators. Having already succeeded through the courts in ousting two on grounds that they made a mockery of the oath taking at the start of the first sessi…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 4:40am -
  • Thailand’s New King: Who is he Really?
    The mystery is over. After decades of question marks over the Thai royal succession, former Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is now Rama X of the Chakri dynasty. After a period of suspense after his father’s death, the son and heir has been invited to b…
    - 7 days ago, 4 Dec 16, 4:57am -
  • India’s Judicial Activists Strain Constitutional Mandate
    For more than 30 years India’s courts have issued instructions about how the country should be run, usually filling gaps left by inefficient and indolent governments. On Dec. 1, however, the Supreme Court arguably went too far with judicial activis…
    - 9 days ago, 2 Dec 16, 1:46am -
  • Massive Jakarta Rally Aimed at Indonesia’s President?
    On Friday, December 2, Indonesia’s political structure – and even the fabric of the nation as a secular republic – is expected to be further tested by a massive rally aiming to bring tens of thousands of Muslims into Jakarta to protest against…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 16, 3:12am -
  • TPP: Who Needs Uncle Sam?
    Can the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) survive without the United States?  That is what Asia is pondering with the election of Donald Trump, who has proclaimed he will pull out of the 12-member pact during his first days in office. Japan’s Prime…
    - 12 days ago, 29 Nov 16, 12:12am -

Asian Correspondent

  • Australian theme park reopens to low crowds after fatal accident
    AUSTRALIA'S Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast reopened to the public yesterday, six weeks after an accident on its Thunder River Rapids ride claimed the lives of four people.The post Australian theme park reopens to low crowds after fatal acci…
    - 3 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 2:50am -
  • Indonesia: Aceh earthquake leaves more than 43,000 homeless
    AT least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Aceh province, the Indonesian government said.The post Indonesia: Aceh earthquake leaves more than 43,000 homeless appeared first on Asian Correspondent.
    - 5 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 1:00am -
  • South Korea: After vote to impeach Park, what comes next?
    ALTHOUGH the South Korean parliament on Friday voted unanimously to impeach scandal-plagued president Park Geun-hye in a stunning move that spurred jubilation across the country, an observer said the process of her removal could be very lengthy while…
    - 19 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 11:06am -
  • M’sian PM Najib taking ‘moral high ground’ in slamming ‘genocide’ of Rohingyas – critics
    MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak's stern rebuke to Myanmar (Burma) for a military-led crackdown on Muslim Rohingyas was a rarity among Southeast Asian nations, who adhere to a policy of non-interference in each other's domestic affairs.The post…
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 4:51am -
  • Former Thai PM Yingluck’s trial to end in 2017, lawyer says
    THE criminal negligence trial against ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's first female premier, will end in July 2017, with a verdict expected soon after, her lawyer said on Friday.The post Former Thai PM Yingluck’s t…
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 4:32am -
  • South Korea: PM takes over as leader after suspension of Park’s presidential powers
    SOUTH KOREAN President Park Geun-hye's powers were suspended at 7:03 p.m. on Friday (1003 GMT) after parliament voted to impeach her, her office said.The post South Korea: PM takes over as leader after suspension of Park’s presidential powers appe…
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 16, 1:00am -
  • South Korea: President Park hopes impeachment vote will end confusion
    SOUTH Korea's President Park Geun-hye on Friday said she hoped confusion surrounding South Korea's political crisis would soon be resolved after Parliament voted to impeach her, adding that she would prepare for a court review of the impeachment moti…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 16, 9:13am -
  • BREAKING: South Korean President Park loses impeachment vote
    SOUTH KOREA's parliament voted on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal, suspending her powers.The post BREAKING: South Korean President Park loses impeachment vote appeared first on Asian Correspondent.
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 16, 7:34am -
  • Malaysian police shoot dead three Filipino kidnappers, rescue captive
    MALAYSIAN security forces on Thursday shot dead three heavily armed Filipino gunmen who had earlier gone on a crime spree in the waters off Lahad Datu in the state of Sabah, local media reported.The post Malaysian police shoot dead three Filipino ki…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 16, 7:18am -
  • Thailand: BBC will cooperate with police in royal defamation probe – source
    THE British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will cooperate with Thai police in their investigation on a defamation case involving a profile on the new king, a source at the UK-based media outlet’s Bangkok office told a local daily.The post Thailand…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 16, 6:20am -

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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

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • Impeaching South Korean President Park Geun-hye: Where Does The Country Go From Here?
    Following weeks of tense political scandal, the South Korean National Assembly voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 234-56 on a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Scott Snyder discusses where to go from here. 
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 16, 4:19pm -
  • The President's Inbox: China
    In this episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Elizabeth Economy examine President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on China.
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 8:23pm -
  • Remembering America's Forgotten Wars
    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions whether America’s post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will retake center stage with the potential appointment of a military leader to secretary of defense. According to Lemmon, “If confirmed, Mattis…would force…
    - 5 days ago, 6 Dec 16, 3:44pm -
  • South Korea’s Leadership Crisis
    President Park Geun-hye’s scandal has intensified the need for constitutional revisions that would enable South Korea to better manage leadership crises, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.
    - 23 days ago, 17 Nov 16, 9:42pm -
  • Should China’s Neighbors Rely on the U.S. for Protection?
    "President-elect Trump will find out very quickly that our allies are less a liability and more the very strategic asset the U.S. needs," writes Sheila A. Smith, CFR senior fellow for Japan studies. 
    - 25 days ago, 15 Nov 16, 8:09pm -
  • India-U.S. Ties in a Trump Presidency
    Much of the new U.S. administration’s foreign policy is a mystery, but expect broad policy continuity in U.S. relations with India while geopolitical and geoeconomic questions pull the two countries in new directions.
    - 27 days ago, 14 Nov 16, 5:30pm -
  • Post-Election, Will the U.S. Have an Asia Policy?
    Among many challenges revealed during the 2016 presidential election to the Obama adminisration’s rebalance to Asia, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes “it is the United States’ own commi…
    - 36 days ago, 5 Nov 16, 4:01pm -
  • U.S. Has Failed to Ease Adjustment to Globalization and Free Trade, Says Alden in New Book
    In Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, Council on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden explains why the political consensus in support of trade liberalization has collapsed, and how to c…
    - 37 days ago, 3 Nov 16, 8:06pm -
  • How The Next U.S. President Can Contain China In Cyberspace
    When transition planning gets underway in earnest this fall, one of the hardest memos to write will be the outbrief from the current National Security Council (NSC) team on what to do about China’s ongoing campaign of cyber espionage targeting the…
    - 38 days ago, 3 Nov 16, 3:13pm -
  • A Looming Power Struggle for China?
    If President Xi Jinping hopes to extend his leadership beyond two terms, he must prevent the Communist Party from selecting a successor in the coming months, says expert Minxin Pei.
    - 43 days ago, 28 Oct 16, 7:58pm -

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’
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  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
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  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
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  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
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  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
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France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • South Korean parliament votes to impeach scandal-hit President Park
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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Economist - Asia

  • A reforming minister tries to spur Indonesia’s economy
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  • New Zealand’s popular leader bows out
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  • Taiwan debates gay marriage
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  • Afghanistan’s vice-president is accused of kidnapping a rival
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  • Modi’s attempt to crush the black economy is hurting the poor
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CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

  • With Uncertainties Roiling Washington and Seoul, What Next for North Korea? - New York Times
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  • Finally, World Loses Patience With Malicious China Trade Practices - Forbes
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  • North Korea 'attacks' South Korea's presidential palace -
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  • Why China is cosying up to Latin America - South China Morning Post
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  • The chilling stories behind Japan's 'evaporating people' - New York Post
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  • China slams Japan over close military jet encounter - RT
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  • Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.
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  • Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump
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  • Tanzania cracks down on secret ceremonies to circumcise teenage girls
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  • S. Korea's interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear
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  • Australia's Rinehart, China group win cattle empire bid
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  • It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best
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  • Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders
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  • Trump's strategy of working with Russia will not eliminate terror from Syria
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  • Afghan filmmaker, seeking to free oppressed voices, finds own voice quieted
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  • Trump & Boeing: It's not about Air Force One, it's about China
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  • This Jan. 12, 2016 photo, shows No. 3 nuclear reactor,
    "If you were to swim everyday for six hours a day in those waters for a year, that additional radiation from the addressed cesium from Japan ... is 1000 times smaller than one dental x-ray." Should we be worried about Fukushima radiation? "If you wer…
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  • South Korea's chaos isn't great news for North Korea
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  • India's cash crisis is 'a mammoth tragedy'
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  • Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station
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  • North Korean delegation back from paying respects to Castro
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MetaFilter - Asia

  • 盲人摸象
    "We live in China, but we saw Fugazi's DVD as many times as you guys did in America," says Xubo, singer and guitarist for the most successful contemporary emo band in China, Chinese Football. "I grew up [on] the late '90s and early '00s pop-punk and…
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  • Globalization is ancient
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  • The Obama Doctrine
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  • Vietnam lifts ban on same-sex marriages
    Vietnam becomes the first South-East Asian country to abolish a ban on same sex marriages.
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  • Power of Asian superheroes
    To say that Asians cannot be superheroes because of "Asian values" erases traditional and contemporary Asian superheroes, assumes all Asians are the same, and echoes a long history of racist oppression.It tells Asians that we can only be part of so…
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  • "...people are guilty if they eat shrimp that we peeled like slaves."
    Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves. by Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan [Associated Press] Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours…
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  • Cosplay for Traditional Geeks
    Malaysian illustrator Charis Loke designs geek culture-inspired traditional South/South East Asian outfits, primarily baju kurung and kebaya. Some of her inspirations include Tolkein, Pacific Rim, Watchmen, and the Hunger Games.
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  • Meet The Uyghurs
    Kevin Kelly spent two weeks in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) in far west China. "This area has more in common with the culture of Turkey than with Beijing. It's kebab with chopsticks. But this is really China. In fact it is the largest province of China.…
    - 28 Oct 15, 9:05pm -
  • Iran is opening up to foreign trade, but not to flagship US brands
    The message he wants the developing world, especially the Islamic world, to receive from Iran is simple: you can be a safe, advanced and prosperous state without depending on America.
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  • Funeral stripping in China, Taiwan: rural tradition vs urban modernity
    [Note: *starred* links contain images of scantily clad women, making them possibly NSFW] If you've caught some of the *shorter "Crazy China" articles* circulating around recently, you've heard that the Chinese government is trying to crack down on st…
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Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • China should be granted market economy status
    Author: Claude Barfield, AEI 11 December 2016 marks an important deadline: according to rules established by the WTO for Chinese membership, WTO members must stop treating Beijing as a ‘non-market economy’. For the last 15 years, the United State…
    - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 16, 12:00am -
  • Can Japan and Russia achieve a genuine rapprochement?
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    - 19 hours ago, 10 Dec 16, 11:00am -
  • Malaysia’s trade policy post–TPP
    Author: Shankaran Nambiar, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research Malaysia’s trade with the United States has been in decline. But with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement dead in the water, what is next for Malaysia’s trade agenda? I…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Dec 16, 11:00pm -
  • Politics dampens hope for marriage equality in Taiwan
    Author: M. Bob Kao, Queen Mary University of London Last month, the international media proclaimed that marriage equality was all but a done deal in Taiwan. With long-time advocate and Democratic Progressive Party legislator Yu Mei-nu leading the cha…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 16, 11:00am -
  • Should Abe court Russia?
    Author: Georgy Toloraya, Russian Academy of Science and Dmitry Streltsov, MGIMO. Tokyo has recently invested significant effort into improving its relationship with Moscow. The Abe government has ignored repeated warnings from Washington that ‘now…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 11:00pm -
  • Bursting bubbles in China’s stock market
    Authors: Zhenya Liu, Renmin University, Danyuanni Han, University of Birmingham and Shixuan Wang, University of Birmingham. When a stock market bubble bursts it can trigger financial crises that spread like wildfire. New and complex time-series metho…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 11:00am -
  • Thailand’s lèse majesté across borders
    Author: Patrick Jory, UQ Following a recent ASEAN Defence Ministers meeting in Vientiane, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan remarked that the Laos government had responded to requests from the military regime to crack down on critic…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 11:00pm -
  • Why the Abe–Putin summit is likely to disappoint
    Author: James D. J. Brown, Temple University Japan President Vladimir Putin will finally visit Japan on 15 December. While Putin was originally expected to visit in 2014, the meeting was repeatedly delayed due to the Ukraine crisis and the resulting…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 11:00am -
  • Trump, Taiwan, and a break in a long tradition
    Author: Jeffrey A. Bader, Brookings Institution The news that President-elect Trump has spoken by phone to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen as part of the series of congratulatory calls on his election heightens concerns about Trump’s foreign poli…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 16, 11:00pm -
  • Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development
    Author: Kyunghoon Kim, King’s College London Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development’ and worth…
    - 5 days ago, 6 Dec 16, 11:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Afghanistan’s Transformation Decade? Survey of Afghan People Reveals Challenges
    2016 was a year of challenges for Afghanistan. Despite some progress in numbers of children in school and improved health indicators, incidents of violence spread across the country, and the UN logged a record number of civilian casualties. The poor…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 11:29pm -
  • The Evolving Role of Women in a Politically Uncertain Afghanistan

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  • Education a ‘Beacon of Hope’ in Afghanistan
    Education in Afghanistan has historically mirrored the ups and downs of the socio-political upheavals in the country. However, the Afghan people’s demand for quality education, their efforts to ensure greater access, and their belief in education a…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 11:27pm -
  • VIDEO: Surveying the Afghan People  
    The Asia Foundation’s just-released 2016 Survey of the Afghan People, now in its 12th year, is unique in its duration and scope. To date, 87,900 Afghans have been interviewed by trained enumerators. 2016 saw the largest number of Afghans polled: 12…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 11:26pm -
  • A ‘Miniskirt’ and a Gracious King 
    On October 13, when His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away after his 70-year reign on the Chakri throne, I was attending a meeting with a group of Southeast Asia specialists at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire to discuss “Asean: The Key to Eas…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 11:25pm -
  • Research Reveals Cambodian Television Rife with Depictions of Violence Against Women
    In a recent comedy show that aired on Cambodia’s Bayon television at the end of an All Stars Concert, a male comedian is seen repeatedly kicking and hitting his female counterpart with a piece of pipe. The live audience roars with laughter as the c…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 16, 12:33am -
  • Charter Outlines 10 Actions to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children in Timor-Leste
    As the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign kicks off across the globe, prominent government and civil society leaders in Timor-Leste signed an important Charter last week declaring their own commitment to preventing violence ag…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 16, 12:32am -
  • Afghanistan in 2016: A Survey of the Afghan People Coming Dec. 7
    On December 7, The Asia Foundation will release findings from “Afghanistan in 2016: A Survey of the Afghan People“—the broadest, most comprehensive public opinion poll in the country, covering all 34 provinces. The 2016 survey includes the r…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 16, 12:31am -
  • Hackathons Usher in New Chapter for Children’s Books in Cambodia
    On September 18, nearly 20 publishers, editors, writers, and young technologists, ready with pencils and laptops, filled a co-working space in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, for the country’s first children’s e-book hackathon. The hackathon is…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 16, 12:30am -
  • Top 10 Asia Policy Recommendations for Incoming Trump Administration
    After a grueling election season, on November 8, Americans elected their 45th president of the United States in a stunning victory for Donald Trump. As in much of the world, policymakers in Asia have been transfixed by the twists and turns of the 201…
    - 24 days ago, 17 Nov 16, 12:22am -

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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…
    - 15 Apr 16, 12:21pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 15 Apr 16, 9:30am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 15 Apr 16, 9:00am -
  • 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…
    - 15 Apr 16, 8:28am -
  • 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…
    - 15 Apr 16, 5:09am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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.
    - 14 Apr 16, 11:52pm -

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  • South Korea's political crisis
    The South Korean president's future hangs in the balance. She is suspected of involvement in a potentially far-reaching corruption scandal, linked to a close friend. Discontented Koreans have been protesting in the street. Crucial deadlines loom as t…
    - 8 days ago, 3 Dec 16, 2:13pm -
  • South Korea president impeachment vote delayed
    The impeachment vote against South Korea's scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye has been pushed back at least a week. 
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 16, 10:23am -
  • Rohingya crisis embarrasses Suu Kyi with Muslim neighbours
    Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week postponed a visit to Indonesia after protests there over her country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Meanwhile, thousands of Rohingya have been turned back at the Bangladeshi border as they tried…
    - 13 days ago, 28 Nov 16, 3:33pm -
  • Cambodia top court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders
    Cambodia’s Supreme Court upheld two life sentences for the two most senior surviving members of the Khmer Rouge on Wednesday. The judgement comes four decades after a genocide that claimed up to two million lives. Observers say the country still ha…
    - 18 days ago, 23 Nov 16, 3:39pm -
  • Why a children's TV channel in Turkey's Kurdish region was closed
    With Turkey under emergency rule since July’s failed coup attempt, numerous Kurdish TV and radio stations have been closed, accused of supporting the Kurdish separatist group the PKK.
    - 18 days ago, 23 Nov 16, 4:20am -
  • Protests against child abuse law in Turkey will continue
    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on 22 November the government was withdrawing a controversial bill that could overturn men's convictions for child-sex assault. His remarks came after a weekend of angry protests by demonstrators who said t…
    - 19 days ago, 22 Nov 16, 5:20pm -
  • Education in the crosshairs in southeastern Turkey
    Educators in Turkey are one of the groups that are being targeted in a government crackdown in south-eastern region of Turkey. More than 12,000 teachershave been suspended for alleged links to the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, already. In the first…
    - 20 days ago, 21 Nov 16, 4:20am -
  • French tourists die snorkelling at Great Barrier Reef
    A French couple in their 70s died Wednesday while snorkelling on Australia's Great barrier Reef. Police have sent a team to investigate.
    - 25 days ago, 16 Nov 16, 9:28am -
  • Plus-size model Kim Geeyang challenges South Korea's beauty norm
    Based on population size, South Koreans undergo more plastic surgery than in any other country. That’s according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
    - 26 days ago, 15 Nov 16, 4:20am -
  • What Donald Trump's election could mean for Asia
    This week's Spotlight on Asia takes a look at the potential impacts newly elected US president Donald Trump could have on countries in Asia.
    - 28 days ago, 13 Nov 16, 2:13pm -