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  • AirAsia plane 'at bottom of sea'
    The search continues for AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, with a senior official saying initial data suggests the plane is at the bottom of the sea.
    - 16 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:18am -
  • Bangalore blast kills Indian woman
    A blast outside a restaurant in Bangalore kills a woman and injures five others, prompting a security alert across Indian cities.
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 5:33am -
  • South Korea offers talks to North
    South Korea proposes high-level talks with North Korea, including discussions of reunions for families separated by the Korean War.
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 5:08am -
  • Sony's Interview makes $15m online
    Controversial Sony film The Interview becomes the studio's most downloaded film ever, just four days after its release online.
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 1:43am -
  • VIDEO: AirAsia pilot 'talented professional'
    The search has resumed for AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, which has gone missing with 162 people on board, an Indonesian official has said.
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 1:31am -
  • VIDEO: Malaysians help each other to survive
    More than 160,000 people in Malaysia have been forced to evacuate their homes and at least eight people have died in the country's worst flood in decades.
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 8:50pm -
  • VIDEO: QZ8501: What might have gone wrong?
    Following the disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501, BBC Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott considers what investigators will focus on in their search for answers.
    - 14 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • VIDEO: Ceremony marks end of Afghan mission
    Nato has formally ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan - heralding the start of a new phase of support for local Afghan troops. Sanjoy Majumder reports.
    - 16 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 5:57pm -
  • Kohli criticises Australia sledging
    India's Virat Kohli says Australia's players called him a "spoilt brat" and he had "no reason to respect" Mitchell Johnson.
    - 18 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 3:14pm -
  • Nato marks Afghan mission change
    Nato formally ends its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan at a ceremony marking the beginning of a new phase of support for Afghan troops.
    - 21 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 12:55pm -

CNN Asia

  • Missing plane likely at bottom of sea
    Indonesia's top rescue official says authorities believe the missing AirAsia jet is likely at the bottom of the sea, based on radar data from the plane's last contact.
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 5:48am -
  • China: Plot thickens for U.S. shows
    When it comes to access to their favorite shows, millions of Chinese fans of U.S. TV series find the plot thickening as 2014 draws to a close.
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:41am -
  • Flight 8501: Weather a factor?
    The passengers and crew aboard AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 could have expected to have landed in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, after a flight of just over two hours.
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:41am -
  • Opinion: Too early to compare Air Asia jet to MH370
    Les Abend says it's important to understand that the details are far too limited for drawing a parallel to Malaysia Flight 370
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:39am -
  • Time line for Flight QZ8501
    The search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 continues with few clues to go on. Searchers are focusing efforts on an area near the last known coordinates of the plane.
    - 6 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 3:55am -
  • Millions spill from security van in Hong Kong
    Two people have been arrested after police said they snatched some of the nearly 15.23 million Hong Kong dollars that spilled from a money transport van onto a street on Christmas Eve.
    - 9 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 1:01am -
  • AirAsia, MH370: How they differ
    A Malaysia-based airliner vanishes over the waters of a Southeast Asia ocean. There's no distress call, no wreckage, nothing but water and questions.
    - 9 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 12:12am -
  • Sony hack: U.S. Senator hints at China role
    Sen. Lindsey Graham hinted at China's involvement in the North Korean cyberattack on Sony Pictures and called for additional U.S. action against North Korea to make the hermit kingdom "feel the pain that is due."
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 6:50pm -
  • Epic floods hit Malaysia, Thailand
    Massive flooding forces more than 132,000 Malaysians to leave -- with more rain expected in the region.
    - 18 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 3:54pm -
  • India steps up response to militant attacks
    Army, paramilitary and police troops have intensified counter-insurgency operations in Assam in the wake of Tuesday's tribal militant raid, which left at least 72 people killed in the India's remote tea-producing state, a defense spokesman said.
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 11:34am -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

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

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • Hopes fading that 162 people aboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be found safe – rolling report
    AirAsia Airbus A320 that went missing in storms over the Java sea on Sunday likely to be on sea floor, says rescue official Storm clouds may be key clue to disappearanceObject spotted in sea by planes say officialsNo distress call, no red flags, no s…
    - 4 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:31am -
  • Greece poised for crucial presidential vote - live
    Former European commissioner Stavros Dimas needs to secure 180 votes to be elected president and prevent snap general election that could imperil Greece’s bailout. 9.29am GMT With just over half an hour to go until Greek deputies vote, investors ar…
    - 6 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:29am -
  • AirAsia QZ8501 is likely 'at the bottom of the sea'
    Hopes fade that search efforts will find any survivors from the 162 people on missing plane, which is thought to have crashed • Flight QZ8501: follow all of Monday’s developments hereAn Indonesian official said that missing AirAsia flight QZ8501…
    - 8 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:27am -
  • Mervyn King: reacting to financial crash was ‘exciting’
    Ex-governor of Bank of England says working with US Federal Reserve to combat crisis was his biggest testThe Bank of England’s response to the global financial crisis was exciting to work on and prevented another Great Depression, its former govern…
    - 28 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:07am -
  • Google’s Gmail blocked in China
    ‘Great firewall’ blamed as email service reports sharp dropoff in traffic on Friday with services still down on MondayGoogle’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorshi…
    - 33 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:02am -
  • Australia’s Chris Rogers and Shaun Marsh leave India facing tall order
    • Australia 530 all out & 261-7; India 465 all out• Rogers and Marsh guide hosts to lead of 326• Australia v India, third Test, day four – as it happenedIndia will face a steep run chase to stay alive in their Test series with Australia after…
    - 34 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:01am -
  • Our favourite music features of 2014: 1D's weird world, YouTube pop stars, Britpop backlash and more
    From singers scared of the limelight, to boybands who couldn’t escape it, here’s a second chance to relive our favourite musical stories of 2014Journalists should embark on all of their assignments with an open mind, but when I was tasked with fi…
    - 35 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action
    Northampton will be weakened by the loss of Samu Manoa, Gloucester’s motivation is in question and Tom May let the public be judge and juryAs Northampton reflected on another away victory against a potential title rival and a year in which they won…
    - 35 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

    - 36 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:59am -
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet claims he has nothing to prove
    • Mignolet set to start against Swansea on Monday• Goalkeeper has been dropped for ‘indefinite’ period• Match report: Burnley 0-1 LiverpoolThe Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he has nothing to prove as he prepares to return to the…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:30am -

VOA News - Asia

  • As Africa’s Population Booms, Meaning-Packed Baby Names Gain Popularity
    Move over, Noah and Sophia - Lovemore and Nthabiseng are gaining on you. As Africa bears down for a massive baby boom, the global balance of baby names is also going to get a lot more interesting. As increasing numbers of Americans are going with nam…
    - 36 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:59am -
  • In Africa, Myths, Superstitions About Childbirth Endanger Mothers and Babies
    Population growth projections indicate that more than five billion people will be living on the African continent by the end of this century. Despite this, infant mortality on the continent remains the highest in the world. The World Health Organizat…
    - 46 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:49am -
  • Growing African Workforce Comes to Grips with Maternity Leave
    Africa's population is growing and the United Nations estimates 40 percent of the world's population will live in Africa by 2050. African economies are also growing, along with a growth in the work force. But in some countries, the social and economi…
    - 50 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:45am -
  • In Senegal, Imam Support Key to Success in Family Planning Policy
    Birth control is a divisive issue across much of Africa - it challenges culture, religion and patriarchy. In Dakar, bringing religious leaders into the discussion has been an important step to overcoming resistance.Senegal’s population of more th…
    - 56 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:39am -
  • African Fathers Urged to Step Out of Toxic Masculinity
    Across the African continent, discussions about raising children are focused mostly around mothers. Fatherhood is often excluded from the conversation.  But as the continent braces for a sharp increase in birthrates over the next 35 years, attention…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:24am -
  • Planning Needed Now for Africa’s Baby Boom
    By the year 2050, UNICEF says, two of every five children in the world will be in Africa. This unprecedented demographic shift has two complementary causes: the already young population will soon reach reproductive age, causing a baby boom. Those wat…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:12am -
  • Is the SA Child Grant Contributing to Africa’s Baby Boom?
    With a population that has already passed the 50 million mark and a sustained unemployment rate of more than 25%, attention is being focused on South Africa’s child grant incentives for single mothers which may be encouraging young women to bear ch…
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:10am -
  • Africa Prepares for Challenges, Transformation as Baby Boom Looms
    One baby, many parents say, is a life-changer.Two billion babies can change the world.In the next 35 years, UNICEF predicts that Africa will see a massive baby boom -- so massive, that by the year 2050, four out of 10 people on this planet will…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:49am -
  • Hundreds Rescued From Greek Ferry, Many More Still On Board
    A cargo ship with about 50 passengers evacuated from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea arrived Monday in the Italian port of Bari. The rescued passengers are the first group of victims to reach land. Rescuers continue to work Mond…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 6:54am -
  • Al-Jazeera Journalists Await Appeal After 1 Year in Egyptian Jail
    Three Al-Jazeera journalists are marking one year since they were arrested in Egypt on charges of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood, as they look toward a court date Thursday to appeal their case.Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian-Canadian…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 6:38am -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asian Correspondent

  • Objects spotted in sea in AirAsia plane search area
    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by a search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:52am -
  • AirAsia plane has tire problem in Philippines
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Airline and government officials says that an AirAsia Zest plane developed a tire problem in the central Philippine city of Tagbilaran, prompting the airline, which is partly owned by AirAsia Philippines, to cancel its fl…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:09am -
  • Scaffold collapse at Beijing school kills 10
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media are reporting that a scaffolding collapse at a Beijing high school has killed 10 people and injured four. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday that the accident occurred at a construction area at Tsingh…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:58am -
  • 3rd blogger detained in Vietnam in a month
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police have detained a third blogger in a month in the latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:53am -
  • Obama: Longest war in US history is ending
    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:45am -
  • 24 dead, 8 missing in Sri Lanka mudslides, floods
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan officials say 24 people have been killed and eight others are missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain around the country over the past week. The Disaster management Center also said Sunday t…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:40am -
  • Thai junta seeks deeper ‘China pivot’, lauds Beijing’s leadership style
    Thailand's military government is seemingly seeking closer ties with China, as seen with the approval of a big infrastructure project and some odd words by Thai junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha.
    - 9 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 12:05am -
  • Search resumes for missing AirAsia jet, ‘suspicious’ objects spotted
    Indonesia's MetroTV station is reporting that an AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard is missing after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 9:26am -
  • Transparency, compassion mark Malaysia’s latest aviation crisis
    The news of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 compounds terrible memories for Malaysians, as earlier this year Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished and MH17 was shot down over Ukraine.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 8:54am -
  • World: US, NATO to mark end of mission to Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States and NATO will formally end 13 years of war in Afghanistan with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 8:50am -

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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • AirAsia Shares Fall Sharply
    As rescuers continue to search for missing Flight 8501, AirAsia faces pressure from investors for details over the loss of the aircraft operated by its Indonesian affiliate, sending its stock down sharply.
    - 14 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:21am -
  • Fees Get Leaner on Private Equity
    Facing pressure from investors and heightened scrutiny from federal regulators, some of the largest private-equity firms are giving up their claim to fees that generated hundreds of millions of dollars for them over the years.
    - 16 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:19am -
  • Big Asian Debt Issuers Feel Pinch
    Asian companies issued record amounts of bonds this year, but some of that debt is turning sour as falling oil prices and a shakeout in China’s housing market hit energy companies and real-estate developers.
    - 21 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:14am -
  • Search for AirAsia Plane Widens
    Indonesian officials have expanded the search area for the missing AirAsia airplane and said they suspect the plane is at “the bottom of the sea,” but no signals have been detected from its emergency locator transmitters.
    - 22 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:13am -
  • Xiaomi Becomes World's Most Valuable Tech Startup
    It’s official: Xiaomi Corp. is the world’s most valuable technology startup. Including the more than $1 billion of capital raised in its latest funding round, Xiaomi’s valuation would be more than $46 billion.
    - 38 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:57am -
  • Missing Flight Thrusts Airbus A320 Into Spotlight
    Success with the A320, the type of jet now missing on an Indonesia to Singapore flight, has fueled a global expansion for plane maker Airbus.
    - 51 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:44am -
  • Missing Flight Stirs Old Debates Over Safety Issues
    The disappearance of the AirAsia flight could refocus attention on long-standing issues that have figured prominently in previous commercial-air crashes.
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:28am -
  • Roche Wins Approval For Ebola Test
    Roche Holding said it has received emergency authorization by U.S. drug regulators for an Ebola virus test, a development that could help health care authorities around the world fight the current outbreak of the deadly disease.
    - 1 hour ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:14am -
  • Labor-Market Dropouts Stay on the Sidelines
    The Outlook: While the U.S. economy suddenly looks healthier, it isn’t luring back many of the millions who dropped out of the labor market during the down times, which is nagging at many economists.
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 6:12am -
  • China Crackdown to Benefit GE
    The CEO of GE’s China operations discusses how the company is adapting to a new era of growth and why it is poised to benefit from the Chinese government’s crackdown on corruption.
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 5:08am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

  • What it’s like to be a rice farmer
    TAKEO, Cambodia — The world turned blue and green as my sickle swept through rice stalks. Our gang was silent and sweating in the sultry afternoon. The only sound was the crackle of breaking stalks and the slop of feet in monsoon-fed water. An old…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 6:09am -
  • The art of essay writing for the brain washed
    SEOUL — When Korean American writer Suki Kim introduced the concept of an essay to her North Korean students, they were befuddled. That’s because an essay, Kim writes, requires setting up a thesis, and then acknowledging and refuting the argument…
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 6:00am -
  • Search halted for missing AirAsia plane as night falls
    Indonesia suspended until first light the search for an AirAsia plane that went missing Sunday in the Java Sea with 162 people on board after the crew requested a change of flight plan due to stormy weather.read more
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:09pm -
  • Flight from Indonesia to Singapore loses contact: media
    JAKARTA — An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a Transport Ministry official.read more
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:06am -
  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey,' blames US for blackout
    North Korea on Saturday called US President Barack Obama a 'monkey' for inciting cinemas to screen a comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill its leader, and blamed Washington for an internet blackout this week.read more
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 2:16pm -
  • Political kidnappings, North Korean style
    SEOUL, South Korea — It’s difficult to imagine that kidnappers could get away with abducting a privileged foreign student from a French university and spiriting him thousands of miles away to his home country via a flight departing from a public…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 5:15am -
  • Some Cambodian farmers manage to reclaim their fields from landmine legacy
    BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — In this country once ravaged by war, many farmers are still afraid to work their land because of unexploded ordnance left behind from decades of conflict. But there's also new hope, at least for some farm families, as cleara…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 4:26am -
  • Cambodians still live with the painful legacy of US 'secret war' (VIDEO)
    BANTEAY MEANCHEAY PROVINCE, Cambodia — Thousands of Cambodians struggle every day with the legacy of war this Southeast Asian nation has endured. But as funding decreases for programs that serve amputees and landmine victims, some Cambodian officia…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 4:49pm -
  • These tsunami survivors prove just how resilient people can be
    BANDA ACEH — Few tragedies compare to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Ten years later, life forges on.read more
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 6:00am -
  • Terrorist nation status would be a ‘big deal’ for North Korea
    SEOUL, South Korea — The 'state sponsors of terrorism' list is a fabled document in foreign policy circles: Washington’s club of designated bad regimes that support saboteurs, assassins and extremists. After the Sony hack, which the FBI blames on…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 5:31pm -

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

  • Multi-culturalism: the flipside of fundamentalism?
    Alwyn Lau argues that fundamentalism and multi-culturalism may be one and the same phenomenon.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 7:00pm -
  • In search of Saman
    In the first of two pieces on Aceh, Lilianne Fan reflects on the Saman dance and its place in the Gayo cultural universe
    - 7 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:11am -
  • Happy New Year from New Mandala
    New Mandala's end of year spectacular has some familiar faces getting their groove on
    - 10 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 3:48am -
  • Reponse to Poh Soo Kai’s allegations
    Burhan Gafoor, the Singaporean High Commissioner to Australia, responds to a recent New Mandala post
    - 11 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:06am -
  • Blind spot in Buddhist Studies
    Eisel Mazard looks closely at the relationship between Buddhist Studies and contemporary politics in Southeast Asia
    - 13 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 1:31am -
  • The making of pseudo-democracy
    Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang says military-style participation renders constitution drafting meaningless
    - 13 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 11:44pm -
  • Everyone is a politician
    Aslam Abd Jalil argues that everyone is a politician and that our political stand is what we believe things should be
    - 16 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 8:54pm -
  • The changing face of Xanana Gusmao
    It's time to re-examine the myth surrounding the Xanana Gusmao, write Angie Bexley and Maj Nygaard-Christensen.
    - 17 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 4:44am -
  • The Praba Ganesan story
    Praba Ganesan says he is a willing volunteer to support an abstract convolution called Malaysia
    - 20 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 2:28pm -
  • Koh Tao trial another litmus test
    Luke Corbin suggests the Koh Tao investigation is an example of institutional discrimination against the Burmese in Thailand
    - 20 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 5:00am -

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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…
    - 45 days ago, 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…
    - 59 days ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • On permanent parole
    A FOUR-YEAR battle ended yesterday, when Singapore's highest court upheld the constitutionality of Section 377(a) of the country's penal code, which renders any man convicted of committing "or abet[ting] the commission of...any act of gross indecency…
    - 60 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:41am -
  • Soldiering on
    EVEN seasoned taxi drivers confess that they are finding it difficult to navigate sections of Christchurch. Portions of New Zealand’s second-largest city have become unrecognisable since an earthquake hit in February 2011, killing 185 people and in…
    - 61 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:46pm -
  • When the luck runs out
    CASINOS have served Cambodia as a rare and dependable cash cow ever since the country first emerged from its decades of civil war, in the late 1990s. On the face of it this year will be no different, with the government expecting to increase its taki…
    - 67 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:29am -
  • Stakes upped
    THE bet was bound to be a risky one. In July Japan decided to restart talks with North Korea in the hope of securing the return of citizens kidnapped in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The stakes have since been raised. North Korea’s initial report…
    - 67 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:59pm -
  • Party on
    WEIRDLY enough, Japan is still a land where you can’t move to the rhythm legally in a nightclub after midnight. This is despite years of campaigning by Japan’s youth. Yet nothing they have done has succeeded in changing laws—from the time of Ja…
    - 69 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:21am -
  • The second Modi wave
    EVEN though the results were not surprising, they are significant. So large was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory in general elections in May 2014, led by Narendra Modi, that his party was widely expected to triumph again in state elections in…
    - 70 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:14am -
  • Third term lucky
    THIRD-TERM governments are reputedly difficult for a governing party—and particularly in New Zealand’s multi-party system, in which voters plump for both a party and a candidate for their local electorate. But John Key, the country’s prime mini…
    - 72 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:11pm -
  • Pushing the limits
    SHORTLY before he became prime minister last year, Tony Abbott praised the “freedom that our civilisation has nurtured”. Last month Mr Abbott’s mood in parliament was more sober. “Regrettably,” he said, “the delicate balance between freed…
    - 75 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 11:02am -

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

  • Businesses benefit where governments are unable or unwilling to protect human rights, right? Wrong
    When one thinks of businesses operating in countries that are still struggling to protect and provide for human rights, a narrative can easily spring to mind involving unscrupulous businesses happily taking advantage of weak labor laws, a lack of m…
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  • Tiga pelajaran penting dari Tsunami 2004
    Pada dasarnya saya adalah orang yang pragmatis, mengingat awal karir saya sebagai petugas kelurahan, lanjut terus ke kecamatan, di India, ketika saya bertanggungjawab untuk banyak hal yang terjadi di lapangan, mulai dari persediaan air hingga renc…
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  • Three key lessons from the 2004 Tsunami
    I began my professional career as a sub-district and district level administrator in India-a position that makes one responsible for pretty much everything- from making sure the water comes out of the taps and the garbage is collected in the morni…
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  • What can Laos teach us about organizational learning?
    A collection of photos in the Champassak provincial office of Électricité du Laos shows the blue-shirted employees in action. Photo: Naazneen Barma/The World BankThe hallways of the Électricité du Laos (EDL) provincial offices in Champassak Pr…
    - 34 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 6:54pm -
  • Rice Price Volatility- Why It Matters For Poverty Reduction in Myanmar
     There are many kinds of rice and one of the most popular varieties in Myanmar is called Emata. This word literally means that it’s so delicious that a visitor is still sitting and eating. Emata lives up to its name- people in Myanmar love it…
    - 35 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:30am -
  • Mở rộng chương trình vệ sinh môi trường tại Việt Nam

    - 41 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:33am -
  • Taking Sanitation to Scale in Vietnam
    A resident in Hoa Binh Province is happy with his newly built toilet. Photo: World Bank’s Water and Sanitation ProgramSanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing the burden of disease, improving quality of life, promoting the safe…
    - 41 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:26am -
  • Philippines: Owning a Toilet is a Sign of Progress
    In the quiet village of Bantayanon in Negros Occidental, Ligaya Almunacid showed off her new toilet.  “This is my dream toilet,” she told us. Hers is not the typical structure made of palm-thatched roof and walls commonly seen in the area, b…
    - 41 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:58am -
  • We Children Can Help Other Children Too
    ​Hi, my name is Mateo. I am 9 years old. Every night my mom reads me a story.  Many times she tells me a story about how some boys are fortunate to be born rich, and some are not. My mom always reminds me that I am among the fortunate.  My…
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  • Ketika Anak-Anak Membantu Sesama
    Halo, nama saya Mateo. Umur saya 9 tahun. Tiap malam Ibu selalu membacakan cerita. Katanya di dunia ini ada anak-anak yang beruntung karena lahir dari keluarga mampu, ada pula yang tidak. Menurut Ibu saya termasuk di antara mereka yang beruntun…
    - 47 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:01am -

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…
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  • 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.
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  • 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…
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Laos, where rubber hits the road to China
    The rice fields that blanketed this remote mountain village for generations are gone. In their place rise neat rows of young rubber trees -- their sap destined for China. As Beijing scrambles to feed its galloping economy, it has already scoured the…
    - 11 May 08, 9:42am -
  • In battle with China for allies, Taiwan resorts to riskier tactics
    A scandal here over a bungled Taiwan attempt to forge official ties with Papua New Guinea has thrown a spotlight on the long-running, shadowy war between China and Taiwan for allies. (International Herald Tribune)
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  • IMF cuts Chinese economic growth forecasts to about 9%
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday it has adjusted its forecasts for the global economic growth in 2008 downward to below 4 percent, with a growth of just above 9 percent for the Chinese economy. (China Daily)
    - 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…
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Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • Time to End the North Korean Threat
    The threat posed by North Korea far transcends cyberspace, requiring a vigorous new effort to reunify the Korean peninsula, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
    - 6 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 8:23pm -
  • Media Conference Call: North Korean Cyberattack on Sony Pictures (Audio)
    Adam Segal, CFR senior fellow for China studies, and Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies, discussed the cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the studio's decision to cancel its release of The Interview, a comedy that reportedly depicts t…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 9:45pm -
  • Media Conference Call: North Korean Cyberattack on Sony Pictures
    Adam Segal, CFR senior fellow for China studies, and Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies, discussed the cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the studio's decision to cancel its release of The Interview, a comedy that reportedly depicts…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • Media Call on Peshawar School Attack
    Following the Pakistani Taliban's December 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey and Adjunct Senior Fellow Farah Pandith discussed the attack itself, the Taliban, the Pakistani political scene, the attack's li…
    - 12 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:42pm -
  • Media Conference Call: Peshawar School Attack
    Following the Pakistani Taliban's attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey and Adjunct Senior Fellow Farah Pandith discuss the event itself, the Taliban, the Pakistani political scene, the attack's likely implications…
    - 12 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:25pm -
  • Abe's Stronger Mandate
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a fresh electoral mandate to implement structural reforms but many of his intended changes will require the transformation of Japanese society, says CFR's Sheila Smith.
    - 12 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 4:12pm -
  • Behind Pakistan’s Taliban War
    Military forces have degraded the Pakistani Taliban's insurgency, but the Peshawar school attack demonstrates the limits of government control and lethality of rebel forces, says CFR's Daniel Markey.
    - 12 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 3:30pm -
  • Pakistan Horror: When the War Comes to Schools
    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that while the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, is horrific in scale, it is but the latest in a trend of terrorist attacks targeting schools, students, and teachers across the globe.
    - 12 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 10:12pm -
  • Domestic Politics and China's Health Aid to Africa
    This study explores the role of domestic politics in China’s health-related development assistance to Africa. It identifies domestic politics as a constant, even critical, component in shaping and structuring China’s health aid to Africa.…
    - 12 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 9:44pm -
  • The CIA Torture Report is Causing Political Ripples Overseas
    Joshua Kurlantzick reviews the impact of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report regarding their investigation into CIA interrogation practices on countries around the world, including: Thailand, Afghanistan, Lithuania, and Poland.
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:11pm -

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)…
    - 4 Mar 13, 1:25pm -
  • Sanctions call over Thai elephant ivory trade
    Environmental groups plan to table a motion at a conference on endangered species in Bangkok next month calling for sanctions against hosts Thailand over the trade in elephant ivory.
    - 2 Mar 13, 9:02am -
  • Rodman: N. Korea dictator an 'awesome guy'
    The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for "wining and dining" visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
    - 1 Mar 13, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
    A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:04pm -
  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
    A Japanese court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors to up to 10 years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa last year.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:24pm -
  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:06pm -
  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
    As part of a documentary film, NBA’s former all-star Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea, but soon found himself bonding with its leader, making him the first American to meet Kim Jong Un since the nation’s leader took power. (TODAY)
    - 1 Mar 13, 12:48pm -
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  • China says US-based hackers target its websites
    China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokes…
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The Telegraph - Asia

France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • Search widens for AirAsia plane likely at ‘bottom of sea’
    A top Indonesian search and rescue official on Monday said the missing AirAsia plane, which disappeared over the weekend with 162 people on board after taking off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya, is probably at the bottom of the Java Sea.
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 6:50am -
  • Indonesia set to resume search for missing AirAsia plane
    Indonesia was set to resume at first light the search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after the pilot requested a change in course to avoid bad weather.
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 10:07pm -
  • Leader of Bahrain’s Shiite opposition arrested
    Bahraini authorities on Sunday detained the head of the main Shiite Muslim opposition group after he was summoned for questioning over unspecified violations.
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 6:12pm -
  • AirAsia boss faces airline’s first major crisis
    Malaysian mogul Tony Fernandes, who transformed a floundering carrier into Asia's biggest budget airline, faces his first major crisis after an AirAsia plane went missing Sunday with 162 people on board.
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:09pm -
  • US-led coalition marks end of 'longest war' in Afghanistan
    The US and NATO held a ceremony in Kabul on Sunday to mark the end of a 13-year war that drove the Taliban from power but left vast swathes of the country in the grip of insurgent violence.
    - 23 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 10:12am -
  • Search for missing AirAsia plane suspended for night
    The air search for an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board that went missing over the Java Sea in Indonesia on Sunday has been suspended for the night and will resume in the morning, authorities announced Sunday.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 6:21am -
  • World marks 10 years since devastating Asian tsunami
    Thousands of people are holding memorials on Friday to mark 10 years since an earthquake off the Indonesian coast spawned a devastating tsunami that claimed 220,00 lives and destroyed coastal areas in 14 nations.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 11:46pm -
  • Separatist rebels massacre dozens in India's Assam
    At least 56 people including children died in a series of militant attacks in Assam, Indian police said Wednesday, as the rebels dramatically intensified a long-running separatist campaign in the tea-growing state.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 8:34am -
  • Japanese lawmakers re-elect Shinzo Abe as prime minister
    Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday approved a new term for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, granting him a renewed mandate for his “Abenomics” strategies to revive the economy through monetary easing, government spending and structural reform.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 7:11am -
  • Two arrested in Sydney counterterror operation
    Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kill a random member of the public in Sydney.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 1:19am -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

  • Indonesian official says missing AirAsia jet is believed to be at the bottom of the sea
    BEIJING — As the search for a missing AirAsia plane resumed Monday morning, Indonesian authorities said they believe the commercial jet with 162 people on board already lies at the bottom of the sea.“Based on the coordinates given to us and evalu…
    - 6 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 3:15am -
  • NATO flag lowered in Afghanistan as combat mission ends
    KABUL — The 13-year NATO combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended Sunday with a ceremonial retirement of its green flag and a pledge by top officials of the U.S.-led coalition to remain reliable partners in Afghanistan’s unfinished war agains…
    - 9 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 12:39am -
  • Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended
    BEIJING — With the disappearance Sunday morning of yet another plane from Southeast Asia, the day unfolded here with scenes that have grown tragically familiar: the series of news conferences by government and airline officials, the mounting of a h…
    - 18 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 3:44pm -
  • North Korea slams U.S. over Internet shutdown, calls Obama a ‘monkey’
    BEIJING — North Korea on Saturday compared President Obama to a “monkey in a tropical forest” as it blamed the administration for disrupting its Internet access amid a hacking dispute related to the movie “The Interview.”Read full article >…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 4:16pm -
  • Pakistani forces kill alleged organizer of school massacre
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Security forces on Friday killed an alleged organizer of last week’s school massacre, the latest sign that the government and military are stepping up their assault on the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamist militant groups…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 7:30pm -
  • Is India’s country-wide tax a ‘game-changer’ for business?
    KHANAURI, India — On a recent foggy winter morning, the line of trucks stretched for miles at Khanauri, a state border checkpoint in northern India. The drivers had been traveling for days carrying factory goods. But the arduous journey on bumpy, c…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 8:30am -
  • Afghan cabinet delays stoke worry, frustration
    KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is famously impatient with delays and dallying. He runs meetings with clockwork precision, rebukes latecomers and once reportedly even locked the door on a deputy minister who showed up 10 minutes after the app…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 2:37am -
  • India’s ruling party posts strong results in elections in Muslim-majority Kashmir
    NEW DELHI — India’s ruling party is likely to play a key role for the first time in forming a coalition government in the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir, with results of local elections announced Tuesday showing big gains for the part…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 1:15pm -
  • China reluctant to join U.S. in punishing North Korea over cyberattacks
    BEIJING — China said Tuesday that there was no proof that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, signaling Beijing’s reluctance to side with the United States over the incident, while also rejecting speculation that…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 12:31pm -
  • In a strategic valley, a glimpse of Afghan troops’ future after most U.S. forces leave
    BABA, Afghanistan — Clutching M-16 rifles, the Afghan soldiers nervously stood watch on a sand-colored ridge next to a mud house blown apart by gunfire. A week earlier, their unit had pushed the Taliban from this village. Now, the insurgents were o…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 8:30am -

The Economist - Asia

  • Japan’s election: The Abe habit
    Abe bats againTHE general election on December 14th cost ¥63 billion (over $500m), and came just two years after the previous one. So many Japanese could not see the point of it that only 52.7% of voters went to the polls—a post-war low. Yet f…
    - 12 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:11pm -
  • Terrorism in Australia: A nightmare comes true
    A city shockedTHE siege on December 15th in the Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place, in the heart of Sydney’s business district, was the first terrorist act in Australia based on a political message about Islam. The morning had started with r…
    - 12 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:11pm -
  • Pakistan: From the graveyard
    “I AM not sure if Pakistan was created in the name of religion, but it is surely being destroyed in the name of religion.” So wrote a distraught former army officer on December 16th, as a terrorist attack, awful even by Pakistan’s grim stan…
    - 13 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 5:40pm -
  • Japanese property: Waking from sleep
    Japan in graphics: An examination of the country's troubled economy and demographicsSINCE the bubble burst in 1990, the Japanese have known only falling or stagnant prices for property. Yet a wave of commercial redevelopment in downtown Tokyo sug…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • The Solomon Islands: Mark Three
    WHEN the Solomon Islands made Manasseh Sogavare prime minister on December 9th, it was amid a heavy security presence of local and Australian police officers. This is the third stint in office for Mr Sogavare, a black belt in karate, and the first tw…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • India’s Jammu and Kashmir: Modi’s northern lights
    ONCE a separatist, now a politician, Sajjad Lone says that pragmatism is gaining in popularity in the disputed...
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Education in Indonesia: School’s in
    WITH roughly 55m students, 3m teachers and more than 236,000 schools in 500 districts, Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest education system. But the system does not work nearly as well as it should. The country’s new president, Joko Wido…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Afghanistan: Old problems, new hope
    MORE than 13 years after NATO launched its invasion of Afghanistan following the attacks of September 11th, its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) this week lowered the flag at its headquarters in Kabul, the capital. The ceremony brou…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Japan and Abenomics: Moment of reckoning
    THERE is little doubt that Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, sees himself as a leader with an historic mission. In an interview with The Economist, he recalled the revolutionaries from his home prefecture of Yamaguchi who in the 1860s overthr…
    - 25 days ago, 4 Dec 14, 1:34pm -
  • Thai politics: Delaying the day of reckoning
    No longer so closeTHE generals who have been running Thailand since their coup in May are eager to carry on doing so. Martial law, they now say, will stay in place “indefinitely”. Elections will be held, but not until early 2016—maybe. But…
    - 25 days ago, 4 Dec 14, 1:34pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • London FTSE shares climb at open
    London (AFP) - London shares made a solid start on Monday following the holiday break with confidence boosted by Asian stimulus measures and another Wall Street record.
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  • Stakes high for Indonesia as aviation safety in spotlight again
    By Siva Govindasamy JAKARTA (Reuters) - The disappearance of an Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet comes at a sensitive time for Jakarta's aviation authorities, as they strive to improve the country's safety reputation to match its status as one of the…
    - 29 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:06am -
  • Unclear whether oil, objects found in sea linked to lost jet
    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian helicopter saw two oily spots in the search area for the missing AirAsia jetliner Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects hundreds of miles away, but it was too early to know whether either wa…
    - 55 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:40am -
  • AirAsia's brash CEO now searches for right words
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Fernandes is more than just the CEO of AirAsia: He's the brash personality and cheerleader-like figure who gives the discount carrier its soul.
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:54am -
  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfwa…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:55am -
  • Indonesian official: Prospects bleak for missing jet
    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which an AirAsia jet carrying 162 people disappeared, and more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery, officials…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 4:51am -
  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet
    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the key developments:
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  • Mexico calls for larger, more diverse U.N. Security Council
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Sunday called for an overhaul of the United Nations Security Council, envisaging more member countries across a wider geographical swathe, as the government steps up efforts to raise its profile on the global stage.…
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 10:30pm -
  • Indonesia set to resume search for missing AirAsia plane, relatives wait
    By Eveline Danubrata and Michael Taylor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia was set to resume at first light the search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after the…
    - 12 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 9:43pm -
  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident
    The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 16…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:21pm -

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • 3rd Blogger Detained In Vietnam In A Month
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police have detained a third blogger in a month in the latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.Blogg... Read more: Nguyen Dinh Ngoc, Nguyen Dinh Ngoc Detained, Nguyen Dinh Ngoc Jailed, Ja…
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  • Amid Hacking Tensions, South Korea Offers To Resume Talks With North
    (Reuters) - South Korea proposed on Monday to resume stalled talks with North Korea, an overture that comes amid heightened diplomatic tension after S... Read more: South Korea North Korea Talks, Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un, Ryoo Kihl-Jae, So…
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 10:57pm -
  • Carl Pope: The Grid Reliability Myth
    Why do we keep reading about unreliability as the problem with a 100-percent clean power future? The media confuses intermittency with unreliability. A full moon is intermittent -- and so are eruptions of Old Faithful. But we would not describe ei…
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 8:38pm -
  • 'The Interview' Breaks Online Record
    By Liana B. BakerDec 28 (Reuters) - Sony Pictures said on Sunday that the "The Interview" had been purchased or rented online more than 2 million ... Read more: The Interview, The Interview Sony, Sony the Interview, The Interview Downl…
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 6:46pm -
  • MeiMei Fox: Remembering the Asian Tsunami Disaster of 2004
    Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake or Asian Tsunami Disaster, which killed an estimated 230,000 people in 14 countries. It elicited one of the greatest outpourings of humanitarian response ever from the global c…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:18pm -
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson: North Korea's Racial Slur of President Obama Is Business as Usual
    It's hardly the first time that some official or official source in North Korea has gotten caught with its racial dirty linen waving. The verbal war is the outcrop of the deep suspicion, distrust, antagonism, and confrontation that's characterized re…
    - 19 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 2:35pm -
  • New Legislation Has This Nation's Gay Community 'Overwhelmed By Fear'
    By Gayatri Suroyo and Charlotte Greenfield BANDA ACEH, Indonesia/JAKARTA, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main ... Read more: Reuters, Indonesia, Indonesia Gays, Indonesia Anti-Gay Law, Anti-Gay Law…
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  • William D. Chalmers: 2015 Travel Must Dos
    Some destinations and activities are not new, just things we would like to do in 2015. And some destinations are not obscure never-heard-of-before off the Google Map, but well known fun destinations. Read more: Slidepollajax, Cuba, Ecpli…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 4:15pm -
  • Report: North Korean Internet, 3G Mobile Network Shut Down For Hours
    By Jack Kim SEOUL, Dec 27 (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for ... Read more: Reuters, North Korean Internet Shut Down, North Korea, North Korea Inter…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 9:05am -
  • Doug Bandow: U.S. Should Close Bases on Okinawa: Bring Troops Home and Let Japanese Defend Japan
    The U.S. is over-burdened militarily and effectively bankrupt financially, but Washington is determined to preserve every base and deployment, no matter how archaic -- such as the many military facilities in Okinawa. Read more: Okinawa,…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 4:45am -

Newsvine - Asia

  • Israel, a Jewish Republic?
    Israel has an identity problem. Is it a Jewish state that provides legal and material preferences for citizens of Jewish ancestry? Or is it a secular nation-state, but one that happens to be rooted in Jewish culture and the Hebrew language? For more…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:14pm -
  • Why as Jews, as Israelis, we must repent for Gaza's dead - Opinion Israel News | Haaretz
    My moral introspection – cheshbon hanefesh – induced by the forthcoming High Holydays would not make an engrossing tell-all autobiography nor a big Hollywood movie production. I hate to confess it would not even be material for a sensitive low-bu…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 12:51am -
  • Christmas in Bethlehem: For Palestinian Christians, a time of needed hope - Yahoo News
    Palestinian worshipers were welcomed this Sunday to the Bethlehem Christmas Lutheran Church, nestled just off a narrow cobblestone road.“We are very happy. Christmas means a lot to us,” says Sami, a Bethlehem native who now lives in Jerusalem an…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 1:50am -
  • Israel approves 243 new settler homes in East Jerusalem - Yahoo News
     Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of 243 new homes on West Bank land that Israel annexed to Jerusalem, and advanced plans for another 270 homes in the same area, officials said on Thursday.Such moves run counter to calls b…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 9:28pm -
  • What Will Israel Become?
    There is a growing uneasiness, social, political, economic,” Amos Oz, the novelist, told me in an interview. “There is a growing sense that Israel is becoming an isolated ghetto, which is exactly what the founding fathers and mothers hoped to lea…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 3:55am -
  • Israel official: Settlement funding up before vote - Yahoo News
     Israel's outgoing government is pumping millions of dollars into Jewish settlements in the West Bank for public buildings and roads ahead of national elections, an official said Tuesday, in what opponents view as a political ploy aimed at gaining f…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 7:48pm -
  • Egypt says it backs Palestinian UN resolution - Yahoo News
    Cairo (AFP) - Egypt said on Saturday it supports a draft resolution submitted by the Palestinians to the UN Security Council setting out terms for a final peace deal with Israel.The Palestinians on Wednesday presented the resolution setting a 12-mon…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 12:10am -
  • Ari Roth, Director of Jewish Theater, Is Fired
    A prominent but polarizing director of Jewish theater has been fired from his longtime perch at the Jewish Community Center in Washington after several productions that raised challenging questions about Israel.Ari Roth, a 53-year-old playwright who…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 12:03am -
  • Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation - Yahoo News
    Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.In Geneva, the international co…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 10:33pm -
  • Shattering Israel's Image | Alon Ben-Meir
    No Israeli government has shattered Israel's international image more than the Netanyahu government has over the past six years. Not only have Netanyahu and his cohorts systematically been engaged in rancorous public narratives against the Palestinia…
    - 9 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 4:39am -

Topix - Asia

  • Missing AirAsia jet Indonesia's latest air woe
    A relative of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 weeps as she waits for the latest news on the missing jetliner at a crisis center set up by local authority at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Su... A 24-year-old p…
    - 6 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 3:33am -
  • No Cdns believed to be on Air Asia plane
    The Foreign Affairs Department says there's no indication there are any Canadians on board a missing Air Asia flight. The AirAsia jet had 162 people on board for a scheduled two-hour flight from western Indonesia to Singapore when it disappeared on S…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 11:29pm -
  • Graham suspects China involved in Sony attack
    Sen. Lindsey Graham hinted at China's involvement in the North Korean cyberattack on Sony Pictures and called for additional U.S. action against North Korea to make the hermit kingdom "feel the pain that is due." "I can't imagine anything this massiv…
    - 14 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 7:18pm -
  • US, NATO will hold ceremony to mark the end of 13-year mission to fight Afghan insurgency
    The United States and NATO will mark the formal end of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 i…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 4:51pm -
  • Sri Lanka's largest Muslim party leaves gov't
    Sri Lanka's largest Muslim political party on Sunday defected from President Mahinda Rajapaksa's camp to support the opposition candidate in next month's presidential election. With Sunday's announcement Sri Lanka Muslim Congress became the latest pa…
    - 20 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 1:06pm -
  • Afghan police lead insurgent fight at high cost
    When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan's police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only sons joining the ranks of a police force on the front lines of…
    - 22 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 11:35am -
  • US, NATO to mark end of mission to Afghanistan
    The United States and NATO will formally end 13 years of war in Afghanistan with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul. The ceremony on Sunday will mark the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transiti…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 7:50am -
  • AirAsia plane with 161 aboard missing in Indonesia, officials say
    An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations were underway. AirAsia, a regiona…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 6:52am -
  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row
    A state court has determined a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place. A state court determined Friday…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 3:29am -
  • Sony works for third day to restore PlayStation after attack
    Sony Corp worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation online gaming network after a Christmas Day cyberattack shuttered access to some customers, including holiday recipients of new game consoles. "If you received a Play…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Dec 14, 11:17pm -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • 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…
    - 56 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • Time erases everything
    It’s a Secret: My Time with Charles Sobhraj, the Bikini Killer by the grate Gary Indiana.
    - 12 Sep 14, 3:57am -
  • The origins of that stereotypical Chinese nine-note riff
    Kat Chow, with NPR's Code Switch, put together a short piece on the history and the prevalence of the well-known nine note "stereotypical Asian theme." As described in a 2005 Straight Dope forum question: You know, the one that goes dee dee dee dee d…
    - 29 Aug 14, 5:05am -
  • Kenji in Asia
    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his…
    - 1 Aug 14, 3:54pm -
  • Illustrated Skills of the Traveller, Physician, Sailor, Martial Artist
    The Art of Shen Ku is a rambling, eccentric website displaying pages of an illustrated instructional book of the same name. The site is roughly divided into four topics: Traveller, Physician, Sailor, and Martial Artist. It features heavily notated il…
    - 18 Jul 14, 3:21am -
  • When it comes to China stories, people will believe almost anything.
    Westerners are so convinced China is a dystopian hellscape they’ll share anything that confirms it. "The headlines of [...] news stories on China are mostly negative in tone and often put China in the role of the aggressor by stating that China “…
    - 10 Jul 14, 4:43am -
  • A cartographic history of why North, not East or South, is up
    How the north ended up on top of the map is an article by Nick Danforth, author/curator of (The/Mid) Afternoon Map blog, detailing how the north-up orientation came to be the default orientation, looking beyond Eurocentrism to Byzantine monks and Maj…
    - 18 Feb 14, 10:46pm -
  • Yes, Kazakhstan should change its name. This map shows why.
    "Life-long Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has suggested changing his country's name to make it friendlier to investors and tourists. It's obviously a little silly to change your country's name for marketing purposes. But there may be more…
    - 12 Feb 14, 3:35am -
  • The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean
    Over the course of nearly 20 centuries, millions of East Africans crossed the Indian Ocean and its several seas and adjoining bodies of water in their journey to distant lands, from Arabia and Iraq to India and Sri Lanka.Called Kaffir, Siddi, Habsh…
    - 6 Feb 14, 3:36pm -
  • SMS Is Passe
    Japan and other Asian countries have moved from SMS to smart phone messaging apps, with great success for all.
    - 19 Dec 13, 2:27am -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • China’s economic vulnerabilities
    Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum As we count down the days and now the hours towards the beginning of 2015, what preoccupies most soothsayers of the outlook for the global economy in the coming year is the shape of the Chinese economy. Nudgin…
    - 9 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 1:00am -
  • China faces challenges but bears beware of betting on collapse
    Author: Yu Yongding, CASS George Orwell once observed: ‘Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible’. Not long ago, many in the West declared that China would soon be the number one economy in the world. But in the past two…
    - 23 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • India’s laggard states need attention, too
    Author: Tridivesh Singh Maini, OP Jindal Global University Sonepat A handful of India’s regions have marched ahead economically, while others have been left behind. India is heavily dependent upon a few states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra P…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • ASEAN should flick the switch to renewables
    Authors: Margareth Sembiring and Julius Cesar I. Trajano, Nanyang Technological University The Southeast Asian region is now viewed as an oasis of socioeconomic development. But the region’s vibrant economic growth has led to a corresponding increa…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • Modi to jumpstart the engine of Indian growth
    Author: Raghbendra Jha, ANU India’s economy, which has languished in middling growth for the past few years, is on the mend under new Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After experiencing real GDP growth of less than 5 per cent in 2013-14, the Indian ec…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Beijing is winning the battle but losing the war
    Author: Ling A. Shiao, Southern Methodist University On the morning of 11 December, in front of hundreds of cameras, police cleared the main protest site in Hong Kong. So ended 10 weeks of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement that at its peak a…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • As SAARC drags its feet, South Asia should turn to sub-regionalism
    Author: Pradumna B. Rana, NTU Since its inception in 1985, the effectiveness of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to promote economic integration in South Asia has been questioned. One of the biggest impediments to SAARC’…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • ASEAN shouldn’t get hung up on the AEC deadline
    Authors: Ganeshan Wignaraja, ADBI and Jenny Balboa, ADBI The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is unlikely to come into being by its December 2015 deadline due to its overambitious design and apathetic implementation. But there are still plenty of thing…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 12:25am -
  • Is it back to the future for Japanese politics?
    Author: Gerald L. Curtis, Columbia University Prime Minister Abe’s decision to call a snap election paid off big time for him and for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The LDP and its coalition partner the Komeito emerged from the election with i…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Asia’s nutrition time bomb
    Authors: Don Gunasekera and David Newth, CSIRO An important nutrition and health transition is unfolding alongside Asia’s economic transformation. Continuing income growth and changing patterns of food consumption among Asian economies are creating…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 11:09pm -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Editor’s Picks: 2014 Must Reads
    Season's Greetings! On behalf of In Asia's editorial board and bloggers, we thank you for your engagement and continued readership throughout the year. We'll be taking a short break, but will return on January 7. In the meantime, catch up on our must…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 8:50pm -
  • Survey Reveals What Myanmar’s Citizens Think about Government, Reforms, and 2015 Elections
    By Kim N. B. NinhMyanmar's recent transition to a quasi-civilian government in 2011 under President Thein Sein has brought about many social, economic, and political reforms, but 2014 has also seen rising concern both inside and outside of the countr…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:02am -
  • Uber Rape Case Reignites Debate over Women’s Security in India
    By Reecha UpadhyayOn Friday evening, December 5, a young woman, just finishing work in Gurgaon, India (a satellite city which is part of the larger National Capital Region), goes to meet her friends at a pub in South Delhi, and decides to call an Ube…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:01am -
  • A Conversation with Taiwan Women’s Movement Leader Yenlin Ku
    The Asia Foundation's director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, and Chen-Dong Tso, the Foundation's senior advisor in Taiwan, recently spoke with former Asia Foundation grantee, Professor Yenlin Ku, a leading feminist in Taiwan who…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:00am -
  • Mapping Mongolia’s Urban Ger Areas in Ulaanbaatar
    Infrastructure in Mongolia's sprawling capital Ulaanbaatar has not kept up with the rapid growth of unplanned ger areas within the city, leading to harsh conditions for newcomers. 1.5 million people now live in Ulaanbaatar, more than twice as many as…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 12:59am -
  • Using Evidence to Improve Development Assistance
    By Matthew ArnoldDevelopment assistance is founded on countless theories about how foreign taxpayers' money can be harnessed to instigate and catalyze economic and social development and provide humanitarian benefits abroad. Basic arguments for how p…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:34am -
  • Modern Conflict is Not What You Think
    By Iain KingResearch has transformed medicine, agriculture, and sanitation, and has helped lift many millions out of poverty. Most of the extremely poor people in the world now live in states suffering from conflict. Scholars have studied wars for mi…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:33am -
  • Academics, Practitioners, and Donors: Whose Evidence Counts and For What?
    By George Varughese and Mukesh KhanalThere is a difficult tension in the evidence-seeking agenda: on the one hand, donors seek short-term, project-related outcomes to support claims about their impact on a grand scale in a society; on the other hand,…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:32am -
  • Can Theories of Change Help Us ‘Do Development Differently?’
    By Craig ValtersWhere next for debates and practice of Theories of Change? In my last blog on this topic, I argued that we need to be wary of Theories of Change simply becoming another corporate stick to beat people with: to prevent this, there is a…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:31am -
  • Cambodian Views on Democracy and Electoral Reform
    By Silas EverettThe Asia Foundation's third national survey on democratic development in Cambodia released today suggests some sobering trends in public opinion, despite significant economic growth and poverty reduction over the last decade...
    - 18 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:30am -

AsiaOne - Asia News

  • AirAsia flight QZ8501: The search so far
    JAKARTA - An international search is underway for AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which disappeared en route from Indonesia to Singapore.RELATED STORIESLatest updates on missing AirAsia flight QZ8501Here is what is known about the search for the Airbus A320-…
    - 16 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:19am -
  • Conflict in Thailand: Unrest in Muslim south largely political legacy
    BANGKOK - An ordinary decision and bad luck cost Muhammad Amin, 19, his leg.In the late afternoon of April 6, the young clothing shop employee was riding a motorcycle on his way home from work and was about to pass a car on a main street in Yala Pro…
    - 33 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:02am -
  • Elderly passenger saves flight attendant who collapsed from stomach pains
    An elderly female passenger from China's Liuzhou city made headlines for what she did on a flight to Bangkok - and this time, for right reasons.According to CCTVNews, Thai media reported that a male flight attendant collapsed during a flight to Bang…
    - 40 mins ago, 29 Dec 14, 8:55am -
  • Family of 10 misses ill-fated AirAsia flight
    JAKARTA - An Indonesian family of 10 said Monday they had a miraculous escape when they arrived too late to catch AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which went missing shortly after take-off en route to Singapore.RELATED STORIESLatest updates on missing AirAsia…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:42am -
  • IS fighters tag wives, children in 1-way ticket to heaven
    Sitting slightly slouched on a worn-out leather couch, Muhammad Amin Mude smiled confidently as he explained why he helped parents and their children travel from Indonesia to war-torn Syria to join the outlawed Islamic State (IS) movement, known als…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:29am -
  • Iconic market in Central Java razed
    Traders from Klewer Market in Surakarta, Central Java, are demanding the city administration to provide them with a temporary market location following a fire at the province's textile market on Saturday evening.The fire was first detected on the se…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:28am -
  • Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war
    KABUL - The Taliban responded scornfully Monday to the formal end of NATO's war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a "fire of barbarism and cruelty" that had drowned the country "in a pool of blood".The insurgent group issued the state…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:26am -
  • AirAsia plane may have hit bad weather
    The disappearance of Air Asia Flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people en route to Singapore from Surabaya remains a mystery, with aviation experts on Sunday saying that bad weather was the most probable factor behind the incident.The experts' claim is in…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:23am -
  • Under fire from bishops, Pope shirts pulled from Philippine stores
    MANILA - The Philippines's largest broadcaster pulled souvenir T-shirts for an upcoming papal visit from its stores Monday, after coming under fire from Catholic bishops irked by the words "no religion" emblazoned on them.Pope Francis, who has been…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:19am -
  • CNA posted "QZ8501 has landed safely" on FB; draws flak from netizens
    SINGAPORE - A seemingly innocuous post that AirAsia flight QZ8501 "has landed safely" by Channel New Asia triggered harsh backlash from netizens for its misleading update.The Asian cable broadcaster first posted on Facebook update at around 9am on M…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Dec 14, 7:17am -

Radio Australia - Asia Pacific News

Independent.ie Asia-Pacific

UN News Centre - Asia Pacific

PBS Newshour - Asia & Pacific

  • What we know (and don’t) about the missing AirAsia jetliner
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioZACHARY GREEN: At Singapore’s Changi airport, friends and relatives gathered to await news about AirAsia flight 8501, which disappeared early this morning. Among those waiting: the fiance of a young man who had been…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 11:14pm -
  • NATO marks end of combat mission in Afghanistan
    NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers salute during a ceremony marking the end of ISAF’s combat mission in Afghanistan at ISAF headquarters in Kabul on Dec. 28, 2014. On January 1, the US-led International Security Assist…
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 8:36pm -
  • Search halted for missing AirAsia plane as night falls
    A relative shows a picture of passengers believed to be on board the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on Dec. 28. The AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early o…
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Dec 14, 6:08pm -
  • AirAsia plane missing over Java Sea, 162 on board
    An AirAsia flight with 162 aboard lost contact with ground controllers over the Java Sea between Surabaya, Indonesia, and the plane’s intended destination, Singapore, the airline said Sunday.Air traffic controllers lost communication with flight Q…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Dec 14, 5:09am -
  • Upheld convictions, reduced terms for men in Egypt gay marriage video case
    Eight people sentenced to three years in jail after joining an illegal gay wedding ceremony are seen behind the bars in Cairo, Egypt, on November 1, 2014. The men were found guilty of “inciting debauchery” over a video that appeared to show them…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 9:19pm -
  • News Wrap: Southeast Asia marks 10 years since catastrophic tsunami
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Friends and relatives lined up this afternoon at the wake for a New York City policeman, Rafael Ramos. He was one of two officers shot dead last Saturday by a gunman, who then killed himself.Hundreds…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 11:50pm -
  • Civilian suffering and sliding morale in Islamic State territory
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS‘They want to win and they are ready to die’: Lessons from 10 days with the Islamic State New gains seens as Iraqi army pushes back against Islamic State fighters Syrian cleric who led funeral prayers…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 11:40pm -
  • Republicans cite rise of ISIS, Democrats point to Ferguson fallout as top stories of 2014, poll finds
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Many Americans feel the rise of ISIS is the most important news story of 2014, reveals an AP poll. Photo by ReutersWASHING…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 5:30pm -
  • News Wrap: Pope Francis laments suffering from Ebola, terrorism at Christmas
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: This Christmas brought all the traditional celebrations of the day, but along with them, new calls for an end to suffering. The most ardent of those appeals came from the Vatican.The crowds who fil…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 11:50pm -
  • Ukraine-Russia conflict doesn’t stop at the church door
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSUkrainian separatist rebels elect new leaders for breakaway republic Elections turn war-torn Europe toward Europe — Part 1 What Ukraine’s election means for addressing conflict in the east — Part 2…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 11:30pm -

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