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BBC News - Asia

  • China warns Brexit will 'cast shadow' over global economy
    Chinese finance officials caution that Britain's decision to exit the European Union could mark a reversal of globalisation
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:26am -
  • Out of the ashes
    After a bomb attack killed an Indian guard at a mosque in Kuwait, two local men began a fundraising campaign for his family which has flourished beyond expectations, reports the BBC's Sumaya Bakhsh.
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 4:23am -
  • China launches new generation space rocket
    China has launched its new generation Long March-7 carrier rocker into space, transporting cargo for the country's planned space station.
    - 23 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 2:49pm -
  • 'Not a joke'
    Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra tells the BBC how she hopes to change perceptions of Indian actors.
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jun 16, 1:01am -
  • People v power
    Thousands are taking to the streets of Wukan after the village's democratically elected leader was taken away by police and shown to be confessing to allegations of bribery.
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jun 16, 12:56am -
  • 'Our shopping mall'
    India is one of the top investors in the UK - so what does Brexit mean for relations between the two countries, asks the BBC's Yogita Limaye.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 3:10pm -
  • Junk house of Bondi
    In a suburb known for its version of Australian glitz and hipness, the Bondi hoarders' fame stands apart for all the wrong reasons.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 3:04pm -
  • View from BBC drone reveals China tornado damage
    BBC drone footage shows the devastation in Jiangsu province, eastern China, following a tornado and hailstorm in which at least 98 people died.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 1:05pm -
  • China blow to India's Nuclear Suppliers Group hopes
    India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) suffers a setback following China's opposition.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 11:56am -
  • China weather: Tornado and hail kill scores in Jiangsu
    A tornado and hailstorm kill at least 98 people and injure nearly 800 in the east Chinese province of Jiangsu, says state media.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 11:23am -

CNN Asia

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

  • Drive the northern Oregon coast: Haystack rocks, giant dunes and fresh seafood
    One round-trip ticket to Portland. One rental car, pointed west. And one tank of gas. Start with these elements, then stretch them across four days and three nights in the shape of a 270-mile triangle. The result? A road trip to the northern Oregon c…
    - 22 hours ago, 27 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • A guide to U.S. state and territory tourism offices
    Maybe you want to go fishing in Idaho. Or you want to know where the best views are in Colorado. Or you want to know just how you get to the Grand Canyon. States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help. Some offer robust online info…
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Jun 16, 11:00am -
  • Vatican denies pope has 'Crusades' mentality over genocide
    The Vatican on Sunday strongly dismissed Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a “Crusades” mentality by recognizing the Ottoman-era genocide of Armenians, insisting that Francis's three-day visit to the Orthodox country was one of peace a…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:03pm -
  • The Trump campaign can be summed-up in one word: Hypocrisy
    To the editor: The Trump campaign could be summed -up in one word: Hypocrisy. (Re “Potent message, weak messenger,” June 23 and “Trump’s precarious path,” Column, June 24) The desperation and softening of positions in the past several days…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • The key to political success? Monopolizing the microphone
    Modern campaigning can seem hopelessly technical. A life of public service now appears to require a postdoc in Snapchat, Pinterest and Bitcoin — the “Finnegan’s Wake” of currency. But politics can also be downright primitive, a game the loude…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • 'Brexit' is the European Union's chance to clean up its act
    Great Britain has never really gotten over its loss of empire. The day President Obama removed Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office, a minor diplomatic crisis ensued. Many British people considered this to be nothing less than an act of tr…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • San Diego City Council wants more options to oust wayward officials
    Nearly three years after San Diego struggled to remove embattled Mayor Bob Filner from office, officials will ask voters in November to help expand the city’s options for ousting wayward officials. Under the proposed ballot measure, officials w…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • How race-based affirmative action could return to UC
    On Thursday, the Supreme Court surprised a lot of observers when it upheld, 4-3, the race-based affirmative action plan employed by the University of Texas in its undergraduate admissions. Just three years ago, the court had avoided ruling definit…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Take it from a trauma center physician - gun violence in America is as routine as the sunrise
    To the editor: As an emergency physician working at a trauma center, I recently got a call for a gunshot wound victim headed to us just as I walked in the door. We received another call for a second victim while still trying to revive the first. Neit…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Why no concern for the immigrants trying to enter the U.S. legally?
    To the editor: President Obama forgets that there are millions of legal immigrants living in this country who have painstakingly abided by the rules of entry to come to the USA legally. (Re “Obama to voters: After the Supreme Court ruling, immigrat…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • England v Sri Lanka: third one-day international – live!
    Over-by-over updates with England leading the five-game series 1-0Vic Marks: Rashid ignores armchair experts to boost EnglandEmail dan.lucas@theguardian.com or tweet @DanLucas86 2.10pm BST 50th over: Sri Lanka 248-9 (Pradeep 2, Lakmal 3) David Willey…
    - 31 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:10pm -
  • France v Republic of Ireland: Euro 2016 – live!
    Minute-by-minute updates from the last-16 match in LyonO’Neill unhappy with France’s home advantagesRob Smyth: Deschamps faces tyranny of choiceEmail john.ashdown@theguardian.com or tweet @John_Ashdown 2.10pm BST 10 min: Another fizzing corner fr…
    - 31 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:10pm -
  • Brexit triggers Labour crisis: Andy Burnham disavows Corbyn coup – live
    Benn says he has lost confidence in Labour leaderConservative candidates vie to ‘Stop Boris’EU leaders insist Britain must act soon to quit the unionBut Merkel calls for ‘businesslike’ timeframe for talks 2.10pm BST The Unite general secretar…
    - 31 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:10pm -
  • Glastonbury 2016: Sunday in the mud, with reaction to Adele, plus today's music – live
    It’s the final day of the party at Worthy Farm, and we’ll be bringing you all the news and actionShare your Glastonbury experience with the hashtag #GuardianGlasto or on GuardianWitness hereRead our review of Saturday’s music hereSee all our Gl…
    - 41 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:00pm -
  • Northern Ireland and the Republic face partition again. Preserving the peace is critical | Emer O’Toole
    After Brexit, one of the biggest challenges is the likely reinstitution of a physical border – now all parties must work together to prevent destabilisationNo sooner was the Brexit out of the bag than Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, deputy first…
    - 41 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:00pm -
  • Brexit crisis won't end for years – and no one is taking responsibilty
    We hired Cameron to take decisions on our behalf but by pasing the buck back to us he has created a dangerous political vacuum Forget about the humiliating Suez invasion of 1956 or fallout from the 2003 Iraq war. Forget about the IMF crisis of 1976,…
    - 44 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:57pm -
  • Kenyan, 94, testifies about killings by British soldiers
    Court in central London hears witness recall being beaten and seeing companions shot dead during Mau Mau insurgency Nelson Njao Munyaka witnessed two companions being shot dead by British soldiers; he carried their corpses to a white settler’s farm…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:36pm -
  • Blind date goes to Glastonbury: ‘There was a lot of snogging’
    Did strategy manager Andrew, 26, and urology nurse Katie, 31, find love in a muddy place?What were you hoping for?Fun with a nice girl. I figured Glastonbury would be a pretty magical setting for a blind date, so why not? Continue reading...
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:11pm -
  • We need a second referendum. The consequences of Brexit are too grave
    Economic disaster and the destruction of the union with Scotland loom. At the very least we need another voteFollow all the Brexit developments with our live updates Leadership is about tough choices. Politics is about standing up for what you believ…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:09pm -
  • Nigel Slater’s hazelnut dukkah and beetroot garlic hummus recipes
    This heady mix of seeds, nuts and spices is worth having to hand to sprinkle over everything from hummus to couscousThere are coriander and cumin seeds toasting in a dry, shallow pan on the hob. Once they are deep walnut brown, I toss in sesame seeds…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -

VOA News - Asia

  • Ghana Police Vow to Remain Neutral During Polls
    Ghana's Inspector General of Police John Kudalor says officers will be ”positively neutral” in the upcoming November general election.Kudalor’s spoke at the official opening of the recently held national police command conference attended by…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:21pm -
  • 35 Killed in China Bus Crash
    China's state news agency says 35 passengers on a bus died Sunday after the vehicle smashed into a highway guardrail and burst into flames.The official Xinhua news agency said 20 people were injured in the incident in Hunan province in central Chin…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:54am -
  • Iraqi Official: Fallujah 'Fully Liberated'
    Iraqi forces have liberated the city of Fallujah from Islamic State fighters following a month-long military operation to seize control, according to a senior Iraqi official.Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said Sunday Fallujah is now "fully…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:25am -
  • Spain Votes in Repeat Election
    Spaniards are voting in a repeat election Sunday as Spain attempts to break a political quandary that has left the country without a government since December when parliamentary elections resulted in no party receiving enough support to form a govern…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:14am -
  • Afghan Forces Kill 135 Militants Linked to IS
    Officials in eastern Afghanistan say security forces have killed more than 135 Islamic State (IS) militants, including top commanders, and wounded many more in days of ground and air raids near the border with Pakistan.The clashes in Nangarhar prov…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:01am -
  • Terrorist Siege of Mogadishu Hotel Kills 20
    Authorities in Somalia say a terrorist siege of a Mogadishu hotel has ended, but not before at least 20 people were killed, including a government minister.The militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for the attack, saying the hotel is…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 10:49am -
  • Kerry to Visit Britain in Post-Brexit Turmoil
    Aftershocks from Britain’s stunning decision to leave the European Union continued Sunday, as the country’s politics and its relations with the world plunged into deeper uncertainty. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, already in Europe, added pr…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 10:30am -
  • TransCanada Sues US Over Keystone Pipeline Cancellation
    Energy giant TransCanada is suing the United States for canceling the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.TransCanada filed its suit Friday, saying it was seeking $15 billion to recover costs and other losses. It announced its intention to sue i…
    - 14 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 11:49pm -
  • Taliban Vows Retaliation as US Resumes Afghan Airstrikes
    Afghanistan's Taliban said Saturday that it would strongly retaliate for the resumption of U.S. airstrikes against the insurgent group, and it rejected assertions that bombing operations ever paused.The U.S. military began anti-Taliban air raids in…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 11:00pm -
  • Start With a Passion for Helping People
    Youseph Yazdi, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design, says entrepreneurs working on health care technology must have a strong desire to end suffering. If they're just in it for the money, they shoul…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 10:45pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • Brexit’s Lessons for Asia
    In the early hours of June 24, when Britain’s Brexit referendum results began to indicate a vote to leave the Europan Union, it quickly became clear from regional reports that the vote was more a protest against the political establishment than aga…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 12:19pm -
  • Cops Already Acting on Philippine President-elect’s Death-to-Thugs Vow
    As expected, the shooting has already begun in the Philippines, eight days before Rodrigo Duterte is sworn as President on a public promise to support police who take out criminals in gunfights instead of allowing them due process. Alleged drug deale…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jun 16, 12:18pm -
  • A Gay Indian Artist Shakes up London’s Tate Gallery
    June is usually the  month when London auctions of modern Indian art hit the headlines with dramatic million-pound sales, but this year they have been unremarkable and have been overshadowed by the opening at London’s Tate Modern gallery of a fas…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jun 16, 11:08am -
  • China South Sea Myth Backfires
    The lengths to which China will go in creating myths about its claimed historical rights to the so-called (in English) South China Sea has been uncovered by an enterprising reporter for the BBC.  A few weeks ago supposed documentary proof  was wide…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jun 16, 10:46am -
  • Singapore’s Nanny State Kicks Out Foreign Support for LGBTs

    - 6 days ago, 20 Jun 16, 10:41am -
  • Out of China – Scariest Superbug of All hits US
    A superbug discovered last November originating in Southern China threatens to overwhelm modern medicine within a few decades causing bacterial infection to become – once again, the leading cause of death in the world, has quickly spread internatio…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jun 16, 10:34am -
  • Reform Recedes in Malaysia as Voters Abandon Opposition
    Malaysian voters, disregarding arguably the biggest financial scandal in the country’s history, have given the national ruling coalition conclusive victories in two closely-watched by-elections over the weekend and handed the scandal-plagued Prime…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jun 16, 1:00pm -
  • China Finds a Friend in Australia
    Chinese influence in Australia is growing across a broad front, from political donations to Confucius Institute teachings in primary schools and university institutes funded from Beijing. These continuing efforts to spread soft power have found a new…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jun 16, 12:55pm -
  • Filipino Politicians Rush for Presidential Perks
    In a graphic illustration of the tendency of Filipino politicians to abandon political parties without hesitation, as many as 80 to 90 members of the Liberal Party headed by outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III have indicated they will shift to P…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jun 16, 12:50pm -
  • Australia Foreign Debt Reaches Crisis Proportions
    Australia’s net foreign debt has just passed the A$1 trillion mark, roughly 60 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Alarm bells should be ringing somewhere, but somehow the “lucky country” continues to be seen by foreign investors…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jun 16, 12:47pm -

Asian Correspondent

  • Bus fire in China kills 35, injures 20
    LOCAL officials said a fire which ensued after a bus crash in central China took the lives of 35, including two children, and injured 20 more. The post Bus fire in China kills 35, injures 20 appeared first on Asian Correspondent.
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:56am -
  • China suspends communication with Taiwan liaison body
    SIGNALLING a deepening rift between Beijing and Taipei, China announced the suspension of a communication channel with Taiwan, blaming the island's administration's failure to endorse the concept of a single Chinese nation.The post China suspends co…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 12:10pm -
  • Philippine man charged with high-profile identity thefts
    A PHILIPPINE national was charged by American prosecutors with stealing the identities of high-profile victims, including a former FBI director, in order to make off with their money.The post Philippine man charged with high-profile identity thefts…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 11:21am -
  • China to regulate paid search results after cancer patient dies
    THE Chinese government issued new rules that make it compulsory for search engines to identify paid-for search results (or ads) and to limit their number.The post China to regulate paid search results after cancer patient dies appeared first on Asia…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 10:19am -
  • Distance learning: a flexible study option
    Distance learning is a great study option, which allows students to fit their education around work and home life commitments. It is often a convenient way to gain a vocational qualification and, of course, it doesn’t matter where you live – it…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 3:51pm -
  • Thai durian-flavored condoms coming to Asian shelves
    KNOWN for its strong and pungent smell, the durian has been described as the king of fruits enjoyed by many. And now, a company in Thailand is capitalizing on its popularity by producing durian-flavored condoms.The post Thai durian-flavored condoms…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 10:12am -
  • Bodies of 4 missing search plane crew members found in Vietnam
    VIETNAMESE authorities have recovered four bodies believed to be crew members of a search plane that crashed last week while looking for a missing fighter jet.The post Bodies of 4 missing search plane crew members found in Vietnam appeared first on…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 9:04am -
  • Cambodian PM Hun Sen rides motorbike without helmet, gets fined
    CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen was slapped with a 15,000 riel (about US$3.75) fine for failing to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle during a visit in the Koh Kong province last Saturday.The post Cambodian PM Hun Sen rides motorbike without h…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 7:22am -
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf militants release female captive
    SEVEN Indonesian crewman were abducted in Philippine waters on Wednesday after their ship was hijacked by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in the Sulu archipelago.The post Philippines: Abu Sayyaf militants release female captive appeared first on Asia…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 5:59am -
  • China and the ‘Governator’ stress the need to reduce meat consumption
    AN often-overlooked aspect to China’s rapid industrial and economic growth in terms of environmental impact is the increase in meat consumption.The post China and the ‘Governator’ stress the need to reduce meat consumption appeared first on As…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 4:19am -

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Picking my battles
Picking my battles
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Dunes of Great Thar Desert
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • A Very British Revolution
    Never has there been a greater coalition of the establishment than that assembled by Prime Minister David Cameron for his referendum campaign to keep the U.K. in the European Union. And none of it worked.
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 4:02am -
  • EU Reaction to Brexit Suggests Divisions
    Foreign ministers of key EU members called for speed with the U.K.’s departure, but Germany’s Merkel suggested she is in no hurry to sever ties with the key trading partner.
    - 11 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 2:37am -
  • Merkel Plays for Time as Brexit Moves Into Gear
    The German chancellor faces a tough balancing act as she attempts to avoid creating incentives for other countries to leave the EU while also limiting the damage to Germany’s export-reliant economy.
    - 12 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:55am -
  • Pope Pays Tribute to Armenian Massacre Victims
    Pope Francis paid tribute to the victims of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks, visiting a memorial to those who died in the massacre.
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:01am -
  • Biotech Labs Birth New Drugs---and New Fortunes
    Proprietary drugs that extend or improve the lives of millions of people have lifted stocks of the biotech companies that own them and made millionaires of many scientists and doctors behind them.
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:47am -
  • Craft Brewers Go High-Tech
    Once relegated to industrial brewing, hop extracts are the secret behind some of today’s briskest craft beers
    - 23 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 3:02pm -
  • Malaysia's Najib Expels 1MDB Critics From Ruling Party
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expelled two politicians—his former deputy prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, and former Kedah state chief minister Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad—from his Unit…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 10:30am -
  • The People Who Are Bringing Latin to Life
    At conventions, immersion programs and youth programs, classicists and grammar fans are speaking a language often called dead.
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 2:48am -
  • Can Deodorant Make Guys More Manly?
    An intriguing finding for men who don’t naturally smell particularly masculine.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 10:05pm -
  • Three Books Every Geek Should Read This Summer
    These techy titles delve into the worlds of emoji, electronics and detective work that relies on search algorithms.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 9:10pm -

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.
    - 17 Nov 14, 8:44am -
  • 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 mar…
    - 3 Nov 14, 8:40am -
  • 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 indecenc…
    - 31 Oct 14, 7:58am -
  • 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 i…
    - 31 Oct 14, 7:52am -
  • 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 J…
    - 23 Oct 14, 1:04pm -
  • 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.
    - 23 Oct 14, 8:22am -
  • 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.
    - 23 Oct 14, 3:03am -
  • 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 min…
    - 21 Oct 14, 3:08am -
  • 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 i…
    - 20 Oct 14, 8:48am -
  • Shutting the door on Africa
    IN RECENT years India has made renewed diplomatic efforts to reach out to Africa. Manmohan Singh, India's former prime minister, visited the continent for six days in May 2011, promising $5 billion of loans on easy terms.
    - 16 Oct 14, 2:42pm -

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

  • Myanmar: How IDA can help countries reduce poverty and build shared prosperity
    This week, more than fifty donor governments and representatives of borrowing member countries are gathering in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss how the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) can continue to help the world’s poorest…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 3:00pm -
  • Myanmar has set a path to a bright energy future by 2030
    Photo © :  Hong Sar/ World Bank.Kyaw San has trouble studying at night. The student from Yangon Division’s Buu Tar Suu village finds it especially difficult during the rainy season when his old solar-powered lamps cannot be charged, forcing h…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jun 16, 8:15am -
  • Naiknya kesenjangan: Mengapa ketimpangan di Indonesia naik dan apa yang perlu dilakukan?
    In 2014, the richest 10 per cent of Indonesian households consumed as much as the poorest 54 per cent. Image by Google Maps.Sejak tahun tahun 1990an, ketimpangan di Indonesia naik lebih pesan dibanding negara Asia Timur manapun selain Tiongkok. P…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jun 16, 6:08am -
  • Rising divide: why inequality is increasing and what needs to be done
    In 2014, the richest 10 per cent of Indonesian households consumed as much as the poorest 54 per cent. Image by Google Maps.Since the 1990s, inequality has risen faster in Indonesia than in any other East Asian country apart from China. In 2002,…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jun 16, 5:48am -
  • Steak, fries and air pollution
    Photo © : Guangqing LiuWhile most people link air pollution only to burning fossil fuels, other activities such as agriculture and biomass burning also contribute to it. The complexity of air pollution can be explained by analyzing the composit…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jun 16, 1:55pm -
  • Ending the invisible violence against Thai female sex workers
    Photo: vinylmeister,  https://flic.kr/p/niguanI’m finally in Thailand celebrating our Development Marketplace for Innovation award from the World Bank Group and the nonprofit Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) to prevent gender-based…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jun 16, 6:40am -
  • Firing up Myanmar’s economy through private sector growth
    Workers at a garment factoryMyanmar’s reintegration into the global economy presents it with a unique opportunity to leverage private sector growth to reduce poverty, share prosperity and sustain the nationwide peace process. For much of its po…
    - 24 days ago, 2 Jun 16, 5:31am -
  • Unleashing Myanmar’s agricultural potential
    Myanmar’s unusually fertile soils and abundant water source are legendary in Southeast Asia. It is even said that Myanmar has the most favorable agricultural conditions in all of Asia. Almost anything can be grown in the country, from fruits to v…
    - 30 days ago, 27 May 16, 5:36am -
  • Hear our voice: Young people in the Philippines want more from their leaders
    Scroll through social media in the Philippines, and you’ll get the feel of how young people have transformed digital spaces into a microcosm of what the Philippines should or should not be. If only their ideas and fervor in cyberspace could be tran…
    - 31 days ago, 26 May 16, 6:33am -
  • Ungkapkan suaramu Indonesia! Mengusung akuntabilitas sosial layanan kesehatan
     Untuk mengetahui bagaimana akuntabilitias sosial bisa memperbaiki kualitas layanan kesehatan di Indonesia, silakan kunjungi kawasan perbatasaan di provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).Kejadian ini berlangsung di suatu siang yang panas pada…
    - 38 days ago, 19 May 16, 5:45pm -

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

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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France 24 - Asia Pacific

Flickr - Asia Latest

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Economist - Asia

  • Time for Tito
    TWO factors drove Indonesians to elect Joko Widodo, universally known as Jokowi, president in 2014. The first was his reputation for clean governance, earned as mayor of the midsized Javanese city of Solo and then as governor of Jakarta, Indones…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • Rina’s legacy
    Outraged in OkinawaFLOWERS and tributes left by angry Okinawans surround a makeshift shrine on the country road where Rina Shimabukuro’s body was dumped. The only suspect in her rape and murder, Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a former American marin…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • Pushing poppies in Punjab
    The lands are dry and the kids are highIT WAS the lying that proved hardest for Pradeep, a 30-year-old man who has spent the past two years getting off heroin. Whenever he had to leave his family’s house to score, or to nod off somewhere, he h…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • No rosewood of such virtue
    MR DENG’S ramshackle lumber yard on the edge of town offers a wide array of wood for sale. One species, however, is conspicuously absent. Asked whether he has any Siamese rosewood, he sends a lad off to retrieve one single foot-long chunk. Fiv…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • Shortening the odds
    IN THEIR last debate before Australia’s general election on July 2nd, Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberal prime minister and head of the conservative coalition government, and Bill Shorten, the Labor opposition leader, faced not just an audience of…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • Lights, camera, action men
    Better than the badlandsSOMETIMES the old army dictum “Don’t volunteer for anything” must be broken. As when, for instance, a soldier in Pakistan’s army is given the choice between fighting rebels in the badlands of Waziristan, or volunt…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • Time of Nick
    Mr X marks the spotELECTRICITY pylons on the long, barren highway leading north of Whyalla, an industrial city in the state of South Australia, are festooned with campaign posters. Australia is just weeks away from a general election: Malcolm Tu…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • University challenge
    CORRUPTION scandals are a familiar story in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a remote, mountainous country of 7.7m with an economy that depends on mineral resources and logging. One led to the suspension of the previous prime minister. Another threatens…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • The lost continent
    WHEN American strategists role-play scenarios about a crisis with China—probably, these days, a flare-up in the South China Sea—they know they can rely on their friends in Europe. As America sends another carrier strike group and Chinese sub…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jun 16, 2:41pm -
  • The wrong ink
    FOR a country that votes as often and noisily as India, elections to the Rajya Sabha, its upper house of parliament, are oddly staid. The body’s 245 members are not elected all at once to their six-year terms. Instead, each state renews one-th…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jun 16, 2:41pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes
    PANAMA CITY (AP) — With a band playing and flags waving, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday entered the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic fu…
    - 42 mins ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:59pm -
  • Foreign investors eye UK property after Brexit fallout
    With property prices in Britain predicted to plummet post-Brexit, foreign investors, especially in Asia, are already poised for a buying spree. It is an ironic twist to the shock referendum result -- many who opted to leave the European Union saw the…
    - 7 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 6:34am -
  • Newly expanded Panama Canal opens for bigger business
    Panama is preparing to officially open its canal this weekend to far bigger cargo ships after nearly a decade of expansion work aimed at boosting transit revenues and global trade. President Juan Carlos Varela will unveil the new locks and third ship…
    - 17 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 8:16pm -
  • Could Brexit help migrants get to Britain? Not so fast
    Hopes that Brexit could provide a ticket to Britain for thousands of migrants languishing in squalid conditions in northern France are illusory, the French government says. The president of France's North region, Xavier Bertrand, was among several po…
    - 19 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 6:22pm -
  • Putin praises 'all-embracing' partnership of Russia, China
    BEIJING (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 11:19am -
  • Chinese team confirmed in Kontinental Hockey League
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets.
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 10:22am -
  • Global stocks tumble after Britain votes to leave the EU
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come ne…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 10:00pm -
  • Dutch anti-immigrant party chief urges 'Nexit' referendum for Netherlands
    By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The Netherlands should hold its own referendum on whether to leave the European Union following Britain's vote in favor of exiting the bloc, the leader of the Dutch anti-immigrant PVV party, Geert Wilders, said on…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 8:53pm -
  • Brexit vote a victory for populist politics
    British voters' decision to leave the European Union highlighted working class dissatisfaction with the UK and Europe's ruling elite and the mass appeal of populist politics. Farage, who posed next to an anti-migrant poster emblazoned with the words…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 5:35pm -
  • Cheap beer but an uncertain future: Brexit as seen from Eurostar
    Aboard the Eurostar (Royaume-Uni) (AFP) - Aboard the Eurostar high speed train that links the European mainland to Britain, the reality of Britain's vote to leave the EU divided passengers bound for London Friday. Among Britons returning to a very di…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 5:24pm -

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Inside Hong Kong's Toxic Gadget Junkyards
    Startling new images reveal the terrible conditions in Hong Kong's junkyards, where workers risk their health and safety to break down heaps of illega... Read more: China, Tech, Smartphones, Hong Kong, E-Waste, Basel Action Network, hk01…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 1:19pm -
  • Alyssa Ramos: 10 Reasons Why Japan is Awesome for Solo Female Travel
    I didn't go to Japan looking to test out its safety or to see if it was or wasn't a good place for solo female travel. I'm so used to traveling on my own these days that it seems normal to me, however I have to say, I was especially blown away by my…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 10:44am -
  • St. Gallen Symposium: Teens Today: Trouble for Today's Youth
    By James Chau, television broadcaster and Co-Chairman of the 46th St. Gallen SymposiumI smile quietly whenever I hear Shakespeare or Churchill being... Read more: Youth, Teenagers, St-Gallen-Symposium, Millennials, Leaders of Tomorrow,…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 10:01am -
  • SOE MOE LWIN: MANNEQUIN
    They Say We Are Connected Some Think This Is Not So Yet All Around Such Suffering How Does One Let Things Go? To See The Non-Stop News Our Worl... Read more: Emotional Intelligence, Burma, Mindfulness, Meditation, World News
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 10:06pm -
  • Artyom Lukin: How Russia Could Help Curb North Korea's Nukes
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Even though the North's nukes and missiles are not directly threatening Russia, being intended against the United States and its allies, Moscow has good reason to be increasingly concerned. As a guarantor of the global non-prol…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 3:57pm -
  • KFC's New Meal Box Will Charge Your Phone Battery While You Eat
    In this week's edition of "Things You Didn't Know You Needed," KFC has launched a meal box that will charge your phone while you eat. KFC India's bra... Read more: India, Kfc, Taste News
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 3:35pm -
  • Nicholas Liusuwan: The Complexities Of Thai Buddhism
    Thailand is often referred to as "The Land of Buddhism", the best country in the world for those looking to study the teachings of the Buddha, at least the Theravada branch of the teachings. Thailand's reputation as the center of Buddhism is well ren…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 3:09pm -
  • Daniel Wagner: Which Is the Greater Evil -- Terrorism or Governments' Response to It?
    Co-authored by Jim SiscoGovernments can maintain greater legitimacy among their populace and be more effective combating terrorism if they harness t... Read more: Terrorism, 9/11, U.S., UK, Patriot Act, Counter-Terrorism Act, Middle Ea…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 12:14pm -
  • Liu Xiaoming: China Is Not Trying to 'Rule the Waves'
    LONDON - As the South China Sea is a primary international shipping route, China will never impede lawful and legitimate freedom of navigation. Read more: WorldPost Asia Pacific, Worldpost Global Order, South China Sea, Xi Jinping, China…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 12:10pm -
  • FOMIN: Shifting toward the Knowledge Economy
    By Norah SullivanNorah Sullivan has worked on projects involving youth job-skills training and entrepreneurship for the Multilateral Investment Fun... Read more: Multilateral Investment Fund, Latin America and the Caribbean, Knowledge…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 10:33am -

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

  • Young man drowns taking selfie, 6 others killed trying to save him, reports say
    Two people talk after taking a dip on May 11, 2014 on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. A young man slipped and drowned while taking a selfie on an algae-covered platform on the Ganges River in India on Wednesday and six other people died attempti…
    - 14 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 11:15pm -
  • Putin praises 'all-embracing' partnership of Russia, China
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a d…
    - 19 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 6:51pm -
  • Suspected rebels kill 3 Indian soldiers in ambush in Kashmir
    " Police say suspected rebels have killed three Indian paramilitary soldiers in a highway ambush in the Indian portion of Kashmir. Senior police officer Nitish Kumar says two attackers were killed by paramilitary soldiers who returned their fire Satu…
    - 23 hours ago, 25 Jun 16, 2:38pm -
  • Pope Prays at Armenia Memorial After Denouncing 'Genocide'
    Pope Francis demanded today that the world never forget the victims of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians at the country's imposing genocide memorial, hours after drawing a standing ovation from his hosts when he declared the slaughter a planned…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 10:39am -
  • China's 'Cape Canaveral' lifts lid on opaque space program
    Just as visitors to Florida can visit Kennedy Space Center, see a rocket launch, go to the beach and visit Disney World, Chinese visitors to Wenchang on Hainan Island now have much the same options. Hainan, sometimes known as China's Hawaii, is the l…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 6:44am -
  • Nepal seeks answers from Canada for deaths of 13 guards killed in...
    Nepalese government officials are seeking answers as anger grows over the deaths of 13 Nepali guards who worked for the Canadian embassy in Kabul and were shuttled back and forth in one of the most dangerous cities in the world in an unprotected mini…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 4:30am -
  • 858 killed: Not a day in April passed without a terror attack
    A 60-year-old father of seven, Ullah was steering through the barren, mountainous district of Khuzdar, in Pakistan's poorest province. The Baluchistan Liberation Army, which has been waging a campaign of terror in western Pakistan in a bid for indepe…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 11:56pm -
  • S Korea arrests VW boss over Dieselgate
    A South Korean court has issued the first warrant for the arrest of a Volkswagen executive in connection with its cheating of vehicle emissions tests, in another blow to the German automaker's efforts to move on from the scandal. The warrant is the f…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 7:37pm -
  • Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information law
    " Sri Lankan lawmakers are close to giving citizens the right to demand public information " a move many hope will restore transparency and good governance to a nation long plagued by corruption and misrule. Parliament was expected to approve the Rig…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 3:19pm -
  • North Korea: We won't abandon nukes with US gun to our head
    Han Song Ryol, head of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, blamed the current situation on the United States, saying it needs to stop its military threats, sanctions and economic pressure.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 10:43am -

MetaFilter - Asia

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

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • Can Modi deliver on Indian growth?
    Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research After two years of the Modi government, the Indian economy presents a mixed picture. Despite claims that it is the fastest growing large economy in the world, doubts linger about its actual health. Thes…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Making the most of Japan’s tourism boom
    Author: Yoko Konishi, RIETI Japan registered a travel surplus of about US$10.6 billion in 2015, suggesting its growing competitiveness as an exporter of tourism. According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), the number of inbound touri…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Migrant domestic workers left out of policy in Asia
    Author: M. Rezaul Islam, University of Dhaka and University of Malaya Asia’s migrant domestic workers face exploitation and discrimination, but are largely left out of countries’ labour policies and legislation. Though estimates of the number of…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jun 16, 12:00am -
  • Are gender quotas helping female politicians in Asia?
    Author: Netina Tan, McMaster University In January 2016, Tsai Ing-wen made history after being elected as Taiwan’s first female president. Several women before her such as Park Geun-hye in South Korea, Ying-luck Shinawatra in Thailand and Aung San…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 12:00am -
  • Demystifying Indian growth
    Author: Alok Sheel, Kerala According to current IMF projections, India is now the fastest growing major economy in the world. In 2016, it is expected to grow over a full percentage point faster than China. This is a remarkable turnaround by any stand…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Reform signals from North Korea’s seventh Party Congress?
    Authors: Alek Sigley and Eun Jeong Soh, ANU In early May this year, North Korea hosted its seventh Workers’ Party Congress, the first such meeting in 36 years. The nation’s capital was decked in colourful decoration and celebratory events were he…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 12:00am -
  • Making federalism work for India
    Author: M. Govinda Rao, NIPFP In economic terms, the federal system was created with the intention of maximising economies of scale, while still providing public services to cater to people’s divergent preferences. But there is more to federalism t…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Religion, gender and the state in Indonesia
    Author: Kathryn Robinson, ANU Religious identity and gender relations are integral to women’s experiences of citizenship in Indonesia. While around 88 per cent of Indonesia’s population is Muslim, it is emphatically not an Islamic state, in which…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jun 16, 12:00am -
  • What should be on Duterte’s foreign policy agenda?
    Author: Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, De La Salle University To the Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, the world is black and white, with hardly any shades of grey in between. His view informs his policy approach. His law and order pla…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • India needs to harness the market instead of fighting it
    Author: Mark Fabian, ANU Despite historical misadventures with socialism and recent positive experiences with liberalisation, India continues to regularly fight the market. The most recent example is the Delhi government’s move to ban Uber’s surg…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Jun 16, 12:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Late Changes to Mongolia’s Election Law Raise Concerns Ahead of Next Week’s Polls
    On June 29, Mongolians will cast their vote for a new parliament, the State Great Khural, for the seventh time since the country’s first democratic election in 1992. The election process in Mongolia has always been reasonably free and fair with no…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jun 16, 9:51pm -
  • Timor-Leste’s Non-Oil Economy Must Look to Tourism
    “From its ruggedly beautiful landscapes to its centuries-old traditions, Timor-Leste offers one of the world’s last great off-the-beaten-track adventures,” begins Lonely Planet’s description of Asia’s youngest country, which fought to gain…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jun 16, 9:50pm -
  • India’s Economy Booming, But Critics Warn of ‘Excessive Enthusiasm’
    Move over China, India is officially the world’s fastest growing major economy. According to the government’s latest economic figures, India’s economy grew at 7.9 percent in the March quarter, up from 7.6 percent in fiscal year 2015-2016. Durin…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jun 16, 11:12pm -
  • Q&A: South Asia Expert Teresita Schaffer on Modi’s U.S. Visit and India’s Global Role
    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi just wrapped up his second visit to the U.S., where he met with President Obama and delivered a speech before Congress in which he spoke of his country’s economic reform agenda, cooperation on climate change,…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jun 16, 11:11pm -
  • Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S. Speaks on How LankaCorps Can Aid Post-Conflict Reconciliation
    On May 18, The Asia Foundation held a reception at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, hosted by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S., Prasad Kariyawasam, as an opportunity for members of the area’s Sri Lankan diaspora and policy community to lea…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jun 16, 11:10pm -
  • India’s New Anti-Human Trafficking Law: What You Need to Know  
    Human trafficking in India has reached a crisis level. A prominent headline in The Hindu last week declared ”An unsavory fact: India tops global slavery index.” A U.S. State Department report estimates that up to 65 million people were trafficked…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jun 16, 9:52pm -
  • A New Narrative for Afghanistan
    Following national elections in 2014 and the formation of the National Unity Government, Afghanistan has entered a new era of reform in what some call a ”transformation decade.” Last week, The Asia Foundation and World Affairs Council hosted a di…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jun 16, 9:51pm -
  • Myanmar’s Local Governance Reform Challenges
    As Myanmar’s new government begins defining its reform policies, arguably the biggest need is for good governance. Following decades of centralized military dictatorship, the country confronts dual challenges of trying to loosen the military’s gr…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jun 16, 9:50pm -
  • What’s Next for Mindanao Peace Process Under Duterte Leadership?
    In the lead-up to May 9 Philippine elections, anxiety mounted over how the decades-long Bangsamoro peace process to resolve the protracted conflict in Mindanao would continue – if at all – under new leadership. Now, as President-elect Rodrigo Dut…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Jun 16, 9:51pm -
  • Environmental and Social Impacts of Chinese Investment Overseas
    On June 5, China marks its second national “Environment Day,” first established as part of the revised Environmental Protection Law in 2014. Along with the increased focus on environmental issues at home, more and more attention is being paid to…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Jun 16, 9:50pm -

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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…
    - 72 days ago, 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…
    - 72 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 9:36am -
  • India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions
    New Delhi - New Delhi on Friday imposed driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital.The Delhi government first introduced t…
    - 72 days ago, 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…
    - 72 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 9:16am -
  • ChaCha the chimp escapes, survives dramatic fall
    Tokyo - A runaway chimpanzee in Japan was shot with a tranquiliser gun only to hang precariously from a power line before falling to the ground and surviving in a drama shown live on national television.The chimp, 24-year-old Chacha, was more fortuna…
    - 72 days ago, 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…
    - 72 days ago, 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…
    - 72 days ago, 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…
    - 72 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 3:57am -
  • N Korea attempts to launch intermediate range missile but fails: Yonhap
    SEOUL - North Korea attempted to launch an intermediate range ballistic missile off the country's east coast on Friday but the launch failed, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.The failed launch follows North Korea's fourth nuclear test in Jan…
    - 73 days ago, 15 Apr 16, 12:48am -
  • Strong quake in southwestern Japan kills 9, topples homes
    TOKYO - Nine people were killed after a powerful earthquake hit southern Japan, collapsing homes, sparking fires and injuring hundreds, officials said Friday as rescuers worked through the night to find residents feared trapped in rubble.
    - 73 days ago, 14 Apr 16, 11:52pm -

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  • Saving the Malay tapir in European zoos
    The Asian tapir is an animal in danger. Only 2,000 of them are left in South East Asia. A European zoological programme is helping to protect the animal. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets Tengah the Tapir in La ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jun 16, 2:13pm -
  • World's tallest temple Vrindavan Chandrodaya
    Krishna worshippers in India will soon be graced with a new temple, slated to be the tallest in the world. It’s called Vrindavan Chandrodaya, and it comes with an 80 million dollar price tag. Right now it is still under construction in the holy t…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jun 16, 4:20am -
  • Hollande to raise climate change, TTIP at G7 in Japan
    French President François Hollande arrived in Japan Thursday to attend the G7 summit of rich nations. He planned to follow up on last year's Cop21 climate talks in Paris, push for fiscal transparency, oppose the TTIP trade agreement as it stands and…
    - 31 days ago, 26 May 16, 9:31am -
  • Cannibalism in China 50 years on
    This week fifty years ago the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution started in China. With the “May 16 proclamation” Mao Zedong directly attacked his political opponents.
    - 35 days ago, 22 May 16, 11:25am -
  • Franco-Chinese cinema coproduction picks up steam
    In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams tries to find out who has benefited from France and China's six-year picture coproduction deal.
    - 42 days ago, 15 May 16, 2:13pm -
  • Philippines signs defence deal with France amid South China Sea tension
    France and the Philippines have signed a defence cooperation agreement, which aims to help Manila modernise its defence forces amid tension in its relations with China. The deal was signed two days after the election of new Philippines President Rod…
    - 43 days ago, 14 May 16, 8:44am -
  • France's Rafale deal with India faces graft probe
    French planemaker Dassault's long-delayed sale of Rafale jets to India faces another hitch because Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has ordered a corruption probe into arms deal talks under the previous government. The purchase of Swiss-made…
    - 50 days ago, 7 May 16, 1:50pm -
  • South Korea's Iran visit angers Pyongyang
    The South Korean president Park Guen-Hye has paid a three day official visit to Iran, the very first time since the establishment of relations between the two countries in 1962 that such a visit has taken place.
    - 54 days ago, 3 May 16, 3:51pm -
  • Maoist rebels in India, part 2
    Bastar, a region in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is one of the strongholds of Maoist rebels fighting the Indian government. The rebel army is made up of people from impoverished indigenous communities.
    - 58 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 4:20am -
  • Maoist rebels in India, part 1
    The Indian government has vowed to unleash a massive offensive against Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh. But human rights groups say such an operation will not address the root cause that led to the Maoist insurgency in the first…
    - 59 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 4:20am -