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  • Kerry unveils Afghan poll audit
    An audit of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election results will begin within a day in Kabul, and the two candidates will accept its determination of who won, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:14am -
  • South Korea: North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles
    North Korea fired two short-range missiles early Saturday towards waters east of the Korean Peninsula, the latest such launch in the tense region, a South Korean official said.
    - 9 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 1:20am -
  • Quake rocks Japan -- but no tsunami
    A powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of northern Japan -- though tsunami advisories are canceled.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 8:45am -
  • Crying or not, Raju has raised awareness of elephant cruelty
    When Raju the elephant was rescued after being shackled and abused for five decades, the story and picture of him "crying" went viral.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:49pm -
  • Elephant cries after being freed
    An elephant, who was chained for 50 years, cries tears of joy after being freed in India. CNN's Sumnima Udas reports.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 3:29pm -
  • 10 years hard labor for press
    Four journalists and an executive from a Myanmar magazine have been sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on charges of violating state secrets by claiming the military was making chemical weapons.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:48pm -
  • 5 macabre Asia destinations
    Southeast Asia's darker tourist attractions supply insight and shivers in equal doses.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:46pm -
  • Russian space junk creates fireball over Australia
    A fireball the size of a small truck, which shot through the sky over Australia Thursday night, was space junk from Russia's Soyuz rocket, astronomers said.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:26pm -
  • Has India got its mojo back?
    CNN's Ravi Agrawal asks whether Narendra Modi can harness the country's potential to finally deliver growth.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 10:12am -
  • Modi's first budget gets mixed reaction
    India's finance minister says the newly proposed budget is "only the beginning of a journey". CNN's Sumnima Udas reports.
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 10:12am -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

  • Dodgers likely won't trade the farm for top pitcher
    With Josh Beckett sidelined, Dan Haren inconsistent and the bullpen short on dependable late-inning options, General Manager Ned Colletti said he remains in search of pitching as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches.
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:43am -
  • Dodgers get second walk-off win of season, beat Padres, 1-0
    KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers moved back into sole possession of first place in the National League with their second walk-off victory of the season, this one courtesy of a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis. Adrian Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a double…
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:42am -
  • Second-half rally keys Chivas USA victory
    Three second-half goals lifted Chivas USA over the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, Saturday night.
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:36am -
  • Gyasi Zardes' goal is enough in Galaxy's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake
    The Galaxy slowly but steadily has climbed toward playoff contention in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, even if the club hasn't been winning most of its games lately.
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:32am -
  • A.J. Ellis propels Dodgers to 1-0 win over Padres
    Catcher A.J. Ellis lifted the Dodgers to a walk-off, 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, driving in Adrian Gonzalez with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning.
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:31am -
  • Pau Gasol is leaving the Lakers for the Bulls
    The Lakers officially waved goodbye to two free agents Saturday — one they hoped to get, the other they hoped to keep.
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:20am -
  • Dodgers unlikely to add David Price or Cole Hamels, GM intimates
    General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:05am -
  • Live: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez defeats Erislandy Lara by split decision
    Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would like another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr., and tonight he faces a fighter whom he and others believe represents a good proving ground before a possible rematch next year.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:50am -
  • Angels' bullpen is finding consistency
    Mike Morin retired the side in order in the eighth inning, and Joe Smith threw a one-two-three ninth for his 14th save Saturday night, the Angels rolling to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers that gave them 18 wins in 22 games.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:50am -
  • Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez does enough to beat Erislandy Lara
    Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was charged again Saturday with running down an elusive, defense-minded fighter, and this time he found him enough to claim victory.
    - 11 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 12:00am -

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

  • World Cup final 2014: countdown to Germany v Argentina live!
    Rolling coverage of the build-up to the World Cup finalEmail niall.mcveigh.casual@theguardian.comDownload the latest World Cup podcast hereWorld Cup final: five talking points 10.55am BST David Hills has come up with 11 things this grand World Cup ha…
    - 39 mins ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:55am -
  • England v India: first Test live!
    First Test, day five live over-by-over updates The records broken by James Anderson and Joe Root And feel free to email daniel.harris.@theguardian.com 10.55am BST While ye wait, some excellence: world's fastest bowler competition, 1979 10.50am BST…
    - 39 mins ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:55am -
  • Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch switches to back Scottish independence
    Formerly pro-union musician says he now believes Scotland should go it aloneThe Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has said he has changed his mind about independence as a result of the debate and now backs Scotland going it alone.The Scotti…
    - 55 mins ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:39am -
  • iOS 8: will Apple's new Message leave users confused?
    Apple is tweaking its message app - and risks being left with wreckageApple is taking a calculated risk with its iOS 8 software, due in autumn. It's tweaking the Messages app, normally used to send text messages, with pictures or videos attached if…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:30am -
  • Niue, the Pacific island struggling to cope as its population plummets
    The coral atoll where 5,000 people lived in the 1960s now has just 1,600 with 15 times as many living in New ZealandIt was a school once, but there are no children here any more. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:27am -
  • Britain plans to build commercial spaceport
    Eight possible locations for spaceport will be announced by ministers at Farnborough air show on TuesdayBritain is to build a commercial spaceport that will be used to launch manned missions and commercial satellites. A list of eight locations for th…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:49am -
  • Eye tests could detect early Alzheimer's
    Researchers say Alzheimer's marker can be detected in retina and lens of eyeRegular eye tests could in future be used to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer's, new research suggests.Early trials of two different techniques show that a key Alzheimer's biom…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:41am -
  • Libya airport hit by heavy fighting between militias
    Flights halted as Islamist militias attack rival Zintan group, which controls Tripoli international airportHeavy fighting between militias with anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades has broken out near the airport of the Libyan capital, Tr…
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:22am -
  • Boyhood review Richard Linklater makes the complex appear casual
    Richard Linklater's latest, filmed in 39 days over 12 years, captivates you not with its method, but with its intimate insightWhat an extraordinary film-maker Richard Linklater has become, a thoroughly modern rule-breaker with an old-fashioned sense…
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:01am -
  • Jimmy Savile by the man who knew him best
    Dan Davies's In Plain Sight is the astonishing account of how Jimmy Savile established himself at the heart of British life. How did we fail to detect the monster in our midst?Dan Davies has a lot to get off his chest. I ask one question and the word…
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:00am -

VOA News - Asia

  • Israeli Commandos Enter Gaza

    - 4 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:55am -
  • US Official: Iran Clinging to 'Unworkable' Positions at Nuclear Talks
    A senior U.S. official at nuclear talks in Vienna says Iran has not moved from what he calls its "unworkable and inadequate" positions.The official said Saturday there has been some progress but that both sides are still very far apart on some key…
    - 12 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 10:28pm -
  • German Chancellor: Trust in US Broken
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the breakdown in trust between her country and the United States over spying shows the two have "fundamentally different conceptions" about the work of intelligence agencies.Chancellor Merkel told public broadca…
    - 17 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 6:04pm -
  • Police Chief: Eight Injured in Istanbul Gas Explosion
    At least eight people were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop in Istanbul on Saturday, city's police chief Selami Altinok said."It's not certain whether one person remains under debris. Rescue teams are searching me…
    - 17 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 5:26pm -
  • Iraq Sends Volunteer Force to Ramadi
    Iraqi government TV reported that the 4,000 volunteers were being airlifted to Ramadi from the country's mostly Shi'ite regions of Karbala, Baghdad, Najaf and Basrah. It said Anbar province governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi made the announcement in a…
    - 17 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 5:10pm -
  • Afghan Candidates Agree to Vote Audit
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both Afghan presidential candidates have agreed to a full U.N.-supervised audit of last month's runoff election ballots and promised to abide by the results.Speaking late Saturday at a Kabul press conference…
    - 17 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 5:05pm -
  • CCTV: iPhone a Threat to National Security
    Chinese state media branded Apple Inc.'s iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations.A report by broadcaster CCTV on Friday criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function fo…
    - 18 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 4:26pm -
  • Officials: Jordan Reluctant to Host US-led Syria Rebel Training
    Jordan, where the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction program, U.S. officials said.Jordan's reticence, confirmed by four U.S. officials,…
    - 19 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:51pm -
  • Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Movie Trailer Released
    A trailer for the upcoming feature film directed by Angelina Jolie was released on July 11.        Unbroken, about a World War II-era prisoner of war, hits theaters this December, and is the second film directed by the Oscar-winning actress.…
    - 19 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:50pm -
  • Libyan Protesters Shut Down Oil Port
    Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega,  state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports following almost a year of blockage.NOC spokesman Mohamed El Harar…
    - 19 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:25pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

  • The Bhai-Bhai Lie
    The False Narrative of Chinese-Indian Friendship July 11, 2014 Tansen Sen…
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  • Afghanistan's Aid Bubble
    Letter From Kabul June 26, 2014 Dorn Townsend…
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  • Pivot Problems
    What Washington Should Concede in Asia June 25, 2014 Jennifer Lind…
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  • Victory, Afghan Style
    The Good News -- and Bad -- About the Recent Election June 22, 2014 Jonah Blank…
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  • Pakistan Fights Back
    Behind the Operation in North Waziristan June 19, 2014 Aqil Shah…
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  • What Really Happened in Bangladesh
    Washington, Islamabad, and the Genocide in East Pakistan June 16, 2014 Harold H. Saunders…
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  • Drop Your Weapons
    When and Why Civil Resistance Works June 16, 2014 Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan…
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  • Voodoo Abenomics
    Japan's Failed Comeback Plan June 16, 2014 Richard Katz…
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  • Keep Hope Alive
    How to Prevent U.S.-Chinese Relations From Blowing Up June 16, 2014 James B. Steinberg and Michae…
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  • Tough Love
    Money and Mistresses in the Middle Kingdom June 12, 2014 John Osburg…
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Asian Correspondent

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Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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Boeing | 777-212/ER | Singapore Airlines | 9V-SQI | In Flight | Malaysia Airspace
Boeing | 777-212/ER | Singapore Airlines | 9V-SQI | In Flight | Malaysia Airspace
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Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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Ayutthaya - Wat Phra SinSanphet
Ayutthaya - Wat Phra SinSanphet
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Sunset Over the Gulf (772A0236)
Sunset Over the Gulf (772A0236)
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Spirit House
Spirit House
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Alone
Alone
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Seodaemun Independence Park
Seodaemun Independence Park
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Supoort for Germany
Supoort for Germany
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Supoort for Germany
Supoort for Germany
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Firelight
Firelight
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • North Korea Launches Missiles
    North Korea's launch of two short-range missiles into the sea from near its border with South Korea was seen by Seoul as an escalation of recent provocations.
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 7:23am -
  • Abuse Probe Widens at Jakarta School
    Police named two new suspects in a widening probe of alleged sexual abuse at a top Jakarta school, marking the first time that staff members have formally been identified as suspects.
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 3:36am -
  • Afghan Presidential Rivals Agree to Vote Audit
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates had agreed to a full audit of the June 14 runoff election, breaking a political stalemate over the vote's outcome.
    - 9 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 1:06am -
  • Onetime Star Sees Investor Exodus
    Boaz Weinstein, once one of Wall Street's most successful traders, has seen assets at his hedge-fund firm shrink by half to $2.6 billion in the past year as he struggles with investment losses and client defections.
    - 12 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 10:41pm -
  • Chinese Executive Charged in Hacking Case
    The Justice Department charged the owner of a Chinese aviation-technology company with stealing information from U.S. defense contractors—the latest in an effort to prosecute what U.S. officials say is rampant Chinese industrial espionage.
    - 19 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:46pm -
  • SEC Roused by Cynk's $6 Billion Valuation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how Cynk Technology Corp., a social network that reports zero assets, no revenue and one employee, soared to a $6 billion valuation, according to people close to the probe.
    - 21 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 2:03pm -
  • Hony Capital Buying PizzaExpress
    The Chinese private-equity firm is buying the restaurant chain from London-based Cinven Ltd. for about £900 million.
    - 21 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 1:58pm -
  • Alibaba Sets Latest Value at $130 Billion
    Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding values itself at $130 billion ahead of its IPO, up from $117 billion in late June, according to a securities filing.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 7:45am -
  • U.S. Slaps Tariffs on Korean Steel
    The U.S. on Friday moved to impose punitive tariffs on South Korean steelmakers, saying they sold steel pipe used in the oil and gas industry at artificially low prices.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 6:39am -
  • Better Days Ahead for Asian IPOs
    After a lackluster first half for share sales caused by a slowdown in Southeast Asia, the Asian Pacific region is set to have a better second half, bankers say.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 5:59am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

  • Lenders seek Myanmar banking entrée
    Dozens of banks including Japan’s three megabanks are keen to secure one of 5-10 licences to operate in the fast-opening southeast Asian country
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 7:06am -
  • Analysts query Malaysia bank merger logic
    One clue to rationale behind proposed CIMB-RHB-MBSB deal lies in personalities and government-linked shareholders that have emerged as kingmakers
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:47am -
  • Lindt poised to acquire Russell Stover
    Russell Stover would give Lindt a firm foothold in the US, where family-owned company’s products are standard issue for Valentine’s day charmers
    - 15 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 7:42pm -
  • Israel continues Gaza bombardment
    UN has called for a ceasefire in Gaza and Tony Blair has met the Egyptian president in efforts to secure a truce
    - 16 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 6:11pm -
  • Vicky Song becomes first Chinese woman to circumnavigate globe
    Feat is another sporting success for China, which saw strong results in the 2012 Olympics sailing and is a rising nation in the sport and the superyacht industry
    - 18 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 4:59pm -
  • Apple denies iPhone security risk report
    Apple denies working with government agencies to create a backdoor into data from its products or services
    - 19 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • Chinese group buys PizzaExpress for £900m
    Restaurant chain latest example of Chinese taste for assets as Cinven looks to dispose of brands after failure to sell parent group Gondola
    - 20 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • Former Archbishop supports assisted dying
    By observing the sanctity of life, Church could be promoting anguish and pain, the very opposite of a Christian message of hope, says Lord Carey
    - 23 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 11:39am -
  • Kurdish forces seize oilfields near Kirkuk
    Kurds have demanded that international oil companies pay them directly the 17% cut they are due from the sales of Iraqi crude
    - 24 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 10:55am -
  • US charges China businessman with hacking
    Computers of Boeing and other defence contractors allegedly targeted, according to indictment unsealed in federal court in Los Angeles
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 1:50am -

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

  • Taktik Permainan Prabowo
    Menurut Ed Aspinall dan Marcus Mietzner, ada indikasi bahwa kubu Prabowo sengaja membingungkan masyarakat tentang hasil pilpres.
    - 1 day ago, 11 Jul 14, 11:32pm -
  • How to read a quick count
    Andrew Thornley on separating the pollster wheat from the chaff
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:55am -
  • Prabowo’s game plan
    Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner explain how Prabowo Subianto is trying to sow confusion and steal the election
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:31am -
  • Stand-off as Indonesia treads new democratic path
    The count may be in, but the contest isn't over, reports James Giggacher.
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 6:54am -
  • The view from Yogyakarta
    Angie Bexley has captured some stunning shots of voting in Yogyakarta.
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 5:27am -
  • President Jokowi vs Oligarchy
    Can Indonesia's new president counter oligarchy?
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 3:42am -
  • In Safe Hands?
    All eyes turn to Indonesia's General Electoral Commission
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:49am -
  • Let God decide
    Some Indonesian voters are seeking divine intervention in today's presidential vote.
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 3:38am -
  • Art and elections
    Virginia Hooker casts her keen eye over how art is depicting Indonesia's 2014 presidential elections.
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:10am -
  • Uneasy alliance: Prabowo and the Islamic parties
    A closer look at the religious dynamics of Prabowo’s coalition reveals that it may not be as it would seem, writes Greg Fealy.
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:04am -

Asia News Network - Breaking News

The Economist - Banyan Blog

  • Bad science
    SEVEN months ago, Haruko Obokata (pictured) stormed into Japan’s public consciousness in a nationally televised press conference in which she claimed a major leap forward in regenerative medicine. This week, visibly thinner and harried-looking, Dr…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 10:40am -
  • What happens now?
    HEREWITH, your questions on Indonesia's presidential election, answered:1. Who won? The short answer is we don't know, and we won't know until the country's General Election Commission (KPU) releases official results in two weeks. And we may not have…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 6:21am -
  • Amit Shah rises
    VICTORY in politics can come in bursts, as with a triumphal election. Or it can be the result of the steady accretion of power, winning over institutions and shunting aside rivals. The rise of 49-year-old Amit Shah as the youngest-ever president of I…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 10:48am -
  • The lion and the lamb
    VOTERS face a choice between two starkly different candidates. One would further democratic progress; the other could turn back the clock to authoritarian rule
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 7:03pm -
  • Reformer Rao
    The Indian budget in 1991 was delivered by Manmohan Singh as finance minister (and guided by the prime minister, Narasimha Rao). It was the moment that the "Licence Raj" began to be dismantled, enabling much more rapid economic growth in India in the…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • Stuffed sheep
    THERE was only one surprise when Afghanistan’s election chief announced the preliminary results from the country’s increasingly troubled presidential election on July 7th. The camps of both candidates—Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official,…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 12:33pm -
  • Lucky streak
    THE fatal flaw in Abenomics was supposed to be the raising in April of Japan’s hated consumption tax from 5% to 8%. Just as Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, was coaxing the economy back to health with a fat dose of quantitative easing and fiscal sti…
    - 9 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 1:53pm -
  • Paradise lost
    DOZENS of Pakistani asylum-seekers have been locked up in a detention camp in southern Sri Lanka following mass arrests that the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, says it never saw coming. The sweep started on June 9th in Negombo, a breezy seaside resort…
    - 9 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 7:48am -
  • The shouter or the doer?
    I SPENT most of this week in Jakarta, writing our curtain-raiser for the presidential election due to take place next Wednesday, July 9th. As so often happens with a subject as rich and complex as Indonesian electoral politics, I did not have enough…
    - 9 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 3:45am -
  • A sorry record on deforestation
    DOUBTLESS timed to coincide with Indonesia’s election campaign, the release this week of a new report about the rate of destruction of the country’s tropical rainforests has certainly caught the eye. According to a paper published in the June 29t…
    - 11 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 11:20am -

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

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

  • Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese to win Nobel Peace Prize
    Campaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home.
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:59am -
  • Afghan presidential rivals make breakthrough in poll dispute
    Afghanistan's two presidential rivals agreed on Saturday to a historic deal to audit all eight million votes cast in the disputed election after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy by top US diplomat John Kerry.
    - 2 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:53am -
  • Taiwan using drones to spy on China
    Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported Sunday.
    - 3 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 7:19am -
  • Gunmen attack diving resort on Malaysia's Mabul island
    A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a diving resort off Malaysia's Mabul island, a security official said on Sunday.
    - 4 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:45am -
  • China's leader Xi departs for South America tour
    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday departed for a visit to four South American countries, including Brazil, to build ties in a resources-rich region traditionally considered the backyard of the United States.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:36am -
  • N Korea fires two more missiles into sea
    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on Sunday, Seoul's military said, in an apparent show of anger at an upcoming joint military drill between South Korea and the US.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:32am -
  • India's Modi goes slow on budget reform
    The maiden budget from India's new right-wing government has promised a return to high growth -- but disappointed some who hoped premier Narendra Modi might use his thumping mandate to unleash radical change.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:24am -
  • Uncertainty for Indonesia after disputed vote
    Indonesia faces a long period of uncertainty after last week's disputed presidential election, analysts warn -- raising fears for Southeast Asia's top economy as growth sits at four-year lows, foreign investment slows and corruption remains rife.
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:19am -
  • Kerry pushes plan to 'clean up' disputed Afghan vote
    Despite back-to-back meetings on Friday with rivals Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani and other officials that stretched deep into the night, US officials said an accord was not yet on the table.
    - 18 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 4:13pm -
  • Minor tsunami hits Fukushima region after strong quake
    A minor tsunami hit large swathes of northeastern Japan, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the country's Pacific coast.
    - 22 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:20pm -

Asia Times Online

  • Apple settles China iPad trademark dispute for $60 million
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has paid $60 million to China's Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to settle a dispute over the iPad trademark, a Chinese provincial court said on Monday. The announcement of the court-mediated settlement was made on the web…
    - 2 Jul 12, 3:50am -
  • Huge demo as Hong Kong marks 15 years under China
    Hong Kong's biggest protest for nearly a decade packed the former British colony's streets in a defiant reception for its new leader and a show of popular anger after 15 years of Chinese rule.
    - 2 Jul 12, 1:43am -
  • China caps car sales in Guangzhou to ease jams
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's booming southern city of Guangzhou is limiting the number of new cars on the streets to ease traffic jams and cut pollution, state media said on Sunday, a move that could weigh on sales in the world's largest car market. G…
    - 1 Jul 12, 1:55pm -
  • U.S. Reaches Out to China, but Not for Naval Maneuvers
    Chinese analysts said that cooperation was not the main American goal, as a 22-nation war exercise began off Hawaii.
    - 30 Jun 12, 5:30am -
  • World Briefing | Asia: China: Astronauts Finish Mission and Return to Earth
    China’s first female astronaut and two other crew members returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.
    - 30 Jun 12, 5:30am -
  • China, India step up global role with IMF fund
    After years of pressure to take a greater role in global affairs, China and India have stepped up by contributing to a new IMF emergency fund -- from which the United States is absent.
    - 20 Jun 12, 10:29am -
  • Laos, where rubber hits the road to China
    The rice fields that blanketed this remote mountain village for generations are gone. In their place rise neat rows of young rubber trees -- their sap destined for China. As Beijing scrambles to feed its galloping economy, it has already scoured the…
    - 11 May 08, 9:42am -
  • In battle with China for allies, Taiwan resorts to riskier tactics
    A scandal here over a bungled Taiwan attempt to forge official ties with Papua New Guinea has thrown a spotlight on the long-running, shadowy war between China and Taiwan for allies. (International Herald Tribune)
    - 8 May 08, 11:15pm -
  • IMF cuts Chinese economic growth forecasts to about 9%
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday it has adjusted its forecasts for the global economic growth in 2008 downward to below 4 percent, with a growth of just above 9 percent for the Chinese economy. (China Daily)
    - 8 May 08, 11:15pm -
  • China's submarine progress alarms India
    Reports of China building a massive strategic naval base capable of housing nuclear-powered submarines on Hainan island in the South China Sea have India on red alert. The fear is not so much that China will launch any offensive against India, but th…
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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.
    - 4 Mar 13, 6:01pm -
  • Video: Rodman: Kim Jong Un is ‘my friend’
    After being filmed spending time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, basketball legend Dennis Rodman said that while he doesn’t “condone what he does,” the dictator is “a good guy” and a friend. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. (TODAY)…
    - 4 Mar 13, 1:25pm -
  • Sanctions call over Thai elephant ivory trade
    Environmental groups plan to table a motion at a conference on endangered species in Bangkok next month calling for sanctions against hosts Thailand over the trade in elephant ivory.
    - 2 Mar 13, 9:02am -
  • Rodman: N. Korea dictator an 'awesome guy'
    The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for "wining and dining" visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
    - 1 Mar 13, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
    A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:04pm -
  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
    A Japanese court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors to up to 10 years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa last year.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:24pm -
  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:06pm -
  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
    As part of a documentary film, NBA’s former all-star Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea, but soon found himself bonding with its leader, making him the first American to meet Kim Jong Un since the nation’s leader took power. (TODAY)
    - 1 Mar 13, 12:48pm -
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  • China says US-based hackers target its websites
    China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokes…
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The Telegraph - Asia

France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says
    US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that the two candidates in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential run-off have agreed to a full audit of every single ballot cast in the vote.
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  • Kerry holds all-night talks with Afghan presidential rivals
    US Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold a second day of talks with Afghanistan's feuding presidential hopefuls on Saturday, seeking a deal to "clean up the tally" after disputed elections.
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  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan
    A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan on Saturday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, sparking a minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but causing no damage along the coast that was ravaged by the catastrophic March 2011 tsunami.
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  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting
    Chinese Muslims say they are facing growing discrimination within their country, after officials banned students and civil servants in the western region of Xinjiang from observing fasting rituals during the month of Ramadan.
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:32am -
  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election
    Both sides claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo leading ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
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  • Typhoon Neoguri turns deadly as it batters Japanese islands
    Typhoon Neoguri laid into Japan’s southern Okinawa islands overnight Tuesday, leaving at least two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region’s worst storm in years downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a h…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 1:02am -
  • Afghanistan’s Abdullah claims victory in contested poll
    Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in last month’s poll, despite initial results putting his rival, Ashraf Ghani, in the lead, sparking fears of ethnic unrest in Afghanistan.
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 11:32am -
  • Sri Lankan migrants in legal limbo off Australian coast
    The Australian government promised Tuesday not to hand over a group of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka for three days amid a High Court case that has exposed the dark side of Australia’s tough populist immigration policy.
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 11:06am -
  • Japan on highest alert as typhoon Neoguri closes in
    Japanese authorities cancelled flights and urged thousands to evacuate on Tuesday as weather forecasters warned the country to brace for one of the worst storms in years.
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:54am -
  • Ghani 'leads Abdullah' in presidential run-off
    Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani has won Afghanistan's presidential run-off with 56.4% of the vote to the 43.5% garnered by former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, preliminary results released on Monday showed.
    - 6 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 3:14pm -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

The Diplomat

The Economist - Asia

  • Australia and Japan: Scrum-halves
    THE prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, flew to the Australian outback’s red desert on July 9th to inspect the commodity that once defined his country’s relations with Australia: iron ore. He left behind policy wonks in Canberra, the capital, di…
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  • Philistinism in Japan: Capital crimes
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  • Afghanistan’s presidential election: Stuffed
    Abdullah says he was diddled againAFTER all the foreign blood and money spent on trying to turn a poor, wrecked country into a unified state and a functioning democracy, much has been riding on the drawn-out presidential election. Yet this week t…
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  • Pakistan’s border badlands: Double games
    IT IS impossible to defeat an insurgency, an American commander of NATO’s forces in Afghanistan once said between clenched teeth, when the insurgents enjoy an inviolable sanctuary in a neighbouring country. The problem has plagued the 13-year m…
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  • India’s budget: Going for growth
    Arun Jaitley and his box of tricksFOR a man opposed to “mindless populism”, India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, dwelled long on pet schemes in his maiden budget speech on July 10th. For example, he set aside $33m to erect the world’s…
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  • Indonesia’s election: The quick count and the long
    FROM its westernmost reaches of Aceh on the Andaman Sea to the border it shares with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia consists of more than 13,500 islands sprawling over 3,200 miles and three time zones. On July 9th, for just the third time in the cou…
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  • Indonesia’s election: Knife’s edge
    IN LATE June the two candidates in Indonesia’s presidential race both held rallies in Jakarta, the capital. Supporters of Joko Widodo, known to all as Jokowi (pictured right), walked and cycled through the central business district. From a stag…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 3:05pm -
  • Indian politics: Waiting for the Modi mojo
    WHAT a difference the prospect of a new government has made. The Indian stockmarket is up by a fifth this year, a shaky rupee has steadied and consumers are upbeat—buying more cars, for instance. But on July 10th Narendra Modi’s finance minis…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 3:05pm -
  • Correction
    Last week, we incorrectly identified Japan’s labour minister (“The battle for Japan”). He is Norihisa Tamura. We are very sorry.
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  • Taiwan and China: Say cheese
    Chen Chu’s cap fits Mr ZhangSINCE the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, no ministerial-level Communist official has set foot in Taiwan. That changed on June 25th when Zhang Zhijun, head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, accept…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 3:05pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

  • North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire - USA TODAY
    USA TODAYNorth Korea launches missiles in latest test-fireUSA TODAYSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger o…
    - 1 hour ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:12am -
  • South Korea: North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles - CNN
    South Korea: North Korea fires 2 ballistic missilesCNNSeoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea fired two short-range missiles early Sunday towards waters east of the Korean Peninsula, the latest such launch in the tense region, a South Korean official…
    - 9 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 1:25am -
  • In Inquiry in China, Police Detain Star Anchor - New York Times
    Aljazeera.comIn Inquiry in China, Police Detain Star AnchorNew York TimesBEIJING — A prominent Chinese state television anchor known for his strident efforts to champion China's political and economic systems has been detained by the authorities, t…
    - 11 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 11:11pm -
  • Still at Odds With China - New York Times
    Breitbart NewsStill at Odds With ChinaNew York TimesTo take one prominent example, the two sides remain far apart on China's aggressive efforts to assert sweeping claims over islands and waters in the South China Sea and East China Sea — claims dis…
    - 16 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • Voting in China, a Distant Dream - New York Times
    Voting in China, a Distant DreamNew York Times“Have you seen one?” I ask people, out of curiosity. Like me, most of them have no idea what a ballot looks like and have only seen pictures on television of people completely unknown to them clutchin…
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  • Australia and Japan - The Economist
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  • Australian Islamic preacher arrested in Philippines over alleged Isis links - The Guardian
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  • Japan Vows 'Firm' Response Should China Disrupt Order in Contested Waters - Wall Street Journal
    Japan Vows 'Firm' Response Should China Disrupt Order in Contested WatersWall Street JournalWASHINGTON—Japan's defense minister said Friday that Tokyo would "respond firmly" if China "disrupts the order" in waters contested by the two countries, ta…
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  • Offshore quake rocks northern Japan -- but no tsunamis, no reports of damage - CNN
    Offshore quake rocks northern Japan -- but no tsunamis, no reports of damageCNN(CNN) -- A powerful earthquake struck early Saturday off the coast of northern Japan -- rattling nerves in a region rocked three years ago by a deadly tremor, tsunami and…
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  • China's Central Bank Investigates Report of a Bank's Money Laundering - New York Times
    New York TimesChina's Central Bank Investigates Report of a Bank's Money LaunderingNew York TimesBEIJING — China's central bank is investigating a report by state television that a major Chinese bank is helping clients transfer large amounts of mon…
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Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • In contested election, Indonesia's democracy on the line
    By Fransiska Nangoy and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's young democracy faces its biggest challenge since emerging from decades of autocratic rule 16 years ago after both candidates claimed victory in last week's presidential electio…
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  • Uncertainty for Indonesia after disputed vote
    Indonesia faces a long period of uncertainty after last week's disputed presidential election, analysts warn -- raising fears for Southeast Asia's top economy as growth sits at four-year lows, foreign investment slows and corruption remains rife. Aft…
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 3:15am -
  • 3 remain hospitalized after Grand Teton bus crash
    GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming (AP) — Three people injured when a bus carrying mostly Chinese tourists flipped on its side while traveling through Grand Teton National Park remained in the hospital Saturday.
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  • China's popular TV journalist taken by prosecutors
    BEIJING (AP) — A top business journalist at China's state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China's financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday.
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  • Philippines arrests Australian over ties to militant group ISIL
    The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East. The…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 8:03am -
  • US hails Japan easing of restrictions on military
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday hailed as "historic" a Japanese government decision to loosen restrictions on its military.
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  • US proposes construction freeze in South China Sea
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department proposed Friday that Asian nations not build new outposts or expand existing ones in the South China Sea to help lower the risk of a conflict as tensions mount in its resource-rich waters.
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  • Four rhinos killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack in years
    By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, the spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said o…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 3:23pm -
  • Trial: dengue shot offers some protection
    LONDON (AP) — The most advanced vaccine for dengue only offers modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as "breakbone fever," according to a large trial.
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  • Japan seeks talks with China at November summit
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top government spokesman said Friday that an Asian regional summit in Beijing this November would be a good opportunity for the leaders of Japan and China to hold their first talks ever amid sour relations. The Chinese governme…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 12:19pm -

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Ryan Mitchell: East Asia's Burning Constitutional Controversies
    The most intense ongoing conflict is the one centered on Hong Kong's dramatic recent protest movement calling for open nominations in the general elections that are scheduled to take place in 2017. Read more: Law, Japan, Human Rights, As…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:40pm -
  • Han Zhu: The Issue in Hong Kong Is Not Autonomy from Beijing, but Growing Economic Inequality
    Those who are now waving the Union Jack to accuse Beijing of interfering in Hong Kong's freedom are not rational in their comparison of the degree of autonomy before and after the handover from the British 17 years ago. Read more: China…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • Nalini Saligram: Making the Voices of 10,000 Women Matter for Preventing Disease
    I am the mother of two beautiful young women, and what I want more than anything else is to help them, to the best of my ability, put their best foot forward in life. Read more: Russia, South Africa, India, Women, Global Health, Kenya, I…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:08pm -
  • Stanley Weiss: Could China Become India's New Best Friend?
    "We are seeing the gravity of world economy shifting towards Asia," Hamid Ansari declared in Beijing last week. "Could the 21st century be an Asian century?" Only time -- and concerted effort from both sides -- will tell. Read more: Chin…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:35am -
  • Winston Shi: Francis Fukuyama: End of History Still in Sight Despite China's Rise
    According to "End of History" author Francis Fukuyama, China today is much like Bismarck's Germany. It was not a messianic, universalistic or revisionist state, but was very big and powerful, and it had a lot of national interests. China is very much…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:26am -
  • Raid By Thai Police Exposes Human Trafficking Ring
    BANGKOK (AP) — A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the c... Read more: Human Traffickers, Thailand, Rohingya, Thai Police, Thai-Human-Trafficki…
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  • North Korea Fires Missiles Into Ocean
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles Wednesday morning into the sea off its east coast, a South Korean ... Read more: North Korea Rockets, North Korea Fires Missiles Into Sea, North Korea Ne…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 7:07pm -
  • Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen: 'Green News Report' - July 8, 2014
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Japan hit with monster typhoon, while Hurricane Arthur breaks a record... Read more: Nasa, Bbc, Fracking, Neoguri, West Virginia, Typhoon, Renewable Energy,…
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  • WATCH: Herd Of Elephants Splashing In The Rain
    There are moments in the animal kingdom you come across and suddenly realize animals aren't really so different from us when you think about it. This ... Read more: Elephant News, Elephant, Video, Thailand, Elephants, Creedence Clearwate…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 4:27pm -
  • Lawrence Wittner: Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way
    The building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare. Read more: France, Nuclear War, Submarines, Britain, Nuclear Weapons, P…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 4:08pm -

Newsvine - Asia

Topix - Asia

MetaFilter - Asia

  • 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 “…
    - 3 days ago, 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 -
  • Spoiler: It's largely cultural
    Why Japanese Web Design Is So… Different... If you've ever visited a Japanese website, it's a little like time traveling back to 1998. Randomwire explains some of the reasons why.
    - 12 Nov 13, 6:43pm -
  • These were the people I loved. They said "Chink" and they said "faggot."
    Why I Stay Closeted In Asia (SLBF) I denied it, as my father and sister begged me to.I couldn't exaggerate to you how much my mother's face lit up, or how much I wanted, for a shameful second, for my lie to be true. I began to tell her a story, got…
    - 9 Oct 13, 5:30pm -
  • The Road From Karakol
    In 2011, American alpinist (twice the winner of the prestigious Piolets d'Or award) and coffee shop owner Kyle Dempster, went on a two-month solo biking and climbing odyssey in Kyrgyzstan. He took a video camera with him and the video he shot from hi…
    - 5 Jul 13, 12:45am -
  • Disclaimer: The opinions on this page are the property of the writers
    Can Silicon Valley Save the World?
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  • India vs Pakistan in Afghanistan
    A Deadly Triangle - the proxy war in Afghanistan
    - 26 Jun 13, 3:38pm -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • Indonesia’s presidential elections: Jokowi in, Prabowo out
    Author: Marcus Mietzner, ANU Indonesians went to the polls on 9 July to elect a successor to Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who had served two terms between 2004 and 2014 and thus was constitutionally barred from seeking re-election.…
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:00am -
  • Indonesia on the precipice of progress
    Author: Andrew MacIntyre, RMIT University Let’s start with the good news. Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy and largest Muslim country, has succeeded in conducting a very robust and yet peaceful direct presidential election — for t…
    - 11 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 12:02am -
  • Russo–Japanese relations, bleak as ever
    Author: Dmitry Filippov, University of Sheffield The large-scale natural-gas deal struck on 21 May between Russia and China does not bode well for Japan’s relationship with Russia. With the Japanese government ratcheting up anti-Russian sanctions…
    - 23 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Inequality and the nature of capital: a reminder to economists
    Author: Chandran Nair, GIFT Despite the recent economic crises that hit suddenly and caught economists by surprise, they still hold sway with the media, policymakers and business leaders. Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century ha…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • Export-oriented FDI can jumpstart Indian manufacturing
    Authors: Abhirup Bhunia, Institute of Economic Growth and Geethanjali Nataraj, Observer Research Foundation Addressing a joint session of parliament, Indian president Pranab Mukherjee laid out the roadmap of the new Modi government by emphasising thr…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Why Abe is out of touch on the comfort women controversies
    Author: Mikyoung Kim, Hiroshima Peace Institute Ever since Shinzo Abe’s second stint as prime minister began in December 2012, his administration has been forging a worrisome trajectory for Japan’s foreign policy. Abe was re-elected because the J…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • Chinese loans will counterbalance Russia’s influence in Kazakhstan
    Author: Micha’el Tanchum, Shalem College On 29 May 2014, the presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus signed a treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU). One week prior, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Chinese Pr…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Making monetary policy work in Sri Lanka
    Author: Dushni Weerakoon, IPS The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) announced in February 2014 that the country maintained single-digit inflation for five consecutive years for the first time since independence. For a country that has historically suf…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • Rebalancing as the Rorschach inkblot test
    Author: Brad Glosserman, Pacific Forum CSIS Since it was first announced in late 2011, the US rebalance to Asia has become the great foreign policy ‘Rorschach test’ — what one sees in the rebalance says more about the observer than it does abou…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • The Abe and Abbott show: a meeting of minds and interests
    Author: Jim Rolfe, Victoria University of Wellington The ANZUS Treaty was signed 63 years ago by Australia, New Zealand and the United States, in part as a counter to the US security treaty with Japan and the final peace agreement following the end o…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Eight Takeaways from Indonesia’s Presidential Election
    By Andrew ThornleyIndonesians went to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president and vice president. This election represents the first transition from one democratically elected president to another in Indonesia's history. The scale and consequ…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:03pm -
  • Indonesian Election: Picking up the Pieces From a Toxic Campaign
    By Tim MannAfter being inundated by months of campaigning, it now looks like it will be some time before Indonesian electors can come up for air and focus on repairing some of the damage of a divisive election season. Indonesia has witnessed the tigh…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:02pm -
  • Media Campaign Ignites Push for Local Elections in Pakistan
    By Gareth Aicken and Rashid ChaudhryThere is much talk these days in Pakistan about democracy. Just over a year since national elections marked the first transition in the country's history from one democratically elected federal government to anoth…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:01pm -
  • Conversation with Burmese Publisher, Library Advocate U Thant Thaw Kaung
    Publisher U Thant Thaw Kaung, head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation and the mobile library project under the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, recently visited The Asia Foundation's headquarters in San Francisco as part of a three-week stud…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Business Conditions Dull, but Corruption Dips in Mongolia
    By Basanta PokharelThe Asia Foundation and the Sant Maral Foundation on July 7 released the latest Study on Private Perceptions on Corruption (STOPP), revealing a troubling decline in satisfaction with the business environment and how some debilitati…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 10:59pm -
  • Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs
    By Nicolas PicardAn exciting tech trend is reshaping Asian workforces. In countries like Bangladesh where the economy is expanding alongside faster broadband speeds and mobile penetration, entrepreneurs and skilled workers looking for employment are…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 10:58pm -
  • Bangladesh’s Development Surprise: A Model for Developing Countries
    By Syed A. Al-MutiBy many metrics, Bangladesh's development trajectory is a unique success story, especially since the 1990s when democratic rule was reinstated and extensive economic reforms were made. Poverty incidence has fallen from 60 percent to…
    - 18 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 10:23pm -
  • Reexamining Growth and Poverty in Myanmar
    By David I. SteinbergInternational data indicate that Myanmar's current growth rate is about 7 percent, which by any measure should indicate progress and pride. Macroeconomic reforms have been extensive. The unrealistic legal exchange rate, which at…
    - 18 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 10:22pm -
  • Poverty, Inequality, and the Negative Effects of Mongolia’s Economic Downturn
    By Tirza TheunissenFor the last four years, Mongolia has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, clocking double-digit growth on the back of a mining boom. The effects of this growth are obvious, especially in the capital, Ulaanbaatar,…
    - 18 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 10:21pm -
  • Fellow Marcia Czarina Corazon Medina-Guce on Reform in the Philippines
    In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently interviewed Philippine local governance leader Marcia Czarina Corazon Medina-Guce on President Aquino's ambitious reform agenda and progress on poverty reduction and inclusive development.
    - 18 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 10:20pm -

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  • Coalition government possible in Indonesia
    INDONESIA - Presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that he would be glad if the Golkar Party decided to switch teams and support the Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla ticket."Yes, that would be good, it means that we can work together," Jokowi told repor…
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  • Singapore firm in $248m partnership to develop wind energy in Thailand

    - 3 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 7:58am -
  • Council head quizzed on Indonesian election dispute case
    JAKARTA - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has questioned Palembang City Council (DPRD) chairman Ahmad Novan in connection with the case of alleged bribery surrounding the Palembang mayoral election dispute.Priharsa Nugraha, the KPK's new…
    - 4 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:45am -
  • Indonesian pollsters face threats as quick-counts stoke division
    Several Indonesian pollsters were on the receiving end of threats and intimidation on Friday allegedly due to their opposing findings regarding the outcome of the recent presidential election.Pol-Tracking Institute public relations and programme man…
    - 4 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:34am -
  • Seven gross human rights violations yet to be settled: Komnas HAM
    JAKARTA - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said that the next president will have to deal with seven cases of gross human rights violations yet to be resolved.According to Komnas HAM commissioner Siti Noor Laila as well as the Te…
    - 4 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:28am -
  • Best pet cafes for a cuddle in Bangkok
    If you live in Bangkok and adore cats but can't have one in your apartment, you've probably been to one of the pet cafes that dole out feline fixes for the domestically destitute. But why stop at cats? Admirers of other animals must be suffering the…
    - 4 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:07am -
  • Macaron eclairs: French-style dessert hybrid in Seoul
    At Eclair by Garuharu, a dessert shop that opened late this June on Seoul's Gyeongnidan Street, there are eclairs and macarons, and then there is the macaron eclair.Owner and pastry chef Yun Eun-young explained that she put this hybrid dessert on th…
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  • Driver returns lost $7,700
    CHIANG MAI, Thailand - A public transport songtao driver in Chiang Mai has returned Bt200,000 (S$7,700) to a Chinese tourist left behind in a bag on the vehicle.In a ceremony organised by railway police at Chiang Mai Train Station yesterday, the 19-…
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  • Girl dies from food poisoning; 159 schoolmates got affected
    A Hmong boarding school student died from food poisoning while 159 other students are recovering in Chiang Rai's Mae Fa Luang district, a state official said yesterday.The incident took place on Tuesday at Ban Hmong Kao Lang School after the student…
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  • Concern over free flow of labour after AEC starts
    The Asean Economic Community (AEC) plan for a free flow of labour in eight professions may face problems, including |different regulations to allow skilled workers in each member country and different languages and culture, a Chulalongkorn Universit…
    - 5 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 5:25am -

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  • Death toll mounts as Israeli bombs hit Gaza strip
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Good evening, thanks for joining us.The latest round of Middle Eastern violence triggered by the kidnapping and murder of those three Jewish teenagers escalated again today when Israeli bombs destro…
    - 12 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 10:22pm -
  • Is a ground offensive next in the fighting between Israel and Hamas?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: To try to put the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in a broader context, we are joined tonight by Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washingt…
    - 14 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 8:57pm -
  • Ukraine faces constant political tension as conflict intensifies
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: After a recent lull, the conflict in eastern Ukraine once again is intensifying. Ukrainian government troops are now massing near Donetsk, a city of approximately one million people, for a likely gr…
    - 14 hours ago, 12 Jul 14, 8:33pm -
  • Kerry meets again with rival Afghan candidates for diplomatic talks
    KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was engaged Saturday in a difficult round of shuttle diplomacy between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, hoping to secure a path out of the country’s postelection crisis.Kerry…
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  • UN human rights chief questions legality of Israel’s air campaign
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The battle between Israel and Hamas headed into the weekend today with no sign of a slowdown, as the Palestinian death toll topped 100. The two sides again traded heavy airstrikes and rocket fire, with…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 10:09pm -
  • Netanyahu: Israel won’t back down on military offensive in Gaza
    An Israeli tank rolls near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip on July 11, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would not bow to world entreaties to stop a ferocious military campaign against rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:27pm -
  • Brazilians likely to give government a ‘pass’ over World Cup
    Brazil fans look dejected during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Germany at in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 8. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty ImagesThe FIFA World Cup, which ends Sunday, has been a rollercoaster ride for…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • Graffiti artists take to the streets of Brazil to combat violence against women
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight, the story of a group of Brazilian street artists using the spotlight of the biggest sporting event in the globe to highlight a problem close to home.RELATED LINKSLearn more about the d…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 12:09am -
  • Israel’s ‘iron dome’ against Hamas rockets may help to defer ground assault
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSIsrael masses troops at border but signs of Mideast diplomacy emerge With no sign of cease-fire, current Mideast conflict could become long campaign Mideast tensions escalate in cycle of retribution for t…
    - 2 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:59pm -
  • Is Germany overreacting to allegations of U.S. espionage?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Germany announced today that it is kicking America’s top spy out of the country after new allegations of U.S. espionage. Local media there have reported that a German Defense Ministry worker who dealt wi…
    - 2 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:45pm -

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