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  • Baby found abandoned in storm drain
    Two cyclists on a ride through the outskirts of Sydney saved a newborn baby thought to have been hidden in a storm drain for up to five days.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:03pm -
  • British banker 'fit' to plea over HK murders
    A court in Hong Kong has ruled that a British banker charged with the grisly murder of two Indonesian women is psychologically fit to enter a plea on both counts.
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:49am -
  • China building 'airstrip capable' island in disputed waters
    China is building an island in the South China Sea that could accommodate the country's first airstrip in bitterly contested waters, according to satellite images analyzed by Jane's Defence Weekly.
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:03am -
  • Suicide bomber kills 45 at Afghan volleyball game
    At least 45 people were killed and 60 others wounded Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked a crowd watching a volleyball match in the Yahyakhil district of Afghanistan's southeastern Paktika province, according to a spokesman for the provincial gover…
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:26am -
  • 5 dead after 5.9 quake hits southwest China
    A magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck a remote region of southwestern China, reportedly killing at least two people and causing a stampede at a primary school.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 4:45am -
  • Taiwan's 24-hour book 'nightclubs'
    Where do hip young things hang out in Taiwan?
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:00am -
  • U.S.: We'll be in Afghanistan in 2015
    President Barack Obama has decided to extend the combat role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan into 2015, allowing troops to keep fighting the Taliban.
    - 22 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:27am -
  • NSA: China could black out U.S. with cyber attack
    China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 14, 12:04pm -
  • 6.8 magnitude quake shakes central Japan
    A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:08pm -
  • Japanese 'black widow' quizzed over cyanide death
    A 67-year-old woman who reportedly received millions in life insurance money from at least five of her previous partners has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning her last husband with cyanide -- the latest high-profile case in Japan involving so-c…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 4:04pm -

The LA Times - Asia Pacific

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

New York Times - Asia Pacific

The Guardian - Asia Pacific

VOA News - Asia

  • Iran Nuclear Talks Extended to June 30
    Negotiations on the future of Iran’s nuclear program missed their deadline Monday, and diplomats agreed to continue talks for up to seven more months. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from Vienna.
    - 17 mins ago, 24 Nov 14, 10:05pm -
  • Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain
    Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on wha…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:13pm -
  • Hong Kong Protest’s Founders Plan to Surrender
    The three co-founders of Hong Kong's Occupy movement say they will surrender to police next month, but student leaders say they will not follow their lead.According to local news reports, co-founders Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai and Chu Yiu-ming formal…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:26pm -
  • FARC Leader Faults Colombia's Suspension of Peace Talks
    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos “destroyed” confidence in the peace process by suspending talks and violated the terms of an agreement that brought the rebels to the negotiating table, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono said.Londono,…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:23pm -
  • November 24, 2014
    A look at the best news photos from around the world.
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:19pm -
  • Missouri Town Braces for Possible Racial Unrest
    Residents remain on edge in the central U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, as they await word on whether a grand jury will indict a white police officer for the August shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager during a street confrontation…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:50pm -
  • Oxfam: Afghan Women 'Frozen Out of Peace Talks'
    Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, international agency Oxfam said in a report published on Monday. Oxfam is campaigning to refocus attention on women ahead of…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:40pm -
  • Lithuania Protests Russian Blockade at Border
    The ex-Soviet republic of Lithuania accused Moscow on Monday of blocking its vehicles and goods at the Russian border, and summoned its ambassador to protest."The drivers report that all traffic from Lithuania was blocked as of this morning," said…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:09pm -
  • Lab: India's Deadly Post-sterilization Drugs Tainted
    And Indian laboratory has confirmed that drugs used as part of mass sterilizations at a government-run health camp, which killed at least 13 women and made dozens ill, were tainted.Indian Health Minister of Chattisgarh state, Amar Agrawal, says the…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:55pm -
  • UN Members Resolve to End Child Marriage
    The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should  pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year.The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly that deals with…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:55pm -

Radio Free Asia

NPR - Asia

Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asian Correspondent

  • Preparing for the circular economy – a guest post by Prof Allan Hutchinson
    The following is a guest post by Professor Allan Hutchinson from Oxford Brookes University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Our world is complex. Preparing young men and women with the right skill sets to embrace th…
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:45pm -
  • Hong Kong authorities to clear more protest barricades
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities say they will remove some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:46pm -
  • Church: Papal visit not part of Sri Lanka politics
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic church says Pope Francis' visit in January should not be politicized and that papal images should not be used in the presidential election campaign.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:37pm -
  • Thai web editor jailed for defaming king
    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in junta-ruled Thailand has sentenced a web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:26pm -
  • China holds out hope for Iran nuclear deal
    VIENNA (AP) — Talks on Iran’s nuclear program appear likely to run beyond their Monday midnight deadline, but China’s foreign minister says negotiators are still working on elements of a deal. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Fore…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:22pm -
  • China defends land reclamation in South China Sea
    BEIJING (AP) — China has defended its land reclamation in a disputed area of the South China Sea and says it is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host an airfield to intimidate neighbors.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:17pm -
  • Pacquiao Watch: He’s back, but not quite
    When was the last time Manny Pacquiao put his opponent on the seat of his pants multiple times en route to a stoppage victory?
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:58pm -
  • Legalisation of Cannabis
    Dr Simon Sneddon, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Northampton This reflection is intended to stimulate debate. Any comments, suggestions, counter-points welcomed. On  6 November 2012, the US State of Colorado passed Amendment 64 to their Const…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 11:13am -
  • Cambodia: Massive blaze guts Phnom Penh’s ‘Old Market’
    An early morning fire broke out in Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas market early Monday, destroying an estimated 70 percent of its 900 stalls.
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 10:27am -
  • Bangladesh man gets death sentence for war crimes
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced a collaborator of the Pakistani army to death for his role in killings during the country’s 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain, a former commander of a collaborators’ g…
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:17am -

Flickr - Asia Geofeed

Phong Nha cave in Vietnam
Phong Nha cave in Vietnam
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Puert Galera - Nudibranch
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Puert Galera - Nudibranch
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Puert Galera - Nudibranch
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Puert Galera - Nudibranch
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Puert Galera - Nudibranch
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Fishmonger, Sapa .
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Beyond the Gate
Beyond the Gate
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Movement
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20140823 Asia Japan Tokyo - Tomodachi
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • Chuck Hagel Resigns as Defense Chief
    President Obama announced Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position, marking a major realignment in leadership amid multiple military challenges.
    - 19 mins ago, 24 Nov 14, 10:03pm -
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Extended
    Iran and the six-power group with which it is negotiating are extending nuclear negotiations until the end of June 2015 after failing to reach an agreement by today’s deadline.
    - 30 mins ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:52pm -
  • China Rate Cut May Lack Impact
    China’s move to slash lending rates to help slowing growth may lack punch, as Chinese banks will likely remain reluctant to lower loan rates for fears of hurting their profits.
    - 44 mins ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:38pm -
  • Dow, S&P 500 Rise to Records
    U.S. stocks eked out record highs Monday, as investors continued to cheer easy-money policies globally.
    - 45 mins ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:37pm -
  • China Stock Surge Before Rate Cut Raises Worries
    A sudden surge in China’s stocks Friday, hours before Beijing cut interest rates, has drawn complaints from some investors who suspect word of the central bank’s surprise move was leaked ahead of time.
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:18pm -
  • Honda Says It Underreported Serious Accidents
    Honda said it failed to report 1,729 death and injury incidents involving its vehicles to U.S. regulators in an 11-year period starting in July 2003.
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:02pm -
  • China Loosens Debt Terms for Venezuela
    With default threatening the economy as oil prices tumble, Caracas gets a lifeline from its biggest creditor.
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • EU to Unveil Fund to Aid Investment
    The EU is poised this week to announce a new fund that will use financial engineering in an effort to spark at least €300 billion ($370 billion) of additional investment in the Continent’s moribund economy.
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • BofA Under Fire for Leader's Dual Role
    A faith-based shareholder group is asking Bank of America Corp. to separate the jobs of chairman and CEO, laying the groundwork for a potential showdown between the bank and some investors this spring.
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:38pm -
  • Energy IPO Boom Leaves Some Wary
    Abreast of the Market: A gusher of U.S. IPOs of energy-focused master limited partnerships has some money managers urging caution.
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:44pm -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

  • Soaking in Japan's autumn colours
    When I planned my trip to Japan last month to enjoy its autumn colours, I did not bargain on landing in Tokyo just as Typhoon Vongfong - this year's worst tropical storm - was about to hit the country
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:12am -
  • A day in the life of Tuas View dorm
    It's 10
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:57am -
  • Bangladesh court hands out death verdict to war criminal Mobarak
    A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to local Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain for gunning down 33 people in Brahmanbaria during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:41am -
  • Business sector gives Thai junta high score
    The business sector has given the Prayut government a ringing endorsement for its economic performance over the six months since the May 22 coup
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:41am -
  • People feel the pinch of sliding currency
    For two months, trade along the Thai-Myanmar border has been quiet
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:26am -
  • Trapped in political limbo in southern Thailand
    It was mid-afternoon as receptionist Rosuening Lubokkmae began her shift at the Holiday Hill hotel in Betong, a Thai town near the border with Malaysia
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:10am -
  • It’s not news if it’s good
    Latin America has been experiencing a progressive, historic but silent revolution for 10 years now
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:55am -
  • Thailand key to Hitachi's Asean business
    Hitachi, a Japan-based multinational conglomerate, is relying on Thailand as its regional hub for the development of logistics and supply-chain networks for the Greater Mekong Subregion, said president and chief operating officer Toshiaki Higashihara
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:39am -
  • Will Obama's visit to India help?
    Being billed as another diplomatic triumph for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who himself broke the news to the media via Twitter, President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi in January constitutes one more milestone in the evolution of a clo…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:24am -
  • Few addicts get methadone relief in Vietnam
    Just 10 per cent of the drug addicts nationwide had received the methadone maintenance treatment so far, Vietnamese officials said a recent workshop
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:51am -

The Economist - Banyan Blog

  • Farewell to Banyan, the blog
    IT IS with heavy trunk and trailing roots that Banyan, this blog, folds up its branches—and leaves. Many of us have grown attached to it over the past four years, in which time it has shot off nearly 1,200 posts. Starting life as Banyan’s noteboo…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 3:47pm -
  • A bigger bazooka
    THE riposte to doubts about Abenomics, the three-part plan of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, to shake the country from its economic torpor, is more of the same, and a lot more. On October 31st the Bank of Japan (BoJ) stunned the financial mark…
    - 24 days ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • On permanent parole
    A FOUR-YEAR battle ended yesterday, when Singapore's highest court upheld the constitutionality of Section 377(a) of the country's penal code, which renders any man convicted of committing "or abet[ting] the commission of...any act of gross indecency…
    - 26 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:41am -
  • Soldiering on
    EVEN seasoned taxi drivers confess that they are finding it difficult to navigate sections of Christchurch. Portions of New Zealand’s second-largest city have become unrecognisable since an earthquake hit in February 2011, killing 185 people and in…
    - 26 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:46pm -
  • When the luck runs out
    CASINOS have served Cambodia as a rare and dependable cash cow ever since the country first emerged from its decades of civil war, in the late 1990s. On the face of it this year will be no different, with the government expecting to increase its taki…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:29am -
  • Stakes upped
    THE bet was bound to be a risky one. In July Japan decided to restart talks with North Korea in the hope of securing the return of citizens kidnapped in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The stakes have since been raised. North Korea’s initial report…
    - 33 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:59pm -
  • Party on
    WEIRDLY enough, Japan is still a land where you can’t move to the rhythm legally in a nightclub after midnight. This is despite years of campaigning by Japan’s youth. Yet nothing they have done has succeeded in changing laws—from the time of Ja…
    - 35 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:21am -
  • The second Modi wave
    EVEN though the results were not surprising, they are significant. So large was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory in general elections in May 2014, led by Narendra Modi, that his party was widely expected to triumph again in state elections in…
    - 36 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:14am -
  • Third term lucky
    THIRD-TERM governments are reputedly difficult for a governing party—and particularly in New Zealand’s multi-party system, in which voters plump for both a party and a candidate for their local electorate. But John Key, the country’s prime mini…
    - 38 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:11pm -
  • Pushing the limits
    SHORTLY before he became prime minister last year, Tony Abbott praised the “freedom that our civilisation has nurtured”. Last month Mr Abbott’s mood in parliament was more sober. “Regrettably,” he said, “the delicate balance between freed…
    - 40 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 11:02am -

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

  • Rice Price Volatility- Why It Matters For Poverty Reduction in Myanmar
     There are many kinds of rice and one of the most popular varieties in Myanmar is called Emata. This word literally means that it’s so delicious that a visitor is still sitting and eating. Emata lives up to its name- people in Myanmar love it…
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:30am -
  • Mở rộng chương trình vệ sinh môi trường tại Việt Nam

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  • Taking Sanitation to Scale in Vietnam
    A resident in Hoa Binh Province is happy with his newly built toilet. Photo: World Bank’s Water and Sanitation ProgramSanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing the burden of disease, improving quality of life, promoting the safe…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:26am -
  • Philippines: Owning a Toilet is a Sign of Progress
    In the quiet village of Bantayanon in Negros Occidental, Ligaya Almunacid showed off her new toilet.  “This is my dream toilet,” she told us. Hers is not the typical structure made of palm-thatched roof and walls commonly seen in the area, b…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:58am -
  • We Children Can Help Other Children Too
    ​Hi, my name is Mateo. I am 9 years old. Every night my mom reads me a story.  Many times she tells me a story about how some boys are fortunate to be born rich, and some are not. My mom always reminds me that I am among the fortunate.  My…
    - 13 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:02am -
  • Ketika Anak-Anak Membantu Sesama
    Halo, nama saya Mateo. Umur saya 9 tahun. Tiap malam Ibu selalu membacakan cerita. Katanya di dunia ini ada anak-anak yang beruntung karena lahir dari keluarga mampu, ada pula yang tidak. Menurut Ibu saya termasuk di antara mereka yang beruntun…
    - 13 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:01am -
  • Philippines: One Year after Typhoon Haiyan: Social Protection Reduces Vulnerabilities to Disaster and Climate Risks
    Countries can respond to natural disasters better and assist victims faster if  social protection systems are in placeSocial protection systems have a role  in addressing the human side of disaster and climate risks.Global collaboration on mi…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 7:19am -
  • Realizing the hopes of unemployed youth in Papua New Guinea
    I met Gilford Jirigani at a workshop in Port Moresby a few months ago. What struck me about him was his natural confidence and poise as he captured the audience’s attention - including mine-as he told us how one project changed his life. He we…
    - 27 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:29am -
  • Of Seasons and Typhoons
    Communities living along the coast in Cebu province are at highly at risk to the impacts of climate change.Having grown up in Cagayan, a province in the northeastern most part of the Philippines, our lives have always been defined by the wet and…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:40am -
  • Developing the Youth Workforce in Solomon Islands
    I see it every time I come back to Honiara, Solomon Island’s bustling capital, soon after I arrive.  Young people on the streets, wandering around in groups or by themselves with nothing to do.  It’s the same thing my local friends and colle…
    - 34 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:26am -

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

  • Philippines reviews blacklisting of Hong Kong journalists
    The move came after journalists' groups expressed concern over the blacklisting, which threatens to sour ties that the two nations have been trying to repair after eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in Manila in 2010.
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  • Singapore, Zhejiang ink 15 projects worth S$3b
    This is the highest number of project signings at the Singapore- Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council meeting since its inception in 2003.
    - 6 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:54pm -
  • Indonesia's quake-prone areas still ill-prepared for disasters: UNESCO
    UNESCO and officials in Jakarta have been working to try and improve public awareness and response to the threat of another deadly tsunami, nearly a decade after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami on December 26, 2004.
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:08pm -
  • Last British troops leave southern Afghanistan
    A ceremony at Kandahar airfield marked the departure of remaining Royal Air Force personnel after the final British base was handed over to Afghan forces in October.
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:02pm -
  • Survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing that killed 57
    In the country's deadliest single attack since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives as hundreds of young men and boys attended a tournament in the volatile eastern province of Paktika. 
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:18pm -
  • Victims protest on Bangladesh factory fire anniversary
    Around 100 people marched outside the Tazreen Fashion factory outside Dhaka, chanting slogans against the global brands they say have failed to compensate them after the disaster that killed 111 workers.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:07pm -
  • India's health practitioners question need for new AYUSH ministry
    The Modi government has created a ministry to promote Yoga and Ayurvedic therapies across the globe. But the move has prompted the question - does India really need a separate Yoga Ministry or should it concentrate its efforts on strengthening its ow…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:36pm -
  • India's month-long winter parliament session begins
    The Narendra Modi government is looking to push the Insurance Bill as well as the Goods and Service Tax Bill in the session.
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:35pm -
  • Pro-democracy protesters given 24hrs to clear Mong Kok street
    Pro-democracy protesters occupying a stretch of a road in Mong Kok have been given 24 hours to comply with a court injunction to disperse and remove all obstacles blocking traffic. 
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 11:05am -
  • Conflict and candlelight: Myanmar's energy conundrum
    Roughly 70 percent of Myanmar's population still does not have access to power but as the country rushes to plug the power gap, activists warn of worsening tensions in ethnic minority border areas where projects have long brought bloodshed and upheav…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 11:00am -

Asia Times Online

  • Apple settles China iPad trademark dispute for $60 million
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has paid $60 million to China's Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to settle a dispute over the iPad trademark, a Chinese provincial court said on Monday. The announcement of the court-mediated settlement was made on the web…
    - 2 Jul 12, 3:50am -
  • Huge demo as Hong Kong marks 15 years under China
    Hong Kong's biggest protest for nearly a decade packed the former British colony's streets in a defiant reception for its new leader and a show of popular anger after 15 years of Chinese rule.
    - 2 Jul 12, 1:43am -
  • China caps car sales in Guangzhou to ease jams
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's booming southern city of Guangzhou is limiting the number of new cars on the streets to ease traffic jams and cut pollution, state media said on Sunday, a move that could weigh on sales in the world's largest car market. G…
    - 1 Jul 12, 1:55pm -
  • U.S. Reaches Out to China, but Not for Naval Maneuvers
    Chinese analysts said that cooperation was not the main American goal, as a 22-nation war exercise began off Hawaii.
    - 30 Jun 12, 5:30am -
  • World Briefing | Asia: China: Astronauts Finish Mission and Return to Earth
    China’s first female astronaut and two other crew members returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.
    - 30 Jun 12, 5:30am -
  • China, India step up global role with IMF fund
    After years of pressure to take a greater role in global affairs, China and India have stepped up by contributing to a new IMF emergency fund -- from which the United States is absent.
    - 20 Jun 12, 10:29am -
  • Laos, where rubber hits the road to China
    The rice fields that blanketed this remote mountain village for generations are gone. In their place rise neat rows of young rubber trees -- their sap destined for China. As Beijing scrambles to feed its galloping economy, it has already scoured the…
    - 11 May 08, 9:42am -
  • In battle with China for allies, Taiwan resorts to riskier tactics
    A scandal here over a bungled Taiwan attempt to forge official ties with Papua New Guinea has thrown a spotlight on the long-running, shadowy war between China and Taiwan for allies. (International Herald Tribune)
    - 8 May 08, 11:15pm -
  • IMF cuts Chinese economic growth forecasts to about 9%
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday it has adjusted its forecasts for the global economic growth in 2008 downward to below 4 percent, with a growth of just above 9 percent for the Chinese economy. (China Daily)
    - 8 May 08, 11:15pm -
  • China's submarine progress alarms India
    Reports of China building a massive strategic naval base capable of housing nuclear-powered submarines on Hainan island in the South China Sea have India on red alert. The fear is not so much that China will launch any offensive against India, but th…
    - 8 May 08, 9:06am -

Council on Foreign Relations - Asia

  • The Obama-China Climate Deal Can’t Save the World. So What?
    The recent U.S.-China climate deal has inspired both celebration and skepticism. Michael Levi responds to each, noting that while the terms of the agreement are in themselves insufficient to reign in global warming, the deal is a “genuine succes…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:48pm -
  • The Umbrella Movement: A Pivotal Moment for Democracy in Hong Kong
    Testifying before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Mark P. Lagon argues that democracy in Hong Kong is reaching a pivotal moment and the United States and other nations must join in supporting the aspirations of the people of Hong Kon…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 9:30pm -
  • U.S.-China Relations
    Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR’s C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies, discusses Chinese President Xi Jinping’s reforms in his first two years in office and what they mean for U.S.-China relations, as part of CFR's Academic Co…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • CFR Special Report: Managing New Threats to Nuclear Stability
    The world has entered a second nuclear age shaped by rising nuclear states and military technologies. Gregory Koblentz argues that the United States should work with the other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near te…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 2:39pm -
  • What Obama Didn't Get Done in Asia
    Joshua Kurlantzick examines the reality behind the president's Asia trip
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 3:18pm -
  • Japan-China Relations: Three Things to Know
    Diplomatic relations between Japan and China must improve for the Asia-Pacific region to thrive economically and politically, explains CFR’s Sheila Smith.
    - 6 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:28am -
  • Assessing the U.S.-China Climate Deal
    Fellow Michael Levi, CFR's senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, discusses the new U.S.-China bilateral agreement to cut carbon emissions and the deal's implications fo…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 8:40pm -
  • Behind the APEC Summit’s Landmark Deals
    China’s unexpectedly easy cooperation with the U.S. on climate change, security and trade says a lot about the interests at the very top: Barack Obama’s legacy and Xi Jinping’s ambitions, says Elizabeth Economy.
    - 10 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 8:20pm -
  • Joint Press Conference by President Obama and Daw Suu
    President Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma met on November 14, 2014, in Daw Suu's home. They answered questions about Burmese elections set to take place in 2015, press freedom, and expectations for democractic transition and rule of law and h…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 2:49pm -
  • Assessing the U.S.-China Climate Deal
    Fellow Michael Levi, CFR's senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, discusses the new U.S.-China bilateral agreement to cut carbon emissions and the deal's implications fo…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 2:21pm -

MSNBC - Asia Pacific

  • Chinese ex-cops detained while fighting corruption
    The call came late on Monday night. "More than 70 police raided our (guest house)," said former policeman He Zuhua. "Police are everywhere.
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  • Video: Rodman: Kim Jong Un is ‘my friend’
    After being filmed spending time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, basketball legend Dennis Rodman said that while he doesn’t “condone what he does,” the dictator is “a good guy” and a friend. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. (TODAY)…
    - 4 Mar 13, 1:25pm -
  • Sanctions call over Thai elephant ivory trade
    Environmental groups plan to table a motion at a conference on endangered species in Bangkok next month calling for sanctions against hosts Thailand over the trade in elephant ivory.
    - 2 Mar 13, 9:02am -
  • Rodman: N. Korea dictator an 'awesome guy'
    The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for "wining and dining" visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
    - 1 Mar 13, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo
    A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:04pm -
  • 2 US sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan
    A Japanese court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors to up to 10 years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa last year.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:24pm -
  • China executes notorious 'Golden Triangle' drug lord
    BEIJING – A notorious gang leader and drug lord from Myanmar was among four foreigners executed in China Friday, marking the first time Beijing has extradited, tried and put to death foreign nationals.
    - 1 Mar 13, 1:06pm -
  • Video: Dennis Rodman meets, hugs Kim Jong Un
    As part of a documentary film, NBA’s former all-star Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea, but soon found himself bonding with its leader, making him the first American to meet Kim Jong Un since the nation’s leader took power. (TODAY)
    - 1 Mar 13, 12:48pm -
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  • China says US-based hackers target its websites
    China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokes…
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The Telegraph - Asia

France 24 - Asia Pacific

  • ‘Progress made' as Iran nuclear talks deadline extended
    US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rohani said that progress had been made in the latest round of Iran nuclear talks, which were extended after diplomats in Vienna failed to reach a comprehensive deal by Monday’s deadline…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:48pm -
  • Iran nuclear talks deadline extended
    The deadline for nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers has been extended until June 30, 2015, after diplomats meeting in Vienna failed to meet a Monday deadline to reach a comprehensive deal.
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:17pm -
  • Extension of Iran nuclear talks likely as deadline looms
    Tehran and world powers are making a final push for a deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme on Monday but a risky extension looked likely.
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:53am -
  • Carnage as suicide bomber targets Afghan volleyball match
    Around 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:02pm -
  • Tunisian wins Muslim answer to Miss World
    Dressed in headscarves and judged partly on their knowledge of the Koran, 18 finalists took part in a beauty contest with a difference in Indonesia on Friday – one exclusively for Muslims, and seen as a riposte to Western beauty pageants.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:43am -
  • Kerry joins 'tense' nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna
    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna Thursday to join six-nation nuclear talks with Iran, with Russia's main negotiator describing the talks as "tense" and warning it may be "very difficult" to strike a deal before a Sunday deadline.
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 7:08pm -
  • Clashes, arrests as Hong Kong protesters storm legislature
    At least six people were arrested after overnight clashes as protesters tried to break into the Hong Kong legislature early on Wednesday. The unrest came hours after police enforced a court order to clear barricades from a protest site.
    - 6 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 9:22am -
  • UN panel calls for North Korea human rights probe
    The UN General Assembly committee dealing with human rights on Tuesday called for the UN Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity.
    - 6 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 4:14am -
  • Pakistani Christian on death row thanks Paris for support
    Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who is facing execution for alleged blasphemy, has sent a message of heartfelt thanks to the mayor of Paris for the city’s support in her case.
    - 6 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 1:20pm -
  • Japan's PM to dissolve parliament, calls snap election
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for snap elections in December and said he would dissolve parliament on Friday. The move comes a day after new figures showed Japan had unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter.
    - 6 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 10:57am -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

  • Kabul bombing kills 2 foreign soldiers
    KABUL — Two foreign soldiers were killed Monday when a bomb detonated as their convoy passed by in the eastern part of the Afghan capital, the latest in a series of attacks on high-profile targets. A spokesman for the International Security Assista…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:55pm -
  • Hong Kong protesters denied entry into China
    HONG KONG — The young design student nervously picked at her noodles as she recounted being pulled aside last week at the Chinese-Hong Kong border. It was supposed to be a routine trip for cheap material from China. Instead, she spent more than an…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:30am -
  • Afghan military welcomes expanded U.S. combat role as Taliban threat intensifies
    KABUL — The 18 Afghan soldiers were trapped in a mountainous outpost about 50 miles south of the capital, running out of ammunition. Taliban insurgents had surrounded them. There was only one way out: the Americans. Read full article >>
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:20pm -
  • Cellphone use transforms Burmese life after government opens mobile market
    RANGOON, Burma — Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 8:30am -
  • Hong Kong protests spur renewed debate over ‘patriotic’ education
    HONG KONG — Until the dying days of British rule in Hong Kong, there was no place for politics or controversy in education. Chinese history, as far as the school curriculum was concerned, ended in with the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911, and loca…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 9:30am -
  • North Korea, angry over human rights pressures, threatens another nuclear test
    TOKYO – With its trademark belligerence, North Korea threatened Thursday to conduct another nuclear test in response to the “grave political provocation” of international efforts to charge the country’s leader with crimes against humanity. Re…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:34pm -
  • India quarantines Ebola patient from Liberia who has traces of virus
    NEW DELHI — An Indian man who had been treated for Ebola in Africa will remain quarantined at an airport after tests showed traces of the disease, officials said Wednesday. The 26-year-old man returned home Nov. 10 after being treated and recover…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 5:56pm -
  • As government building is stormed, Hong Kong protesters debate the endgame
    HONG KONG — It began with a bang — with tear gas, rubber bullets and baton-wielding police charging at student demonstrators. Now, almost two months into a pro-democracy protest, the few hundred who were still camped out are openly debating when…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 9:40pm -
  • Hong Kong officials clear barricades from road near main protest site
    HONG KONG — Authorities cleared barricades from several roads around Hong Kong’s main pro-democracy protest site Tuesday after a court issued an order to free access to a commercial building. The action — the first in weeks against the occupied…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 4:04pm -
  • Japan’s Abe calls snap election over consumption tax rise
    TOKYO — Faced with a tanking economy and plummeting ratings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved Japan’s House of Representatives on Tuesday and called a snap election in an attempt to revive his faltering leadership. Read full article >>
    - 6 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:09pm -

The Economist - Asia

  • Banyan: Ashraf Ghani against the chaos
    WHAT would Afghanistan look like now if Ashraf Ghani, not Hamid Karzai, had been the Anglophone Pushtun promoted by America, back in 2001, to lead the country? Afghanistan’s new president, a frail figure in white salwar kameez, grins, eyes twin…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:38pm -
  • Japanese politics: Taking up arms
    THE announcement on November 18th by Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, that he was calling a snap general election was made to sound a bold one. The poll would in effect be a referendum on postponing a planned second rise in the consumption t…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:38pm -
  • Energy prices in Indonesia: Fuel’s errand

    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:38pm -
  • Elections in Taiwan: Political surgery
    THIS year is unlikely to be remembered fondly by Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou. He entered it with opinion polls at record lows. Spring saw students occupying the legislature for more than three weeks in protest against his efforts to forge…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:38pm -
  • Australia and global warming: Stranded
    A HEATWAVE hovered over Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, as world leaders gathered on November 15th for a Group of 20 (G20) summit, the biggest such meeting Australia has hosted. Tony Abbott, the prime minister, had hoped to limit their tal…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:38pm -
  • Politics in Japan: Snapping to attention
    THE prime minister, Shinzo Abe, says he has not yet decided whether or not to dissolve the Diet’s lower house and call a snap general election. But why should he even think of doing so? The most popular Japanese prime minister in recent memory, he…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 3:47pm -
  • Banyan: A weak link in the island chain
    FRIESIANS, Catalans, Basques and Québécois: pro-independence activists from many would-be nations were gripped by Scotland’s referendum in September on independence from the United Kingdom. Among the observer missions was the independence mov…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 3:47pm -
  • The New Silk Road: Hardly an oasis
    THE faded mural crumbling by the side of the road once reminded drivers that they had reached the edge of the empire: it shows a musclebound Red Army soldier clutching binoculars and leading a dog beneath a watchtower. Only the militarised fronti…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 3:47pm -
  • Indian government: The full lotus
    UNTIL this week India had somehow got by without a minister for yoga, ayurveda and other traditional medicines. Now it can breathe easier. On November 11th Shripad Naik took charge of a new ministry to promote them. His boss, Narendra Modi, the p…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 3:47pm -
  • India’s north-east: Missing link
    FOR the past quarter of a century Indian policymakers have talked of a “Look East” policy. This involves boosting trade, investment and incomes in the landlocked north-east by engaging with nearby countries. The state of Manipur, on the borde…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 3:47pm -

CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Image of Asia: Selling fire pots in the Himalayas
    In this photo by Mukhtar Khan, a vendor sells kangris, or fire pots, on a cold morning in Srinagar, the main city in India's portion of Kashmir. A kangri is an age-old device for keeping warm, consisting of a decoratively woven wicker case housing an…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:57pm -
  • China defies U.S. call to stop island project in South China Sea
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China…
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:17am -
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia
    In India, workers dismantled the country's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was bought from Britain in 1957 and played a key role in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:13am -
  • Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching
    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial standoff betw…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:54am -
  • Real Madrid to play at Melbourne Cricket Ground
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Real Madrid has been confirmed as one of three European teams to contest the International Champions Cup Australia tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next July.
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:28am -
  • Thailand beats host Singapore 2-1 in Suzuki Cup
    SINGAPORE (AP) — Chaaryl Cappuis converted a penalty with two minutes remaining to give Thailand a 2-1 victory over host and defending champion Singapore on Sunday in their opening match of the Suzuki Cup.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 14, 3:57pm -
  • Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees
    ISTANBUL (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:02pm -
  • Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:22am -
  • China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: report
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Fri…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:35am -
  • Sharif asks Obama to play role on Kashmir issue
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday asked the U.S. President Barack Obama to play a role in resolving the issue of Kashmir when he travels to neighboring India, the Pakistani foreign ministry said.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 9:34pm -

Popurls - Asia

Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

  • Edward Goldberg: For Once a Positive Crisis
    Competitively the U.S. is now in a unique global position. It is spending significantly less money abroad to import oil giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the oil it does import is on the whole cheaper than oil other countries import.…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 14, 12:34pm -
  • Discovery Of Vast Buried Canyon Has Scientists Buzzing
    Researchers have made a surprising discovery in Tibet, unearthing an ancient canyon buried deep under sediment along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in the ... Read more: Tibet, Ancient Canyon, Paleocanyon, Buried Canyon, Canyon Tibet, Buried…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 10:53am -
  • North Korean Student Escapes Kidnap Attempt In Paris
    PARIS (AP) — A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is n... Read more: North Korea, North Korea Kidnapping, North Korea Paris, North Korea Kidn…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:33am -
  • E. Nina Rothe: Best of Abu Dhabi: Aditya Vikram Sengupta's Labour of Love
    To describe Labour of Love would prove a personal labor in futility. But what I can say is that it is a film richly shot, beautifully written and acted so organically, I simply felt overwhelmed by its message for days after viewing it. R…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:37am -
  • 7 Other Taj Mahals?!
    From a fake Statue of Liberty to takes on Venice and the Eiffel Tower, it seems pretty clear that when you build a beautiful landmark, there’s sure ... Read more: International Destinations, u.s. Destinations, Taj Mahal, Trump Taj Maha…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:00am -
  • The Dazzling, Multicolored, Customized Trucks Of India
    This post originally appeared on Slate. By Jordan G. TeicherIndia’s highways are hectic. In a single trip, a driver might encounter bikes, m... Read more: Dan Eckstein, Photography, Dan-Eckstein-Photographer, India, India Customize…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 8:08pm -
  • Barbara Ernst Prey: A Unique Way to Celebrate the Arts and Support a Good Cause
    The magazine has a history of supporting the arts, and for many years it featured artwork of respected American Artists as their covers. Read more: Alex Katz, American Artists, American Painter, American Painting, Art, Art History, Artis…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 4:26pm -
  • Richard Schiffman: Efforts to End Deforestation Brings Together Strange Bedfellows
    Palm oil is now used in nearly half of all foods on supermarket shelves, added to everything from breakfast cereals to margarine to potato chips. It is also an ingredient in shampoo, soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste, and laundry detergents, and is used a…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 4:13pm -
  • Kristin Meekhof: Empowering Widows Across the World
    Lord Loomba, CBE, receiving his lifetime achievement award from Abid Qureshi, President, UNA-NYPhotography by Melanie Quinn Photography; Used with p... Read more: Widow, Widowhood, India, Kenya, United Nations, Yoko Ono, Cherie Blair,…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:37pm -
  • James Brown: Top 5 Reasons to Love Yoga in the Philippines
    From the design of the facilities and choices for in-house props to the all-important standards for teachers, Manila is presenting a more grown-up version of the yoga scene than I've seen anywhere else. Read more: Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trai…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:18pm -

Newsvine - Asia

  • Israel's Jewish homeland proposal could further heighten tension - LA Times
    Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday gave its approval to legislation defining Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, a measure critics decried as racist and a threat to democracy.The moves were likely to fuel tensions between Israel and its…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 4:37am -
  • Time Is Running Out on a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Robert K. Lifton
    The religious nationalists in Israel have become increasingly more successful in their drive to incorporate the West Bank (what they call Judea and Samaria) into the State of Israel. Their effort is based on their belief in a biblical allotment of th…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 14, 1:02pm -
  • Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar - Yahoo News
    The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs. The workers in Ashkelon are Arab citizens of Israel, in contrast to the Palestinian attackers from the West Bank and east…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:03pm -
  • Quran Is Not for Muslims | Mike Ghouse
    The very first verse in Quran reads, "1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist)," and the very last chapter opens with this line, "114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind," a…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 7:22pm -
  • Will France recognize Palestine? - Al Arabiya News
    After Sweden officially recognized Palestine last month, other European countries seem eager to follow suit.
    - 4 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 4:25am -
  • U.S. Arms The ISIS – Iraqi Intel - International Business Times
    An Iraqi intelligence report cited by Fars News has disclosed the radical and blood-hungry ISIS militants have been receiving arms and food support airdropped by aircraft from the United States. The cargoes were allegedly dropped under the guise of a…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 5:22pm -
  • Israeli demolitions 'collective punishment'
    For decades, the Israeli authorities have been demolishing the homes of Palestinians it accuses of carrying out attacks. But in 2005, they announced a halt to this practice, which human rights groups regularly condemned as an act of collective punish…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 11:40pm -
  • EU proposal could punish Israel for settlements - Yahoo News
    An internal European Union document proposes unspecified "actions" against Israel for its settlement activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, reflecting unhappiness with the lack of progress in Mideast peace effortsThe document calls for unsp…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 4:37am -
  • Who said it is a FREE world? - Almost 36m people live in modern slavery - report
    17 November 2014 Almost 36m people live in modern slavery - report
    - 7 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:07pm -
  • UN Gaza inquiry team hears testimonies in Jordan
    The United Nations committee investigating possible war crimes by Israel during last summer's Gaza war has spent the past week in Jordan, listening to the testimonies of victims’ families and civil society organizations, Ma'an Palestinian news agen…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 1:10pm -

Topix - Asia

  • At least 45 killed in Afghan suicide bombing
    Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said Mokhis Afgha, the spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. He said the attack happened during an inter-district volleyball to…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:57am -
  • Russia accuses West of seeking regime change in Moscow
    With tensions simmering over the deadly crisis in Ukraine, Russia has accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, prompting renewed comparisons with the Cold War era. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia made the comments at an event Sat…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:57am -
  • Afghan base attack kills 8 militants, 1 soldier
    KABUL: An Afghan official says that one soldier and eight insurgents have been killed in an attack on an army base in the country's volatile east. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:43pm -
  • N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris
    A North Korean student with family ties to the regime has escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding. A French source said Saturday that the student, identified only as Han, escaped a kidnapping attempt at a Paris…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:34pm -
  • Canadian who volunteered to fight with Kurds against ISIS says it's the 'right thing to do'
    Dillon Hillier was working construction in Alberta when ISIS gunmen began their brutal push into Kurdish territory. A veteran of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan, he decided he couldn't just watch it happen.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 10:29am -
  • In secret, Obama extends U.S. role in Afghan combat
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Trevor Harney keeps watch as the unit visits an Afghan National Police outpost that was once home to Osama Bin Laden during a patrol on February 25, 2014, near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:15am -
  • Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers in Northwest Pakistan
    A bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing two soldiers, a police official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:00am -
  • Police question Indian guru after standoff arrest
    Controversial religious leader Sant Rampal stands by the door of a police van as he is brought to a court, surrounded by police personnel in Chandigarh, India, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Indian police arrested the 63-year-old self-styled Hindu guru at…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 9:41pm -
  • Obama to visit India in January for Republic Day
    The White House announced the trip shortly after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to invite Obama to be the chief guest at the events in New Delhi. The White House says Obama is the first U.S. president to attend Republic Day, whic…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:25pm -
  • 2 Chinese activists face closed-door hearings
    Two closed-door hearings of prominent Chinese activists Friday drew sharp criticism for chilling freedom of expression as Chinese authorities tighten oversight of public speech. Veteran journalist Gao Yu, 70, went on trial Friday in closed-door proce…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:10pm -

MetaFilter - Asia

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

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  • A new vision for Australia-India relations
    Author: Sourabh Gupta, Samuels International Australia and India have not always been the best of friends. Seven Indian prime ministers from across the political spectrum and spanning three decades have come and gone without paying a state visit to C…
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  • The new nuance in Chinese diplomacy
    Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum Much energy has been expended on projecting the impact of the rise of Chinese economic power on its political and military might and the strategic contest with the United States. In a conflation of geo-economic…
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:00am -
  • China flexes its muscles at APEC with the revival of FTAAP
    Author: Mireya Solís, Brookings Institution The 2014 APEC leaders’ summit witnessed a string of successes in Chinese trade diplomacy. Key among these successes was the endorsement of China’s signature trade initiative as APEC host: the realisati…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • A good week for global governance
    Authors: Alan S Alexandroff, University of Toronto, and Yves Tiberghien, UBC For global governance watchers, this was the big week of the year. Between 7 November and 16 November, the world witnessed an APEC meeting in Yanqi Lake near Beijing complet…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Where are Hong Kong’s moderate democrats?
    Author: Steven Yet, University of Toronto After weeks of protests, the protracted stalemate in Hong Kong doesn’t appear to be over. While the Occupy Central movement has brought together civil society groups to protest for democratic change, the mo…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Why the AIIB presents an opportunity for New Zealand
    Authors: Cassandra Shih, Victoria University of Wellington, and Benedict Xu-Holland, ANU. So far 20 countries have taken up China’s open invitation to found the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Notably absent at the signing were Austral…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Political Islam in Bangladeshi democracy
    Author: Mubashar Hasan, Griffith University Recently Bangladesh was side-tracked from an electoral democracy. Earlier this year, the ruling party Awami League formed government after a one-sided election. Bangladesh’s major opposition party, the Ba…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • South Koreans defend their rights in cyberspace
    Author: Eun Jeong Soh, ANU Over 3 million South Koreans have downloaded a Germany-based smartphone messenger app, Telegram, while 400,000 users of Kakao Talk — the nation’s most widely used messenger app — terminated their account, in protest a…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Uncertainty at home brings calm to the Thai–Cambodian border
    Author: Nicole Jenne, European University Institute Domestic uncertainties in Thailand and Cambodia have hindered progress along the heavily militarised border and the Preah Vihear temple dispute. Between 2008 and 2011 the border around the ancient K…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Remembrance, reconciliation and the East Asian memory wars
    Author: Tessa Morris-Suzuki, ANU ‘The past’, as William Faulkner once wrote, ‘is not dead, it isn’t even past’. Nowhere is this more true than in today’s East Asia. The recent ‘memory wars’ between the countries of the region — part…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 11:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Survey Reveals 2014 Election Major Driver of Optimism in Afghanistan
    By Abdullah AhmadzaiOn September 21, Ashraf Ghani sent his first tweet as Afghanistan's new president: "Thank you, all! Our work for a better & prosperous Afghanistan starts today. I request everyone to join us in this vital national task." Despite w…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:03am -
  • Does the Ghani Administration Mean a Greater Role for Women in the Afghan Economy?
    By Katherine LohAt his inauguration on September 29, President Ashraf Ghani thanked his wife, Rula, for her support during the campaign, and to the surprise of many in Afghanistan, promised Afghans that she would continue her work advocating on behal…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:02am -
  • The Need for Evidence-Based Narratives Around Afghanistan’s Youth
    By Hameed HakimiEarlier this year, the U.S. Congress reduced its development assistance to Afghanistan by half. This still leaves over a billion U.S. dollars. Indeed, since 2001, the country's economy has relied heavily on foreign aid, including its…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:01am -
  • Q&A: Najla Ayubi Discusses Afghanistan’s New Leadership & Afghan Survey Findings
    In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with Judge Najla Ayubi, The Asia Foundation's deputy country representative in Afghanistan, for her reaction to the just-launched 2014 Survey of the Afghan People.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:00am -
  • Afghans Aren’t Giving Up
    By Karl F. Inderfurth and Ted EliotAfghanistan's newly inaugurated president, Ashraf Ghani, appears to be off to a good start with the Afghan people. He has announced a series of new initiatives and adopted a hands-on style of governing, including su…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 11:59pm -
  • Afghanistan is Not Iraq … Just Ask the Afghan People
    By Karl W. EikenberryThe recently manifested massive failure of America's intervention in Iraq has led outside observers to speculate that the ongoing rapid drawdown of international military forces in Afghanistan will lead to similar chaos in that c…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 11:58pm -
  • AT APEC, Ministers Endorse Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains
    By Véronique Salze-Lozac'h and Amy WarrenThis year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Beijing kicked off Nov. 7-8 with the 26th Ministerial Meeting, which focused on three priority areas: advancing regional economic integration, pro…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 1:29am -
  • Doing Business in Asia: Why Competitiveness Depends on Regulatory Reforms
    By Nicolas PicardThis year's new Doing Business Report, the World Bank's annual ranking of economies in 10 business regulatory areas, has garnered plenty of headlines in the media. Chief among these in Asia is the Philippines' significant drop in ran…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 1:28am -
  • A Conversation with Pakistani Journalist Wajahat Ali
    The Asia Foundation's deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with Pakistani journalist Wajahat Ali, who in 2010 served as an Asia Foundation William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution at the New America Foundatio…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 1:27am -
  • Video: Polling 9,300 Afghans
    Afghan citizens defied security threats and turned out in millions to vote in this year’s elections, leading to the country’s first democratic transition from one elected president to another. Following these historic elections and national secur…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 1:26am -

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  • 2 US soldiers killed in bomb attack in Afghan capital
    KABUL - Two US soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said."It was a magnetic bomb," said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. "It was either attached to the vehic…
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:08pm -
  • Bomber targeted police commander in Afghan volleyball game attack
    KABUL - The suicide bomber, his explosives concealed under his clothes, walked quietly into a packed volleyball venue in eastern Afghanistan. His target: a local police commander. Minutes later, a devastating explosion tore through the place.At leas…
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:58pm -
  • Economy-flying Jokowi slashes travel funds for cabinet
    JAKARTA - Days after flying economy class to his son's graduation in Singapore, Indonesia's president said on Monday he will slash the travel budget for his cabinet to free up funds for desperately needed reforms in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:21pm -
  • China seizes 31 trafficking suspects holding Myanmar women
    BEIJING - Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday.Five of the non-Chinese victims were you…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:17pm -
  • China corruption watchdog launches inspections, eyes Sinopec
    BEIJING - China's corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises and government bodies including China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), Asia's largest oil refiner, state media said on Monday.The inspectors,…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:08pm -
  • 7 Thai policemen charged as probe into senior officers widens
    BANGKOK - Seven Thai policemen have been charged for offences ranging from accepting bribes to insulting the monarchy as a probe that has led to the arrest of two senior officers widens, a police spokesman said on Monday.Thailand's lese-majeste law…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
  • Philippines reviews blacklisting of Hong Kong journalists
    MANILA - The Philippines will review its entry ban on nine Hong Kong journalists who shouted questions at President Benigno Aquino during a summit in Indonesia last year, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Monday.The move came after j…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:54pm -
  • UN 'concerned' at heavy fighting in Myanmar's Kachin state
    YANGON - The United Nations on Monday voiced alarm at an upsurge of fighting in Myanmar's northern state of Kachin, as shelling was reported near civilian areas and rebels said clashes could spread.There has been heavy fighting in Kachin, near the b…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:51pm -
  • Japan man, 73, arrested in Indonesia for smuggling meth
    JAKARTA - A 73-year-old Japanese man has been arrested in western Indonesia for allegedly attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the country, an offence punishable by death, police said Monday.He was detained Saturday when his flight fro…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:37pm -
  • Conflict and candlelight: Myanmar's energy conundrum
    SAW LA YAR KOO, Myanmar - When a village in the conflict-torn hills of eastern Myanmar was asked to pay authorities more than $10,000 to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash.Ten months later children there…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:32pm -

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  • Turkey’s president says women not equal to men
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference after a meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 22. Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesTurkish Preside…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:47pm -
  • Talks to continue on limiting Iran’s nuclear program
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabi…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:15pm -
  • Obama quietly broadens U.S. mission in Afghanistan
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qai…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:47pm -
  • Slim chances for a full Iran nuclear deal by the deadline?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSCan U.S. solve ‘Rubik’s Cube’ of Iran nuclear negotiations? Why the Mideast peace process is at a standstill In ‘Rosewater,’ remembering humor and humanity after torture JUDY WOODRUFF: U.S. and…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 11:35pm -
  • Syrian cleric who led funeral prayers for Peter Kassig speaks out against Islamic State, Assad
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSTargeting the Islamic State’s money supply Before ISIS: A history of beheadings to terrify, punish News Wrap: U.S. not intimidated by Islamic State beheading, says Kerry http JUDY WOODRUFF: Earlier tod…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 11:30pm -
  • Faced with ‘mega-crisis,’ UN warns of refugee suffering and security threats
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS Oxfam: Syrian neighbors can’t absorb growing refugee crisis alone As refugee crises escalate, UN commissioner calls for ‘massive international solidarity UN aid workers encounter grave desperation i…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:35pm -
  • U.S. veteran leads clean-up of Vietnam War’s lethal remnants
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: We turn now to Vietnam and one American veteran’s mission back to the country to help save those he once fought.Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports.MIKE CERRE, Special Correspondent: Fifty year…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:25pm -
  • 25 percent of people worldwide still get fecally contaminated water
    The number of children who die from diarrhea and similar diseases has dropped dramatically over the last two decades, but billions of people around the world still do not have clean water and sanitation, the United Nations and World Health Organizati…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 10:41pm -
  • Twitter chat: Are children’s rights better protected today than they were 25 years ago?
    In this file photo, children as young as 12 mine for gold in the Philippines. Globally, 168 million children are still engaged in some form of child labor. Photo by Larry C. Price/Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingThursday marks the 25th anniversary…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 9:32pm -
  • South Korea ferry company chief sentenced to 10 years in jail for April disaster
    The head of the company that oversaw the ferry that sunk back in April, killing more than 300 passengers, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty ImagesA South Korean district court Thursday sentenced the chief executive o…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 5:17pm -

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