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  • 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

  • England v New Zealand: first Test, day two – live!
    Latest updates from the second day’s play at Lord’sDay one report: Root and Stokes rescue England after poor startEngland remind that sport is best enjoyed without bickeringEmail john.ashdown@theguardian.com or tweet @John_Ashdown 6.32pm BST New…
    - 1 min ago, 22 May 15, 5:32pm -
  • Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore: IPL 2015 – live!
    Over-by-over updates from the second qualifying match in RanchiEmail dan.lucas@theguardian.com or tweet: @DanLucas86Join the OBO action for England v New Zealand at Lord’s here 6.30pm BST 13th over: CSK 82-3 (Dhoni 4, Hussey 37) target 140 Kohli tu…
    - 3 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:30pm -
  • UK fracking firm applies for licence in North Yorkshire
    Third Energy becomes only second company to seek permission in UK to frack for shale gas in the UK with application for a site in Ryedale districtA small energy company has become the second firm to apply for a licence to frack for gas in Britain, su…
    - 8 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:25pm -
  • Former Guantánamo detainee dies in Kazakhstan six months after release
    Asim Thabit Abdullah al-Khalaqi died of kidney failure – from maltreatment in detention and poor healthcare after release, says a friend and former inmateA former prisoner at Guantánamo Bay has died in Kazakhstan, six months after he was released…
    - 15 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:18pm -
  • ‘Aphex Twin is my inspiration’: Daisuke Yokota, the acid-loving photographer of tomorrow
    He continuously tests the limits, burning his pictures or searing them with acid as public performances. Now, the subversive Japanese photographer has won a Photo London award. Here’s why Yokota’s a talent to watchDaisuke Yokota is one of the mos…
    - 19 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:14pm -
  • Germany and IMF oppose quick Greek deal, but Athens still hopeful - live updates
    All the latest economic and financial news, as EU leaders hold a summit in Riga overshadowed by the Greek debt crisisIMF: No quick and dirty dealGreek spokesman: Deal can be sealed in 10 daysAngela Merkel: There’s still a lot to doMarkets ‘losing…
    - 30 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:03pm -
  • Spain's mayors hope for 10th re-election amid changing political landscape
    Spanish voters in Sunday’s regional and municipal elections have a choice of new anti-austerity parties, but around 40 mayors first elected in 1979 are hoping they will get back inWhen Luis Partida was first elected as the mayor of a small town on…
    - 31 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:02pm -
  • New band of the week: White (No 54)
    Glasgow band in love with 1981 white funk and 1982 new pop with a modern DFA sheenHometown: Glasgow.The lineup: Leo Condie (singer), Hamish Fingland (guitar), Chris Potter (guitar), Lewis Andrew (bass), Kirstin Lynn (drums). Continue reading...
    - 31 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:02pm -
  • Yellow fever: Yotam Ottolenghi’s saffron recipes
    Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice – but it’s worth every penny, whether you use it in savoury stews or sweet ice-creamsJust the basic facts and stats about saffron leave me pretty awed. The name comes from the Arabic for “thread”,…
    - 33 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • Hay festival 2015: global crises fuelling surge in nature books, says author
    Meadowland writer John Lewis-Stempel says readers are searching for values in natural world as financial and ecological disasters biteThe financial crash, the dominance of digital media and ecological disasters have prompted the resurgence in the pop…
    - 41 mins ago, 22 May 15, 4:52pm -

VOA News - Asia

  • US Boy Scouts President: Gay Leaders Policy Must Change
    The president of the Boy Scouts of America said Thursday the youth organization must end its ban on gay adult leaders to reflect “social, political and juridical changes” in the United States.Robert Gates, who served as secretary of defense in…
    - 4 mins ago, 22 May 15, 5:29pm -
  • Senate Holds Fate of NSA Data Collection Program
    The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.The Senate is expected to decide Friday what to do with the oft-d…
    - 48 mins ago, 22 May 15, 4:45pm -
  • US Consumer Prices Rise Slightly in April
    A key measure of U.S. inflation shows consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in April, as falling energy costs were offset by rising prices for shelter and medical care.Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said prices gained 0.3 percent in…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 4:17pm -
  • Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success
    In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four de…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 4:14pm -
  • US State Department Releases Clinton Emails
    The U.S. State Department released online 296 emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that relate to a 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya."The documents we make public today were provided to the Select Committe…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 4:13pm -
  • Opponents Question Ethiopia's Democracy
    The ruling party in Ethiopia often describes the country as a "developmental democracy" and its policy as "revolutionary democracy."  But opponents question what these policies mean, and say the country is not enjoying much democracy or development…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 4:07pm -
  • US Professor Charged With Providing Sensitive Technology to China
    U.S. federal prosecutors have charged the chairman of Temple University's physics department in connection with an alleged scheme to provide sensitive technology to China.Xi Xiaoxing, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China, is facing char…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:44pm -
  • China Aims to Break Foreign Influence on Religion
    Chinese President Xi Jinping this week asked religious groups to pledge their loyalty to the state and warned that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. At a time when China’s Christians now outnumber the membership of the Co…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:57pm -
  • Polish Court Adjourns Polanski Extradition Case
    A Polish court on Friday adjourned until mid-September a hearing on whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 childsex conviction.Polanski, who lives in France, is in Poland making a movie but did not appear in…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:56pm -
  • Think Tanks Need to Rethink Accountability
    Public policy research organizations, also known as think tanks, have emerged over the past five decades as leaders in shaping and formulating government policy. Data collected by the Washington, DC-based Results for Development Institute, R4D, shows…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:38pm -

Radio Free Asia

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Foreign Affairs - Asia

Asia Sentinel

  • The Rohingya: Where They Came From
    The crisis that has enveloped Myanmar’s luckless Rohingya has been years in the making. They are hardly interlopers, with some of them having settled in Arakan Province, also known as Rakhine, on Myanmar’s west coast since at least the 15th centu…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:34pm -
  • BOOM! Indonesia Blows Up 41 Foreign Fishing Boats
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s order to blow up 41 illegal foreign fishing vessels this week pretty much redraws the country’s boundaries as far as illegal fishing is concerned, and serves notice to the region that he means business. The boat…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 11:57am -
  • China Ignores an Important SEA Conference
    One of the most important conferences in Southeast Asia — the Shangri-La Dialogue — will take place at the end of May in Singapore without what should be its most important participant – China. Representatives of 15 nations plus the European Un…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:05am -
  • Holding Back Women Holds Back Progress
    Developing country progress cannot be realized unless governments also recognize bodily autonomy and sexual rights, especially for those who are marginalized and seldom heard from or are even visible, according to a Bangkok conference on rights issue…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 11:17am -
  • Southeast Asia Braces for El Niño Drought, Crop Losses
    The post Southeast Asia Braces for El Niño Drought, Crop Losses appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 10:41am -
  • Thailand Coup Turns 1, Brass Stay Put
    The post Thailand Coup Turns 1, Brass Stay Put appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 3:51am -
  • Former PM Mahathir in the Hunt for Najib’s Head
    The post Former PM Mahathir in the Hunt for Najib’s Head appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:40pm -
  • It is Humanitarian Intervention, Not Interference
    I take the view that ASEAN’s non-interference principle can be reviewed in the context of regional concerns about human rights, human trafficking and security.Times have have changed. There is no harm done to review its applicability in keeping wit…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:37am -
  • Leading Columnists Purged at Hong Kong’s Paper of Record
    The post Leading Columnists Purged at Hong Kong’s Paper of Record appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 3 days ago, 20 May 15, 3:44am -
  • The Philippines’ Jojo Binay Keeps Rolling
    The post The Philippines’ Jojo Binay Keeps Rolling appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 15, 10:57am -

Asian Correspondent

  • A year of Narendra Modi: What has he achieved?
    Narendra Modi has completed one year in office and traveled to more locations around the world than most Indians would in a lifetime. A robust foreign policy no doubt is a big plus of his tenure so far. Does India need a foreign minister with Modi at…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 May 15, 6:47am -
  • South Korean court suspends ‘nut rage’ exec’s prison term
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court has suspended the prison term for the Korean Air chairman's daughter whose onboard "nut rage" delayed a flight last year.
    - 11 hours ago, 22 May 15, 6:04am -
  • Rohingya crisis: The myth of Australia’s ‘front door’
    How should asylum seekers, fleeing persecution, aided and abetted by their own government, escape their plight? How may the Rohingya, who suffer mass internment, destitution, malnutrition, starvation and widespread discrimination, find refuge?
    - 14 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:23am -
  • One year on: Future looks grim under Thailand’s ruling junta
    When Pink Floyd’s vocalist and bassist Roger Waters wrote the 1979 rock classic ”Another Brick in The Wall”, he was thinking about the authoritarian teaching and rote learning he encountered in his school days that would produce, in his opinion…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:45am -
  • Beijing court jails 2 over drag-racing supercar smashup
    BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court has sentenced two young men to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving, a month after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night race through Beijing. The Chaoyang District Court said Thursday th…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 10:54am -
  • Burma to attend migrant crisis meeting next week
    A presidential official in Burma said Thursday that it will send delegates to regional talks in Bangkok next week addressing the region's Rohingya humanitarian crisis.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 9:51am -
  • China TV show pulled over explosive crotch grenade scene
    Talk about a bombshell. A popular Chinese television drama has been pulled off air over a scene where a hidden grenade is pulled from a woman’s crotch during an amorous scene.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 9:37am -
  • South Korea confirms third case of MERS virus
    South Korea says three cases of the MERS respiratory virus have been confirmed after a 76-year-old man was found to have contracted the virus Thursday.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 9:04am -
  • Police in China arrest real life ‘Walter White’
    A former chemistry professor at a Chinese university has been arrested for his involvement in a major drugs ring producing and distributing methcathinone, a drug similar to methamphetamine.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 8:15am -
  • ‘Nope, nope, nope': Abbot says Australia won’t take Rohingya migrants
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out Australia resettling any Rohingya refugees, warning that asylum seekers who take to boats must not be rewarded with a new life in a Western country.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 7:38am -

Flickr - Asia Geofeed

Japanese Wedding Ceremony
Japanese Wedding Ceremony
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One of the faces of the busking scene
One of the faces of the busking scene
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A riverside village.
A riverside village.
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Marina Bay reflections.
Marina Bay reflections.
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Morning at Angkor Wat.
Morning at Angkor Wat.
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Festival in Nyuangshwe.
Festival in Nyuangshwe.
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Memory
Memory
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Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur.
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Line of cars at a traffic junction
Line of cars at a traffic junction
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On Inle Lake.
On Inle Lake.
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Istanbul - along the Bosphorous
Istanbul - along the Bosphorous
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Hanoi Streets.
Hanoi Streets.
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Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition

  • Credit Suisse Profit Rises
    Credit Suisse posted an improved profit due, in part, to a pickup at its investment bank.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 6:33am -
  • Teva Bids for Mylan, Seeking to Create Biggest Generics Firm
    Teva Pharmaceutical has proposed to acquire rival Mylan for about $40 billion, a tie-up that would create the world’s biggest generic drug company by sales.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 6:32am -
  • Asian Debt Piles Up, and Up
    Asian countries borrowed heavily during the financial crisis, and coutinued borrowing as the economy healed. Now they are feeling the hangover.
    - 29 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:22am -
  • Democratic Fissures Appear in Pacific Trade Pact
    A bloc of congressional Democrats is bucking White House pressure to exclude concerns over currency manipulation from a bill to expedite a 12-nation Pacific trade pact.
    - 30 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:06pm -
  • Chief Executives Awarded More Cash Pay
    CEOs’ cash pay rose at its fastest rate in at least four years in 2014, while equity grants are becoming less attractive.
    - 30 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 6:20am -
  • Noble Promises More Transparency
    Commodities trader Noble Group has committed to more transparency following a dispute with three analyst firms over its accounting methods.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 4:37am -
  • J.P. Morgan Shuffles in Asia
    J.P. Morgan reassigned roles among its senior bankers across Asia, giving some veteran bankers broader roles.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 4:16am -
  • KFC, Pizza Hut Seem Stale in China
    Yum Brands is facing a new reality: Chinese consumers who once found its KFC and Pizza Hut fresh and different now see them as neither.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:50am -
  • Indonesia Pushes State Firm Overhaul as Key to Growth
    Indonesia’s plans to root out graft at huge state companies and lure investment hinge largely on one official’s private-sector approach to government.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:16am -
  • Oil's Slide Helps Japan Notch First Trade Surplus Since 2012
    Japan reported its first monthly trade surplus in nearly three years, helped by falling oil prices, a weaker yen and stronger U.S. demand.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 1:35am -

Financial Times - Asia Pacific

The Global Post - Asia Pacific

Wall Street Journal - Scene Asia

New Mandala

Asia News Network - Breaking News

The Economist - Banyan Blog

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

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

Global Voices - East Asia

Channel News Asia

Asia Times Online

  • Apple settles China iPad trademark dispute for $60 million
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has paid $60 million to China's Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to settle a dispute over the iPad trademark, a Chinese provincial court said on Monday. The announcement of the court-mediated settlement was made on the web…
    - 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

  • Chinese Censorship and Artistic Freedom: A Conversation With Dissident Writers
    Experts discuss the future for free expression and creative independence in China.
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 15, 4:45pm -
  • Why the U.S. Needs to Listen to China
    Why the U.S. Needs to Listen to China. And why China needs to listen to the U.S. The importance of the mutual economic criticisms between two major world powers.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 1:22pm -
  • The Challenges of Rebuilding Nepal
    Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discusses the international and domestic response to the recent earthquakes in Nepal, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 15, 8:00pm -
  • Defining Defense: Japan's Military Identity Crisis
    While more Japanese express an interest in reconsidering Japan’s pacific constitution, public opinion still remains deeply ambivalent when it comes to changing military policy, writes Sheila A. Smith.
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 15, 5:20pm -
  • Tackling China's Environmental Health Crisis
    Soaring levels of air, water, and soil pollution pose growing health risks and feed public discontent toward the government, but political hurdles prevent China from effectively addressing the problems, writes CFR’s Yanzhong Huang.
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 15, 4:13pm -
  • Sheila A. Smith's "Intimate Rivals"
    Sheila A. Smith applied the “Page 99 Test” to her latest book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 15, 1:50pm -
  • Power Profile: Shinzo Abe
    Experts discuss the leadership style, personality, and policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 4:30pm -
  • Department of Defense: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China
    Mandated by the FY2000 National Defense Authorization Act, the Department of Defense's annual report to Congress discusses China's military and security strategies, technological advancements in its capabilities, military doctrine, and security issue…
    - 14 days ago, 8 May 15, 3:19pm -
  • Christianity in China
    Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.
    - 15 days ago, 7 May 15, 2:53pm -
  • Thailand's Push for Democracy Falters as Junta Tightens Up on Civil Freedoms
    A year after the military coup in Thailand, Joshua Kurlantzick discusses democratic regression in the region and the implications for the future of democracy.
    - 15 days ago, 7 May 15, 1:37pm -

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

  • Indonesian fishermen rescue hundreds of stranded migrants
    A flotilla of Indonesian fishermen rescued more than 430 migrants who were stranded at sea and brought them to safety on Wednesday, the latest in a stream of migrants to reach shore in a growing humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia.
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  • Taliban claims deadly bombing at Afghan justice ministry
    The Taliban claimed responsibility for a bomb attack outside Afghanistan’s justice ministry that killed at least five people on Tuesday, vowing to kill more “slave” judges and prosecutors.
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  • Ousted Thai PM claims innocence as trial starts
    Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra appeared in court on Tuesday for the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.
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  • Deadly suicide bomber targets foreign convoy in Afghanistan capital
    A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least two Afghans and a British national in the latest attack in the city, officials said.
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  • US mounts pressure on Asia to help migrants
    Washington raised the pressure on Southeast Asia to open its ports to boatpeople on Saturday after migrants described a terrifying battle for survival between Rohingya and Bangladeshi passengers as their shunned vessel sank off Indonesia.
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  • Video: Thai officials hunt down Rohingya trafficking camps
    Thailand has declared war on human traffickers. FRANCE 24 joined a patrol through the jungle on the Thai-Malaysia border seeking out hidden transit camps for smugglers and hopeful migrants, many of whom are Rohingya Muslims.
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  • India’s Modi given warm welcome on start of China visit
    Lion dancers and flower-bearing children welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to central China where President Xi Jinping planned to show him a touch of personal diplomacy that is rare for a Chinese leader.
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  • Death toll rises in Kabul guesthouse siege
    Four Indians and an American were among fourteen people killed when gunmen stormed a downtown Kabul guesthouse, trapping dozens of people attending a concert and triggering an hour-long standoff with Afghan security forces, officials said Thursday.
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  • Scores killed in Philippine slipper factory fire
    The death toll has risen to 72 in a fire that gutted a rubber slipper factory in the Philippine capital of Manila, a firefighter said on Thursday, as police vowed swift action against those responsible for the mishap.
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  • NATO to extend troop presence in Afghanistan
    NATO and Afghan leaders agreed on a framework for a joint military-civilian mission to remain in Afghanistan after NATO's current mission ends in 2016, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced at a summit in Turkey on Wednesday.
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 3:07pm -

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Washington Post - Asia Pacific

  • China bristles at ‘irresponsible’ U.S. flight near disputed islands
    BEIJING — China accused the United States on Friday of “very irresponsible” and potentially dangerous actions after a surveillance plane flew near disputed islands in the South China Sea and was warned off by the Chinese navy earlier this week.…
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  • India’s roads are among the deadliest in the world. Can new laws tame drivers?
    CHENNAI, India — When it opened in 2001, the East Coast Road in southern India gave drivers a smooth, modern link to coastal resorts and an open stretch of highway to gun their engines on weekends. The 425-mile road also is a glaring example of why…
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  • Okinawa governor prepares to take his anti-base message to Washington
    TOKYO — U.S. military officials have behaved like “terrible thieves” in Okinawa, taking land for bases and then wanting new land once the bases get too old, the governor of the Japanese island prefecture said this week ahead of his first offici…
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  • Chinese warnings to U.S. plane hint of rising stakes over disputed islands
    BEIJING — The Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave airspace around disputed islands in the South China Sea, a sign that Beijing may seek to create a military exclusion zone in a move that could heighten regional tension…
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  • Suicide bomber sets off powerful blast targeting Afghan Justice Ministry
    KABUL — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car outside a key government building in central Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least five people, wounding scores of others and spreading even more fear in the already rattled Afghan…
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  • Kerry, in Seoul, slams North Korea
    SEOUL — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday accused North Korea’s government of committing crimes worthy of referral to the International Criminal Court and urged it to end its isolation by dismantling its arsenal of nuclear weapons.Read f…
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  • Kerry arrives in Seoul amid rising fears over North Korea
    SEOUL — Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in South Korea on Sunday armed with messages directed north of the 38th parallel at North Korea, which has sowed concerns with its recent actions at sea and in cyberspace.Read full article >>
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  • Afghan forces straining to keep the expanding Taliban at bay
    KABUL — Taliban militants are expanding their reach into new areas of Afghanistan, straining security forces who are locked in some of the bloodiest battles of the 13-year-old insurgency, provincial and local law-enforcement officials said.Read ful…
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  • All bodies recovered from site of U.S. military helicopter crash in Nepal
    NEW DELHI — Marine Capt. Chris Norgren was an accomplished pilot, but he had spent most of his time in Nepal building tents for those left homeless after April’s devastating earthquake, according to his father. But after a major aftershock Tuesda…
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  • A ‘bulletproof’ cross rises in Karachi
    KARACHI, PAKISTAN —Pakistani businessman Parvez Henry Gill says he was sleeping when God crashed into one of his dreams and gave him a job: find a way to protect Christians in Pakistan from violence and abuse. “I want you to do something differen…
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The Economist - Asia

  • Myanmar’s shame
    Cut offTHE Rohingyas have often been called the most persecuted people in the world—with good reason. Most have lived in Rakhine state in western Myanmar for generations, yet have always been denied citizenship by the government. Indeed, they…
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  • Peace pipe
    KINMEN, a cluster of tiny islands two kilometres (just over a mile) off the coast of China’s Fujian Province, bears the scars of many a past battle. Chiang Kai-shek used the archipelago for his rearguard after Mao Zedong’s forces had driven his K…
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  • Pity the children
    AT JUSARANG Community Church, in southern Seoul, a pastor maintains a “baby box” where mothers can leave unwanted infants (pictured above). Its intake is sadly rising. Since revisions were made to South Korea’s adoption law in 2012, the nu…
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  • All at sea
    FOR nearly three months a small green fishing boat has chugged around South-East Asia’s vast blue waters, packed with people no one wants. At first the 300 or so refugees on board—most of them Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic-minority persecuted…
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  • Resurrection
    The best act of her careerFollowing a court’s overturning of Jayaram Jayalalitha’s conviction for corruption, we received a film script made for the former film star, titled “Amma: the Goddess Returns”.Scene: A full orchestra plays. Am…
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  • How much longer can they satay?
    Pining for the old waysGOLDEN fishcakes from the size of a golf-ball to that of a baguette; mounds of chopped, glazed pork skin and offal waiting to be strewn on rice sheets and lashed with a savoury broth; fluorescent rows of steamed rice cakes…
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  • Apology: Cambodia
    Apology: In our article on Cambodia, “The faithful couple” (May 9th), we drew without attribution on the exclusive reporting of the Cambodia Daily for two quotes from Hun Sen. We are sorry.
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  • Lost generations
    FOREIGN firms love Vietnam for its cheap electricity and docile workers. On the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s economic hub, hundreds of drab factories hum with quiet efficiency. Uniformed employees file by impassive security guards;…
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  • No more emergencies
    BEFORE he led the conservative Liberal-National coalition to power in 2013, Tony Abbott promised to fix Australia’s “budget emergency” by turning a string of deficits under the previous Labor government into surpluses. He endorsed a pledge…
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  • Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté
    ALL of the three countries that make up what used to be called Indochina are deeply authoritarian. At least Cambodia holds something resembling proper elections, and allows an opposition, even if the ruling Cambodian People’s Party has the sta…
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CFR - Asia Unbound

The Independent - Asia

Google - Asia News Feed

Bing - Asia News Feed

Yahoo! - Asia News Feed

  • Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service
    NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million.
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  • Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis
    BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, s…
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  • 'War crimes' rampant in Ukraine: Amnesty
    Amnesty International on Friday accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal. The damning report adds to a growing string o…
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  • US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility…
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  • EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece
    By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emerg…
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  • US urges Myanmar to make Rohingya citizens to end boat crisis
    A senior US diplomat on Friday urged Myanmar to extend "citizenship" to the oppressed Rohingya minority to address an ongoing migrant crisis that has hit Southeast Asia, leaving thousands stranded at sea. More than 3,500 migrants have swum to shore o…
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  • The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes
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  • Carriages that carried kings get 21st-century home in Lisbon
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — One of Lisbon's most popular tourist attractions has a new home for its 110th birthday. But what's on display inside has been turning heads for centuries.
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  • Image of Asia: Hands raised in prayer at Hazratbal shrine
    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslims at Kashmir's Hazratbal shrine raise their hands in prayer as head priest Mohammad Ishaq Banday displays a relic of the Prophet Muhammad on the Friday following Mehraj-u-Alam, the day the prophet ascended to heaven.…
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  • Q&A on origins of Rohingya conflict and why it persists
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. Here are facts about the history and persecution of the ethnic and religious minorit…
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Reddit - Asia

The Huffington Post - Asia

Newsvine - Asia

  • Best of Newsvine - May 15 to May 21
    In order to bring more light to the best of Newsvine and moderated comments here (also on NBCNews.com, Today.com and in Newsvine Nation comments on MSNBC.com) here is this week’s Best of Newsvine. This is a curated list of articles, seeds, photo/vi…
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  • Russia threatens to ban Google, Twitter, Facebook | TheHill
    The Hill reports;
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  • Suspect in DC Quadruple Murders Arrested -
     The Maryland man wanted for the murders of a corporate executive, his wife, their son, and their housekeeper in an upscale Washington D.C. home was arrested late Thursday.Daron Dylon Wint, 34, was taken into custody by members of a fugitive task…
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  • "Family values" creeps have a tough week: Josh Duggar, Bill O'Reilly & the sickening hypocrisy of the sanctimonious right - Salon.com
    “19 and Counting” could be the name of a reality show on the 2016 GOP presidential field. (Poor Reince Priebus.) But it’s actually the name of that TLC show you never watch on the bewildering Duggar family, headed by Jim Bob and Michelle, who h…
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  • Why Obamacare makes me optimistic about US politics - Vox
    Updated by Ezra Klein on May 22, 2015Five years after its passage, Obamacare stands as a monument to much that's wrong with American politics. But it also, increasingly, is evidence of much that's right with it, too.First, the bad news. Obama isn…
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  • How Irish Gay Marriage Isn't Like America's - The Daily Beast
    If, as expected, today’s country-wide referendum on same-sex marriage passes, one major reason will be the loss of moral authority among those who pretend to speak with moral authority. Chiefly, in Ireland, this means the Catholic Church, which for…
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  • DEFINE HYPOCRICY.
     Okay…..I will !Hypocrisy……the true definition is….The act of a Liberal Type saying or doing a certain thing for what they condemn others for doing......ref. Hillary Clinton and supporters.Why do I say that….well lets loo …
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  • Felice Beato's photos depicting life in 19th century Japan
    Courtesans and Samurai: Beautiful photos depicting life in 19th century Japan are some of earliest color images ever taken.The images were all produced between 1863 and 1877 by photojournalist Felice Beato    Beato, who was living in Yokohama at…
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  • HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
    Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.Thanks to all those who served for us to have the freedom we have today. I only wish we took better care of our…
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  • Why I'm taking my son and daughter to Empty The Tanks 2015
     On June 6, people all across America will be protesting marine mammal captivity. The abuse and exploitation of these majestic animals has been in the forefront of social media since the release of the movie Blackfish.  We know so much more about…
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Topix - Asia

  • We All Will be Surprised on Judgment Day
    A lot of people are going to be surprised on judgment day. Because the things they do to believers they are really doing to Jesus himself personally.
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  • Women activists to march through DMZ
    Calling their march a call for peace, 30 female activists are expected to walk from the North Korean border across the Demilitarized Zone to South Korea. The group of women includes feminist Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates, Mairead Magui…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:15am -
  • EU careful not to tread on Moscow's toes at Eastern summit
    European Union leaders will again try to draw Russia's neighbors closer at their Eastern Partnership summit starting Thursday in what has become a rite of geopolitical gamesmanship on the future of the continent. The last summit with six eastern nati…
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  • Army sergeant sentenced in 2013 Afghan fuel bribery scheme
    Federal prosecutors in Georgia say an Army sergeant has been sentenced in a bribery scheme that involved Afghan truckers reselling military fuel on the black market. Prosecutors say 41-year-old James Edward Norris of Fort Irwin, California, was sente…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:11am -
  • China suspends TV drama over plot of crotch grenade
    A Chinese television drama got pulled off the air following a public outcry over a plot in which a hidden grenade is pulled from a woman's crotch during an amorous scene. The country's regulating agency - the State Administration of Press, Publicatio…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:31am -
  • China to explore 'dark side' of the moon
    China is considering landing a spacecraft on the moon's "dark side" in 2020 -- a mission, which, if successful, would make it the first country to do so, state media reports. The planned mission will see the Chang'e 4 spacecraft orbit the moon before…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:31am -
  • Sri Lankan immigrant drama 'Dheepan' finds a home at Cannes
    From left, actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan, director Jacques Audiard, actress Claudine Vincent Rottiers and actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Dheepan, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes,…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:31am -
  • Man arrested for fraud after crash - when his 17 girlfriends turned up to his hospital bedside
    The fraud relates to the sums of money he regularly took from the women - who did not know he had so many women in his life Busted: A man's multiple relationships were exposed after he had an accident - now he faces a police investigation Having…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 5:21am -
  • North Korea 'modified' submarine missile launch photos, say experts
    Photos showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, and the isolated country may still be years away from developing the technology, analysts and a senior U.S. Navy admiral said on Tuesday. North K…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 1:02am -
  • Six charged in tech theft from Avago and Skyworks said to benefit top China university
    In a case that highlights growing concerns over economic espionage, six Chinese citizens were accused Tuesday of founding a company with technology stolen from Silicon Valley's Avago Technologies and Massachusetts-based Skyworks Solutions. The stolen…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:43pm -

MetaFilter - Asia

  • Funeral stripping in China, Taiwan: rural tradition vs urban modernity
    [Note: *starred* links contain images of scantily clad women, making them possibly NSFW] If you've caught some of the *shorter "Crazy China" articles* circulating around recently, you've heard that the Chinese government is trying to crack down on st…
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 15, 7:46pm -
  • That dystopian fiction need not be confined to the developed world.
    "Why the hero of my YA dystopian novel had to be an angry young Indian girl." [Guardian Books] Laxmi Hariharan challenges the domination of dystopian western worlds in teen novels, why not a dystopian Asia or Latin America? And how it’s time for th…
    - 46 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 9:24pm -
  • Walking in... single shot videos of city life
    Kees Colijn's "Walking in..." project is a series of fascinating single shot videos, each up to two hours long, filmed as he walks through cities such as Yangon in Myanmar, Varanasi in India, Makassar in Indonesia and Pokhara in Nepal (Youtube links)…
    - 97 days ago, 14 Feb 15, 6:45am -
  • Let the wild rumpus start
    "In some zoos in Japan and China, staff members perform regular security drills to practice their response to a large animal escape by using costumed zookeepers as the fugitive animals. Individuals in furry costumes or pairs in full-size mockups of l…
    - 99 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:57pm -
  • Gay marriage comes to Asia?
    Shibuya, Tokyo to begin issuing certification to same-sex couples of "relationship equivalent to marriage."
    - 100 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 4:45am -
  • 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…
    - 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.
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  • The origins of that stereotypical Chinese nine-note riff
    Kat Chow, with NPR's Code Switch, put together a short piece on the history and the prevalence of the well-known nine note "stereotypical Asian theme." As described in a 2005 Straight Dope forum question: You know, the one that goes dee dee dee dee d…
    - 29 Aug 14, 5:05am -
  • Kenji in Asia
    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his…
    - 1 Aug 14, 3:54pm -
  • Illustrated Skills of the Traveller, Physician, Sailor, Martial Artist
    The Art of Shen Ku is a rambling, eccentric website displaying pages of an illustrated instructional book of the same name. The site is roughly divided into four topics: Traveller, Physician, Sailor, and Martial Artist. It features heavily notated il…
    - 18 Jul 14, 3:21am -

Asia Society - Asia Blog

East Asia Forum

  • Best to get the TPP done right, not done fast
    Author: Richard Katz, Oriental Economist Report Unless the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks are concluded soon, they risk dragging on interminably. If that happens, the United States’ capacity to function as a benign world hegemon will b…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:00pm -
  • The case for considering ‘climate refugees’
    Author: Scott Leis, Maryland Recently, two very powerful and damaging storms have wreaked havoc in the Western Pacific: Cyclone Pam and Typhoon Maysak. These were two of the most intense storms to impact this region in the past 15 years and, by some…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:00am -
  • A sustainable South Korea should stick with nuclear
    Author: Sanghyun Hong, University of Adelaide Since the 1970s, nuclear power has provided cheap, stable and clean electricity that has fuelled South Korea’s rapid economic growth. Currently, 23 nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 21 gigaw…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 12:00pm -
  • Northeast Asia must cast off the shackles of history
    Author: Tsuneo Akaha, MIIS The 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II offers an opportunity for Northeast Asia to reflect on the lessons learnt from the past and to forge a vision for a peaceful and prosperous future. The Northeast Asian cou…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 12:00am -
  • China’s Hmong go uncounted
    Author: Sebastien Carrier, Stepping Stones China In recent years Uyghur and Tibetan issues have captured most of the national and international attention granted to China’s minorities. Yet Uyghurs and Tibetans account for less than 15 per cent of C…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:00pm -
  • Economic reform in Jokowi’s Indonesia
    Authors: Creina Day, ANU and Yose R. Damuri, Centre for Strategic and International Studies The first 100 days of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his government have been distinguished by historic reforms to fuel subsidies, social assistance to th…
    - 3 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:00am -
  • Dialogue the key to resolving comfort women history wars
    Author: Mary M. McCarthy, Drake University On 29 April 2015, Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to speak before a joint session of the US Congress. Japan watchers listened closely, hoping to hear a preview of his upcoming statement o…
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 15, 12:27pm -
  • Jokowi’s turn to solve the Papua question
    Authors: Cillian Nolan and Sidney Jones, IPAC Indonesia’s Papua, covering its two easternmost provinces, simmers with the highest levels of deadly violence — inter-ethnic, electoral, land-related and domestic — in the country. Home to a Melanes…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 15, 12:00am -
  • Thailand’s delicate dance with the major powers
    Author: Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University Thailand now stands on a tightrope among the major powers. Recently, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a high-profile visit to Bangkok, hosted by the coup-appointed government of Prime…
    - 4 days ago, 18 May 15, 12:00pm -
  • Getting trade and currency policy instruments and objectives mixed up
    Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum Trade flows are clearly linked to the value of national currencies. This is the innocuous starting point that leads the political classes and lobbyists in America into a pickle over the incorporation of clauses…
    - 5 days ago, 18 May 15, 2:00am -

Asia Foundation - In Asia

  • Myanmar Election Commission Visits Indonesia
    By Susan Lee and Mi Ki Kyaw MyintMyanmar is preparing for historic elections later this year, but with the country's limited electoral experience, voter outreach and education are critical challenges. Recently, The Asia Foundation sponsored a study t…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 11:56pm -
  • Building Mongolia’s Grassroots Environmentalism
    By Khandarmaa AyushSome 800 representatives from 160 Mongolian communities and environmental organizations gathered in Ulaanbaatar on May 14 and 15 to compare notes and strengthen relationships between grassroots environmental groups and the national…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 11:54pm -
  • Indonesia: Achieving Gender Justice in Land and Forest Governance
    By Tessa Toumbourou and Lies MarcoesEarlier In Asia articles have described how land-based and extractive industries – most significantly palm oil plantations, timber concessions, and mining operations – are quickly ravaging Indonesia's remaining…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 11:52pm -
  • Educating Young Women in Rural Cambodia
    By Lim Siv HongThe women of Cambodia have made progress in education. From 2004 to 2012, the proportion of women to men in higher education grew from 29 to 38 percent. Yet, as these numbers also show, gender disparity in education persists in Cambodi…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 11:50pm -
  • Quake That Shook the Earth Now Shaking Nepal’s Social Fabric
    By Nandita BaruahAnother powerful earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, collapsing hillsides and already-damaged buildings and sending panicked citizens once again running into the streets. The 7.3 magnitude quake was followed by several aftershocks, i…
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 11:45pm -
  • Financial Inclusion for Asia’s Unbanked
    By Véronique Salze-Lozac'h and Amy WarrenAsia's developing economies will continue their steady growth, with GDPs expected to rise by an average of 6.3 percent in each of the next two years, according to the annual flagship report, Asian Development…
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 11:42pm -
  • Voices of Timorese Citizens: Findings of the Tatoli Survey
    By Dicky Dooradi and Carmenesa SoaresThe science of public opinion research has developed tremendously in the last three decades. Advanced statistical methods now allow researchers to reliably infer the opinions of millions of citizens from represent…
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 11:41pm -
  • American Foreign Policy and American Education
    By John J. BrandonTwo reports with ungainly titles and ostensibly nothing to do with each other were released by U.S. federal agencies last month. Together, these two reports should provoke a moment of reflection by anyone interested in the future of…
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 11:40pm -
  • In Nepal’s Far-Flung Villages, the Suffering Continues
    By Tenzing PaljorIn the remote village of Shyam Sathu in the hills of Sindhupalchok, I came upon a solitary young man in his mid-twenties – I'll call him Arun – wrapped in a humble white garment, head shaven, and barefoot, staring into oblivion t…
    - 16 days ago, 6 May 15, 11:51pm -
  • Peace Council Endorses Bangsamoro Basic Law – with Some Tweaks
    By Steven RoodIt's crunch time again for peacemaking in Mindanao. Both houses of the Philippine Congress are now considering the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the implementing legislation for the hard-won peace agreement between the Philippine…
    - 16 days ago, 6 May 15, 11:48pm -

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  • Singaporean man dies after falling off a cliff in Bali when taking selfie
    A Singaporean man died after falling off a cliff and into the sea while attempting to take a selfie photograph on Nusa Lembongan Island, off the southeast coast of Bali.Mohamed Aslam Bin Shahul, 21, died on Thursday afternoon after falling into the…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:44pm -
  • Indian mom seeks groom for son in gay marriage advert
    NEW DELHI - A 57-year-old mother has placed India's first gay matrimonial advertisement, seeking a groom for her son, but it was not an easy task in a country where homosexuality is illegal, said her son on Wednesday.Mumbai resident Padma Iyer hit t…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:02pm -
  • US envoy urges Myanmar Rohingya 'citizenship' to end exodus
    YANGON - A senior US diplomat called on Myanmar Friday to grant its persecuted Rohingya minority citizenship rights as a way to help reduce the current exodus of migrants across the Bay of Bengal."They should have a path to citizenship," Deputy Secr…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 11:57am -
  • China raps Japan for PM's wife's war shrine visit
    BEIJING - China on Friday renewed its call for Japan to "face up to" its 20th century history after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife visited a shrine Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo's warring past.Akie Abe announced on her Facebook page Thursday t…
    - 7 hours ago, 22 May 15, 11:03am -
  • Toshiba expands accounting probe to TV, chip, and computer units
    TOKYO - Toshiba said Friday it was expanding an accounting probe to its television, memory chip, and computer divisions, after earlier warning the investigation would take a toll on its balance sheet.The huge conglomerate, which makes everything fro…
    - 7 hours ago, 22 May 15, 10:26am -
  • South Korea says North drops demand for wage hike at joint factory park
    SEOUL - North Korea has dropped a demand for a wage hike for its workers at the Kaesong factory park run jointly with Seoul, South Korea said on Friday, paving the way for talks to resolve the latest dispute over the zone.An official of the South's…
    - 7 hours ago, 22 May 15, 10:22am -
  • 5 favorite ethnic food eateries in Jakarta
    Jakarta has a huge variety of ethnic food eateries, from the fine dining to warung (food stalls) level. Some major ethnic groups like Batak and Minang (Padang) are represented by hundreds of eateries that are patronized by people outside of those et…
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  • Bali to build floating airport
    In addition to Ngurah Rai International Aiport in Denpasar, Bali will be home to a floating international airport that will be constructed on a beach off Kubutambahan in Buleleng.Tribunnews.com reported on May 21 that a Canadian investor had present…
    - 7 hours ago, 22 May 15, 10:07am -
  • Thailand again says election could be delayed
    BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday a general election will take place in the Southeast Asian country in April or May 2016 - but could be delayed by three months if a referendum takes place.Thailand's cabinet agreed this w…
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  • Japan, China should try 'moratorium' to mend ties, Mahathir says
    TOKYO - If Japan and China cannot find ways to communicate constructively, Mahathir Mohamad reckons silence might be the best policy.The former Malaysian prime minister believes keeping quiet would be preferable to the countries provoking each other…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 May 15, 9:30am -

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  • Islamic State expands territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: After a week in which the Islamic State group made dramatic gains in three countries, Iraq, Syria, and Libya, there were new doubts in Washington over whether they can be stopped. ISIS fighters trumpete…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 May 15, 10:45pm -
  • What can the U.S. do to stop the Islamic State?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: For more on this, I’m joined by Feisal Istrabadi. He was Iraq’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations 2004 to 2007. And David Ignatius, a foreign policy columnist for The Washington Post. David,…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 May 15, 10:40pm -
  • Is Cuba ready for the big business, tourism that U.S. will bring?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Officials from the U.S. and Cuba resumed talks today in Washington. They’re trying to iron out the details of reestablishing diplomatic relations, which were broken off more than 50 years ago. At…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 May 15, 10:35pm -
  • Study offers glimpse of what America’s aging population might expect in 2050
    Photo by Dave and Les Jacobs/Blend Images via Getty ImagesWith some of the world’s largest aging populations, Italians and Germans may have advice for Americans about caring for older adults. Today, one out of five Americans are age 65 or older,…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 May 15, 10:16pm -
  • China’s ‘left behind’ kids raised by grandparents while parents earn in U.S.
    Watch VideoThe post China’s ‘left behind’ kids raised by grandparents while parents earn in U.S. appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
    - 19 hours ago, 21 May 15, 10:10pm -
  • U.S. concludes airstrike in Syria killed 2 innocent children
    Image by PBS NewsHourWASHINGTON — The U.S. military has concluded that two innocent children were likely killed during an American airstrike in Syria last year, wrapping up the first of four ongoing investigations into allegations of civilian casua…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 May 15, 9:04pm -
  • New emojis help children report abuse where words fail
    BRIS, a Swedish non-profit that runs a national children’s hotline, released a new set of emojis this week that depict several situations of abuse. The organization hopes children and teenagers will use the images to alert adults of these instances…
    - 22 hours ago, 21 May 15, 7:20pm -
  • How the Pentagon gets fooled into buying back its own garbage
    The U.S. government spends billions of dollars a year on electronics, making it the largest buyer of IT products in the world, according to some estimates.When those electronics break or become obsolete (they always do!) they become e-waste, one of…
    - 23 hours ago, 21 May 15, 6:08pm -
  • News Wrap: Indonesia, Malaysia agree to shelter thousands adrift at sea
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: The crisis of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia took a dramatic turn today. Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to accept thousands of the refugees. Many, like more than 400 rescued today, are Rohing…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 10:50pm -
  • Trove of bin Laden papers includes handwritten will, al-Qaida job application
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Today, we found out a bit more about al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, including what he wrote, what he looked for in recruits and what was on his bookshelf. The information was revealed in a stack of do…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 10:40pm -

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