Malaysia PM condemns ‘appalling’ actions of James Foley’s killers

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemned the “appalling” actions of Islamic State (IS) militants in......

US cashes in on surge in Chinese tourists

COSTA MESA, California (AP) — Tourism from China to the U.S. has soared since the......

Japan PM sent prayer note to controversial war criminal ceremony

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top government spokesman has acknowledged that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier......

Teenage girl infected with dengue in Japan; 1st case in over 60 years

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue......

Transparency and democracy must decide Japan’s nuclear future

The story of nuclear power in Japan is one fraught with complexity. The country’s introduction......

The Red beatification of Xi Jinping

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Indonesia, Australia disagree on name of new accord

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:17PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement. A rift between the countries was sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009....

Pacquiao to help set up boxing academy in China

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 1:34PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao says he will help train boxers in China and expressed confidence that the country's 1.4 billion people can produce world champions. ...

US Embassy, rights groups protest jailing of Vietnamese dissidents

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:39AM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh to 3 years, 2 years and 2 1/2 years respectively...

Asian migrants detained in South America

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 1:08PM UTC

Salvadoran police have detained two Nicaraguan men who authorities say were transporting nine Nepalese and three Bangladeshi migrants who were bound for the United States....

Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 1:00PM UTC

The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon has developed plans that will allow American forces to stay in Afghanistan a bit beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and no security agreement is signed....

Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:57PM UTC

A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament has issued a 48-hour deadline for the country's prime minister to step down or he says he's prepared to die....

Transparency and democracy must decide Japan’s nuclear future

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:00AM UTC View Comments

The story of nuclear power in Japan is one fraught with complexity. The country’s introduction to the power of the atom came in the shape of wholesale death and destruction, the likes of which had never been seen before. ...

Thai Studies, Harvard University and the problem with political lobbyists

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:05AM UTC View Comments

It is an unfortunate reality that many areas of study at universities across the world will never have the same draw than others. Very often, the more exotic the area, the less attractive it is for most prospective students. ...

Siding with Sachin Tendulkar

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:32PM UTC View Comments

There has been some talk about former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar not attending India's Parliament as nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. In my view, the right place for Sachin is back in the India T20 side masquerading as a Test team in the recently concluded series in England. Despite his age Sachin would have scored more than Kohli, Pujara, Gambhir, Vijay, Rahane, Dhawan put together....

Mongolian blogger imprisoned for tweets criticising transport minister

By Fri, Aug 22, 2014 3:38PM UTC View Comments

A Mongolian man was sentenced to three months in prison on Tuesday for defaming a high-profile politician on social media. Ts. Bat (@batengineer), an engineer and blogger, was found guilty on Tuesday of defaming the Minister for Roads and Transport A. Gansukh via a series of tweets posted last October in relation to the aviation sector....

Prabowo goes home empty-handed after a dramatic day in Indonesia

By Fri, Aug 22, 2014 11:33AM UTC View Comments

Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto attempted to invade Indonesia's Constitutional Court yesterday, as a panel of nine judges finally reaffirmed Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo as the lawful winner of this year's election. ...

Top 5 reasons why Engineering degrees mean satisfaction, salary and success

By Thu, Aug 21, 2014 6:29PM UTC View Comments

What with Harvard’s production of a self-assembling ‘origami flat-pack robot’, new lift technology that could lead to the construction of buildings taller than the Burj Khalifa, and enviable graduate pay packages with Google and Microsoft, there is little doubt that today’s engineers operate at the forefront of global interdisciplinary development. Engineering graduates are likely to...

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