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Filipino forces in Golan Heights defied UN commander

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 11:35AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief says a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who attacked their camp. ...

1 of 2 Italian marines held in India falls ill

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 11:27AM UTC

ROME (AP) — Italy's defense minister has rushed to India after one of two Italian marines, held there for 2 ½ years without charges, was hospitalized. ...

19 new dengue cases in Japan, linked to Tokyo park

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 11:12AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has reported 19 new cases of dengue fever, most of them thought to have been contracted during visits to popular Yoyogi Park in downtown Tokyo. ...

Man in China kills 2 in knife attack at school

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 2:20PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Officials say a 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a knife at a school in central China, killing two people and injuring four before jumping to his death. Chengguan township official Deng Yunshan says the attack took place Monday morning at the Dongfang primary school in Chengguan, a town in Hubei...

Japanese urged to stock up on toilet paper for disaster prevention day

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 1:42PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — On national disaster prevention day, Japan's government is urging people to stock up on toilet paper, because more than 40 percent of the nation's supply comes from a high-risk earthquake zone. ...

Japan’s Nishikora advances in US Open

By Sun, Aug 31, 2014 4:11PM UTC

Japan's Kei Nishikori advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, victory over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina....

Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 2:39PM UTC View Comments

During this year's presidential contest, the electability of Indonesia's Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo hinged on a promise of hope and change; a promise to deliver a new kind of politics based on ideals of openness and accountability. Jokowi's supporters looked to him as an exemplary leader; an upright reformer who could help put an end to corruption and elite impunity. But was it all just wishful thinking?...

Beijing faces open defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 1:27PM UTC View Comments

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators have disrupted a Beijing official's speech as he sought to explain a decision to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. ...

Beijing ramps up pressure on Hong Kong

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:22PM UTC View Comments

China is the global champion of fakery in consumer products. Now the idea of democracy can be added to its list of creative fakes. Beijing evaded its Basic Law promise to the Hong Kong people for direct elections to the legislature and for its Chief Executive for 20 years from 1997 to 2017. ...

Technology brings modern twist to social sciences studies

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:08PM UTC View Comments

Whether or not you approve experiments such as Facebook’s study of its own users back in 2012, it cannot be denied that current technology has the capacity to further our understanding and knowledge of society.  Facebook’s controversial campaign, which came to light in June, tested whether emotional contagion could occur online, with no direct interaction...

How Asia has outpaced Latin America on education reform

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:02PM UTC View Comments

While Asia may have its detractors when it comes to issues like human rights and democratic freedoms, one area where it excels is education. Asian – and especially east Asian – universities are increasingly appearing at the top of the major rankings and Asian students swept the boards in the most recent round of PISA tests, all while keeping education spending at sustainable levels....

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. ...

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