Beijing faces open defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators have disrupted a Beijing official's speech as......

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India’s big fat online wedding

Proliferating websites guarantee romance    India’s thriving US$83-million online matrimony bazaar welcomed a new member......

China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

China's legislature has ruled out open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader.......

Pakistan protester dies in clashes with police

Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the......

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

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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....

India says rebels kill an Indian soldier in Kashmir

By Sun, Aug 31, 2014 3:57PM UTC

The Indian army says suspected rebels have killed one of its soldiers and wounded another near a highly militarized cease-fire line dividing disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan....

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

By Sat, Aug 30, 2014 2:49PM UTC

China is issuing harsh warnings against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics ahead of an expected announcement recommending restrictions to the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub....

US admiral urges China on South China Sea disputes

By Sat, Aug 30, 2014 2:18PM UTC

The head of American forces in Asia and the Pacific says China should exercise its role as a regional leader and help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea....

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. ...

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. ...

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