Japan PM Shinzo Abe appoints 5 women to new Cabinet

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet. The......

Malaysian govt uses sedition law to silence critics

The Sept. 2 decision by Malaysian authorities to charge University of Malaya law professor Azmi......

McDonald’s gets tough on Chinese suppliers

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely......

Japan: Taiji dolphin hunting season sparks protests

Once again Taiji’s dolphin hunters are readying their nets and sharpening their steel rods for......

Dethroned Burma beauty queen refuses to return $100,000 tiara

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A dethroned beauty queen from Burma says she won't return her......

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

During this year's presidential contest, the electability of Indonesia's Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo hinged on a......

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe appoints 5 women to new Cabinet

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 1:46PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet. The appointments announced Wednesday are sending the strongest message yet about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's determination to revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders....

Sexual assault warrant issued for former Grand Hyatt Tokyo manager

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 1:11PM UTC

Police in Japan have issued an arrest warrant for the former general manager of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel for the alleged sexual assault of a female customer in May, according to reports. Spanish national Antonio Alvarez, 45, is suspected of sexually assaulting the woman in a hotel bathroom. The Japan Times reports: Alvarez...

Putin traveling to Mongolia for 5-hour visit

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 10:52AM UTC

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is flying to Mongolia for a working visit amid a Kremlin-backed offensive in Ukraine that has sharply raised tensions with Washington and NATO. ...

Thai junta forces human rights group to cancel release of report

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 6:01PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military junta has forced a human rights group to cancel a presentation on the precarious rights situation in the Southeast Asian country three months after the army staged a coup....

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. ...

Malaysian govt uses sedition law to silence critics

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 1:19PM UTC View Comments

The Sept. 2 decision by Malaysian authorities to charge University of Malaya law professor Azmi Sharom with sedition represents the latest development as the government seeks to hamstring its opponents using the law, critics say....

Japan: Taiji dolphin hunting season sparks protests

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 7:33PM UTC View Comments

Once again Taiji’s dolphin hunters are readying their nets and sharpening their steel rods for a season of capturing and killing. Pods of dolphins will be corralled into Japan’s most infamous cove, where they will be selected either for sale or slaughter....

Ten things to expect from a Business degree

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 7:19PM UTC View Comments

From being a dirty word in the past, entrepreneurship is increasingly being celebrated and encouraged – as it should be. Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group With average starting salaries in excess of $50,000 and flourishing employment prospects, business students can afford to be confident about their prospects following graduation. Opportunities are plentiful...

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. ...

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Balloons are released into the air during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of China's victory over Japan at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in Beijing Wednesday. Pic: AP.