Thailand’s junta revives multi-billion dollar high speed rail plan

Thailand's military government approved a US$75 billion infrastructure plan this week. The plan targets the......

China bladder trade sending Mexican porpoise to extinction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An environmental panel says fewer than 100 of Mexico's vaquita marina......

Kek appointment ‘best thing for Cambodia politics since fall of Khmer Rouge’

A well-known human rights campaigner has been appointed to Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) –......

Infographic: Thailand’s junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly

On Thursday evening, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially endorsed the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), whose 200......

Will Asian investors trade their gold for bitcoin?

Recent overlaps between gold markets and crypto-currencies are causing a few waves in the digital......

China’s new eco-conscious vegetarians

In March I wrote about how meat and dairy consumption are rising rapidly in Asia......

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Australia sends 157 Tamil Sri Lankans to Pacific island detention camp

By Sat, Aug 02, 2014 12:40PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says more than 150 Sri Lanka asylum seekers have been flown from an Australian immigration detention camp to the Pacific island nation of Nauru after they refused to consider returning to India. ...

Japan provides Vietnam with 6 patrol boats

By Sat, Aug 02, 2014 12:02PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan says it will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi’s maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea. The deal announced Friday for the six used vessels worth...

More than half of the junta-appointed NLA are military officers

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:30AM UTC

btw, Saksith has a nice infographic here. AP: The dominance of active and retired military officers in the legislative body reinforces the army’s hold on power in the run-up to the 2015 polls. The junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order, has already granted itself what amounts to supreme power over political...

Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:28AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta has appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy....

WORLD: US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:21AM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours....

7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 9:51AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An official says a boat carrying villagers sank after hitting a stump in a river in western Indonesia, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing. National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the boat ran out of fuel early Thursday and was swept by...

Kek appointment ‘best thing for Cambodia politics since fall of Khmer Rouge’

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 12:27PM UTC View Comments

A well-known human rights campaigner has been appointed to Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) – and the impacts could be huge....

Infographic: Thailand’s junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:56AM UTC View Comments

On Thursday evening, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially endorsed the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), whose 200 members are all appointed by the military junta. A clear majority is dominated by active and retired military officers, while the rest consists of businesspeople, academics, technocrats and former senators. Former politicians of recent governments are barred from eligibility as...

More than half of the junta-appointed NLA are military officers

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:30AM UTC View Comments

btw, Saksith has a nice infographic here. AP: The dominance of active and retired military officers in the legislative body reinforces the army’s hold on power in the run-up to the 2015 polls. The junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order, has already granted itself what amounts to supreme power over political...

China’s new eco-conscious vegetarians

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 6:00AM UTC View Comments

In March I wrote about how meat and dairy consumption are rising rapidly in Asia and how the mass production of these foods is creating new and greater concerns in terms of animal welfare, human health and the environment. But while the growth of industrial farming is taking place in China, India and Southeast Asia, there is also a new counter movement of environmentally aware vegetarians and vegans. ...

Malaysia: Crisis looms for Anwar’s coalition

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:43PM UTC View Comments

Malaysia’s unwieldy Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition, born in 2008 and led by Anwar Ibrahim, is facing the biggest crisis of its existence and could come apart, costing it the leadership of Selangor, the country’s richest state, and potentially costing Malaysia its only alternative to the scandal-ridden Barisan Nasional led by the United Malays National Organization, whose popularity with voters continues to flag....

Philippines President Aquino makes an emotional appeal

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 7:33AM UTC View Comments

Many have conceded that Monday’s State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III was by far his best since he was elected president of the Philippines....

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