Burma discovers it has only 51 million people

Burma has discovered it has only 51 million people — far less than the previously......

Eying China, Japan seeks record defense budget

Japan's Defense Ministry is requesting its biggest ever budget to bolster its military ability to......

Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba

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Hong Kong waits to see impact of Beijing’s decision on political reform

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Dethroned Burmese beauty queen runs off with crown, new boobs

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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....

Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate

By Sat, Aug 30, 2014 1:55PM UTC

Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud....

Tesla, Chinese firm to build 400 charging stations

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 5:04PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier have announced plans to build 400 charging stations for electric cars. ...

Actor arrested with Jackie Chan’s son released

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:47PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Taiwanese actor arrested along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan on drug charges has been released after two weeks in detention. ...

Thai army sues human rights activist over torture claim

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:05AM UTC

The Association for the Prevention of Torture has the following blurb on Pornpen Khongkachonkiet: Despite growing intimidation from authorities, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, continues to assist marginalised communities, especially torture victims and their families in Southern Thailand, to access justice. She also supports the communities’ efforts to address the widespread culture of...

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. ...

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....

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