Burma

New Zealand bar manager to be tried for religious offenses in Yangon

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:39PM UTC The offending image. Image via Facebook.

A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images of the Buddha wearing headphones to promote a party at the bar he manages.

NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:27AM UTC NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Burma men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:27PM UTC Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another AUS$3.7 billion after May cuts of AUS$7.6 billion.

Burma: Rights groups call for charges against father of slain schoolgirl to be dropped

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM UTC Brang Shawng. Image provided by Fortify Rights.

Rights groups have called for the Burmese government to drop charges ethnic-Kachin man Brang Shawng, 49, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in disputed circumstances in September 2012.

Making Mathematics relevant in Southeast Asia

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:55AM UTC Mathematics teachers attend a workshop in Northern Thailand. Pic: AP.

In Europe and North America there is a commonly held belief that Asian students are inherently good at Mathematics. This stereotype has been reinforced in recent years by the success of China, Singapore, Korea and Japan in international mathematics rankings compiled by PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment.

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