Asia Media

Thai lawmakers line up for discounted guns

By Mon, Nov 02, 2009 10:12PM UTC

Thai lawmakers apply for discounted guns, permits About half of Thailand’s national lawmakers are taking advantage of a new government plan allowing them to purchase guns at a discount and receive a license to carry them anywhere, an official said Monday. Election campaigns in Thailand’s rural areas are sometimes violent,

China military recruiters target college graduates

By Mon, Nov 02, 2009 8:46PM UTC

China is hoping to ease employment pressures from a flood of new college graduates by recruiting more of them into the military. A recent directive from the government’s Central Military Commission matches job worries with the military’s own drive to raise its technical capabilities and adopt the management and training

Should we bet our superannuation on the Melbourne Cup?

By Mon, Nov 02, 2009 8:29PM UTC

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am almost certain to lose my money betting on Australia’s biggest horse race, the Melbourne Cup once again this year. In fact, this is such a universally acknowledged truth, it makes Jane Austen’s universally acknowledged truths sound like the demented babblings of the

Chinese teenager becomes 7th death from swine flu

By Mon, Nov 02, 2009 8:26PM UTC

Chinese state media reported that a 14-year-old student has died from swine flu in central China, raising the country’s death toll to seven. The student died Saturday in Changing city in central Hunan province after being hospitalized for a month, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, citing provincial health

Return of the blonde Koreans

By Mon, Nov 02, 2009 7:54PM UTC

I have not seen this much blonde hair on Koreans since it was trendy to sport golden locks back in the late 1990s. Alas, it seems the 90s have returned.