Asia Media

Just your typically hot Kiwi primary school teacher

By Tue, Oct 27, 2009 4:18PM UTC

Nude photos in Penthouse have landed New Zealand primary teacher mum Rachel Whitwell in a spot of bother: her suitability to teach is being investigated by the Teachers Council. It’s a tough one this: should activities outside work affect one’s career? In any event Whitwell is surprised at the fuss:

Rare South Korean defector in the ‘warm care’ of North

By Tue, Oct 27, 2009 3:58PM UTC

A South Korean man defected to communist North Korea by crossing the heavily fortified frontier, Pyongyang’s state media reported Tuesday — but it didn’t say how he navigated a no man’s land where guards can shoot to kill. The case appeared to be a rare instance of a South Korean

Alcohol, drugs and sex, but no rock and roll

By Tue, Oct 27, 2009 3:24PM UTC

The Federal government has announced a program that will see $9 million spent over three years on extra support for drug and alcohol dependent parents. The program’s goal is to help affected children. That’s not much money considering the number of children whose lives are adversely affected by a substance-abusing

Hiroshima beckons but Obama unlikely to visit

By Tue, Oct 27, 2009 3:02PM UTC

Japanese newspapers and activists are calling for Barack Obama to become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki, the only two cities ever devastated by atomic bombs, ahead of his visit to Japan next month. The two cities’ mayors formally invited Obama on Tuesday to visit sometime

Thai action star Jaa sets sights on Hollywood

By Tue, Oct 27, 2009 2:28PM UTC

Thai action star Tony Jaa says his Hollywood debut is a “matter of time” after his latest movie, ‘Ong Bak 2′, was released in the United States last week. Thailand’s answer to Jackie Chan and Jet Li has built up a solid box office record in the U.S. His last