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Earthquake in central Indonesia panics residents

By Tue, Apr 26, 2011 4:07PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An earthquake has hit waters off Indonesia’s main island of Java, sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes and office buildings. No tsunami warning has been issued, and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a

China asks public to name space station

By Tue, Apr 26, 2011 3:56PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China is asking the public to help come up with a name and logo for its future space station in a sign of growing confidence in its ambitious program. The appeal is the latest indication of how China’s military-backed space program is emerging from its veil of

Hanging drug mules in Singapore

By Tue, Apr 26, 2011 3:53PM UTC

The island republic’s inflexible drug laws doom drug couriers, writes Asia Sentinel’s Lynn Lee “He is a good boy,” Cheong Kah Pin whispers, “but they took him away.” He scrunches up his tear-streaked face, uses the back of his hand to rub his eyes. His anguish is palpable. “Please help.

Australia’s Gillard meets with Chinese leaders

By Tue, Apr 26, 2011 1:25PM UTC Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, right, accompanied by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao receives the guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Tuesday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard oversaw the signing of a series of cooperation agreements with China on Tuesday at the start of a visit aimed at boosting ties with her country’s top export market. Gillard attended the signing ceremony alongside Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao following a meeting

Singapore debates the PAP’s future

By Tue, Apr 26, 2011 12:32PM UTC

An oft-pummeled opposition hopes to make electoral gains, reports Asia Sentinel Singapore will go to the polls on May 7 with a battered opposition hoping it can make some kind of dent in the overwhelming dominance of the People’s Action Party, which has led the country since 1959. The Straits

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