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Somali pirate case sparks Korean media frenzy

By Mon, Jan 31, 2011 12:16PM UTC South Korean policemen lead Somali pirates, hooded, to South Regional Headquarters Korea Coast Guard in Busan, South Korea. Pic: AP.

Five of the Somali pirates who hijacked South Korean crew members arrived in Korea yesterday and now are under investigation. Korea’s regional court issued arrest warrants for them, marking it the country’s first legal case involving pirates. There has been a media frenzy surrounding this case. Updates were prominently featured 

Thousands in Pakistan rally against American

By Mon, Jan 31, 2011 11:45AM UTC Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamat-e-Islami chant slogans behind a banner reading, "hang the American killer of innocents", during a demonstration against a U.S. consular employee who is the lead suspect in the shooting deaths of two Pakistani men, in Islamabad. Pic: AP.

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Hard-line Islamic leaders on Sunday rallied at least 15,000 people against an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis and warned the government not to cave in to U.S. pressure to release the man. The protest in the eastern city of Lahore, where

Will the Thai military allow Puea Thai to form the next government?

By Mon, Jan 31, 2011 7:00AM UTC

Have already blogged on whether extra-electoral forces will intervene in Thailand’s democracy again and in another post on the Thai military’s role on “persuading” the coalition partners to back the Democrats in 2008, but there is an interesting related quote by Pairoj Suwannachawee, a core leader of the so-called 3P faction

SKorea: Man convicted of raping Vietnamese wife’s sister

By Mon, Jan 31, 2011 6:30AM UTC

Original article in Korean is at this link. This story was one of the most-viewed on Naver last week. A man in his 50s who repeatedly sexually assaulted his Vietnamese wife’s teenaged sister, who came to Korea to earn money, has been given a tough sentence. On January 25 Judge

Security tight for Burma’s sham parliament

By Mon, Jan 31, 2011 12:08AM UTC Parliament building in Naypyitaw, Burma. Pic: AP.

Security measures were tightened Sunday around Burma’s newly-built grandiose parliamentary buildings, which will be used for the first time this week by lawmakers elected in the country’s first polls in two decades in November. Barbwire barricades were in place on the way to the huge parliament complex in Naypyitaw, Burma’s

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