Asia News

Yudhoyono’s wife for Indonesia president?

By Thu, Jan 06, 2011 12:00PM UTC

It may seem a bit early given that elections are three years away, but Jakarta’s political circles are beginning to buzz with reports that Kristiani Herawati, the wife of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, plans to run for president when his second term expires in 2014. The whole thing, pundits and

Battery factory poisons 24 children in China

By Thu, Jan 06, 2011 11:11AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A state-run news agency says 24 children, aged between nine months and 16 years old, have been hospitalized for lead poisoning caused by battery factories in their east China village. The official Xinhua News Agency said late Wednesday local authorities have shut down two battery factories in

New storms lash Australia

By Thu, Jan 06, 2011 11:04AM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — Thunderstorms were forecast Thursday to soak the already flooded communities in northeastern Australia, where residents in the path of another rising river were frantically filling sandbags for a makeshift levee against a predicted 46-foot (14-meter) peak. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in

Indonesia convict pays woman to go to jail for her

By Thu, Jan 06, 2011 10:37AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say a corrupt businesswoman unwilling to be behind bars paid another woman to serve her seven-month prison term. The swap was discovered when a neighbor went to see 55-year-old Kasiem and found another woman in her cell. The Friday visit was four days after

What did Abhisit know and when did he know it?

By Thu, Jan 06, 2011 7:59AM UTC

BP has already blogged about the seven Thais who were arrested by Cambodian authorities on the grounds that they illegally entered Cambodia and whether they knew they knew they were in Cambodian territory. This post will focus on exactly what Abhisit knew and when did he know it… Former Bangkok Post editor