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Whatever happened to the Ministerial Code of Conduct?

By Sat, Sep 11, 2010 6:22AM UTC

News that Australia’s Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner has resigned and almost immediately accepted a job with an investment bank raises the question, whatever happened to the Rudd/Gillard Code of Conduct? As summarised here, the Code was announced in a flurry of self-congratulation less than three years ago:        Prime Minister

Burma fears boycott after soldiers kill two civilians

By Fri, Sep 10, 2010 7:55PM UTC

Worries that the deaths of two young men shot in a brawl with military personnel could spark turmoil prompted Burmese newspapers to insist that the confrontation was “not a conflict between the armed forces and the people”. As authorities try to steer clear of anti-government sentiment ahead of the country’s

Philippine prez urges patience on hostage probe

By Fri, Sep 10, 2010 6:26PM UTC

The Philippine president has warned against jumping to the conclusion that police fire hit Hong Kong tourists before an investigation into a botched hostage rescue is completed. Eight tourists were killed after a fired police officer hijacked their tour bus on Aug. 23 to demand his job back. The hostage-taker

SKorea returns body of NKorean flood victim

By Fri, Sep 10, 2010 6:01PM UTC

South Korea’s Red Cross says it has repatriated the body of a North Korean woman killed in recent flooding on the peninsula. The Red Cross said in a Friday statement that the body was found Tuesday in a river on the border swollen by recent heavy rains. It says the

SKoreans protest Japan’s claim to disputed islets

By Fri, Sep 10, 2010 5:19PM UTC

Protesters in South Korea’s capital tried to burn the Japanese flag in a show of anger over Japan’s renewed claim to islets at the center of a long-running territorial dispute between the neighbors. About 100 South Koreans rallied outside the Japanese Embassy on Friday over the islets, called Dokdo in

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