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Sarawak chieftain’s US$1 dollar mansion

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 6:43PM UTC

We’ve heard of falling housing markets, but this seems extreme , writes Asia Sentinel. The Sarawak Report, an NGO based in the east Malaysian state, has uncovered exhaustive evidence that the chief minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has looted Sarawak of hundreds of millions of US dollars and hidden the wealth

You say tomato, I say incitement to violence

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 6:40PM UTC

The implementation of laws against incitement to violence or hatred is always problematic as they are very much open to interpretation. Abdul Malik Mohammed Ghazali, a 27-year-old Singaporean, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly inciting violence after criticising a minister in a comment left on a Facebook page. Adding to the barrage of criticism on a

Carter in NKorea in bid to release jailed American

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 6:23PM UTC

On Day 2 of Jimmy Carter’s journey to North Korea, there was no sign Thursday that the former American president had succeeded in securing the release of a Boston man jailed in the country since January. Carter was making a private humanitarian visit to negotiate the release of Aijalon Gomes,

India’s PM tells police to change Kashmir strategy

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 5:17PM UTC

Security forces in Kashmir need to find non-lethal means of controlling violent mobs to prevent more deaths in the unrest roiling the Indian-ruled region, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday in rare remarks directly questioning government tactics. Violence related to near-daily protests against Indian control of Kashmir has led to

Philippine leader vows punishment in bus hijack

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 4:33PM UTC

The Philippine president vowed Thursday that “someone will pay” for the bus hostage crisis that killed Hong Kong tourists as senators began grilling senior police officers over the deadly fiasco. Addressing students and teachers at a suburban university, President Benigno Aquino III said the nearly 12-hour hostage-taking drama on Monday

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