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Tensions escalate in Korean peninsula

By Fri, Aug 13, 2010 12:25PM UTC

The increasing tensions between North and South Korea are threatening the stability of the Korean Peninsula. “Following on recent military exercises with the United States, South Korea has begun a series of anti-submarines drills designed to improve naval training after the March sinking of Cheonan,” said Michael Kulma, Asia Society’s

Bloggers fight for freedom of expression in Burma election

By Fri, Aug 13, 2010 11:56AM UTC

With newspapers, radio, and TV controlled by Burma’s military regime, blogs are a crucial alternative source of independent news in Rangoon. They gained international attention during the saffron revolution against the government in 2007 and once again they are proving an important source of news about the upcoming election. To

SKorea grants pardon to brother of ex-president

By Fri, Aug 13, 2010 10:52AM UTC

South Korea announced special pardons for the imprisoned older brother of late President Roh Moo-hyun and 18 corporate executives as part of traditional amnesties granted during Liberation Day celebrations. The Justice Ministry said 2,493 people would be given presidential pardons, reduced sentences or have their civil rights restored starting Saturday.

China’s army condemns South Korean-US sea drills

By Fri, Aug 13, 2010 10:16AM UTC

China’s military on Thursday condemned a second round of U.S.-South Korean naval drills planned in the Yellow Sea in the coming weeks, vowing it would respond in kind. Beijing opposes actions by foreign military ships and planes in waters near its coast that could “affect China’s security interests,” the military’s

Group: Tibetan businessman gets life in prison

By Fri, Aug 13, 2010 10:09AM UTC

One of Tibet’s richest businessmen has been sentenced to life in prison for helping exile groups, a human rights organization said Thursday, the latest case in a surprising crackdown on well-known Tibetans once praised by Chinese authorities. Dorje Tashi was sentenced on June 26 in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, said

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