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Malaysian swan song in Sarawak by-election

By Fri, May 14, 2010 5:38PM UTC

National ruling coalition appears to be coasting to a win on pork delivery, writes Asia Sentinel’s Miriam Mokhtar The Sibu by-election in Sarawak on 16 May is a test on several fronts. A win for the Barisan Nasional, which appears likely, would put the Barisan within striking range of taking

The Fading of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

By Fri, May 14, 2010 5:30PM UTC

Against the predictions of Manila’s alarmists, the outgoing Filipino president appears to be losing her clout, writes Asia Sentinel’s Criselda Yabes Outgoing Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s gamble to take over as Speaker of the House of Representatives to preserve her power base appears to be fading on the magnitude

Kyrgyz gov’t supporters try to retake offices

By Fri, May 14, 2010 3:45PM UTC

Thousands of Kyrgyz interim government supporters launched simultaneous attempts Friday to retake two regional official buildings occupied by backers of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev (pictured). In the city of Osh, hundreds of people ejected a crowd that had taken the regional government headquarters a day earlier. But a similar attempt

Thailand crisis: How did it come to this?

By Fri, May 14, 2010 3:12PM UTC

Timeline of major flashpoints in Thailand’s deepening political crisis, in which 30 people have died and hundreds have been injured. March 12: “Red Shirt” protesters, calling themselves “have-nots” and “commoners,” gather in Bangkok in bid to drive out Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who they claim represents the elite of Thai

The Blockade Day 2 – Live Blog

By Fri, May 14, 2010 2:47PM UTC

UPDATE 22:00 At 20:30, the CRES (the centre established to implement the state of emergency) had a press conference. There were three speakers, namely Satit (PM Office Minister), Panitan (Acting Govt spokesman) and Col. Sansern (CRES and Army spokesman). Satit: Protests are illegal so authorities are able to act. Govt

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