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Vietnam’s Party Congress opens amid tight security

By Wed, Jan 12, 2011 4:48PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party opened a key meeting Wednesday to pick new leaders and set the country’s course for the next five years, with top officials admitting that corruption and abuse of power are holding the nation back as it grapples with a spate of economic

A bleak year ahead for Thailand

By Wed, Jan 12, 2011 2:55PM UTC

With 50,000 red shirt demonstrators on Bangkok’s streets in the first weekend of the year, the outlook is grim, writes Asia Sentinel’s Pavin Chachavalpongpun For those who wish to maintain their optimism, Thailand this year faces changes in its politics – including an election, for sure, that is designed to

Hong Kong’s political mosh pit

By Wed, Jan 12, 2011 2:47PM UTC

The territory’s political parties splinter, reports Asia Sentinel Given a system rigged to ensure that pro-government members are always in the majority, it is perhaps no surprise that political parties in Hong Kong have become as much an expression of individual egos as of policies or ideologies. Splits and new

Floods enter Brisbane, 20,000 homes in danger

By Wed, Jan 12, 2011 1:02PM UTC

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Deadly floodwaters that have cut a swath across northeast Australia flowed onto the streets of the nation’s third-largest city Wednesday, forcing people to flee both suburbs and skyscrapers. Almost 20,000 homes in Brisbane were expected to be swamped in the city of about 2 million by

Cybersex dens: A sordid side effect of the Philippines call center boom

By Wed, Jan 12, 2011 11:06AM UTC

The Philippines, a ountry of more than 90 million people where poverty and joblessness is widespread, feels extremely blessed that it has overtaken India in the call center or contact center industry in the world. That means most call center jobs are now in the Philippines, which has an advantage

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