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Aquino should ignore Filipino bishops on birth control

By Wed, Sep 29, 2010 2:38PM UTC

  The Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines is becoming more and more pathetic. Today, the bishops appealed to President Noynoy Aquino to “listen to us too” in the raging birth control debate in the Philippines. This after the president said that his government would support families who would want

Staunch Thaksin foe takes command of Thai army

By Wed, Sep 29, 2010 2:15PM UTC

A new commander-in-chief is taking the helm of Thailand’s powerful army — a staunch royalist who is expected to pursue a hardline stance against the “Red Shirt” anti-government protest movement. General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, 56, takes charge Friday at a crucial juncture following the deadliest political unrest in decades and in

Japanese man hurls flare at China consulate

By Wed, Sep 29, 2010 12:57PM UTC

Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly hurling a flare at the Chinese consulate in the western city of Fukuoka, officials said Wednesday amid a tense diplomatic dispute. Kensaku Nakahara, 39, who identified himself as a company employee, was arrested on the spot on Tuesday night, a police spokesman

Sri Lanka ‘needs space’ to heal war wounds

By Wed, Sep 29, 2010 12:56PM UTC

  One year after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the Minister of External Affairs said a multifaceted approach to reconstruction is necessary to ensure a lasting peace. Speaking with Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl at Asia Society’s New York headquarters, Gamini Lakshman Peiris spoke of a need for

China pressures Norway over Nobel nomination

By Wed, Sep 29, 2010 12:37PM UTC

China tells Norway what to do. And what not to. Don’t award the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident, for instance, reports Asia Sentinel’s John Berthelsen The announcement Monday by the head of the Nobel Institute that China is warning against awarding the Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident

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