Asia News

SKorea to make islands near NKorea fortresses

By Tue, Dec 07, 2010 3:04PM UTC

South Korea’s president vowed Tuesday to turn five islands along the tense border with North Korea into “military fortresses” with jobs for permanent civilian communities, including those destroyed in a North Korean artillery attack. President Lee Myung-bak’s comments came as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff flew

Photos from May 19

By Tue, Dec 07, 2010 3:00PM UTC

In this thread, there is an interesting array of photos from purportedly inside CentralWorld (it looks like CentralWorld to BP) and around the area on May 19 (although that is unconfirmed for all photos). Please note towards the end of the photos there are some graphic photos of a corpse.

Australian PM Gillard backs off WikiLeaks comment

By Tue, Dec 07, 2010 2:57PM UTC

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed away from an earlier comment that posting secret U.S. government documents on the WikiLeaks website was illegal. Gillard told a news conference on Tuesday that posting the U.S. diplomatic correspondence was “grossly irresponsible” and that the publication would not have been possible “if

Burma democracy icon bids farewell to son

By Tue, Dec 07, 2010 2:04PM UTC

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has bid farewell to her younger son, who visited his mother for the first time in a decade after her recent release from house arrest. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate accompanied her son, Kim Aris, to Yangon’s International Airport where he was

China to choose Catholic heads; Vatican ties tense

By Tue, Dec 07, 2010 12:05PM UTC

China’s bishops are meeting to choose leaders of the government-backed Catholic church amid tensions with the Vatican after it denounced the recent ordination of a bishop who did not have the pope’s approval. A religious news agency says Chinese authorities are pressuring some bishops to attend the Beijing meeting. Ties