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Cambodia’s ‘Freedom Park’ worries rights groups

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 11:29AM UTC

It has been billed as Cambodia’s version of Speakers’ Corner in London, but rights groups fear Phnom Penh’s new Democracy Square is designed to keep protesters isolated and out of sight. Workers are putting the final touches to a 60 by 200 metre (yard), tree-lined open space near the US

Sri Lanka opposition leader jailed for 30 months

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 11:22AM UTC

Sri Lanka’s president has confirmed the 30-month jail term imposed on former army chief Sarath Fonseka following his conviction by a military court, an official said Thursday. President Mahinda Rajapakse approved the prison sentence for a period of two-and-a-half years after returning Wednesday from New York where he addressed the

Ever wanted to see the Conference of the North Korean Workers’ Party?

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 11:10AM UTC Ever wanted to see the Conference of the North Korean Workers’ Party?

Well, the Chosun Ilbo has a shot of the representatives applauding on their feet, presumably as Kim Jong-il makes some sort of announcement, such as his son becoming a general and this well on the way to being… well… just like his dad.

Two Koreas hold first military talks since 2008

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 10:01AM UTC

South and North Korea began their first military talks for two years Thursday to try to ease tensions heightened by a naval disaster near their disputed sea border, Seoul’s defence ministry said. Officers from the two sides met at the truce village of Panmunjom after the North had accepted the

Pakistan faces new coup threat – Musharraf

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 9:51AM UTC

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf warned that the country is at risk of a new coup, as he prepared to launch his own audacious bid for a comeback as a civilian president. The retired general also said the army should be given a constitutional role in the turbulent politics

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