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Aquino faces early tests

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 9:26AM UTC

The slaying of a former radio broadcaster and an activist councilor within a week of President Benigno Aquino III’s inauguration could become the portent of things to come. While it is preposterous to claim that the Aquino government should be held responsible for the killings, it is also not far

Sri Lanka police break protesters’ blockade of UN

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 7:48PM UTC

Police have broken up a blockade of the U.N. office in Sri Lanka’s capital and are escorting employees out hours after they were trapped. Hundreds of protesters, led by the country’s housing minister and Buddhist monks, laid siege to the building Tuesday demanding end to U.N. investigations into alleged abuses

Sex scandal could cost Vietnamese official his job

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 7:19PM UTC

Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party has asked the government to dismiss a high-ranking official allegedly involved in a sex scandal, state media reported Tuesday. Nguyen Truong To, chairman of People’s Committee in Ha Giang province, was accused of violating the conduct of a party member by having “unhealthy relations” and leading

The agony of Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 7:08PM UTC

Fundamentalist terrorism shows its ugly face at a pacifist sect, writes Asia Sentinel’s Aftab Alexander Mughal Just a month ago, at least 95 members of the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect were killed and nearly 100 injured in attacks on their places of worship in Lahore, Pakistan’s Punjab province. The attack was

Japan’s new prime minister faces the voters

By Tue, Jul 06, 2010 6:58PM UTC

Naoto Kan runs against the current with a plan to raise taxes and hearten his flagging party, writes Asia Sentinel’s Todd Crodwell What a difference a few weeks and a change of leadership can make. Ever since Naoto Kan replaced Yukio Hatoyama as Japan’s prime minister in early June the

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