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SKorea’s military wants budget increased sharply

By Wed, Jun 30, 2010 2:43PM UTC

South Korea’s Defense Ministry is seeking a sharp increase in next year’s budget to improve its fighting capability due to tensions over the deadly sinking of a warship blamed on North Korea, an official said Wednesday. Defense Ministry officials have agreed to request about 31.6 trillion won ($25.8 billion) next

China detains democracy advocate for new activism

By Wed, Jun 30, 2010 2:15PM UTC

A Chinese democracy activist who has already spent a decade in prison has been detained again, a human rights group said Wednesday. Liu Xianbin was taken into custody by police in Suining city in southwestern Sichuan on Monday and charged with “subversion of state power,” according to a detention notice

Benigno Aquino III sworn in as Philippine leader

By Wed, Jun 30, 2010 12:13PM UTC

Benigno Aquino III was sworn in Wednesday as the Philippines’ 15th president, leading a Southeast Asian nation his late parents helped liberate from dictatorship and which he promises to deliver from poverty and pervasive corruption. Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them clad in his yellow campaign color, applauded

ISIS Public Event : Trends and Dynamics of Media Freedom in Thailand’s Political Context

By Wed, Jun 30, 2010 11:59AM UTC

The Institute of Security and International Studies (of Chulalongkorn University), with support by the European Union, have organized a public event for this Friday morning (July 2, 9am-12pm) entitled “Trends and Dynamics of Media Freedom in Thailand’s Political Context”. Someone from ISIS has passed along the latest confirmed agenda: 08.30

Cambodian PM recovered from swine flu

By Wed, Jun 30, 2010 11:33AM UTC

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and several top officials have been infected with swine flu. “I can confirm he and several ministers have tested positive with the virus,” spokesman Khieu Kanharith told AFP, while a letter from health minister Mam Bunheng said the prime minister

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