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HK activists try to salvage democracy campaign

By Thu, May 13, 2010 12:44PM UTC

When five Hong Kong opposition legislators resigned in January, they hoped to engineer a face-off against Beijing loyalists that would pressure China to step up democratic reforms in this former British colony. Instead, this Sunday they are running for their old seats against unknown candidates amid little voter interest in

Thai plan to choke Red Shirts put on hold

By Thu, May 13, 2010 12:36PM UTC

The Thai government suspended its plan to cut water and electricity supplies to anti-government demonstrators camped in a posh central Bangkok neighborhood, heeding pleas from residents and foreign diplomats who live and work there. But it also withdrew its offer to hold elections in November, bringing Thailand’s months-old political crisis

Dokdo education expansion continues apace

By Thu, May 13, 2010 10:36AM UTC

Original article. On the 12th the Ministry of Education and Technology (교육과학기술) published the new history curriculum (역사 교육과정), confirming that Dokdo education will be strengthened. Titled “2009 개정 교육과정”, the curriculum strengthens Dokdo education by expanding civics education from the first nine years of schooling to the first ten

“Dear Noynoy:” Aquino gets advice on Facebook

By Thu, May 13, 2010 9:25AM UTC

Filipinos have swamped a new Facebook page to offer words of advice and caution for their next president-apparent, Sen. Benigno Aquino III — telling him he should choose upright Cabinet members and also quit smoking. Aquino’s promise to wage war against rampant corruption that has plagued the Philippines has raised

Japan passes new financial rules to cut risks

By Thu, May 13, 2010 6:47AM UTC

Japanese lawmakers unanimously approved Wednesday new regulations intended to curb risks to the financial system. The upper house of parliament voted quickly to approve a bill which requires investors to use clearing agencies to settle certain over-the-counter derivative trades. It also requires those agencies, as well as trading houses, to

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