Asia News

South Korean lawmakers slam government’s spies

By Thu, Dec 02, 2010 3:24PM UTC

South Korean lawmakers slammed the government Thursday over revelations the country’s spies failed to take seriously intelligence from August that indicated North Korea might attack a front-line island. South Korean spy chief Won Sei-hoon’s surprise acknowledgment of the intelligence breakdown came a week after the North rained artillery shells on

Taiwan ex-president begins serving graft sentence

By Thu, Dec 02, 2010 3:02PM UTC

Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian is being moved from a suburban Taipei jail to a nearby penitentiary to begin formally serving a 19-year sentence. Thursday’s transfer follows last month’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Chen’s conviction on wide-ranging graft charges. Television pictures showed the 60-year-old Chen looking relaxed

WikiLeaks: Whose testimony was being procured? UPDATE

By Thu, Dec 02, 2010 1:00PM UTC

UPDATE: Am a little surprised, but The Nation names the person in this article (hey if The Nation is going to name them then can link to the article). The Guardian: John said the Americans had uncovered several examples of influence and corruption. These included the false testimony by a

South Korean refugees struggle after shelling

By Thu, Dec 02, 2010 11:08AM UTC

A South Korean fisherman whose neighborhood was swallowed by flames in last week’s North Korean shelling saw a TV image of the North’s leader, Kim Jong Il, and cringed. “I want to kill him,” said Kwak Yong-sun, who now lives on the floor of a public bath house on the

Former US envoy warned of failure in Pakistan

By Thu, Dec 02, 2010 11:02AM UTC

The U.S. stands little chance of convincing Pakistan to sever links with militants fighting in Afghanistan using its current strategy, Washington’s envoy in Islamabad warned last fall in one of dozens of memos leaked Wednesday that expose America’s troubled alliance with the nuclear-armed state. The diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks