China’s Xi Jinping to visit close ally Pakistan

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 2:54PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China says President Xi Jinping will travel to close ally Pakistan next week for a visit postponed last year amid mass anti-government demonstrations in that country’s capital.

US: Japan-SKorea tensions distract from NKorea threat

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 2:16PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat says tensions between its allies Japan and South Korea are a distraction in dealing with common threats like North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

Top South Korean government officials battle bribery claims

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 12:05PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye is fighting claims that members of her administration received bribes from a businessman found dead in an apparent suicide last week.

Analysis: US nominates former NKorea envoy as new ambassador to Thailand

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 8:25AM UTC

In an episode of the American TV drama ‘The West Wing’, a scene depicts how new ambassadors are welcomed in Washington, D.C.: “I understand that you’re a sports fan?” asks the fictional president Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen. “Yes sir, Mr. President. Golf!” replies the fictitious new Thai Ambassador Tada Sumatra (who came up with that name?), both men standing in the president’s Oval Office with their respective aides. “Okay, well – golf’s not a sport. It’s fine, don’t get me wrong, but let’s not you and I get confused with things that men do,” rebuffs the president before proceeding with the acceptance process.

The Real Singapore’s owners charged with sedition

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:59AM UTC

The couple behind one of Singapore’s most popular alternative news websites, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged in court yesterday (April 14) with seven counts of sedition. The prosecution alleges that the duo published content that has the “tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different groups of people in Singapore, namely, between ethnic Indians in Singapore and Philippine nationals in Singapore”.