US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014 11:30AM UTC

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation.

Obama speaks to Burma’s political leaders

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014 9:12AM UTC U.S. President Barack Obama and Burma President Thein Sein pictured together at an event in 2011. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has discussed an upcoming visit to Burma/Myanmar with two of the country’s political leaders.

Modi steps up India’s defense preparedness

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014 10:32AM UTC Pic: AP.

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is galvanizing his administration to clear long-pending defense projects that will bolster India’s operational military capabilities, stepping up reforms and raising limits on foreign direct investment in defense production to 49 percent from 26 percent.

Thailand’s post-coup ‘reform’ process: Only a few ‘good’ men at the helm

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014 9:55AM UTC A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

The “reform” plans by Thailand’s military government continue to take shape. After the establishment of the so-called National Reform Council, a Constitutional Drafting Committee will be created soon. But developments in both groups suggest again that any attempts to revamp the political system will be a very exclusive, one-sided affair.

Final appeal for Anwar to begin in Malaysia

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:32AM UTC Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

On Oct. 28 and 29, lawyers for Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim are expected to go before the Federal Court, the country’s highest tribunal, to argue a final appeal on Anwar’s 2012 conviction in the so-called Sodomy II trial.

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