Politics

No KO punch in first Australian election debate

By Mon, Aug 12, 2013 11:27AM UTC Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, left, and opposition leader Tony Abbott pose during the Leaders Debate, ahead of the Sept. 7, election,  at the National Press Club in Canberra on Sunday. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott held their first televised debate of the week-old election campaign Sunday night without either candidate emerging a clear winner. The cordial hour-long debate, broadcast nationally by several television networks, focused on Australia’s worsening economic outlook as

Cambodia postpones release of election results

By Fri, Aug 09, 2013 8:40PM UTC Cambodia postpones release of election results

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s state election body has postponed announcing final results from last month’s general election, a move that could at least temporarily ease the threat of violence triggered by opposition protests. The National Election Committee made the announcement Friday after the government acknowledged moving armored vehicles

How important is the Australian election?

By Fri, Aug 09, 2013 1:08PM UTC Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is promising change, again. Pic: AP.

If the oil boom works out, not very, writes Asia Sentinel’s Murray Hunter After being prime minister for only about six weeks, Kevin Rudd has called on the Governor General to dissolve the Parliament for an election on Sept. 7. There is some great irony in this date as Rudd

Thai lawmakers give initial OK to amnesty bill

By Fri, Aug 09, 2013 11:53AM UTC Former Thailand Prime Ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pics: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a controversial bill to grant amnesty to people charged with political offenses during turmoil that began with a 2006 military coup. The lower house of parliament voted 300 to 124 to accept the government-sponsored bill in principle after a two-day

Cambodian king calls for post-election harmony

By Thu, Aug 08, 2013 10:31AM UTC Cambodian king calls for post-election harmony

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s king has issued a public statement calling for a peaceful resolution of the country’s political standoff following contested elections last week. King Norodom Sihamoni’s message Wednesday came a day after the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party threatened to hold a massive protest to demand

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