Analysis: China wary of Japan after Abe’s big election win

By Thu, Jul 25, 2013 5:40PM UTC Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smiles as he places a red rosette on the name of his Liberal Democratic Party's winning candidate during ballot counting for the upper house elections at the party headquarters in Tokyo Sunday. Pic: AP.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe triumphed in the election for the upper house earlier this week, with the Liberal Democrats obtaining 65 of the 121 seats up for grabs. Together with their smallerA Buddhist partner, they can now muster a majority in Parliament, which counts 242 seats. The Liberal Democratic

China indicts ex-politician Bo Xilai for graft

By Thu, Jul 25, 2013 11:14AM UTC Bo Xilai. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai was indicted Thursday on charges of corruption, accepting bribes and abuse of power, state media reported, moving China’s biggest political scandal in years toward closure. The indictment paves the way for a trial, more than a year after Bo dropped from sight

Barisan win crucial Malaysia by-election

By Thu, Jul 25, 2013 11:08AM UTC Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Pic: AP.

Terengganu statehouse remains firmly in government hands, reports Asia Sentinel As expected, Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional Wednesday won a hotly contested by-election in the Kuala Besut Assembly district in Terengganu in eastern Malaysia, preserving the Barisan’s 17-15 majority in the Terengganu statehouse by a strong margin of more than 2,500 votes.

Source: China may indict Bo Xilai this week

By Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:39AM UTC Bo Xilai. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are expected to issue formal charges against ousted politician Bo Xilai as early as this week, according to a person familiar with the case, bringing the Communist Party leadership closer to the conclusion of an embarrassing political scandal. Bo, the former party boss of the

Pakistani parties name presidential candidates

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 7:40PM UTC Mamnoon Hussain. Pic: AP.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani political parties on Wednesday nominated their candidates for the upcoming presidential election, with the ruling party’s candidate seen as the front-runner, officials and analysts said. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party nominated Mamnoon Hussain, a former governor of southern Sindh province, said Tariq Azeem, a party

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