Cautious China endorses Cambodia poll result

By Fri, Aug 23, 2013 12:09PM UTC Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Pic: AP.

Hun Sen still stays out of the action, reports Asia Sentinel’s James Pringle China appeared Wednesday to endorse the Cambodian People’s Party’s narrow July 28 election victory, while at the same time calling for a swift resolution to the country’s perilous political situation, which has raised the real possibility of

Graft trial resumes for ousted Chinese politician

By Fri, Aug 23, 2013 10:47AM UTC Supporters of former politician Bo Xilai gather near a poster of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, China. Pic: AP.

JINAN, China (AP) — Trial resumed Friday for disgraced politician Bo Xilai a day after he fiercely denied taking $3.5 million in bribes from businessmen and cross-examined one of them with a lawyer’s precision. His unexpectedly spirited defense at the proceedings aimed at capping China’s biggest scandal in decades appeared

Ousted China politician Bo Xilai denies taking bribes

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 4:32PM UTC Bo Xilai, center, stands on trial at the court  in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday. Pic: AP.

JINAN, China (AP) — Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai recanted a confession of bribery while prosecutors alleged he used his wife and son to help collect more than $4 million in illicit funds, as he stood trial Thursday in China’s biggest political scandal in decades. Court officials released frequent microblog

Thailand: Reuniting of the anti-Thaksin coalition?

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 4:10PM UTC Thailand: Reuniting of the anti-Thaksin coalition?

The Democrats were strongly allied with the PAD in 2006 until Abhisit became PM in December 2008, but then gradually over time when the Democrats were in  government,they drifted apart and were openly fighting by the time of the 2011 election. As blogged just before the 2011 election: Tension between the

Australian opposition leader fights sexist image

By Wed, Aug 21, 2013 4:35PM UTC Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott is fighting perceptions that he is sexist and old-fashioned in his attitudes toward women with a taxpayer-funded parental leave policy for working mothers that even his political allies have criticized as too generous. Abbott’s conservative coalition is tipped to win power

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