Pakistan frees Musharraf from house arrest

By Thu, Nov 07, 2013 4:02PM UTC Pervez Musharraff. Pic: AP.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has freed former President Pervez Musharraf from his months-long house arrest, days after he received bail in a case related to the death of a radical cleric, a prison official said Thursday. Prison officials were withdrawn on Wednesday night from Musharraf’s home on the outskirts of

China’s third plenum: A watershed for reform, or more of the same?

By Thu, Nov 07, 2013 3:44PM UTC Newly-named Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping as former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, right, at Congress on Friday. Pic: AP.

“Reform” is the catchword in the post-financial crisis world. The US needs it, Japan needs it, India needs it, and Europe definitely needs it. In fact, if you believe the IMF, just about everybody needs it. After a few years during which it seemed it had escaped the grim fate

Maldives likely to hold presidential vote Saturday

By Thu, Nov 07, 2013 9:36AM UTC

MALE, Maldives (AP) — After two failed attempts, the Maldives likely will hold its presidential election Saturday as the three candidates have agreed on a voters’ register, the president said Wednesday. The Supreme Court annulled results of a Sept. 7 election because it said fake names and dead people were

Thai government backs down over amnesty

By Wed, Nov 06, 2013 9:38PM UTC Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, flanked by  Cabinet ministers and aides, speaks during a news conference at the government house in Bangkok Tuesday. Pic: AP.

After yesterday’s post had the Prime Minister signalling a softening of position of the Amnesty Bill and the Senate Speaker stating that they will disagree with the Bill and send it back to the Lower House. Reuters: “I reject this bill and will send it back to the lower house.

A Taiwanese singer, a flag, and a predictable political furore

By Wed, Nov 06, 2013 2:23PM UTC A Taiwanese singer, a flag, and a predictable political furore

A Taiwanese singer this week unfurled a flag of her country on a stage in England. To Deserts Chang (張懸) it was simply “the flag of home,” not a political act. Yet Chang has since found herself amid controversy – another example of the fact that when music touches on Taiwan-China

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