Indonesia, Australia disagree on name of new accord

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:17PM UTC Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, talks with her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa after a meeting in Jakarta last year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement. A rift between the countries was sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.

Japan PM sent prayer note to controversial war criminal ceremony

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 3:37PM UTC Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s top government spokesman has acknowledged that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals that praised their contributions to the country.

The Red beatification of Xi Jinping

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 3:46PM UTC Chinese President Xi Jinping is cracking down on graft. Pic: AP.

He is not yet one of the “saints” of the Chinese Communist Party along with Mao and Deng. But already, after less than two years in office, Xi Jinping is, to borrow a phrase from the Catholic Church, being “beatified” – given pre-sainthood status.

Thai Studies, Harvard University and the problem with political lobbyists

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:05AM UTC Surakiart Sathirathai, who was deputy PM under Thaksin Shinawatra, has been campaigning for funds for a Thai Studies program at Harvard University. Pic: AP.

It is an unfortunate reality that many areas of study at universities across the world will never have the same draw than others. Very often, the more exotic the area, the less attractive it is for most prospective students.

Zimbabwe seeks China’s aid as Mugabe meets Xi

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:06AM UTC Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe the way during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on a visit to China hoping the long-time ally and economic giant can help the African nation’s ailing economy.

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