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The Thai junta’s 2015 draft budget, explained in 4 graphs

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:00AM UTC The Thai junta’s 2015 draft budget, explained in 4 graphs

Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the draft for the 2015 budget in its first reading on Monday. The body, whose members were all picked by the military junta and is thus dominated by active and retired military officers, rubber-stamped the budget bill with 183 votes and three abstentions (assumed to be the assembly president and his two deputies).

India’s Modi finally gets moving

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 4:24PM UTC India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: AP.

Narendra Modi has yet to show that his government can make a significant difference to the way that India is run and performs, but on Friday he impressed critics as well as supporters with his first Independence Day speech as prime minister from the ramparts of Delhi’s majestic Red Fort.

Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 1: The timely rise of a furniture salesman?

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:43AM UTC Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

Despite having been involved in politics for little more than nine years, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has already contested four separate elections – all of which he won – and is now poised to become president of the world’s third largest democracy.

Tens of thousands stage Hong Kong pro-government rally

By Sun, Aug 17, 2014 6:02PM UTC Tens of thousands of people gather at Hong Kong's Victoria park to join a protest march to oppose a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, Sunday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have joined a Hong Kong protest march to oppose a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists.

Japan Cabinet ministers visit controversial shrine

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:00PM UTC Japan Cabinet ministers visit controversial shrine

TOKYO (AP) -€” At least two Japanese Cabinet ministers have paid respects at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, but the prime minister is expected to stay away. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, and Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo

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