Shinzo Abe’s push for women in Japanese politics

By Sun, Oct 26, 2014 10:53AM UTC Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Pic: AP.

In an effort to burnish his avowed policy of empowering women, sometimes known as “womenomics,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed five women to his cabinet in his September 3 re-shuffle.

Kerry says no apology to NKorea to free Americans

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:42AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ruling out a U.S. apology to North Korea to secure the release of two detained Americans.

Sri Lanka’s ’15 budget raises pay, lowers tariffs

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:31AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government has presented a relief budget that increases salaries and reduces water and electricity tariffs ahead of a possible presidential election in 2015.

US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:44AM UTC US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015.

Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:48AM UTC Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying. Pic: AP.

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia Sentinel. Most Hong Kong people are too poor and dumb to be allowed to vote, according to the territory’s Beijing-appointed leader Leung Chun-ying.

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