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.

Macau police arrest 5 over informal democracy poll

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 2:21PM UTC A man, left,  votes on a tablet next to a volunteer with a banner promoting an informal civil referendum in Macau, Sunday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in the global gambling hub of Macau have arrested five people involved with an informal poll to measure support for direct elections of the Chinese-controlled city’s leader.

Thai junta leader Prayuth takes over as prime minister

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:54PM UTC Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks  after he accepted a written royal command issued by King Bhumibol Adulyadej certifying his appointment as the country's 29th premier in Bangkok, Monday. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta leader has officially become the new prime minister following a royal endorsement from the country’s monarch.

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