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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:52AM UTC
Ex-top prosecutor in South Korea admits lewd acts
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:48AM UTC
Philippines targets online extortion ring; arrests 8
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:35AM UTC
UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:16AM UTC
Interpol probes Thailand ‘baby factory’ case
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:07AM UTC
Mongolian blogger imprisoned for tweets criticising transport minister
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 3:38PM UTC