Should Asia-Pacific countries ban the plastic bag?

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 6:00AM UTC A boy brushes his teeth standing next to a polluted canal littered with plastic bags and other garbage, on World Environment Day in Mumbai, India last month. Pic: AP.

The port city of Freemantle in Western Australia has just banned single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags. It is the first city in Australia to do so. Shop owners failing to follow the law risk a single fine of $150, climbing to $2,500 for serial offenders.

US Senate panel OKs Vietnam nuclear agreement

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 1:27PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe. The agreement would allow U.S. companies into Vietnam’s expanding market for nuclear power. The U.S. and

Bitcoin goes live in Vietnam despite government concerns

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:38AM UTC Pic: AP.

Vietnam’s first online Bitcoin trading floor has gone live, allowing customers to buy and sell Bitcoins in Vietnamese dong.

Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 26

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 6:48PM UTC A vehicle sits under a collapsed building after landfall of typhoon Rammasun in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province. Pic: AP.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A typhoon that barreled into northern Vietnam has killed at least 11 people, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country’s south in four decades rose to 26.

New survey reveals fear of conflict in Asia… and some unlikely alliances

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:46AM UTC Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung showed a united front recently in their South China Sea claims recently. Pic: AP.

If you haven’t yet read the latest public opinion survey released by the Pew Research Center earlier this week, then it’s time you did. Based on interviews with over 48,000 people from 44 different countries in the last five months, the survey attempts to lend some perspective to the tit-for-tat manoeuvring and out-manoeuvring of the world’s leaders on Asia’s stage. Some of the findings are interesting, to say the least?

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