Category: Asia

Thai junta chief eyes role in politics after election

Thai junta chief eyes role in politics after election

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is “interested in politics,” he said on Monday, a sign that he sees a public role for himself after a general election promised next year. May next year is the most recent deadline Prayuth’s junta has set for a vote its critics hope will return Thailand to civilian rule after more than four years of […]

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Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until ‘denuclearization’

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until ‘denuclearization’

Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won’t be reduced until it completes “denuclearization” after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North’s main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea’s president that he was willing to dismantle the Nyongbyon nuclear complex in […]

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The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota

The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota

With the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu at her Minneapolis area apartment, a 21-year-old University of Minnesota student sent a WeChat message to a friend in the middle of the night. She wrote that Liu had forced her to have sex with him. “I was not willing,” she wrote in Chinese on the messaging application around 2 a.m. on August 31. […]

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In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step against separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory’s secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party will be prohibited from operation from Monday. Lee’s announcement did not provide further details. But Hong […]

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Maldives’ provisional elections results show opposition win

Maldives’ provisional elections results show opposition win

 Provisional results Monday showed Maldives opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won Sunday’s presidential election in an unexpected victory over the strongman incumbent who had jailed his top rivals and Supreme Court justices. Solih won 58.3 percent of the vote over President Yameen Abdul Gayoom with 89.2 percent turnout, according to the Maldives Election Commission. The longtime lawmaker had 134,616 votes […]

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Japan PM Abe to visit Darwin in first since World War II

Japan PM Abe to visit Darwin in first since World War II

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Darwin in November in a first for a Japanese leader since the Japanese imperial army bombed the Australian city during World War II,  Abe will tour a $40 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project run by Japanese company Inpex Corp,  Abe will also use the visit to cement military ties with Australia following […]

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Cambodia’s pardon of Australian filmmaker ends ‘nightmare’, says family

Cambodia’s pardon of Australian filmmaker ends ‘nightmare’, says family

The family of an Australian filmmaker pardoned by Cambodia after being jailed on espionage charges said on Saturday it was happy the “nightmare” came to an end, while the Australian foreign minister thanked the government in Phnom Penh for his release. James Ricketson, 69, was freed from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Friday after a court sentenced him in […]

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China’s Liaoning vows to eradicate ‘bad influence’ of Bo Xilai

China’s Liaoning vows to eradicate ‘bad influence’ of Bo Xilai

 China’s northeastern province of Liaoning has drawn up new guidelines aimed at “completely eradicating” the bad influence of its disgraced former governor Bo Xilai, who was jailed in 2013 for corruption and abuse of power. Bo, once a rising star tipped for a national leadership role, served as governor of the rustbelt industrial province of Liaoning from 2001 to 2004. […]

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Indian bishop arrested on charges of raping nun

Indian bishop arrested on charges of raping nun

A Roman Catholic bishop was arrested in the south Indian state of Kerala on Friday on charges of raping a nun, police said, a day after the Vatican accepted the bishop’s request to be temporarily relieved of his duties. There was no immediate comment from Bishop Franco Mulakkal or his lawyers – though he has denied the charges in interviews […]

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China opens embassy in Dominican Republic after break with Taiwan

China opens embassy in Dominican Republic after break with Taiwan

China’s most senior envoy inaugurated a new embassy in the Dominican Republic on Friday after the Caribbean country cut ties with Taiwan in a move that prompted U.S. concern over the Asian island’s dwindling number of allies. “We have witnessed a historic breakthrough,” capping 20 years of growing engagement, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, the government’s top diplomat, said in […]

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