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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Thai govt warns of delay on Thaksin pardon ruling

2009-08-19 THAILAND'S government said yesterday it will take at least two months to deal with a petition seeking a royal pardon for fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, after it was forwarded by the palace.More than 30,000 supporters of Thaksin, known as...

Malaysian short films on racism, religion go online

2009-08-19 A GROUP of Malaysian filmmakers has produced 15 short Internet movies on racism, corruption and religion a rare effort in a country where the mainstream media steer clear of such issues because of strict censorship.The first film, a humorous five-...

Hanoi denounces China's islands claim

2009-08-19 VIETNAM'S state-controlled media yesterday denounced China's claim to sovereignty over the South China Sea, suggesting the government is taking a stronger tack on the territorial dispute. The popular newspapers Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien both ran two-...

ASEAN may issue joint call for Suu Kyi amnesty

2009-08-19 REGIONAL officials will discuss a proposed joint call for Myanmar to free democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during a meeting in Jakarta later this week, a diplomatic source said yesterday.Thailand, the current chair of the Association of Southeast...

Former South Korean leader Kim Dae-jung dies

2009-08-19 PAST and present leaders joined ordinary South Koreans yesterday in mourning Kim Dae-jung, who fought for democracy against military rulers and struggled to make peace with North Korea when he finally became president."We lost a great political...

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Thousands seek Thai royal pardon for fugitive Thaksin

2009-08-18 MORE than 30,000 "Red Shirt" supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra handed in a petition yesterday seeking a royal pardon for Thailand's fugitive former premier, deepening the kingdom's political rifts.Organisers said they had collected at least...

EU experts visit Taiwan after typhoon

2009-08-18 A TEAM of EU experts flew into Taiwan yesterday in response to a request for aid from Taipei following the worst typhoon in the island's history, officials in Brussels said.The team of four - one each from Britain, France, Sweden plus a liaison...

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2009-08-18 Car bomb kills six in NW PakistanPESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: A BOMB planted in a car exploded at a petrol station in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing six people including children in an attack claimed by Taliban militants, police officials said. The...

Asia faces food shortage without water reform

2009-08-18 ASIA could face chronic food shortages and social unrest if the region fails to improve its management of water and farming, according to a UN report published yesterday.An extra 1.5 billion people will live in Asia by 2050, putting even more...

Afghans prepare for key vote

2009-08-18 AFGHAN officials dispatched donkey trains laden with ballot boxes and voting papers into the mountains yesterday, taking material for landmark elections to the most remote communities.From Baba Ali village, where the main road through one of the...

North Korea to lift border restrictions

2009-08-18 NORTH KOREA said yesterday it would restart family reunions and a stalled tourism programme for South Koreans, in a rare conciliatory gesture after months of bitter hostility.South Korea cautiously welcomed the announcement, but said the two...

Chinese national launches online campaign for flat

2009-08-18 A CHINESE man - who is eager but cannot afford to own a flat - has launched a massive fundraising campaign on the Internet, in what some Web users called a "dire" protest against rising property prices in China.The man, 26, called for each of 15,00...

India warns of fresh attacks

2009-08-18 INDIAN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that militants in Pakistan were plotting new attacks on India as he urged security forces to stay on high alert."There is credible information of ongoing plans of terrorist groups in Pakistan...

ASEAN could call for Suu Kyi release: Webb

2009-08-18 THE Southeast Asian regional bloc ASEAN could call on Myanmar to free democracy icon Aung Sang Suu Kyi, US Senator Jim Webb said yesterday, after his landmark trip to the military-ruled state."(That) would be a major step forward in resolving...

'Aggressive preaching' threatens Singapore stability, says PM

2009-08-18 SINGAPORE'S prime minister warned yesterday in his National Day speech that "aggressive preaching" by religious groups and attempts to convert others threaten the tiny city-state's stability.Lee Hsien Loong, a Buddhist by birth, said his...

Philippines peace talks at risk after clash

2009-08-18 THE Philippines government warned yesterday that moves to make peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were at risk due to evidence the group was involved in a clash that left 43 people dead.Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro warned that...

Woman cries for justice at Khmer Rouge trial

2009-08-18 A FRENCH woman wept yesterday as she told a UN-backed war crimes court how her Cambodian husband was tricked into returning from overseas to die in the Khmer Rouge regime's main prison.Martine Lefeuvre, 56, was giving evidence at the trial of jail...

Indonesia celebrates 64th Independence Day

2009-08-18 INDONESIA celebrated its 64th Independence Day yesterday with a special ceremony led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Merdeka Palace here.The celebration kicked of with a 17-gun salute followed by the independence proclamation by the...

M'sia to boost regional maritime cooperation

2009-08-18 MALAYSIA, Indonesia and the Philippines will expand the scope of cooperation in the maritime zone and the air space in the region with a more systematic and organised surveillance to curb smuggling and piracy.Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (...

Monday, 17 August 2009

Taliban issue first warning against polls

2009-08-17 THE Taliban yesterday threatened for the first time to attack Afghan voting stations, escalating their bid to derail imminent polls despite deadly government operations against rebels.In the final campaign countdown to the polls, President Hamid...

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