Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

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Aid distribution ramping up outside Solomon Islands capital

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:38 AEST

The relief effort in Solomon Islands after the recent devastating floods is still facing significant challenges.

UN urges world to intensify efforts to cut emissions

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:38 AEST

The world's leading climate science body has released its second report in two weeks, this time outlining how the planet can avoid dangerous climate change.

ASIA REVIEW 12th April

Updated 11 April 2014, 18:28 AEST

This week on Asia Review - Indonesia's general election throws up a few surprises; Australia strengthens its trade and security relationship with Japan; And a conversation with Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, French virologist and co-discoverer of HIV.

Australian PM continues push to secure China free trade pact

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:40 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister, Tony abbott, is now in Shanghai on the latest stop of his three nation Asian tour.

Parties jostle for coalitions to form next indonesian government

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:39 AEST

In Indonesia, the unofficial winner of Wednesday's general election has begun talks attract coalition partners in order to form the new government.

Myanmar officials looking to control opposition campaigning

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:38 AEST

Elections in Myanmar are not due till next year but already, the Chief of the National Election Commission is already indicating that campaigning methods used by the main opposition party, will be monitored and controlled.

MH370 searchers facing daunting under water conditions

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:37 AEST

The head of the Australian-based effort searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says it could still be many days before anything is found.

Scott Morrison flags Cambodia as refugee resettlement option

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:36 AEST

Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison has given his strongest indication yet that he's considering resettling refugees in Cambodia.

Challenging task ahead PNG refugee resettlement panel

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:36 AEST

Work is underway in Papua New Guinea to come up with recommendations for the government on the best way to re-settle refugees, currently in detention at Manus Island.

Indian elections produce 'Battle of Bollywood'

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:57 AEST

As voting gets into full swing in India's staggered elections, one seat in the country's north has turned into the "Battle of Bollywood".

Extra: PNG gas exports to Asia set to flow

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:57 AEST

Papua New Guinea is set to export its first gas to Asian customers by the middle of the year.

Indonesian presidential frontrunner receives electoral setback

Updated 10 April 2014, 12:30 AEST

Indonesia is likely headed for months of political jockeying as unofficial results show the party with the most popular presidential candidate doesn't have the lead it was expecting.

PDI-P to blame for mediocre electoral performance, says analyst

Updated 10 April 2014, 12:30 AEST

Indonesia's parliamentary election may be turning out to be less clear cut than predicted.

Funerals continue after Solomons flash floods

Updated 10 April 2014, 12:28 AEST

Funerals are still taking place in Solomon Islands after flash floods a week ago that killed more than 20 people.

What Is the Boao Forum?

Updated 10 April 2014, 13:02 AEST

Australia's Prime minister Tony Abbott has met senior Chinese officials for talks on a free trade agreement.

Western Australia ready to welcome MH370 families

Updated 10 April 2014, 12:27 AEST

One of the members the Australian prime minister's high-powered delegation in China is Colin Barnett, premier of the key mining state of Western Australia.

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, virologist who co-discovered HIV in 1983. Professor Barre-Sinoussi is President of the International AIDS Society.

HIV pioneer says collaboration paramount to eventual cure

Updated 10 April 2014, 13:20 AEST

The prominent French virologist Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says scientists have not lost the sense of urgency in seeking a cure for HIV-AIDS.

Implementation remains key to Philippines reproductive health law

Updated 10 April 2014, 13:04 AEST

The Philippines Supreme Court has upheld most of a controversial reproductive health law that was challenged by the Catholic church as being unconstitutional.

Voters head to the polls in key Indonesian legislative elections

Updated 9 April 2014, 11:57 AEST

Polling is under way in Indonesia's general elections.

India's BJP enters national polls with image makeover

Updated 9 April 2014, 11:58 AEST

A former Indian cabinet minister says a BJP administration will rule for all faiths, and Muslims have nothing to fear.

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