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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Stories

PM Koizumi to visit North Norea

30 August 2002, 19:46 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will visit North Korea next month for historic talks with the reclusive Kim Jong-Il.

Emerging crisis of sovereignty

30 August 2002, 19:46 AEST

Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, has had her nomination for the country's upcoming elections rejected.

Corrupt elites hijack decentralisation programme

30 August 2002, 19:46 AEST

Anti-corruption campaigners in Indonesia have charged that new districts and townships are being created out of existing provinces, as the nation's decentralisation programme is hijacked by corrupt local elites.

Local elites corrupt decentralisation program

30 August 2002, 9:38 AEST

Anti-corruption campaigners in Indonesia have charged that new districts and townships are being created out of existing provinces, as the nation's decentralisation programme is hijacked by corrupt local elites.

US hits back at critics

30 August 2002, 9:38 AEST

The United States has been on the receiving end of sharp criticism at the World Summit in Johannesburg, fuelled by President George W Bush's refusal to attend, and by his adminstration's insistence that it won't ratify the Kyoto protocols on climate change.

Regions outside Kabul being taken by local warlords

30 August 2002, 9:38 AEST

Almost a year after the events that saw the United States use military might to force the Taliban out of Afghanistan, the country's President, Hamid Karzai, is still struggling to extend his administration's authority beyond Kabul.

18 charged for illegal passports scam

29 August 2002, 20:18 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, eighteen public servants have today been charged in relation to a high-profile case of corruption involving illegal passports.

Stand-off between government and police continues

29 August 2002, 20:18 AEST

In Vanuatu, the stand-off between the government and the country's police force continued today, as 20 officers charged with mutiny refused to attend a court hearing.

Military to show no mercy to kidnap gang

29 August 2002, 20:18 AEST

The Philippine military says a major offensive is under way on the southern island of Jolo against kidnappers linked to the Muslim rebel group Abu Sayyaf.

Cautious reaction to US call to act against Iraq

29 August 2002, 20:18 AEST

While Washington continues to insist its still deciding whether or not to attack Iraq, Asia has been the focus this week of intense diplomacy.

Vandalism forces closure of Porgera mine

29 August 2002, 20:18 AEST

Vandalism affecting the giant Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea has forced the shutdown of mining operations and the temporary standdown of 800 workers.

US and Australia may be sued over greenhouse emissions

29 August 2002, 10:26 AEST

The Pacific island of Tuvalu is lobbying other island states at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, to launch a lawsuit against Australia and the United States over greenhouse emissions.

Human Rights Watch critical of new US allies

29 August 2002, 10:25 AEST

Human rights groups have turned up the pressure on the United States over what they see as alarming abuses by one of Washington's key anti terror allies.

INDONESIA:Australian firm seeks court order to dismiss workers

28 August 2002, 20:19 AEST

The Australian engineering firm Thiess is seeking a court order to sack six hundred workers from its coal mining operation in Indonesia's southern Kalimantan province.

PNG dancers make a mark in Sydney

28 August 2002, 20:19 AEST

A group of Papua New Guinea dancers is in Sydney, for first of a series of performances leading up to a climax at Stadium Australia on Saturday night.

Interim budget cuts spending

28 August 2002, 20:19 AEST

Papua New Guinea's new Treasurer has described his country's economy as being in "depression", accusing his predecessors of falling asleep on the job.

Talks with US to set up tripartite strategic alliance with Aust

28 August 2002, 20:19 AEST

Japan and the United States have begun discussions on a regional strategic alliance which includes Australia.

More calls to boycott state elections

28 August 2002, 20:19 AEST

Elections in the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir, to be conducted in four stages, will begin on September 16.

Tokelau islands want independence fron NZ

28 August 2002, 8:41 AEST

The Tokelau Islands, in the South Pacific barely register as a speck on charts.

US wants bigger role in peace talks

27 August 2002, 20:21 AEST

The Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels are negotiating conditions ahead of their much-anticipated peace talks in three weeks' time.

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