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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Espionage charges set to be dropped against Australian academic

31 October 2002, 20:18 AEST

With the world's media spotlight heavily focused on the Bali bombings, the plight of Australian academic Lesley McCulloch has been largely forgotten.

New group to show solidarity with Bali

31 October 2002, 20:18 AEST

There's little doubt that the Indonesian island of Bali has been shattered by the effects of the bombings earlier this month.

Calls for re-education of child soldiers in the region

31 October 2002, 20:18 AEST

The United Nations estimates there are 70,000 child soldiers in armies across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, some of them as young as seven.

Little praise for new economic reform measures

31 October 2002, 20:18 AEST

There's only been faint praise for the Japanese government's latest attempt to deal with its trillion dollar problem.

Apparent differences with US over terror centre

31 October 2002, 20:18 AEST

The Malaysian government has, after much deliberation, agreed to establish a regional anti-terrorism centre in co-operation with the United States.

AUSTRALIA:Milne Bay commemoration for overlooked chapter in war histor

31 October 2002, 10:52 AEST

Veterans of one of the defining moments of the Pacific War depart for Papua New Guinea today to take part in commemorations for the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay.

Military report details plans for terrorist attacks

31 October 2002, 10:52 AEST

A leaked military report has detailed what are suspected to be fresh plans for terrorist attacks against western targets in East Timor.

Bali bombing investigation reveals possible suspects

31 October 2002, 10:52 AEST

The investigation into the Bali bombings has taken what could be a big step forward, with the release of detail facial drawings of three men said to be prime suspects.

Rise in Muslim extremism and violence against minorities

30 October 2002, 21:00 AEST

There are new warnings of a disturbing rise in Muslim extremism in Bangladesh.

Moderate Indonesian Muslims concerned over radical groups

30 October 2002, 21:00 AEST

At a forum in Singapore, moderate Islamic leaders have argued that along with new political freedoms in the post-Suharto era, radical Islamic groups have gained a new foothold.

Not surprised by claims of North Korean nuclear stockpiling

30 October 2002, 21:00 AEST

As North Korea and Japan continue a second day of talks aimed at normalising relations, South Korea has openly accused Pyongyang of possessing substantial stocks of bio-chemical and nuclear weapons.

Release of Princess detained over rival's murder

30 October 2002, 21:00 AEST

Malaysia is in the grip of a royal scandal, after the murder of the second wife of the prince of Perak state.

Jakarta warned against arresting more Muslim leaders

30 October 2002, 21:00 AEST

The leader of Indonesia's second largest Muslim organisation has warned the government in Jakarta against arresting more Muslim leaders as it investigates the Bali bombing and other acts of terrorism.

Talks in Washington between US and Australian ministers

30 October 2002, 14:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign minister Alexander Downer and the Defence Minister Robert Hill have been holding top-level talks in Washington, where the threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia was one of the key issues.

Talks with North Korea appear to be hard-going

29 October 2002, 20:17 AEST

Japan and North Korea are talking for the first time in two years in an effort to normalise diplomatic ties.

Questions raised over ability of new chief minister

29 October 2002, 20:17 AEST

Indian-administered Kashmir has a new coalition government and a new Chief Minister, two weeks after the end of protracted elections in the disputed Himalayan region.

UN warns of severe food shortages

29 October 2002, 20:17 AEST

The United Nations has already warned that despite reports of a recovering national harvest, North Korea still needs emergency food aid.

Calls for an EU-style economic approach

29 October 2002, 20:17 AEST

In the aftermath of the Bali bombings, the European Union is once again being pushed as a model of economic integration for Asia and the Pacific.

Developing countries frustrated at climate change conference

29 October 2002, 20:17 AEST

In New Delhi, developing countries are launching an assault on wealthier countries at a global climate change conference.

Lawyers question detention of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir

29 October 2002, 15:12 AEST

Indonesian authorities yesterday whisked Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir away, to howls of protest -- the first real sign of domestic Indonesian resistance to Jakarta's pledge of a crackdown after the Bali bombing.

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